On July 8, 2013, I gave birth to our second daughter, Abigail Rose Bertram. She was 6 lbs 9 oz and 19 inches long.
We chose the name Abigail after the woman named Abigail in the Bible. 1 Samuel 25:3 says “now the man’s name was Nabal, and his wife’s name was Abigail. And the woman was intelligent and beautiful in appearance.”
I woke up at 2:30 in the morning with contractions 5 minutes apart and was admited at 3:45 with contractions already 2 minutes apart. I am not into natural child birth and was quite disappointed that I was too late for drugs. It turns out the baby was transverse (i.e. sideways) so I ended up having an emergency C-section. Not my first choice, but I’m very grateful for the doctor who was on call and performed the surgery quickly, and all the hospital staff at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. (It doesn’t hurt that their public site — www.memhosp.com — is a SharePoint publishing site, but that’s beside the point. 🙂 )
My 2 year old daughter has adjuste quite well to the new baby, and likes to touch Abby’s “tiny toes”. My husband Ryan loves holding the sleeping baby on his chest, and I’m just trying to get sleep when I can. I feel very blessed.