On Saturday, July 12, 2008, Jessi began having light (easy for me to say) contractions around 6pm. She didn't tell me about the contractions until about 9:30pm because she didn't want me to try to convince her to go to the hospital too early. I called the doctor and he told us to come on in to get checked out. Next, we finished packing our hospital bags and I loaded the car. After about another hour at home, Jessi and I took a walk around Foxhall Village to try to get things to progress a bit more. With Jonah, Jessi's water broke before she noticed any contractions and the serious contractions didn't start for two hours after that, and then Jonah was born after another two hours. Jacqueline's labor was quite different in this respect in that Jessi was experiencing tolerable contractions for several hours before her water broke. We finally went to the hospital around midnight.
When we first got to the hospital, Jessi told the doctor that she didn't think she was in labor yet and that I made her come in. So, thinking this was a false alarm they put us in triage and the doctor did an exam on Jessi. After the exam, the doctor was surprised to tell us that Jessi was 5cm dilated, and we were whisked off to labor and delivery. Her water broke suddenly at 1:00 am during a contraction and after that, things moved along very quickly. Based on her good experience with Jonah's natural birth, Jessi opted once again for a natural delivery. After a few hard pushes Jacqueline made her appearance at 2:26 am and we were all smiles. . .