Saturday, May 31, 2008

"The Pressure of a Name..."

(can anyone name that quote, it's from a movie)
Anyway, we have been debating baby names. Obviously, Jack wasn't going to work, so we had to revisit the baby name book. Well, not really. I had some picked out and after many NO's from John, we finally decided on one. I have only heard it once, so it is different. I love it though.

Brecken Ann

(Ann is mine and John's mom's middle name, my sister-in-laws middle name and kind of my sisters.)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


I guess you have waited long enough...

Well, I was a little shocked. I had really talked myself into believing it was a boy. I am NOT disappointed though. Everything looked fine - organs were all there, heartrate was 134, and baby girl was kicking up a storm. The tech had some concern for her kidneys and took a bunch of pictures. Before she said anything, I asked if everything was ok. She said yes, but the kidneys had a different texture. She didn't know why or what that meant. When she saw I was upset, she reassured me it was nothing to be upset over. My dr. said that it would usually play itself out and didn't seem too worried, but she is sending us to see a specialist for a high level ultrasound. I really am not worried, because, there is nothing I can do right now, but I know everything will be ok. We haven't made that appt. yet.

So, as shocked as I was, I am not in the least bit sad we are having another girl. They are so sweet and I have everything for a girl (other than a bazillion diapers and wipes). Hope everyone has a good day and rest of the week.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

yesterday and tomorrow

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day yesterday. Ours was packed full of all sorts of fun, and it is easy to forget why most people have a day off. It isn't just to have fun, cookouts and parties, but to remember those who have fought and died for us. I thought about Adam a lot over the weekend and about his sacrifice. I am so thankful for the men and women who serve in our military. I believe that they are there for a purpose. Do I want them all home? Of course, but they are doing what they believe is their duty. Thank you for your hard work and sacrifice.

Kayden, Mom and I went to Wild Adventures and played in the water park for a few hours. Note to self: bring Kayden a friend next time. We did have a good time, but were exhausted after just a few hours. Kayden and I hung out around the house the rest of the afternoon. We had a fish fry at my aunt and uncles. Most of the family was there, so a good time was had by all. My 1st cousins, Boston and Colson, live next door to my parents and Kayden loves hanging out with them. And they are so good to her. I think they actually enjoy playing with her too.
Here are a few pictures of them. Oh yeah, Kayden got her head stuck in the blue chair. It was funny, and I was trying not to laugh until we got her head out. Thanks to superman Daddy, we were able to get her unstuck.

Now, on to baby stuff...Tomorrow is the big day. I am so nervous and anxious. I am trying to prepare myself for the good news, but in the back of my mind, I am trying to prepare to accept bad news. I hope that is normal, but I just kept help but think about a year ago.

I can't tell you how many people have asked if we want a boy or girl. My first and most important response is, a HEALTHY baby! But, deep down, I would like a boy. For a few reasons I guess. He would be a change for us. All we know in my family is girls. A boy would be a new and fun experience. Also, if we have a boy, I think I could separate his and Janey's births a lot more. And lastly, if we have a boy, I could be talked into stopping there. (Not that I would be the one that had to be talked into it, it is John. He wants an army. Not going to happen though.) Please don't get me wrong, if they tell me it is a girl, I will be just as excited. Girls are fun and have cuter clothes and I have everything for a girl! So, we will see in less than 24 hours!!!!!!!!!

I have been feeling the baby move for the past few weeks. Not huge movements, but "kicks" and "flips" for sure. And, remember when I bragged about not gaining any weight...well, I am pretty sure I made up for it in the past month. Oh well...

This pregnancy has been very frustrating for me. I am a nervous wreck about the littlest pregnancy thing. I will call the doctor at the drop of a hat if I think something is wrong. Which is why I have been to the ER 3 times. Nothing big, everything has been fine, just precautions. I have also had 5 bacterial/yeast infections. Go ahead, add that up...I am 19 weeks (almost 5 months) and have had 5, so yep, one a month! Also, from the week I found out I was pregnant I have had severe allergy problems. Nothing really helps, so I just blow my nose a million times a day, sneeze about half a million and wish I could scratch my throat, eyes and nose with a brush. Anyway, I am ready for October!

Ok, well, that is enough for today. Are you going to be able to sleep tonight? Arent' you going to be so excited about tomorrow? Will it drive you crazy until I call you or post tomorrow? Just some things to think about... :)

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Yesterday, my Granny was down here and we were sitting around watching Kayden (nothing new there) and Kayden was just talking up a storm to her. Granny told her she was silly, to which Kayden replied, "You're old." I about fell off the couch laughing. Granny, who really isn't old, thought it was humorous herself.

Kayden loves to look at pictures and there are 3 albums at my parents that she totes with her around the house. Inside the albums are pictures of, funeral home, cemetery. She opened one this morning and said, "Awwww, there is Janey in her box." I just wonder if she will try to put Baby Hicks in a box.

