The Boy Who Flipped (Video)
We scrubbed up and entered the operating room ready for the c-section. Not to leave any stone (or, in this case, baby) unturned, the doctors first performed a version. It was seen as a Hail Mary attempt to flip the baby out of a breech position — the odds were not in our favor. But after man-handling the unborn Boy Zou for 10 minutes, he inverted! The OR erupted in cheers like mission control at the end of a NASA movie. We were as shocked as the professionals in the room and became instant celebrities in the ward. Our little guy was now known [unofficially] as the Boy Who Flipped.
But the excitement slowly washed away as we shifted to an induction and ultimately vaginal delivery. Over the next 53 hours, we waited. Christine handled the slow-build with grace and knitting needles. I paced and ate Panera. Almost coming full-circle back to the c-section, we ended our #deliverysampler. Christine pushed our son into this world. Our son Declan James Loizou.
To our friends and family, thank you for your love and support. To Christine, thank you for everything.
Declan James is technically an Irish name, but it is also technically a nod to my dad Dean and our father-grandfather naming tradition. So, he's a Greek-Gaelic Loizou boy.