(That is Colton and Abby's cousin, Emily, helping with the introduction!)
Abigail was 8 pounds 5 ounces. Heather, the amazing, did an awesome job. Here's the whole scoop:
On Thursday night Heather continued her regular "get-ups" to go to the bathroom. She said that every time she got up, she would have a contraction. About 2:00 am she was awakened by a contraction that was pretty intense. She was able to fall back asleep until 3:00 am when it happened again. From 3:00 to 4:00 she timed them to be 6 minutes apart. She woke me up a 4:00 and said, "Pete, honey, I think it is actually happening." I'll tell you what, there is no hitting the snooze button on that wake up call. We made our plan and started to get ready. After failing to get a hold of Heather's dad, we call my mom (who lives pretty much up the street). We got a hold of her and she was able to come over and watch Colton until he went to school - Thanks mom! Heather was able to eat some breakfast and take a shower, and then we were on our way. We got to the hospital about 6:00. They checked her out and said that she was 3 cm. They told us to go walk for 2 hours and come back, so we did. When we came back, they checked her again and told us that they are going to call it 4 cm so they can send us upstairs to Labor and Delivery.
To make this really long story a little shorter, we requested a mid-wife, who was really good. Her name was Susan. Even better yet was our nurse, Jane. Jane was just awesome! We walked the halls and rested and walked the halls some more. Jane then introduced us to the birthing ball (just one of those big exercise balls). Heather started doing that around 3:00 pm and about 10-20 minutes into that her water broke! Again, Heather was so good at this. She put up with so much, but continued her self control through the entire thing. At 5 cm she requested the epidural. Shift change for the doctors and nurses is at 7:00. At about 6:45 Heather told me I needed to find them because she was having a lot of pressure. They finally came in a little after 7:00 (Jane and Susan stayed late! We couldn't be more thankful). Susan checked Heather again and said, "Whoa, you are done. Let's try to start pushing." Heather did an awesome job pushing for about an hour and had OUR LITTLE ONE, Abigail Ann Jenson at 8:15 pm. She was 8 pounds 5 ounces and 20 inches long; she was/is a chunk! She is so cute. She does have a bi-lateral cleft lip and palate. Her palate is complete on her left side and incomplete on her right. We feel so blessed to have such a healthy baby girl. The doctors that checked her out told me, "she is an extremely healthy baby." Below are what you all want!