Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Photo Shoot

My sister's neighbor is a photographer so I asked her to take some pictures of Conner!
Conner was not very cooperative, but we got a few great shots!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Eye Boogers

Since we brought Conner home from the hospital his right eye constantly has eye boogers in it and occasionally gets sealed shut. I have to take a Q-tip and clean it. So we called the pediatrician and they worked him in today. The doctor said that he has a blocked tear duct. It should open on it's own. If it doesn't open by age 1 they have to surgically go in and open it, but this doesn't happen often. And since we were there they did Conner's 2 week well
check and everything looks perfect!

At 2 weeks Conner:
~Weighs 6 pounds 11 ounces (25th percentile)
~Is still 19.5 inches long (50th percentile)
~Drinks 2 ounces every 3-4 hours
~Sleeps in about 4 hour increments
~Occasionally squeaks when he breathes
~Has smiled a few times (I know, it's the gas)
~Has made his mom and dad so happy!!!

And because I can, a photo!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Our Angel

Our Angel

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Labor Story

I love to read every ones labor stories and how their day went, so here is ours. It is kind of long, but I don't want to forget the details!

On September 11th, we went into the hospital at 5am. At about 6am I was hooked up to the machines and ready to go. At this point I was measuring 3 cm and was 90% effaced. Things progressed nicely and at about 10:30 we decided to get the epidural. I was really scared about getting it and was shaking. Chris held my hands while I got the shot and my body flinched when the shot went in. Chris said that watching me get the shot made him really nervous and that he started to sweat when I got the shot. About 15 minutes after I got the shot, I had a panic attack because I couldn't feel my body at all. I wanted Chris to calm me down so I asked him to sit me up and rub my back. When he tried to sit me up, I fell straight back because I had no feeling.

At 11am I was at 6cm and they decided to break my water, which I did not feel at all. At 12pm they decided to take me off the pitocin because Conners heart rate kept dropping dramatically when I would contract and they put me on oxygen. They also did an amniotic fluid transfer which is when they pump liquid around the placenta.

At about 1:30 I was 8cm and Conners heart rate was doing well so they hooked me back up to the pitocin. At 3:15pm I was at 10cm so they took me off the pitocin again. They allowed Conner to drop a little more and at 4pm they realized that Conner was face up. I kept pushing and at about 5pm they decided to try the vacuum to turn Conner around. This didn't work so they tried using forceps and they didn't work either. I continued pushing and at about 5:45pm they decided that I would need a c section. I got really scared and told myself that I was going to get him out. They called another doctor in and he helped push on my stomach. I kept telling Chris that I wanted to hear him (Conner) cry. I was so tired and drained at this point but I was determined to get Conner out, so I pushed with everything in me and at 5:54pm Conner was born!

He had his cord wrapped around his neck so as he came out the doctor had to push him back in a little bit to get the cord unwrapped. I couldn't feel the head or shoulders come out, but I could feel when his feet came out and I knew it was over! I tore a little on my own, but they had to cut me to help get him out. I had a level 3 episiotomy, but no c section!

It was such an incredible experience and we are so grateful that everything went as well as it did! The staff at IMC was amazing and we are grateful to them for the care that they gave our family.
Chris and I are truly thankful for the wonderful blessing that we have received!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Gillespie Family

The new Gillespie Family.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Conner Glenn Gillespie was born on September 11th, 2009. He weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces, and was 19 1/2 inches long. He was born at 5:54pm. We are in love with our new son, and want to thank everyone who stopped by, and sent their well wishes to us. The day went well, and even though he is only six pounds, he put up a heck of a fight, but we still love him very much. We will try and post more pics as soon as possible.

These are the marks from all the force they had to use on his poor little head to get him out.

Nothing is more sacred than a mother, and her first contact with her new baby.

Conner Glenn Gillespie

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Moon and Cold Feet

Friday morning I had my membranes stripped and there was a full moon, so I was sure that I would go into labor Friday or Saturday. Well Mr. Moon was no help, I'm still pregnant! But I'm actually glad! It was nice to spend our last weekend childless relaxing and doing a lot of nothing. But I have to admit, I'm really freaked out right now!

I'm afraid of the actual labor and what my body is going to go through. I know that many women have done it, but I haven't. And it scares me. I kind of know what to expect and how things will work that day, but I'm afraid of how I will react to what goes on.

I'm afraid of life with a child. I can handle the diapers and feeding and all of that but it's the other stuff that scares me. The emotional stuff. Chris and I have a great relationship and I love the way it is and don't want it to change. This probably scares me the most!!! I know that things WILL change and have always known that they would. I'm just not prepared for that change yet.

Ready or not, it's happening though! I'm very excited to meet our son and expand our family. I know that Chris will be a great dad and I hope that I will be a good mom.
We go in Friday at 5am to be induced and we will keep you all posted!!!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

It's crazy to look back at my pregnancy photos and think that I was "showing" here

And this is me at 38 weeks

**Note the glow in the 38 week photo. Something happened to our camera and hopefully we will be getting a new one soon!