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Tuesday, December 20, 2011


The results are in.....Autumn Faith is CF FREE!! As her dad would say Ayla is our miracle and now we have our Grace baby!
We believed that God would hear our prayers and he has heard us and honored our Faith in him.  We couldn't be more blessed this holiday season.
We know that in his perfect time our Ayla will be "free of CF" as well!
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Screening Results....Just in time for Christmas!

So tomorrow is the day for results on the PKU test which screens for many things among those is Cystic Fibrosis.  We knew our daughter would have a 25% chance so this day has been weighing on our minds.  We have been praying for a long time about this and have faith that she will be CF free, but the lingering doubt is scary at times.
We have looked for all the "classic" CF signs and she is without a single one thus far.  We have even tasted her skin and she is not salty like her big sister.
We will know tomorrow morning and hopefully get the best Christmas gift ever!
I'll update as soon as i can!

Autumn's Birthday

Outside the Hospital
Patiently waiting
Big sister arrives
Here she is!
All smiles
Big girl!
Mommy and Autumn
Classic C-Section picture
She came out crying and didn't stop till she ate
Sisters meet for the first time
Nana and her 11th grandchild
Papa and Autumn
Mama Elsie and Autumn
"Little Nanny" and Autumn
Grandpa and Autumn
Mommy and Autumn
Grandma and Autumn
Us girls
Mimi and Autumn
Aunt Lezli and Autumn
Uncle Robert and Autumn
Papa Harry and Autumn

We are so blessed to have another beautiful daughter! 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Birth-Day Dementia

I am going to do an entire "birth-day" post but I have to write this down before I forget....I had had my hospital bag packed for weeks and didn't really go through it much before checking into the hospital for my c section.  After wards we opened it to get something I needed and lo-and-behold we found the first of many things I had "forgotten."

If you know me, you know I don't forget much and when it comes to packing I almost always have everything I need every time.  Mind you I packed for Ayla to stay with Nana for 2 days, packed meds, treatment cups, hoses, clothes with coordinating bows for school, toothbrush, etc..didn't forget a thing for her!

But as our hospital stay went on I realized I had Larry one "holey" pair of underwear and none for myself and ran out of clothes for Autumn our 2nd day in....

Before our first trip out tomorrow I am calling in re-enforcements to thoroughly check my diaper bag, ha!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Autumn Faith Has Arrived!

Our baby girl arrived Tuesday morning at 7:46 am and weighed 8.5 pounds and was 21 inches long! She came into the world crying and hungry, she nursed for over an hour in recovery.  She has a head full of dark brown hair and is beautiful just like her sister.
We are very thankful to have been given a healthy baby girl and appreciate all the blessings and prayers from everyone.
I will post a full update with more pictures when I have more time.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tomorrow is the big day!

We are scheduled for a C-Section tuesday @ 7:30 am! Can't wait to post pictures of our little girl! We are so excited to meet you Autumn-Faith.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

November the 24th

This day has a few different reasons it means a lot to me....This year it falls on Thanksgiving which is always a wonderful day with family.  Last year it was just a regular day to everyone else but to me it was the day I was due with what would have been my 2nd child whom I lost to a miss-carriage at 13 weeks.

This year when I found out I was pregnant again almost one year to the date that I was last year I was given a due date of November 24th (again).  My date has since been moved back to the 28th but the 24th has been the one that seemed to stick for me.  I am sure at this point (with me not progressing much in the area of labor) it's mostly wishful thinking that I could hold her tomorrow and have her naturally but it's a good thing to wish for!

How amazing would that be if God chose the same day a year later to bless with me another child! On Thanksgiving no less!  What a Thanksgiving that would be!

This baby has been an answer to prayer in so many ways for our family, this pregnancy has been no less than perfect and the type of experience my husband has prayed for.

I am good with whatever day and whatever way God chooses to bring Autumn-Faith into our lives...I just couldn't help think of what an amazing page that would be to add to our already amazing story!

Here's Hoping!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Ayla's 4 yr old Thanksgiving Program

Ayla had a thanksgiving program last Thursday night at her school.  They performed a song and we ate a "thank-you" meal with her.  Ayla had a table-full with Grandma and Grandpa, Nana, Papa and Mama Elsie there.  She was so cute and did so well.  There is a video below of her performance.  We are so proud of our big girl!
Happy Thanksgiving!

