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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).

Pictures

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Sam's put up some more pictures on her picture blog. This might be more frequent now that we have a camera that both works and will connect to the computer.

The first was actually from months ago. For some reason I forgot to link to it: Sophia putting on Mommy's makeup

Ethan and Sophia listening to the baby. Ethan still thinks he's getting a new little brother, and Sophia still thinks she's getting a little sister.

Ethan doing his new construction worker thing. They tore up about ten feet of concrete sidewalk right in front of our front walkway and then spent exactly a month (to the day) tearing up other people's concrete and filling in new concrete on other people's sidewalks. Exactly a day after they rendered our front walkway nearly useless, they filled it back in again. It's nice now except for the rocks they used to fill in the parts of Sam's garden that they uprooted, which clearly don't look remotely appropriate in the middle of a garden patch. I have to wonder if the exact month was to avoid some legal issue, if for instance we could sue them for taking too long if they went over a month. Anyway, Ethan had a lot of time to watch construction workers while waiting for the bus during that month.

Isaiah just lost his two front bottom teeth. It really is impossible to get a good picture of him if he knows there's a camera anywhere near him, but I suppose this isn't as bad as it sometimes is. Redeye is pretty common, but he's got Goldeneye! I always thought he'd be a good evil dictator, and being a Bond villain at such a young age is a pretty good start.

July license plates

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U.S. States: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

other U.S.: District of Columbia, U.S. Government

Canada: Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec

U.S. States Lost from June: Kansas, New Mexico

U.S. States Gained from June: Arkansas, Louisiana, South Dakota

U.S. States not seen yet at all: I still haven't seen Hawaii and Mississippi since I started doing this in October.

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