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.