Because I had two previous C-sections, this time I didn't have a choice: we were scheduling a C-section. My due date was December 11, and they schedule C-sections up to one week early, so we were scheduled for Friday, December 4. We had to be at the hospital bright and early to get prepped for my 8:30 surgery. We were very anxious! I didn't feel nervous until they came to put in my epidural - I think that's when it started to get real that I was having surgery. I am not a fan of pain medicine, so my anxiety started kicking in.
We had the sweetest nurse all morning and throughout the surgery, Chaney, and of all the people in the operating room (there were about 12 including Jason and me), only Chaney and the anesthesiologist predicted the baby would be a girl. [Jason admitted to me later that he thought it was a girl, but he didn't want to jinx it by saying it out loud.] :) As the surgery started, my left arm went numb and my eyelids started getting really heavy, both of which made me nervous (even though they assured me both were normal).
|Heavy eyelids when we were getting started!!|
The rest of the surgery seemed to take forever, and I watched from the table as they got Baby Girl all cleaned up, weighed and evaluated and Jason took a million pictures. Chaney even made two extra sets of footprints for the boys to take to school, which was really sweet.
Right away we thought she looked like Jack as a newborn - she has his exact mouth! And of course, we were smitten right from the start with our precious daughter.
- Jason: All good.
- Grandma Clayton: Boy or Girl??????
- Jason: Yes
- Jason: 7 lbs.....
- Jason: 8 oz.....
- Grandma Lang: I'm going to have to smack you
- Jason: Baby.....
- Jason: Nora Anne!
And then with our neighbors/friends, he did this (I'm paraphrasing because I don't have the texts):
Jason wrote "Baby is here!" (with this picture attached:)
I think a few of the girls wrote back things like "haha" and "LOL" and then Chrissy (I think?) said "Should we assume it's a boy because this baby is wearing blue?" Jason finally replied by sending the picture of the three of us and said "There's only one boy in this picture."