Marianne and I ventured to the hospital last night because Camden had decided to wait a long time before coming out. We arrived there at 7:30pm expecting to be given a cervix-ripening medication and then be induced the following morning. Marianne had started having contractions earlier that day so when they checked her they discovered the "cervix-ripener" would not be necessary. They almost immediately started her on Pitocin for the contractions around 8:30pm. Unfortunately, when the body doesn't start the labor on its own, surges can increase in intensity quickly. They became painful and we had to opt for more medical intervention because they were just too intense and painful for Marianne to cope. She was mainly feeling back labor and I was trying frantically to alleviate it but to no avail. So around 11:00pm she was given an epidural. This allowed her to calm down but she had gone from 3cm to 8cm. The Pitocin was stopped and we got some sleep. The nurse also put in the second bag of penicillin (for Group B Strep). They checked her again around 3:00am and discovered her own contractions were moving things along so she was upgraded to the active labor stage and began pushing around 4:20pm. She tried a few positions and was assisted by the resident doctor into her final position. Our doctor arrived around 6:00am and helped us the rest of the way. At 6:58am Marianne brought Camden into the world with his 8-pound 7-ounce, 21-inch long body. All of his assessments were outstanding and we've already discovered the magic our touch works on his mood and comfort. He is sleeping and eating and we are loving him. He is beautiful and has shiny, almost bleach blonde hair. Every once in a while he takes this quick double or triple breath. Even our voices help to calm him. I know I can feel the strength of the bonds of fatherhood and feel closer to Marianne. Our little family has been sealed and we are so blessed to have Camden.Arriving at the 'spital."We're just...waiting."A chair that becomes a bed. A good idea in theory.Doctor Susan Rose. Nurse Breanna.That's 3.83 kilos for those who are US-metric-system impaired.Holding my son.Marianne showin' some skin.What a hat.Mom and Camdy sleeping.