Shannon went into labor at about noon on Monday. She called me at work at 2:30 and said that the contractions were five minute a part and intense. She went and took a shower and tried to relax but by 3:30 she called me back and said "This is it!" We showed up at the hospital at about 4:00 and were put on a monitor. We stayed on the monitor for the next 2 1/2 hours (contractions still about 5-8). But she still wasn't progressing (still dilated 2.5 cm). Shannon looked like she was about to cry. The doc gave us the option of going ahead in checking in or going home. We decided to check in and get some pain meds. GOOD THING! As soon as we were settled into a room, things started to move a lot faster . . . contractions were quicker and more intense. They checked her around 9:30 and she was dilated to a 4.5. Shannon screamed "Get me an EPIDURAL STAT!" Two hours later (seriously) the anesthesiologist showed up and gave it to her. She was crawling up the walls by this point. But as soon as the epidural hit it was go time. She went from a 6 to a 10 over the next hour and the doc was setting up shop by about 12:45. She pushed literally on three contractions (three times it) and Ian was here!.
We got almost no sleep that night. After delivery, they assessed and weighed him in the room. Shannon got taken care of by the doc and we got to enjoy some time with Ian in the room. But it was almost 4 before everyone was out. An hour and half later it was up for the day. Ugh.
Landry is getting used to the idea. She brought flowers for Mommy and Ian to the hospital. As she was clutching her Little Mermaid figurine her first words about the baby were, "The Mermaid is mine, the baby can not have it." Well how that we have set the ground rules. She eventually warmed up a little bit to the little man and gave him a kiss when she left. This should be interesting.
We are so excited that Ian is here. We are so blessed! Here are some more pics for those interested:
|2007-09 (Sept) Ian Birthday|