Well, let's recap. Saturday afternoon we went out to dinner with my parents. I tried to eat something spicy... I'm not sure if that made any difference. We left Lucy with them because I had a strange feeling it wasn't going to be much longer. When we got home, we went for a walk, and even ran into some neighbors who are expecting a baby on October 4 (I guess they had the same idea we did). We talked with them for a while, and went back home to relax. We actually stayed up late enough to watch a half hour of SNL - this hasn't happened in ages!
I had some vague pains so I was hoping not to go to bed that night, but when midnight rolled around, we figured we might as well get some rest even if I were to go into labor soon.
The next morning came, and we got up, had some coffee, and went for another walk. I found myself having to take more frequent rests, and when we got back to our front porch and sat down, I started feeling pains with an "arc", which I knew were contractions and not just Henry wiggling around. Before too long I was antsy to get our stuff in the car and head to the hospital, which we did around 11:30 a.m.
In triage, I got checked out and we were instructed to walk for an hour. I was at 6 cm and my contractions were 4-5 minutes apart. After a half hour of walking I wanted to go back and lay in the bed in triage. Some nurses apparently thought it would be a good idea if I was just admitted then instead of waiting any longer, so by 1:00 p.m. I had my bracelet and we were staying. Yeah!
My water was broken when I was at about 7 cm, and after that things progressed fairly quickly. I'm not sure what time that was, but by 3:45 or so I felt ready to push. The baby was still a little high so they had me "labor down" a bit before I could actually start. Once I started pushing I felt a lot better and got the hang of things again. After about 20 minutes Henry was born! He was a good loud cryer and scored a "9" and a "9" on his Apgar... and I couldn't believe he was 9 pounds!
So, we had the nursery take care of him overnight and tried to get as much rest as possible in a hospital room... but by today we were feeling alright and ready to come home. Lucy is back home with us and she goes between acting very tender and loving toward her brother, to almost seeming more hyper and more defiant than ever. It will take some adjusting on all our parts! Phew... okay I have to take a computer break and I will post pictures as soon as I can!!! Maybe later tonight. For now, however, I need to get back upstairs!