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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Playing catch up....

It's been awhile since I have last posted. So here's just random things that have been going on.
First off, I can't believe how time is flying by! Payton is already 2 months old!!!! TWO MONTHS!! Before long I am going to be planning her first birthday.

These were taken a few days ago. It was her first time in the pool. She wasn't too sure what to think of it and was fine as long as she was snugged tight to me :) My Jayden was off swimming about in the background. I can't keep him out of the pool!! Which reminds me to stress the importance of swimming safety!!!
Last week we had a VERY close call with Jayden and the pool...He was excited (as usual) and got out to the pool while I was getting my swim suit on. THANK GOD I heard the splash of him jumping in otherwise I would have been too late. He was under for about a min, but when I pulled him up and was already turning blue. I held him tight and patted his back while he was coughing up water. I hate to even recall the incident, but at the same time it reminds me that I need to tighten up my game when it comes with swimming and Jayden.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Finding the time

Well, it's been so long since I have last posted. I figured it's time to catch up on all that has gone on.
First and fore most...I have completed reading the Twilight Saga!! WOOHOOIE for me!! I have never in my life finished reading a WHOLE series never less finished one whole book! haha
So now that all that is out of the way, I have a little more free time to blog!
PS HAPPY 23RD BIRTHDAY ROB PATTERSON (aka Edward)




Monday, May 4, 2009

Busy Busy Busy

This is a quick blog to update whats been going on. First off Payton is absolutely wonderful! Here's a picture from today of me and my kiddos!
She will be a month old this Friday. I can't believe how the time has flown by! She can pretty much hold her head up with little to almost no support at all. She is Eric little mini-me :)


I would post a little more, but I'm on a time limit (I have been trying to get to bed earlier cuz I'm up half the night) but it doesn't always work out that way. My nose has been stuck in the Twilight Saga! LOL (I love boys who sparkle)

So for now, I must go bury myself in the book! I'm almost done with Eclipse and I have Break Dawn left. THE SUSPENSE is killing me! I must know what happens! :)


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Being a mom

Is one of the most rewarding things out there! Payton, is a great baby, except the fact the past couple days, she has been waking up more often in the middle of the night, but my body has adjusted, like usual. Jayden is such a big helper. He loves his "sissy".

A few Easter pictures:

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

PLEASED TO WELCOME...

Payton Elizabeth!!! Our little girl made her entrance into this world on April 8, 2009 at 12:19 am!!
I was admitted into L&D at 7:45pm on the7th to stCheck Spellingart the induction process. Meaning, they would give me cervadil to soften things up, then at 6 am on the 8th I would get pitocin to start contractions. The good Lord had different plans! At 9:15 pm I was given the cervadil. My nurse warned me it would make me crampy and she would be willing to give me a sleeping pill to help me get some rest for the evening. I declined the sleeping pill at the moment and decided to watch some tv. By 10 pm, I was having contractions and asked the nurse if I could get something to ease them. She gave me the sleeping pill and hooked my IV fluids up. Over the course of 15 minuets, I told her my contractions were getting stronger and I needed pain medication. She checked me and I was 4cm dilated, she made an unsuccessful attempt to take the cervadil out to slow down the contractions. 20 minuets later, another nurse came in to take it out and noticed, I jumped up to 8cm dilated. All I can remember was the room went from calm to hectic, Eric asked if he should call my mom and they told him to wait, at that moment, my water had broke and they gave him the go ahead to get her down here and to call my doctor in asap! They ordered my epidural (which I was BEGGING for by now) After attempting to get it in between contractions, I was told to lay down to be check. I was 10cm dilated, but the nurse told me I need to hold out a few more minuets as they were still waiting on my doctor to arrive. A few seconds later my mom walked in. (Can you believe she made it there BEFORE my doctor!?!?! LOL) Soon after that, the doc arrived. FINALLY!!! I gave 6 good pushes and Payton Elizabeth came out crying like a champ at 12:19 am!! Weighing in at 8 pounds, 13.5 ounces and 21" long! She passed Jayden up in weight when he was born (he was 8 pounds, 10 ounces and 21" long) Needless to say, I pretty much had her without any medication...My epidural didn't take effect until AFTER she was here. Thinking of the experience now, I can HONESTLY say any woman who can give birth drug free....more props to you!!! I don't recommend it!!! IT HURTS!!!! :P But my sweet little girl was worth it. She looks just like Jayden but with dark hair and resembles her daddy in so many ways!!! My family is now complete with my son and daughter!


