Weâ€™re off to the hospital. Contractions are coming quite frequently.
It Was Indeed Time!
Nichelleâ€™s contractions started around 11:00 a.m. She phoned me at noon, and said, â€œI think youâ€™d better head home.â€ The contractions were already causing her to be in a lot of pain, so I headed out almost immediately. I ran in to the house (discovered our friends Phil Luchon and Shelby Sohmer were already there to help, Phil by watching the kids and Shelby by assisting Nichelle), checked the Naomi mailing list (a good thing—I had never switched it over from test mode to mail to the entire list), updated the BLOG, grabbed some food to take with me and all of Nichelleâ€™s stuff, and headed off to the hospital, expecting the usual long process of labor and delivery.
We arrived at the hospital at about 1:50 p.m. Nichelleâ€™s contractions had increased in severity and frequency, and she was already dilated about 5 cm. She spent 10 minutes in a pre-labor room, before they moved her to the labor room.
Things were moving very fast. So fast, in fact, that we werenâ€™t sure a doctor would arrive in time—he almost didnâ€™t—a paramedic was there as a backup. Nichelleâ€™s contractions were so strong and frequent, that there was no way for her to get the epidural sheâ€™d planned on—this was going to go â€œnatural,â€ an issue we managed to deflect. After I think only about 15 minutes of excruciating labor pain (Iâ€™ll let Nichelle describe with another time), Naomi joined the outside world. The doctor said, â€œCongratulations, you have a beautiful boy,â€ and then quickly corrected his statement.
So, Naomi Nichelle (â€œNaNiâ€) Wilcox was with us on the outside, officially born at 3:02 p.m., but I later discovered the room clock was wrong, so it was really 2:55 p.m.
Naomi Nichelle (â€œNaNiâ€) Wilcox, future Geek goddess, weighed in at 7 pounds, 4.8 ounces, and measured 20 inches. We are thrilled to have our little girl. Friends and family visited. We ate birthday cake and relished the joy of being new parents. Nichelle and Naomi are both fine—no complictions or other problems. Weâ€™re all tired. Whew!