Monday, April 30, 2007

William's Birth Story

These two pictures are of William and I on the day of his birth, May 4th, 2006. I cannot believe that nearly a year has passed since he was born! I of course will post his birthday tribute on his actual birthday (Friday); but I wanted to come share his birth story, due to the fact that I started this blog after he was born, and have never shared it!
On Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006, Sam, Nathalie, Nichole(my sister) and I made a trip to Parkway Plaza, to get Nathalie's 2nd bday pictures taken; some pregnant pics of me; and some family photo's of Sam, Nathalie and I! While taking pictures I felt the first contraction, I paused and Sam looked at me and asked "are you okay?" I said, "yes, just a little uncomfortable." We finished the pictures during which time I decided I was starving and so we all decided to make the trek to the other side of the mall to Rubio's to get some dinner. I had a few more dull contractions during this process, and Nichole was enjoying making fun of how bad I was waddling! We got to Rubio's and I suddenly had NO intrest in food, I told Sam, I would just share with Nathalie, and thought to myself huh I can't believe I don't want to eat, I must be in labor! On the short drive home I had a couple more contractions and Sam mentioned that maybe we should time them, they at this point were about 5 to 7 minutes apart! As we were leaving Nichole jokingly said "I'll be expecting your call". when we got home Nathalie was sleeping so Sam carried her to bed and went to bed himself as well, I decided I better pack my hospital bag, as well as stuff for Nathalie to spend time with whomever she ended up with! I laid on the couch for the next few hours having contractions, and drinking water. I walked back to the bedroom to talk to Sam and he noticed that the contractions were increasing in frequency. I told him to get a little more sleep and that I would try to as well. At about 3:45 I called my sister and asked her if she'd come over (since Nathalie was still asleep) and she started laughing and then said "oh really?" She arrived a bit later and Sam and I headed of to Mary Birch. Incase you didn't already know this, a laboring woman in the car is not the best passenger! I kept telling Sam what a great driver he was, it was pretty funny in retrospect, considering that I normally nag him non stop about his driving. We arrived at Mary Birch around 430 am on May 4th. We went up to triage and found that I was at 4 to 4 & 1/2 cm's at this point, so I opted to walk around for a couple hours. Sam spent this time calling his family (in Oregon) and my parents to let them know what was going on, I think I spoke with these people, but really can't remember! At about 8 am I was "admitted" and was only at 5 cm. My dr came to check me and when he did, he broke my water by checking me! He told me that he was going to perform a c-section (not on me) and that he'd be back, and that he expected me to probably have a baby around 12 or so. My mom called about then and Sam told her what the dr had said, My mom said she and Nichole were going to get a bite to eat and then would be there. I told my nurse that i needed to use the restroom and when I stood up I felt the desire to push, she said wait I see the babies head, don't push (right Don't push ha!) My mom and sister walked in the room, the dr walked in just in time to catch William. William Richard Long joined our family on Thursday May 4th, 2006 he weighed 7lbs 12 oz and 20 inches long! It was a beautiful amazing experince!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Nathalie & William

I feel like I often write about all William's developmental leaps and bounds because he is a baby err toddler now adays...but all thats besides the point! My little girl, is getting so big! In a little over 2 weeks she will be 3 and I can not believe it! She is as sweet as ever with her brother, watching the two of them interact brings a joy to my heart that is unexplainable! Potty Learning is going increasingly well, over the past 2 days NO accidents, including succesful poops on the potty talk about a happy dance from mama! Both Yesterday and today we ventured out to the park, and both kids truly relish in being outdoors! Today after the park we came home for William's nap (as Nathalie rarely naps anymore these days) and then went up to Nana and Papa's to play some more and ate dinner there as well; grilled Salmon, corn and rice, and Nathalie said, "Papa, this is deliciouso!" lol....

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Walking William

Finally after all this talk I caught it on video to share with you all

Monday, April 16, 2007

Where did my babies go?

