Let’s not bury the lede: Ryan Koufax Snider was born on June 14, 2011, at 6:13 p.m. He was 19.5 inches long and weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces. If he had been born 47 seconds later, he would have been born on 6-14 at 6:14 and weighed 6-14. We may just decide that their clock was off by a minute, because that’s cool.

The birth was a bit scary. As labor progressed, the nurse noticed that Ryan’s heart rate would spike and plummet, which indicated that the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. She called the doctor and told him it was time to hurry over, and then she told us that we were going to have a full house in the delivery room just in case there were any problems. They also prepped the operating room for an emergency C-section, although she didn’t tell us that until afterwards (thankfully). Beth was very scared, and I pretended not to be to help calm her down. We said a prayer, and then everyone came in and suddenly it was time to have a baby.

Still no doctor.

They started prepping Bethy, got her legs in position, and when they lifted the sheet, Ryan was crowning despite not a single push yet. The nurse, Annette, said, “Okay, we’re having this baby now.” One push got the head most of the way. Quick break, then a second push got the rest of the head. They quickly unwrapped the cord from his neck. One last push got his shoulders out, and they realized that the cord was around his neck a second time. They quickly undid that and pulled him the rest of the way out, only to discover the cord ALSO wrapped around his chest. So they unwrapped that, too, and he finally started to cry for us.

Still no doctor. He showed up about 30 minutes later. He was stuck in traffic. Luckily, we had Annette, who has been a nurse here for 40 years and is absolutely amazing. She took charge and delivered the baby like it was no big deal. Her calm demeanor helped us not to panic. We can’t thank her enough.

Bethy got to snuggle Ryan for a few minutes, but then the nurses noticed that he was having a little trouble breathing, so we took him to the nursery and they put him in an oxygen mask for about an hour. Then he had a bottle, and he’s been asleep for the two-and-a-half hours.

He is a beautiful, healthy baby, and we are in love with him. He is much smaller than we are used to, which is interesting. I don’t know what else to say, so here are a bunch of pictures, and then I’ll throw our timeline in at the bottom:

Bethy’s belly on birth morning:

Our last picture as a family of four:

The view out our delivery room window. It really made the experience a little more special:

Ryan meets his mommy:

Ryan with Annette, the Super Nurse who delivered him:

Ryan with his sad little oxygen mask:

A kiss from his big sister:

A kiss from his big brother:

All three of our beautiful children:

Meeting Grandma Madsen:

Meeting Aunt Laura:

Meeting Uncle Lane:

Meeting Aunt Kelly:

And finally, a picture with Daddy:

Here’s the timeline we kept track of:

8:45 am – Call from hospital to be there by 10:00.
9:45 am – Got to hospital.
10:15 am – Found out Beth was positive for Group B Strep, which meant she needed to be on antibiotics for four hours before delivery.
11:00 am – Started first dose of antibiotics.
12:00 pm – Started Pitocin to induce labor.
12:25 pm – Contractions started.
2:35 pm – Dr. Young broke water.
3:15 pm – Nurse anesthetist arrived to do epidural.
3:25 pm – Epidural in place and delivering its magic sauce.
5:40 pm – Dilated to 6 cm.
5:45 pm – Third dose of epidural.
5:50 pm – Nurse puts on an internal heart monitor and notices the mucus plug come out and bloody show.
6:05 pm – Fully dilated, concerns about Ryan’s heart rate.
6:11 pm – Started pushing.
6:13 pm – Ryan is born.