"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Friday, January 31, 2014

Photo Friday: cold weather = craziness

This is what happens when you refuse to nap, Landon.
Ninja turtle birthday party for Landon's friend Eli! Gotta love the matching shirts :)
Some days this kid is out of control! I was sitting at the kitchen table and turned around to see this. At least he's cute...
One of my good friends gave Landon a big brother book and he loves it!
Sometimes this kid is crazy and other times he sits and plays with a toy for awhile. And then I bust out my camera phone and he looks up and says "cheeeeese"
And sometimes he grabs my phone himself, holds it in front of his face and says "cheeeeese"
Yesterday Landon woke up on the wrong side of the bed and NOTHING made him happy. No exaggeration. So we busted out a new toy (it was supposed to be his 2nd birthday present, oh well) and it actually helped! Desperate times call for desperate measures, people. ;)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ice, ice, baby

Well. It was certainly "fun" leaving the house this morning for the hospital when every news outlet was saying not to travel. Clearly the weather did not know I needed to get a cerclage! Seriously, how did I manage to have a surgical procedure scheduled on the coldest day ever?

But it was fine. The drive home was scary, as there was ice on the road, but Logan drove super slow. And we made it home in time before they closed the Interstate! Seriously, all major roads in the New Orleans area are now closed because of ice. Crazy crazy. I don't remember this happening ever in my 27 years of living here.

Anyway. The cerclage went fine! It was not fun for me, since I got a spinal (aka big needle in my back) and was freezing my butt off in the OR. And I went almost 15 hours without eating. And then I had a really hard time getting feeling back in my legs and being able to use the bathroom (which was a requirement before we were discharged). But it all ended up fine and the baby is good and we are so thankful it is over.

Speaking of the baby, we have a name! And I just have to share it with you because of what happened at the hospital. The nurse checked heart tones both before and after the cerclage, and the baby was in completely different positions - clearly he's an active baby. Which is totally appropriate because we're naming him Chase Michael. :) I thought that was funny!

Thank you all so much for the prayers and words of encouragement. We are truly thankful. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Nerves and poop. But not together.

I know I've been through this whole cerclage thing before, but…I'm so nervous. I'd be more nervous without the cerclage, so I guess I need to think of it that way, but it's still nerve wracking.

In addition to prayers for us and the baby, I'd like to ask for prayers that we make it home safely tomorrow. Because apparently southeast Louisiana is expecting some winter weather that rarely happens (snow!), and the worst of it is supposed to happen in the afternoon and evening - when we will hopefully be heading home from the hospital. My procedure is in the morning. I'm really worried about road closures. Ahh.

I don't know what else to say, soooo….how about a potty training story?

Over the weekend (while Logan was at work…he misses all the fun), I could tell Landon needed to poop, so we hurried to the potty. Where he sat for 10 minutes, occasionally saying "poo poo." But he did nothing. Then he stood up and I figured he had been sitting there long enough, so I was about to go get another diaper. Landon decided to poop right then and there, on the bathroom floor, just inches from his potty. I hurried and put him on the potty, where he finished pooping, but most of it was already on the floor.

So now I'm wondering how to get Landon to poop while sitting down, because clearly he'd rather poop while standing up. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

Landon has always been the independent type since around his first birthday, and he keeps getting more and more independent. Yesterday he didn't even want me to wipe his booty - he wanted to do it himself. Oy vey. But I'm hoping that just means he will be potty trained before his younger brother gets here! Less than 6 months to go :)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Week 14: cerclage next week!

I had an appointment with Dr. H yesterday (ummm, yes, I would have an early appointment on the coldest day in southeast Louisiana. I don't know how you northerners do it.), and since I've been having so many ultrasounds, it was actually the first time I've had an actual exam. He started by feeling my belly and checking for a heartbeat with the Doppler, and he asked if I had a fibroid - he thought he felt one. Which is weird because he actually thought that at my annual exam last summer, and I had an ultrasound done which found no fibroid. And with all the ultrasounds I've had done this pregnancy (okay, maybe it's just been 4? feels like a dozen though), nobody has noticed a fibroid…out of 2 techs and 2 doctors. So yeah. Weird.

But it really makes me wonder because I've noticed sometimes (particularly when my bladder is full) that my uterus is really lopsided. Like freakishly so. Hmmm.

