Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ella Maria Morris is born!

Hello Everyone ~ It is with great honor we announce that God blessed us with Ella Maria Morris on December 13th, 2008 at 4:32 PM. She Weighs: 8 lbs 12 oz! Super big. Molly's little basketball must have been a heck of a small space for her. She is beautiful… which I know everyone says, but I am an honest guy and would have no problem telling you my baby was kinda funny looking. First of all, I want to thank everyone for their love and support through the birth of Ella Maria Morris. Many of you know that there were some major complications. For everyone that is interested, the link below is simple and exactly what happened to Molly. With all the doctors and nurses that responded (about 12, most of them with over 20 years experience), none of them had ever seen this happen, they had just read about it in textbooks. The doctors/nurses were visibly scared and the tension in the delivery area was crazy. After the fact, I find out that the approx chance of this happening is 1 in 30,000 and that 50% of the people die within the first 30 minutes. I am glad I didn't know that before.The quick story is:

5:30pm Fri: Molly is unsure about minimal amount of fluid showing up, they ask her to come in to "check it out". I followed in another car. 6:00 pm: Molly is admitted, the fluid was a small bit of amniotic fluid! Molly is admitted and I need to go back home to get all our stuff. They said if she doesn't go into labor by 3:30 am the next morning, they would induce.

1:30 am (Sat): Molly starts active labor

1:30 pm (Sat): Molly starts to push!

4:32 pm - Ella is born!

The night just began... The delivery, all the way until we got to the end, was awesome (easy for me to say, right?!). No complications, no heart rate problems, no problems for Molly or the baby. It was perfect and we both really enjoyed it. About 1 minute after delivering the baby, Molly started shaking violently and couldn't breathe. That is when the Amniotic Fluid Embolism occurred. Within a few minutes there were more doctors, then more doctors. Meanwhile, the baby couldn't breathe as well. Because the cord was around her neck, very tightly, she didn't get the fluid out of her lungs at birth like a normal baby. Normally not a big issue, but their equipment wasn't working right, so they were not successful sucking the fluid out, even after numerous attempts. It took about 30 minutes to stabilize Ella and she went into a Oxygen tent. I couldn't even hold her for over 2 hours and was running between Molly and Ella for trying to keep up with all the treatments and make sure all the doctors were on the same page… which they were not. Ali and Marissa were "first responders" and I am so thankful for their help, and the visit by Rob & Keli Faw was calming as well. In the end, we all made it. Molly got an ambulance ride to another facility to a specialist and we got baby transferred in a separate ambulance a few hours later. After all the tests, we got our first moments alone with the baby about 3:30 am on Sunday.