After almost a year of downtime, website is back up

Hey Guys –

We’ve been in the new house for going on 8 months now, then 3 months in an apartment before that, and my home server has been down for that entire time. Today I finally pulled it out, dusted it off, and brought it back up. I debated on whether or not I wanted to upgrade it from Ubuntu 8.04 to 10.04, but heck it’s running great as-is so I just left it.

Oh, and FYI since taking down the site we’ve had a new kiddo, so if you don’t see any info on him that’s why :) Check our Facebook pages for more info there but maybe soon I’ll get this site revamped and updated.

Sam

Updated WordPress .. Yay!

Hi Everyone,

Yup this is the first post in many moons, and I’m doing so on a new updated version of WordPress. I upgraded us from WP 1.5 to WP 2.8 which is a nice leap, and what’s better is it was able to carry over our theme so the front end is seamlessly the same. As for the backend, it’s quite different but MUCH nicer to use.

Hopefully we’ll start updating the website more, but with life moving at 100mph no promises :)

Take care –

Sam

Quick Thoughts

ya…ya…I know it’s been a couple of months since my last posting. My time has been busy split between work, studying, Willow, Sam, the house, and all the other little tid bits life throws at you. After December 13th I should be able to post away for you all. What happens on December 13th? GRADUATION! WHO HOO! I am not sending out official announcements but will be emailing out something to highlight this event in my life.

As a recap of the past 2 months…
*Wilsey (as her Uncle John calls her) is growing like a weed!
*Bro-Bro (Arthur) had a BDay (I think this officially make him “old” :) )
*Sam is working at a different post with the same company and loves the new challenge.
*We went to Maker-fair in Austin and LOVED it!
*We have NOT done ANYTHING else with the kitchen but still have loads to do. BLAH! Anyone out there have any free time?
*Willow had a blast at Halloween as a Dallas Cowboy and Lorena Leopard Cheerleader. (I will post a pic or two soon!)
*We are going to Oklahoma for Thanksgiving to see my dad.
*Tonight Sam and I are going to see the ABBA (ncle Dave, Aunt Rhonda, and Aunt Robin will we looking after Willow) show with the Waco Symphony-should be innnnteresting!
*Obama won! WHO HOO!

I know that more has happened but will leave you for now to get to work!
Love to all!
Flipper

A Year Ago…

Let’s see…a year ago Sam and I were knee deep in labor. I can’t believe that a year has passed so quickly! For those of you who are wondering…yes….I still remember the pain BUT I can honestly say that it was worth it.

Willow will be 1 tomorrow and she is a walking and talking up a storm. Oh! How she makes me laugh! On Monday we went to the Mayborn Museum in Waco for an extra credit assignment for my Geology class. Sam and I were looking everywhere for her a clean pair of socks (yes….we are WAY behind on laundry!). I suppose we were taking too long to get ready because there Willow was…standing in the kitchen…leaned forward with her arms stretched straight and pushing backwards at her sides…yelling at me in her own slobber slurred language. I was in the laundry room looking through the pile of clean Willow clothes in a basket and just stopped. OMG! Willow is a person! She started to walk from here to there continuing to yell at me. LOL! It was a surreal moment. Our baby is growing up, but she will ALWAYS be our baby.

To review the past year here are a few observations…I am sure there are more but at least below are a few to get started…

A year ago Sam and I…
did not realize how much we could function on 2 hours of sleep.
did not know our hearts could exist outside of our physical bodies.
did not realize the true meaning of time.
were never referred to as Mama and Dada.
never spent a night driving aimlessly through out Waco.
never thought about sharp corners of our furniture or how hot the stove truly got.
never found ourselves a puppet of instinct.
never packed the trunk of our car full for an over-night stay away from home.
never took as many pictures as we do now of our life.
had about $1,000-$1500 more in our bank account every month.
never unintentionally got behind on laundry.
always had time for emailing or calling friends and family.
never consistently ate by 7PM at the dinner table.

-Flip

KING KONG BABY!

Hello everyone!

I know, I know…we haven’t updated our blog in how long? Uhg!

Well let’s see. Sam and I are doing well but honestly…I know you don’t want to hear about us…Baby Willow is the big show! :)

Willow has started…uhhh….well…grunting her needs at us. What does Willow want for breakfast? Does she want to play in her room or the living room? Where’s daddy? How was her day at daycare? It doesn’t matter. To her she is probably telling us a whirl wind of a story but to us…we just hear this haggered grunt. I am hopeful that this is just a short phase on her way to making actual words.