Anyway, after Dr. H checked my cervix, he said, "There's plenty of cervix left." Whew. I initially had my cerclage scheduled for Thursday (since they told me it was the only day he could do it), but Dr. H pulled some strings and had it moved up to Tuesday. He doesn't want to "push our luck." And I totally agree.

The last few days, I've noticed my uterus tensing up every now and then, and although I totally had this problem with Landon (seriously, Braxton-Hicks for at least half the pregnancy), it makes me especially nervous this time because it's starting a couple weeks earlier. So I will just make sure I drink plenty and eat enough. Please say a prayer for me about this - the morning sickness is starting to subside but my appetite still SUCKS. I can't seem to gain weight despite being 14 weeks along and weighing less than I have during our entire marriage.

I'm not sure if I ever mentioned it, but my official due date is July 24. It's a few days sooner than what I was thinking, but oh well.

I would also like to mention how awesome it is to be able to refer to our baby as "he" instead of "it" or something. We've almost decided on a name, but until we officially decide, it's at least fun knowing our baby is a boy.

Stay warm, everybody. :)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Photo Friday: pretty ladies, potty adventures, and a goofy boy

These little girls are way too cute
Family time has been limited this week so we just hung out in bed on the morning we could sleep late!
Landon tells us when he poops now so we've been putting him on the potty more. Fun fun fun (I'm still not ready for this)
Maybe we should stop with the chocolate chip pancakes...
One day Landon told me twice that he had to potty and then he actually used the potty, so I attempted training pants the next day. He loved them…but no success. If I wasn't pregnant, tired, and nauseated, I would totally try again - but for now we're just going to keep putting him on the potty and hold off on training pants until he's more consistent.
He lounges in this chair during his TV time. Old man.
Landon picked out his clothes this day. Not too bad of a job ;)
Landon and I were walking out the door and I had a diaper bag in my hand…so Landon grabbed this brown bag that was sitting by the door. Because obviously he needed a bag too.
Watching the fire with his cousins
Marley totally takes advantage when Logan is working the evening shift (he kicks her out the bed and she knows it) - when I'm brushing my teeth before bed she makes herself comfortable in the middle of my pregnancy pillow.

Monday, January 20, 2014

More than just a word

At the beginning of the year, a lot of people choose a "word of the year". You know, it's a word that they think about often and will inspire them for the rest of the year. And I think that's a good thing and even considered doing it myself - but I just had no clue what word I should choose. So I kind of forgot about it.

And then a word hit me upside the head (figuratively, of course) one day last week. And then one of my good friends wrote a blog post the next day and talked about this same word, which further reinforced that this was my word. It really is the perfect one for me this year….especially if the last couple weeks are any indication of how the rest of 2014 will go.

My word? Trust. Trust that our baby will be okay, trust that our bills will be paid, trust that whatever happens is exactly what God has planned for us. I'm not going to lie - there has been a lot to worry about lately (I really don't want want to bore you with the details), and even though God has given Logan and myself consolations along the way (thank you, Lord), there have been many, many times where I can't help but think, "Can we just get a little break? Please?"

So yeah. My word this year is trust. Feel free to remind me of that! ;)

"Commit your way to the Lord; trust that God will act." – Psalm 37:5 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Gender reveal! It's a….

Let me just start by saying I have the best family and friends ever, because Logan and I provided the king cake (yes! king cake!) for our gender reveal and my people provided everything else (lots of yummy, yummy food). Seriously, they are the best. Everyone was impressed that we threw a decent party together so quickly, but really, it was my sister-in-law, mom, and friends. Thank you so much ladies! Love y'all!

So, I had the idea to do a king cake because you can only get them a certain time of year….it was almost too good to pass up. People wore either a pink or blue Mardi Gras bead depending on if they thought it was a girl or boy. I was pretty proud of myself for thinking of that because I am not the creative type. At all. ;)

Honestly, Logan and I have been thinking lately that it's a girl. This pregnancy seems pretty different than the last two. Then today I started thinking, "But what if it's a boy?!" Of course, we would be happy either way. But we really, really had been thinking girl. And I think 90% of the people who came to the party thought girl too!

Okay, enough blabbering. Here are the pictures!

 I was so nervous. Do I look nervous?
 We lifted the first piece….no filling! Cut another piece…still no filling! So we had to dig. (I was starting to get nervous Logan picked up the wrong cake! Lol)
 Blue! I don't know why Logan looks like he's running away from me, but I promise I was not attacking him with the knife ;)
Too bad we didn't cut this piece first! Ha.

