Saturday, August 30, 2008


Lincoln Charles made it into the world via c-section August 27 after almost 20 hours of trying to induce labor to no avail and my sister running a high fever. He was 7 lbs. 6 oz. and 20 inches long. Of course, I'm biased, but I think he's beautiful.

Initially his oxygen levels were troubling and was thus whisked to the nursery after delivery as they were concerned he had a tear in his lungs. My sister didn't even get to see her son for the first time for almost three hours after delivery. They kept him in the nursery for the first night to continue monitoring and to give her some much deserved sleep - as she'd been up for almost 40 hours at that point and was feverish.

She's been running a fever ever since. They've been pumping her full of antibiotics and as of this morning it was 102.4. She's been having uncontrollable shaking on top of it. If she still has a fever tonight they are going to do a CT scan of her abdomen tomorrow, and a heart scan Monday. Of course, the way insurance works in this "civilized" country of ours - Lincoln has to be discharged tomorrow. So much for bonding with your newborn, I guess. While she was leaning toward formula feeding with all that's happened, she's had no choice but to give up any hope of breastfeeding.

I'm worried, but there's really nothing I can do for her. And that breaks my heart.


Shinny said...

So happy that he is here and everything seems to be going ok. I hope your sister is released soon as well to be with her boy.

JuliaS said...

That happened to me with my first baby. I ended up staying 9 days on iv antibiotics and baby got sent home well before me.

Hoping they get your sister's fever under control and she is home with her son soon. Will they let her pump? I was able to pump and send home breastmilk, we supplemented with bottles as needed and my mom brought him to the hospital to nurse during the day. Once home we were able to continue breastfeeding. I know it's hard giving up something you've been looking forward to and discouraging sometimes when things don't go according to plan.

No bias - he is a stunner!

Vacant Uterus said...

He's definitely a cutie!

I'm thinking of your sister and hoping she is feeling better very soon. It sucks great big donkey balls that Lincoln is going home before her. Here's hoping they can be together soon.

Sassy said...

I'm thinking of you and hoping you'll update soon with good news. Take care.

Jessie said...

Thinking of you and your family and checking in. Hope all is well.