After much discussion (and after lengthy research provided by my good friend Dawn -- thank you SO MUCH, my friend!), we have decided to definitely go for a scheduled C-section around the first of August. We considered several points, the main ones being that I struggled so much laboring to have my first baby with no success, and the fact that when the time comes to deliver this baby, it will only have been a year since I had a C-section and the uterus needs at least that long to heal, so we don't want to take any chances with uterine rupture (*shudder*).
I have to admit, I'd been wavering of late, torn between the possibility of a VBAC (a "normal" birth) and the ease of a C-section. Thank goodness for frank conversations with knowledgable friends and helpful doctors -- I no longer have any doubts that this is the safest and best way to go for both of us. However, Dr. Pickler did tell me that with 2 C-sections under my belt, I'm pretty much "locked in" to C-sections for any subsequent children we might have. That was a heavy thought at first, but then I just quickly got over it. This is the way I'm meant to go, and apparently God thought I'd had enough of laboring the first time around, so I'll take it as a gift!
Before I close this post, I have to share one more thing. On a lark, I decided to look up Lucy's name in a name-meaning dictionary tonight. We were absolutely shocked to find out what her name means:
Anne=full of grace
Elizabeth=promised by God
If you know anything about my personal history, you know how much significance I find in her middle name. And all together, we have a child whose name means "a light, full of grace, promised by God." How stunningly beautiful. We pray that she will indeed be a light in this world, that she will always carry herself with grace and beauty, and that she will always know that she is a gift promised by the Father.