Now that we are home and have internet access that actually works, I'll give you the details about his birth. I didn't know that people really cared about those details, but most everyone who calls or emails has asked, so here goes...
We got to the hospital at 9:00 Wednesday night. They started the Cidotec (have NO idea how to spell it so I'm spelling it the way it sounds!) around 10:15 p.m. It was a VERY long night of no sleep and lots of uncomfortable moments. At 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, they checked me and my water broke on its own! (PRAISE GOD for no hook to break the water!) They checked me again at 11:00 a.m. and I was at 8 centimeters. The nurse told us that the baby was already pretty far down and it would only take about 3 pushes. She told us she would come back in about 30 minutes to check me again. When she came back, she got the room ready and we started the pushing process.
All went very well until the doctor realized the baby was as far as he could get without turning. His shoulders were trying to come out at the same time. After pushing for quite some time with two nurses on top of me and Dan on leg duty, the doctor decided to use the vacuum to help him. She was a little uncomfortable with that but we were beyond the point of being able to do a section and she had to get him out. It took a while longer and finally at 1:14 p.m., Jonah made his grand entrance into our world!
Because things were a little tense, she immediately cut the cord and passed him off to be worked on. It was a pretty helpless feeling watching him struggle a bit and not be able to help him. By the time all was okay with him and I got to see him seemed like an eternity. But, all the waiting was worth it. He is absolutely beautiful and we feel so incredible blessed!