Claire and I have been prepping for this day for 19 weeks. I say 19, because it wasn’t untill 20 weeks of pregnancy that we really knew what delivery was going to look like. Here’s a piece of Brody’s first hours breathing in some fresh air!! (Kind of…..)
After about 4 anxious hours of waiting in the Pre Operation room, Claire was wheeled into the Operating room, where they did a spinal tap in order to numb her lower body for the C-section. As I arrived after my debrief about Brody’s departure plans from the Operating room, Claire was so radiant!!! And I’m not just saying that as her husband. She was truly glowing. She was smiling ear to ear, chatting to the people who were literally slicing her open. She was so happy about how good her hips felt (because she couldn’t feel them at all). I was immediately at peace at how incredibly calm and confident Claire was in the moment. In a circumstance that screams fear, worry, and doubt, Claire was filled with a supernatural peace and trust. “A peace that surpasses understanding.” (Philippians 4:7)
Thank you to everyone who was praying for that.
Brody Michael Malarae at 7 pounds and 20inches, he was here!
After putting up quite the fight, he was very blue. The blue skin symptom is due to his heart condition. His heart does not pump enough oxygen out to his body. I truly can’t explain the rawness of that moment. Complete and utter shock and worry, as well as absolute bliss. I was staring at my son! I was bouncing back and forth between tears of joy and feeling a huge pit in my stomach.
The NICU team immediately put him on a ventilator where they were nearly breathing for him completely. Long story short, by the grace of God within a few hours Brody had gained his color back and his vitals were stabilizing. He was getting more and more stable every hour. Currently, less than 24 hours later, he is not receiving any extra oxygen and hasn’t been sedated at all today. God is good!
We were initially told we would have to wait 7-10 days after Brody was born for him to have his heart surgery. But as of about an hour ago, we were told that he was healthy, and stable enough, and that his heart surgery would be TOMORROW!
It’s been a wild ride already. But God’s peace and presence have been so tangible and we are in high hopes. Please continue to partner with us in prayer for Brody’s surgery and healing.
More to come…