Tuesday, November 25, 2008

One year ago today...

I was pacing the floor at 4 am. I thought I could be experiencing early labor, but I wasn't really sure. My due date was December 4th, but I knew I wouldn't make it another week. I had an appointment that morning to see Dr.Mendez at 8:30. If I was far enough along he would keep me and we'd finally get to meet our sweet new baby boy!

When I arrived at the doctor's office, I was at 5 cm... who knew?!? They sent me over to the labor/delivery floor and then I realized I made a HUGE mistake. Apparently with David I had pre-registered. Well, I guess I didn't think about it this time and it took FOREVER to get my paperwork completed, therefore it took a long time to get my epidural. I think I was already at 6cm when I got the wonder medicine! Trey CLAIMS I asked everyone, from the janitor to the intern, if they could administer an epidural. I think he was a little embarrased! After the pain meds kicked in the rest was smooth sailing. I slept a little and then it was time to push. Less than 5 minutes later, at 4:03 pm our 8 lbs, 9 oz. baby boy was here!
We couldn't believe how big you were and I noticed you cried right away. You had dark brown eyes from the beginning and they have only gotten darker as you've grown. Your hands were and still are huge and you had the broadest shoulders. We were just so thrilled you were here and healthy. To God be the glory!
Oh, it is truly amazing that you love someone so much, so quickly! I think my first words after you were born were "I DO love you as much as David"... and I hadn't even held you yet! I remember your sweet smell after your bath and how long your fingernails were. You nursed like a champ right away and were so cuddly, even though you were a newborn.

Daddy was just as excited as I was. He had been a little nervous with David as a newborn, but he hardly waited until they had you all wrapped up before he held you. We were so happy to have you in our arms!

We had an amazing first night. We had tons of visitors and even a little "party" with Jake, Anne, Dianne, and David. Our friends are so precious! I will never forget sharing that important day with them and how special they made us feel... we love and miss you guys so much!!!

Daddy and I enjoyed our one on one time with you in the hospital, but I know by far my favorite moment after your arrival was...

the look on David's face when he first saw you! I know most 2 year olds don't seem to pay much attention to babies, but I think he KNEW how much he loved you from that first day. His face lit up and he wouldn't stop giggling. I am so happy God saw it fit that our family include 2 amazing little boys!

We love you so much Jonathan and can't wait to see how God continues to shape and mold you. You are truly a gift to us and we are so thankful to have you in our lives!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Getting to know David, age 3

David is quite the little character. God has certainly given David a determined spirit and his little quirks are so funny. For the most part he likes to please us and obey... we talk a lot about how God expects him to obey us and in return he is obeying Him while learning right from wrong. Some days are better than others. Whining seems to have slipped back into his daily life right now, but for the most part David is a great kid with tunnel vision and a passion for having fun (in an all boy way!). He is rough and tumble, yet loves to give Jonathan kisses. He really enjoys school and has a new buddy, Jackson, that is so nice. He seems to do well in 3K, even though he is the youngest in the class. He is certainly not a follower, in fact I think he teachers would more say he is the entertainer of the group :). He loves to giggle and has the most amazing laugh (that he gets from his amazing dad!). He has his own unique accent and scrunches up his face a little when he asks questions, it is so cute! Day to day life with David is simply amazing. He makes us laugh and want to pull out our hair, all in one breath! If David asks a question and you don't answer right away, he just keeps asking until you do answer and then if he doesn't really like the reply, he will continue to ask why, over and over. He likes the "cold side of the pillow" when he is falling asleep and plays "back-ets-ball" with his daddy once a week at our rec. center. David loves puzzles and music. If he smells something different, he says "I smell wike somefing" and if it is cold outside, he says it is "coldy" (you know, just like it's sunny, ha). David likes to build castles and "turn-els" for Jonathan to tear down and he LOVES to sneak out of bed and watch us from the landing upstairs. He is a horrible bed partner, but a great helper in the kitchen and has a sweet tooth that we have to watch. But most importantly, David is David and we wouldn't change him for the world!

And now for some more fun I thought I'd do a little Q&A with the little man himself:

Me: "What is your favorite food? "
D: "Well,I don't like broccoli, but I do like donuts. I like those the best!"

Me: "What is your favorite movie?"
D: "Madagascar 2, I fink"

Me: "What is your favorite toy right now?"
D: "Does Incredible Hulk hands, you know what I'm talking about?" *scrunches up his face*

D: Wait, lets not talk about fings right now."

And there you have it. I was just about to ask some deeper questions, but he isn't in the mood right now. I'll try again later...

David and his bud Jackson on "Kalloween"!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

"Kalloween" 2008

I'm not sure what is going on, but I couldn't seem to get our pictures in order. I'm posting them anyway... and special thanks to Jessica for her suggestion on another way to post pictures. I plan to try it soon!
This halloween (David still says kalloween, hence the title) we had a great time with family! Dee Dee and Daddy T came trick or treating with us and then treated Trey and I by taking the boys to their beach house for a night. Whoo-whoo, we got to sleep in!
Jonathan had 2 costumes. One cooler costume for his school party/festival and a warmer one for trick or treating. I loved this little lion one, Trey hated it. I think he looks so cute!

What a little ham!

David and I did lots of fun projects. He is really getting so big. The plus to this is that he pays attention longer and enjoys doing things like baking cookies with me. He was having a great time playing in the flour!

He was so dirty!

We also carved our first jack-o-lantern. He had a great time, even though he didn't take all the pulp out like I'd hoped!

He was so proud!

Our neighborhood really was the perfect size for trick or treating. We did one loop around and saw lots of people we meet from our cookout in early fall. David had a blast and would run back to us after he got candy and say "I got even more!!!". Jonathan also had a great time as a warm little dinosaur watching his big brother. I'm sure next year he'll be running around too. We are so glad Dee Dee and Daddy T joined us. We had a wonderful time!

*My dad shaved his head just like Bayler, he isn't THAT bald usually. What a sweet Daddy T!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Blogger blues

So, the one night I make time to sit down and try to update our blog, it seems blogger has a different plan. I promised DeeDee that I would update the blog tonight and include all the fun we had on "Kalloween", yes David still calls it that! However, blogger is not cooperating (after 30 minutes of trying!) with pictures so I will have to wait until tomorrow. I did however want to ask for prayer for Bayler. He starts his 3rd round of chemo tomorrow and this round is suppose to be more powerful than the others. Please keep him in your prayers. He is such a sweet kiddo and is really fighting this battle hard!!