We were definitely surprised at the outcome, but not disappointed! I have now given Logan permission to redo Landon's safari/jungle room theme into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (I told him way back when he could only do that if we had another boy). And we know Landon will love love love having a baby brother! He already loves his boy cousins.

A son in heaven, a son with us, and a son in utero. God is good, my friends. :)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

When it rains, it pours. But then there's sunshine!

Y'all. It's been a rough week. And it wasn't just the worrying/waiting/anticipating everything with our baby. Other things came up that added to the emotional roller coaster that this last week or so has been - a health scare with Logan (ummm, finding your husband passed out in the bathroom is not something I wish on anyone) and issues with his work that will likely stress our finances a lot this month. On Thursday night, I was pretty much done. I knew God was working through all of the craziness, but I just didn't know how much more I could take.

So. Although I was definitely thinking about getting my blood test results, I wasn't stressing too much about it, because you hear all the time about people getting false negatives and false positives. But when I talked to Dr. H on Tuesday, he told me that the blood test I had drawn is actually pretty accurate...about 98-99%. It's called the MaterniT21. (My guess is that it's super expensive as well, but we'll find out soon enough. Sigh.) It's the quad screen that has more false test results, in case you were curious. 

All of that being said, it made me realize that finding out the test results was kind of a big deal. We would have some serious things to consider if it came back positive. And although a negative result wouldn't necessarily mean there was nothing wrong with our baby, it would still be considered good news for now.

Then Dr. H called me again yesterday. The results of the blood test? Normal! We are going to put in the cerclage soon - not this coming week, but the next. I already had an appointment scheduled for Friday, so we're keeping that and will do the cerclage the week after. Dr. H thinks we're going to be fine, and it actually seemed like he wasn't going to push the amniocentesis - although he did say Dr. C was still worried about some other chromosomal abnormality. I won't be surprised if she really pushes the amnio later on.

The blood test also checked the sex chromosome for abnormalities, which means we found out if our baby is a boy or girl! I knew the test screened for sex chromosomal abnormalities - it just didn't register in my brain that we would find out the gender. I was definitely thrown off guard when Dr. H asked if I wanted to know the sex.

Logan and I had already talked about doing a gender reveal, since we haven't done one before, so I handed the phone over to my sister-in-law, Lindsey, so Dr. H could tell her the gender. Thankfully I was visiting my adorable nieces when he called! We're having an impromptu gender reveal party tomorrow, so you know I will update this here blog once we find out. :)

As hard as this week was, I'm so thankful we had some good news thrown in. And I can't believe we're about to find out if we're having a boy or girl! I'm only 13 weeks! Crazy, crazy.

Thank you all so much for the prayers! We feel so blessed and loved by each and every one of you.

No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13

Friday, January 17, 2014

Photo Friday: big boy

We were heading to church and about to walk downstairs to get his shoes, and suddenly he goes back into our room and comes out with my shoes on his feet. Nice.
Like father, like son
He loves Daniel Tiger. And can somebody else please tell Logan that those clothes don't match? (He dressed Landon that day)
Story time
I went to the bathroom and came back to this big boy in my spot on the futon….trying to watch some TV
This dog. I swear both she and Landon have to be on top of me when laying down. Gotta protect the baby in utero, perhaps?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Ethics...always so complicated

About an hour after I posted yesterday, Dr. H gave me a call. He had talked to Dr. C, and she wasn't wavering on her opinion about everything. I'm not surprised (I'm a little nervous about seeing her at my next appointment because we didn't do the CVS like she wanted). Thankfully, though, Dr. H totally understands all of my concerns. He thinks that if the blood test comes back negative, we should go ahead and put the cerclage in and then get an amniocentesis done around 16 weeks. I asked him if getting an amnio made him nervous (because it makes me really nervous with my cervix), and he said "not as nervous as getting a CVS." Sooo that's a little bit of a relief.

When I brought up what would happen if the blood test is positive, Dr. H seemed hesitant to say anything and just said we would be getting into the ethics of it. Which is the hard part. He did tell me to think about what I wanted to do if something was wrong with the baby. And I have thought about it - it's just convincing my doctors that will be the problem! If the test is positive, I'm sure we will have one of those not fun ethical discussions and I'm afraid that….well, maybe I shouldn't worry about it unless I have to...

