Sep 18, 2012

My World Changed

7 years ago today, at 11:21 PM my world was forever changed.

I was blessed to become the mother of none other than, Brayden William-Lawrence.

He was 7 lbs 9 oz and 21 1/2 inches long.  He had 10 toes and 10 fingers and a head full of  dark hair.

He was absolutely perfect in every way.

It was on this day when I learned what it means to truly love someone and put another person's needs before my own.

No book or article could have ever prepared me for all of the lessons that this one little boy has taught me and continues to teach me each day.

On the day that he made his way into this world I turned down the opportunity to attend a Colts game with Brent.

He had been given free tickets from work.  The idea of climbing bleachers and squeezing next to some random stranger while 9 months pregnant lacked a certain appeal to me, if you know what I mean.

Brent's cousin was happy to take my place at the game.  When the guys returned home from the game I had dinner ready.  We ate, his cousin left, and Brent and I went about our typical Sunday night routine.

As I was sitting on the floor coloring something for the preschool class that I was teaching at the time I began to feel slightly crampy. 

I decided to stretch out on our bed for a few minutes thinking this would relieve the cramps.  Much to my surprise my water suddenly broke!

We called our families and quickly headed to the hospital.  We did stop to drop off lesson plans at my assistant teacher's house {it was on the way}.

When I quickly learned that I was already dilated to 7cm.  I was informed that if I wanted an epidural I needed to get one quickly or it would be too late.

The thought of a needle going into my back terrified me, so I chose to go without the epidural.

Considering the fact that my water broke around 7:30 and I was holding my sweet baby by 11:21, I'd say my first birth experience wasn't too bad.

I know I'm not alone when it comes to reminiscing about my little boy being born.  It is amazing how quickly the time has passed.

While we have had our ups and downs during his short 7 years with us, I know that began our family circle.

Becoming a parent has solidified our marriage and pushed us to limits we could have never imagined.

No matter what, in the end, we are a family.  We love one another and that's the bottom line.

Happy Birthday Brady!  Mommy and Daddy love you!

Sep 4, 2012

I Just Can't Win!

A few weeks I explained my lack of blogging lately along with how G was hit with the croup.


Just as I was beginning to feel that things {work, family, and whatnot} were falling into my typical smooth pattern . . . I realized I spoke {or blogged rather} too quickly!

I ran into a few little snags at work {which were typical beginning of the year snags, but time consuming nonetheless}.

I hit a big snag when the weekend after G had the croup, Little Miss thought it was a good idea to get her first ear infection {isn't she sweet?}.

Of course she chose the perfect time to spike a 101.8 fever, too . . . . 8:00 on Friday night!

Luckily, I learned that the doctor's office has special Saturday hours from 9:00-12:00 {Children always help to keep you on your toes, right?}.  I was able to get her into the doctor, get her some medicine, and she is feeling much better.  She rested for the remainder of the weekend and was back to her typical happy self by Monday, which was just enough time for the next shoe to drop.


Brent came home Monday night and informed me that he would need to put in a lot of over time on a project that was due in 2 weeks {insert my enthusiasm here!}

I am happy ecstatic, actually, to report everyone is finally well in my house and I survived the 2 weeks of Brent's over time {And so did he.  Let's face it; it was just as difficult on him as it was on me}.


The 3 day weekend really provided some much needed rest and relaxation!

I have been so bummed about not being able to blog.  I have mentally blogged so often, but when I actually had the time to sit down and get to business, what happened, I started to fall asleep {Darn, I’m old!}.

Now, here I am, finally able to complete the post that I began 3 weeks ago.  Actually I had to alter it quite a bit because so much has happened since its beginning.

I am very frustrated with myself.  I worked so hard to build this blog and to meet people.  Now it's as if I have just let that all just slip through my fingers.

I miss catching up with my blogging friends.  I want you to know that I have been able to read a few of your posts from my phone, while waiting in line and whatnot, but I haven't been able to comment due to interruptions or because of bad service.

I am desperately hoping that this post will serve as my 're-appearance' into the bloggy scene. 
I'm going to be realistic though,  I can't expect myself to post as frequently as I did over the summer.
I do want to post more often than I have been able to in the past 5 weeks.  So I'll settle for a happy medium.
 Frankly, I'll just be happy to keep in touch with my friends, because in the end that's what this is all about: meeting friends, communication, and keeping in touch with my readers.

So in closing I would like to say:
"Hi friends!  I have missed you, please share your life updates with me.  I can’t wait to read all about you!"