Ok, this is Nate. Just wanted to provide details on the delivery for those interested. And before I go any further, we can't thank our friends and family enough for helping us out, especially Ben and Kiki who were so nice to watch our kids overnight for us, and Becca and Lexi for driving down here from Orem on a moment's notice and are here helping right now!! So many of you have offered to help in any way possible, so we just want you to know we appreciate it.
To say it briefly, everything went about as PERFECTLY as possible. The timing of everything couldn't have been PLANNED better. Except the fact that this all happened on the same day I was supposed to leave on a campout with my Scouts, but that's beside the point. :) She had an appointment in the afternoon and was dilated to 5 cm, 75% effaced and with a bulging bag, but contractions were still weak and sporadic. So her doctor stripped her membranes and did a really thorough job at it. That put her into labor immediately with Natalie, and we were not disappointed this time either. For all the people who say stripping membranes doesn't work, seems to me like if it's done well it WORKS. But maybe it's just JESSICA that works. Anyways, here's the timeline:
2:30pm: Non-stress test was unreactive for 38 minutes, until the VERY end she had a couple heart rate accelerations (basically, we were worried the baby wasn't doing too well until she perked up)
4:30pm: Dilated to 5 cm, membranes stripped, contractions start getting close together
5:30pm: dinner and packing bags
6:30pm: Admitted to L&D, dilated to 6 cm
7:30pm: Dilated to 7 cm, started on Pitocin for augmentation of labor
8:30pm: Epidural started
10:45pm: Started pushing
10:52pm: Baby born!! Apgars 7 (1 min) and 9 (5 min) Needed blowby oxygen for a few minutes, but pinked right up and did very well after that. Weighed 3388 g (7 lbs, 7.5 oz) Jessica was a champ. Pushed very effectively. No lacerations either (maybe that's more than you wanted to know...)
Jessica and Emmy were discharged from the hospital less than 24 hrs later, at approx 5 pm. As of right now, Emmy is quiet and happy 90% of the time, half of which is sleeping. She cries about 10% of the time, not nearly as bad as Jansen or Natalie.... so far......