Cameron Scott Carmichael was born at 5:41 a.m., Jan. 1, 2014, to Amber and Colin Carmichael of Alta. They had been celebrating New Year’s Eve, looking back at the events of 2013 when Amber went into labor.
“When my water broke, it was midnight on New Year’s Eve. It was pretty exciting,” she says.
“He’s kind of a big deal. Everyone’s calling him the baby of the year.”
The parents didn’t know their child’s gender until the moment he was born early Wednesday morning, weighing in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces and 19.5 inches. For now, at least, Cameron has blue eyes.
“We were listening to Frank Sinatra in the operating room,” Amber said. “So that’s appropriate.”
Toward the end of a pregnancy the baby’s head typically moves into a downward position to facilitate passage through the birth canal, but Cameron was upside down. The Carmichaels say they could feel Cameron’s head through Amber’s upper abdomen for weeks leading up to labor.
They considered acupuncture and other therapies to remedy the problem, but when Amber went into labor the child was still in breech position. Breech births can be risky, and they sometimes come with complications. After four hours of labor, the medical staff at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital performed a cesarean section.
“You feel a little helpless,” Colin Carmichael said about watching his wife give birth. “There’s not a whole lot you can do.”
Baby Cameron came 10 days early. And Dad said he wasn’t ready when Amber went into labor.
“I was not even close to prepared yet,” Colin says. “We got married just a few months before we found out we got pregnant.”
Amber and Colin say they plan on having more children sometime in the future — but not yet.
Now that Cameron is here, the family plans to take some time off. Colin is on paternity leave from his job with Cal Fire.
The Carmichaels have been visiting with friends and family in the hospital, and they’re planning a road trip in the coming weeks. Cameron’s 94-year-old paternal great-grandfather lives in San Diego. They will be traveling down to Southern California to meet with him and Colin’s father, The plan is to take a photograph of all four generations of Carmichael men together.
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