Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Full of Surprises

After his feed tonight he was relaxing on daddy's lap when the hiccups started again. Then to daddy's surprise there was more than hiccups coming....the bowels. But of course mommy has to change the dirty diapers.

One Month

On Saturday Carson turned one month. He's doing very well. We went to the doctor last Friday and his weight is up to 9 lbs. 1 oz. He's still having trouble with reflux so the doctor put him on zantac and changed his formula again. So far it seems to be helping.
We moved into our house on Saturday. We've gotten alot unpacked but still have lots to do. Carson's room is the only one complete (of course). Elmo is once again confused to be in a new home. He's never lived in a two story so he gets lost. He hasn't figured out yet when someone is upstairs talking where that noise is coming from. He is adjusting to Carson. He gets upset when Carson cries and will often come into the nursery when I'm feeding Carson. He is a good big brother.

3 1/2 Weeks

Here is Carson at 3 1/2 weeks old. He's so cuddly when he's in a deep sleep.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


We took this video last night when he had the hiccups. He gets them pretty frequently. He also had them in the womb. Be sure to turn the speakers up so you can hear.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

First 2 weeks

Here are some recent pictures of Carson. The first four pictures are from this week. He loves to stretch his legs and arms. We have a hard time swaddling him because he wants to stretch. We got the Peanut McGill onesie from our friends Crisi and Travis. It was one of the first onesie's that he got. We wanted to make sure we got pictures in it before he out grew it.

He had his first doctor appt. this week. Everything went well. He weighs 8 pounds 2 oz. He was 7 lbs 14 oz when he was born. He definitely has a healthy appetite. He doesn't go back until he is one month old. The last two days he's been more fussy and had a lot of gas so the grandmas decided last night at 11:00 to run to Wal-Mart and get a different formula. Hopefully it's working because today he's back to being a sweet angel.

The movers came yesterday to move everything into the house. We're slowly unpacking each day. Once I've fully recovered we'll move in...probably a couple of more weeks.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Proud Grandparents

All the grandmas were troopers during the delivery. They got to the hospital about 9:30 am on the 23rd and didn't leave until he was born. They left around 7:30 am on the 24th after we were settled into our room. Papa came up to visit later. I brought my heart with me that is filled with my dad's ashes so he was there wilth us as well.


Carson William McGill was born on December 24th, 2008 at 4:53 am. It was a very long labor and scary at times. We are so excited that he is finally here and are enjoying every minute of him!
Here's a breakdown of how it went:
December 22 - 7:30 pm. We arrived at the hospital to check in. I was being induced due to being extremely uncomfortable and he was ready to come (so we thought). They put me on cervadil to ripen my cervix and start dilating.
December 23 - At 8:00 am the doctor came in to check me. I was completely effaced so she broke my water. I was able to take a shower and eat breakfast. At 10:30 they started the pitocin and by 12 the epidural was in. From that point they kept checking and the process was going extremely slow. By 11:30 pm I was finally 8 cm but extremely exhausted. I had a panic attack and was ready to throw in the towel and have a c-section. I really wanted a vaginal delivery but just felt like I couldn't do it anymore. The grandmas, Ryan and doctor gave me a pep talk and I gathered my thoughts and decided I could do this.
December 24 - I was finally ready to push at 2:00 am. We pushed for an hour and weren't making much progress. Dr. Arona came in and we pushed some more and decided to use the vacuum. She tried it twice but still no progress. By this time I had nothing left in me and we decided to do the C-section. It was now past 4:00. They prepped for the section and at 4:53 Carson was born. I passed out as soon as I saw him and they also gave me something for the nausea because I was very sick. We slept most of the day trying to recover.
December 26 - The doctor was ready to discharge me until I told him how awful I was feeling. He thought it may be the anemia but to be sure he did blood work. I had been swelling really bad and the nurses kept telling me it was normal. I knew something wasn't right. My legs were 4 times as big as usual. I could barely lift them. After the bloodwork they started monitoring my blood pressure. By 8:00 that night it was 171 over 98. The bloodwork confirmed I had preeclampsia. By 9:00 the took me downstairs and started the magnesium sulfate. The mag doesn't stop the preeclampsia it calms my body down so that I don't go into seizures.
December 27 - Still on the mag with very high doses. I couldn't feed my self or move. Ryan got a crash course in diaper duty and feeding. He took very good care of Carson and me during this time. He truly is my rock. The mag was so heavy I didn't even have reflexes.
December 28 - At 2:00 am the nurse was able to lower my dose and I could start moving a little by 6:00. I knew the mag was going to make me feel awful but i never imagined how bad it was. They would come in to take blood and I never knew it. I guess it's good that is was all a blur. My bloodwork was still showing no change and my levels were very high. I had a wonderufl nurse that day who got us a new room and a sponge bath. (this was now our 4th room and I hadn't showered since Christmas day). She definitely lifted our spirits. My next bloddwork was at 10:00 pm and we got the good news around 11:30. My levels had started leveling out and it appeared they were going down.
December 29 - At 8:00 the doctor came in and took me off the mag. YAY! He took more bloodwork (I had turned into a human pin cushion through this) and the levels were starting to go down. And then we got the news...we were moving to another room (room #5). I was still closely monitored but I could finally get out of bed after 60 hours and take a shower.
December 30 - Finally got discharged at 3:00 pm. I'm still very weak and have to be closely monitored for several weeks. Apparently it can take up to six weeks for your body to recover.
We spent a total of 8 days in the hospital, 17 hours of labor, over 2 hours of pushing but the end result was worth it. We have our MIRACLE! We love to sit and stare at him all day. We have waited so long for this that I wouldn't change a thing. Our family is complete.