In other Willow news she has started to try to walk and we figure will be there before we know it. Plus I just got a call from daycare saying that she would be moving up to the next room in just another couple of weeks. AWESOME!

On the medical front…
It is no secret that Willow has allergy problems that has caused us $$$ this year in Doctor visits/ER outings/Medication costs. She is now on Pulmicort as a breathing treatment. This is small dosage of steroid in a breathing treatment twice a day. We have given her other breathing treatments before but this one is special. You can’t get it in her eyes because there have been no studies that clear it from causing harm to one’s eyes. Now, how do you explain to a 10 month old that she has to bite down on this mouth piece, which is attached to a loud machine for 10 minutes straight? You can’t…Sam and I tried! It’s an interesting tale twice a day at the Alexander’s house trying to get Willow to comply. A tale of either Dora the Explorer (we really didn’t plan on Willow watching TV this young) or the mamma/daddy show of entertainment. GOOD STUFF!

One good thing about the Pulmicort is that Willow’s wheezing is more isolated now. This has helped us to identify that our carpet may be contributing to her breathing problems. To help solve this we are taking our carpet out and installing wood floors. Should be fun! In looking at flooring types we went to Austin on Saturday to visit Lumber Liquidator’s. On the way there we had the chance to meet some of our Austin Friends (Hey guys!) at Red Robin. To our surprise little Ms. Willow ate a large part of a grilled turkey patty PLUS the bun. I tell ya one thing…that girl can EAT! She is a true Alexander/Hitchcock original!

Poop…there it is!

I know you are wondering what in the world the title of this entry is all about. The suspence is killin ya, isn’t it? More on that later. Let me catch you up on our lives these past couple of months.

Let’s see…

As our doctor predicted in March, after her nasty month of sickness, Willow got another cold at the end of May. It lingered until a virus decided to set up camp in her lungs. She ended up with Bronchitis (the infant’s form) and still has the rattle in her chest. Since the doctor feels that she has Asthma he warned us that any time she gets even a minor cold the cough and crud will linger for weeks. Poor baby! My worry is the reoccurring fever. Even as I write this blog she had a low grade fever spike in the middle of the night and I am taking her temp every diaper change just to make sure it doesn’t come back. Whenever she has a spike there always seems to be a 102 fever lurking just hours away.

Other than her little sickness she is WONDERFUL! She is pulling up on everything, even her crib and that little mischievous personality is starting to show up when you least expect it. The other day Sam and I watched all the video footage we have taken of her since birth. I know that every parent must say this but it is just amazing that, even at almost 11 pounds, she was so small! Now she is 27 inches long and 23 pounds. This is on the higher end of the spectrum but a higher norm. We think she is going to get Sam’s height.

In May Sam, Willow, and I got to go see my dad and step mom in Oklahoma.

This was the weekend of Mother’s day. On the way back I started not to feel so well, which ended up being a viral infection (’Happy 1st Mom’s Day!”). Throwing up my guts from the viral craziness resulted in my also getting a nasty sinus infection. I have been through this twice in the past 6 months, more than normal, and this time was the worst. Each time I made it through with flying colors carrying the badge of no medication, since I was breastfeeding. With deep consideration, loosing work days, and knowing that Willow had started to wean already Sam and I made the decision to stop breastfeeding. I say Sam and I because literally everything we do for Willow is 50/50. If Willow wakes up in the middle of the night Sam and I trade off on who gets the bottle ready and who changes the diaper. If Willow needs to be bathes Sam does his part, while I do mine. So, with Willow fully weaned I proceeded to let my eating habits go to crap and gained back the 10 lbs. that I lost earlier this year. …but it was a fun 10 lbs! Now I am getting back to it, ladies and gentleman.

Other than that I am only 2 classes away from my degree. This summer I am taking B Law II on Wednesday nights from 8-10 and YES it is torture! Our professor is a judge out of Belton and he LOVES to talk. Wish me luck!

So who could forget about Sammy? He is doing well..well…actually he came down with a bug over the last day. I took care of Willow last night so that he could get his strength back. The job is going well. The Linux group is also going well. They even had a cookout at Cameron Park at the end of May. Willow and I tried to attend but the heat drove us away. He is trying hard to get our pool up for the summer but life’s little things keep jumping in the way. Sam…quite simply…is awesome!

Other than the current sickness he is going great!

Ruby had a non cancer growth cut out of her right thigh this past week. She was under Doctor’s ordered to stay inside for 2 weeks and we tried it, as we have done with her past 2 surgeries. However, this time was too much with Willow so we decided to board Ruby for the next week with our vet. It was a hard decision to make becuse we love our Ruby.

