On Thursday morning, I finally got the call - my sister was in labor! Mom and I headed to the hospital. When we got there, she had just gotten an epidural, and told us she had been in labor since about midnight, but they arrived at the hospital around 7.
After her first pregnancy, Lindi wanted to deliver at a hospital with a high level NICU and neonatal specialists. . The closest to home is none other than Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, the same place Scarlett has had all her oncology treatments, so we all know it well. In fact, Thursday is also Scarlett's clinic day, so a few hours after I arrived at the hospital to see Lindi, Chris brought Scarlett in for her labs and clinic. I made a few trips from Labor and Delivery on the 2nd floor to Oncology on the first.
We waited all day, but Lindi made very little progress. The baby's heart rate kept fluctuating and making the doctors and nurses very nervous. She wore an oxygen mask to help him, but it didn't make enough difference. They started talking about a c-section in the afternoon, and had her sign a consent "just in case" around 7. At about 8:30, when she had made no progress in over an hour and the baby was not at all dropping down, they made the decision that it was time for a cesarean. Of course, this was not what she had hoped for, so Lindi was pretty upset. However, once the wheels were in motion and she was being prepped, everyone was calm and eager to get Caleb born.
We all moved to the waiting room - me, my parents, Mike's parents and brother and some friends - and waited. And waited. Finally, around 9:45, we were introduced to Caleb Michael. He was 8 lbs. 4 oz., 21 inches. He has dark hair and eyes, and is very, very calm (so far!). He was born at 9:33 pm, after about 20 hours of labor - whew!
It turns out that his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck twice, so he just couldn't make his way out. They were monitoring him closely, but he was very healthy. We watched him get his first exam through the nursery window while Lindi was still in surgery. It was after visiting hours, so we were lucky that we didn't get kicked out of the hallway! Unfortunately, that meant we couldn't really visit much until the next day, when we all descended upon the hospital to meet the little guy.
Now, everyone is feeling pretty good and they are planning to come home tomorrow. Scarlett hasn't gotten to meet her cousin yet, but I'm sure she'll be happy to poke at him as soon as she gets a chance!