What a beautiful and precious little baby boy God has blessed us with!!! Camden Zachary Novak was born 7 pounds 10 ounces and 21 1/2 inches long...we don't know where he gets his height. He was born at 4:29 a.m. June 13, 2007. He has his mom's ears and his dad's cowlicks. His mother and I have fallen head over heels in love with him already!!
Let me just tell you absolutley amazing a woman my wife is. She was so determined and confident and relaxed through, in my eyes, some of the most unmatchable pain I can imagine. Even during painful contractions where she was unable to speak, she was an angel still saying "please and thank you" to those helping her after the contraction was finished. I put her name up for cannonization for sainthood with my connections at the Vatican. She began her induction at 7:00 a.m Tuesday morning and began having painful contractions at 3:00 p.m. She endured those progressivley stronger contractions for 9 hours before finally receiving an epidural at midnight when she was 6cm dialated and 100% effaced.
Family friend, Maureen Lyon was Hillary's Doula and was an pillar of strength and source of calmness for her and I both during the labor. Camden was handling all of the excitment with stride and his heart rate was strong and in the perfect range; however, after about 2 hours on the epidural Cam's heart rate shot up to over 180 beats per minute and Hillary started to have a fever. The nursing staff tried to lower his HR with oxygen, turning Hillary, shutting off the Pitocin (which was set at 26 mL/hr which is 6mL higher than typical)...none of these meaures helped. Hill was re-checked and was about 8-9 cm dialted and the doctor was called. The OB arrived and said let's not wait any longer, let's get him out of there. Within minutes, we were rushed into the OR for an immediate C-section because he was in distress. So, after all of enduring labor, Hillary ended up with a C-section and both her and Cam are doing fabulously. He is so perfect we just wanted to share this with everyone we knew and thank them for all of their prayers during this stressful and scary labor. The power of prayer is untouchable. We love you and thank you all. MANY MORE pics and update to follow!!!!!