World, Meet Quorra

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Quorra Ember Kintz entered this world via c-section at 12:47 AM on August 27, 2015 after 43 hours of labor. The delivery was scary! She would have been born vaginally, but, for reasons we will never know, her heart rate started spiking and plummeting dangerously after each contraction when she was about 1/2 way down the birth canal. There’s a chance she would have made it, even with the heartrate fluctuations, but it seems unlikely. My midwife says she probably needed another 3-4 hours of pushing, and neither Quorra nor I had it in us after 43 hours of labor.

After they pulled her out of me in the operating room, I laid there as if in a dream, feeling but not feeling them stitching up my belly… watching Jack watching Quorra as they carried her to a table on the edge of the room. I became intensely aware that she wasn’t making a sound, and that the doctors looked worried. A bunch of doctors gathered around her as Jack and I looked on helplessly, and my eyes welled up as I realized that despite all of this something may be wrong with our little girl. Finally, after what seemed forever, I heard the sweet sound of her cries, saw Jack’s posture relax, and saw him snap this picture of Quorra’s first cries in this world.

Her name is pronounced “kor-uh.” In Italian it means “heart.” She weighed 6lbs 12.8 oz, and measured 18 1/4 inches long. Recovering from the c-section has been a trial, a lesson in taking things easy so that I can be there for her sooner. My heart is completely smitten with her.