Guest documentarian of a long and hectic and fantastic day: the husband and father.
Reason for guest documentarian: usual author is high on tylenol laced with codeine.
McKinley Beth Smith was born at 8:01AM at Children's hospital in OKC on June 21, one day before her momma's birthday. She weighed in at 5lbs, 7.0 ounces and was 18 and 3/4 inches long. She placed some strong 9's on the APGAR.
Quick Danielle update: she did great. She was in recovery for four hours waiting for a room. Apparently they were waxing the floor and in the rooms. But momma was strong and has started pumping and is producing that liquid gold that will help keep McKinley healthy, happy and sassy. The C section went smoothly and after no issues with the anesthesia Big Daddy was ushered in, careful not to view "the procedure" already under way. Ten minutes after sitting at momma's head we heard the sweet little cry from our baby girl. I got up to clean and watch the Fighter start out her life. I got to hold her and let her mom peek at her and kiss her head. Then Big Daddy went upstairs to watch them take care of McKinley and The Momma was sewn up and went into recovery, where the floors never need a nice waxing.
McKinley threw a nice fit, to show off her lung capacity. It was great. And MAN can that girl suck on things. She went to TOWN on the nurse's pinkie! They cleaned her up. And placed her on a nice warming pad. She is resting comfortably, well when they aren't poking and prodding her anyway. She is gorgeous and glorious. Such a gracious and strong little girl. And she is sleeping on a cute little pink pad.
WARNING: MEDICAL TALK AHEAD. If you have a weak stomach, skip to the next picture. The omphalocele is as big as a golf ball. It has a clear membrane and inside it is bowel, intestine. No other major organs. The hole in the abdominal wall is small and right now Dr. Letton thinks he can make it look pretty much like a belly button. He was VERY optimistic about the size and contents of the omphalocele. It was wrapped and awaits further attention from the very skilled team of doctors. Hopefully, if all goes well, we will see the end of the omphalocele era this week.
The mass or blob on the ultra sounds was a collection of gel-like fluid collecting in the umbilical chord that was sort of damned up by the omphalocele. That is also attached to the omphalocele but it is not actually touching it, so if the gel was to rupture or leak, it won't hurt the O or the Squeaker at the other end.
Her heart echo came back normal. MAJOR plus. Her ultra sound shows a strong spine (from the Wulf side of the family, no doubt) and good kidneys. They are also monitoring her blood sugar since babies with omphaloceles can see the blood sugar levels drop quickly. So far she is showing great numbers there.
The attached a PICC line which will help draw blood and get nutrition to her without having to use her digestive system, since much of it is in a clear membrane attached to her tummy. The PICC line has yet to get into the position they want for it to be in, so they will push some more fluid through it in hopes to get it further in where they want it to be. The PICC is sort of like an IV except it goes in through a major artery in the arm and runs all the way around the shoulder and into the body. It is hard for a Squeaky Fighter to pull that out.
They had an IV in her little left hand but the skin on her wrist got puffy. They flushed the IV and the area blanched so they pulled it out. Now I can hold her hand without any chords there. There is a tube running into her stomach to suck out all the junk that is in there. She has been wrestling with that nuisance all day too. They had to get out the strong white tape to keep it in place because she is too strong for the wimpy clear stuff.
She is in the NICU and they will continue to lead out in taking care of her and we await some doctors telling us when they want to schedule surgery.
Her perfect right ear seems a bit under-developed but it is as cute as the dickens. Right now they have not seen an opening but that doesn't mean there is no canal there and that they can't take care of it. But is THAT is all we have to worry about with an omphalocele than we are richly and double blessed. Her color was always great. Her hair is fuzzy on top with some thick darker hair on the back of her head. She does not have the Wulf cleff chin or the Smith toe freckle yet. But she does bear a striking resemblance to her brother, Jackson.
Most importantly. This baby girl is BEAUTIFUL and PERFECT. I made over 20 visits to her room with visitors and I am head over heels for her already. She is strong and perfect and sweet and amazing. There is no way you will NOT be charmed by this beautiful and sweet baby. I may be in big big trouble here. But the one that is in the most trouble is her Poppa, Danielle's dad Dan. He lets Jackson get away with anything. This girl will always have a get out of jail free card named Poppa.
I will close with one last picture of her. She has had a long day and momma needs some rest too. If you have not yet visited, maybe wait until Thursday unless you have already worked out a time with The Momma or the Big Daddy. The Momma needs to rest tomorrow. A steady stream of well wishers, who were all truly smitten by that Angel, kept momma company all day. We are grateful and blessed.
Without further ado, McKinley Beth Smith: