Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Introducing Lynn Bruce Wilson IV

We are so happy to announce the birth of our son!

Lynn Bruce Wilson IV 
Saturday, June 10 at 12:59 am
8 lb, 6 oz and 21.5 inches
We are calling him Lynx.

My Birth Story:
I went into my regular 40 week appointment at 9:30 am on Friday, June 9.  They noticed that my blood pressure was up for the first time in this pregnancy (153 over 92), so they sent me to labor and delivery. 
I arrived at  Medstar Montgomery at 11:00 am.  After a series of tests, it was determined that was negative for pre-eclampsia or any other blood pressure-related complication.  Phew!  And, as I was progressing on my own, they decided to admit me.
Fast forward 13 hours to 11:55pm.  I was 8 centimeters dilated, 100% effaced and baby was at 0 station (which is about half of the way there.)  The doctor broke my water, and everything looked fine.  He stepped out of the room just as Lynx's heart rate dropped.  The nurse kept flipping me from side to side, trying to find his heartbeat, but to no avail.  
She yelled for the charge nurse, and a whole group of nurses returned, along with my doctor.  They found the heart rate, but it was very low - way below 100 beats per minute (when it had been vacillating between 130 and 160 all day.)  Though my body wasn't ready to push (still 8 centimeters, 0 station), he said it was time for the sake of the baby.
The epidural didn't work as it should, so I pushed for an excruciating hour.  I yelled, I cried, I swore.  It was terrible.  But, this baby had to come out.  His heart kept decelerating with each horrifying contraction.
Finally, just before 1 am, his head emerged!  The umbilical cord had wrapped around his neck, causing the heart rate decelerations.  The doctor cut the cord, and told me to push one more time and....
Lynn IV was here!  
They lifted him up briefly so I could see him.  If you can imagine what a bold whimper might sound like, that's the first noise he made. 

They scooped him up and rushed him away to the incubator. He continued making squeaking and those bold whimpering sounds.  I kept asking how he was doing, and after a few minutes, they said he was good!!  Apgar scores of 8/9, which is about as good as you can get.

Phew!  Lynn and I are elated to have our little boy here, safe and sound.

Thank you to everyone for the well wishes!  More updates to come as our bold little one continues to amaze us.


  1. Whoa! Lynx really wanted to make an entrance into this world. Kaia also was born with her umbilical cord around her neck. What's with these kids? :)

    Congratulations, Briggs, Lynn, and Nova. He's perfect!

  2. Briggs and Lynn,

    We are so happy that all is ok. What a handsome boy!
    Our love to both of you as well as Grandma and Grandpa Rolfsrud.

    Stan and Kathleen

  3. Yes, he is a bold one--thanks to the text message videos we've been able to see. Bold and STRONG! That umbilical cord complication hasn't slowed him down. Looking forward to visiting in person. Grandpa Steve and Grandma Nancy

  4. Wow! What a story you have to tell! Congrats to Lynx for making it through!

  5. Thanks for sharing this part of the story! From your text I never would have guessed. As I said, he is perfect. So glad he is here and looking forward to October when we will meet him in person. Take care. Ron and Linda

  6. Tell Lynx that is too much excitement for his mom and dad!!! I'm so proud of you for prevailing through all his shenanigans and pushing hard to get him out! He is a very handsome baby! Congratulations and thanks for sharing your story.