Delivery Recap

Thursday, April 9, 2009
So yesterday afternoon Mommy started having contractions again. At our doctors direction we started to get ready to go to the hospital. We showed up around 2:30 p.m. and spent a while in the Woman's Evaluation Unit until they could find a free bed in the Labor & Delivery wing. Once we were moved to that wing they broke Mommy's water and at that point we weren't going home. Around 7:00 Mom needed an epidural as contractions started in earnest. Between 7 and 8 Mom dilated from 5cm to 10cm in what must have been some killer contractions as some pain crept in under the epidural.

Around 9:00 is when things started to accelerate. The room was transitioned into delivery mode and we started pushing. In sharp contrast to Mom's last delivery the pushing phase was extremely short. Mom only had to push for 5 contractions and out popped our son. It happened so fast we hardly had time to take pictures.

Post birth Grams and I stayed with Mom and Grandma kept watch over Lucas. Once Lucas was stabilized and we took pictures he was transferred up to the nursery for more routine evaluation and to get cleaned up. At around midnight Mom and I were moved up to the Mom and Baby floors with the first feeding around 1:00. When the feeding and nurse's introductions were finished it was around 2:00 in the morning and time to go to bed.

At 4:00 a.m. they rolled Lucas back in for another feeding. Lucky for me I didn't have to get up and slept through most of that episode.