Our little Connor was born on March 20th, 2008 at 3:46pm PST. He was a bit too big (at 6lbs 14oz and 19.5 inches long) to fit through mommy's pelvis, so he arrived via Caesarean section. (he had quite the little conehead from trying to fit through)
The team (led by Dr. Stempel) did a wonderful job. They were very quick (6 minutes), and very comforting for Danielle. I was in the room also, next to Danielle (and opted not to peek over the curtain to see what was going on down there). We both cried when we first heard his voice. His Apgar scores were 9/10 at both the 1 minute mark and the 5 minute mark (but don't worry Dad, when he's old enough to talk, I'll ask him why he didn't get a 10).
He just had his first doctor's appointment, and they said he looks perfect (of course, we already knew that). We're all spending a lot of time at home, recovering and getting to know each other. It's a very exciting time, and we're enjoying every minute of it!
We have a whole bunch of pictures already, but here are just a select few for now. I plan on building a Connor section on the website for pictures, videos, updates, etc. This is, of course, assuming he gives me time to do it.
As you can imagine, he sleeps a lot. So this is one of the few pictures we have of him awake. Here, mommy and baby are getting to know each other. I believe this is what they call Love at First Sight. This picture was taken during the Golden Hour. This is the first hour of life after birth, and they're typically very attentive and quiet. After this, they fall into a long deep sleep.
This is the little guy sleeping, I have him cupped in my hand. He likes when you hold the back of his head in your hand, possibly the heat. It's an almost sure-fire way of getting him to relax.
Here he is just a few minutes after birth. He's still covered in the vernix (white/yellow waxy substance). He was weighed, measured, foot-printed, and wrapped. They also gave him his Vitamin K shot (to help newborn's with blood clotting), and some other medical things.
Just chillin' with Dad in the hospital room. Danielle was sleeping, so I had to take this picture myself. It was a bit tricky, and a bit blurry as a result.
This is the most recent picture. He's found his fingers, and likes them. That, or he's already joined a gang and he's flashing his gang symbol... but that's probably not it.
Time to meeting the family (at least the furry ones). Here's Batman being his typical curious self, and introducing himself to Connor. Connor doesn't really care, but I suspect he and Batman will be great friends in the near future.
Another picture of Mommy and Connor getting to know each other. Eeeeeewwwww, Mommy kisses!!
Mommy and Connor resting in the nursery. We have a neat jungle theme. He likes it, he told me so. And surprise, he's asleep again.
Last, and least, proud Daddy and sleepy baby. It's amazing how an event like this can change your life. I had a great life before Connor arrived. But I had no idea how much better it could be.