Monday, April 6, 2009

It came and went

April 3rd flew by and didn't even look back. No signs of labor, nothing. Today I had my final doctors appointment and got papers for my induction which will take place on Wednesday. I actually go into the hospital at 7:45 pm Tuesday night, they will start the process before they actually induce me. Then Wednesday morning sometime, I will be given pitocin to bring the labor on. I guess this doesn't surprise me fully, as I was induced with Jayden a week after my due date.
Eric, Jayden and I had our last final "outing" as a family 3 three at Dairy Queen. It's so surreal that in 48 hours our little princess will be joining us! I was so busy yesterday vacuuming, mopping, laundry, cleaning out my truck, putting the final touches in her room, that I have been exhausted all day today! I plan on doing the same thing tomorrow :) just so I know I have everything done!!
Eric and I decided on a name change. Yes, a name change!!! 3 days before our little girl is here and Eric is now dead set on a different name, he swears this is it! :P

Monday, March 30, 2009

4 days left and still nothing :(

How disappointing is that?!?! I had my 39 week appointment this morning. I have lost yet another pound..doctor told me to eat (WOOHOO!!). My blood pressure is still a little elevated, but he doesn't seem over concerned with it. So basically, I go to see him next Monday if baby still hasn't arrived and he will determine when to induce me. I was really hoping to go into labor on my own this time! HMP! Although he did give me the option to wait up to 2 weeks past my due date if I wanted to....NEGATIVE!! As much as it would probably be better, I want to get back to being me again!
Speaking of which....I now have another family living with me! If you remember reading an earlier blog about Eric's brother and family coming to stay with us....well, they showed up on my door step yesterday afternoon. I couldn't be any more ticked off at how inconvenient this is to me giving that I am having a newborn in a week!!! Eric doesn't care, at least he says he has no choice...we were they're last resort. Out of all their family and friends in SC...we are their last resort!!!! UGH! WHATEVER!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Offically ONE WEEK LEFT!

This past Monday I had my 38 week appointment. My doctor ordered another ultrasound and some lab work to rule out possibilities of pre-eclampsia. He doesn't think I have it, so I'm not overly concerned. Just tired of being dizzy, nauseous and weak...all the great things that come with pregnancy.


So Wednesday I went and had the ultrasound done. I got one good picture (38 weeks and 5 days along) of her showing a poutie face (she didn't look happy being jiggled around in there) Her head was wwaaaaayyy low so it made it hard to get good views of her. After all was said and done, the tech confirmed to me that she is already showing to be around 8 pounds!! I guess this shouldn't surprise me too much as Jayden was born 8 pounds 10 ounces. I was just hoping to not have to push out another almost 9 pound baby again! I guess I just bake big babies!


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Still counting the days.

Well I have 15 days left till my due date for this baby. I am beginning to think I will have to be induced yet again, to get this child out! I am miserable and ready. Alot has been going on in my household between trying to "evicted" this baby out with walking, jumping jacks..etc..(which by the way is "think" is all a hoaks!) and trying to take care of a DEMANDING 2 year old, then of course you also have the husband who has started to become a pain in my rear for no odd reason at all! So, other than that...I'm glad to have my household back however, Eric has been talking about letting his brother and family come stay with us until they can get on their feet....I am REFUSING to let this happen!! We are now living in a small 1300?? sq ft home. Its plenty big for OUR family, but no more.


