so.... we're at 9 cm, feeling slight pain, and resting. (and mom squeezing dad's hand during contractions)
not exactly sure when the nurse will be back, to check for progress, but it shouldn't be long.
** edit (2:15):
ok, the nurse just came in, and we're about 99% of the way. mom's sitting up for 30 minutes, and then we'll start pushing!