I am THRILLED to present to you our precious little grandson
meaning Mighty Warrior
Temana is tahitian (and Maori? not sure) and means powerful/mighty
He was born this morning at 11:43, weighing in at 6lb7oz - or 2910g
Active labor only lasted 4 hours and Nathalie was a champion!
Besides Daddy Lewis, Leilani, myself and Lewis' mother all had the privilege of being part of this amazing experience!
NEW LIFE coming forth from the womb!!!! WOW!!!!!
What a miracle!!!
We did get a scare though a few minutes after the birth when it became apparent that he had difficulty breathing.
He was taken to the special care unit for newborns and was given oxygen, which didn't help much,
put on meds and a breathing machine,
with tubes going in and coming out from everywhere
His little body went into shock.
He also got a blood transfusion as his blood count was really low -
half of what it was supposed to be.
~ AND ~
After being put into this
He was flown by helicopter to Waikato Hospital - about 1hour 15 minutes from Tauranga - for further tests to determine what was wrong with him.
They were suspecting trouble with his heart and were talking about the possibility of him being flown to Starship Childrens Hospital in Auckland, should they detect a serious problem with his heart which would necessitate surgery.
Nathalie was taken to Waikato by ambulance and Lewis drove there with a family member, since there was no room for him in either the helicopter or the ambulance.
What a day - full of so many emotions!
And definitely NOT the way we imagined it to be!
We just heard from Nathalie that Gideon - true to his name, this mighty fighter -
is doing much better.
They have excluded a heart problem. That is just FANTASTIC!!!
THANK YOU LORD!!!
It seems that the main cause of the problem was that he'd lost a lot of blood during late labor.
Don't ask me where the blood was lost, because it sure wasn't apparent.
There are still a few things not the way they should be and they will continue to monitor him, but it sure is a HUGE relief that it is nothing too serious!
While we all felt the grace of God so tangibly during this difficult time,
I couldn't help but feel incredible gratefulness for our doctors, nurses and other medical personnel and equipment.
If this had happened to a baby in Africa, the outcome may not have been so good...
All I can say tonight,
YOU're the BEST!!!!!!!!