Sorry to keep you hanging! It's been SOOOOO busy. Here is the birth story hastily written.
Well, that was exciting. Joshua Patrick Walterbach was born at 11:16 Saturday night. 7 lbs, 15 oz... 21 inches long.
Honestly, I will admit I was dealing with some sadness most of the day, because I had just wanted to wait to see when my body went into labor. As I think I said in my previous post, I'd had some trickling feelings while sleeping the last few nights and I had actually been concerned about a decrease in movement - that spurred me on to go to the doctor right after work on Saturday morning. We did the ultrasound and found a significant drop in aminotic fluid levels compared to two weeks ago. Doc felt that since we were at 39 weeks, he just felt best about going ahead and starting labor, in case the lack of fluid was due to the placenta not working as well or a high leak. And this really bummed me out.
But I powered through, started the pitocin to get contractions moving (was only at 2 to 3 cm when I arrived) and my water broke just after 6 PM. Once that happened, contractions came fast and furious. Owwwww. I had the epidural put in about an hour and a half later and was able to get some sleep (had been up since 3 AM for work). At my 9:45 check I was 5 cm... at 10:45, I was 10 cm. Wowsers. From there, things went quickly. Did a practice push... Nurse told me to hold my horses because he was going to slip right out. She called the doctor and birthing team and at 11:10 we started pushing and he was born at 11:16... three pushes later.
He is healthy and looks good. Very sleepy. We did discover he has a condition called hypospadius. Nathan was also born with this condition. I prayed and prayed it would not happen again and doctors even told me it was unlikely it would. Hypospadius is where the urethral opening is in the wrong location on the penis. Instead of being on the tip, it is just on the underside. There are different levels of severity, mild to severe (where opening is on the baby's body almost like a female urthral opening. I don't know the severity of Joshua's yet, but hoping it's mild like Nathan's was. It looks to be that way as he appears to look to me the same as Nathan. This can be corrected with surgery at the age of 1. I should be thankful and pray that this is the only concern.
I will try to post a picture as soon as I get a chance! Dinner is on the way, nursing... and then more visitors!