January 20th 2011 started like any other day with Mike and Kisti arising early. Kisti was headed to the hospital as usual, only this time Mike was going with her and she wasn’t at the hospital to deliver babies. She was going to have a baby. They arrived at the hospital and showered (as their shower was being repaired). Kisti said hi to all her friends then her doctor kicked them out so he could give her the medicine. Boredom prevailed as Kisti was not used to sitting around, she checked the board to see if she could do a C-Section while she as waiting. Then the contractions began. She walked around to distract herself. However, this proved fruitless after the doctor broke her water. Walking,
standing, sitting, laying down, it didn’t matter, she wanted the anesthesiologist. Her buddy, the chief of anesthesia came down. Ever the planner, Kisti asked him about an epidural when she was twenty weeks pregnant. Five minutes later she could not feel her legs or the contractions.
The day passed and finally she was fully dilated. It was time to push. While pushing, the doctor
told Mike and Kisti that the baby had lots of dark hair. They didn’t believe him. Sure enough, at 1036 pm Ella was born with a full head of dark brown hair. Mike watched the delivery and even cut the cord without losing consciousness (there was a bet going at the nurse’s desk about when during the delivery he would pass out…Kisti had warned them of Mike’s aversion to blood). Ella tipped the scale at 8 pounds 10 ounces and was 21 inches long.