Saturday, July 26, 2008

24 Week Picture...Taken a Few Weeks Ago

This picture was taken when I was in Mobile. I was 24 weeks along. I've been trying to take pictures every two weeks so I can compare them to the ones I took when I was pregnant with Jayden. I'm 26 weeks now but I haven't taken a picture this week. This one will have to do for now.

Our First Visit "Home"

Jayden and I flew to Mobile a few weeks ago. We had such a great time with our family and friends. We went to the beach, out to dinner, on play dates and we even got to visit Grace.
Jayden was pretty excited to see my mom (gram) and Demetrius' sister (TT). We thought he might be shy with them at first because he hadn't seen them in over a month. But, to their enjoyment her held his arms out to them immediately. He had a blast.
Thanks to our Dad for the fabulous dinner on the Causeway. YUM!!!
My mom's twin brother and his family and my grandmother all came for the week. We enjoyed seeing everyone and catching up.

Had to include this picture just because I think exemplifies Jayden's personality. He is so happy and ALWAYS on the go. He knows how to have a good time.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Two Years Ago

It was just two years ago that we lost our first baby. I was 12 weeks pregnant and felt like I could breathe easier knowing that I "made it" through most of the first trimester. I remember feeling relieved that I would not have to experience the heartache of losing a baby like so many of my close friends had. I remember thinking that I could not relate to them in their sorrow. I did not know that I was days away from joining together with them in the grief that only an expectant mother full of expectation for her child's future could know.

I just put a new song on our playlist called "Held." I remember listening to this song and understanding how it felt to be held when something so sacred was torn from us. It was really such a sad time and also a time that brought Demetrius and I together as we learned how to love and lose, how to grieve and how to trust the Creator of Life even when it hurt.

It is truly amazing to see how our family has grown in so many ways (including size) in the past two years. It is an understatement to say that we are so thankful for life and for breath and for a loving marriage and for children and yes, even for sorrow and suffering.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

House Cont'd

We found out last night that the guy who was going to buy our house got out of his contract due to interest rate increase over the weekend. So, we are back at square one. It's getting harder to trust that our needs will be met although we know this is the truth. Please pray that our house would sell by the end of the month. THANKS!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

HOME FREE...almost and other updates!

We have a contract on our house in Mobile (thanks to Nick and Brandon for the beautiful job in the yard). We are super-excited. Please pray that everything will go as planned and we can close the deal by August 21st.

As for our house situation here, we just found out that we can go before the code enforcement board to "plead" our case. Please pray for favor!

We are still trying to work out the medical insurance stuff too. We are covered for now but we are hopeful that we can find another provided for MUCH LESS per month!

My parents flew Jayden and I home to visit and we had a blast. We went to the beach, pool, out to dinner and had a great visit with family and a few friends. Lots of cute pictures to come once I get them from my mom.

Demetrius is about to start his second week of class. He loved his first class that he finished last week. We just had a cookout yesterday and met lots of new "potential" friends.

LaJuan and I have enjoyed getting to know one another better but we are still missing our friends in Mobile. It gets rather lonely at times not knowing anyone else. Come visit us somebody!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thank you baby girls for the PRACTICE!

Everyone wonders how their first child will react to having a new little one in the home. So, instead of us having to wait to find out, we have been able to "practice" letting mommy and daddy hold another baby (babies). Jayden definitely didn't like it at first but now he loves the girls. If he sees us holding one of them he runs up with a big smile on his face (half way hidden by his paci of course). He lays his head on Gabbie or Jocelyn's lap, which is his way of "kissing" or showing affection. He has even spontaneously kissed their feet. I'm sure it will be a little different when he realized "our" baby is "ours" and that mommy is not giving our baby back. But, hopefully we have begun the transition to big brotherhood.


I'm a little late posting but we had a visit from Shane's brother Brian and his crew....they stopped in for a few hours to enjoy the babies and catch up. Everyone had a great time!
Jayden and Andy

The Boyz (Alex and Demetrius) and the babies!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Linus aka Super Man

Linus....I mean Jayden has become quite attached to his silky blue blanket...I mean cape. He drags it around everywhere, much like he is walking a dog. When he does this we ask him, "Jayden are you walking your blanket?" He proceeds to give us that sweet smile from behind his Paci and continues "walking" his blanket. I have started pulling it over his shoulders to make a cape and he really loves it. He then turns into Super Man and walks around in circles proudly holding his "cape." So, his two newest nicknames are Linus (from Charlie Brown) and Super Man!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


48 things..enjoy

48 ODD Things about you! If you read this, FILL IT OUT! Learn 48 things about your friends, and let them learn 48 things about you!

1. Do you like blue cheese? no
2. Have you ever smoked heroin? negative
3. Do you own a gun? i don't own it but there is one in my it everyone
4. What flavor do you add to your drink at sonic? strawberry in the limeade, vanilla in the coke
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? always...especially at my new doctor where everyone speaks Spanish!
6. What do you think of hot dogs? I hated them until I was pregnant with Jayden...only eat them grilled though (beef ones)
7. Favorite Christmas movie? Home Alone
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Coffee-a little caffeine for the babe in the womb
9. Can you do push ups? maybe but I haven't tried in a few years
10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? my wedding rings
11. Favorite hobby? sleeping
12. Do you have A.D.D.? I have the opposite problem
13. What's one trait you hate about yourself? I procrastinate
14. Middle name? Elizabeth
15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment: all the babies in the house are quiet, I want ice cream and I hope I don't get struck by lightning...cause it storms daily in Orlando.
16. Name 3 things you bought yesterday? a book of stamps the cashier forgot to give me, the aforementioned ice cream and watermelon for the 4th!
17. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink. water, diet coke and milk
19. Current hate right now? the price of gas, food, bills, etc
20. Favorite place to be? hanging with the hubbie watching a good movie...or falling asleep to a good movie, which is the norm for me.
21. How did you bring in the New Year? i can't remember so it must not have been exciting.
22. Where would you like to go? to Mobile to see my family and friends
23. Name three people who will complete this? probably no one, surprised I'm doing it myself
24. Do you own slippers? Yes but i never ever wear them. They are purple and fuzzy.
26. What year would you go back in time to? I wouldn't go back
27. Can you whistle? nope, not even a little
28. Favorite color? pink
29. Would you be a pirate? nope, i don't like mean people
30. What songs do you sing in the shower? i can't sing
31. Favorite girl's name? journey...which will be our new baby's name
32. Favorite boy's name? ? jayden...our sons name
33. What's in your pocket right now? no pockets
34. Last thing that made you laugh? lajuan telling her stories at dinner
36. Worst injury you've ever had? fractured my spine in third grade when I fell from the jungle gym...I was hanging upside down...wearing a tie dye shirt that read "don't worry by happy." It was the 80s and it was cool back then.
37. Do you love where you live? yes...but I miss Mobile
38. How many TVs do you have in your house? 2
39. Who is your loudest friend? gonna have to go with lajuan
40. How many dogs do you have? none
41. Does someone have a crush on you? demetrius maybe?
42. What is your favorite book(s)? Hinds Feet on High Places
43. What is your favorite candy? sour gummy anything
44. Favorite Sports Team? Troy Trojans! TR--OJ--ANS....whoooooo
45. Your favorite meal? anything from bonefish grill
46. What were you doing 12 AM last night? finishing up an adoption home study
47. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? it's 7:15 and jayden is just now getting up! Yaay!
48. Do you have any odd habits? bad habits yes...odd, i don't know