Wow - Melinda just went through some pretty tough contractions for about 45 minutes - the epidural totally wore off.
Now she is at 9cm, 90% effaced, and Noah is at Station +1 only one more to go; Melinda is resting now, but we will see. This is all going by so quickly - I don't know how much more I'll be able to post before the birth comes along, so ... I hope to report next that Noah has made his way into this world!
Thanks everybody for all of your prayers and comments. Please, leave encouragement comments for Melinda if you get the chance - she'll hear them.