We are so glad he is here!
After 6 days past my due date, Dr. Wurtz scheduled for me to have an induction when I went to see him on Monday. We scheduled it for Tuesday morning at 6:30. Craig and I brought Henry to Nana and Papa’s Monday evening after mass and had a low key evening at home that night.
Tuesday morning we headed in to St. Elizabeth’s. We got there a little before 6:30. We couldn’t check in right away because there were a few other deliveries that came up. Around 7:15 the nurse came and brought us to one of the rooms. We were in a great corner room with a nice view. Craig prayed for a nice view on the way to the hospital, and his prayer was answered. Since they were so busy that morning, they weren’t able to start my induction until around 9:40. I was only about 2 cm dilated at this point. Dr. Wurtz said he would come back around lunch time to break my water since I wasn’t dilated very much. He wanted my contractions to get started and hopefully get me dilated more. My contractions quickly became more regular and started to pick up in intensity. Around 11:40 the nurse, Julie, checked me. I was about 4 cm dilated. Julie called for me to get an epidural at that time. Shortly after my epidural close to 12:30, Dr. Wurtz broke my water. Dr. Wurtz said he had nothing going on that night, and the clinic closed at 3 so it wouldn’t be a problem for him to get back to the hospital. Craig asked Julie what time she guessed I’d have the baby based on how I was progressing. She guessed around 5:30. Craig and I were able to rest a little bit figuring we’d have some time before I’d have to start pushing. Around 2:40, Julie came back in to check me. She said I was fully dilated. She said she’d go call Dr. Wurtz to come in. She quickly got everything ready. I couldn’t believe how fast I dilated. I don’t think she could either. Dr. Wurtz and a team of nurses quickly arrived in the room, and I was ready to begin pushing. I pushed for about 30 minutes. And then Joseph was born.
Joseph was born at 3:24, during the hour of Divine Mercy on the feast of the Assumption. He weighed 7 lb 12.4 oz. and was 20 3/4 in. long. He has a head full of brown hair and dark blue eyes.
Immediately they placed him on me. I was so so grateful for how smoothly everything went and for a healthy little baby. Craig’s parents and my Mom were able to come in to the delivery room following Joseph’s birth to meet him. We are so in love and grateful for the gift of Joseph to us.