Friday, February 27, 2009

Luke Andrew arrives!

It was 1 a.m. and we had just gone to bed. Drew's family was in town for a wedding and we had spent the night hanging out with them. Right as we were falling asleep, Kathryn grabbed my hand and said, "I think my water broke." (Bytheway, when your water breaks, it gushes. It's like a gallon of water that comes out!)
A few minutes later, we were pulling up to the hospital and Kathryn was going into labor. My mother and aunt also came to the hospital with us. After sticking Kathryn five times to put her IV in, she was on her way to birthing the little man. Kathryn's contractions weren't close enough, so we had to wait about four hours to see if they would increase - they didn't, so the nurse injected her with Pitocin at 6:45 a.m.
The Anastesioligist came in at around 6 a.m. to give Kathryn her epidural. (Kathryn: "It hurt to get it, but it was nice afterwards. It was worth getting it.") After that we all just chilled until about noon (worst night of sleep ever! - my aunt kept us all up virtually the entire night - but she was a lot of fun to have there). Kathryn was dilated to a 9.5 for a few hours, and then at about 1:30 p.m. the nurse started telling Kathryn to push.
The nurse made Kathryn push for 10 seconds three times every other contraction. She would basically push for about 33 seconds with a second rest between, and then she would rest for about a minute. Once the baby's head was popping out she called in her reinforcements - Dr. Morgan and four other nurses.
Dr. Morgan had her push and once Luke's head was out, the doc grabbed his shoulders and yanked him out. His head took about 3o minutes to come out and the rest of his body was about 10 seconds. I cut the umbilical cord and then they washed him off and handed him to his crying mother.
It was an amazing experience! Mom and baby are doing well and are on the way to recovery after a few days in the hospital for monitoring. And the father is very proud of his wife and new son!

Official labor time: 1:04 a.m. - 2:04 p.m.
Length: 19.5 inches
Weight: 6 lbs, 15.6 ounces
Health: all toes, all fingers, one nose, two eyes and two ears
Cuteness: real cute
Name: Luke Andrew Pepper