A New Entry to This World
My son Michael and his wife Amanda welcomed a new baby girl to their family early this morning.
Iliandra weighed 7 lbs 6 oz and was 21.75 inches long. (I think that's about 1/4 of her mother, Amanda.)
Iliandra's arrival at 3:30 a.m. came after some excitement and anxiety! Amanda was trying for a home birth, but the baby was breach so they ended up loading Amanda into an ambulance and taking her to the hospital. Doctors thought they would have to do a C-section. After admitting her, they wheeled her to the OR to prep her for surgery, but at the last minute she gave a heroic effort and got the baby out by herself! It was an all natural birth, no drugs, brute force!
Michael jokes that the pool in which Amanda was trying to have a water-birth in their home did not allow any "diving" so Iliandra came out butt-first - Cannonball style!! I think that's the nickname I'm going to call her: Cannonball!
Iliandra is still in the neonatal care unit while they check her breathing and see that her hips are okay. They might have been dislocated during birth.
Oh - I couldn't help but notice that she arrived "Bare-Foot"!! Good girl!
Ryan - Grandpa