Here she is – Evelyn Piper Messmer:

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We had a bit of a scare.  Since Norie’s water broke early this morning the doctors needed to give her pitocin to speed up the contractions.  This led to a barrage of contractions that caused the baby’s heart rate to dip.  They took her off the pitocin and everything was fine, but were still worried that she was taking too long to deliver.  So they gave her a smaller dose of pitocin, and the problems started up again.

After this happened again the place flooded with doctors and they whisked Norie away to the OR for a potential emergency C-section.  Fortunately, when she got to the OR the baby’s heart rate had stabilized, so they didn’t do an emergency C-section, but did a regular C-section. I’m not completely sure what the difference is, but I do know that I wouldn’t have been able to be in the room if it had been an emergency C-section, so for that (and many other, reasons) I’m glad it wasn’t.

It all worked out in the end.  Evie made it into the world at 4:40 P.M.  Norie is in recovery and doing fine – she was a trooper through the whole ordeal.  The baby is a healthy 18 inches and 6 pounds 4 ounces.  She has some hair on her head – Norie’s color, my curls – and at least for the time being has blue eyes.

There’s not much more to say.  There was the one terrifying moment when things got complicated but now everything is peaceful and we’re just waiting to head to the room where we’ll stay until Norie’s ready to come home on Monday.

So, those are the logistics.

It’s ironic that after chronicling the past nine months by writing a blog, the climactic moment eludes words.

The best I can do is to say that I’m going to go hold my daughter.


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