So yeah. I'm calling Dr. H's office on Friday (per his request) to see if they've gotten the results by then.  Although I don't think we will find out until next week. Until then, please pray for guidance for Logan, myself, and my doctors. Thanks so much :)

And on a more positive note, Logan and I met our nieces last night! We love love love them. They're so tiny and precious!

Logan and Leah
Amelie and me

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The devil sucks. But newborn babies rock!

Well. It's easy to get carried away with what could happen in the next 6 months. Really easy. Not knowing what the results of the blood test will be, not knowing what will happen after, not knowing exactly when I will get a cerclage.

As crazy as it sounds, though, I almost don't want to know the test results. Because really, it won't change the way we want to proceed with the rest of the pregnancy. I know some people are going to think I'm crazy, and that's okay. I know we need to be prepared for anything, and trust me, I've gone through a million scenarios in my head already.

But knowing the test results won't change anything. I don't think I'll feel better. There are false negatives and false positives, so regardless of what we learn (or don't learn), I'm still bracing myself for the unexpected. Because apparently that's what our life consists of when I'm pregnant. I almost want to laugh sometimes, because really - how many different scenarios can we be put in?

Thankfully, the grace of God really is a powerful, powerful thing. I think certain things, and immediately I know that it's what the devil wants me to think. Why can't I have a normal pregnancy?! Haven't we been through enough already? 

So I try to dwell on the fact that God gave us this baby for a reason, although I have no idea what that reason is at this point. And as much as I really, really wish this whole childbearing thing could be just a little bit easier sometimes, I am so thankful for my babies, and I know many people would probably give anything to be in my shoes. It's all about perspective, I guess.

Logan and I are very much at peace right (praise God), so I know we made the right decision about holding off on the CVS. We feel so utterly blessed by all of the kind words and encouragement over the last few days, and we really appreciate the prayers. I can feel them, for sure.

And now for some happy happy happy things! My cousin and his wife welcomed their sweet baby boy into the world yesterday. And then my brother (whose birthday is today!) and his wife welcomed their sweet twin daughters into the world this morning. They're doing really well, and I am so, so excited! I mean, seriously, could they be any cuter?!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Photo Friday/Saturday: thank goodness for fun toys

Sorry, didn't post yesterday because of our baby update.
Someone was tired
This is a common occurrence around here. Not gonna lie, I love it (except when I have to use the bathroom!) :)
Landon loves his stacking cups

I'm loving how he sits with a toy for 10 minutes now. Sometimes much longer! Yeah buddy.
We were given this cute hand-me down robe and I just can't handle the cuteness
Landon found Daddy's slippers and had to wear them
Another favorite of his right now is puzzles!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Week 11 (12?) - Good news, bad news (again)

I have officially grown a hatred for 11-week appointments (well, apparently they're saying I'm 12 weeks along, but whatev). With Landon, I was put on bed rest at this point. And now this time....well, read on. (I apologize that this is really long and for the blurry pictures - I just used my phone to take pictures of the ultrasounds because it's easier than scanning them.)

So, good news: I had an ultrasound at Dr. C's office (high risk doc) yesterday and my cervix is still looking good. Ironically enough.

Baby's head is on the left in this one...

Bad news: our baby's neck was measuring much larger than it should be, which means there could be a chromosomal issue, like Down syndrome, or worse (as in the baby may not make it). The baby could also be fine, but Dr. C thinks its serious and wanted me to get a CVS (chorionic villus sampling) done - similar to an amniocentesis, where they stick a needle in my belly to get a sample from the placenta. The results would tell us what chromosomal issue the baby has, if any. She doesn't want me to get a cerclage if the baby has a condition incompatible with life, so she thinks we need to know what we're dealing with. Dr. C wanted to do the procedure right then and there, because it is time-sensitive, but Logan (who was with me, thank God) and I felt very uneasy about making that decision right away. I already had an appointment scheduled with Dr. H this morning, so we decided to talk to him and to family and friends, before making a definite decision. In a way, it was a blessing that my appointments worked out that way, as opposed to back-to-back like they usually are, because we had time to process everything, think about any more questions we had, and then we got to talk to Dr. H.

....and the baby flipped somehow and now the head is on the right! You can see the back of the neck in this one. That gap is what they were looking at and measuring.

