Welcome the newest addition to our family, Luke Marshall
Rose! We chose Marshall as his middle name in honor of my grandfather, who
passed away in October.
Luke decided he wanted to meet the world early. On the
morning of his birth, Frances' water broke at about 5:00 A.M. while making
lunch for me. She came up to get me out of bed and I told her to just go
ahead without me since we were planning on driving together. She said,
"Well ok, I can do that, but I think my water just broke!"
Needless to say, I was suddenly wide awake and up out of that bed. Frances
was so funny, she actually wanted to go into work before we went to the
hospital to "take care of a few things". Crazy Girl!
We got to
the hospital and found that he was breech. Even though Frances teased
about having a C-section, when the reality that it may actually happen
hit, it was a little scary. We had to wait several hours since Frances had
eaten that morning, but during that time the doctors decided they were
going to try a "version". A version is when they try to turn the
baby from the outside. Meanwhile Frances was having no pain from
contractions and at about 2:00 P.M. they put an epidural in.
Finally at about 3:30 P.M. they put her in the operating
room, and with me in the room at her side they tried the version. It was
totally unsuccessful. That boy was not budging! So they proceeded with the
caesarean. I stayed at her side while they proceeded and at 4:13 P.M., January
24, 2001, he was born. Even though he was a bloody mess, he was the most
beautiful thing we had ever seen! The doctors said he was crying before he
was out of the womb. He was 6 lbs 10 oz, and 19 inches.
Meanwhile, Frances was being put back together. They had
discovered something very odd. Frances has a "bicornial" uterus
which is the reason Luke was breech and probably why all future children
will be breech. The doctor invited me to look and I jumped at the chance.
First, it was really cool to see her uterus and insides! I should have
been a doctor! Anyway, the large part of the uterus was smooth and round,
but at the bottom there was this extra little horn or lobe. Luke
had grown into that horn and was basically unable to turn head down.
It was kind of like growing in a pill capsule!
Everything went well and Frances is recovering just fine.
The new Rose family arrived home Saturday morning, beginning the next
chapter to our lives.