Well, we got an unexpected surprise on Monday. My sister went in for an appointment with her doctor at 11:30 to see when baby Reid might be making his entrance. Turns out she was 3 cm dilated and 100% effaced. Surprise! Her amniotic fluid was also really low, so the doctor decided to induce labor and get things going.
I ran home from work, changed, and headed to the hospital. I didn’t know what to expect. Most moms that I know had really long labors with their first baby. Lucky for Alison, that wasn’t the case. The nurse came in around 5:00pm and said she was at 5cm, and typically you gain a centimeter an hour, so she said Alison would probably start pushing around 10pm. Her midwife came in to check on her at 6pm and, surprise surprise, she was 10 centimeters and ready to push! Let me just say that labor was not what I was expecting. At all. It was so much more relaxed than the horror story they make it out to be in movies. Yes she had an epidural, but that does not mean that she didn’t work hard or have any pain. After 6 hours of labor, 1 1/2 hours of pushing, Reid Slate Troxel was born on May 6th, 2013 at 7:31pm, weighing in at exactly 7 pounds, and measuring 18.5 inches long.
The proud, and still breathing, dad.
Today I went back to the hospital with my mom (AKA Gran!) to check on the new little family.
Our grandma stopped by too. This is so amazing to me, to see my grandma hold her great grand baby.
I am so proud of my sister. Labor sounds like such a scary thing, but she handled it like a champ. So far, Reid seems like a pretty easy going baby. I can’t wait to see what this little guy has in store for our family. He has already brought so much joy and love into our lives.