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19th-Dec-2008 05:54 pm

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Abby Hermione* Milne has already demonstrated one or two clear family traits. The first one, clearly being I don't care if now's an innappropriate time, when you gotta go, you gotta GO.

My sister relates that she'd had quite a relaxed, enjoyable labour, up until the moment when dear little Abbey** decides to take a shit. This, from what I understand - and please forgive me,but when am I going to have the opportunity to use the term literally again - really crapped on the entire procedure. Because then there was faecal matter in the amniotic sack, and you don't want faecal matter in the amniotic sack. Not when there's a baby involved.

From then on, so I hear, there was pain and misery and discomfort and beds instead of birthing pools, and when Abby was born she wasn't breathing, thanks to having inhaled some of the poop as well as some amniotic fluid. So off she went to SCBU, where, when she finally figured out the crying thing, she continued to do it all morning. I can't blame her really: she's of my family, and when we've been up all night working hard and everything's gone wrong and we haven't had enough sleep, we get cranky.

Family trait #3: However, get some food into her and she's happy as anything. Or at least I think that thing she does is a smile. It might be a yawn. Or a wail. Or just what mouths do if they get bored of having a little baby pout.

Abbey has pneumonia, which is being treated with an intravenous antibiotic, and that is why she is in the incubator and why only Mum and Dad are allowed body contact with her. She is breathing on her own perfectly fine, and while she doesn't like nursing because it's too much effort, she's all over the awesomeness of milk anyway. She'll be in there for a week, and I'll get to see her through daily visits. As yet we don't know if it's exactly a week or whether she'll be home for Christmas, but right now I don't much care.

She's alive, and she's in 99% perfect working order, and she's more beautiful than your baby. Yes, yours.

*My sister, Helen, has named her first daughter after the Hermione of Greek legend, for obvious reasons.
**The jury is out on the spelling, still. Anyone not a parent has been told firmly they're not allowed an opinion
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19th-Dec-2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah it is called meconium, (I hate my stupid job for making me know about this stuff!) I think it is mainly a mixture of cells and mucus from the womb (nice!). I think passing it before the birth it is supposed to be a sign of distress but it happens for other reasons too.

She is really cute Debi, I hope she is out of the incubator soon.
19th-Dec-2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Congrats all around!
19th-Dec-2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeee baby!
19th-Dec-2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
The reflection makes her look like she's got a tiny mohawk!
20th-Dec-2008 02:42 am (UTC)
I thought that, too!
19th-Dec-2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Congrats Aunty D!
19th-Dec-2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
She's gorgeous. I was actually wondering if she had breathed in some fecal matter...that actually happens a lot.

N'aw bb. I WANT ONE D:
19th-Dec-2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Can't argue with that picture. She IS more beautiful that any babies would stick up for. And that's with her being all grumpy and sick.
19th-Dec-2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
And I really didn't mean to post with an RP journal.
19th-Dec-2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
She is ADORABLE Debi!
19th-Dec-2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Congrats on becoming an auntie!
19th-Dec-2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
she's more beautiful than your baby. Yes, yours.

*laughs* That right there? Is a feeling I am very familiar with. I feel exactly the same way about my niece :)

She is, of course absolutely gorgeous - not that I expected anything less considering she is your niece - and I hope that she is well enough to come home for Christmas. Will your sister be staying in with her or is she going home?
19th-Dec-2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
She's staying. She's absolutely fine and healthy, but she's staying with Abby for nursing purposes. Assuming Abby decides she wants to nurse, anyway. Otherwise it's just bonding.
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19th-Dec-2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
My first response in reading the birthin' hijinks was, "Holy SHIT!" And then I realised what I'd just said.

Abby's all, "Yeah, bring it. I will take you ALL on."
19th-Dec-2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Hee, I approve of the Greek mythology reference. :-)

And am glad that little Ab-eeiieeyyyeee is doing well, despite the wobbly start in life. She looks ready for anything in the picture.
19th-Dec-2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
You know how I can tell my persectives have changed since moving in with SB? I look at the baby pic, and see a pic of a cute baby.

I don't see some thing that everyone else is fussing over for no apparent reason.

Growing up is scary, innit?
19th-Dec-2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
She's ADORABLE. Congrats to the whole family, Aunt!
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