January 2013

Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. -Henry Ward Beecher

Oh, January!  January is one of my favorite months.  Life after the chaos and fun of the holiday season. Time to slow down and finding time to just “be”.

This January was busy for us but we also had a lot of time to be together and accomplish some fun things. Here are some highlights….

 *I completed the January photo a day challenge –

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 * Joey took a one week business trip to Houston.  He worked hard and we survived managed without him.  Success!

 *We had a family date night to pops on Route 66.
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*Eli Started a soccer class and absolutely loves it.  Jaxon loves to get a massage in the massage chair almost every time we are there.

IMG_3710 IMG_3714 IMG_3713* Eli learned he likes to help me in the kitchen


* there were many cuddle/movie dates in our bed

IMG_3665 IMG_3658* on MLK day, Jax and I had a breakfast date  and then did some cleaning out and then a lunch/play date with friends!


All in all, January was a great month for us!



Elijah Michael

My brother in law, Marc reminded me today that I have not posted about Eli yet! (thank you Marc) I’ve got some major make up blogging to do…. but for now, let me introduce you to the newest member of our family!

Elijah Michael

9.22.10 4:40 am

4lbs 5oz, 17 1/2″long

Eli was born at 31.3 weeks and is still in the NICU.  He is healthy but we still have a road ahead of us in getting him home.  As of today, his two week birthday he is up to 4 pounds 7oz.  He is eating about an ounce per feeding through the feeding tube in his nose.  He is able to wear clothes and almost has his own body temperature under control, so we are praying he moves to an open air crib and out of the climate control isolette by the end of the week.

We so desperately want him home with us, but for now we know he is getting the best care possible.  It’s hard to believe he has been here for two weeks but in reality should have about 6 left to grow inside me.  We are so thankful that he was able to stay put for 25 days past my water breaking.  It is quite amazing that he made it that long and we were both healthy.

I will post much more later, but for now please enjoy the pictures of our sweet new son.

We love you Elijah,

daddy, mommy and jaxon

day one 8.29.10

*I started typing this post on Sept. 13… just now getting around to finishing it.  This will be a series leading up to present day.  I want to have this all written out for myself and my family.

Sunday 8.29.10 – *Warning… long and mostly for my records* :)

I woke up in the middle of the night thinking I’d wet the bed! ha!  I thought that Eli was sitting on my bladder.  I had to get up to change three times during the night.  Once it was time to get up and get ready for church, I was fine and didn’t think much more of it except that he was on my bladder.  We got ready for church and Joey and I were joking that I wet the bed.  Jaxon said “I”m glad I wasn’t in there”.  It was a great morning.  I sat in the backseat with Jaxon on the way to church and we held hands and took pictures together!  I’m so thankful that I decided to ride back there that morning.

During bible class and church I felt just fine.  I had a few contractions, but nothing out of the ordinary.  I wasn’t quite 28 weeks yet.  In the bulletin I pointed out a prayer request to Joey for a friend of a member that had been admitted to the hospital at 27.5 weeks.  I told joey I couldn’t imagine and thought for a moment how thankful I was my pregnancy had been healthy and normal.

After church I was in the teacher workroom with one of my longest, best friends, Amy.  We were discussing the class we were to start teaching together the following week.  I had told her I thought Elijah was sitting on my bladder and what had happened during the night.  Joking again about wetting the bed!   I reached up on the shelf for a pen, and said ” oh my goodness, it’s happening right now”.  Thankful it was just her in there, I headed to the restroom.  We were having a potluck that day, but Joey and I decided to go ahead and leave.  We were going to go grocery shopping, but stopped to eat first.  I was being nice and suggested Taco Mayo for Joey!  On the way there Joey said he thought I should call the Dr. on Monday to tell her what was going on.  I said I would but kind of blew it off because I had an appointment with her on Wednesday.  When we got the restaurant, as soon as I got out of the truck I started leaking. a lot.  We decided we’d better call the on call to let them know.  They said to go into Lakeside to be checked out.  Joey immediately made plans for Jaxon.  Luckily, the Whitesell’s were eating lunch right by our house so it was really convenient to drop him off.  We went ahead and ordered our lunch.  After three bites, I leaned back in the seat to take a deep breath.  Once I exhaled, a huge gush of liquid came with it.  I ran to the restroom and then directly to the truck.  We headed to drop Jax off and then to the hospital.

Once at the hospital they quickly got us into a little holding room and me into a gown.  They did a little strip test on my wet pants to see if it was fluid.  It was a green piece of paper that quickly turned royal blue… royal blue means positive!  The did a swab test just to be sure, it took about 10 minutes for the results and it also was positive.  By this point about 20 minutes had passed since we arrived at the hospital.  I needed to go to the restroom.  They would not let me walk on my own.  The nurse excused herself to check with the on call Dr. about the plan.  She came back with a wheelchair and told me they were taking me to room 5 and I was being admitted.

