S: Reid James Souter
1: 37 weeks gestation 3:20 pm-water breaks at home, contractions every 15 minutes 4:00 pm-arrive at John Muir Hospital 4 cm dilation, 80% effaced, station -2
2: 7:30pm 4 1/2cm 90% effaced station -1 | 8:20pm 5 cm, 95% effaced, station -1 | 8:40pm epidural anesthesia | 9:10pm "I recommend this"
3: 9:15pm 6cm 90% effaced station -1 9:35pm 7cm 95% effaced 10:25pm Dr .Wells arrives dilation complete station 0 to +1 10:35pm begin pushing
4: 11:11pm birth of baby Reid James Apgar scoring 1 minute =5 5 minute =9
5: From small beginnings come great things-proverb
6: When they placed you in my arms, you slipped into my heart Anne Peterson
7: Did you ever think that all your hopes and dreams would come in such a small package?
8: weight- 6 lbs. 1 oz. length- 18 1/2" head circumference-32cm
12: The world will never starve for want of wonders
14: There are little eyes upon you and they're watching night and day. There are little ears that quickly take in every word you say. There are little hands all eager to do anything you do: And a little boy who's dreaming of the day he'll be like you.
15: G o i n g H o m e
16: Annie, Here is a quick look back at your labor and Reid's birth. OK, so not everything went quite according to plan. The first potential hiccup was your prenatal visit on August 10th just shy of 36 weeks when you were already 3 cm dilated and 80 percent effaced. What? Then I came to town and the real torture began. I made you sit through the movie "Eat, Pray, Love" even though you couldn't sit comfortable in any position let alone for three hours. You didn't complain on the day that Reid was born when I drug you through Home Goods and Tuesday Morning to purchase very essential items like my plastic Phillip Rivers doll. I even helpfully suggested that it might feel better just to lean over the shopping cart during a contraction. Then back home we went to begin the love affair with the yellow birth ball. A quick call to Jared to give him a heads up was made. The questions began. "Do you think this is really labor? What is all this fluid? Is this normal? This is disgusting." A "where are you?" follow up call to Jared was made as he was pulling into the driveway. Off we went to the hospital. The uncertainty continued when Reid's heart rate fluctuated and your temperature rose. Hmmm, was it really chorioamnionitis? At any rate those hours spent at the gym really paid off with 6 1/2 hours of labor and 36 minutes of pushing. You were a rock star!
17: Your challenges were not yet over. When Reid made his arrival you had to deal with disappointment and worry when they whisked him away for that first night in the NICU. When he came home he was stubborn about getting back to his birth weight. A few weight checks to the pediatrician and lactation consultant soon followed. The love affair with the birth ball was quickly replaced by the (not so hands free) breast pump. Annie, throughout it all, you kept your dignity and grace. You became a mother. I have had the unmistakable pleasure of being a witness to that transformation. I will forever be grateful to you for letting me share in that. What a truly amazing and wonderful mother you are. In the past six months I have watched the joy that lights up your face when you talk to Reid. You have bestowed on him hundreds if not thousands of kisses, recited only words that began with the letter "p" because those made him smile and sang the American President's song ad nauseam. In closing, let me just say how proud I am of you. You have embraced motherhood with an undeniable enthusiasm. There is no one more perfectly suited to the job of mothering Reid. I love you. Happy Birthday, Jocelyn Making a decision to have a child-it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. Elzabeth Stone