Joel Riggs teaches Aikido, plays piano, enjoyed California for 22 years ('86 - '08), now enjoys Georgia, and reads voraciously.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Long Long Time

Tuesday, September 18, 4:45 a.m.

I just woke up in a panic after nearly 5 hours of sleep. Turns out Susan and Maria decided to let me sleep, although Susan just reported there were times they could hear me snoring from the next room, and they wanted to wake me, or worse. But, they decided I will continue to be useful after the birth, and the rest will do me good.

They called Diane the midwife over about 4:00 a.m. Labor is getting more intense, and Maria's trying to get her three or four minutes sleep when possible. Diane says this is sort of the "calm before the storm." After a bit of rest, we will get Maria up on her feet, she will get her "second wind," and then the birth will finally happen.

And very likely today, on the due date. (Did you know that only 5% of births occur on the due date?)

A few images of yesterday, back when Maria had some energy:

Monday Morning: Martha Stewart in action

Monday Morning: Birthday Cake!
Monday afternoon, Joel, on phone to midwife, "So, when are you getting back from Tahoe?"

Monday evening, Susan has been by Maria's side every minute.

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