Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Introducing the newest member of the Specht family...

Lydia Marie Specht
Born on 06/16/2011 at 8lbs, 4ozs

It was quite an experience. Lydia was breech. So we went in for a scheduled cephalic version - where they try to manually turn the baby from the outside. They did a spinal block and an epidural (which took an hour to place due to my scoliosis - though I was very, very glad because I did not want to feel it if they ended up doing a c-section). The version was extremely intense. Our wonderful doctor, Dr. Hoover, is so positive. She really tried to get her to flip, but she was too long to turn and kept getting caught up on my hips. So we ended up with a c-section after all. That wasn't too bad. Just a lot of pressure. Recovery seemed harder though because I was so sore and bruised from the attempted flipping. What a day! But once I heard Liddy's little cries, it was all worth it.

This was the first moment I saw her. She was crying, and then Clarence held her up for me. I started talking. She stopped crying and nuzzled in to my cheek. It was one of the best moments of my life (aside from when Rowan was born). Something I will never forget. The anesthesiologist took this picture for us.

Here is a picture Clarence snapped-

Rowan loves being a big brother-

Lydia is now one month old. I've got to take some more pictures. When we went back for her 2-week checkup, she was already 9lbs and almost 23 inches long! She was off the charts for her height. She was in the 75th percentile for weight and head circumference, and she's even bigger now! So happy she's gaining weight and doing well.