Thursday, December 31, 2009


(Warning: Long post and random rambles)

I have a lot to post about this Christmas and I am so far behind that this will be a long post!

We started out our Christmas celebrating with David's friend Brady! We had breakfast, opened gifts and took pictures of the boys in their matching hats! Brady wasn't as into his hat as David was!

Brady is David's #1 source for hand-me-downs, and we got to borrow Brady's exersaucer! Once we got it home, we stuck David in it to see how he liked it, and boy did he LOVE it!

David is now eating lots of real food. He LOVES carrots, sweet peas, green beans, squash, apples, pears, and bananas. He loves sweet potatoes too, but they don't' love him. They give him really bad gas, so we are waiting to give him more of them later on. He is so cute in this highchair! He loves to talk while eating and you can't feed him fast enough!

So I worked the Rocket City Marathon for my friend Jamie who was the finish line volunteer coordinator. It was really cold, but I had a blast and It was so awesome seeing everyone cross the finish line! I was quite inspired, so I decided to start running with the goal in mind to complete a half marathon in a few months. I ran the Monday and Tuesday after being inspired and did well. The Huntsville Rudolph Run 5k was that Saturday and I decided that I could do it. I had already run almost 3 miles on Tuesday so I was determined I could finish. Well, I got 3/4 of a mile into it and my knee was killing me. I had Jamie run on ahead and I walked the rest of the race and finished the 3.2 miles in a lot of pain!

Me and Jamie after the run

I went to the doctor first thing Monday morning, they did xrays and didn't see anything so I had an MRI that night. (apparently imaging places stay open really late) I went back to the doctor on Tuesday and he told me I had a stress fracture in my left leg right below the knee. I have to wear a knee brace for the next 6 weeks and I also have crutches for getting around. I can still walk around the house and carry David, I just hobble around and it is pretty painful. Hopefully it will heal up soon and I can get back to running!

Right before we left for Meridian, my friend Sally and her precious little girl Maggie came over to see David. Maggie was so cute with him and really wanted to sit in the chair and "hold Baby Dabid" He didn't mind, so we took pictures and talked about Christmas!

How cute are they??

Santa came to our house a little early, and David was extremely blessed. He got lots of fun toys and clothes!

We packed up and headed to Meridian to celebrate Christmas at my parents house.

I think YaYa was excited to see David and David was excited to see YaYa, what do you think?

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve with my brothers and Christmas Morning. Here are some pictures below:

The above pictures are what happens when 7 children, 1 grandchild and 4 granddogs get together. It is also the results of me slacking and not taking David to have his picture taken with Santa...therefore Uncle D dressed up as Santa on Christmas Day and David had his first picture taken with him..unfortunately, Uncle D is already trying to teach David bad things! But that is ok, David can teach his New Baby Cousin "Baby Buck" (Daniel and Allyson are due July 7th!!!) all the bad things that his Uncles have taught him!!

I didn't get my camera out again on Christmas Day. We traveled to Birmingham for lunch with JD's family then home to Huntsville for Christmas with JD's parents. It was a long day and difficult to get everything done with a baby and a broken leg.

So as I sit here on my den floor, here is what is next: David is going to visit with his YaYa and Grandy in Meridian next week while JD and I head to California for the National Championship game! We are so excited about our trip and ready for our first trip away from David. I just hope he will be good for my family in Meridian!


Uncle Henry is finally ok...

I know i have been the worst blogger and I apologize. We have been traveling and I have been taking care of a baby who doesn't like to be alone!

Uncle Henry was able to fly home to Meridian the Monday before Christmas. He and his wonderful girlfriend Lindley flew from Salt Lake to Denver to Atlanta to Jackson, while Mom flew from Salt Lake to Memphis to Jackson then rode with Uncle Thad home to Meridian.
When we got to Meridian on Wednesday he was up and around but looked really bad. He had a good Christmas and was even able to hold David and give him a bottle before we left on Christmas Day. However, after the holidays, he was having trouble breathing so he went back to the hospital and had to have a chest tube surgically inserted to drain the fluid that had built up around his lungs. After a few more days in the hospital, he is back at home again.

Thanks for all the prayers!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Update on Henry

Henry is doing better today. I talked to my mom this morning and he is out of ICU. He is in a private room and working on walking some. The physical therapist was coming to help him with his -very slow-motions! The doctors are very hopeful that he will be released from the hospital on Sunday, so cross your fingers. Mom would LOVE for that to happen too, so they could come home! Henry has a great nurse in his girlfriend Lindley, so Mom gets a break from it all. Keep the prayers up, he is still in a lot of pain, but recovering!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A few prayers for Uncle Henry

David, JD and I wanted to request a special prayer for my youngest brother, Henry. He was in a skiing accident in Utah yesterday. He lost control and ended up falling on a tree stump. He suffered a Grade 3 liver laceration, a bruised lung and several broken ribs. He was taken by helicopter from Deer Valley to Salt Lake City where he is being treated at the Inner Mountain Medical Center. He went into ICU last night and won't be released from there until sometime tomorrow. The liver had already started healing itself so luckily he didn't' have to have surgery.
He is in a lot of pain and on heavy pain medications. My mom flew out today and is staying in Salt Lake City until she can bring him home for Christmas. His girlfriend is also there to help sit with him. Please pray for fast healing and a speedy recovery. We really want him home for Christmas!!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009


We woke up this morning to a beautiful snow covered house and yard! I was so excited about David's first snow! I saw the snow at 4:30am when I was up with him, and was so anxious to show it to him when it was light enough outside.
I bundled him up and put him in the bumbo for a photoshoot. I got my christmas card out of these, so I'm not posting the best ones, just some to show you just how cute my baby was in the snow!

