As promised, we wanted to share the story of August’s birth. We, of course, want to do this without being too graphic. So don’t worry, we won’t post any terrifying pictures. :)
Amanda was overdue and the doctor had suggested several weeks back that she be induced on December 27. The night of the 26th was one of the most anxiety-ridden nights of our life (with the exception, now, of our first night at home—hah). Knowing what was coming and when the moment was coming was tough to process. We didn’t get a lot of sleep that night!
On the 27th, we went in at 7AM, started the Pitocin at 8AM, and had her water broken at 9AM. By noon, she was at 10cm and had made great progress! The entire day was much less dramatic than we’d seen depicted in movies and on TV. Amanda took a couple of naps and we watched some Cake Boss. We even went for a run!
Just kidding on that last one.
August Thacker Bohle was born on 12/27/12 at 4:04PM at 8lb 9oz and 21” long.
I’ve been telling folks that while the day wasn’t dramatic for either of us, it was entirely mind-blowing and inspiring. I’m still not sure how the whole process is possible. It really is a miracle.
We are also thankful that there were no major complications. There is always the temptation to consider the multitude of worst-case scenarios. Thankfully, none of them materialized.
We also could not have better things to say about Holland Hospital. Our OB was amazing. One of Amanda’s pre-schooler’s moms also volunteered to work that day so she could be our nurse. This made the process much more peaceful, and it was great to have someone we know in there with us. It sounds like it would have been weird for Amanda, but it wasn’t. I didn’t realize how much time is spent with just the nurse. It was pretty much the 3 of us for the entire day.
Thank you to all of the family and friends who helped us in this process. All of our co-workers who encouraged us every day. Our families who helped us both in Holland and from across the country. And to our friends who we appreciate so much. Will you all continue to support us and pray for us as we start the real challenge?
Below are some pictures of newborn August!