For some odd reason, Eric seems to think it is his job to help and rescue people we know in need. UGH.. I am starting to see this as a down fall of his. We have help a few different people/ families on different occasions. We just don't have the room right now. Nor do I have the patience with having more kids (they have a 4 yr old son and 7 mo old daughter) living in the same household as well as having a newborn. I am already worried about how I am going to juggle Jayden and the baby by myself. Enough about my rants and raves.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Its the little things in life


Like getting a brand spankin' new washer and dryer that makes me smile from ear to ear! Eric finally gave in to me and my whining. Saturday we went and picked out a very "high-tech" set. Its not the front loaders that I really wanted, but this is darn close to them!! He ended up getting me the Maytag 'Bravo'. Looks just like the one in the picture, but we got it in black! I am on on load #4 since getting them this afternoon. I never thought doing laundry would be so much fun! hahaha! (The newness just hasn't worn off yet) I will admit that I am mystfied at how they get so clean. It doesn't have your normal agitator in it like the others do, so I'm not used to it (and its quite fun to watch since it has a glass top on it!)

Friday, March 13, 2009

They do exsist!!!

I'm talking about my extending family!!! It's been over 3 years since I have met Eric and never met ANY of his family (they all live in S.C.) Well Wednesday night, his brother, wife and 2 kids came down and are staying with us until Sunday. His brother decided he wanted to look for a job here and move. So Jayden has been busy busy busy playing with his cousin :) who is 4 years old! I haven't seen him so happy to be playing with another boy around his age. It's cute. Although I will say, my house is chaotic with everyone home and is very cramped, but I am so glad I finally got to meet my brother/ sister-in-law!! Right now I am sitting in a somewhat peaceful house because they went to go apply for some more jobs.
I do have to admit....I have become ocd with cleaning (I am blaming this all on my pregnancy still...just like eating a whole box of girl scout cookies in one setting..LOL) Enough about that, Jayden is demanding I read yet another book to him....

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

HOLY HORMONES, Part 2

I thought the other night was a one time deal. Well, I was wrong. Evidently, these hormones that are making me angry at the world, have yet to leave my side. Let me recap some of my experiences....
So Eric hasn't been to work since last Thurs (when he left early in the morning) Called out Friday, Monday and today, Tuesday. I, ME, MYSELF....ONLY ME...has busted my butt to get this house unpacked and organized. While lazy bones, played his stupid computer game and watched tv! UGH! He kept telling me he would help me...UH WHEN?!?!?!? When I'm all done?? Well I guess so, I pretty much unpacked everything except a box full of clothes and that's only because I can't lift it myself and Eric has yet to get it for me. So whatever.
Now, to top off my evening tonight, my son decided he wasn't ready to go to bed when it was time (he was over tired from not having a nap today) so after numerous attempts to keep him in his room, the final one was letting him cry himself to sleep.....Big mistake! I listened to him crying "mommy" for about 7 minuets, then he started banging on the door. I went in there and gave him a spanking (he knows better). When I went to lay him down, that's when it happened....He had worked himself up so much he threw up about a gallon of water which appeared to have vienna sausages (processed meat stick as I call them..YUK!) and cookies mixed in with it. This was ongoing puke for about 5 minuets. I called Eric in to reprieve me, cuz I was about to lose my dinner in the process. PLUS, he needed to do some work around the house for once. HAHAHAHA! He ended up cleaning the nastiness up while I put fresh pj's on him and had a talk with Jayden about what just happen and why. Which I think either sunk in or he just exhausted himself that much, cuz I laid him back in his bed, kissed him goodnight and haven't seen or heard a peep out of him since. :)

Hopefully tomorrow will be better then the last few!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

WHOA!!! HOLY HORMONES!!

