Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Welcome Elisabeth Rose

Elisabeth Rose Davis made her debut at 1:24 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2008. She weighed 8 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long.
We went into UNC Hospital Wednesday morning for an external version knowing that if it was unsuccessful we would then have a Cesarean section. (If successful, the plan was to go home and wait for natural onset of labor.) I was a little concerned that they wouldn't really try to turn the baby, but when two young male doctors came and began pushing and pulling with all their might that was no longer a concern. They managed to get her butt out of my pelvis, but try as they may they could not get her head down. (A very uncomfortable procedure I can assure you!) Apparently she was wearing the placenta like a hat. They finally managed to get her head down a little bit, but then her head would slowly spring back to its preferred position. At that point, they joked that she liked her placenta pillow and we all agreed to move forward with the C-section.

Once the decision was made things happened fairly quickly. We were first in line for a c-section and the procedure went much smoother than when Jonah was born. (I guess it helps not having gone through 30 hours of labor beforehand.) It did take a few minutes to get her out through the incision. I could hear the surgeons repeating "big baby" as they pulled out more and more baby. The head was stuck for a bit and they ended up using the forceps to deliver the head. But little Elisabeth was healthy and pink the whole time and didn't seem to mind her dramatic entry into the world. My stay in the recovery room was shorter and much less painful than what I remember after Jonah's delivery. I was able to nurse her in the recovery room (poor Jonah had to wait a bit longer) before moving to a hospital room.

We've been home from the hospital a few days now and all is going well considering. Jonah is hugging and kissing his baby sister and Elisabeth is settling nicely into life outside the womb. More to come.....

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