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Since: 25.4.03
From: Nashville, TN

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Hello W's ... wanted to pass along that my baby boy, Emerson, was born (via C-Section) on Tuesday, July 26th, weighing in at 8lbs. 1/2 oz. & 20 1/2 inches long.

However, he was born with Esophageal Atresia (familydoctor.org). It is not a totally uncommon thing, but I just wanted to know if anyone out there had experienced it with a newborn or maybe knew of someone that has.

My little guy goes into surgery tomorrow morning & I guess I'm just looking for a little piece of mind.

Thanks.



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Since: 11.12.01

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Congratulations, I'm sure everything will go just fine. While no one I can think of has had this specifically, a lot of babies including my baby brother had GERD which is listed as one of the common complications after the surgery. It's hard to deal with knowing the baby is in discomfort from the acid and gas in their tummy, but basically you just end up squirting a little medicine in their mouth (which every baby I've known has seemed to like), trying a lot of different types of bottles and feeding positions to see what helps the most and it clears up eventually as they get a little older.

A lot of people here will be sending good thoughts your family's way. Give Mrs. Mayhem and Emerson hugs from us. Take care of them, and don't forget to eat and sleep yourself as well.



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Since: 12.2.02
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Congratulations!

As someone who had their little baby have to go thru two (successful) surgeries in her first year, you and your family have my prayers and sympathy. It's tough waiting for things to be finished, but it is the most wonderful relief when the procedure is over and they are safe in your arms again.

Also best wishes to your wife on her recovery from the C-section.



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Since: 18.3.02
From: Sussex, WI

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Congratulations, and take care.

Take comfort in the fact that infant care & surgery has come so far in the past few years.

My oldest brother has had two children with various breathing and GERD problems...both are fine today.

My 2nd oldest brother's 1st son was born almost 3 months early. He's now 9 after several surgeries, but is other wise fine and active....very VERY active.

I was fortunate enough that the only complication we had was my son attempting to hang himself on the umbilical cord...prompting an emergency C section.

You'll never worry more about anything in your life than your child, but the rewards and love far outweigh any anxiety or long nights. Kids allow us to get back some of our own innocence...and we get to play with their toys too!

Let us know how everything goes...






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Since: 25.4.03
From: Nashville, TN

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Thanks for all the kind words ...

We're fortunate enough that we live 30 minutes away from the brand new Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, so I know he's in excellent hands.



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Since: 7.1.04

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Congratulations and may God bless you all!

A colleague of mine (I don't know him all that well, but it was the talk of the department) just had this same done early last month for his newborn daughter at Children's Hospital in Boston. I don't know all the specifics, but she was almost 2 weeks preemie (5 lbs 11 oz) and had the surgery on her 4th day. She is doing fine, started taking a bottle after 2 weeks, and actually went home last weekend. She is now 8 lbs and her older sister gave her some of her doll's clothes as they fit best.

Be sure to ask the doctors ANYTHING - especially about and during the recovery. Fortunately children's surgery has come a long way and doctors will try to explain things, but a new parent often needs details repeated - its okay, its expected.

Every pound the baby gains is a thousand less tears. At 8 lbs Emerson Mayhem is likely stronger than many babies who have to go through this.

Lots of tense moments, you feel pretty helpless along the way, but having a child is the greatest thing in the world.

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Since: 25.4.03
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My little guy made it out of surgery like a champ and is basically breathing on his own (just has to be given a little oxygen, but it's much better than have a tube down his throat).

Is it me or was the sunshine a little bit brighter today? :)



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Congratulations on both the birth and the successful surgery. Are they not able to diagnose that before the actual birth?



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Since: 25.4.03
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.81
    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    Congratulations on both the birth and the successful surgery. Are they not able to diagnose that before the actual birth?


My wife's doctor went back and checked the ultrasounds and nothing at all appeared.



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Since: 18.3.02
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    Originally posted by Mayhem

    My little guy made it out of surgery like a champ and is basically breathing on his own (just has to be given a little oxygen, but it's much better than have a tube down his throat).

    Is it me or was the sunshine a little bit brighter today? :)


Fantastic to hear! Best wishes with the rest of the recovery for all of you.








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Since: 2.1.02
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    Originally posted by Mayhem

    My little guy made it out of surgery like a champ and is basically breathing on his own (just has to be given a little oxygen, but it's much better than have a tube down his throat).

    Is it me or was the sunshine a little bit brighter today? :)

All the best to you, the mommy, and the little guy. :)



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Since: 28.6.02

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Congrats to you and the Mrs.; good to hear that Emerson's OK after surgery. In no time, he'll be sitting up and moving around and things that you'll forget about this.



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Since: 3.10.02
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COngrats! I am happy the surgery went well. My cousin had open heart surgery at Vanderbilt when he was 12 months old, and the care was fantastic. Hope you all are resting and happy/healthy from hear on out!
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Since: 25.4.03
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.81

I'm happy to report that my little man was released from the hospital today and is at home now.

Thanks again for your kind words & support.





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Since: 16.4.02
From: Green Bay, WI

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God bless the men of 2nd Bn, 127th Inf, 32d "Red Arrow" Brigade, WI Army Nat'l Guard...good luck, and come home soon.

Awesome!

Here's hoping for a long and happy life for the li'l guy...and the proud parents. God bless!




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That's fantastic. Here's to your next night of continuous sleep being soon.



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