Saturday, April 11, 2009


Nikki went into stronger labour on Friday morning. We were admitted to the hospital soon after and we discussed our options with the midwife and obstetrics doctor. We decided to start inducing with a pill. Nikki took one pill at noon and the next at 6 PM. By 10 PM, the contractions were quite strong. Nikki used the nitrous oxide gas intermittendly from midnight to 5 AM. By then the midwife confirmed that she had dilated no more than 3 cm (of the required 10 cm) and the baby's head was not yet engaging the cervix. The doctor felt that moving to a caesarean section was the best option so we told them to get the OR ready for us. In about one hour, Nikki was moved on a stretcher into the Operating Room and within 20 minutes, they had performed the spinal and were ready to remove the baby.

Ten minutes later, using the forceps, the doctor pulled a hefty baby out of Nikki. A girl, which would make her name Winifred Mae Naphan. She is a real porker, weighing 10 pounds, 6.4 ounces. As I write this, Nikki is still paralyzed from the legs down. I got to hold Winnie for about 30 minutes. She just slept but I could tell she is a good baby. It is hard to believe that me and Nikki have a daughter!

The only downside is that our baby might have an infection due to the presence of feces in her amniotic fluid or due to the infection that Nikki contracted due to her water breaking early. Either way, they have our babe hooked up to an IV for 48 hours and so Nikki hasn't held her yet. Soon she will and I'm sure Winnie will take to feeding like fish in water.

Nikki enduring an early contraction

Contractions during the night

Nikki getting moved to the OR

Nikki getting operated on

The new baby

One hour old

Her slightly malformed skull

Three hours old

Curtis holding his eldest daughter

There are more pictures in the Web Album.


  1. Congratulations! We are so excited for you. We hope you two (three?) have a speedy recovery. We can't wait to meet her.

    Byron and Jen

  2. Congrats Curt and Nikki!!!!! She's beautiful!!!! Can't wait to meet her. Lots of love to all three of you.

    xoxox love Auntie Gake and Shauna

  3. At last--now I can get some sleep. Kept checking your blog through the night for updates. She was certainly worth the wait--what a beauty. Both Uncle Paul and I are anxious to meet her next summer.

    All the best Uncle Paul & Aunt Carol

  4. Congrats!! She's beautiful! I can't even imagine what it must feel like to be a new dad - it must be thrilling.

  5. Congrads to you two. She's is beautiful. She is a big baby reminds me of my brother Christian who weighed 12lbs 8.5ozs.