Friday, November 27, 2009

Will in November

Just a few photos of Will over the past month.  The first is Will feeding the fish.  He would feed them all day, every day if Chris would let him.  The second is Santa in the tub.  The last is Will with Lucky Charm marshmallows stuck to his lips.  He found this very funny and so did I..... well at least the first time :)


Just a few pictures of Abby's nursery.  This was our "gator room" because it was painted orange and blue.  Chris had to use two coats of primer to cover the orange and blue but he did a great job of converting it to a nice yellow shade.  It took us awhile to clear out the room and get it ready  but we had it done in time for our little miss to make her appearence.

New Addition

We went into the hospital for a scheduled C-section on November 10th.  Will went to school as usual and Chris and I headed to labor and delivery.  Abigail Louise was born on 11/10/2009, at 1:48 pm.  She weighed 7lb 11oz and was 20.75 inches long.  The nice part is that unlike when Will was born, Abby wasn't whisked away to the nursery.  Instead she got her first check up right in the OR and Chris even got to cut the cord, something he didn't get to do when Will was born.  Then Chris and Abby headed out to the recovery room while Dr. Stone finished my surgery.  I joined them a few minutes later and Abby didn't leave our side again during our stay.

After a few hours in the recovery room, all three of us moved together to the new tower.  Shands just opened a new tower on November 1st and it is state of the art and beautiful.  The new rooms are much nicer than the old hospital with more seats for visitors and a big huge window.  We had a lovely view of Paynes Prairie from our room.  It even had a flat screen TV.

Another nice change from my last hospital stay, we got a room fairly quickly by around 5:00 pm.  We were really happy about this as Will wasn't allowed back in the recovery room and we wanted him to meet Abby that night.  Plus, we wanted him to have some idea of where Mommy and Daddy were staying.  My parents picked Will up from preschool and brought him over to the hospital.  He came marching straight in and announced that he was going to sit on the couch and hold Baby Abby and that is what he did!  Abby thoughtfully brought him a present (we are not above a little bribery)!  Will was thrilled with his Tim Tebow shirt.  He is a major Gator fan (more so than Chris and I) and it is currently difficult to convince him to wear anything that is not in some way Gator.  Will brought Abby a card that he made with his class at preschool. So far they are off to a great start.

After the introductions, Chris took Will to dinner and my parents bonded with their latest grandchild.  It was a bit difficult for Will to leave with my parents when the time came.  He doesn't like to separate from us and this was even worse due to the big change.  My dad said that as soon as they hit the elevator, Will returned to his normal cheerful self.  He just likes to leave us feeling loved..... and guilty.

We had a long night in the hospital.  Abby, who took to breastfeeding like a champ, pretty much wanted to nurse ALL NIGHT!  By the time morning came, I was exhausted, sore and Abby still wanted more.  Thankfully the nurse suggested a bottle since she seemed so hungry.  After about two ounces of formula my baby calmed down and slept.  Of course, it was now daytime and Chris and I were wide awake.  It was also a busy day, a hospital is not a place to rest.  The pediatrician came by and evaluated Abby, the audiologist came by and tested her hearing (she, of course, is perfect!), the PCA came by and checked my blood pressure (a lot!), the social worker came by and made sure we were prepared to be parents (not really but we faked her out), and someone else came by to complete Abby birth certificate and register her with the social security administration.  I think about a zillion other people came in but they all begin to blur together after awhile.

We also had visitors, Carolyn and Wayne stopped by and my parents brought Will, who brought Abby a present.  Last weekend we took Will to Build-A-Bear and he made a panda bear (named Tim Tebow) for himself and a cat for Abby, we had a blast and Will was very proud to bring Abby her gift.  Chris and Will went to go visit his friend Lucas.  We wanted to make sure that Chris spent some time with Will so he wouldn't feel abandoned during our hospital stay. I had a nice visit with the family.

We got a little more sleep the next night and Abby and I were discharged the next day.  We were out by 10 am!  One of my co-workers called to see if it was a good time to visit right when transport was coming to take me down to the car!

We headed home with our new little girl.  Will was at daycare so we had a some time to relax and enjoy being home.  We all went to pick Will up from preschool.  He was delighted to show off Baby Abby.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Will was a post man this year for Halloween. We had a big day starting with a party at his friend Ranger's house, then a trip to Boo at the Zoo and finally trick or treating at the downtown High Springs businesses.

We had a lot of fun at Ranger's house.  Ranger has lots of cats and one dog.  Will was all about chasing the poor cats around.  Fortunately, the cats are used to toddlers and took his attentions in stride.

After the halloween party, we headed to Boo at the Zoo.  This is a big event each year in Gainesville.  The local Santa Fe teaching zoo hosts each year and for a donation of canned goods, you get to walk through the zoo and go trick or treating.  Since so many people walk through, most of the animals are put up in their houses so the animals don't get stressed out.  In their place, the students and staff decorate the whole zoo in four different themes.  They really go all out.

Since it is so popular, there is usually a line to get in.  Happily the line moves pretty fast and you get to look at all the kids and their costumes.  This year, Will and Chris did the line waiting and I went ahead and sat on a park bench to wait.  There are benefits to being 9 months pregnant.

When we into the zoo, Will started off walking for about, ohhh, 10 feet. He said trick or treat to Little Red Riding Hood and was very excited to get some candy. Then he saw....... The BIG BAD WOLF! and that was pretty much it for walking. He wanted Chris to carry him for the rest of the walk through the zoo. We talked him into walking up to the candy stations but that was about it.

After we left the zoo and were walking toward our car, Will, who had plenty of energy, had a blast running up and down a hill.  It was cute and adorable, but as Chris and I did not have the luxury of being carried through the zoo, we were exhausted!  We finally bribed him with some candy to get him into the car.  Unfortunately, when we got to the car, I realized that most of Will's candy had melted.  It was about 90 degrees outside and the chocolate couldn't hold up.  I found some smarties in the bottom of his trick or treat bag and saved the day.

Our next stop was home to feed the dogs, then we went out to dinner at the Great Outdoors Cafe in High Springs.  After dinner we trick or treated the downtown businesses.  We were a little disappointed that more businesses didn't participate but those that did gave out great treats.  The local bakery even gave all of the kids a cup cake!  Lastly we headed back home, where I sorted the candy based on what we thought was okay for Will to eat and what wasn't (no laffy taffy or nuts).  We relaxed for a few minutes and put the very tired Will to bed.  It was nice that the time changed last night because Will usually goes to bed at 7:30 and knowing that we would gain an hour, we kept him up an hour later.  This let us have all the fun with none of the guilt.

We were looking at these pictures the morning after Halloween and Will told me that I was the big bad wolf and he was little red riding hood. All of a sudden he screamed and ran out of the room calling for Daddy like he was really terrified. Chris ran to him and asked him what was wrong and he said the big bad wolf was after him.... yep, you guessed it that was me. Got to love the imagination, although, I think I'd rather not be the big bad wolf :)