Oh how she makes me laugh!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Yes, we are finally home! We had a great trip visiting our family and friends but I think we were both ready to be back. We left on Mother's Day and drove to TN. We spent a few days there with John's (and my) family. I relaxed and laid around a lot. One day we were outside and Kayden wanted to swing on the rope swing like the big kids do. She just couldn't do it and Mary called George to see if they had anything to use as a swing. So, George being the inventor that he is, MADE one! She loved it. We played on that swing the rest of our stay there. We also got to watch one of Hannah's ballgames, and she did a great job.
We left there on Thursday and went to Aunt Terri's. We spent the night with her and then met up with a college roommie, Ashley, to meet the other roomies in IL. Kayden was a great traveler throughout the entire trip. We got to Tiffany's late that night and then had brunch with her parents on Saturday. Angela lives about an hour from there, so we headed to her house for the rest of the weekend. The kids played, we talked, laughed and had a good time. Every year since we graduated we have managed to get together. It is usually only once a year, but we have managed to keep up the ritual. We ate out Sat. night and went to church with Ang on Sunday. Did some shopping on Sunday then to church with Tiff. Ashley and I spend the night with Angela on Sunday then headed out Monday morning. I love these girls and it is so nice to see them, even if it is only once a year. By the may notice the preggo picture of me and Angela. Angela, who is due JUNE 30th, looks good. I on the other hand, look like I am going to pop right after here. Yep, only 18 weeks there girls. My mother in law has asked numerous times if I am sure I am not having twins...a nurse told me on Tuesday I was SURE showing for only 18 weeks!
While it doesn't bother me, 1) I haven't gained any weight 2) I only waited 5 months before I got preggo after Janey 3) This is my 3rd pregnancy, I still feel like a walking side show. Oh well. And, in my defense, some days I look bigger than other days...
Ok, so back to the trip...We stayed at Terri's for a few days and had tons of fun with her as usual. My camera died, so check her blog for pictures. It is always sad leaving her b/c we do have so much fun and there is nothing like a sister.
I decided to make the trip back in one day. I was ready to get home!!!!!! Kayden did GREAT! It is amazing what a DVD player can do for a child for 13 hours!
Since so many of you think I would find out the gender of the baby and not tell/call Dr. appt in next Wednesday, the 28th. I am so excited. I dream about it all the time. I don't care if boy or girl (hopefully just one though). I just want them to say everything looks great and you are having a ......
I will post it, don't worry!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

A few shoutouts!

I wanted to wish a Happy Mother's Day to my two Mothers!
I don't tell them enough and probably don't show it enough either. I love these two women very much and hope they understand what they mean to me.

My mom is so wonderful with Kayden. She WANTS to watch her and take care of her. It is so great to have a Mom who loves your child almost as much as you do. Lately, she has gone above and beyond in helping us and I just can't express how much I appreciate her and love her so much.

I don't have many pictures of my Mother-in-law, so this will have to do. I don't talk about her either, but I really am blessed to have such a great MIL. She would do anything for me, and Kayden. When we are at her house, everything is put on the backburner while we are there. She really treats me as a daughter and has always made me feel apart of the family.

Ok, this shoutout is to my sister, Terri! Sunday is her birthday, and although I won't be there, I want her to know I am thinking about her. I love her very much and can't wait to see her in less than a week. If you see her make sure to give her a hug and tell her Happy Birthday! (We have NO fun together!)

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

My Favorite

I forget sometimes how easy it is for me to record things on here I want to remember that I don't write in a journal. Today's post is all about Kayden and the things she says/does lately...

-She loves to listen to High School Musical CD and can just about sing every word

-She loves to hear us sing bible school songs, and sometimes she will just be singing to herself when no one is listening. It is so cute.

-Kayden loves to watch cooking shows, Racheal Ray is her favorite!

-At night John eats popcorn and it is like winning the lottery when she gets to sit with him and eat popcorn too. She can just about eat a bowl by herself.

-She is a big time copycat...If I am wearing a tank top, she tells me she needs her "tinktop" on, same with high heels or jewelry.

-She has her favorite books that we read at night. On of them is GiGi, God's Little Princess and she knows it word for word. I have her on video reading it to herself. In the book are word like, shocked, and revelation...she knows them.

-Kayden is very intuitive. We can spell and word or be talking about something specific and she will know what we are talking about.

-She can talk very well. Most people that just meet her think she is older than 2. She can carry on a conversation like an adult.

-Babies, real and play, are her favorite toys. She has a ton, but she will pretend with them all day. I can't wait to see her interact with Baby Hicks.

-Sometimes when I am sad, she will sit with me and ask me "how do you feel?" I will tell her I am sad and she asks if I need medicine to make me feel better. If I am crying, she will wrinkle her face up like she is about to and do a little whine. She is very sensitive to my emotions. Sometimes I feel like she is taking care of me, not the other way around.

-We have called the new baby, Baby Jack, for a while now, and for the past few weeks she will pat my belly everyday and say, "how's Baby Jack feeling?" (We don't know if we will name a boy that, but yes, we like it)

-The other day we passed a cemetery with a chainlink fence (like the one where Janey is buried) and it took me a few seconds to understand what she meant when she said, "That is like where Janey lives." Wow, knocked my socks off!

