4:50am :: Wake up to get ready for our trip to the hospital.
5:45am :: Arrive at the hospital & get all checked in.
6:30am :: Nurse arrives & gets everything set up for Dr Parker.
7:00am :: Dr Parker arrives & they notify the anesthesiologist that I will need an epidural for the version.
7:45am :: The anesthesiologist attempts to give me an epidural four times before "succeeding", at which point, the epidural only works on the right half of my body.
8:00am :: Dr Parker attempts to turn the baby three times. Incredibly painful without a fully working epidural, but manageable. Instead of turning at all, the baby decides just to bury himself deeper & not move at all.
9:00am :: Dr Parker decides that we need to go ahead with the c-section, but that we need to decide on how to make sure that I'm pain-free since the epidural didn't take fully. The anesthesiologist was weary of doing a spinal since he hadn't been able to succeed with the epidural & there was always the option of putting me to sleep (which nobody wanted). He decided to try giving me a spinal & succeeded on his first attempt. (Hooray!)
9:31am :: Baby James came out perfectly beautiful & very squeaky (not screamy).
9:45am :: They whisk James & David away to give James a bath & do a few other things with him while they sewed me back up.
11:45am :: I finally get to see my baby boy again!
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Here are some pictures!
Right before leaving for the hospital - 38 weeks, 4 days
Brand new & covered in gunk.
James Anthony Tertipes - 6 pounds, 6 ounces - 19 inches long
Goopy-eyed, but stinkin' cute. And check out his daddy's handsome chin.