Birth night notes

I kept a set of notes the night and morning of the birth. These notes end when Cilla started pushing at 4:00 AM. Cilla delivered Carter about three hours later.

  • 9:40 PM – Arrive at the ER. Straight up to the room. We're directly above the floor where Cilla works.
  • 10:40 PM – Stadol and Phenergan (Cilla's old friend from when got migraines) administered. After about ten minutes, Cilla is asleep, not even the contractions wake her. I can't believe we are here. I'm sitting next to the warming tray.
    I can't believe in a few hours we'll hear Carter cry for the first time. This pregnancy has gone so well. This labor, so far, has gone so well. I feel blessed beyond merit.
    Dr Tadvick (physician on call, very good Dr.) should be here soon.
  • 11:00 PM – Dr. Tadvick shows up. Seems like a nice guy.
  • 11:20 PM – Cilla successfully walks 20 feet to go the bathroom. She's still very groggy. Epidural Dr should be here soon. Cilla has the shakes. Contractions about 5.5 to six minutes apart.
  • 11:45 PM – Dr Lancaster shows up to give epidural. Cilla did fine. She got her epidural. Not getting an epidural was probably her biggest fear. She says 'now I can do this.' I'm very happy. Cilla feels relieved/still groggy. The epidural makes her feel itchy all over. Nobody ever told me or her it could make you feel itchy.
    Note, if your wife goes into labor at night (or even in the day I guess. I've never had my wife go to labor in the day), make sure to get a few dollars in change for the vending machine. I didn't and I'm huuungry. Cilla is asleep again.
  • 12:30 AM – I found a dollar in the car. Thank goodness for vending machines.
    I have this weird combination of boredom and slight apprehension. I guess when your wife is in labor, boredom is a really Good Thing. I hope I'm bored until this is over. Every once in awhile I remember why I'm here and get a jolt of adrenaline. Carter will be here soon and I'll be totally overwhelmed.
    Cilla's still asleep. Carter's heart rate is still 135 to 150. Contractions are still about 5.5 minutes apart.
  • 12:45 AM – It is very quiet. I can hear Carter's heartbeat on the fetal monitor. Our delivery room is all the way at the end of the hall so we are away from the bustle of the floor.
    The couple of times Cilla has woken up she says she wishes she hadn't taken the medicine that has put her to sleep. I think she probably feels like she is going to miss something. So far there hasn't been anything to miss.
  • 1:00 AM – Two of Cilla's best friends work in the nursery / mother care. Julie works tomorrow (today! Carter's Birthday) and Wednesday. Christy works on Thursday. We should be discharged on Wednesday. Cilla and I are thrilled that they will be here to help us. Having the baby on Monday night / Wednesday morning and having Julie and Christy to help me afterwards almost feel providential. Julie will be the first of our friends to meet Carter.
  • 1:35 AM – Cilla woke up a few minutes ago. She feels fine. Her left leg is completely numb. She can't feel her contractions at all. She is still dilated to seven centimeters.
  • 1:40 AM – They've just given her some pitocin to help things along.
  • 2:50 AM – I'm tired. I went to walk around a bit and while I did, Dr Tadvick broke Cilla's waters. The medicine seems to be wearing off. Cilla's awake.
  • 3:00 AM – Quick check by Dr Tadvick. Probably start pushing in the next thirty minutes.
  • 3:35 AM – Interesting. Cilla's demeanor is changing. She seems to be getting more focused. Two minutes between contractions. She's feeling pressure, but no pain at all.
  • 4:00 AM – pushing

2 thoughts on “Birth night notes

  1. Betsy

    Yea! this is so cool to read this and see it from your perspective. I am very glad that you had the where-with-all (is that how you spell that?) to do this!

    I’m so proud of you two. you make me look forward to the day I have this.. to look forward to 😉 haha

    I LOVE YOU THREE and can’t wait to see mr. carter firsthand!

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