So today has been the first time I have been able to actually relax since we moved into our new home. Thursday night was the first night we stayed here and I will admit, it was nice to be back in my own king size bed with room to stretch with my 'heaven sent' body pillow!!! Eric and a friend of his rushed Tuesday night to get everything out of storage so we weren't force to pay any more on our storage unit. But back to today.....It has been just 'one of those days' Everything has just made me grumpy and irritable. My back, feet and calves have been KILLING me. The pregnancy mixed in with unpacking boxes, occupying Jayden has really started to take a toll on my body. This morning, we went to the mall to meet up with a friend and I told Eric my feet and back were hurting and I really didn't feel like walking around. His response...."Walk around it will make you feel better" So reluctantly, I walked some. We had to cut it short (thank gawd!) cuz Jayden's diaper was so wet it started leaking through and I forgot to bring extra diapers..OPPS! So we leave, Eric starts to put Jayden in his seat and I guess the seat belt was positioned wrong and jabbed him in the back and my poor little man screamed bloody murder...Well that's what set me off. I sort of went off on Eric and how he needs to be more careful. Well he spats out a few comments to me, and I go into full hyperventilation mode. I thought I was going to pass out from not being able to catch my breath. So what is Eric's reaction??!?!?! He starts laughing!!!! Mother f-er, STARTS LAUGHING at a hysterically crying pregnant lady!!! And he tells me to relax.....
I finally calm myself down and he apologizes..Ok, fine, I accept. So now, we went through the drive through to get some lunch. By this time is 12:30, I have yet to eat ANYTHING and I am starved! So we get our food and Eric ended up ordering an extra fries with chili on it, so I figure he got extra, I can start eating some...what happens?!?!? He yells at me and tells me to stop eating his food!! WTF!!! I put it back and ignore him. Now, we get home and something else happens on top of the food incident (I cant remember now, so it obviously wasn't important) and I start hyperventilating again.....I still haven't eaten any of my lunch that we got, since Eric made me feel like a fat cow for eating some of his fries. Finally, I got over it and ate my lunch in my bedroom away from him seeing me, but today, has just been rough to say the least.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A fresh start

Eric and I got the keys to our new house On Sunday! Today we officially got all our stuff moved in, although we won't be staying there until Friday evening. The majority of the stuff is sitting in the garage. My nesting mode has hit in high gears since we have switched homes. It's driving my crazy!!! I want to head back over there and finish setting up the nursery, but theres only so much I can do. I am sporting the "buddha" belly. I can no longer see my feet. I pee literally every 20 minuets, so needless to say, I am SO ready for our baby girl to arrive!

This past saturday I had my baby shower. It was nice. Small, but nice. So today, I have been washing all of lil girls clothes, getting ready for her arrival. Only 4 more weeks till my due date!! hopefully she will arrive a few weeks earlier!! :P

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Strawberry Time!!!!!

Today is officially the first day (of 11) of the Plant City Strawberry Festival!! For anyone who isn't from around here, it kind of like a fair, but everything revolves around strawberries! YUM!
I was watching the news this morning and that's all they can talk about!! Now I am trying to talk Eric into playing hookie tomorrow from work so we all can go to the festival. I don't think he will go for it, but he has surprised me in the past!

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So time is drawing near!!! My baby shower is happening this Saturday. I should have about people attending. No, not a whole lot, but its all family and friends from my past. We don't associate with Eric's family other than his brother (who lives in S.C). No biggie, I guess. It at least makes holidays easier and your not tornen between who's family to spend it with :P

Every day, I'm one step closer to holding my baby girl. And it makes it more real that I could really have her in the next 5 weeks. WOW! Time has really flown by with this pregnancy. I don't feel like I have gotten as big as I was with Jayden, which is a good thing. BUT! The aches/ pains and discomfort have completely been the opposite!! I feel EVERYTHING!! Which make me that much more exciting to be done being pregnant. heeheehee.

