Happy Birthday Conner!

Conner Paul Russell has arrived! He was born 7 lb. 2.4oz. and 19 1/2 inches at 7:59 PM November 13th, 2005. His birth was the catalyst for the taking of some 16.2 million digital pictures. Here are 5 of them in chronological order:

Conner was welcomed into the world by his parents and the russellpour gang. Here is Christine with (left to right) Uncle Reza, Aunt Teresa, Aunt Sara and Uncle (they can't make a memory card big enough for my camera) John, watching Conner wrestle a nurse. Conner won by a 5-0 decision. The russellpour's have got this birth thing down. Instead of sitting in a waiting room for 14 hours like they did with Alex, they checked in by phone every once in a while. They did some shopping, went out to dinner and called for a status report about 90 seconds after Conner was born. Fortunately, a recording of that conversation exists:

Paul's Phone: Ring... Call from John

Paul: He was just born 90 seconds ago.

John: So this isn't a good time then?

This was taken November 13, 2005, 10:27:54 PM. Count them... 2 hours and 29 minutes after giving birth and Christine's totally cool and totally beautiful.

Later that night Conner and I had a talk about some of the things we will be doing together. I can't remember exactly which one we are discussing here. It's either playing the Saxophone or the physics of Play-Doh.

Alex & Nanna met Conner the next morning. Conner gave Alex this totally cool wooden tool set and Alex was pretty protective of his little brother. When Conner cried, Alex immediately went to Christine to help saying "Mama, Condor is sad."

And they lived happily ever after.

We brought Conner home from the hospital around 10 PM Monday, November 14th. Tom and Jerry, veterans of us bringing home a baby, gave Conner a quick sniff and approving purr and immediately jumped into Christine's lap. You can tell they missed her.

One last thing that should not be forgotten... I work with Uncle John & Aunt Sara. Here is the copy of the email John sent out at work announcing Conner's arrival.
From: John
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2005 9:45 AM
To: everyone we work with
Subject: The newest Russell has arrived

Conner Paul Russell finally graced us with his
presence at approx. 8pm on Sunday November 13th.
Yaaayyyyy. He is very cute... a bit wrinkly,
but really cute.

Both mother and baby are doing very well.

Paul is as crazy as ever.