<!– s9ymdb:16 –><img width=’220′ height=’165′ style=”border: 0px; padding-left: 5px; padding-right: 5px;” src=”https://www.jaworskihouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/baby_boy/rita_hospital.serendipityThumb.jpg” alt=”” /><br />n<br />nBlogging from the hospital, using their free wireless access from the room, we’ve been here since about quarter after six this morning. Things have been so far uneventful. They got the IV started about 30 minutes after arriving, and the inducement drugs soon after that. Contractions started soon thereafter.<br />n<br />nAround 10AM, the contractions were coming at about 3 minutes apart, and the doctor on duty who applies the epidural was available, between c-sections, so they prepped her for the procedure. It was pretty straightforward, but since she has a real aversion to needles, it was more stressful than it needed to be. Now she’s resting, happily munching on ice chips and green Popsicles.<br />n<br />nMajor letdown for me was when I got up to watch the insertion of the epidural. The anesthesiologist saw me move and told me he strongly suggested I not watch, thinking I would faint, saying something about passing out, going to the ER, missing the birth. I didn’t want to push it, so I sat down, trying my hardest not to sulk. Maybe Dr. Holley is Rita’s best friend who she’ll laud for years to come, but it would have been nice to at least get a choice to watch how my insurance coverage would be pumped into a spinal cord.<br />n<br />nThe rooms here are spacious but in need of some paint touch up. The other thing that was different about this place versus Washington, where we had Rebecca in Fremont, is that after the labor and delivery process, we were able to stay in the same room. This place makes you move over to the Mom and Baby ward.<br />n<br />nThe nurses, I must say, have all been really nice, really helpful and always providing all the information you need, not making assumptions that you already know how to move the pee catcher in the toilet or where the ice machine is. So far, big kudos to them.<br />n<br />nWe’re hoping to see Harold by later this afternoon!