Happy Birthday Will

Sunday, June 22, 2008
(The beginning is the story of how Will was born--I am writing it for Will.  Feel free to skip over it.)

Eleven years ago, Dad and I had Sunday Brunch reservations at our favorite place in Houston. We figured it might be our last chance before we became parents to have a quiet and relaxing brunch. The night before (Saturday June 21) we had a very nutritious dinner consisting of hot dogs (my weird pregnancy craving which put me into labor BOTH times).  After dinner, we went for a walk through the neighborhood and I found a penny on heads (which I still have). We hung a quilt on your bedroom wall above the crib and I said, "Okay, now I can have this baby." Little did I know that at midnight my water would break while I was sleeping.  

I woke up and told Dad that I thought I was in labor.  We went to the hospital half expecting to be sent home. Your due date was still three weeks away. I had gone into pre-term labor at 30 weeks while watching someone have a premature baby on ER and I had been on bed-rest. We thought they would probably give me more breathine and send us home.

When we got to the hospital they confirmed that I was in fact in labor and they told me to go walk for an hour.  That is when the PAIN began.  I think I asked for an epidural but they gave me something else instead.  They told me to rest but I was so excited, I could not sleep.  Finally, I got the epidural.  I remember being more afraid of that needle than anything else.  When it was finally time for your arrival I asked the nurse to call Dr. McConnell.  The nurses said, "Aww honey we don't do that.  The doctor on call will deliver your baby."  I said, "No, he said he would come even if he was not on call.  He said to call him. That was why I picked him."  They reluctantly called and sure enough sweet Dr. McConnell came in at 6:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning to deliver you.  Well, I pushed for 3 hours and you were finally born at 9:03!  There was a complete knot in the umbilical cord.

I loved you immediately.  You were a tough, colicky baby and a hyper and curious toddler.  You definitely gave us a run for our money in the early years but you have turned into an intelligent, compassionate, kind and handsome young man.  Daddy and I are so proud of the person you have become Will. We love you more than you can imagine.

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Moments after you were born.  Mom is looking pretty tired and pale but I was so happy!

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Daddy being silly with you when you were just a few days old!  You looked just like him!

Yesterday, we took Will and two of his friends into the big city for lunch and laser tag.  Will chose one of his favorite Mexican restaurants.  Everyone had a GREAT time!


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Going into the restaurant 

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Laser tag here we come!
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Three Amigos!


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Today, we went to a beautiful local lake.  We have lived here almost 4 years and had never been here before. We packed a lunch and had a great time.  I only got 4 or 5 pictures and just as I was about to get some of the birthday boy, my camera battery died:(

At 11 years old, 11 things you LOVE (in no particular order) are legos, hedgehogs, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, your family, bacon cheeseburgers (the forbidden foods), Judo, tennis, Lasertag, Target and God.


47 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday wishes to Will:)
    We too have been going on a few adventures this past yr to a few places nearby we never knew existed.

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  2. Happy birthday Will! I hope all of your birthday wishes come true!

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  3. Happy Birthday Will!! Looks like you had a very fun day!

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  4. Happy Birthday Will! What a fun weekend.:)

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  5. Happy 11th Birthday Will... Looks like a Great Birthday..
    Love the lake pictures..
    Have a Great Week..

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  6. Happy Birthday Will! Joseph asked today if he can have a laser tag bday for his 9th. Looks like fun!

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  7. Happy Birthday Will!
    Kim and Katiebug

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  8. Happy Birthday Will! What a wonderful day. Hope it was the best ever!

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  9. Happy Birthday to Will! Its funny - I also was on bedrest for preterm labor from 30 weeks when I was pregnant with Ben!

    Looks like Will had a great birthday!

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  10. Happy Birthday Will!

    I love your longer hair. It makes you look very grown up. :)

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  11. Happy birthday Will! Have a wonderful year.

    Hannah

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  12. Happy Birthday Will! Love, Aunt Staci and all of the Quans

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  13. Happy Birthday, Will!

    -Jennifer and the monkeys

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  14. Happy Birthday Will.....hope your day was fantastic!

