Running In Circles
Saturday, September 9th
The induction process went poorly. The baby didn't respond well to the Cervidil, and the doctor decided that a regular delivery attempt would likely end in an emergency C-section. So, we had a planned (somewhat) C-section instead. At 3:30 a.m. Zachary Charles was born. He weighed in at 7lbs 10oz, and he was 20.25 inches long. Although he was born on our sixth wedding anniversary, we're happy that he arrived healthy and hale.
Friday, September 8th
. . . a little later
From the number of phone calls I've received, and from the number of people who've rushed over to the Birth Center, I get the impression I didn't express very well how long this birth will likely take. Angie was give a dose of Cervidil, which needs twelve hours to take effect. If it doesn't work, up to three more doses may be administered, each of those taking twelve hours too. Only when the Cervidil has taken effect do the doctors induce labor. Labor itself can take many hours. This could be a sixty hour or more process.
To reward your patience, here's a picture of Angie and our unborn child eating some Mac 'n' Cheese.
Friday, September 8th
Well, Angie and I are at the Birth Center, where they just happen to have wireless internet. After a brief scare in which we thought we'd be having a sudden C-section, we settled in to begin the induction process. At this point it looks like we'll be here for many, many hours.
Tuesday, September 5th
Comments: Still no baby. Angie had a doctor's appointment today. The verdict was: don't hold your breath.
Comments: Well, Angie's due date has come and gone, and there's still no baby. There have been lots of other things going on in my life in the month or so since I've last posted, but nothing more important than that. I got a new bicycle, a Lemond Alpe d'Huez, and I've been riding it to work. I probably should have started bike commuting at the start of summer instead of the end, but I plan to keep going as long as possible. I imagine I won't be too interested in riding my bike in the middle of January when it will be dark both ways and the high temperature will linger in the upper 30s.
But anyway, the big news: no baby.