Friday, December 30, 2005

Baby Iggy Joins the Family - After a Day in the NICU

Welcome baby Iggy to the family of the Angry Asthma Mama!

Iggy entered the world on December 20, 2005 at 5:52 pm, weighing 6 lb., 7 oz. We didn't know whether to expect a boy baby or a girl baby, and honestly, I didn't have a preference. I just wanted an asthma-free child for a change.


After a mercifully short, natural labor, I was handed my warm little Iggy to snuggle. His first APGARs were pretty good, but a few moments later, it was obvious that our little boy was having some trouble breathing. He was whisked away to the nursery, and shortly thereafter, transferred to the NICU, where he stayed for a full 24 hours.

Apparently, because my labor was so quick, Little Iggy was left with some fluid in his lungs. The relatively small number of contractions were not sufficient to clear it all. He was retracting, flaring and grunting. (And if you're an asthma parent, you'll know what all that means.)

The good news: He was fine within 24 hours. The distress resolved itself, and the doctors assured me that this condition is not necessarily a harbinger of asthma later in life. (The fact that he has two asthmatic brothers, on the other hand, probably is!)

Another less-than-encouraging sign: my latest little monkey already appears to have eczema AND his first allergy: to Pampers!! Guess this will be Huggies baby....

Anyway, welcome, Iggy! We're so happy to have you in our family, and we wish you strength and good health in the New Year (and every year)!


Elizabeth said...

Mazel tov!

Sorry to hear about the NICU stay, but glad that he's doing well now.

The Mleziva Boys said...

Congrats on your new little bundle of joy! Wishing you a year of as little asthma flareups as possible and one asthma-free boy!
You are a brave women to take on another little bundle with or without asthma. Having two asthmatics (my second was just diagnoised) is more than I can handle some days:) Take care and enjoy all three monkeys in the new year!!

The Mleziva Boys said...

Congrats on your new bundle of joy. Sorry to hear Iggy had to stay in the NICU even if it was only for 24 hours. I am sure being an Asthma mom, it was not easy having him struggling to breath:( I hope your new year is filled with asthma free days and one asthma-free boy. You can still hope...right! Best of luck to you and your family. You are a brave women to take on another baby...asthma or no asthma. My youngest was just diagnoised and some days/nights it is more than I feel like I can handle. Your blog is a definate help. It is always reassuring to know that I am not the only one out there.

SRH said...

Congradulations on your 3rd. I hope this one does not present as many asthma symptoms as your other 2. We have a little one with asthma as well. He's 2 1/2 years old and has been on orapred way too often. It is always nice to hear that we are not the only ones struggling with the problem of asthma in a young child.