Thursday, December 17, 2009

6 weeks old

Life is better than ever with our precious baby boy. We are loving our new names of "Connar's mommy" and "Connar's daddy". I love staying home with him and taking care of him all day. I just can't get enough of him...As I type this, I want to actually go wake him up just to kiss all over him and snuggle with him. He is growing like a weed and has such a sweet personality. He can now recognize Talton and I and smiles when we talk to him....that is amazing and so fun to see! He is working really hard on holding his head up. He is sleeping between 4-5 hours at night before waking up to be fed and changed, and we're praying that that continues and gets even longer as time goes on. He is beginning to make little noises every now and then. It's so neat to hear him as he's learning to find his voice. I could talk about him all day long if given the opportunity, so let me go ahead and show you some pictures so you can see for yourself what a handsome, happy, sweet baby we have the pleasure of having at our fingertips every day.

Here is our sweet little monkey...

So stinkin' cute!!!

HO HO HO! Merry Christmas Connar!

Look at that smile! Beautiful!

Ha! Adorable!

He's soooooo sweet and kissable!

Connar's 1st visit with Santa--he slept the entire time

I came across this and thought I'd share....This is the night before I went into labor. It was at a Halloween party. We didn't concern ourselves with dressing up this year (Talton threw on the wig and sunglasses from his costume last year), because we were at the point where I could go into labor at any given moment....and I did about 24 hours after this picture was taken. This is one of the last pictures of me pregnant. Look at how big Connar was!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I can hardly believe that Connar has been in our lives for a month now. Now I know what other people mean when they say that time flies when you have kids. We are so blessed that I'm able to stay home with Connar for the first couple months of his life.

Here are some current facts about our little man at 1 month old:
- He has recently discovered the hanging lambs and stars on the mobile above his swing, so he's actually liking to sit in the swing more often for a longer period of time now.
- He's sleeping in the pack'n play bassinet next to our bed and will sleep for 3-4 hours at a time during the night.
- He's starting to hold his head up for longer periods of time when he's laying on his belly.
- He seems to like to sleep on his side (when we're next to him awake of course!).
- He likes to ride in the car.
- He's starting to enjoy his warm baths more and more each time. Warm towels fresh out of the dryer have helped with that!

On this 1 month birthday of Connar's life, I want to also acknowledge my wonderful husband. Not a day goes by that I don't think about how lucky I am to have the husband that I do. When my spinal headaches forced me to lay down and not be able to take care of my family 100% after the birth, not only did Talton take the lead with our new baby, he also took care of me and nursed me back to health. Not only did he go out for diapers and formula during that time, he also made sure that we had our meals in the beginning. And not only does he take on part of the nightly feedings, he also feeds Connar before he leaves for work so that I can get some more sleep before taking on the job of full-time Mommy for the day. I've said it before, but I'll say it again... I love you Talton.

I sang to Connar on his 1 week, 2 week, 3 week, and 4 week birthdays, so it's only fitting that I sing to him today.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

introducing.... Connar James Endres

Wow, it has been so crazy around here getting used to having a baby in our house and our daily routine that I haven't stopped long enough to update our blog. Here goes:

Connar James Endres was born on Monday, November 2, 2009 at 12:53 p.m.. He was 19 1/2 inches long and weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces. He is absolutely perfect! Talton and I feel so blessed that God chose us to be his parents. I was to be induced on the following day, but Connar had plans of his own. That was fine by us, because we were so ready to finally meet our little boy face to face.

