At 5:07 PM on Tuesday, July 12, after much huffing and puffing, Claudia gave birth to a healthy baby girl! She's between names right now, since we were convinced we were having a boy, and didn't seriously consider deciding on a name if it wasn't. We think we've got it narrowed down, but will decide officially tomorrow. Both Mommy and daughter are doing well, although I can say with some certainty that Mommy is reeeeeeeeaalllly tired.
Claudia's doctor decided on Monday that it was time to induce, and before we knew it we were scheduled to go in that night to begin the "loosening" process. We rushed off to NYU Medical Center, where she was promptly hooked up to the machine that goes "PING" and left to sweat in a room which, based on its temperature, was also probably used to bake ceramics. After a night of staring miserably at the ceiling, they began to induce her at around 7 AM.
Grandma joined us in the morning, and we spent a few hours trying to ignore pain and boredom and answer the all-important question of why Tony Danza has a talk show. Once the contractions really started going (and once the sweet, sweet nectar of the epidural took effect) things went pretty well! We had an awesome nurse who kept us sane, and awarded Claudia the "Cervix of the Day" award for performance above and beyond the call of induced duty. After a few burst blood vessels in the skull, and preceded by "all manner of ungodly things", the Baby Formally Known as Cheeky left it's posh, climate-controlled digs to take her chances in the Big World.
Mom and Dad are ready .