Another sign of me ageing – first came my 50th birthday and now my daughter has made me a grandad. Baby Michaela is pictured below. She arrived at 6.58am on 8th March and weighed 6 lb 10 oz. In common with many new-born babies, she has slight jaundice, which is rapidly improving with the help of a UV light. We don’t seem to have much imagination where names are concerned – my daughter (20) is called Michelle, and my son is (24) is called Michael.
All seems to be well despite a few scares. During the birth the heart rate faded, not helped by the fact that the umbilical cord became wrapped around her neck 3 times. Resuscitation equipment was rushed into the delivery suite, but wasn’t needed in the end. Michaela also has only one functional kidney. The other is a Multicystic Dysplastic Kidney (MCDK). The last scan before birth estimated that MDCK was 9 cm, about twice the size of the normal kidney. A scan today measured it at 7cm. Hopefuly it will continue to shrink and no surgery will be necessary. The consultant will decide tomorrow (Tuesday) and then we can bring them both home. Our daughter’s/son-in-law’s house isn’t ready to move into yet.
The proud parents are pictured below watching hospital TV:
Many thanks to everyone at Good Hope Hospital Maternity Unit.