Zero Hour

Jacqui and her friend Kojak just before they left for the hospital last night.

It is a little after 10pm and we are now checked-in to Pennsylvania Hospital to bring Lester into this world, whether he or she likes or not. Today we decided with our doctor that it was time to induce labor, and tonight the process begins with a vaginal insert called Cervidil that will open up Jacqui’s cervix in preparation for labor.

It is a little strange for me sitting here in Jacqui’s hospital room, our having spent so much time in the hospital for me. But this is what we have all been waiting for, and by tomorrow afternoon we will have our first child in our arms. I and we could ask for nothing better.

Jacqui’s nurse just tried to place an IV in her arm, and missed two times. Ouch! Jacq’s forearm is now a bit swollen, and she asked that I, now an expert in IV placement, try to find a good vein. The nurse looked at us cross and quickly went to get another nurse to try to place the IV.

I’ve had mixed feelings about inducing Jacqui’s labor. Because next week I begin a battery of tests in preparation for my stem cell transplant–the final step in the process of de-lymphomatization–and then get locked away for three weeks for the transplant itself, we wanted to maximize our time with the baby. And although there are no risks to birthing a baby at 39 weeks, and no risks to Jacq with the induction, I only wish we could have let nature take its course. But with our lives so crazy, we know that little Lester will understand, and we also know that he or she will someday look back on being evicted from their womb with understanding and love (and then have a womb eviction party at the house when he or she is 17 while Jacq and I are vacationing in the Caribbean).

So check back for periodic updates throughout the night (if anything happens) and all day tomorrow. And mark your calendars. If Lester is a boy the bris will be December 7th or 8th (depending on what time he pops out), and if she’s a girl, the baby naming will be December 9th. See you all there.

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