Wondering where his hands went?

Sick of mommy taking pictures!

Mommy & Baby picture!

Honest Scrap

Honest Scrap Award
I received this award from my dear friend Samantha. I got the award because of my pictures of sweet David, so I will add a few new ones at the bottom...just for you Sam!

Rules for the award:1. Must thank the person who gave you the award and list their blog and link it.2. Share "10 Honest things" about yourself.3. Present this award to 7 others whose blogs you find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged you.4. Tell those 7 people they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving the award.

10 Honest things:
1. I love the fact that I am the only girl with four brothers! I enjoy everything that came with growing up in a large family, and if I could convince JD to, I would have a big family too!

2. I love living in Huntsville. Even though I didn't grow up here, I feel very at home. After only living here for 2 1/2 years I have wonderful friends and feel very at ease in this great place.

3. I love soap operas, especially One Life to Live.

4. I really enjoyed being pregnant. Even the scary really tough times. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

5. I hate laundry. Everything about it. Piles, starting it, switching it over, folding and putting it away. You can forget ironing!

6. I like a clean house. It doesn't always happen, but I really wish my house was nice and clean and picked up every day.

7. I really enjoy giving gifts. I really don't care much about receiving them, I just love the act of it. Bill Gates should hire me to give his money away instead of his wife.

8. I love my People Magazine subscription. As trashy as the magazine is, I still love it! (I know more about current events than most b/c of it!)

9. I love to cook and try new things, but I HATE cleaning up, so I don't do it very often.

10. I love my family and friends more than anything and would do just about anything for any of them.

Here are my 7:
1. Jamie Wilson-because I love your updates and after the wedding you have slacked. So pick it up sista!
2. Jamie Smith- I also love your posts on both your home site and the Square Cupboard.
3. Rebecca Wise -I love seeing what Raughley is doing because I know David will be doing the same thing in no time!
4. Sara Nowell- Because FE is the cutest little girl ever! And baby Cash looks just like her!
5. Lindsey Lingenfelter- because her pictures are awesome! and her kids are super awesome and cute!
6. Tracy Williford- Because I love her mommy advice (she used to give and needs to get back to it! She does have readers!) all of that, and I would LOVE to get my hands on sweet Avery's cheeks!
7. Chris- I just love reading about G's adventures.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

4 Month checkup and a video

On Monday, David turned 4 months old. We went to the doctor that morning and he did great! He weighed in at 14lbs. 15oz!! and he was 25 inches long. All of his measurements were right in the 50th percentile. So we have a very average sized baby!
The doctor switched our formula to Nestle Good Start, which has been much easier on his stomach. David got 3 shots and 1 oral vaccination. He cried but didn't have any other side effects from the shots.
We started rice cereal around Thanksgiving and David really loves it. I asked the doctor about starting him on real food, and he said when he got the hang of rice cereal, go ahead and start veggies, so I got to work on Tuesday and made lots of homemade baby food. Sweet peas, sweet potatoes, green beans & butternut squash. We froze most of it and had David try the sweet peas and sweet potatoes. He LOVED the potatoes, not so much on the sweet peas. We have progressed on the eating as of today and he is really liking all of it. The trick with the sweet peas was to add formula to thin it then mix it with rice cereal and then feed it to him.
I can't believe he is getting so big!
enjoy the video below of JD feeding David some rice cereal.

Thanksgiving (lots of pictures)

I do realize this post is extremely late, but better late than never!

We started our Thanksgiving celebrations in Meridian the weekend before Thanksgiving. We had a great time hanging out with all of my brothers and their dogs, and of course YaYa and Grandy. David got to hang out with them while Aunt Allyson and I went to see The Blind Side (awesome by the way). We did some shopping and lots of eating.

Here are several pictures from our trip:

Uncle Henry feeding David a bottle

Mom & Dad with Ziggy in front of the bottle tree Daniel made for Mom.

Thad and Loki

Daddy kissing baby David!

Frank the Pug!

Uncle Daniel and Aunt Allyson with Chrissy!

Sleeping in Daddy's arms!

After a VERY long car ride home, being stuck on the interstate for an extra 2 hours because of a wreck, David and I made it home only to turn around and go to Birmingham. We went to visit with Stephen and Liz and new Baby Cooper (Please send me pics Stephen!), Then went on to Jeris & Jordan's new house! We spent the night and got to wish Jeris a very Happy Birthday & Happy Thanksgiving all in one day!

At Jeris & Jordan's new house!

Happy Birthday & Happy Turkey Day Aunt Jeris!

We left Jeris and Jordans and went on to JD's Aunt & Uncles for the Family Thanksgiving.

Hanging out with Aunt Julie!

Getting a bottle from Pop!

Just in case you weren't sure who my kid looked like, check out this picture.

JD headed to Auburn with some friends for the Iron Bowl while I went on to surprise the Johnson Family on Thanksgiving. It was the first time the kids got to meet David. They were so excited!

Whew! What a Thanksgiving Holiday! We had SO much to be Thankful for and loved sharing the holiday with so many friends and family!