Monday, March 21, 2011

August 23, 2010

On the morning of August 23, 2010, Isabella Bui decided to join us. Nearly seven months later, I am finally ready to sit down and start writing about the wonderful experience.

Early on Sunday morning (Aug 22nd) I began having labor pains. I immediately jumped out of bed and started timing the contractions, naively thinking we'd be on our way to the hospital within the hour. HA! Was I ever wrong, those were the early, easy contractions spaced 15 minutes apart. Still, I called the hospital and they told me: "Come see us when they are only 4 minutes apart and a minute in duration." The resident called it the 411 rule (4 minutes long, 1 minute in duration for at least an hour). I felt like I'd never reach the 4-1-1.

We spent that Sunday preparing the house for the the arrival of a baby, sharing lunch with friends and running errands around town. Basically we tried to distract ourselves.

The best record of Isabella's birth comes from Facebook. Hung posted a play-by-play from his iPhone. It is so funny for me to read the posts and comments from our friends. It warms my heart to look back and realize we had cheerleaders scattered around the globe. Thanks to all of you for following our progress on August 23rd, your productivity may have dipped that morning but your encouragement meant the world to us.

from Amie on August 22, 2010 5:12 pm This has been a long 12 hours of slow contractions! I know I'm going to be kicking myself later for saying this but let's get this show on the road!!

and that would be my final post on facebook for a while...

The following posts were put up by Hung. I didn't even know he was posting, I figured he was checking stock quotes or playing angry birds on his iPhone.
from Hung on August 22, 2010 5:15 PM: I salute all the women who have been through Labor. Amie is currently bent over every 10 minutes as if she's been punched in the tummy - 12 hours so far. Holy Smokes!
7:00 PM: Baby Bui is beginning her rumble. She is contracting approximately every 11 minutes for 45 seconds.
9:00 PM: Contractions increased in frequency from every 10 minutes to every 5 minutes - the rate of change was not gradual but accelerated.

10:20 PM: These contractions are rapid firing too fast for my taste. Bags are being loaded into the minivan. We are heading to the hospital.
10:30 PM: Almost forgot to activate the garage door opener. Nearly blew through the garage door when backing out. Would have been quite chilly this winter in our house without the actual garage door.
10:45 PM: Arrived at the hospital. Resident on duty agrees to observe but not admit Amie because she is not far enough along in labor. Amie begs to differ. I have a feeling Baby Girl Bui has her mind set on greeting her dad on Monday, August 23 2010!
August 23, 2010 2:00 AM: Exhausted. Resident has determined that Amie has dilated 3 cm of the 10 cm. Amie is admitted and now officially a patient!
2:30 AM: Amie is experiencing pain, cramping, nausea, and vomiting.
2:40 AM: Our doctor arrives. We are comforted that she will be here to deliver Baby Girl Bui.
2:55 AM: Anesthesiologist arrives and inserts the epidural... 3:00 AM: Amie is smiling. Is comfortable for the first time since 5:00 AM this past morning.
3:05 AM: Five centimeters
3:12 AM: Water breaks!
4:00 AM: Amie is sleeping. Her first rest in 23 hours.
4:10 AM: All is calm. The hospital is quiet. How long have I've been waiting for this day? I get to be a father, today.
6:15 AM: 10 cm - Fully dilated.
6:30 AM: Amie is beginning to push.
7:23 AM: We are in the middle of labor. Amie is pushing during each contraction for 3 intervals of 10 seconds. She is pushing like a champ!
7:28 AM: In between contractions, Amie is quite relaxed and chatty.
7:34 AM: I caught a sneak peak of the baby's head!
7:45 AM: Been pushing for about 90 minutes now. Baby Bui is progressing slowly but surely.
8:38 AM: The head is visible. I can see strands of black hair. She is not bald!
‎8:57 AM: Amie and Hung Bui are blessed to welcome Isabella Ly Bui to the world. More photos and videos to come.