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I like this image of the Tree of Life.
…or so we hope! We checked into the hospital today at 8:00. Joanne got her IV in at 8:30 (just saline at first). I just heard Dr. Rogers in the hall say Penicillin. So I think they’ll do that to control Joanne’s strep B.
Dr. Rogers just stepped in and confirmed, so we’ll get the Penicillin and then start the Oxytocin. Joanne says to be careful what I write. I’m supposed to get approval on what pictures I post (but in a few hours, I don’t think she’ll really care ).
Started the Oxytocin and Penicillin. Nurse took a look at the readouts and said the baby looks "fabulous".
Resting comfortably, no serious contractions yet.
Contractions are getting a little stronger, but Joanne’s still pretty comfortable.
They’ve increased Joanne’s Oxytocin dose to 10 mL/hour (up from 2). So contractions are starting to get harder. She’ll get her second (final) dose of Penicillin at 12:20. The nurse said the doctor would probably come by soon to break Joanne’s bag of water (which should also get things going).
Dr. Rogers came in and broke Joanne’s bag of water. One of the overhead delivery lights is out and the technician came in to replace the bulb after the procedure. Joanne’s now dilated to between a 2 and a 3 which is better than the 1 she came in at.
Joanne’s had enough fun and thinks she wants drugs soon.
The epidural is in and Joanne is feeling better. She’s dilated to about a 4. I’m eating a sandwich from the fridge across the way (it’s so-so).
Joanne’s still at a 4, but resting comfortably. The nurse commented on how "picture perfect" our baby’s readings are looking and have looked all day.
Joanne’s still at a 4, but finally thinning (90% effaced now). This baby just does not want to come!
Well, the nurse had Joanne lay in a different position for 15 minutes and BOOM! Suddenly she’s at a 9 and about ready to deliver. They paged the doctor (who happened to just be walking through the door and says "I’m here!"). Shouldn’t be long now!
IT’S A GIRL!!!! Megan was born at 6:41 PM and weighed in at 7 pounds 5 ounces, measuring 19 inches long. Everyone is very happy.
I’m back home now for the night. Joanne and baby are still doing well. Megan is pretty noisy so far, but she loves to suck on things and seems to be taking to nursing just fine. I think I’m going to take the kids to swimming lessons in the morning so Grandma Sylvia can go hold the new baby for a while. Then I’ll take the kids to the hospital to visit Mom and baby sister. Then Grandma can take the kids home. I think Joanne and I will be ready to come home by tomorrow evening.