Expecting Baby Dennie #5: September 27, 2011

Awaiting arrival of Baby #5
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4:32 p.m. Nurses setting up to begin the pushing. Dr. Phillips is on his way.  We're predicting baby by 5:25 p.m.

4:15 p.m. Almost time to start pushing!!!  Tara is a 10.  They are about to have her do a few pushes before they call the doctor.  He was planning to come a little after 5 after his afternoon appointments.

3:50 p.m. The nurse was back to check the blood pressure but no real sign of Dennie #5 quite yet.

3:30 p.m. Louanne Hughey stopped by and dropped off cookies for Tara for later. Tara is still hoping to get supper tonight - the past 4 it's always been too late for supper.  She has requested Palio's.

3:00 p.m. - Dana stopped by again to make sure we were getting the quality Baptist Hospital care one would expect.

2:20 p.m. - The nurses were back in and said Tara was at an "8" - we still don't believe them!  Well, maybe we do.  Tara's blood pressure had dropped a bit after the epidural so they gave her a bit of ephedrin.  Baby's heart beat is around 140 right now.

1:45 p.m. - Nonna & Pops had picked up the boys from school earlier, fed them lunch and even had a bit of time to ride bikes before stopping by the hospital to check on Tara.  All the tubes and equipment didn't seem to phase them but they were probably more interested in Robby's candy.

1:10 p.m. - Epidural has taken affect an so Tara's pain level has decreased a bit enough to take a little nap.

12: 45 p.m. - Two anesthesiologist came to assist with the epidural so as the tradition, Robby left to walk Jason, the girls and G-mom and G-pa to the elevator.

12:30 p.m. - Dr. Phillips arrived the same time Reagan & Campbell were making their way to Tara's room. We let him go first and he checked on Tara. She has progressed to a "5" - we might just have a baby before 6:00 for the first time.
The girls came in and Reagan was such a big girl. She talked about how Campbell didn't understand that a baby was coming.  Campbell was a bit skittish but she managed to get in Tara's lap for a few minutes even after at first saying she didn't want to.  But soon Tara was requesting the epidural so the girls headed back to Grannymom and Grandpa's.

12:20 p.m. - Contractions every two minutes or so.  Tara is starting to feel the pain a bit more. Probably ready for the epidural but going to try to hold off a bit since the girls are on their way with Grannymom.

11:40 a.m. - Tara's brother stopped by and even brought Robby some leftovers.  Tara is about ready to ask when she get the epidiural.  She was trying to make it as long as she could before going numb.

11:00 a.m. - The nurse increased the pitocin level.  Contractions are increasing and Tara is starting to feel them more.

10:30 a.m. - Tara's mom stopped by to check in on Tara an visited for awhile.  Robby slipped out for a few minutes.  (don't tell, I went to get breakfast. Tara hasn't even asked for ice chips yet).

9:15 a.m. - The nurses was back to increase the pitocin but no real contractions for Tara at this point.
Baby's heartbeat is around 133.

9:05 a.m.- Dana stopped by check on us and visit for awhile.

9:00 a.m. - Dr. Phillips stopped by and broke Tara's water and said she was at a "3"

8:30 a.m. - The nurses were back to start the pitocin and get things started.

7:15 a.m. - We have two nurses today.  Christy is new to L&D and Mandy is assisting. They hooked Tara up to all the monitors and an IV.

6:45 a.m. - We checked in at the nursing station and were soon escorted to room #9 in labor and delivery at Baptist.  Now awaiting our nurse to get this induction underway.

5:20 a.m. - The alarm sounded early but we managed to stir even with a quiet house.  A bit of last minute packing, showers and then we headed to the hospital.

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