Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Connor's Birth Story - A 4th of July We Will Never Forget

It is hard for me to believe Connor is 9 days old today.  It has been a crazy whirlwind 9 days, but I am loving every single moment.  Connor really is an angel and we are so blessed to have him, love is just not a big enough word for what we feel for him.
His birth story starts on Sunday, July 3rd when we made a trip to the hospital thinking my water might have broken.  Thankfully it had not & we thought we were in the clear for another week.  On the way home from the hospital we stopped at Five Guys for a hamburger, one of Blair’s favorite places, and headed home.  When we got home I started to not feel so good.  Thinking it was just dinner that did not agree with me (those jalapeƱos might not have been such a great idea), I tried to get some sleep.  I had a really hard time sleeping & at 3:30am decided to get up, take a bath & started to time what I thought might be contractions.  I had some assistance timing my contractions with a great i-phone app…there really is an app for everything.  After timing my contractions all morning, at 2:30pm we decided it was best to head to the hospital and see what was going on.  I did not want to be the crazy lady going into labor & delivery everyday thinking I was in labor, so we might have waited a titch to long to head to the hospital… when they check to see what was going on I was already at 5cm & moving quick.  About 10 minutes later my doctor, who was already at the hospital for another patient, came to see where we were at and said I was actually at about 7cm.  I was quickly checked into my room, Dr. Casas came in broke my water & from there the race was on…Connor was coming ready or not!  Luckily, the anesthesiologist made it just in time for my epidural.  When they told me there was a chance I was not going to have time for my epidural because I was moving too fast, I advised that was my whole birth plan, we have to have time for an epidural & we all giggled – nervously.  The first try at the epidural did not take, so the anesthesiologist gave it another stab (literally).  I had a few blood pressure complications from the epidural but they got everything under control and it really helped take the pain of the contractions away.   At 7pm I was fully dilated and ready to push.  Blair could not have been a better coach through the pushing, counting me through every contraction.  My mom & sister were there for support & helped through the pushing.   47 minutes later, at 7:47pm Connor was born!!  I feel so lucky & blessed to have had such a quick and complication free delivery – everything could not have gone better if we planned it that way.  After delivery we were taken upstairs to my postpartum room just in time to see the 4th of July fireworks from our window.  Honestly, it was the most perfect moment I have ever experienced in my life – I had my loving husband, my beautiful son, my family & fireworks – a 4th of July I will never forget!!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Connor Has Arrived!!! Our Firecracker 4th of July Baby!!

Connor has arrived!  We cannot be more excited to announce that Connor Joseph Shiplett made is appearance in grand style at 7:47pm on July 4, 2011.   He surprised us all arriving a week early, but he was cooked to perfection and ready for the fireworks!!  He weighed 7lbs 3 ounces & 20 inches long :)

Here are few photos of Connor's first day, compliments of Dalisa...more of his birth story to follow in the next few days!