Charlotte Ella Rick Yudell

Charlotte “Charlie” Ella Rick Yudell was born at 7:23am and is healthy and beautiful. She weighed in at 7 lbs 12 oz and is 21 inches long.

Mommy and Charlie are doing great, and we can’t wait to introduce her to the world.
Charlie is named after my father, Allen Charles, whom we miss dearly and wish he could have known her. But in her he will always be.
Jacq and baby will be resting for the next few days at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.


After more than 24 hours of laboring, and with progress having ground to a halt, we are going to move ahead with a C-section in a few hours (unless Jacqui’s cervix of steel decides to open up).

So, the Rick-Yudell clan is soon to grow.

Updates in a few hours…

The Cervix of Steel: The Sequel

For those of you old enough to remember Jacqui’s cervix of steel from 3 years ago… it’s back.

Jacqui was progressing and in full labor. She was 4cm and 80% effaced. But at around 10pm things came to a screeching halt. Following a few hours of contractions every 2-3 minutes, Jacqui slowed to contractions every 5-7 minutes.

Someone is incredibly stubborn.

They have given her a small dose of pitosin to see if they can get this train moving again.

More later…


Things are moving along here, and we have graduated from the PETU to Labor & Delivery.

Jacqui started having intense contractions last night at 2:30am that finally graduated to real labor at around 5pm this afternoon.

We are excited and awaiting Baby Grover’s (Sophia’s name for the baby) arrival.

Stay tuned…


Well, friends, it is time to live blog another Rick-Yudell baby.

Jacqui’s contractions are 5-6 minutes apart for about a half hour now, so we are heading over to the hospital.

We’ll keep you posted.