On Sunday, June 11 at 6:07 pm Connor, Marie and I welcomed Charles Luke Bishop into the world. Marie's water broke at 11:15 pm on Saturday and we arrived at Baptist Medical Center East at 3:00 am. After about an hour and a half they prepared her to start a Pitocin(sp?) drip. She progressed slowly but steadily throughout the day and was ready to push at 5:00 pm. Charles had drifted back up to a -3 station (which I'm told is high) so Marie had her work cut out for her in pushing. After an hour of work and a couple of pulls on the vacuum, Charles burst onto the scene. He didn't sing a song or dance or anything, but I could tell he was pretty excited.
Marie's family were there as well as almost every relative we have on my side. They were all hunkered outside the door listening to the last few series of pushes eagerly anticipating that first cry.
Charles was born healthy and strong at 8lbs 10oz. and 21'' and Marie did much better during this delivery than she did the first time around. Her recovery has been extremely good and she is feeling like a million bucks.
It should be noted that David and Katie Sullivan made a last ditch attempt to overtake us in the baby department. Katie's water broke on Sunday and they headed off to the hospital as well. And although David and Katie made a valiant effort, they came up short of taking the gold and had to settle for the silver, Rachael being born around 1:00am. Reminds me of Alabama football how they always come second to Auburn. Cool huh.
We will be at home this evening if everything progresses as it has been. We will be accepting monetary gifts no smaller than $100 to go toward the Connor and Charles Theological Education Fund. This fund provides educational material (books) for their father who will use them to put into a reserve (library) for their edification (family worship). You can send a check to our home address or simply bring it by in person as we would love to thank you for your contribution.
Thanks for everyones prayers. We are blessed indeed to have all of you as friends.