All Is Well

I’ve gotten a few emails recently from blog readers asking if I was OK, given that I have not posted since the sleepless days of March when Charlotte was born.

The report from here is great. Charlotte is thriving, Sophia is doing great, and Jacq and I are starting to get some sleep (thank goodness!).

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.



Today is my 42nd birthday.

Well, sort of. I am a leap year baby, so I don’t officially have a birthday this year. Despite the uniqueness of being a ten-year-old 42-year old, I am thrilled to be another year older, to be healthy, and to have a loving family that is going to expand in days or perhaps just hours (no, no labor yet).

It has been an emotional few weeks– the relief of a clean CT scan, memories of my father who’s Yartzeit and birthday were this week, and the passing of Jon Galinson, a friend and fellow traveler on the lymphoma road who tragically lost his battle with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia earlier in the week. I did not know Jon well, but over the last 24 months, Jon and his wife Yael struggled mightily through endless rounds of chemo and a bone marrow transplant. Jon leaves behind his wife and two young daughters. Reading the tributes to him on his CaringPages website, I am sure that Jon’s legacy of love and commitment to his family and friends will live on through all who knew him. He was 40.

We are anxiously awaiting Baby Grover’s arrival (named by Sophia, of course, who has been put in charge of “big lovies” once the baby arrives).

Once we have labor, we will post news here at BaldMike.