-She has a new saying when she wants to sit with me or me to hold her, "I want you."

-She likes us to lay in bed with her for a little while at night. She will talk to herself and recall some of the events of the day or sometimes she has brought stuff up that happened weeks or months ago. She has a great memory. She does it even when we are not in the room with her.

-She has started taking naps again. I don't put her down for one, she just usually falls asleep somewhere. (Fine with me, I like to take them too!)

-Her best friends are Lindsey and Reagan. She has a love/hate relationship with them. Some moments they are hugging each other and don't want to leave each other. Other times they are fighting like cats and dogs! But it usually lasts a minute or two and then it is over...oh what fun in about 10 years!

-She can ride her tricycle by herself, but she would rather you push her. She will go a few feet then give up.

-John doesn't get on to her very often, but when he does, it is like the end of the world. He doesn't have to spank her to hurt her feelings, all he has to do it get on to her, and the tears start acomin'. She is very tenderhearted but at the same time, she can be very bossy. My family often compares her to me...I can't imagine why?????

-I tell her she is my favorite and she will reply, "No, I am Daddy's favorite!" Then she gets tickled.

-She has such an imagination. 98% of the time she is really good. And when she is, she is talking and playing non-stop. John and I will sit in another room and listen to her talk and make up stories. Sometimes it will involve things that have happened to her. It is so sweet to hear her talk.

-I love her so much. I pray everyday that God will watch over her and protect her and keep her in His care. I am a little paranoid about her and there are times, I don't want to be away from her. I am afraid something might happen if I am not there.

-She is such a wonderful daughter and God has truly blessed me. I have said this before, but she really is my sunshine. No one (other than John) can make me smile or laugh harder.

-I pray that I can teach her right from wrong and she will always love God and put Him first in her life.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Has it really been 10 years?

This past weekend my graduating class celebrated it's 10 year reunion. WOW! It is hard to believe 10 years has past already. A few of us have been planning it for a few months now and I really enjoyed it. A little history about my class...
-there were only 15 of us
-went to a small private, Christian school
-most of the kids in my class I have known forever
-we all got along really well
-didn't all hang out together, but when we did, we had a good time
-there were 8 classmates present for the weekend, some could only come to one or two activities
-i loved high school

Ok, so about the weekend and pictures...
Thursday night, some friends were in town, so we headed over to the Jackson's for a double graduation party (congrats Samuel and Sara). Summer, is one of my best friends and also Sara's sister. We were able to catch up a little over the weekend, but it was a busy few days for everyone. The kids had a blast. My child loves sand, and the picture really don't do it justice.
Friday, we had a Memorial Flag Ceremony for Adam. Our class put up a new flag and had a bronze plaque engraved in his honor. Two of our teachers and ex-military performed the ceremony. It was really good. The entire school was in attendance and I hope they are able to relate to Adam on a different level now.
Friday night was Relay for Life, so I was there for a few hours. Then home to rest for the next day.
Saturday, the classmates and teachers were invited to a picnic at one of the parks. A few of us showed up and the only teacher was my Dad. I felt sorry for him because he was the only one. I am glad he was there.
Kayden didn't get to stay long b/c she had a meltdown. She does great with going potty. But, in the past week or so, she has had small accidents. Like, just barely making it. I am convinced it is because she just doesn't stop playing long enough to go. So, she holds it until she can't any longer. Saturday was a prime example. She was playing on the slide and I look over and she is standing with her knees bent and to the side. I tried to get her to stop, but no such luck. And, I don't mean a few drops...her shorts were soaked! I have never had this problem before, so do I have extra clothes, NO! We get a pull up from Patience and Kayden is not happy with that. She is very picky. She wants her shorts on but doesn't want them wet. We try to let them dry in the sun, but she is not having that either. We couldn't get her calmed down and just go play in her pull up. It's like she was mortified that 1) she was wearing a pull up and 2) she had no pants on in front of everyone.
My Dad came to the rescue and took her home...yes, crying like a baby. We stayed and visited for a while but I was so ready to get home and check on her. It broke my heart that she acted like that, because she usually doesn't. When John and I got home, they were both asleep in the chair.
That evening we met with the classmates at Austins for dinner. We reserved the banquet room so we could just have the privacy. They had about 6 round tables with 5 at each and we all wanted to sit together, so we pushed them together, and I think the waiter was like, what are you doing? We didn't care. We had a good time just visiting and catching up. I took pictures of all the couples, except for Patience and Laurie (not a couple). Brad, Patience's husband, had to go to prom for his school. Laurie's boyfriend couldn't come for the weekend.
That about sums it up. Not much exciting but, I enjoyed it. I think we will wait until 25 year reunion to plan another get together. Thanks to all the classmates who came. Some weren't able to make it, and some didn't call. So, I guess that is the way it goes.
(Side note...only 23 days until we find out about baby Hicks!)