Thundercats are Go!

Well, parenthood has just dealt me another solid blow, and Karli and I are now outnumbered. Luke Douglas Hurren was born yesterday at 12:15 pm. Mom and baby are both great and now home resting. For most people, it will be enough to know that the baby is here and healthy, but some people (women) always want to know the gory details, so here they are:

It all started on Friday afternoon, when Karli managed to convince her doctor to induce labor on Sunday. She was so excited to finally have the end in sight. Dr. Nance told us to call over to the hospital first thing Sunday morning and see if we could get in. We were expecting it to be packed over there, it being the end of the year and all, but when Karli called at 5:40 Sunday morning, they told us to come right in. She woke me up and I got showered and packed while we waited for my Mom to come over to watch the kids. We left the house at 6:10 and I sped over to UVRMC, telling Karli that she would have to start screaming in pain if we got pulled over.

By 7:30 Karli was admitted and hooked up to her I.V. after only the third poke (pretty good for her veins), and they started her on Oxytocin at 7:50 to get the labor going. I went downstairs to eat some breakfast, thinking everything would be pretty peaceful for a while, but while I was gone Dr. Nance came and broke Karli’s water. By 9:10 Karli was dilated to 4 cm and having contractions 2 minutes apart. They were pretty painful but she toughed them out very well. At 10:20 an awkward, older couple came by and offered us the sacrament. At 11:00 Karli’s brother Kyle & his wife, Mindy, came to visit for a few minutes, and Karli’s sister, Kara, came to help coach. As soon as Kyle & Mindy left, Karli’s contractions started coming hard and fast, about a minute apart with little rest in between. By 11:30 she had enough and asked for an epidural, which came about 5 minutes later. Then things got a little more peaceful as the drugs kicked in. At 12:05 the nurse checked and Karli was dilated to 8 cm. 5 minutes later she was completely dilated, effaced and ready to start pushing. Dr. Nance came in, set the table up for delivery & told Karli to start pushing. One contraction later the head was out and the baby started crying. 5 seconds later the rest of him was out and I got to cut the cord.

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The baby weighed in at 6 lbs 10 oz and was 18″ tall. Pretty scrawny, but cute, if alien monkeys can be called cute (you can check out the photos on my flickr account in the right sidebar to judge for yourself). We hadn’t decided yet on a name, but as soon as I saw the little guy I thought he was a Luke. Karli later agreed and we gave him the middle name of Douglas, after my Dad. Karli’s Mom was nice enough to point out that if we have a girl and name her Sky, we will have Luke, Sky & Walker. Porter would be all over that.

All in all it was a great experience. I’m somewhat excited, a little overwhelmed and very happy.

5 Responses

  1. Hey, Dr. Nance was our Doc too, he’s great isn’t he? (we thought so obviously). Congrats on the new addition.

  2. Thanks, Damon. I only saw Dr. Nance at the birth, but from what Karli said, he was pretty good.

  3. Hey Mike, I found your Blog through Rachel. Your boys are so cute, congratulations on the newest addition. My mom has told me a number of times how cute your kids are. It’s fun to see High School friends parenting.

  4. Thanks for the details. You’re so funny, and so right. What is it with us XX types? Why do we need all the gory details? Alex says it’s the female equivalent of war stories. “Oh yeah, well when I was in labor with…” You know, we all have to one up each other on the horror of it all. I told him he was an ass. He just might be right though. Please don’t tell him!

  5. Oh, and congratulations! Looks like he’ll fit in nicely with the other two cuties.

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