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Friday, June 29, 2012

Lance's Birth

I just noticed that I wrote this and never finished it.  Better to have half the story out than none at all :)
It's Baby Time!!!

May 25, 2011- apparently I had a high slow leak and my water was barely coming out all day long. I just thought my bladder had finally lost control and I was constantly urinating. The contractions were not different than they had been for the past week so I was not concerned. At six we were deciding to go to a movie with Gunnar, and I told Christian that maybe we should go to the hospital and get checked out.

I had a false alarm on Sunday and did not want a repeat. It is a little embarrassing to go to the hospital wanting to have a baby and then be sent home.

Well it turns out that it was not a false alarm, my water had broken and my contractions were not speeding up. They gave me pitocine sp? and I asked for that epidural! That was around 10. Dad came to see me at 10:30 and then we took a nap.

My epidural kept wearing off on one side of my body at a time so they would give me another dose and then I couldn't move my legs at all. We tried to start pushing but the baby was up to high so we waited for the contractions to to their job.

Dr. Terry woke up and came in special to deliver Lance. When he arrived at 3:30 he said, okay lets get this baby out! He started setting things out, got me ready to push and three contractions later we had a baby. I am glad because I pushed really hard for those three contractions and I thought my head was going to pop off! At 3:46 AM we had a baby with lots of hair and lots of cheese coating :)

Then they stole him away to NICU because he wasn't breathing well and I didn't get to see him again for hours :(

Where has the time gone?

Luke 3 with Lance 2 weeks old.


Having a baby can can really take up your time!!  I just realized that I have not written in here since before Lance was born.  OOPS!


Lance Andrew DuPaix was born May 26, 2011.  My water broke and he was three weeks early :) Unfortunately, he was in the NICU for an agonizing 2 weeks.  Since then he has waisted no time growing  up.  He has four teeth and took his first steps the day before his first birthday.  He is constantly chasing Luke.

Lance is 1!!!

Luke just turned 4 and is taking swimming lessons.  He is a sweetheart, always wanting to cuddle and be held.  He talks constantly and has the vocabulary of a 7 year old.  He will tell us when he is frustrated and why. Luke LOVES legos and has discovered Star Wars.  He and cousin Ethan will play Storm Trooper and Darth Vader.  He can still name every dinosaur you have never heard of and plays Jurassic Park with his Action Figgers.

Christian is working with Nicole Newman and they will have a Little Legacies Location open this fall. What will happen to your children if you aren't there? They can help with naming guardians, wills, trusts, and any estate planning you need.

I am still teaching at Kearns Jr.  The past year I gave up teaching dance to spend more time with my family.  I started out the year teaching 7th grade English and switched to reading in December.  for the next year I will only be teaching reading.  I trained for and ran a 1/2 marathon in June and am proud that I met my goal.

We are purchasing a house about two blocks from my school.  Brent Wade will be helping us remodel and we plan on moving in before August 15.  We will be asking all of our family and friends to help with the demolition and construction of the basement and bathroom.  We have big dreams and hope they all come true :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Christian!

These are the top 10 reasons I love Christian:

10. He is a loving Daddy
9. He is the best husband
8. He is always himself
7. He is too intelligent
6. He is openminded
5. He laughs at all my dumb jokes
4. He is a great dancer
3. He is Sexy
2. He is always learning new things
1. He is one in a million

I love you Christian! Thank you for asking me to marry you. I can't wait until you are 72 and wearing suspenders, Happy 32 Birthday.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

We are having fun, every night we sleep for 12 hours, and Luke can't wait to go home.

Whenever we leave our room Luke says, "I want to go back, I want to stay here."  When we get back to the room Luke says, "I want to go home."  Last night he woke up crying in the middle of the night and all he would say, "I want to go home."  Whenever we get in the car he asks if we are going to Jeannie's house or Grandma's house.  This vacation has been really hard on him.  He also has a cough that has hung on since last week when he had a fever.  He tells us he has fun, and had a busy day, but ultimately he can't wait to go home.

Here is a list of things we have done so far:
The pool
Poipu Beach
Spouting Horn
Botanical Gardens
Train Tour
Lydgate Park - the beach was closed for renovations
Waimea Canyon
Smith Family Luau
Ocean Sunrise
Chicken chasing - Luke's favorite thing of all time
and lots of sleeping and nap time!

