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in which i have a long day. - don't let the bastards grind you down.
in which i have a long day.
3.5 weeks early - painkillers + unexpected 2006 tax deduction = my kid.

5:10 - get woken up by wife who says "i just leaked a lot of fluid"
5:15 - get told by wife "man, i'm having contractions, i think"
5:16 - call doctor's answering service
5:20 - research leaking fluid, feeling pretty sure it's amniotic fluid. also, less than 10% of births begin with the water breaking before contractions are felt.
5:30 - doc calls. he says get the hell to the hospital.
5:40 - we leave for the hospital. it's 3 weeks early so we didn't have a bag packed...we had to pack and we did a bad job :)
6:10 - get to the hospital triage unit.
6:40 - get litmus test. nurse says "yup, you're having a baby today" when litmus turns blue and cervix is found 80% thinned and at 2cm dilation.
10:30ish - finally get to an LDR -- labor delivery room. get seen by doctor we've never heard of who starts a pitocin drip to hurry along contractions because cervix is only 4cm dilation.
10:45 - contractions start becoming stronger, but not so bad.
12:30 - contractions are bad enough to ask for an epidural.
12:45 - final hydration started for epidural. expected to take 15-20 minutes at which time anesthetist will come in to provide the epidural.
13:00 - hydration finished.
13:25 - emergency all-hands c-section provided for some other patient. anesthetist otherwise busy.
13:30 - wife in a lot of pain. feeling need to bear down. call nurses station and say "my wife needs to push" and them going "we'll send someone right in"
13:31 - nurse comes in to do exam. goes "oh, wow, um. you're fully dilated and at +2. if you need to push, go ahead and push"
13:35 - anesthetist comes into room. we talk about wanting an epidural and the doc basically says we might not even have enough time to do it, all things considered. though, if we do have enough time to do it, we might not have enough time for it to take effect. though, if it takes effect, it'll give us enough time to have our doctor (who we just met that day) perform the delivery.

13:36 - my wife proves she's harder than all of us by telling us that she's going to go natural.

13:40 - some other doctor shows up and introduces herself and tells us she's going to perform the delivery. many tables of equipment and nurses start showing up.
13:42 - our doc shows up. along with another doc just in case. the two docs we didn't know leave, "our" doc gets acquainted.

13:51 - my kid is born.

14:00 - my wife is stitched up with just a little local anesthetic. which didn't really do anything.

so may i present lilia elise engelsen

Current Location: st. joseph's women's center, tampa
Current Mood: giddy giddy

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yittleone From: yittleone Date: December 21st, 2006 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
CONGRATULATIONS! She's beautiful! She looks long, how big is she?

Man, I hope I go that quickly.
walther1 From: walther1 Date: December 21st, 2006 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
fruchick From: fruchick Date: December 21st, 2006 04:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Congrats! She's gorgeous! And what a lovely name! =)
grapenut From: grapenut Date: December 21st, 2006 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Awesome! Congratulations!
swolfe From: swolfe Date: December 21st, 2006 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
flavobean From: flavobean Date: December 21st, 2006 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Good stuff my friend. Your wife is my personal hero.

queseracass From: queseracass Date: December 21st, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

bundle of joy!

i'm so excited for you! and also terrified for myself. congrats, she's beautiful. :)
cnjosephyne From: cnjosephyne Date: December 21st, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perfect babe! wonderful story!
qed From: qed Date: December 21st, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations! I'm glad everything turned out ok.
christy_p From: christy_p Date: December 21st, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
yay! congrats!
retrocareer From: retrocareer Date: December 21st, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ding Baby! Grats!
katsby From: katsby Date: December 23rd, 2006 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
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kanganat From: kanganat Date: December 27th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)
From: chubbyguppy Date: December 31st, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations :) I'm real happy for you <3

Your wife also is my personal hero.
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