As we celebrated our first year of marriage, we laughed and laughed about God's sweet timing and the way He can bless us in such unexpected ways. We would have never believed that we would have a 7-week-old on our first anniversary (we had to get a babysitter- thank you, Aunt Suzanna!!) and would you believe we had baby pictures BEFORE our wedding pictures? Life is pretty amazing... and wonderfully unpredicatable sometimes. (We have also been nervously laughed about what surprises next year may hold!)
Monday, December 08, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Okay... I know it's been six weeks, but here it is.. .finally. More to come!
Grady Cole was born on October 19th at 2:00 a.m. We could not be more thrilled. I began having "need to breathe through them" contractions on Friday night about 9 p.m. I stayed up all night pacing, breathing, and then finally getting ready to head to the hospital early Saturday morning when they were finally about 4 minutes apart for a couple hours. We were (thankfully!) admitted when they confirmed my water had broke (oops- I didn't even know) and I was SO relieved they didn't send me home because I was already exhausted.
Then the fun began with more regular contractions, pitocin to speed things up after a few hours, and what seems like a blur of back rubs, monitors, and staff shift changes. I had great nurses- and since I was progressing slowly I had a lot of time to spend with them. Grady's heart rate dipped a little low a time or two, but I'll never forget sometime onSaturday evening when the doors opened and staff came rushing in. I was suddenly getting a shot to stop labor, being flipped over and having my belly rubbed- all eyes were on that monitor and I could see Grady's heart rate dropping off the graph. A few moments seemed like an eternity, but everything was okay after that and we were back at square one. Late Saturday evening we decided something was wrong after his heart rate dropped again with strong contractions, so the C-section was set in motion. I was terribly dissappointed, but so relieved knowing our baby would arrive safely after 20 plus hours of laboring.
During the operation (it's now Sunday by this time) they confirmed that the cord was wrapped around his neck 3 times and that part of it was up by his head which explained his distress. I am so thankful for a capable hospital staff! God is so good.
We are having a BLAST and learning so much- the pics above are from his first moments of life... more to come on the amazing moments of the past six weeks.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Last weekend I had another shower... this one was unique because it was back home where I grew up. I was really blessed- it means so much to be honored by people who were such a significant part of my childhood.
My sweet sister-in-law, Suzanna, brought this beautiful cake! My other sister-in-law, Lauren, and my sister, Mollie, made some incredible nametags and decorations. How CUTE are they?
Jaime asked for some maternity photos- this is the best belly shot I have from the shower (can you believe we hadn't taken any yet?) And please note the stain on my shirt- that happens a lot these days since my stomach bumps into things... the little fingers which belong to my adorable niece on the couch may have had something to do with it, too (I'm squishing her, by the way, which is easy to do right now, let me tell you! She was laughing, though, I promise.)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
People keep asking me if I am "so ready for the pregnancy to be over." My answer is a definite NO. I feel pretty wonderful most of the time and I am thrilled to still have a few more weeks to prepare. Baby H can just stay in there as long as he wants... well, within reason. :)
Now everytime I open the fridge the milk is staring at me... like it knows...
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
We laid around the pool, made s'mores in the evenings at the fire pit, and just enjoyed the lazy pace and being together. A GREAT way to celebrate. We finished off the mini-vacation with a trip to downtown Austin where we stayed in a hotel and and met my family for a fabulous meal at The Melting Pot. I actually had to run to the bathroom at one point because I was laughing so hard that a dangerous level of pressure was put on my poor cramped bladder (thanks for that, Baby H.)
We even had a celebrity sighting in our Austin hotel... apparently this guy ran the Nike 10K Human Race and was chatting with his friends and new baby in the lobby. (That's Matthew M*Conaughey in case you're a little slow like me... Brad had to tell me twice that he was standing there... but I think Brad's main focus was how much he hated his shirt).
I hope everyone had a great Labor Day! Ours was the best yet...
