Saturday, March 30, 2013

William Dean Slease

Well, William is almost a month old already so we thought it was about time we introduce him to you all.  :)  Life with 3 littles is busy even with an extra adult around (which I've had almost every day since he was born) and yet I still can't seem to get much done.

I also thought I should tell the real story of his birth so that all of you that wagged your finger at me about 'barely making it to the hospital' would know what really happened. 

Friday night, March 1, I had random contractions throughout the night (which I had been having for a while and even went to the hospital the week before on the 'first contraction' like everyone advised me so I wouldn't have a baby at home again).  Anyway, in the morning they continued and about 9:30 I decided to lay down to be able to pay attention to them.  We called my midwife and upon telling her they were 10-20 minutes apart she said we should wait to come in until they were closer together and stronger.  So wait 3 hours we did and then all of a sudden, they went crazy.  It was just like with Elsie's birth.  Brad started freaking out (and so did Mom & Dad) that I get in the car right away.  But you know if you've ever been in transition in labor, you don't really feel like moving much. 

I did make my way into the car and Brad drove like heck to get us to the hospital.  Less than 30 minutes after we pulled up to the hospital, William was born.  My midwife was great.  She met us there, they had a room ready and the nurses just let me do what I needed to do.  They skipped all the procedures and just let me do my thing.  My water broke and out he came.  Crazy.  But, we made it this time.  We were glad too because William was a little blue because I had been breathing too fast and his oxygen levels were off so they were able to pink him up a bit.  And, that first night in the hospital he aspirated some spit up and they had to give him oxygen and suction his stomach because he stopped breathing.  That was so scary and we were glad we were not at home for that.

Since March 2, we've been blessed with help, meals and lots of gifts for our little guy.  (I'm still working on thank you cards!)  We were especially blessed when I came down with Mastitis and Brad had to finish a certification class for work.  A friend watched the girls for me and neighbors brought us dinner.  Brad goes back to work on Wednesday so we'll see if the house remains standing at that point. 

Here's a slide show of the first couple weeks.  Actually, it may only be the first week.  I haven't seen my camera since.  :)

On other news, Elsie is about to turn 2 and she's decided the birth of her baby brother "Yilliam" is a perfect time to start potty training.  Whew!  I don't want to discourage her but seriously?!  She talks a blue streak and is very active.  She loves to ride her strider, play at the park and just run, run, run!  She's in the 'I do it!' phase for sure and she keeps us on our toes with her passion. 

Addy, who is 3 1/2 (and she'll tell you she's not 3!), is a great big, big sister.  She's very helpful with William.  She's getting into playing board games and she is really growing in her independence.  Addy loves to write in her nursing notebook (just like Mommy) and she loves to have one on one play time with anyone who is around.

Brad and I are trying to adjust to being outnumbered.  We're seeing we've entered a season of quick prep meals, not much down time and lots of energy (not ours!).  I'm sure we'll settle into a routine but right now everything feels pretty chaotic.  Three is a LOT more than two!  At least, that's how it feels right now.  But you know, William is such a sweet little blessing and we experienced so many answers to prayer with his birth and since we've been home.  It may be tricky for a while but we are blessed.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Recap :)

I decided to update the blog today and I had to laugh that the last post I did announced that we were going to have a boy.  That in itself probably recaps the last 4 months for you.  :)  Here's a quick run-down and a slide show of what we've been up to. . .

We hosted Thanksgiving for my parents and sister and it turned into quite a family gathering!  We had to move the dining room table to the living room to fit everyone.  It was great fun!

We've had a LOT of snow this winter and I'm happy to say that the snow that's hung around since before Christmas is finally (almost!) gone.  Whew!  Today the sun is shining and giving us hope that spring is coming.

We remodeled our basement to make a bedroom for our little guy and so we spent 2 months covered in dust, sleeping in the guest bed in the family room and unable to find anything.  We also were sick most of that time with ear infections and coughs from lingering colds.  That was a long 2 months but the remodel turned out great and we now have 4 bedrooms instead of 3.  We haven't exactly moved everything back in from the garage yet. . . maybe someday.   

Elsie finally got tubes in her ears in January after going through 6 ear infections since September and it has really helped!  No more crying in the night from ear pain or trips to the Dr twice a week.  Whew!

We spent Christmas in Houston this year with some of Brad's family and it was a blast!  There were so many little cousins for the girls to play with and we got the royal treatment since I was pregnant.  Actually, we've yet to go to TX not pregnant.  Maybe next time.  :)

In preparation for our new addition, Addy got a real big girl bed and we moved her crib/toddler bed to the basement.  She loves her new bed and loves that it's purple!  :)

This pregnancy was especially hard on my back and at the end of January I was finding it really hard to put any weight on my left leg.  Naturally, that made taking care of a 3 yr old and a 1 1/2 year old a bit tricky so at the beginning of February my Mom (and then my Dad) came out to help.  Their plan was to try to stay in town until our little guy was born so we'd have someone to watch the girls when we were in the hospital.  The plan worked but since little man lingered in the womb, they were here waiting, waiting, waiting, longer than they thought they would be.  What a blessing!  I couldn't have finished out the pregnancy with their help.

So, that's all I can remember of the last four months.  Enjoy the pictures!