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So, I guess the place to start with is the good news. Sara Elizabeth was born on Monday at 3:14PM as scheduled and weighed a healthy 9lbs 11 ozs (4.4 kg)and was 54cm long (someone else convert that to inches). Mom was fine and continues to recover well.

The bad news: Undiagnosed Congenital Diaphramatic Hernia

What this means is that her bowel is up in her chest cavity, pushing on her lungs and heart. They're doing wonderful things here (BC's Women's & Children's Hospital is one of the top two kid hospitals in Canada) and we can now see that she has a moderately developed right lung. We haven't yet been able to see the left lung, though there are signs she will have a partially developed lung.

They used to operate right away for this condition but now they try to stabilize the child first. Sara has about a 75% chance of making it to the operation. More good news happened last night. Her BP and Heart Rate (and a million other things) have been stable for about 9 hours now and counting. So much so that they've reduced her O2 from 100% to 77% (as of 8:30 am) and continue to reduce it every hour by 3% (as long as her P02 stays above 100...it was 186 last I heard).

Apparantly, if she makes it to the operation she has a pretty darn good chance of coming out of this. Thankfully (as I write this now) the use of a heart and lung bypass machine (ECMO) has been downgraded which would have made things even harder on her.

I have never been on a roller coaster ride like this before. I can't imagine how this isn't going to change me for the rest of my life. My wife and I are learning to cope and are actually doing "moderately" well, all things considered. It's hard. Painfully hard. The ability to cry is critical.

Here is a picture of my new bundle of joy:

http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/1785/dscn15264wd.jpg

Not the best picture, but the only one I know won't get the post potentially pulled.

Well, I thought I should update you all, now I better head back to the hospital, though I better shower first!

Simon
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