well, we did it!
words can't even express how amazing i feel... how relieved i am, and happy to have this sweet, sweet baby here!
our body clocks are pretty messed up! it's 3am and i finally feel like i can sit up and am even somewhat rested!
everything went smoothly! thanks for all the prayers and happy thoughts coming in from everywhere... eric has a verizon wireless card, so i am able to post directly from my hospital bed! how cool is that!
Connor Price Swapp arrived at 2:25pm, Saturday 07-07-07! he is so beautiful, weighing in at 7lbs. 9oz. and 20in long.
he's got lots of dark hair... has to be our darkest hair yet! and looks like it might have a little curl! he is just so sweet, so cuddly and absolutely perfect! eating and pooping and all that stuff going well! he likes to be nestled right up under my chin, and he smells so good, that i just love to oblige!
everything went pretty well for our labor/delivery portion of the day! we arrived about 7:45am, and immediately got all set up with the pitocin drip. the nurse anethsetist (sp?) came in and told me that the anesthesiologist would be heading into surgery and did i want to go ahead and get the epidural. i wasn't feeling any pain, and was reluctant to be completely numb for longer than i had to be... so we decided to go ahead and place the epidural catheter, but just not dose it until i was ready... ok, this was brilliant! usually, i wait and ask for the epidural when the paint is starting to reach an uncomfortable point. then i am shaking and bending over for the process...while i am supposed to be holding completely still... it has always been a bit of an ordeal. but this time, i wasn't feeling any pain at all when the dr. put the stuff in my back and it was super easy and totally comfortable. about 2 or so hours later, i was ready for it to be dosed, and within just a few minutes i was comfortable and pain free... ladies, this is an awesome trick to remember!!! i wish i didn't just figure it out on my last one!
anyway, my mom, and eric's mom were both able to be here at the hospital to see Connor be born. what a sweet moment it is when the baby arrives. wow. i am humbled and thrilled to be this beautiful child's mother. I am so thankful for eric, and what an awesome daddy he is. we just couldn't be happier! i just couldn't stop the tears of joy and relief...i feel so blessed and so happy!
dang, it feels good to get the baby OUT!
so cute when all my children arrived to meet their baby brother... they were so excited and instantly in love with him, and completely irritated they couldn't just stay the night at the hospital with eric and i! capri was way more into all the flashing lights on the hospital equipment and attempting to empty out all the drawers full of medical supplies and equipment! she's pretty oblivious to her newly awarded 'big sister' title.
thanks to some good drugs, i have been resting comfortably and enjoying these quiet, precious moments that eric and i have here at the hospital to get acquainted with this little guy! we'll work on better photos tomorrow! a special thanks to my mom for coming down and being here to help out for the week! so great to have your mom... even after you are supposed to be an 'old pro' w/ 5 kids...