Thursday, September 20, 2007

One year ago today....

We got the call that we were chosen by J's birthmom to parent her unborn child!

Our caseworker told me 2 weeks before that we were being shown to a 16 yr old rape victim due in November. It was hard for me to get excited b/c of our past failed matches. I felt that this one would end up the same way, with us still waiting. Well I was on my way home from work and just before I turned into my subdivision I remembered we needed dog food. So I kept driving and headed for PetSmart, when my cellphone rang. I remember exactly where I was on the road. I saw that it was the number from the agency and got a little excited! I answered and our caseworker was so excited! She said, "Hi! Are you off from work yet?!" I told her I was and she sayed that she stayed at work later today b/c she wanted to be the one to tell us the "great news"! Great news?!?! She said " Well you recall that we were showing your profile to a 16 yr old rape victim? Well she and her mom chose you to parent the baby!!" My first response was, "Well should we really get excited about this? I would hate to get our hopes up and then get my heart broken again." She told me that she understood how I felt, but that this young lady and her mom truly wants to place the baby.She told me that the baby boy was due on Nov 29 and that we should plan to stay close to home for Thanksgiving and that we will have a wonderful Christmas Gift! We talked for about 20 minutes in the parking lot of PetSmart. The last few minutes I stood outside of Petsmart absorbing what had just happened. I was shaking as I walked in and as I paid for the dog food I had tears in my eyes! I'm sure people thought I was crazy!! I wanted to call and scream out to everyone that I was going to be a mommy!! FINALLY!!! But I had to wait until I got in my car so no one would call the cops on me!! Well I called someone to tell them the good news....My MOM!!! Yes I called my mom first! LOL!! We both screamed and cried! I asked her not to tell family yet until we were sure it would work out. Then I called Daddy, but after two failed matches and a scam, Daddy couldn't get excited. I totally understood. It didn't start to feel real until November. The time was drawing near and we never got a call that the birthmom changed her mind. We also started on his nursery and my mom purchased a crib for him. Of course I couldn't resist and I started buying baby clothes and a travel system!! Pretty soon the room was just waiting for a sweet baby to make it complete. Some days it was hard for me to look at it, but other days it brightened my day. Nov 29 came and went...We started to lose hope...Then on Dec 4, I was on my way to the bookstore when my cell phone rang. As faith may have it, I was on the same spot on the road when I got the call about the match!! Our caseworker said "Are you ready to come and get your son?" And the rest, as they say, is history :D

So one year ago today, we got the call that would change our lives forever!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

My silly husband...

I noticed that I had never posted a picture of my husband and I on the blog. I went through my pictures today to try and find a nice candid of the two of us....NO.SUCH.LUCK. Daddy never takes serious pictures unless they are professional! So I decided to post the candids, showing off my hubby's silly side!

He even tries to teach J how to take silly pictures!

Don't fall for it J!!!!!

Monday, September 17, 2007

More cute shots!

As you can see, I've been having lots of fun with my camera!! I have lots of shots begging to be framed, so I'm going to upload them to shutterfly and order a few prints. I'm tempted to blow up the last shot and put it on my wall...What do you think?

Saturday, September 15, 2007

New Camera!!!

I finally got a new digital camera that I absolutely love! It's the Canon A560 Powershot and in my amatuer opinion, it's AWESOME! I've been doing little photo shoots with J and he's such a poser. I get frustrated sometimes when the flash decides not to go off when J gives an especially cute pose! I'm sure it's not the camera, but the photographer who doesn't know how to use her camera yet ;) Do you think I could show him the dark image and ask him to do that pose for me again?? LOL!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Milk/Soy free birthday cake???

Does that even exist? J is showing no signs of outgrowing his MSPI before his first birthday. One spoon of anything with milk or soy and he vomits all day. So what do I do for his smash cake? I HAVE to get a picture of him digging in icing! But can he even have icing? I already know where I'm ordering his Elmo cake, which will be for the guests, but now I need to find a recipe for a Milk/Soy free cake, hopefully with icing of some sort. I'll be searching for great and easy recipes. If you know of any let me know!!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Planning first birthday party!!

I can't believe it's almost been a year already! My baby is growing up too fast! Everyone told me the first year would fly by, but I didn't think it would go by THIS FAST! So now we are planning his first birthday. At first I was all set to give him a duck themed birthday party (all for my viewing pleasure of course!) but he is SOOOO in love with Elmo, so I have decided to give him what he wants ;) So far, I'm set on an Elmo cake and hiring someone in an Elmo costume to come and entertain the kids. I'm still trying to decide if I should do the party at my mom's house or mine. I would love to do it here, but I worry that most of my family will not want to drive the 2.5 hours to his party. But if I give it at my mom's house, then we will have to make the birthday boy ride 2.5 hours to his own party...Is that fair?? LOL? Perhaps I will call family and ask them if they would be willing to come here for his birthday. We've been in MS for almost 2 yrs now and the only family that has ever visited us has been my parents and my brother. I really want J's cousins to be there at his party, so I'll have to decide on the best spot. Oh well...I have 3 months left right???

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The move is done!!!

I am SO HAPPY that this is all over!! Life can now return to normal! LOL ;)

I am in love with our new house. It is so beautiful and roomy. The open floor plan is awesome and I feel so comfortable. I hadn't noticed but the paint on the walls is a pretty beige color throughout the house so we don't have to rush into painting rooms. We do plan to paint J's room next week b/c beige does not go well with his Nautical theme. We plan to redo his stripes which should be fun. Last time we did this was before he was born, but now we have to tackle this with a busy baby in the house! Also we will try to paint the kitchen, which I expect to be tough b/c we have 9 ft ceilings! No step ladder will get us up there! Those are the only two rooms we plan to change so far. I like the beige colors in our living room b/c it goes great with our red couch and love seat. Also I've already put the guest room/office together and the beige looks great in there. Also I will decorate around the beige walls in our room. I do plan to add some darker brown accents to the wall to make it "pop". LOL, Can you tell I've been glued to HGTV lately? I'm still trying to decide if I want to change the color in our master bathroom yet.... I'll post pics in the future ;)

Ok I'm sure you all are just screaming at me to post this great news huh?? Ok Ok...J said MAMA!!! He started saying it the week before we moved! At first I thought it was a fluke, but now he says it when he sees me. He could just be sitting in his room playing and if I walk in he turns around and says ma ma ma ma ma and crawls to me...But that's not all!! When I posted my last blog, that was the only great news I had for you but now I have more!! HE'S WALKING!!!! J took his first wobbly steps on Saturday while we were moving in the new house. He has been standing up on his own without pulling up on anything for the past month now. He hates being on his hands and knees so he was determined to walk. I think the carpet in the new house gave him the courage to take those steps. He takes about 3 steps at a time before falling but can walk an entire room if I hold his hand. It's very funny to look at b/c he is so tiny and does not look like he should be walking. I'm so proud of him! I'll try to catch that on video soon. I hope everyone is doing fine and getting prepared for the holidays that are quickly approaching!