Yesterday we were going out for lunch after spending two hours at the pool.  Luke refused to go because he was sleeping.  He turned over and said, "I sleeping" and two minutes later he was.  If he wants us up he will  tell us to wake up and if he wants to sleep he tells us to go sleep.  He really is adorable!

Last night at the Luau we had a tram ride through the botanical gardens and then Luke chased birds, chickens, and peacocks for the next 45 minutes.  A few peacocks were displaying their feathers so we got some awesome pics.  Fortunately Luke is still 2 and we didn't have to pay for him at the Luau, he refused to eat anything and he only watched the first two numbers in the show.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Aloha from Hawaii!

We have had some interesting experiences already and our week has barely started.

We flew to Seattle Friday night and slept at the Marriott.  Luke enjoyed his first flight until the descent. I was trying to help him pop his ears and the boy was not happy.  I told him that chewing gum would help and I gave him a piece.  He promptly stuck the gum in his left ear.  Poor fella, he was in major discomfort and Christian and I were laughing.  Next I gave him a bottle to suck on, which he did for about a second and then he stuck the bottle in his ear.  I ended up blowing warm air in his ears until we landed and he finally said, "I feel better."  The airport was not fantastic, up and down many elevators until we made it out to the shuttle.  It was raining and we forgot to bring a jacket for Luke.  Luckily we had both of his blankets.  At the Marriott  Christian and Luke went swimming and I had some nice relaxation time.

At 7:00 AM we ate breakfast and there was a nice variety. We had waffles, yogurt, fruit loops, bananas, blueberry muffins, and apple juice. The Seattle airport wasn't too bad.  After check in we did have a long walk to the terminal but the wait was short.  The plane was completely full so we were able to check our carryon suitcases and stroller and we didn't have to worry about them until our final destination.  This proved to be a good and a bad thing.

Luke was not happy to be on another plane, he kept asking if we were going home.  We rented a digiplayer and that entertained him for the first three hours.  Then he fell asleep for the next three hours and slept through the landing.  Luckily we didn't have to relive the ear incidence.  That is where our luck ended.....  Luke had completely wet through his diaper, clothes and blankets.  We didn't have to worry about carrying our extra bags and that was a blessing but we also didn't have a change of clothes for him.  The airport in Honolulu was crazy, too many people with nowhere to go.  I bought a little hawaiian outfit for him and got him all cleaned up.  At the gate he made some friends and they played cars until boarding time.  Luke is such a sweet child.  He plays well with anyone, copying what they do, sharing his toys, and calling them friend.  We love him so much!

The trip to Kaua'i we short and sweet and we were finally done with airplanes and airports.  The stroller got lost at baggage claim and we had to wait an extra 15 minutes for it.  Two different bag boys helped us and got us to the rental car shuttle.  Luke made more friends at the rental car place and got out some of his energy.  Christian rented a Mustang convertible so we could remember the good old days before we had a baby.

Now that we had arrived and gotten a car I couldn't ignore how uncomfortable I was, it was so hot.  Christian was wearing long pants and a long sleeved shirt.  I was wearing my special pregnancy compression tights, long pants, and a short sleeved shirt.  We all had sweat dripping down our faces and Luke's cheeks were bright red.  I wanted to change Luke's diaper before driving to the hotel, and take off my tights so we left Christian and went to the restroom.  This proved to be the worst decision ever.  The bathroom didn't have a changing table or any counter, it was a large wheelchair accessible bathroom.  I stripped off my tights and went to the bathroom first.  I felt like I could finally breathe.  I decided to change Luke's diaper before putting my pants back on.  I flushed the toilet and started changing Luke's diaper.  To my horror, the toilet started to overflow.  I moved Luke closer to the door and realized that all of my stuff was in danger.  I started moving it but the toilet was going to fast so I finished changing Luke got us standing but all of my stuff was now wet.  My pants, tights, purse, and feet.  The only thing I managed to save was the diaper bag, go figure.  I couldn't send Luke out, the bathroom was not attached to anything and Christian was on the other side of the building.  I didn't have any pants on so I wasn't about to go out.  I tried calling Christian on his phone but it wasn't turned on yet.  So I just waited for him to come find me and I let Luke play in the sink.  After what seemed like forever, probably 10 minutes, Christian came to find us. Of course I burst out crying the second he got there, remember I am 7 months pregnant.  He got my suitcase and started yelling at the rental car staff.  I was so embarrassed.  When I finally came out of the bathroom in clean clothes there were three employees trying to clean up the mess, the water went under the door and onto the sidewalk, and ask if I was okay.  I just wanted to leave as quickly as possible.

