My devoted sister Nina had been with Lionel walking the floor in the halls until late December first. Then they walked home together and tried to get some sleep. Lion came to the hospital after breakfast next morning and was greatly worried that the child had not come. Again he walked the halls, with his friend Chouteau Dyer who was there caring for his little girl who was desperately ill. This experience resulted in a lifelong friendship. Some time during the second afternoon a black and blue baby girl weighing seven pounds six ounces came. She was held by the heels and spanked to make her squall. Everyone was greatly relieved when the child was pronounced normal in every way.
When I wakened after several hours a nurse told me the good news. Then she opened the door to let Lion come in and went to tell the doctor I was awake. I said to Lion, "You were disappointed that we did not have a boy, weren't you?" Lion knelt down, took my hand and kissed it, saying, "No, my dear, I am so thankful that both you and our child are all right that I welcome her with all my heart." When Dr. Royston came in he looked worn out but greeted me with that same cheery manner. He sent the nurse to get our baby. The nurse held her down so I could get a good look at the tiny babe. I said, “What an ugly mouth!" Dr. Royston said, "Aren't you ashamed of yourself? This is a wonderful looking baby." Lion went back to tell my parents the good news and to say that no one but parents should go to see me.