Good Progress!

It is 3:00am in the night and Karen is making good progress. Right now she is 7 cm dilated only 2 cm more to go before she is ready to deliver.

The contractions started really to pick up around 3:00pm and the nurse provided some medication which numbed it so that Karen could get some rest. At that point in time Karen was about 2 cm dilated. Around 6:00pm I sneaked out and had a brief dinner at The Counter (excellent burgers, need to come here with Max when he can eat them). It was weird sitting among all those people and knowing that I would be father in the next 24 hours. In the meantime the doctor recommended Karen to break the water manually to accelerate the labor. So after I came back from dinner the contractions had become significantly stronger and very painful so we decided it is time for the epidural. It was around 8:00 pm and Karen was about 4 cm dilated. The hospital staff was great and they administered the epidural in the next 30 minutes.

One word of warning: After you have an epidural you cannot walk around anymore and you are also very limited to the birthing positions. In the birthing class we attended they provided really misleading information and showed videos of woman who would walk around after the epidural. In the hospital they told us that’s really rare and not advised.

Anyhow the epidural helped Karen to relax and takes the pain away. Doctors and nurses come in the room every 20 minutes so it does not get boring, but it is hard to get sleep. The doctor just came back and told us Karen is now 8 cm dilated. Yeah! Need to get a little bit more sleep. Max will be born very soon!

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