An hour later we had checked into our room, taken showers, and jumped into the pool, safe at last.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Today we got to see our new baby! We had a second ultrasound to check everything out. The baby is growing right on schedule and estimated at 2 1/2 pounds. It was so exciting to see him moving around. We got to see the toes wiggle. We could also see his lungs moving, heart beating, and mouth opening. The picture you are seeing is his cute little profile and hand covering his face. I think he will look just like Luke, but I guess only time will tell.


When we talk to Luke about the baby he says, "I the baby." Then he will point to my stomach and say, "It's stuck, it's stuck." referring to the baby. I hope he will be ready when the baby actually arrives.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tuesday, March 01, 2011


Family Photo July 2010

So I just realized that I haven't posted in over a year. Ha! That sounds just like me. Here is a quick overview of our family:

Dec 2009-June 2010
We lived at the DuPaix home in Sandy, I worked part time teaching dance at KJH and Christian took the Utah State Bar again in February. He didn't pass, so I decided to go back to work full
time for the next school year. We moved out of the parent's house so that Christian would have room for his internet business and all the toys that Luke seems to have.


June 2010-August 2010
My parents bought the house on Sunflower and we moved in. Christian prepared to take the Bar again in July, and we both worked part time for Culinary Crafts. I started taking part in more dance workshops but found out I was pregnant and at risk so I had to stop. Unfortunately we l
ost the baby the end of July.

We built a swing set in the backyard. Luke was lots of help as you can see!

Sept 2010-Dec 2010
School started and I taught 7th grade English and Dance. We found out that Christian passed the Bar in September and had a BBQ. Our friends and neighbors came and celebrated with us. In October we found out that I was pregnant again and the Dr. had us take many precautions. The first trimester I was exhausted, constantly vomiting, and not allowed to exercise, vacuum, do laundry, or anything else strenuous. Christian constantly took care of Luke, the house, and me. Christian officially became a lawyer on October 13 and has been looking for a job since. There really is a recession and no one is hiring lawyers with less than 5 years experience.


Dec 2010 to Feb 2011
The school year has been flying by and I can't believe it is 3/4 over. The second trimester has been progressing well and the new baby boy is due June 18. The Dr. believes he will arrive early
because of my history, so we are hoping for anytime after May 18 because that is when my spring concert is. I am taking special progesterone injections that are awful, but are supposed to prolong the length of the pregnancy. Sarah and John were married In February and we are glad to have John in the family. For the first time in over a year we had the entire family together. Angi and Kyle came down from Canada, and Meri and Shane came up from Arizona. It was a blast. Joe and Monica moved back from Maryland just in time for the wedding and we love having so much family so close.


March 1, 2011
Luke and Christian both have the flu and poor Christian has been in bed for a week. Luke has 3 cousins around his age, Ethan 3 1/2, Jud 2 5/6, and Cooper 2 1/2. When they get together at Grandma's there is a lot of screaming and running. So fun.
In April we are taking a family vacation to Hawaii over spring break. I planned and booked this trip in August after the miscarriage to help me through the school year. I can't wait to go but I wish it had already happened so we wouldn't have to worry about the new baby arriving early. I have an extra ultrasound scheduled for March 17 and then I will have an appointment the week of the trip so the Dr. can clear me to fly. Normally traveling at 30 weeks isn't a problem but we just have to take extra precautions.


Luke is just so adorable and talking up a storm. He can count up to 10, say the alphabet, and loves Mommy and Daddy. His favorite shows are Rugrats, Chuggington, Thomas the Train, andTimmy Time. He spends hours playing with his train tracks and cars, and loves to go to Grandma's house and play with her cars. He is not ready for a baby brother yet, when we talk about the baby he says, "It's stuck." and "I the baby!" Hopefully he has at least two more months to get used to the idea. We are still open to name ideas for our new little one so if you want to suggest we will consider.



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