The first baby born in 2009 in Sedalia got off to a bit of a rough start, but after more than a week, Kincaid Zakkery Maull is doing better.
Sean and Caressa Maull, of Sedalia, arrived at Bothwell Regional Health Center on New Year’s Eve, and their son made his first appearance at 8:30 a.m. after an emergency Cesarean section, 15 days before he was due.
Caressa had a kidney stone. She received morphine, which slowed down the baby’s heart beat. Doctors then performed the Cesarean section.
“It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever been through,” Caressa said.
A day after Kincaid was born, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces, he was taken to University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, to be treated for pneumonia.
Sean and Caressa got to hold Kincaid for only a short time before he was taken to the nursery at Bothwell.
“I got to hold him for maybe five minutes,” Caressa said.
Sean carried Kincaid to the nursery and could not touch him again until Tuesday in Columbia.
“I’ve been up there everyday,” Sean said.
Caressa left Bothwell Monday and visited her son Wednesday.
“It was awesome. It’s a little sad because you feel helpless,” Caressa said.
Sean said the couple wanted their son to have a unique name.
“I gave her Kincaid so I could have Zakkery,” Sean said.
Sean is a fan of the band Black Label Society and wanted to name his son after guitarist Zakk Wylde. Sean said Zakk is a nice guy who is down to earth.
Kincaid is the Maulls’ second child. Their oldest son, Draven Timothy Maull, is 2 years old and Sean said it may take a while for him to get use to his new younger brother.
“He doesn’t understand that the baby in mommy’s tummy is on the camera,” Sean said. “I think he’s going to be jealous.”
The Maulls received a basket full of toys and gift certificates while at the hospital.
Although Kincaid is still in Columbia, Sean and Caressa are visiting him as much as they can. Caressa said it will be at least another week before they can bring him home.
“I’m just feeling kind of useless. He’s not here for me to take care of him,” Caressa said.