It all started at 10:00p on Tuesday April 28, 1998. Christy and I had put James to bed and were watching NYPD Blue on TV. Christy started having contractions. They were irregular and ten to 12 minutes apart. We decided to get some sleep. Christy awoke at 1:00a on Wednesday April 29, 1998 with much stronger contractions about seven to ten minutes apart. Her sleep was over for the evening. At around 4:00am her contractions again intensified and quickly moved from seven to five to two minute intervals. At that point we contacted the doctor and they said to head directly for the hospital. We called James' babysitter, Cathy at 4:15 and she arrived at our house at 4:30. With contractions coming one on top of the other, and horror stories about ridiculously short labor times for Chrity's mom, we were obeying few traffic laws on the way to the Hospital. Our friendly neighborhood Greenwich police officer followed us for a while and then pulled along side. We explained our urgency and he quickly gave us directions (which we didn't need) and sent us on our way.
We arrived at Greenwich Hospital feeling relieved that we had made it without delivering the baby in the car. Little did we know that there was another six hours ahead of us.
Labor went smoothly, especially after the epidural. They added a little pitocin to kick things along at around 9:00am. By 10:00am she was 4cm dialated and the Doctor, Dr. Schechter, went back to his office anticipating a few more hours of labor. By just before 11:00am, the nurse confirmed that Christy was fully dialated and ready to deliver the baby. They paged Dr. Schecter and he hurried over, also being questioned by the ever vigilant Greenwich police.
The doctor arrived at 11:05a, we(mostly Christy) pushed two or three times and a beautiful baby girl, Lauren Elizabeth Oeth, was born at 11:15am EST.
|April 29, 1998 (Birth)||7 lbs 9 oz||20 inches|
|May 4, 1998||8 lbs 4oz||20 inches|
|May 13, 1998||9 lbs 9oz||21.5 inches|
|May 29, 1998||11 lbs 10oz (off the chart)||23 inches|
|July 6, 1998 (2 mths)||13 lbs 8oz||25 inches|
|August 31, 1998 (4 mths)||15 lbs 12oz||27.5 inches|
|January 25, 1999 (9 mths)||21 lbs||30 inches|
|May 4, 1999 (1 Year)||23lbs 12 oz||31 3/4 inches|
|4/29/98 - 11:30a||15 minutes||First Feeding - She's a natural|
|12/5/98||7 Months||Started Crawling|
|3/1/99||11 Months||Started Walking|
|4/29/99||1 Year||Walking Full Time
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