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the eric update - day 99: odin's cousin cometh!

as predicted three days ago, odin's cousin is coming tonight! ruby, the little fairy princess, decides to help things along with a belly touch and wave of her wand ( unfortunately out of the picture frame ).

stay tuned!

boy, this should really help the sweeps week ratings for the snowdeal show ® :-)

you might see pictures faster than i can post them here by going here.

maybe i'll post a running commentary below. we'll see if i can keep it up through the night.


05:30 p.m. EST: we arrive home after going to little odin's first peds appointment. diane greets us and tells us that she's having the baby! contractions are 3 minutes apart and not very strong.

05:30-07:30 p.m. EST: guests arriving ( close friends and family ) many meeting little odin for the first time.

8:00 p.m. EST: diane's taking a bath. i have a sudden craving for hot chocolate, so i'm going to venture out and get some cocoa. i hope i don't miss much.

9:46 p.m. EST: whistles. not much going on. hot chocolate being made. house cleaning being done by the obsessive compulsive amongst us. contractions are still 3 minutes apart, but increasing in intensity. still not strong enough "to take her breath away". midwife doesn't think she needs to be here yet. maybe by 11 p.m.

11:27 p.m. EST: hmmm. i thought second births were supposed to go fast. we're on the third pot of coffee for visitors. contractions are still three minutes apart, but getting "quite strong".

12:40 p.m. EST: diane is on the couch, commenting casually that she's feeling like she might want to start pushing with the contractions. time to call the midwife.

1:05 p.m. EST: o.k. the official bets on when the official time of birth will take place are in.

me:    2:45 a.m.
michele:   2:57 a.m.
cindy:   2:53 a.m.
gina:  3:30 a.m.
deb:    3:11 a.m.
steve:  3:20 a.m.
diane:   3:45 a.m.
kris:   4:48 a.m.
pam:    3:37 a.m.
wendy:   4:25 a.m.
linda:    4:05 a.m.
dan:    2:49 a.m.
wendy jo:   2:39 a.m.

1:15 a.m. EST: the widwife arrives.

1:40 a.m. EST: well, most of the bets are wrong. diane is "only" dilated to 6 or 7 and the midwife declares that she'll have the baby in more than a couple of hours but before breakfast. hmmm. maybe a nap is in order.

2:00 a.m. EST: the water breaks! and she's pushing!

2:18 a.m. EST: it's a girl!

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10/11/2004 07:25:00 PM 6 comments


Wow - y'all sure know how to keep it interesting!

Congratulations on Odin's homecoming. The homecoming posts (and many before that) have made me cry many tears - happy tears, mostly, as Odin makes amazing strides. What a wonderful gift for your family - Odin's home and his cousin is being born. Wow.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:34 PM  

YAY!!! This is so exciting!!! I'm at work all night long (boo for 3rd shift) and its very, very slow. I'm so glad i'll have something to keep it interesting!!! Here's a premature 'Congrats!' to you all. Hehheh...premature...i swear that was unintentional!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:08 AM  

WOWEEE... congrats to Diane and Gina! So Wendy Jo was the big winner of the pool? I know... just like a guy to think of the bets first ;) Best wishes and see you all soon. e2

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:03 AM  

Congratulations to Diane and all the family!

I love birth stories - especially homebirths - but I think this is the first time I have followed one on the internet.

All the best, NordicMamma

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:36 AM  

Darn, the things I miss because of sleep.

Congratulations! :)

By Blogger Amanda, at 8:50 AM  

Congratulations Diane and Gina! What a lovely homecoming gift for little Odin to have a new baby born in the house. Thank you for sharing the happy occasion. And, thank you to both of you for all the help you have given Eric and Kris during these past months. Best wishes, Sherry (Eric III's Mom)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:26 AM  

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