Monday, June 16, 2008


Wow, what a Father's Day! Our first grandchild was born yesterday at 6:15 pm (10 weeks early, at 30 weeks...our daughter's water broke at 5:00 am, we took her to the hospital where they tried to stall the contractions and put her on bed rest, trying to get at least another day and another dose of steroids into her, but possibly as much as two weeks if they could. After several unsuccessful attempts and much screaming, the baby, who was not stressed at all but in the breach position, was delivered by emergency c-section). By some miracle, both mom and the baby are doing fine, much better than we could have hoped for and frankly much better than we prayed for...there was a time during the day when I was praying for the strength to cope with what we knew could be a very dire situation. So, thank God she was with us and not in jail when her water broke and thank you, God, for protecting our "baby" and delivering to her a healthy baby boy!

Yes, a boy! An earlier sonogram indicated it was a girl, so we were all much surprised and as of this moment, he still doesn't have a name...suggestions are welcome.

Being premature, we were amazed that he was only on the ventilator and a pumping machine for a few hours and by the time we saw him this morning, he was breathing on his own. He was sucking on a teensy pacifier and acting like he is ready to try eating, which is also a good surprise at this stage. He's still in an incubator, but the doctors and nurses all say he is doing very well, much better than expected, and not acting at all like the typical "wimpy white boy" in the neonatal intensive care unit where he will likely spend the next few weeks of his life. Mom gets released on Wednesday. Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and special dances. ;-)

Born 6:15 pm on 6-15-08 (3.5 pounds, 16.5 inches, 2 hours old)

(Approx. 14 hours old)

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At 11:34 AM, June 16, 2008, Blogger Lynellen said...

Wow! Praise God little one is doing so well!! Praise God your daughter is doing so well!

I'll be praying for the very rapid improvement of little one so you can bring him home.

At 12:02 PM, June 16, 2008, Blogger beth said...

Wow - quite a day! :) I'll be praying for speedy recoveries of both -- and for clear headed decision making since that timetable has been considerably moved up!

At 1:26 PM, June 16, 2008, Blogger Jen said...

I'll echo the Wows! Praise God for the healthy baby boy. He looks great for being so tiny and new. I'll pass the news on to Beau.

At 7:14 AM, June 17, 2008, Blogger I Guard said...

Congratulations to all of you. Such a beautiful boy! Our prayers are with you all.

(I wouldn't presume to tell you what to name him. But, from what I've heard, naming him "Sue" will really tick him off in years to come.)

At 10:22 AM, June 17, 2008, Blogger Lynellen said...

"Here comes the flood", eh?

AND what has this all done to your solo vacation plans? :)

AND how has this impacted younger daughter?

At 3:08 PM, June 17, 2008, Blogger DarkoV said...

Congrats to your daughter and to you, Baka (or will it be Nona, since your husband's form the Primorje)! Like you said, thank God your daughter was out of the hoosegow to deliver your first grandson.

I'd suggest Srečko, knowing it's a name that would not be accepted. But, based on how he was born and in what a fine state he's in, I think Srečko fits him perfectly. Ask your husband what the name means.
I'd suggest this as the English translation, except the comic strip is Belgian.

Congrats! Now, get some sleep.

At 3:17 PM, June 17, 2008, Blogger Gwynne said...

Lynellen, that's funny. And very prophetic as it turns out. ;-)

If our daughter is doing okay when she is released from the hospital and baby is doing well in the hospital, it won't change my plans to get away. That would be different if baby was also being released, I'm sure!

Re: the impact on younger daughter, I can now see how God's timing was important here. Given the emotional rollercoaster she was on before she went back to CA, I can't imagine how much rage and sibling rivalry/jealousy might have erupted (we heard some of it on the phone Sunday morning, while she was in labor). I don't think we would have had the strength to cope, not to mention the impact this would have had on the baby. It's a difficult situation, but I think this is all for the best.

Beth, thank you! Please continue praying for clear headed decision making for all parties involved. We will all need them!

Jen, thank you too! He is amazingly healthy. We know there's a lot of development to go, but we are very thankful for the development so far...we're chalking it up to his strong Slavic heritage. ;-)

Thank you, I Guard! Heh, we talked about the name of Sue, matter of fact. We're big Johnny Cash fans. But ultimately, he was named Julian. :-)

At 3:24 PM, June 17, 2008, Blogger Gwynne said...

Darko, I just called my husband (before you commented) to ask what the Croatian term would be...he said Baka (Bakica also), or Nona, so I guess I'm not bound to either. I'll see what his reaction is when I suggest Srečko and report back. It's not too late to change the birth certificate paperwork. ;-)

At 10:28 PM, June 17, 2008, Blogger Eric said...

Congrats and blessings to all!

What's a masculine version of "Miracle"?

At 9:25 AM, June 18, 2008, Blogger Gwynne said...

Thanks, Eric.

It looks like Nissan and Peleh are both masculine forms of Miracle. She wasn't enamored with either of those names though. :-)


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