Within about 5 minutes the Dr on call came in.  She confirmed that I was leaking amniotic fluid and gave us the game plan for the day.  She explained that the first 48 hours are crucial and they wanted to keep me pregnant.  Strong Antibiotics every three hours via IV, steroid shots to help develop Eli’s lungs, an ultrasound to measure fluid and baby, and shots to stop contractions as necessary.  Needless to say, it was a bit much, really fast!  I said to her “ok, so I’ll be here at least 48 hours, and then will I get to go home?  Will I be on bed rest?”  She calmly squeezed my leg, took a deep breath and said the words that we were in no way were expecting.  “Suzanne, you will be here until you deliver, however long that may be.  The only way you will leave here is if you are transferred to another hospital with a NICU”  Immediately tears filled my eyes and I’m pretty sure Joey’s face turned white.  She was very sweet to us and told us that we needed to process what was going on.  We needed to scream, cry, mourn “normal” life, etc.  They all left the room to give us a few minutes to let the news sink in.

The following hours were full of Iv’s, medications, shots, monitoring, tears, prayers, hugs, etc.  We knew we would be ok, we just had no idea of what to expect or what the following hours, days, weeks, months would be like.  We just wanted so much for our baby to be ok and healthy and for me to be ok and healthy.

We decided that things needed to be as normal as possible for Jaxon.  Joey went home to be with him that night.  It was so hard not having Joey there and knowing that Jax didn’t fully understand why I wasn’t there.

We had a few close friends and family visit.  They were tear-filled visits and I was so thankful to see those people.

We finally said goodnight and after some sleeping meds I was able to get a little rest… before my middle of the night steroid shot!

*I wish I could go back to that night and give myself a big hug, I guess ignorance is bliss and there is a reason why we don’t know all of the plans for our life before they unfold.*

how to name your child

We FINALLY agreed on two names and really liked them both!  So here is the story of how we decided:

We’re so excited and love his name!  Elijah (Eli) is from the bible (like Jaxon’s middle name – Josiah) and Michael is after both mine and Joey’s middle names (Michael and Michelle)… it’s perfect!  I feel so complete and at peace  now knowing what to call him.  I cannot believe that little Eli will be here in 11 weeks or so!

Random thoughts on Monday

I have a whole lot of random going on in my head, so I thought it would be nice to write a post… you know like the good ole’ days! ha!  So I present to you in bullet format, some of the many tidbits roaming in my head::

  • I love Jaxon.  It makes me sad that he had a rough day at school and had privileges taken away from him tonight.
  • I’m proud that he accepted his consequences somewhat like a big boy.
  • Jaxon and I went to see “How to Train your Dragon” last week.  We found the dragon pj’s at wally world.  He has two pair.  So, now I am the mother of a really cute dragon when he is wearing the said pj’s
  • Joey was gone for 4 days last week.  Jax and I actually managed better than I expected.  Thank the Lord I wasn’t feeling as sick.
  • Speaking of being sick….. oh yes… morning, day and night.  Off and on.  THANKFULLY, it has been nothing like it was w/ Jaxon.
  • I’m PRAYING that it goes away completely in a week or two!
  • I have been doing a LOT of training new loan officers at work lately.  It makes me so thankful for those that were there for me four years ago.
  • I can’t believe I have been in the crazy mortgage business for four years next month.
  • Jax was only ONE when I started… so little
  • OH MY WORD, I never posted about Jaxon turning FIVE!  Must do that SOON!!!
  • Tonight we ate our first home-cooked,  from scratch meal in about four weeks.  I’m sorry honey :)
  • I really want to blog more
  • I really need to work on our blog to book
  • I really need more time in my day
  • now all I can think about is sleep
  • goodnight :)

** Please note, those smiley faces kind of creep me out! ** – oh and this is my 500th post!

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up" – Picasso

Sunday when we woke up, the sun was out.  Well, not exactly when we woke up at the crack of dawn (thank you, Jaxon), but it came out soon.  The snow was melting!!!  Our church was cancelled due to the weather, so we had a very leisurely morning.

I decided that we had one more shot to get outside and play in the snow.  But this time it did not include building a snowman.  We decorated him instead!

By the time we got out there, mr. snowman was melting.  Poor guy lost his eyes and all but one tooth!  At least his nose was still intact!

I pulled out the food coloring, added water and….. we had a color palette to work with!  I love how you can see the reflection of the branches in the water!I wasn’t quite sure which instrument would work best, turns out the medicine droppers win hands down!


Super happy boy!  He kept saying “this is awesome mom”

An “I love you” original

enjoy the sampling:

Jax was getting thirsty so he took a break for a bite of clean snow…. gross!

Poor mr. snowman – he didn’t stand a chance:by the end, he was gone.  Jax and I couldn’t resist one more snow ball fight!

We were thinking of  cousin Zoe (her dad blogs here)

and of course, I was thinking of Joey:

We had a lot of fun painting the snow… Jaxon cannot wait to do it again.  I REALLY hope that opportunity is MANY months away!

Once we were done, we were of course freezing. While Jaxon rested and Joey cleaned our carpets, I whipped up some homemade potato soup!  Recipe coming soon!

I’m so thankful for my little boy!

a backyard photoshoot

nothing formal.  not planned.  not dressy.  just you.  playing.  being a boy.  with your puppy.  and your fort.  PERFECT.

Dear Jaxon,

I know you don’t love it when I follow you around with the camera.  I just want to capture you so that you will I will not forget what these times are like.  Thank you for having me and my camera on your play date in the back yard on Saturday.  I love you and the crazy, fun, loud, total-boy that you are!



I think this is my favorite... because it's just you and your favorites: water, your lego watch, "ball-y shorts" (sweat shorts), and your rain/mud boots.