A daughter is born

We have a daughter! Her name is Elizabeth Dawn. We plan to call her Beth. She was born at 1:32am on January 26th, 2009 via C-Section and weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 inches long.

I went into labor around 8:30pm Sunday night. I decided that since I *might* be in labor, I’d take a shower, since I’d skipped it earlier in the day and it would be at least another day before I got another chance. By 9:30 the contractions were less than 5 minutes apart. We called the doctor on call (not my doctor, of course) and given Alex’s speedy delivery, we headed into the hospital right away. I sent a quick email to my mother, my sister (on whose birthday I went into labor), and my friend, Olya to tell them that we were heading for the hospital. By 11:00 we were checked into Labor & Delivery at St. Francis hospital. I was 3 cm dilated, but they couldn’t tell where the head was. Contractions were 4 minutes apart. A second, more experienced nurse checked and again, she couldn’t tell if the head was down. An ultrasound was called for and it was discovered that Beth was breech. The C-section was scheduled immediately for 1am. By 1:10 I was prepped and headed for the OR and Eric was given scrubs to change into. But when they went to do the spinal block, I had some acne in the exact area they needed to go into and infection was feared, so they decided to do a general anesthetic instead. So they changed course to put me under and someone went to tell Eric he couldn’t come in after all. By 1:32, Elizabeth was out. Eric was told she was a girl. He called my parents to tell them. Around 2:30, I finally started to wake up and was told that she was a girl. So my parents actually knew the sex of the baby before I did. Eric was disappointed that he did not get to see the birth, nor cut the umbilical cord.

Monday was a rough day at the hospital recovering from the C-section and the fact that neither of us had gotten any sleep on Sunday night. But by Tuesday I was on my feet walking around a little bit, which is encouraged for healing. My doctor was willing to send me home on Wednesday, but I opted to stay until Thursday since my parents had changed their plans and were arriving on Thursday. That way I did not have to deal with a toddler without a lot of backup on my first night home after major surgery.

Dad is going home on Sunday, Mom will be staying for about 6 weeks, which is 2 weeks more than we originally planned. The original plan was for Eric to stay at home with me for two weeks and then mom was going to come up for 4 weeks.

4 thoughts on “A daughter is born

  1. Dear Eric, Shannon, Alex & Jenna,

    We are thrilled to hear of the birth of Elizabeth Dawn. Can’t wait to see pictures of her. Hope that she brings much happiness into your lives. May God bless and watch over all of you.

    Lots of love,
    Uncle Jeff and Aunt Lynn

  2. Shannon & Eric – Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. Shannon, I asked your mom to let me know if you would like anything in particular for Beth. I will send you a gift once she gives me some suggestions. Jenna, you got your little sister. Enjoy her. Know that she will cause you grief at some point in your life, but some day you will realize that sisters are the BEST friend you will ever have. I have two so I know! Our love to all of you.

    Aunt Mary Ellen & Uncle Ron

  3. I am glad all went well. Babies are a real blessing. I am sure Alex and Jenna will enjoy having a little sister most of the time. It is good that your Mom will be there to help. Love, Aunt Carole