Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Late Introduction of James Thomas Hardy

Sorry for the late posting. We've been adjusting to life as a family of four. So here's the story of James Thomas.
I had already stopped work due to lack of energy and discouraged that I was going past the point at which Catherine had come (39 weeks). My mother was gracious enough to come at the beginning of August to help with Catherine and house stuff. It was my due date and I had an appointment with my provider. At that appointment I still had not progressed beyond 2cm. I had not really had many contractions previously. However, I went to bed around 10pm and contractions began shortly thereafter. They weren't regular at all. But as they did not go away with anything by 3:30am, we decided it was time to go to the hospital. Once there, we waited for a good hour before any doctor ever came to check me. A resident was hesitant to say that I was 4cm but luckily a nurse got another more experienced provider to verify the progress. I was admitted and quickly got an epidural. They're great! At one point I wasn't progressing quickly enough. Another time the doctor thought that James was having heart decelerations. However, once reviewed again it was just that the monitor was not picking up his heart beat consistently and I was ready to push. Just a few contractions later and our little boy had arrived.
He was born at 10:58am at 9lb 2oz, 21.5in.
And 32 hours from getting to the hospital we were released to go home as a family of four.