After 11 hours of labor (7 of which were fairly easy) and half an hour of pushing, Cedric Thomas was born at 11:33 pm on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 in Bogota, Colombia.
We chose Cedric primarily because we like the name! But also, as culturally mixed up MKs that we are, we wanted an Anglo-Saxon name that would reflect some of our way back common ethnic/cultural roots. We each have a grandfather called Thomas, and it is also Bill's middle name, so we chose his second name for the family connection and to remind Cedric of his godly heritage.
The actual birth was difficult for baby. He came out facing the "wrong" way which made it hard for him to pass through easily, he stressed out and possibly inhaled/ingested meconium on his way out. The doctor ended up using forceps and he got a small fracture on his skull. As a result he was almost immediately put into an incubator. He has been in NICU under observation. As of today (5/26) we know his heart, lungs and stomach are all ok. He will be fed for the first time this afternoon then monitored for that and the healing of the fracture. We hope to have him home in a few days or less.
Update as of 5/26 9PM: Baby did not in fact inhale meconium. Rather his bigger problem was that he lacked oxygen during the birth process and his organs showed signs of oxygen deprivation. Praise God he is healing from that trauma!! We are waiting to know if there is anything of concern due to his head trauma.
First picture... after they cleaned out his lungs and stomach and wiped his skin.
Meeting his dad
Meeting his mum
Half a day old, cleaned up more
21 hours old - best looking baby in the world :)
A little visit to connect