Just wanted to write a very special blog about our wonderful little girl. Georgia Jane Melchiorre arrived by surprise on Valentine’s Day. I woke up that morning in a little bit of periodic pain but I really thought it was something I ate. After about an hour of pain, I called my doctor who informed me that she thought I was in labor. It was so far from our minds that I would actually go into labor that in spite of the doctor’s thoughts I drove myself to the hospital and told Dan not to worry it was likely a false alarm. I really felt she was being cautious but by the time I got there I was pretty far a long and needless to say an immediate call to Dan was warranted. Our family and friends gathered around us quickly to take care of Paul. Dan arrived a the hospital a little after 9am and Georgia was born just an hour later at 10:10 am at exactly 38 weeks weighing in a 7 pounds five ounces.
She was the calmest baby in the nursery. She is so zen, she sleeps and eats and plays and barely cries. To say that Paul loves her would be an UNDERSTATEMENT. He is head over heels for her. She has been the best thing for our family and brings so much joy to our everyday life. I can not imagine what we did before she was here. My heart grew a whole size when this little lady was born and it is so full everyday with her.
We did an echo when she was just one day old as standard procedure for any sibling of an HLHS child. The fellow noted that Georgia likely has a bicuspid aortic valve. We return to cardiology tomorrow to learn if this is, in fact, going on with her heart. On the spectrum of CHD, BAV is very minor and does not cause issue in most cases until much later in life- even then the outcomes for valve repair are excellent. So, we will wait and see. For now we are LOVING being a family of four.