The Birth Story
After an exhausting and frustrating two weeks of Braxton-Hicks contractions and prodromal labor, Robbie was finally evicted on August 2nd, his exact due date, via induction at Howard County General Hospital.
Rowena received her first round of Pitocin at 8:55 AM, contractions started getting stronger between 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and she received an epidural at 2:31 PM to get much needed rest.
Little did she know that in her 90-minute nap she was able to dilate from 4 cm to 9 cm. One hour later, Baby Robbie fully entered the world after Rowena pushed for 4 minutes.
Family Fun Facts
- Robbie's name comes from Rowena's father, Roberto, who passed away October 2013, and Derek's Grandfather, "Flick," who passed away August 2002.
- Derek opted to cut the umbilical cord this time (he decided not to do it for Kerri last minute), and both Derek and Rowena got to feel the umbilical cord after it was cut. Rowena said it felt like noodles. 😂 They also got the chance to see the amniotic sac attached to the placenta after it was birthed.
- Rowena's post-L&D meal request? AN EFF-TON of sushi and bubble tea. There were no regrets. Robbie's a great eater too!
- We are over the moon in love with Robbie and can't wait to spend time together as our now complete family of four.
Meal Train Time! 🚂
If you're interested in signing up for our meal train (to ensure we're fed and functioning while dealing with a newborn AND a toddler), feel free to sign up via the Meal Train site below. Please note on the site that Rowena is allergic to peanuts, peas, pine nuts, lentils, and chickpeas (garbanzo beans) when planning your meal to bring, as well as some of our likes and dislikes.
We are happy to introduce Robbie to our loving friends and family, but please be patient as we must prioritize caring for and bonding with him, while helping Kerrigan transition to our new family dynamic. Please coordinate with us via text/email (no surprise visits!) and also ensure that you:
- Have not had symptoms of a contagious disease for at least 72 hours
- Be fully vaccinated for COVID-19
- Have received a TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine at least 3 weeks before visiting (any time in your life)
We also ask that you please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer and wear a mask should you wish to be within 6 ft. and/or hold our son.