Nolan Ray

On Friday, January 24 Stephen and I arrived at Baptist East Hospital at 6:30 a.m. to have our fourth child. I was started on pitocin at 8:30 a.m. and as my contractions began getting more regular my doctor broke my water at 10:30 a.m. She, the nurse, and I were convinced that we would have a baby by lunch time since I have generally had a baby within a couple of hours after having my water broken in my past three deliveries. By 11:30 a.m. my contractions were definitely getting stronger but I hadn't progressed much and was still at about 6 cm dialated. I got my epidural at noon and then was able to spend the next four hours catching up on my HGTV and napping. I was a little disappointed each time the nurse checked me and I wasn't fully dialated yet, but finally at about 4:00 p.m. I was feeling some pressure and the nurse checked me and said that I was fully dialated and called in my doctor. After everyone set up and after a couple seconds of pushing (seriously I pushed till the count of three) Nolan Ray was born at 4:36 p.m. He was 20.75 inches long and weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces. He nursed well right away and was calmed quickly when we snuggled skin to skin. He had a little difficulty breathing so they kept him in the nursery until later that evening for observation but otherwise was a very healthy little boy.

My mom brought Julianne, Lorelei, and Morgan to the hospital that evening and they got to see Nolan through the window of the nursery. A little later Stephen's parents got to the hospital (they had just driven to Louisville from St. Louis) and they were there when the nursery brought Nolan back to us and were the first to get to hold him. The next morning the kids came to the hospital again and got to see and hold Nolan. Julianne was a natural and held her baby brother like a pro. Lorelei was very interested in him and spoke very sweetly toward him. She liked holding him but was done after about thirty seconds or so. Morgan was mostly interested in climbing on the bed, opening the refrigerator, pushing buttons on the bed, and opening and closing drawers. He was interested in Nolan and wanted to hold him for just a few seconds and then was done and on to something else. Mimi, Papa, Gigi, Uncle Andy, Aunt Sarah, Lily, Mrs. Kiersten, Mrs. Amy, Mrs. Blair, Ms. Dana, and Mrs. Megan, and Allison were Nolan's other visitors that came to the hospital.

Nolan is nursing well and eats about every 2 to 2.5 hours. He had a rough couple of nights at first and had trouble settling down after nursing, but since then he has been a good sleeper and goes right back to sleep after feedings. He has easily fit into our family and we are thankful that God has blessed us with another sweet boy.