We would like to officially welcome Elleanor Ann into our lives and, by extension, our blog. On Monday, we had an appointment with the ultrasound office to check on Elleanor's weight in anticipation of an appointment on Tuesday with Dr. Te who would then decide what the course of action would be. At noon (12:03 to be exact), the specialist came in and said "today you are going to have a baby". We were in disbelief because Kim's contractions hadn't been too bad and she didn't feel like she was going to be in labor.
The doctor then went on to say that because of her fluid level, blood pressure, and what they were measuring Elleanor at (9lbs. 4oz.) they said she should come out via Cesarean. We were then told that they had already scheduled the surgery for 2:30 and we should head right over and start to check in.
The surgery started quite inauspiciously. The anesthesiologist had some trouble getting the spinal block and then the epidural started. Finally, after about 30 minutes, he had success and they could start with the surgery. From there, things went pretty quickly. After the first incision, they were ready to pull her out in about 5 minutes and at 3:21 on June 29th she was born. She came in at only 8lbs. 3oz. (much less than predicted) and 19 3/4 in.
I will save you some of the messier O.R. pictures but here is one right after we got back to our room.
Colby imparting his wisdom on two-hour-old Elleanor
OK, so you do get one O.R. picture. This is our first family picture.
Elleanor, very relaxed after one of her first feedings. (you can see we didn't get to her fingernails quick enough but luckily the scratches went away soon)
We are all home now and settling into the new "normal" rather quickly. We have lots of other pictures and will try to post as often as we can.