I've always had the mindset that I would never have that type of test done because our baby is still our baby, regardless of any test result, and it wouldn't change the fact that we would still do everything we can to help the baby live as long as possible. The only reason I was even considering having the procedure done is because I need a cerclage. If our baby does have something going on, it increases our risk for preterm labor and a bunch of other things later on - many things that I'm already at risk for with an incompetence cervix. It's already scary to think of what could happen later on in the pregnancy, and when you add in the possibility of a chromosomal abnormality, it just adds to the different scenarios and scary things that could happen.

It also makes me really nervous to think about having a big needle stuck in my placenta when I already have an extremely irritable uterus. Logan keeps saying he would never forgive himself if something happened as a result of the procedure. Chances of miscarriage for a CVS are actually pretty low (1%), but Dr. C said my chances probably go up because of my cervical issues. Even with that though, she said she never recommends anybody doing this procedure unless she sees something serious, and she does think it's serious enough.

So, after being thoroughly freaked out and crying a lot (okay, it was just me crying), we went home, talked to our wonderful family and friends (seriously, y'all are awesome), and prayed. Prayed a lot. Not once was I ever at peace with having the procedure done. But it also scared me not knowing anything either.

We went to see Dr. H this morning, and once I filled him in on my appointment with Dr. C, he got the Doppler out to check my baby's heartbeat. It was strong and fast like it should be, so he looked at me, kind of surprised, and said, "That's pretty good!" The baby was really active during the ultrasound yesterday, so I wasn't as surprised, but it was still reassuring. Dr. H sent us to his office so we could talk about everything.

I showed Dr. H our ultrasound pictures from yesterday, and he could see the nuchal translucency - the thickness of the neck (I went to nursing school but I am still learning something new every day!). Since I wasn't wild about having the CVS done, he didn't push it. Instead, he said I could do a blood test that screens for the most common chromosomal abnormalities - Trisomy 13, 18, and 21. So, the downside of that is that our baby could still have some kind of issue but we wouldn't know based on that lab result. Since it is far less invasive than a CVS, I did have the blood test done today. We should find out the results in a week or two. Apparently, if the results do come back positive, they will probably still want me to get a CVS done, but I will worry about that when the time comes. I still have the option of doing an amniocentesis later on in the pregnancy, which is a simpler procedure, so hopefully I can just wait and do that if necessary. I'd rather not do anything, considering my cervix and uterus have issues, but we will see what happens.

Dr. H said he will still do a cerclage, regardless of the test result, if that's what I want - he said it's my decision. There are risks (which I will clarify with him before we have it done), but like he said, we have to do what we have to do! Did I ever say how much I love Dr. H? Yes, he's the best.

As we were walking out of his office, his ultrasound tech was standing in the hallway, so Dr. H called after us, asking to see the U/S picture again. He showed the tech to see what she thought, and she didn't see anything too concerning. Dr. H turned to look at me, and I just laughed. Because really. I was done with the roller-coaster ride, thankyouverymuch. To be sure, his U/S tech said she would take a quick look, so she did yet another ultrasound and Dr. H came in to see for himself. The tech was getting smaller measurements of the baby's neck than they were getting yesterday (2mm as opposed to greater than 3mm), and she really was baffled at how they were getting such a big nuchal translucency measurement. So I said, "Maybe all our people prayed it down." She agreed that it was certainly possible! So thanks to all of you who knew and prayed because you are awesome and we love you. :)

The ultrasound this morning

Of course, we're still being realistic and know that anything is still possible, but our hearts are more at peace. Once we get the results from the blood test, we will evaluate again. At this point, we're planning to put a cerclage in around 14 weeks or so, although it's not scheduled yet. The good thing is that my cervix is looking good right now so we don't have to rush to put it in like last time. I will still be taking it easy though!

Again, thanks for all the prayers and please continue to pray for our baby. :)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

So glad God knows better

Like I said before, I've been taking it pretty easy around here until my next appointment - I guess you could say we put myself on modified bed rest.

My mind has been pretty messed up lately, because I end up just laying there, wondering how in the heck I'm going to survive this pregnancy with a strong-willed toddler running around and a spoiled rotten dog who has to lay on top of me. [Okay, so maybe I was thinking that after Logan had worked for 8 straight days. Not fun. Nope nope nope.] I mean, my cervix might totally be fine this time around, and I'm really hoping that's the case. Even then, though, I will still be super paranoid that something will go wrong. Let me just share a few thoughts that have occurred in my head the last couple of weeks (they'll probably sound more dramatic in writing than they do in my head)....