39 Week Update

So I have told you about my photo-challenged husband...well this is more proof of that...But it does the job!
I had my appointment today with Dr. E and got checked for the 3rd time....and I was still 1 cm and "thick" so I am a little discouraged.  But I really didn't feel like anything had changed so I was prepared for that.
Then came the "what do you want to do" questions....I really envisioned myself having a natural childbirth...a healthy baby has always been first priority but a natural birth has been a close second.  Having already had a c-section I can't be induced so it's just a waiting game.
I decided to go ahead and schedule for November the 29th-the day after my due date and last appointment.  This will give her another opportunity to check me and see if I have made any progress.  I hope that I will have so I can postpone the procedure but if I'm still @ 1...she's coming out!!
I am ready to see her face, look at her fingers and toes and introduce her to her sister and family!! So at least with this option I can began making preparations...but let's be clear...I am totally ok with her coming anytime!

Christmas Tree Done!

I wanted to get the tree up so I didn't have to worry about it not getting done with the baby coming!
Ayla was my big helper!
Ayla was so proud!
Hanging her ornaments!

Can't believe how many ornaments she had this year...I remember her first and now she has so many and really enjoyed hanging them all.  We even got one from Disney World to remember our first family vacation. 
 Christmas Tree's are so much fun! Can't wait to go purchase the girl's ornaments for this year!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Autumn's Room Unveiled At Last!

I have been working on Autumn's room for many months and I am so excited to finally post these pictures! I am so excited about the way it turned out, just like I had envisioned it!
Before Paint
After Paint and wall art added by a friend
(we went with light grey walls and dark grey flowers)
Her name canvas' made by my sister
Custom curtains sewn by my amazingly patient mother in law Karen
This will be my nursing corner
Our verse for Autumn
My wall unit i got off craigslist ($75) packed with baskets
Crib wall
larger view of the room
Diaper Station....antique piece refinished by my mother in law karen and changing pad my mom and I made
left side of the room
Right side of the room
Love the dividers in this drawer
All packed and ready to go! Just waiting for Autumn to decide it's time!

Thanks to everyone who had a part in the creation of her beautiful room!

38 week photo

I really dislike this picture but this blog is for memories so I'm posting it. Wow I am large!! Come on Autumn!!
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Monday, November 14, 2011

38 Weeks......

So not much to report!  I went to the Dr today and was still @ 1cm and "thick." So I guess Autumn is just really comfortable in there and wants to stay for her entire allowed amount.  I am due on November 28th (2 weeks) so that's ok.
I got a little antsy b/c just last night 3 baby girls were born from friends who I have been pregnant with and I am jealous-I guess!

But the important thing is baby and mommy are doing well and she will come when she is ready I suppose.
I am going to start a list of projects that I want to do to pass these 2 weeks...up first Christmas Tree!!

I hope to have a picture soon to post of myself.  I am looking large and I'm sure I need to document this state that I am in....

Ill keep posting updates as they come!

Nautical Shower for a Friend

Last Sunday I hosted a baby shower for a good friend of mine who is due with her first child, a boy in January.  This was my first time hosting a party like this on my own and I had a lot of fun researching ideas on Pintrest and blogs!
I got a lot of great crafting ideas and decided I would give them a try.  I found out something new about myself. "I'm crafty"-when I wanna be!
Here are a few of the projects I was working on and pictures from Molly's Shower:
I made these for the Mom to be & Grandma's
I made this wreath-idea off Pintrest!
Ayla decided she wanted to help so she colored these shapes!
This was our cute "Welcome" sign
My camera was not working right..but this was an idea I loved...have guests fill out addressed envelopes to "save Molly some time"
Words of Wisdom for Mom
Ready to Pop- Popcorn party favors!
Loved this idea- to hang in his room!
Some decor in her gorgeous house
One of our tables!
A view of the gifts and decorations (and mom enjoying something-haha)
Our cupcake display
Cupcake Toppers off Etsy
Some of the delicious food we had
Mommy to Be!
Molly and I 
(disclaimer: I really dislike this picture of myself but it's the only one I had)

I had so much fun planning this shower and am so excited to meet baby Caleb!