Baby Coming Soon

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Sam's water broke at 3:15 this morning. She had over five hours of good contractions, but they stopped for over two hours, which is a little unusual. We went in to the doctor's office, and he doesn't seem bothered. He sent us home to wait until things progress more. She was at 2 cm when we were at the office, and the contractions have resumed (but still not nearly frequent enough to justify going to the hospital). So we might have to wait for a while.

Update: Jewel Elisabeth Pierce was born at 10:36 pm on August 18, 2008, weighing in at 6 lbs. 9 oz. Mommy and baby are both doing fine, even if Daddy is still too sick to breathe well.

Jewel basically delivered herself. She had her whole head out without any medical personnel in the room and without any pushing. The nurses finally arrived just in time for one of them to catch her so that my infection-spreading hands didn't have to touch her, and the doctors all walked in after her cord was already cut to find the nurses well into their instrument-poking and information-recording.

Update 8/21: Sam's put up a picture here. She's put a few more on Facebook, but this is the only one so far that's accessible to the whole internet (except China).


With our second they tried to send us home but I told them how fast my wife had labor the first time. Instead they told me to have breakfast and when everyone was taking things for granted, I found myself in a room, with my screaming wife, no doctors or nurses and a head popping out.

Hey, no worries. =)

Well, her previous labors were 36 hours, 24 hours, and 14 hours from the time water broke to birth. So I'd be very surprised if this one went very quickly.

Congrats! That's so exciting. Praying for you all.

wow! congratulations!!

Congratulations!!!! Welcome to the family Jewel!!

Congrats! Happy Birthday Jewel!

I feel somewhat responsible after telling you my story only to have you experience the same thing. Scary, eh?


Well, the difference is that this wasn't a short labor but was just a short final few cm.

For the non-Facebook enabled I've put up a few pics on the picture blog.

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