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additional pics

August 30, 2006 1 comment

We came home from the hospital today at 11:30 am. Thank you to everyone who helped us during the last couple days. You words and actions and visits and gifts are greatly appreciated.

Here are some more pics. To view them, click here.

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Categories: Baby 3, Family, Pictures

take a look

August 29, 2006 5 comments

Here’s some pics of little Drew and his folks.

Pictures

Categories: Baby 3, Pictures

and the name is…

August 29, 2006 2 comments

After going back and forth on quite a few options we chose the name…

Andrew Titus Balvin

*FYI – we will be vigilant about asking people to either call him by his full first name or Drew (no offense to the many Andy’s of the world). Please join us in our efforts!

Categories: Baby 3, Family

say what?

August 29, 2006 6 comments

19 hours after admission.

Not long after I got back to our room Stephanie started experiencing some strong contractions. The nurse came to check her out and then she up’d the epidural dosage. Then, around 6:47 pm, the pain grew pretty intense. The nurse decided it was time to get ready for the baby and so she called the doctor on duty.

Stephanie wasn’t waiting around for any doctor. It amazes me that when a woman knows its time to push – she knows! It didn’t take any more than 4 pushes before the newest addition to the Balvin family arrived on the scene.

At 7:06 pm, a beautifully pink, 7 lb. 7 oz., 21 and 3/4 inch long baby boy was born. You might have to read that sentence again because you may have missed the fact that I said BOY. Yep! It was a BOY. We had been thinking girl for months but tonight God blessed us with a perfect little baby BOY! It was completely amazing.

*I will announce the name tomorrow when we decide on it.

Categories: Baby 3, Family

some action I missed

August 28, 2006 Leave a comment

18.5 hours after admission.

When I got back to our room after my last post Stephanie filled me in on all the action I had missed while I was gone. Since the baby’s heart rate was a bit low they had Stephanie breathing with an oxygen mask. They also inserted a couple catheters, one to inject fluid into the placenta and one to monitor Stephanie’s contraction intensity. And to keep an eye on the baby’s heart rate they stuck some electrode thing on the head. Lots of action but it all sounds preventative and not for worrying about. She is currently a 6 and 100%.

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ouch…ouch…ouch…aaahhh!

August 28, 2006 2 comments

17.5 hours since admission.

The last couple hours have been the most dramatic yet. Stephanie started to get some very strong contractions and was in quite a bit of pain. The nurse gave her some medicine to help with the pain but eventual Stephanie asked for an epidural. Waiting for the anaesthesiologist to arrive was difficult. Stephanie was squeezing my fingers extremely firmly as she tried to breathe through the contractions (thank God she didn’t break my thumb but it was close).

During one particularly tough one she whispered to me, “You’re getting snipped. I am not doing this again.” I think maybe she was kidding, right?

Praise God for medical advancements. The epidural is amazing. Stephanie is resting much easier now. The nurse comes occasionally to check on her and the baby (all the contracting and drugs and commotion have the little one somewhat on edge). We appreciate your prayers. Hopefully it will just be another 2-3 hours!

Categories: Baby 3, Family

moving along slowly and deliberately

August 28, 2006 4 comments

15 hours since admission.

Well, we’re still waiting but we’re definitely making progress. Stephanie’s body is responding to the drugs and she is contracting with greater frequency and force. It seems like it is taking forever, but we’re just letting her body move along at the pace it wants. Right now Stephanie is enjoying some drugs to help ease the pain of the contractions and let her sleep a little bit before all the real fireworks come. To those of you who know here are the stats as of a half hour ago: 3+ cm, 75%.

*I think I am going to order pizza tonight. I’m excited about that…but more excited for the baby of course!

Categories: Baby 3, Family