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  15. I enjoyed reading Will's birth story. He was such a cute baby!

    Happy Birthday, Will!

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  16. Happy Birthday Will you handsome boy!
    LOVED the pictures with Denise, I sure miss that girl! One day I will visit her and meet you in person!
    So,,catching up on your blog and would love to ask you some questions about the health food. I have read SO much on this and want to get more serious. Can you email me? teagues5@msn.com.....thanks!

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  17. Birthday Hugs to Will!!! I got your fabric and haven't posted it to our blog yet. We both love it!
    Michelle
    Illinois

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  18. Happy Birthday Will! Glad you had a nice party & birthday. We are very proud of you.

    Love,
    Aunt Doonie, Uncle Moon & Ashton

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  19. Happy Birthday Will!

    Kim, we are back in town, let's get together this week!

    Oh, and I set up a blog! yikes, I don't know what i'm doing so you'll have to help me set it up!!!

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  20. Oh Happy Happy Day! I hope it was a great day for you.

    Happy Birthday Will.

    Snick, Sunshine and Brilliance

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  21. Happy Birthday to your 11 year old! He is so handsome and sounds like such a great son and brother!

    Janet

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  22. Happy Birthday to Will. What a fun birthday celebration...laser tag and a lake. I love your idea of 11 things you love on your 11th birthday! I might be borrowing that idea:)

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  23. Oh Happy 11th Birthday to your son Will. Looks like a fun birthday party.

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  24. A very Happy Birthday to your handsome Will!!! What a fun celebration you had together!!!

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  25. HAPPY B-DAY WILL! It is nice that you documented his birth - great idea. It's funny, my first born was colicky and a handful and he sounds a lot like your Will :)

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  26. I love the picture of the boys from behind with their arm around each other. They are just soo cool. Logan had a great time with Will and he thought laser tag was AWESOME. Thanks for having him. X

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  27. Happy Birthday to the little man! He is such a cutie!

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  28. HAPPY BIRHDAY WILL! 11 YEARS!

    Well, 14 years ago, June 22nd, I had my son, Austin.

    God Bless you all!

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  29. Awwww...happy birthday Will! It looks like you had a special day and weekend:) I love his birth story! Also, the picture of Kate walking into laser tag with the boys is just so cute. XO, clare

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  30. Happy Birthday Will!! It's my son's birthday too! : )

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  31. Happy Birthday Sweet Will!! You sure are a great little guy! So handsome!

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  32. Happy Birthday Will! Looks like such a fun weekend!

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  33. Happy birthday handsome Will.

    And Momma. You have not aged one day since that birth photo. ;) Do tell us your secrets.

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  34. What a sweet post. Happy birthday to Will! Loved all the pictures especially the one of you holding your precious little bundle. The lake looks beautiful! Hope you have a great week!!!

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  35. HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILL!!!!! We can't wait to meet you soon. The water skii's are ready!!!!

    Blessings for a wonderful year!

    Diana & the rest of the MN crew!

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  36. Happy Birthday Will!

    Laser Tag is so much fun! What a great Birthday outing. I like your hair cut too. You are really handsome!

    Lisa Watson in Colorado

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  37. Skip ahead...are you kidding!? What a beautiful story!
    Happy Happy Birthday, Will!
    You are a remarkable young man!

    Love the pictures, as always.
    Enjoy the rest of your week, Kim.

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  38. Happy Birthday Will. Great post Kim...I love the little list at the end!

    ~Lynn

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  39. Happy Birthday Will! Hope you had a Wonderful Day!

    Shannon
    Mother to Jack and Palmer

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  40. great story! looks like a fun day too.

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  41. Your Will is a gorgeous boy!! One day I was talking to my Mom about something (bows? dresses?) and I mentioned your name & site - she referred to you as the one with the "beautiful boys" Yup, that's Kim! She knew you not by Kate but by your handsome men!!

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  42. I am a little late but I just wanted to wish Will a Belated Happy Birthday!!!

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  43. happy birthday to your handsome young man!
    love his list
    xo

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