Monday, September 20, 2010

Details of the delivery...

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......

11 comments:

Heather said...

So so happy for you all. Seems like it couldn't have gone any better! Congrats. And I loved hearing about it from the medical perspective, thanks Nate.

amyandrandy said...

Congrats! I am so glad to hear that things went smoothly and baby Emmy is healthy. I am sure Jansen and Natalie are thrilled to have their baby sister here. Hopefully we get to meet her soon! =)

kiki comin said...

yay...we love sleeping babies..now momma better go get some sleep too!:) can't wait to see her cute face.

The Nye's said...

Thanks Nate! That was very thorough, and just what I was looking for! I like ALL the details!:)

Cara said...

Hmm...Nate's professional schooling showed up just a bit in this post :)

Bethany said...

No Nate, we all DO want to know about the "lacerations," (though most of us just call it "getting the snot ripped out of us...") And thanks for providing the weight in grams. That's something I always find lacking in most birth story posts. ;)

beanland said...

Congratulations!!! I was glad to read things went smoothly with the delivery though I do think it probably all goes a little smoother if you're the guy. :)

Emmy is such a cute name! Can't wait to see more photos.

Nate and Shannon Smith said...

I love how Nate posted the time frames...So Dr report oriented..bravo Dad! Nice work JESS!!!

Shane's Angie said...

OK, so the second the post said, "This is Nate", I was hooked. Not that I don't enjoy my Cola, but just that his perspective seemed like it would be very entertaining and I wasn't disappointed!

Kendra said...

I love Nate's report, very doctor-ly!! Congrats you guys. So much fun to be a family of five!

Traci said...

Awesome perspective of the medical/husband very entertaining to read now lets hear Jessica's because we all know that is where the gory details are LOL