Happy Birthday

The day we’ve been waiting for turned out to be today. Our daughter, Nicole, was born today, August 31, 2018 at 6:38pm (EST) at 7lbs 6oz and 20 and 3/4 inches long. She’s perfect and we couldn’t be happier.

Our plans were changed a bit yesterday. We were supposed to arrive at the hospital at 7pm to begin the induction process. We called ahead at 6pm. But when we called, there weren’t enough nurses to cover due to multiple people in labor. We waited about 2 and a half hours and called back. They said to come in. We arrived around 9:30pm and they started with the induction medication around 11pm. Then we waited.

Around 6:30pm today, the doctor came in to check progress and found that my wife was fully dilated. They told my wife to try to push if she felt ready and after 8 whole minutes, my daughter entered the world. Thank goodness for epidurals. My wife barely felt a thing. No pain and not much pressure. Once she was numbed up, it was smooth sailing. Nicole came out crying, reminding us what we got ourselves into…again.    🙂

We’re thrilled. We’re exhausted. We’re ready to go home. We probably won’t go home tomorrow, but maybe they’ll let us go tomorrow night if we press the issue. If not then Sunday morning it is. Thanks to all who have shown us love and concern. We appreciate it greatly. Here are a few photos. Not the best quality shots, but we’ll get lots more I’m sure.

Hello world
My 13 year old son, Matthew, with his new sister
Close-up of my princess

23 thoughts on “Happy Birthday

  1. Congratulations! She’s beautiful. Hurrah for epidurals! My youngest was born just over 20 years ago, and I still remember so many details of that wonderful day. This goes by so quickly, every moment is a treasure.

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      1. Yikes. I don’t know what’ll happen in the future but I’m not sure I see more kids. But who knows. I didn’t see the last 3 coming. Maybe I should read up on how babies are made. 🙂


      2. We have a couple tv’s but the kids are usually using them so we have to retreat to our room. 😉

        I saw some of your back and forth with Loy. I didn’t want to comment because that crazy merry-go-round of a conversation isn’t healthy for anyone. I’m all set with that. I’m on vacation. 🙂

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  2. Epidurals are awesome except when they wear off and your legs feel like jello. After I had my son, the epidural left me with back pain which sucked but I’d still do it again. My labor was so easy. So glad everyone is doing well! And of course, she’s beautiful!

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    1. Thank you. Wife had some jello legs for a little while but it wore off fairly quickly and she’d do it again in a heartbeat. But of course, at 40, this may be it for us. But you never know. 🙂

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