March 29th, 2005

BABY!

Kaien Lyric Joaquin Dutcher was born at 7:57 AM on Monday, March 28th, 2005. He was 6 lbs 15.5 oz, so just shy of 7 lbs. 18.5". Perfect little baby size.

When babies are born vaginally, the compression of travelling through the birth canal squeezes all the fluid out of their lungs. C-section babies don't have that squeeze, and sometimes some fluid is left in the lungs. This happened with Kai, and he was working really hard to breathe when he was first born. They took him to the NICU for a while. He started improving almost right away. We went down to see and feed him every three hours, and this morning he was able to leave the NICU and join us in our hospital room. He's strong and healthy. In fact, yesterday, the day he was born, from laying on his stomach he was able to raise his head up and even ROLLED OVER.

He's our little bundle of perfect. :-)

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More pictures and VIDEO (so you can hear his adorable little sounds - we call him Squeaky McGee) later when I have more time.