how to have an eventful birth:
- break water at 8:30am
- have contractions start at 8:52am
- by 10:30am, be having contractions one on top of the other with no chance to rest in between and be driving to the hospital up the highway in a driving snow
- by 2:00pm, get an internal fetal monitor electrode, a transfer of care, and an epidural
- by the way, somewhere in there you went from yesterday's 1 cm dilated with a thick cervix 50% effaced to 8 cm dilated with a totally thinned cervix 100% effaced
- spend the next few hours hanging out, letting the last couple of cm come your way, happy on your epidural (especially now that your wife is no longer crying, nor is her nose dripping on you...)
- around 9:00pm start pushing
- the head is there, ru can vouch for it, she saw it and it is covered with hair
- keep pushing
- push some more
- push more!
- after two hours of pushing, your baby will still be in the same position it was before the two hours of pushing, and you will be dragging down junkies in the street to score their stuff
- have the ob into whose care you have been transferred verify that the baby is face up, and while its head wobbles back and forth a lot when you push, because you know where the baby needs to go and so does the baby, it ain't goin' nowhere
- have a c-section!
but here he is, the lemur:
yes, that really is his head, the poor thing. he really was trying to get it done the right way.
and here he is looking much sweeter, in a hat. poor thing was very tired after all the hullabaloo. now, i have to go get a couple hours sleep before heading back up to the hospital and my wonderful little family!