Look what I made!
Finally! I can introduce Jess! We had to wait an extra two weeks, which meant that I went into the hospital on the night of my birthday to be induced. We ended up waiting around till the next day because there were too many active labors for them to start me right away. Once they got to me, though, things really got going! It seems I just needed a little nudge to be able to proceed on my own.
We had a really good experience with the induction, the hospital, and the midwife team. They got a big kick out of Josh (who brought his own scrubs) as he floated between doctor-mode and husband-mode. I was really grateful that he knew what everything meant and could help me make important calls like, "is now too soon for the epidural?"
Since I was having contractions with no break in between, we settled that question with a resounding "no!" and I got my relief. The nurse told me I got the award for most constant contractions. Hurray for me! We passed a few hours after that with a Storage Wars marathon on cable. It seems that whenever we have access to cable tv, there is always a Storage Wars marathon. Which is awesome, because it's kind of our guilty pleasure.
Later that evening, after 2 hours of pushing, Jess was born at a whopping 9 pounds 13 ounces and 22 inches long! The little guy had 42 weeks to grow that big, though. He was a solid 33% of my pregnancy weight gain!
I'm so pleased that everything went so smoothly - from pregnancy to delivery. Now all we have to worry about is recovery and baby snuggles. Both of which are progressing well!