Friday, February 20, 2009

42 days

That's the time I have left till my due date!! It kind of seems like a long time left, but when I say: a month and a week left??? Or 34 weeks along?? Now that seems like its right around the corner!!! And actually, it is!!! I have been having alot more pressure along with the braxton hicks. No "true" contractions yet, but that fine with me. As much as I would LOVE to be holding her right now, she needs to wait a few more weeks. As Eric and I have alot going on in the following weekends.
February 28th is my baby shower. Then the following weekend we (or shall I say, Eric..) will be moving into our new house!!! After that, lil miss is allowed to make her entrance!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

"Built kid tough!"

This is Jayden the day after his surgery. :) You would NEVER know anything every happen to him. The only difference I see is his appetite...OMG, it has increased times 4!!! My kid doesn't stop stuffing his face from the time he gets up, till the time he goes to bed at night! But that's ok, he my growing baby boy!





Eric got sent home from work today because a machine broke in the back where is stationed and that cause no work to evolve. SSSSOOO...I made him grace Jayden and I with his presence while we went shopping at different consignment stores and to get Jayden's hair cut. And let me tell you, he was 'excited' (I'm exaggerating) But on the good side, he was able to help me pick out our little girl's going outfit, for when we get to leave the hospital, which I know he enjoyed! I have also now realized that, Eric will be MUCH more picky in the clothes we put our daughter in. He wants nothing but dresses. Me?? Well I love the dresses, don't get me wrong, but I also think there is some other cute non-dress type outfits.
Its funny to watch Eric pick out all these little girl clothes. So manly I might add! LOL

Monday, February 16, 2009

Jayden's surgery today

Today was Jayden's surgery and he (and I) made it! I am proud to say I managed my cool while letting my baby leave in the arms of a nurse before hand. Although I did shed a tear or two prior to that when they told me I was not allowed to be in the room while they anesthetized him (which was probably best for not only the nurses and doctors, but me as well...who wants a memory of their child being knocked out cold for surgery when they are used to seeing a bouncing baby boy!!???) The one thing that made it easy for them (and me) taking Jayden, was they gave him a liquid sedative before hand, so after it took affect, Jayden had a blank smile on his face as I kissed him and waved good-bye on his way out. I must admit, it was cute to see him all on happy drugs...he looked so happy!! So that was the easier part. As for his actual surgery, that took all of 20 minuets to put tubes in both ears and remove his adnoise.

His doctor came out told me everything went great and I should be able to go see him in about 15 minuets. Here comes the part where I lose it.....I walk into the recovery room and Jayden is still waking up from the anaesthesia. He is screaming, crying and pushing everything away from him. I remained calm for all of about 2 minuets and started crying my eyes out. I knew this was all part of him waking up afterwards, but it killed me to actually see this in Jayden. Finally after about 15 minuets, he was calm and came out of it.

We got home, and he seemed to act like nothing happen! Imagine that! He ate and drank like a horse. Played outside. My little man is such a strong boy. I am ssssooo glad this is over and done with!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Our SECOND MIRACLE- 4d ultrasound

Today is valentines day and what a great day it has been!! We had our 4d ultrasound and our little girl cooperated for the most part. And it was confirmed for sure again that ITS A GIRL!!!To top off the nice day, Eric surprisingly gave me a nice chunk of change to go spend on what I wanted for myself (this is very rare that I have money!!!) So at first I was going to put it aside and save it to buy baby girl things, but I have been wanting a new purse and couldn't resist!! :)
We came out to our good friends house and me and my friend decided to leave the kiddos with the "men" and go shopping!!! :) WOOHOOIE! I splurged and bought a cute Vera Bradley purse and wallet. So it has been a great day/ evening!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentines Day


In 5 mins it will officially be v-day! Eric gave me my surprise earlier tonight when he got home from work.
Eric said he even arranged all the flowers on his own! He did a great job. Who the hell knew he had such talent in him!?!? The balloon was so cute too, but it didn't last long. My mom ended up popping it in the ceiling fan not even 2 hours after I got them!!! She was trying to split up all the flowers into 2 vases since, they were crammed in there. O well, at least I was able to capture the picture right?


