Raylan was the most wanted and wished for baby in the world. (As every baby is.) I was so incredibly excited and blessed to be invited to be there for his arrival with longtime clients Devan and Margarita, whose love for each other I have watched evolve from an engaged couple, to newly weds, to fresh faced parents.
Raylan was a stubborn little stinker and decided he would really rather just be born butt-first, which, Margarita's doctor told him was a no-no, but despite all of their convincing, Raylan stayed exactly where he was, sucking on his toes, butt down. And so, yesterday, all of us arrived at Mills-Penninsula at dark o'clock in the morning to coax Raylan out the other way!
I was so incredibly lucky that Margarita's OB and her anesthesiologist were completely on board and flexible with allowing me to be in the OR during the c-section. We couldn't see a thing because of the drape and had the instructions to not move around, so when I heard the doctor call out, "Time?" I just held the camera up and pointed in the general direction and hoped I was getting something. Raylan let out the fakest, cutest, most adorable cry (like a bleating lamb!) and they swept him over to the incubator to get cleaned off, weighed and have new dad Devan cut the cord.
Once he was swaddled up tight, and wearing his first new hat, Margarita got to see her precious baby boy for the first time. It was awesome! He was so cute and so perfect, and had the funniest legs! He had been sitting in there in a tight little "piked" position with his legs straight up to his face and that is exactly how he liked laying once he got out! His feet were as soft as butterfly wings and his hair was dark and curly. He is perfect and so loved!
We discovered after Raylan's birth that his cord had been shorted in length because of some tangling around his neck and it had prevented him from moving, which was also made more difficult due to low fluid levels. For teeny tiny Margarita, this big 7 pound baby arrived in just the way he was supposed to, and in the way that was absolutely best for him. It was medical technology working at it's best for sure!