Sara Cecelia Musgrove was born Saturday July 11, 2015 at 5:44pm ET, healthy, strong and beautiful. Casey had a regular checkup on Thursday July 9, and the doctor thought that if Casey was ready, it wouldn’t be any problem to electively induce labor, which if you ever have the chance to choose, is the way to go. It allows a much more manageable and comfortable experience.
Saturday morning Casey called the hospital at 5am to see if they had an open bed, and they did. Casey, her mother and I headed to the hospital after picking up 2 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts to
bribe thank the nurses in the labor and delivery wing. We arrived around 6:45am and began the day. Lots of checkups and visits by nurses and hospital people. Casey had a very nice room and the whole experience was excellent. The people were all very helpful and nice and I can’t think of a single thing that could have improved the experience.
The nurses set up an epidural and administered the Pitocin, which begins contractions. We waited around for everything to set in and the contractions to come regularly. Casey was pretty uncomfortable during this period, but it was about to all be over. At least the contractions and discomfort. In the afternoon, Doctor Boyd came by, checked Casey out and asked if she was ready, we could get the show on the road. He had just delivered another kid, so he was good and warmed up. Casey gave about 5 series of 3 or so pushes, and eleven minutes later, Cecelia was born. Casey and the doctor and nurses did a wonderful job. Deborah and I helped Casey and I got to cut the cord. It was a very magical and emotional experience. The complete lack of sleep the prior few days made things a little tougher, but the excitement cut through that. Neither Casey nor I could sleep the night before, we were so excited, and I didn’t sleep the night before that either.
Cecelia was 8 pounds, 15 ounces and 20.75 inches. Totally healthy and strong and a furry head of dark hair. Her eyes, as best as I can make out, are grey, which is normal for many babies. They usually change color later, and I expect them to either be brown or blue. She has long eyelashes already like her father. Everyone had been expecting a small baby the entire time. That was not the case whatsoever. Almost 9 lbs of cheeks.
I stayed with Casey both nights in the hospital and they were discharged Monday around noon. Sort of sleepless nights, but with Deborah’s help we’re able to get some good naps in. And we also came back to a house with broken AC. So the house is pretty warm. Megan got back from Africa last Tuesday, and has been staying with Annabelle (her BFF) over the weekend, and everything couldn’t be going more smoothly. We’re now all back home and so the adventure begins.