Now that's a name.
Just not the baby's name. Still working on that. But we're tired, so we'll worry about that in the morning.
Today went about as well as we could have possibly hoped. Here's the recap:
5:20 A.M. - Julie is jolted awake by the hardest baby kick she's ever felt. After coming to her senses following her rude awakening, she decides to take a bathroom break. On the way to the bathroom she comes to the realization that the Chuck Norris special she just received may have broken her water.
5:22 A.M. - Definitely breakage of the water.
6:10 A.M. - We're checked in at the hospital. Julie is lamenting having skipped her routine midnight snack. Once labor has begun it's ice chips and apple juice only.
7:00 A.M. - 3 centimeters, 80% effaced (see this post for the gory details)
8:00 A.M. - 5 centimeters, satanic contractions, demands for an epidural (like NOW)
8:30 A.M. - Sweet relief
9:00 A.M. - Time for a quick nap. (Julie rested, too.)
10:30 A.M. - Nurses say 7 centimeters, doctor says 5 centimeters. Five thousand year old doctor-nurse fued continues.
11:00 A.M. - Check in with Jameson. He wants to know the moment I find out if it's a boy or a girl.
11:30 A.M. - A slight dose of pitocin to ramp up the contractions.
11:45 A.M. - Running on empty, Dad snags a protein bar and some juice in effort to avoid being that guy. (As in that guy passed out on the floor.)
12:15 P.M. - 8 or 9 centimeters, contraction junction what's your function?
12:28 P.M. - Dad begins daydreaming about cutting off beard. (Focus, Dad. Focus!)
1:00 P.M. - All right, who wants to have a baby?!?!
1:24 P.M. - Three rounds of pushing and it's a baby boy! (Cranium from Mom's side of the family cuts delivery time by 68%)
1:27 P.M. - Proud doctor poses with placenta as if it's a trophy walleye. Dad snaps greatest labor and delivery photo ever.
What a day. Relatively speaking, this was our easiest delivery yet. It was amazing how fast he was born. And he seems so big compared to our other babies. He already has some fat rolls on him and he's all for extended nursing. Apparently he knows he needs to bulk up as soon as possible so he can face the circus waiting for him at home. He's pretty vocal, yet, easy going.
So far he seems like he's going to be a very easy baby. (I'm sure that thought just completely jinxed us.)
Julie is doing really well, too. The delivery itself was so short and Julie has become a bit of a pro at this. She's recovering really quickly, too, with relatively little pain. (Easy for me to say, right?) He's been in our room (and mostly in our arms) every second since being born and it's truly been a blessed experience. All around this has been the most uneventful, least stressful delivery we've experienced. A beautiful, healthy and strong baby boy and a beautiful, healthy and resting mother. We couldn't ask for much more.
And now for that name...