Friday, June 8, 2007

She's Here!

Since my blood pressure was so high they went ahead and induced me. It didn't take much to get labor started and things went pretty quickly. Claire Elizabeth Williams was born at 10:21 pm on 6/7/2007. She weighs 5 lbs, 8 oz and is 19 inches long. She got a 7 and an 8 on her APGAR tests, and we were all really surprised that she pinked up and cried after she was born! (My stepdad could hear her from out in the hallway.)

The NICU team was ready to intubate her immediately after she was born, but since she was crying and breathing well on her own they held off. They did go ahead and put a tube down her throat to decompress her stomach to keep it from taking up more lung space. I got to hold Claire for a few seconds before they took her to the NICU. For the first hour she was on an oxygen mask/tent only, but then started really having trouble getting rid of CO2 so they intubated her and transported her to Children's Hospital.

They are going to do an x-ray to see how severe her hernia is, how many organs are in her chest and how big her lungs are. James is on his way over there now to see about her. My blood pressure is still really high so they are giving me magnesium sulfate via an IV (so I am stuck here for at least 24 hours).

Here are some more pictures of Claire.


Cathy said...

I'm thrilled, absolutely thrilled!! I had to get up to let the dog out. Thought I would turn the computer on to see if there was any news. I'm so happy that she is here.

Take care, rest up and tell Claire that Cathy said welcome to the world.

kathryn said...

Congratulations! We're so happy to finally get to see sweet Baby Claire. She's a cutie and good sized for being early. We pray that God will give the doctors wisdom to heal her little body. All of you are in our prayers.

We love you (especially new Baby Claire!) -
Kathryn, Allan, Anna, Aaron, Grace, & Sam

jordanink said...

WOW, can you say Cindy JR?
She looks just like you and remember, I held you when you were a baby so I know!

She is the cutest little thing I have ever seen!!

Keep us posted! She'll be coloring on your walls and eating you out of house and home before you know it!

Lindsey said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so excited for you! I sure wish I could be there to see her. I feel for you with that magnesium crap. It made me so out of it. Carter slept for the first 3 days of his life because of it. Make sure you keep us posted on Claire's progress. Congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! Congratulations! Claire is sooo beautiful! I will be praying that she continues to do as great as she has so far. I wish you all the best!

Love Lauren
Avery's Mommy 3/17/06 - 4/3/06 LCDH, ACD

Efrem said...

Congratulations Cindy and James!!

Shireen said...

Congratulations! Hard to believe you were sitting here in this office with me just 2 weeks ago! :) I'm amazed you've updated Claire's page so quickly, too!!
We will be praying that the Lord will continue to give insight, wisdom and direction to her Dr's. Enjoy mommyhood! :)

The Pickens Family said...

Welcome Baby Claire! Just want to let you guys know that we are thinking about you all and continuing to pray for Claire. We're so glad she's here and we can't wait to meet her!

Love you all.
Michael, Tammy and John Michael

Carole said...

Rock on baby Claire. You are a beautiful little girl. Cindy...keeping you in my prayers. Hope you are doing well. So excited that she is here...doing my lung function chants.
~Carole (BOH)

Karon said...

What a beautiful little girl! I'm so happy for you. I'll continue to keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers.

Much love!

baby Jackson said...

Go baby Claire. She is beautifull. You guys will be in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything you can contact me through Jackson's page.
Mom to Jackson 3/5/06

mike said...

Yay! Congratulations!

pri said...

Hi!! I have been following your blog for a while and its great to know Baby Claire is finally here. My Heartiest Congratulations!! I hope you and Claire are doing well. Good luck!!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS! Claire is absolutely a beautiful little girl. I am so happy for your family, and hope with all of y heart that she continues to do superbly! In my thoughts and prayers everyone.....kisses to Claire!

Love Amanda
An avid fighter for a CDH cure :)

Amy said...

Yay! And look at you, posting when you're all full of pain. You are raising the bar high!

Valerie said...

what a beautiful little girl. We are so happy for you. We will be keeping you all in our prayers and especially Claire. Elisha can't wait to meet her! Please let us know if you need anyting.

Val, Rob and Elisha

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the world, Claire! A 7 and 8 on her Apgar's? An overachiever already! Amazing. Cindy-I'm so happy for you that you were able to hold her for some precious moments.

She is beautiful. I look forward to hearing about her continued progress.

xoxo, Libby
mama to Makena LCDH 9/30/06

Freebird said...

Congratulations! That's great news! I've got to say you look great for just delivering.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Thanks for sending the e-mail. Glenn told us Claire had been born. I guess it goes without saying that we will postpone the shower. I'm sure you're going to be real busy this next week! We were trying to get the shower in BEFORE she was born, but I guess she has a mind of her own. Ha! If there's anything we can do, just let us know! "Better is a friend who is near than a brother who is far away."
Remember, we are still praying for you all. Mark, Linda, Austin, and Reba Johnson

Anonymous said...

i wish u luck with yr baby i had a cdh son a 1yr and a half ago but he didnt make it i will have everyone praying for her she is beautiful