It all started on the night of Sunday, November 1 when my water broke around 6:15 p.m.. Talton and I were preparing to leave to go out to eat when I felt a gush of water all of a sudden. Knowing that this was not a false alarm, we both took the fastest showers of our lives (I had to be clean knowing that all kinds of people were going to be in my business very soon), packed our bags in the car, and walked out of our house for the last time as a family of two. We were at the hospital by 7:00 when I was between 1-2 centimeters dilated. In hopes that I could hold off on delivering Connar before my doctor got in the office the next morning, the nurse suggested that I either take a sleeping pill or go ahead and get the epidural to help me sleep through the I got the epidural later that evening. Around 7:00 the next morning they began giving me pitocin to make me progress faster. That worked like magic! It wasn't too long before my contractions were more regular, and then the immense pressure began. After a few hours passed, I was laid on my side to help me dilate the rest of the way from where I was, and I really wanted to push at that point. The nurse wouldn't let me push, because I wasn't dilated to 10 centimeters yet so I had to tough it out for a bit longer.....I was awake for a contraction and then would fall asleep for one minute until the next contraction when I would wake up, and I just continued like that until my doctor came in and said it was time to push....FINALLY! I pushed for about 4 pushes and then he was here! Seeing Connar being laid on my stomach and touching him for the first time was the most incredible feeling that I've ever felt. There are no words to describe what it was like to finally see him and kiss him. I told him I loved him, and that his daddy and I had waited so long for him. After getting cleaned up, the nurses and doctor left Talton and I to be alone with Connar for a short time before any family was allowed in. Having that special time with just the 3 of us was priceless. I'll never forget holding Connar and looking at Talton for the first time as a daddy. That is definitely one of my favorite moments of my life.

Needless to say, Connar had MANY visitors on his first day of life. He has been loved on and snuggled with so much over the past few weeks. What a lucky little boy! Or maybe I should say what a lucky mommy I am to get to take care of him every day. Even in the middle of the night when I'm tired and he wakes up to eat and be changed, I can't help but think about how completely overwhelmed I am with this selfless, unwavering, unconditional love for this little human being that Talton and I made. He is our world....and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Here are some pictures from the past few weeks of Connar's life:

The last tummy picture

As soon as Connar was born and placed on my chest


Mr. Amazing!!!

our sweet boy sound asleep

Connar and Daddy sleeping

1st bath

What a darling smile!

our little monkey

hanging out with Daddy

geared up in Texans outfit for Sunday football

I could kiss those cheeks all day long!

Connar's 1st Thanksgiving

I love this face!

kisses for Mommy

sleepy baby

Thursday, October 29, 2009

It's almost time!!!

I went to the doctor this morning, and she said that I was 2 centimeters dilated, Connar's head was in a really good position, Connar is a good size baby :) , and she stripped my membranes. We are scheduled to be induced Tuesday morning if he doesn't come before then. Woo hoo! Excited doesn't even begin to describe the way Talton and I feel about our baby boy making his grand arrival. We can't wait to meet him!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

our little pirate's room

Our sweet boy's room is complete and ready to go! I'm actually washing the last of his clothes right now, and then everything will be done for his room. Talton hung all the wall stuff this weekend, and now all we have left to do is wait for our little man to make his big debut. We have 4 1/2 weeks left before his due date. Yeah! We are so very excited to meet Connar! Here are some pictures of his room all complete:

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

34 weeks pregnant!!!!

So Talton and I went to the doctor yesterday and had our first ultrasound since we found out that Connar was a boy at 20 weeks along. Our sweet boy is growing big, strong, and healthy....please pray that this continues. :) The ultrasound tech said that he has big chubby cheeks, is head down (smart boy!), and estimates him to currently weigh 5 pounds 10 ounces. We have six weeks to go until his due date, so we're anxious to see how much he'll weigh once he arrives. As long as he's healthy, I'll be a happy mommy. :) He actually got the hiccups during the ultrasound which was quite funny. We can't wait to meet Connar and just dream about what it will be like to hold him for the first time......

In more exciting news, my sister, Kelsie, got married this past weekend. It was a beautiful wedding and so much fun. I did my best to dance around a bit even though I'm soooo pregnant. :) Here's a picture of Connar at the wedding:

Friday, September 18, 2009

Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life For Me!!!!

I am nearly 33 weeks pregnant, and we just had a blast at our second baby shower. It was thrown by wonderful family friends who have been like other moms to me through my life. So many friends (from long ago as well as new friends) made time to come out to celebrate Connar, and that meant the world to me. Connar received so many cute clothes, fun toys, thoughtful gifts, and sweet books, and Talton and I are so excited to be able to use them with him soon. Speaking of my husband, he surprised me at the end of the shower by showing up (had been planned for like a month), and the hostess actually had gifts for Talton to open up as the daddy. That was quite fun!

Connar's loot! He's already so very loved...

