After a very long day (more on this later), Ava finally made her debut! She looks just like her big brother!
She arrived at 3:43 am....weighing 5 lbs 8 oz and was 19 and 1/8th inches long.
We were only able to hold her for a few minutes before they took her to the nursery for monitoring. Josh stayed with her and was able to talk with the doctor about all the precautions....
After a few hours of monitoring, they decided to put her on oxygen. Since she was born at 36 weeks, her lungs are a little under developed and the oxygen will help with her labored breathing. Her respiration rate is suppose to be around 40-60, and without the oxygen Ava's is around 80-90.
Her blood sugar is also a little low, so they are starting an IV of D10. She is unable to eat right now because of her breathing issues so the D10 will also provide the fluids she needs...especially if she has VLCAD like her brother.
These issues are not uncommon for premature babies...but please pray for fast healing and strength for our baby girl!