Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
We are having a baby Friday morning. Our little man has showed no signs of arriving early so my csection is scheduled for 7:30am on this Friday, July 30. Time has flown by. I'm getting nervous, have lost control of my emotions, and am sooooo ready to meet this little guy! I'm ready to reclaim my body, be a better wife and mother, and so excited to start this next chapter in our lives.
Kaitlyn has mastered going from her belly to a sitting position. It happened slowly over the course of a week and now she does it all the time. We are so proud of her. This was a huge milestone. The only down fall is that she sits up in her crib when we lay her down at bed time. She has always put herself to sleep, we've been really lucky. But this week (of all weeks) she is forgetting she knows how to lay down. She screamed (and she NEVER screams) the first night, I thought for sure the mobile fell on her head :) Nope, she was sitting up half a sleep, once I laid her down she crashed. Silly girl! The second night I thought went better, less crying, no again, she fell asleep in the sitting position, she just laid her head and belly down in between her legs, she woke up mad. She is so flexible!
The boys are doing good. The last weeks they have been asking a lot of questions about the new baby coming. I keep reassuring them that I won't be gone nearly as long as I was when Kaitlyn was born or when she had her heart surgery. They are trying to process it all and figure out where they fit into all of this. I feel good that all will go well and baby and I are home in a couple days nice and healthy.
I received a phone call tonight from my parents down in Tennessee. They told me that they are coming from the birth. We are thrilled. Up until now the plan was for them to wait a few weeks and come after Blair had to return to work. They are going to be able to come then too. My Dad said he just couldn't stay away!It will be nice having them here for the weekend. Blair will enjoy the extra help and I will enjoy the extra visitors, and the boys are ecstatic, and Kaitlyn, well, she loves people and will enjoy the attention. Kaitlyn is doing so much more then she did back in May when they were here last, I can't wait to show her off!
So that's it in a nutshell! We are having a baby, things are going to be crazy in a wonderful kind of way. I look forward to sharing our newest addition with all of you. I showed Blair a few basics on blogger hoping he can post a couple pictures and a few updates. If not I'll try to do it shortly after I get home. Prayers are appreciated! Wish me luck!
Kaitlyn's birthday is next week! Watch for her 1 year video montage, I can't wait to share it!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
The Buddy Walk was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society as a way to celebrate and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Today, the Buddy Walk is supported nationally by NDSS and parent support groups like our Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Millennium Park, Grand Rapids
Registration 9:30 AM
Walk 10:30 AM
Celebration 11:00AM - 12:30PM
We Walk for Our Kids
Each year, the outpouring of support from families, friends and community members affirms and validates our children and nourishes and sustains families. When you participate in the Buddy Walk and invite others to join you, you introduce your family, friends, co-workers and others to see the Promise, Possibility and Potential of YOUR BUDDY! (Our Kaitlyn)
We Walk to Bust Myths
The Buddy Walk is the perfect opportunity for our friends and families to see the possibility, promise and potential in persons with Down syndrome! The Walk is a great place to learn about Down syndrome, and break the myths and stereotypes that hinder individuals as they strive to be accepted and be appreciated by the community.
We Walk to Support DSAWM Programs and Services
Join Us as We Walk in the 2010 Buddy Walk to Support the
Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan!
On September 25th we will be participating in our second Buddy Walk. The goal of the Buddy Walk® is to promote understanding and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. It also gives us an opportunity to help raise funds for the Down syndrome Association of West Michigan. This organization has been amazing to us and we would love nothing more then to help raise money to allow them to continue all that they do for our local Down syndrome community. The walk also allows us to come together as family, and friends, and join Kaitlyn's team. It is a fun morning of fellowship and fun.
Please consider walking with us and/or donating. No amount is too small. Thank you so much for all your support. The last year would not have been possible without all of our amazing family and friends!
Blair and Jenee
At the top left of this page there is an easy, secure way to make a donation. An email will get sent to you with a receipt of your donation. Thank you in advance, and remember no amount is too small!
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I thought some of you would enjoy it, I did!
"Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth, Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
Oh, I've grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
For children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep."
For any of you who really know me know that my children are my first priority, I constantly put many things off to have the opportunity to soak up every special and routine moment with my munchkins. Sometimes I long for a break or wish my house was more "tidy" but at the end of each day, though usually exhausted, I know I spent the day just how I wanted. Dishes always wait, along with most other chores, and I get "me" time usually late at night when the house is sleeping, like right now. I love it that way, and I love that poem!
Anyway, new topic, hence the title.....
So Kaitlyn is only weeks away from her first birthday. I can't believe how fast time has gone, and the craziest shocker is that my little girl will be a big sister before her first birthday! Because I am anticipating a busy, sleep deprived month of August I have started early putting thought into my little beauties big day. Even though she turns 1 early in the month her party will wait until I can throw her the kind she deserves, the plan is for the end of August.
Tonight we ventured out and had her 1 year photo shoot. She was adorable as EVER before. Her Daddy took some amazing photos and I can not wait to share!
I've also been working on her 1 year video montage. My goodness has that been fun, emotional, and time consuming! She has accomplished and overcome so much in her first 12 months. Hopefully I will have it all ready before our newest brother arrives. I'll admit, the video is LONG. I keep trying to shorten it, but I am having a hard time. I hope despite the length many will enjoy it!
She's not quite ready for the "typical" one year stuff, put she will be soon.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
In reality we do have a lot about to happen. We will be welcoming our little boy in just 19 days, my c-section is scheduled for July 30. Yikes!
In this post you will find pictures of the boys at the Fire Station in Manistee, Michigan. Blair has been doing an amazing job helping me to get Brady and Bryce out of the house. Lately my energy level has slowed way down and I haven't been able to keep up with them. He's constantly taking them places in the evenings after he gets home from work or on day trips on his days off. It has been wonderful, allowing me to get things done and recharge my battery.
Thank you Honey!
This particular day he ventured up to Manistee. We both were raised there. One of the many things they did that day was tour the Manistee Firehouse. The boys were in heaven and extremely impressed with their personal tour. So as I catch you up on everything I hope you enjoy the pictures of their day trip!
We have some amazing friends who have generously helped us out in numerous ways during our preparation for this little guy and we would like to say "thank you," it has meant so much to us and is humbling to say the least! Thank you to all of you, you know who you are!