  • [while throwing up] "What's that sharp pain in my abdomen? What if throwing up is going to make me miscarry?" (STUPID. I know.)
  • "Is that cramping in my uterus? Is my cervix starting to open already?!"
  • "Why can't Landon stop acting so crazy? How can I take it easy when he WON'T GO TO SLEEP?
  • Why do I suddenly have to pee all the time? I just went! Why do I have to go again?! I hope this doesn't mean my cervix is opening
  • "What if I have some kind of complication while getting my cerclage? Maybe I shouldn't have one unless I really need it..."
  • "Heck, what am I thinking? I'd go nuts if they didn't stitch up my cervix!" (Yes, I realize I already am nuts.)
You get the picture. My imagination is running wild and I couldn't seem to be at peace with anything.

And then I realized I always had the TV on and was opening my laptop a million times a day. I wasn't allowing any silence in our house, and I wasn't doing the things that keep me calm (or at least I wasn't doing much of them) - reading, writing, and praying. I knew I wasn't doing those things, but for some reason I didn't do anything about it.

So, I decided to make a rule. I wouldn't turn on the TV or open my laptop until I did something else. This morning, I read a book while Landon played. Not only was I calmer and more relaxed for most of the day, I was able to have a lot more patience with Landon. It's amazing the difference it makes to cut out all of the distractions in our lives (mainly, technology) for a little while. I will definitely be doing that more often!

I've also been thinking about the fact that I most likely won't be doing much for the next 6 months, and it started to really get to me. I like being productive, I like keeping our house clean, and I like being available to help my family and friends. And to think that I can't really do that right now was really bothering me.

And then I was slapped across the face (figuratively) and realized that I should be thankful! God knows me better than anyone, and He knows that I love quiet. He knows that I want to write a book but never made the time. And he knows I have a hundred books I want to read even though I've probably only read a handful of books since Landon has been born.

So, here I am, being given several months to stay home and do things that I've been wanting to do but haven't made time for in the past. That opportunity can't be wasted. Instead of focusing on what I can't do - especially if I end up on real bed rest - I need to focus on what I can do.

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew." -St. Francis de Sales

Sunday, January 5, 2014

2013 in Pictures

I'm totally on my game this year with a recap of pictures! There are a lot. You've been warned. And I even linked back to previous posts in case you're really bored and want to read them again. ;)


 Wow, this feels like forever ago!
Landon was starting to pull up on everything
Landon's first Mardi Gras parade!

 More Mardi Gras fun
This is where their friendship began...Landon was clearly more excited than Marley.


 9 church walk on Good Friday


 Standing up by himself!

 I forgot what it was like to be able to strap him in a chair and he be content ;)

 Love that face!
 A family day in the city

 Visiting Mimi and Pops for Memorial Day weekend


 This must have been the beginning of his goofiness ;)
 Landon's 1st birthday!


 This is one of my favorite pictures of him, drool and all

My annual birthday dinner at the Melting Pot! Not so sure we'll get to keep up the tradition next year with this new baby due around then...


 My sisters! At our cousin's wedding in Kansas City
Mimi & Pops with their grandsons
 A couple of little ladies will be joining these boys soon! Really soon!

Gender reveal...two girls! 
 Our 2nd beach trip with Landon!

 some of my BF's....and I love that half of us in this picture (at least!) are having babies in 2014

Landon's first train ride!


 Rehearsal dinner for a friend's wedding
 The wedding night (my hubby is a good-looking groomsman!)
 ....the next day. At another wedding.

Cousin love


The cousin Landon hardly ever gets to see (MOVE BACK, JESS)

Family reunion with my dad's side of the family 
My parents with their kids and grandkids (crazy to think we're adding 3 babies this year!)
Twins shower (I was totally pregnant here but didn't know it!)
We found out we're expecting a baby!
Sorry, I know half of them don't even have their eyes open in this picture but it's the only one I have. Thanksgiving at my parents!
Make yourself comfortable, Landon.


This kid loves bath time
Christmas Eve!
Christmas Day!

Logan worked on New Year's Eve, and Landon slept at Noanie and Paw Paw's, so no pictures from that. All in all, it was a fun and blessed year!


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