a smile in the operating room

Posted by on September 22, 2006


We’re home from the hospital with our new girl, Esme Alexandra Wickes. I wanted to post the above pictures to show that the resurrection really does follow the cross. There I am, strapped down to a surgical table, paralyzed from the waist down, and having my organs rinsed and suctioned, then sewn back up. But, as my doula pointed out to me, you would never know that from the smile on my face at seeing the baby for the first time. Even I cannot believe this smile. Once she was out and breathing, all of my discomfort and fear receded. And the pain of recovery, the toll on my body, is nothing to me now that we have her with us.

Esme Alexandra weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and measured 21 inches. She was born at 8:14 a.m. on Tuesday morning, September 19, 2006. We are so grateful to have her as our very own. My doula took photos of the birth from beginning to end and I’ve posted them as a set on my flickr page.

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  1. Courtney
    September 23, 2006

    Congrats! I don’t even know you and I am all teary eyed! Welcome baby Esme. Great name by the way!

  2. Lucy
    September 24, 2006

    And, Jules, I wish I was there to celebrate with you and Jeff and Esme! The photos made me cry. I miss you.

  3. Jenny
    September 26, 2006

    Dear Julia,

    I love those photos, too. They’re amazing. I’m going to go to flicker now to see the rest.

    Thanks for letting us be there with you. Esme is beautiful. I can’t wait to meet her!

    I’m hooked on your blog–especially now that we’ve been able to journey with you into motherhood. Can’t wait to read more!

    Jen