Our precious baby boy John Jozef (Jasiu , in Polish) or JJ as my sisters like to call him made his debut today February 25, 2011 at 12:34 (notice the sequential numbers :) He weighs 8 pounds even and 20 inches long. Jasiu scored a 9 and again 9 on his APGAR so that's awesome and you would never think there is anything wrong with this precious baby if he wasn't diagnosed in utero. Once they cleaned him up a bit they let us see him, the chaplain baptized him with water and Joe and I both got to hold him for a few seconds each. It was the most wonderful moment of the entire day. Just as special as when I got to hold Emily for the first time. Than they whisked him away to start stabilizing putting in all the lines medicines, etc. I went to recovery and since Joe couldn't be with the baby he stayed with me sporting his blue scrubs outfit. (Second time in his life...pictures to come tomorrow) Jasiu wasn't ready after I was let go from recovery to my room so I haven't seen him since the OR. Joe got to see him between stabilizing and the time the cardiology team began their work.
Once cardiology was quite far along with the echocardiogram and x rays and putting in more lines a Fellow came to give us an update. The HLHS was confirmed and surgery will be necessary to save his life. We will be fighting right along with him and we are in one of the best hospitals in the area to handle this type of complex CHD. That makes me feel a little better. Joe put a little green angel in his NICU bed I got from a fellow heart mom and it was also blessed when we had a priest visit after christmas. There was a small problem with one of the lines that were going to go to a vein from the heart, it went to the liver and they worked hard to reroute it but we had to sign a consent form for a line through the groin. He is also intubated so that the doctors can closely monitor his breathing so he is as stable as possible. Joe took my mom in the NICU for a little and than my sister. Tomorrow he will meet ciocia Aga ciocia Kasia and grandma Krol. They keep it pretty calm in the NICU so not too many people will be visiting the little guy besides Joe an me when I can walk or sit up.
I am feeling ok considering the c section. Not much different from my first. The only thing missing in my room is my baby. Its pretty hard to hear all the babies cry in others rooms since mine is quite quiet (when the Klimek side of the family is not visiting) I miss my boy and its hard without him... Unless a mom had a baby in the NICU you have no idea... One of the only things keeping you sane is knowing he is in good hands.
Joe went home to be with Emily, I told him to go since he is pretty tired as well and Emily sometimes has a hard time falling asleep without one of us. So I made him go home. I could see that it was hard on him to leave and even split time between me and the baby. When he drops off emily at my moms house tomorrow he will bring me my laptop and I can get pictures up. So far FB only has pictures of pictures from our digital camera. Also this entire post was typed on a blackberry so I'm now pretty tired as well. This keyboard is quite small but I wanted to update everyone and I wanted to kill an hour before they wake me for my vitals every three hours...no point in falling asleep just to be woken up a few minutes later. So I literally spent an hour starring at this thing.
I will update tomorrow and whenever I can
I want to thank everyone for the prayers and keep them coming Jasiu needs it and we need help in praying for him. That's the best thing anyone besides the doctors can do