Introducing Jack Alexander Himes!

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What a day!  Checked in at 7am, got IV and pitocin going around 8:30am after 5 attempts and 3 nurses.  By 4-5pm the contractions had been very painful for a few hours but very little progress had been made (still just 2 cms) and therefore little end in sight.  Ashley called for an epidural which took 3 attempts before it actually worked right.  Then after getting comfortable for about an hour, Jack started to show signs of distress with the contractions. The pitocin was stopped to relax the contractions but Ashley’s body kept contracting on her own.  Jack’s heart rate was fluctuating around 100 when it had been between 140-175 previously.  Just a few minutes later Ashley had a c-section and we heard and saw Jack for the first time!  He had such a funny cry, like a little monkey, and mom finally had some relief…

For the next few hours everyone was doing fine.  Then around 2am Ashley was still bleeding a lot which required a lot of “mashing” on her stomach to expel residual blood, which was extremely painful, and eventually caused Ashley to go into a panic attack.  Meanwhile, Jack’s blood glucose levels started dropping slowly so he has been stuck in the nursery behind the glass.

Now a full 24 hours since the start, we have Jack with us in our room, glucose levels good, and mom is starting to feel better.  Oh yea, and Dad is doing great!


10 thoughts on “Introducing Jack Alexander Himes!

  1. Heidi Strand says:

    Nate and Ashley,

    Jack is so handsome. We have been praying for his safe arrival and we are so glad that everyone is safe and sound. Ashley -you are a champ! Enjoy your sweet little boy!

  2. Sonja Cox says:

    Yay!!! Congratulations to you both!! Love the very detailed report Nate! Nice job! And Ashley you did soooo great! Praying for you today to get lots of rest and recover quickly! Your baby boy is loved and prayed for by many people! God is good!!

  3. Valerie Smith says:

    Congratulations! Prayed for you yesterday. So glad precious Jack is here. What a gift from God! Celebrating your little miracle.

  4. Teresa Delinski says:

    Aw, so very thankful for all of your blessings. He is beautiful and I wish you all the best. Thanks for keeping me in the loop! Please email me your home address sometime so i can send along a little something for Jack

  5. Kim says:

    what an amazing mama!!!!! You did so great!!!! I can’t wait to meet this little guy and am praying for continued health for everyone Love you guys!

  6. Jean Brooksbank says:

    David and I are so thrilled at the safe arrival of Little Jack.
    God is so good, and has unbelievably blessed your family.
    Now let the fun of family life begin………
    Lots of love to you all

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