Friday April 22 - Josh was born at 12:55 pm, came out crying loudly at 18.5 inches and 6 pounds 10.5 oz. In between cries he was making sounds the neonatoligist called "grunting" that indicated there was fluid in his lungs, so after a brief introduction to mommy (still on the operating table and out of it) he was whisked off to the NICU.
Maia followed closely behind at 12:57 pm - she cried a bit but was mostly very curious with big eyes looking all around. She was 18 inches and 5 pounds 4.3 oz. She had a little mark on her back that indicated her spinal cord needed to be looked at, but because she was moving like crazy, pooped on the dr as he pulled her out, and everything appeared to be working fine, she was allowed to come to post-op with mommy and daddy before her 4 pm radiologist appointment.
Today is Monday and Josh is still in the NICU, however he is doing well and they are estimating he will be released and with us by the end of the week. I will share more details in a separate post, however his breathing has significantly improved and he started getting some of Mommy's milk through a feeding tube yesterday.
Maia has a little spot on her back that I'll share more detail about in a separate post for those interested. It is an indication that she may have some "minor" spinal cord issues on the L4 and L5 vertebrae that are treatable and should cause no short-term or long-term negative impact. However when we check out of the hospital tomorrow, we sill drive straight over to another hospital and check her in. She will possibly have spinal surgery this week so we are trying to get her as strong and healthy as possible before then.