Monday, September 21, 2009

Thad Has Arrived!

Thad Aiden Gilstrap is here!!

He was born Saturday, August 22nd at 7:19am weighing 7 pounds 9 ounces and measuring 21 inches.

doesn't my mom look so pretty here?

Looking back I was in labor all day Friday with contractions about 15 minutes apart. With family in town, my mom and I dropped off Kate and Jim in San Francisco in the morning, then ran a few errands on the way home. Since it was our five year wedding anniversary, Evan and I went out to lunch since I wasn't sure I would make it to dinner!

Being Kate's birthday as well, something got in me to decorate my whole place. Thanks to Martha Stewart for the inspiration. Evan thought I was crazy, but what's a women in labor to do with herself?? (my mom would say nap)

At 2am we headed to the hospital to learn I was dilated to a 3, almost a 4. Everyone kept saying "well, you're right on the line, you're right on the line..." Bottom line, they sent me home. I wasn't surprised or really even disappointed since this happens so often. Looking back, it was a mistake.
We got home, I labored all night. At 6am I woke Evan and we were admitted to the hospital by 6:40am. They did a quick check and I was at a 7. They quickly got things in motion--lots of people were flying around the room. After getting changed, the IV and a quick epidural, I literally laid back down from the drug and they said I was at a 10 and the baby was at a +2. All of this was within about 20 minutes of walking in the door! So, three quick pushes and Thad was born!

We had a bit of a scare which required us to be in the hospital a bit longer. Thad stopped breathing four times so they monitored him longer. It was very emotional, quite draining, etc. but it made coming home with him that much more anticipated. Without the beeping of machines and constant noise and lights, home was a heaven sent! He is doing perfectly well now. The Dr.'s dismissed it finally as a newborn immaturity meaning he would stop breathing when having spit up or reflux. Apparently they grow out of this in days.

I've decided that I have very cooperative kids...at least initially...when it comes to the date they are born. I did not want this baby born on our wedding anniversary and I wanted an even number (weird, I know). Thad obliged. With Dallin, I needed to be done with finals and I wanted an even number and the first day of spring, and, well, he obliged as well.

Thad has been a dream baby so far! He is eating well and gaining weight rapidly. This is sooooo much easier than it was with Dallin! I am just in love with this little guy. Pictures/stories to come. Thad is waking!! (and Dallin just peed on the floor...)

7 comments:

Marvia said...

haha! That is too funny about Dal peeing on the floor. I know it's digusting. I had to clean up David's when he was potty training. Anyway! I'm so glad that your boys are so good for you and Thad is doing great and you're feeling good. I love you all! Give those boys squeezes from their Aunt Marvia. It breaks my heart that Dallin probably has no real sense of who I am. sigh! That will have to change.

JandJ said...

Carrie-
Congratulations! I've been checking your blog regularly for the news :-) There is nothing better than brothers. Your boys are lucky to have each other and you as their mom.

Amy W said...

Hip Hip Hooray! Pictures of Thad! He is a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e!! Love the hair! Guess he gets that from his brother!

Jake, Jill, Jenna said...

Carrie, he is so handsome! Does he look like Dallin when Dallin was new? I'm glad everything is going well - I agree that things are easier the second time around! I can't wait for more pictures of that little cutie! P.S. You're rockin' that hospital gown - you look great! Why does your HAIR look so good, too??!!

Lindy & Trever said...

What a cutie! I am so happy for you and wish that I was there to give all of you a big hug. Keep the pictures coming!

Julia said...

Congratulations Carrie. He just looks precious. I'm glad he's treating you well too :)

Carrie Anne said...

congratulations carrie! so exciting! what a cute little baby boy. these newborn babies are so precious...they just start growing like weeds once they are born. i'm glad things are going so well for you!