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Well, tomorrow we go get a 4d ultrasound done of our little girl!! I'm so excited to be able to "see" her again. I think this is why I am still up at midnight. I have too much useless energy, even though Jayden pushed EVERY button of mine today! He was such a brat, doing everything that he knew that he was not allowed to do!! UGH! Kids!!! :P


And speaking of Jayden, his surgery is still on for Monday. the closer it gets the more of a whack job I become. I was a complete mess earlier. The o.r. nurse called to get some info on him and our family, and it took all I had not to burst out in tears!! I am still blaming this on pregnancy hormones.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Great Recipe

Great Recipe

Take a 10-30 minute walk/run every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God about what is going on in your life. Buy a lock if you have to.

When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement,'My purpose is to __________ today. I am thankful for______________.'

Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

Try to make at least three people smile each day.

Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

You are not so important that you have to win every argument.

Agree to disagree.

Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years will this matter?'

Forgive everyone for everything.

What other people think of you is none of your business.

GOD heals everything - but you have to ask Him.

However good or bad a situation is it will change.

Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!!!

Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

Each night before you go to bed complete the following Statements: I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.

Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings. You'll be smiling before you know it.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

I am blessed

Over the weekend Eric, Jayden and I spent it over our friends house. Every time we are over there, my friends husband reminds me (through his actions, not words) at just how lucky I am that I have found a great, lovable husband. Sure he has his moments and some times I feel like I want to kill him, but hey! That's all part of a relationship. I see how my friends husband treats her and it makes me so upset sometimes. I have to bite my tongue alot over there. She bends over backwards for him. Basically caters to his EVERY need, but most of the time he acts like its not good enough. Now, don't get me wrong. I am making him sound completely horrid, but he does have a few good moments. Obviously she see more than I do, cause she is still with him after 11 years, but all this makes me love Eric more than ever knowing that he would never treat me the way my friend gets treated.

I KNOW I am blessed!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Just Shoot Me Photography

Here are some of the pictures that Amber (Just Shoot Me Photography) took on 2.2.09. I am so please with the time and detail she put into making our maternity pictures a lasting memory!!!









Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Maternity Portraits. Check them out!

This past Saturday, Eric, Jayden and I went and had pictures done. I was unsure what to expect considering I didn't really do any maternity pictures when I was pregnant with Jayden, but I went with it and SO glad I did! They came out so natural and great looking! I am impressed! Amber with Just Shoot Me Pics, did a fabulous job. She was so patient with Jayden bouncing off the walls in her own home. The environment was comfortable. I can't say enough good things about her work! As soon as I get the cd with all the pictures I will be post them, but for now, go look at her blog at: http://justshootmepics.blogspot.com/ and check the few she posted on there!

I do know Eric and I will keep going back to her!

Monday, February 2, 2009

I'm shocked!

Ok, so I know I am total dork. My mom and Eric have already explained this to me! Now, let me tell you...I was one who never really cared for these reality tv shows and what not, but for heaven sakes!!!! This season of The Bachelor has got me HOOKED! I find myself glued to the tv and I have no clue why. Any who. For those of you who watch this show, I am in wow that Jason let Stephanie go!! I was for sure that she would make it closer to the end, if not proposed to. Now I was surfing through this tv show site and came across an "end reviler" I just had to click on it to find out who he picks...I won't say it here, but if your just a noise as I am, click here: http://tvomg.com/2009/01/bachelor-13-winner-revealed/

Friday, January 30, 2009

Reminiscing

I'm sitting here on my mom's computer looking through all the files of pictures she has and came across the ones from Jayden's birth. My little man, I look at him now and see him half way to adulthood compared to his precious baby pictures!!! LOL Ok, I know I am overreacting now, but I am still blaming everything on my pregnant emotions. Just look at these pictures. They explain themselves!