I'm going through this stage of bittersweetness mixed with Denial! my babies are getting big, too big too fast! My dd Nathalie, will be 3 in less than 1 month, my ds William will be 1 in less than 3 weeks....A preschool (aged, not in technical terms) daughter, and a toddler (both in age and technical terms) son! I am completely baffled! First, and foremost, I never in a million years imagined having a son, Girls run rampant in both mine and Sam's family history; and, considering that my 2 children have 2 older half-sisters from Sam that are 18 and 15.5 I really never thought he'd make a boy (lol), but he did low and behold William! Watching Nathalie interact with William lights up my life, she is such a good sister and loves him more than I could have ever imagined possible for a little girl! I love when she tells me what he wants; "mom william wants boob!" Or, if she's buying for me to spend alone time with her, "mom, William wants Dad", (or dantie, or nana or papa, or any other available adult)! The accomplishments both my children have made in the past 2 months amaze me!

Just an example, Nathalie singing her ABC's !

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Random bits of information

1) I am so sad that my baby is a walking boy!

2) I really despise when people use the f word for no apparent reason!

3) On the otherhand I don't mind bitch in any sentence

4) My husband is getting promoted woo hoo!!!

5) William has started biting a lot while nursing, I don't like that at all!

6) This week was extremely hard on me but helped me to realize who my true friends are or are not!

that's all I have time for right now!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter

I had a rough night last night, William thought it would be "fun" to stay awake from 11pm until almost 3 am! This afternoon I noticed 2 more teeth broke through the gums (between yesterday and today) and now he is offically WALKING!!!! Help me please, I have 2 wild kids!!! Today I kept myself extremely caffinated just to function! It was a very rough day, Nathalie was cranky and pressing my nerves William was clingy and I really just wanted to go lay in bed but of course that didn't happen! We went to my Mom and Dad's house (minus Sam b/c he was working) and by the end of the day I upset my Mom, I had two screaming kids and I was ready to rip my hair out! I have horrible knots in my neck and shoulders (I'm guessing stress related?) and I do have egg dying pics from today, but am much too lazy to post, but will do so later! We have a busy week this week as friends arrive tomorrow from out of town! Padre game tomorrow night for Nathalie and Mama! Sea World on Wed and the Wild Animal Park on Thursday, so if you don't hear anything from us this week thats why! Lets just hope I get some sleep tonight! Its 1130 and I'm hoping William is down until at least 3 or 4 maybe longer, wouldnt that be great!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

11 months old

Dear William;

I can't believe that you are 11 months old today, and that in one short month you will be a year old! You now have 6 teeth and love to eat anything we let you get your hands on! Over the past couple of days you have begun walking! Its amazing and sad all in one, I can't believe how fast my baby is growing up! You still love to snuggle with both your Mama and Dada, and we cherish every minute of it as we know there will come a point when you wont want our hugs and kisses all the time! You have really begun to enjoy playing with your big sister Nathalie, and she loves to play with you too! Once in a while we have to watch you, because you tend to use her head as a handle, and pull her hair in order to stand up! William Richard, it amazes me how fast the past 11 months have flown by, you are our gift and we cherish you! love ya Mom!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

long weekend.overtired.

and yet here I am posting a blog? What am I thinking? who knows?! Yesterday I had to work all day, and came home to overtired kids and hubby! The minute I walked in the door I had kids attacking me and husband escaping to the computer for a few minutes of much needed alone time! See William is having a hard week, and putting him down hasn't been much of an option! So after the handoff Sam looked at me and said, I just need a few minutes (which I completely understand!) He reemerged from the bedroom and said Nathalie, want a bath? He got both kids into the bath at which point they both started whining for me, Nathalie began crying that she was scared (mind you this kid loves the bath) so I went in washed her up wrapped her up in her towel and held her (she never lets me hold her) uh oh I thought she's not feeling well! After about 30 minutes I said hey honey lets put on your jammies and your night time pull up! OK mama I'm tired (she never admits to being tired) off to bed she went without the slightest complaint! less than 5 minutes passed and she opens her door and says mommy i poopoed, it was the yuckiest thing I've ever seen like water out of her but! this was the begining of the night, this occured all night long, between her and nursing William I think I slept about 2 hours last night! This morning she seemed to be doing better, until I decided to go to the store to get her some probiotics, she threw up everywere in the store, instantly saying "i'm sorry mama" I told her everything was ok and that I understood she didnt feel well, we made our purchases and left! She only threw up one more time (thank goodness) and took a 2 hour nap, without me asking her to nap, she got up on my mom's couch and fell asleep on her own! So as for tonight, Sam is sleeping in Nathalie's room with her and I am in our room with William! Hopefully, it'll go better than last night, as I get to go to work again tomorrow morning!