The quick synopsis of Will's arrival is that we went into the hospital at midnight on Wednesday night to be induced. They started my pitocin about 1 am. At 5:30 am, the doctor came in and broke my water. I received my epidural about 9:30. The nurse checked me about 10 am and said don't push b/c he'll ready to come right now!! They called the doctor in, I pushed for about 5 minutes & William Rhodes Hankins arrived into the world at 10:27 am. on August 28, 2008. He weighed a whopping 8 lbs 10 ounces and was 21 1/4 inches long with a head full of hair!
After a full day of visitors, we enjoyed a good night's rest at the hospital. The hospital was very accomodating and comfortable..We thoroughly enjoyed the new renovations. JD was especially thankful for the comfy new couches!! Our plan was to stay in the hospital until Saturday and then come back to the hospital if Hurricane Gustav decided to threaten our area.
However, Friday morning we woke up to the news that Hurricane Gustav had strenghtened and was headed straight our direction. Therefore, we got an all clear from my doctor and Will's doctor to head home and start thinking about where we would go next.
We went home on Friday afternoon and got another good night's sleep (Will only woke up once during the night to eat!!) After considering all of our options on whether to stay or leave, we decided it would be best to leave on Saturday, ahead of the traffic. Our plan was to make it to San Antonio where JD has a lot of family. The traffic ended up being heavier than normal & it took 3 1/2 hours to get to Houston instead of the normal hour & 45 minutes. That far in the car is not comfortable for someone who just gave birth, so we decided to find a stopping place closer than San Antonio.
My grandma is with us and we decided to call her brother in Lake Conroe to see if we could evacuate to his house instead. Thankfully they agreed to take in the whole car load- me, JD, Anna Katharine, Will, my mom, brother, grandma & our 2 dogs!! So we are hanging out here for a few days until we figure out what the storm is going to do. Right now it looks like our house is going to be safe & we'll be able to go home in a couple days.
So all that to say, Will's first few days of life has been quite chaotic. Thankfully he has been quite a trooper through all of this! Again, sorry it has taken so long to post pictures of our new little guy, but I think I have a valid excuse.