Luke's 1st Day in the World
January 24, 2001



Luke's Birth Story

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.




Luke's Embrologic Development

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1st Ultrasound July 6th, 2000

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 Ultrasound July 19, 2000

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Ultrasound Sept 23, 2000

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Did you know that at 2 months the baby has become sensitive and responds to touch. All five major areas of the adult brain are present. Brain functioning, as measured by EEG waves, has been recorded as early as 6 weeks. The baby is about 2 1/2 inches long and about 3/4 oz.  It is very expressive, wrinkling its forehead, turning its head and opening and closing its tiny lips.

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