Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Labor & Delivery "Play by Play"

5:54pm - Chapman is born! 7 lbs exactly. 20 inches long. Healthy. Cone head. Lots of hair...kinda spikey. Pictures coming soon!

4:20pm - Power went out momentarily at the hospital. That made us a little nervous but it came back on and we're all good. Contractions are getting bigger and Alli is starting to feel pressure in her lower abdomen (a good pressure). We haven't checked dilation lately and hope to check it again soon. Everything is going well...just chillin.

This may be the last update before Chapman enters the world!

3:10pm - Dilated to 7 centimeters. They say you usually progress at a rate of 1 centimeter per hour. That makes the estimated arrival time around 6:00 or 6:30pm. We're hoping he comes sooner! We wrote a big number 7 on Alli's ice chip cup...just because.

2:40pm - Well, we switched playlists on the iPod. Lots of sitting around, reading magazines, snacking. Alli's only allowed to eat ice chips. But she doesn't seem to be that hungry...

1:20pm - Dilated to 5 centimeters. I think that means we're halfway there! Family is the room with us...reading magazines and doing crossword puzzles. I've eaten 2 packages of peanut butter crackers and a Nutrigrain bar (Apple Cinnamon). Chewing pictured below.

12:15pm - Epidural administered by Dr. Ku. Our nurse Lindsey (pictured below) has been very helpful and is enjoying our "Labor Tunes" playlist which includes Brad Paisley, George Strait, and Kenny Chesney.

11:30am - Dilated to 3 centimeters. The goal is 10 centimeters. We're getting ready to start our epidural.

11:10am - Aunt Julie has arrived with snacks and magazines! I want to call her "Aunt Buggie" but she is violently opposed to that name.

10:45am - Family has arrived. Everyone's hanging out in the room. Contractions continue. We're watching Hannah's the best of both worlds!

9:30am - Dr. Matthews just stopped by for a visit and broke Alli's water. It was weird. Contractions have begun. We're watching the Today Show.

8:20am - Alli has her IV in. She's got her ID bracelet and is ready to go!

8:15am - We're here! Alli & I are in Room 308. Our room is new and HUGE! If you'd like to come visit here are directions:

  • Take the Tollway North to Parker Rd
  • Exit Parker Rd and turn Left (West)
  • Drive under the Tollway to Communication
  • Drive Through the light at Communication
  • Take the next Left into the Hospital
  • You can park in Guest parking in the front or in the Parking Garage
  • Enter the hospital and navigate through the Lobby to West Elevators/Tower A
  • Take the Elevator to Floor 3
  • The waiting area is to the right off the elevators
8:00am - Check-In

7:00am - Call Labor & Delivery to confirm bed availability

Midnight Wednesday - Nothing to eat or drink (including water, ice chips, mints, and gum)


Sharee Forman said...

Ahhh!! So exciting! I'm praying for you Alli and can't wait to meet Baby Chapman!! Yeah!!!

Anonymous said...

YEA!!!!! Sooo can't wait to see little Chapman and to see new mom and dad too. I just prayed for you both this morning, and of course will continue throughout the day.
Love you all mean it!!

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness! What a great day to try to find my old friend!

Many prayers for a speedy delivery and a healthy, happy baby!

Lisa (Byas) Ford

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to meet little Chap-man! Praying for you all this morning and as labor developes!!
- Kristin

Anonymous said...

We are all there with you every step of the way. We are sending so much love to all of you. Our prayers will be with you too.
Love, Grama, Gramps, and Vizsh

Anonymous said...

Hey David and Alli! I love how yall have a website. I heard on the podcast that Alli was going to have Chapman today. I got home from school and then ran to the computer and checked the website.
I am praying for you and hope that Alli has a good delivery.
Madeline Milby

Chrys and Mike said...

Oh wow! I just happened to check your blog today and I'm so glad I did. Now I'm going to be compulsively hitting refresh until baby Chapman is here!

I'm praying for your sweet family. What a precious time! Please tell your folks hi for me.

We had our second baby two weeks ago...another boy! His name is Truett. He and Chapman can be buddies in the nursery.



John and Joan Mayes said...


You are now entering the incredible world of parenthood.

It is a wild and incredible ride and you will need a journal to write down all the things you think you will never forget.

Joan has been off all day and has been watching the blessing you have received as it has been unfolding.

We are there with you in the spirit but will have to participate in this new technological wave of participation instead of being physically present.

Love, John and Joan

Sharee Forman said...

Yeah!!! Congratulations to you both, what a joyful day! I'm so excited that everything went to smooth. I will definitely be by sometime tomorrow to meet Chapman and hug you Alli! Congrats, congrats, congrats...celebrating with you!!

amy said...

Congratulations Alli!! He's beautiful. What a sweet family the three of you are!! Can't wait to see more pics.

Amy Weems

Poefam said...

DYING TO COME SEE YOU! We'll be there tomorrow! Quinn can't wait to meet his new buddy! LOVE YOU!

Daniel and Allison said...

Hey David
Congrats to you and your wife on your sweet baby boy. (Chrys M. sent me your blog link a while back so I have been checking your site) Enjoy parenting-it's the best thing ever!
Allison (Moore) Davis

Anonymous said...

Steve called Mom re entrance of little Chapman into the world - Mom called me this morning - Pics are wonderful!! Gran and I are so excited about being Great Gran and Great Aunt!! Can't wait to see more pics and of course meet him. Gran, Bob and I send loads of love to you all.
Love, Gran & Aunt Sidney and Bob

nicolepage said...

Congratulations! What a sweet baby boy! (I love his name too.) I hope that you have a blast with all of your first precious moments with him. Love,

Nicole (Anderson) Page

Anonymous said...

We LOVE ALL OF YOU!! We LOVED BEING THERE!! We LOVE this BLOG!!! We LOVE your FRIENDS!! Can't wait to see you all again! love you - Mom and Dad