It can be a little tricky when the spinal fluid takes so long to come out. You have two choices. You can take your time and wait for the fluid to come, but then the spinal tap takes seemingly forever to do, and the baby is stuck with a needle in her back for a long time. On the other hand, if you try to make it come out faster by turning or pushing in the needle, the fluid can either stop coming out or turn bloody, neither of which is desirable.
I decided to be patient and just wait. The baby didn't seem to mind - she had actually fallen asleep. To pass the time the nurses and I talked about the astronaut who drove from Houston to Florida to confront a possible romantic rival. You may have heard the story. That two members of this love triangle were astronauts was interesting enough, but the fact that the astronaut wore diapers from Houston to Florida so she wouldn't have to stop made it seem like a tale from the land of the bizarre. It turns out that astronauts wear diapers during takeoffs and landings, which makes sense, I guess, if you think about it - something I had never done before. I don't know about you, but when I see astronauts walking out to the shuttle I'll never think of them the same way again. I'll just be wondering if their diapers are clean.
We finally finished the spinal tap and I removed the needle from the baby's back. The baby, who had been so good during the procedure, now started crying, which seemed a little paradoxical. I looked around and could see no romantic rival to her; maybe she just needed her diaper changed.