Monday, August 25, 2008
Baby news: I am 32 1/2 weeks pregnant... I feel fantastic most of the time and am continually thankful for a healthy pregnancy and a baby boy that is growing right on track. We are nervous new parents, of course, and after our first "Prepared Childbirth Class" last week, I'm not sure that Brad will be attending the birth. He would have appreciated a little "heads up" on the video. (He handled it way better than the poor man who was almost hyperventilating afterwards... poor guy.) We aren't sure what to expect as October draws closer- but we are excited to find out. Any words of wisdom from you knowledgeable parents out there are appreciated, by the way.
Big Birthday news: Since October will be "baby month" we are planning a birthday excursion for ourselves this weekend. (Brad and I are both October birthdays and both turning 30! That's a reason to celebrate!) Since we can't travel far or run a destination marathon as we'd originally planned (insert hilarious image of me running a marathon at 9 months pregnant), we are content to hit a resort hotel this weekend and then hang out in Austin with family and soak up as much attention as possible before being upstaged by the new October birthday this year.
Other unrelated news: I am so excited that we have finally upgraded our sad, mildew-y wicker patio chairs for these that arrived yesterday!! I am even more excited for fall weather to enjoy them... hooray for rocking...
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Here is the family pic from our "Homecation 2008." Please note how adorable my grandad and his girlfriend are- and yes, that is my parents' dog in a t-shirt.
AND- camp was greatness. It was a special week for our kiddos and I LOVED the incredible times of worship. (Although I did get attacked there by a 2-lb chihuahua that tripped me while I was running- I almost crushed his little body into pieces but saved him by dive-rolling into the mud. He thanked me by trying to bite my neck.)
Monday, July 07, 2008
This is my cutie group of 7th graders on our mission trip in June. They were so much fun.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
We had a blast at our appointment this morning. Our families drove up for the "big ulstrasound" and we documented guesses with the video camera (everyone there guessed girl) before getting the word from the doctor that it was definitely NOT a girl! We are so thankful to see that everything is good and he is healthy and active. (It's weird to be able to say "he!")
Thursday, May 01, 2008
(This picture mysteriously shrank.) We hiked up a few miles into the mountains in Lake Como for some incredible overlooks.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
That's right, folks. Brad and I took along a very small passenger! Having been married just a few months, you can see why this is what we call "the surprise of our lives." We are thrilled and still a little in shock that with an October due date, we'll have a two-month-old on our first anniversary! We know God's timing is always perfect... and He continues to teach both of us so much though we still feel like we have so much to learn. We can't wait to see where this new adventure will take us... and are incredibly thankful to have so much support along the way.
Here are a few lessons I have learned (or re-learned) lately:
1. God is in control, even when we think we are.
2. It is not possible to eat too much gelato.
3. It is very possible to eat too much pasta.
4. Pregnancy hormones and jetlag are a pretty brutal combination.
5. The European foot paddle for flushing a toilet is pretty much the greatest invention ever.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Please don't be offended if you own a pair... I just don't get this one. With shorts? Really? If you haven't seen this, they are making appearances on the feet of high school- twenty something girls all over the place. I notice them everywhere I go now. (Or some variation of them.)
3. People of Blog Land, you gotta try mashed cauliflower if you've never made it. It looks just like mashed potatoes, has 110% of your daily vitamin C requirement, and tastes veggie-licious. Add a little milk, garlic, etc., and even paprika if you want to be fancy. Mmm... There are recipes all over the world wide web.
4. Brad and I are coming up on our 4-month anniversary. Hooray for us! We are having so much fun and are about to head to ITALY next week! More on that later... we'll have wedding pics soon, but our photographer posted a couple of his favorites. I hope it's ok if I re-post a couple here... (His name is Fred Egan so I'm giving him due credit!)
Best part of this pic is my dad's face as he pelts Brad in the head with rose petals.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
I don't think that's our footprint...
This place is amazing- my mouth fell open when we stepped on the resort.
It was the perfect time of year to be at the beach- gorgeous!
This tree was too big to fit in the frame.
It really couldn't have been a better trip. I'll have to tell you in a later post about an incredible discovery! Love to all...