On August 5, 2011 at 2:18am, David William Verges was born. He weighed 3360 grams (7 pounds, 6 ounces) and measured 48 cm (19 inches) long. 10 fingers, 10 toes, 2 arms, 3 legs, and peach fuzz for hair.
Mom (a.k.a. Kate) went into labor around 11:30pm on the evening of August 4th. The contractions were about 1-2 minutes long and spaced about 2-4 minutes apart. The recommendation is to go to the hospital when they are 1 minute long and 5 minutes apart, so needless to say, we were lagging a bit. Kate did an awesome job of focusing on her HypnoBabies relaxation techniques
, and I packed up the car to go. We made it to the hospital around 1:00am and got to a room around 1:15am. We had left everything in the car, since we’d been told that it was easier to schlep things to the room once you knew which room was yours. (I figured I’d have time while Kate continued her contractions when I could make a few trips.)
The nurse learned that Kate was already 6cm dilated. The nurse and I started all of Kate’s admission paperwork, which took us to almost 2:00am. Upon another check around then, she discovered that Kate was 100% dilated and “ready to pop!” So she called reception and told them to have Dr. O’Callahan come. Then about 5 minutes later, Kate’s water broke; the nurse called reception again with the same request. Then 5 minutes later, David started to crown and Kate felt the uncontrollable urge to push. The nurse’s eyes got wide and her request this time changed to, “Dr. O’Callahan needs to be here NOW!”
The room filled with about 15 nurses in 30 seconds. Doctor O was still 10 minutes out, and David was coming regardless of who was catching; so one of the nurses ended up delivering him. They clamped the cord and I cut it. Then David was put on Mom’s chest. Doctor O showed up just in time to deliver the placenta and call Kate a “superwoman” for having such a fast and relatively easy birthing! 3 hours from start to finish.
Over the next 24 hours, we did all the standard stuff: feedings, tests, swaddling, etc. We mentioned that when we started this blog, we took the name from a cute onesie joke. I’m beginning to think that we should rename it to “mostly-ipoo.blogspot.com!” Five diapers in one day — now that’s progress!
Here’s mom and baby right after the birth, taken with my camera phone since the big camera was still in the car:
And here’s a close-up of little David imitating a burrito: