Expecting Baby Dennie #6: April 2, 2013

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9:32 p.m. Let the pushing commence!!!

9:30 p.m. Nurse has returned.  Tara is completely effaced.  She has left to call Dr. Phillips to see if he is ready for her to start pushing. Tara says she's ready and he's probably ready to go home.

9:00 p.m.  Nurse has returned.  Progressing...now a "9" and almost a "10" so we may be in the home stretch.  Hopefully Dr. Phillips will return soon and the pushing will commence.

8:45 p.m. It may be our latest delivery.  A trip down memory lane:

8:15 p.m. Pain is still sticking around in one spot on the right side. So the anesthesiologist came back for another dose to see if he can eliminate the pain.  Options limited at this point since she is fairly far along.

7:45 p.m. - Talking to the kids; will
be tomorrow before they get to
meet their new sibling
7:45 p.m.  We called the kids as it doesn't look like the baby will be here too soon and will be a bit late for all of them to make the journey up to the hospital tonight.  All had just finished the baths at Grannymom and Grandpa's and were anxious to to hear if we had had the baby.  Reagan has determined that it is a boy (her logic:  1 girl, 2 boys, 2 girls, and now for 1 boy).  Campbell wanted to know where her daddy would sleep tonight.  Anderson answered all our questions dutifully. Graham reported on his solo overnight visit to Nonna and Pops.  And Keaton just hollered into the phone.

7:10 p.m. Tara's new nurse is Courtney.  She's getting things ready..maybe a baby in the next couple hours.

7:05 p.m. Shift change has come and nurse Melissa has left us (...off to a wonderful vacation in Cozumel soon). Tara is sleeping for a bit - her first time to really rest today.

6:45 p.m. Anesthesiologist administered a stronger medicine to see if he could knock out the pain in Tara's side.  Will give it 15-20 minutes to see if that aides the pain; if not, may have to do something a bit more with the epidural.

6:40 p.m. Dr. Phillips returned. She has progressed to between a "7" and an "8".  Baby is still a little high so he had her sit up more and will check back shortly. Tara is having a bit of discomfort on her right side so an anesthesiologist will return for a bit more medicine.

5:35 p.m. 10 hours after induction
and Tara is still feeling good.
No news yet...
5:45 p.m. Dr. Phillips has arrived.  We'll see what he says shortly... and he says... she is a "6."  So he has left again - has a meeting downstairs - but he'll be back up in a little bit.

5:35 p.m. Our nurse is back and is going to re-position Tara again and have Tara sit all the way up from laying back.

5:05 p.m.  Our friend, Lissy, who is the nursing administrator for L and D, stopped by to check on us.  Tara is feeling much better and nausea  has disappeared.

4:28 p.m. - Okay, Robby is getting ancy.  He is now finding fun facts. Including the amount time between today and Tara's last delivery:

553 days from the Sepember 27, 2011 until today
Or 1 year, 6 months, 6 days 
Or 47,779,200 seconds
Or 796,320 minutes
Or 13,272 hours
Or 79 weeks

4:10 p.m. - Nurse has returned for a check. She's "almost" a 5.  Nurse is going to re-position her a little bit to see if we can create a little more movement.

3:55 p.m. - Tom is anxious.  He decided he and Tommye needed to go for a walk. He's predicting 5:00 delivery but not thinking that will come true at this point.

3:40 p.m. - Bro. Paul, Tara and my pastor growing up, came to check on us and pray with us. He shared when Ms. Kay delivered Charles she had made it to the hospital with only about an hour to spare.  Not our case today :)

3:08 p.m. - Nurse is back in to check on Tara. She's still feeling a little nausea but too early for any more medication. She can have another dose of Zofran at 4:00.

2:35 p.m. - Tara's parents returned for another visit. Tom is anxious for the baby to come.  He thinks Tara should start pushing :)

2:05 p.m. - Nurse has done another check said Tara has progressed to a "4."

1:48 p.m. - Tara sent a text giving the all clear; epidural is in and pain free from here on out, right?  Maybe not... But she's settled back in and checking her phone for text messages.

1:27 p.m. - The nurse checked back in and Tara decided it was time for an epidural. As custom, Robby stepped out when the anesthesiologists came.

12:45 p.m. - Tara asked the nurse if she had been to lunch.  She said maybe she would get her epidural when she got back from lunch. The nurse laughed and said she didn't have to wait but Tara decided to for a bit more.  Robby decided to grab a bite of lunch.

12:00 noon - Kindle Time
12:35 p.m. - Dr. Phillips stopped by briefly but no major news. He said he would be in the office and to let him know if we needed anything. Tara did decide she is a bit nausea's so nurse administered some Zofran.  An epidural might be called for in the next hour or so.

12:10 p.m. - Dave Hughey visited and caught up to speed on his new granddaughter and prayed with us.

12:05 p.m. - The nurse came to check on Tara.  She's a "3" - slowly progressing. Expecting Dr. Phillips soon.

11:35 a.m. - Apparently Tara has never had Mylanta before but so far today, it's her favorite medicine.  She's become addicted to Tums this pregnancy (I think she took one every half hour last night).  Last delivery, the nurse gave her something that didn't sit too well.  But the Mylanta was a welcome relief.

10:45 a.m.  - Tara's parents and Uncle Jason left; Jason was head to work for a bit and the Brocks were headed to pick up Graham from school.

7:00 a.m. All Checked In!
9:50 a.m. - Tara's parents were our next visitors and brought fresh banana bread for a snack after the baby arrives.

9:45 a.m. - The nurse came back to check in and said everything was still moving along.

9:30 a.m. - Uncle Jason stopped by. He even brought a snack for Robby. I think it was Krispy Kreme donuts but he ate behind the curtain :)

8:45 a.m. - Dr. Phillips did stop by and broke Tara's water. He commented that most of his inducees have a baby by noon but didn't expect that from Tara.  The nurse said her contracts are currently 6-9 minutes apart.  She's not feeling any of them quite yet.

8:40 a.m. - Aunt Dana stopped by to check in on us before heading to Heber Spring for a meeting.  She had seen Dr. Phillips in the hallway so said he should be on his way soon.

8:10 a.m. - The nurse administered the Pitocin so we'll see if we can increase these contractions.  Currently at a "2."

7:45 a.m. - Our first visitor, John Caddy, stopped by to visit and pray with us.

7:30 a.m. - Anesthesiologist Jeffrey stopped by to review the epidural process and confirm Tara did want an epidural.  She does indeed!  They will be back when Tara indicates she is ready.

7:05 a.m. - We checked in at the nursing station and were soon escorted to room #2 in labor and delivery at Baptist.  Tara's nurse, Melissa, was in the room waiting for us and began all the paperwork and getting Tara settled in.  She hooked Tara up to all the monitors and an IV.

4:40 a.m. - The alarm sounded early for Robby. He's on a running kick these days so squeezed in a run before the real alarm went off at 6:00.  Then it was showers, last minute packing and loading up the van to head to the hospital.