Around 6:30 last night, Jennifer was experiencing what seemed to be increasingly serious contractions and suggested that we begin to make our way to the hospital. We wrapped up dinner (turned out she didn’t have much of an appetite by the time food was ready), and then headed up the hill to OHSU around 8:30pm. By 10:30pm, in between contraction-induced grimaces, a resident physician under the supervision of Jennifer’s regular doctor was convinced that Jennifer was definitely in active labor and admitted her to the hospital.
We transferred to a delivery room, moved quickly through full dilation with a well-timed epidural right around where Jennifer started to get belligerent from the pain, and by 2:30am were in the final stages of delivery. At 5:17am, Nicholas Steven Blomquist was born, weighing exactly 7lbs and measuring 21 inches in length.
Having pulled the first non-puzzle-related all-nighter in recent memory, Jennifer and I are absolutely exhausted, but everyone is in good spirits and doing well.
We have been very impressed with the entire OHSU staff, and would like to thank all the nurses, residents, and doctors that have made this experience good so far.