So, when we went in to the doctor at 38 weeks, they told us that I wasn't dilated or effaced. The same report came the next week, along with the opinion that I would most likely need a c-section. On Monday the 17th, we went in for one final check with a different doctor so we could get a second opinion. He told us that my pelvis isn't open and my cervix was still rock hard - I probably had a 5% chance of delivering vaginally. He also told us that we were looking at eight pounds of kid - I was amazed at that info: where had I put eight pounds? Here's the answer, taken Tuesday morning before we we left for the hospital:So we woke up bright and early and went to the hospital at 5:45 am. When we got there, the nurses quickly checked us in and prepped me for surgery. My parents met us at there and were excited to learn that they got to watch the delivery from a window outside the OR. I went down to the operating room and Jared left to get into scrubs (it took a while to find some to fit, but they succeeded). I got a spinal and immediately began to go numb; it was kind of a cool sensation. The doctors arrived, Jared came in, and we got to work. It felt just like Kaitlyn was moving a lot!
Pretty soon I heard a little squawk and the doctor commented that her head was "beautifully shaped" and that it was a good thing we'd done a c-section, because there was no way I was delivering her vaginally. Kaitlyn began holding her breath, maybe trying to get back in, but they quickly persuaded her that she wanted to breath. She was blue at first, but quickly pinked up. Her Apgar scores were 8 and 9. Jared and Kaitlyn went to the nursery while they finished sewing me up.I went back to the room and waited to see my beautiful baby girl again. They came in and handed her to me, she was so wonderful. I couldn't believe how perfect she was. Later, when Jared and Dad went to giver her a bath, Mom and I talked about how we felt that Grandma Webb had been there with us and had been a very strong influence with Kaitlyn since Grandma left us.Kaitlyn has my nose and Jared's chin. She also has big eyes shaped like mine, whether they're blue, green, or brown remains to be seen. She has Jared's long fingers and toes and long eyelashes that get darker each day. We are all home now, and Kaitlyn is a wonderful baby. She sleeps in 5 hour stretches, which is really nice. I am feeling pretty good and recovering well. Jared has been wonderful, taking care of me, as well as my mom and sister. Jared's family arrives this week to drop the twins off at college and Mom is staying to play with her grandbaby and help me while Jared goes to his first week of classes. We are, of course, absolutely in love and are so excited to take care of this sweet, beautiful angel that the Lord has trusted to us.