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Penny Time!


Taryn was due with our second child on July 22nd, 2016. We had both prepared everything we could for the arrival of our second daughter, Penny Sue Bryce, from bedroom swaps to unpacking the old clothes.

July 22nd, a friday, came and sadly went. Taryn went to a scheduled doctor’s appointment with her OBGYN, Dr. Cowling, in which she found she was only dilated to 1 cm and no where near going into labor. That was a blow to Taryn’s morale as she was done having this baby inside of her.

They set an appointment up for us to go to Banner Estrella hospital on Sunday, July 24th, to take “cytotec” a drug that was placed against Taryn’s cervix to “ripen” it. She was to receive two doses, four hours apart.

After a few hours went by with the first dose Dr. Cowling came in and told us, “You are having a baby today.” The medicine ripened Taryn’s cervix so well, they decided to admit Taryn to Labor & Delivery and get things rolling along.

By 2:30pm we were in our new room, Taryn started having regular contractions and an epidural was ordered. The anesthesiologist came and got Taryn all sorted out, she even had the opportunity to laugh at my weak constitution when it comes to giant needles. Can you blame me? That needles is HUGE.

Epidural is in place, contractions are happening, cervix is ripening and dilating. Everything is progressing well. Taryn tested positive for strep, so they started a Penicilin drip, we needed to go through to doses of Penicilin before they were ok with Penny being born.

Around 11:00 pm Taryn was dilated to 9cm, the Penicilin was administered, but her dang cervix was fighitng against us. It was positioned over Penny’s head not allowing her to fall completely into the birth canal to be born.

We spent the next 4 hours moving Taryn from position to position with the goal of getting the cervix to either thin out, or move out of the way. On two occasions they had Taryn push while they attempted to move the cervix aside with their fingers allowing Penny to slip pass. Frustratingly, it failed both times.

3am rolled around and the on-call OBGYN, Dr. Suarez, came in and said, “We are running into a wall Taryn, you have been fully dilated for hours, everything is ready to go, but your cervix is in the way of Penny being born vaginally. We are going to have to perform a C-Section to get her out of you.”

Taryn burst into tears. We have come so far to hear such news. Dr. Suarez asked if Taryn wanted to push one more time while he attempted to move the cervix again.

Taryn accepted.

The determination I saw on her face was inspiring. Doctor was in position, the contraction started, and Taryn bared down and push with everything she had. Dr. Suarez’s face lit up, a grin slipping across his face as Taryn pushed.

“You are about to have this baby.” he said, with a grin from ear to ear.

Taryn had done it, she pushed enough to get Penny pass the cervix! She and I both teared up, elated with avoiding getting a C-Section.

The room burst into a flurry of movement. Calls were made to bring more staff in. Dr. Suarez “suited up” to prep for delivery. Within 10 minutes everything was in place and Taryn was ready to push again.

Contraction started.

“PUSH. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 10” Dr. Suarez counted.


“Push! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 10 seconds.” he continued


“Push! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 10 seconds.” he finished.

I glanced down and saw the top of Penny’s head. She was almost here!

We waited for the next contraction.

“PUSH!!!! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6… Ok let up a little bit.” I look over and see Penny has fully emerged. “Now look down Taryn.” He held Penny up for Taryn to see. I could see the emotion overtake her. I can’t imagine that feeling she must have had.

They handed Penny to her, though at a distance, since she was still connected via the embellical chord. Penny looked into Taryn’s eyes and it was a beautiful moment of elation from everyone.

As the moment passed, Penny was whisked away to be cleaned up on the other side of the room. Measured, weighed, and catalouged as our baby.

The afterbirth was taken care of and Taryn just lie there shaking. A look of disbelief on her face.

We went from “you are going to have a C-Section” to actually delivering the baby within 25 minutes.

Penny Sue was born at 3:26am. 7 lbs 8 oz. 20 inches long.

The next several hours were a bit of a blur as Taryn and I were exhausted from lack of sleep. Vitals were checked often, machines beeped, there was always something waking us up from getting any sort of a “real” nap.

I got the opportunity to hold Penny and nap with her on the couch. Snuggling her to me as we let mom have some reprieve.

I am blown away with how well Taryn handled herself and this delivery. She made this whole thing work out. Her will to get Penny out made this a splendid experience.



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