The amazing hostesses with the super cute pirate cake that matched Connar's bedding...

Fun bibs...

One of Talton's Daddy gifts that he opened was a Texans outfit, including the helmet and ball for Connar to wear one day. I can already imagine my boys sitting sitting together on the couch on a football Sunday....Connar as a little boy wearing his Texans jersey and big helmet next to his proud daddy. So cute!

My prince charming...

This was the funniest gift that Talton received. It was an apron full of things he'll need for "Daddy Diaper Dooty"...gotta love the tongs to pick up the dirty diapers! Ha!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

What a great day!

Exactly 10 years ago I met the man of my dreams....and he's held the key to my heart ever since. It's crazy to think that it's been 10 years since Talton and I met, but you know what they say - time flies when you're having fun. If someone would've asked me that day where I would be 10 years from then, I would've said "married, have a child, and be really happy with my life". Well we're right on track with that!!!

Talton and I went to the doctor today for a regular check-up and everything is going great. We'll go back now every 2 weeks. That means we're getting closer to Connar making his big appearance. I'm 29 weeks 1 day pregnant today, so less than 11 weeks to go until his due date. SO EXCITING!!!!!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

cake & gifts & a stroller, oh my!

So Connar's first baby shower was this past weekend. My teaching team at school threw it for us, and it was absolutely fantastic! Connar got so many goodies that I had so much fun looking at as I opened them and then again at home when I was putting them away. Looking at the picture below it might look like he got everything he needs, but we actually still have quite a bit of essential things to get. On the invitation, the hostesses asked the guests to bring a book instead of a card...right up a teacher's alley! They look perfect on his shelf with plenty of room to add more. I'm so excited about the second shower for family and friends that is in September!!! When we got home from the shower, Talton put together Connar's combination stroller/car seat and his super cute car walker. What a great daddy!

Look how tiny the socks are! Talton and I are so unbelievably excited to have Connar here to put them on his sweet little feet! I sure do love this baby so much it hurts!!! By the way, I'm 28 weeks pregnant tomorrow......yes, that means only 12 weeks to go until his due date. Amazing how time flies when you're having fun. :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

I heart Talton!

He makes me laugh every day, takes care of me, comforts me when as my hormones are on this roller coaster, and he loves me with every fiber of his being. I'm quite the lucky girl to be loved by such an amazing man. I love you Talton, and I can't wait to become Mommy and Daddy side by side.

Who'd have thunk it?....

....Connar likes music...don't know where he might get that from. I think he might already have pretty good rhythm too. :) Talton and I went to the Green Day concert this weekend (which was amazing!), and in the middle of the show I felt Connar kick me. He had been pretty calm all day, so it was funny that he kicked when the music was going.

So not only did this weekend consist of Connar's first concert, Talton and I also went to our first childbirth class. As we were walking into the hospital, we were joking that wouldn't it be funny if they had us do the breathing exercises...hee hee hoo...hee hee hoo. Just as the class was ending and we thought this might not be the case, the time had come. It wasn't long before we were both hee hee hooing on the floor. So funny and so hard to keep a straight face when you have 20+ adults laying on the floor hee hee hooing all at the same time. Next week we'll cover epidurals (among many other things)...Do you think they give an epidural pill to get you started in the parking lot????

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Today begins my 26th week of pregnancy. Wow. It's fun to think that he'll be here in 3 months. He is still kicking me regularly (which I love!) and is growing steadily (see picture below for proof that he's growing :) ).

I registered at Babies R Us last about an overwhelming place. I am happy that that's done now, because that was quite the task. After it was said and done though, it was fun to see all the items that will soon take over our house. My wonderful 4th grade team at school is throwing me a school baby shower in a few weeks, and I'm so excited I can hardly wait for the day to arrive. The invitations were so cute! We're so lucky to have such sweet friends who want to shower Connar with love.

We're still working on his room, which is so stinkin' cute if I say so myself! Talton hung his curtains this weekend and they look fantastic -- great job Daddy (as usual)! I heard this from a friend who is pregnant and it's so true: The daddy is in charge of building the room and the furniture and the mommy is in charge of building the baby. :) Connar's already loved so very much!