Other than that we have had a chance to go to Georgetown to visit with Sam’s side of the family and visited our friends in Austin. Also, John and Jamie got married on the Disney cruise, CONGRATS! However, I haven’t heard from my other undercover brother, ‘Bro’. I have absolutely no idea what he is up to these days but if I know him, it is something daring and exciting. Sam’s family is doing well. David is on the road, Rhonda is working hard and enjoying the summer off of RN school, Robin-Adam and the kids are enjoying the summer, and the parents are rockin along. Plus we are in the middle of bring our kitchen from the 70’s to the 2008’s as time and $ permit.

Did I fill you in on everything? OH! The poop! With Willow’s 9 month check up she went through the ordeal of getting blood drawn to check iron and lead levels. No immunization’s at this time! She is a little anemic and with such a condition we were told to just increase her Rice intake from 1 bottle to 2 bottles a day. With her growing and hunger needs changing we also added another veggie feeding in the day AND we started her on #3 meats. All of these changes meant more poop! So on Wednesday it happened. I was out walking Ruby and Sam went in to check on Willow. There she was…in her crib….covered in poop and with a large amount, from what Sam says, cupped in each hand. From what I hear, this is a parent’s right of passage. ‘Welcome to parenthood!”

Hope your summer is rockin along and sorry for the long update.

Flipper

Sleepless Nights

To bring everyone up to speed I should probably begin with what happened the Saturday after Willow was born. On that Saturday Sam ended up being hit with a nasty Viral infection. Since his body was already dragging from lack of sleep due to our hospital stay and a new baby he ended up being taken to the ER by our step dad, Jim. Then about 2 hours after Sam left for the hospital his mom, who had been staying with us, started throwing up as well and came down with the nasty bug too. It was 2 AM but I didn’t want to stay in the house for fear of me or Willow getting sick so we ended up going to John and Jamie’s (my brother and girlfriends house) for a few hours until we decided what to do next. A few hours later Sam was released from the hospital after his fluids were replenished then we found out that I couldn’t return home till 24 hours after his fever broke, which ended up being Tuesday morning. Willow and I ended up staying 3 days with Dave and Rhonda and even though it was a good stay we were SO glad to make it back home. Sam’s step dad ALSO go the bug AND his sister, who was SO sweet to come clean our house to kill the germs, also got sick the following week. From what I am hearing this nasty infection is going around town but thankfully for this week it has steered clear from the Alexander household.

Fast forward to this week and we had Willow’s 2 week check up. All is well and pleasantly for the doc and nurse staff Willow slept through the whole darn thing! This week Sam and I have been settling into..well..not a routine per say since our life revolves around baby girl and her inconsistancies with eating, sleeping, and needing to be changed but setteling into life with Willow. :) We have had sleepless nights as many new parents go through but ya know…it’s all worth it! She is a jewel and we love having her in our life!

For those fans of the show Heroes you should get a kick out of this picture. Every time Baby Willow throws her hands up we think of the popular scene from Heroes when one of the characters Hiro teleports for the first time successfully to New York. It cracks us up! BTW-The new seaso of Heroes starts next Monday…WHO HOO!

“Labor” Day…

Well folks…the greatest thig has happened! Willow Marie Alexander was born 9/4/07 at 12:59 AM. She weighed in at a whopping 10 lbs. and 10 oz.s and was 21 1/2 inches long. WOW!

It all started on Sunday morning when I started throwing up every 2 hours. The OB on call prescribed something to settle my stomach but the damage had been done and I became overly dehydrated. The effect of this was my water breaking around 1o:30AM last Monday. That’s right…I went into labor on Labor Day…hehe.

Anyways..sevvvvvveral hours later Willow was born with me and Sam exhausted from a long day of hard labor. I have to say that I don’t think I will ever forget the pain BUT must conclude by mentioning that it was all well worth it. You see, Willow is simply the most precious thing I have ever encountered in my life.

We will post better pictures on the site soon but until then click on the link below to see the various pictures we are posting through our camera phone.

http://samandflip.textamerica.com/

-Proud Mama Flippy

Come on baby!

Hello to all!

We’re coming at ya at almost 37 weeks. Our last check up was great and we learned that Willow is turned in position and I’m starting to dilate. Figured we should get some pictures on the site with our nursery for you. Enjoy!

This is from the doorway….

The left wall…

Close up on the changing table…

The crib…

Willlllllow….

Sitting area…

Closeup on Window Box…

The bookshelf

The closet opened…

ummm…yes…I labeled!