The clock has started ticking…

So, we’re at the hospital and the process has begun.

Judi is in a bed, stuck with an IV and answering silly questions about her medical history (“Do you snore or have sleep apnea? Have you ever smoked cigarettes? Have you used any street drugs in the past year?). Once she is settled and they’ve monitored both her and the baby for a sufficient amount of time, the doctor will deliver orders for the administration of pitocin, a synthetic form of oxytocin, a drug used to stimulate labor.

Once that happens, we expect things to get moving pretty quickly.

Vitamin PUpdate: we’re moving along. The orders came in and the pitocin has started to flow. Judi is resting now and I’m watching the contractions on the monitor as they come.

Another Update: still waiting, but Judi says we’re getting closer. The combination of pitocin and epidural pain relief makes for really peaceful labor. It’s weird.

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