Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Growing up

Maybe because I have a new baby...or maybe because he is four and a half, but lately, my Jackson has seemed so grown up. Like a real live BOY. He wants to play outside for hours, shoot hoops, ride his bike, not take a know...BOY stuff. *Sigh*

Look at this preciousness at basketball camp last week.

Each day at the end of camp, the coaches would give out awards to certain people. On this day, Jackson was "Defender of the Day" for 4, 5 and 6 year olds. Here he is getting his award...he's the little one in the middle. Of course, when they called his name my mom and I jumped up and started cheering loudly. I realized that at some point in the future I am going to have to be quiet when something like this happens, so as to not embarrass my poor son. But, until then...I'm totally going to rock being "that mom."

Wearing his medal proudly.

And then there is this guy...He just melts my heart. Even when he is cranky...which he has been the last few days. I took him to the doctor yesterday and we got some reflux medicine so we are hoping it will work out some tummy issues.

He did rock it last night on the sleeping. He slept from 9:00 p.m.-2:30 a.m., then from 3:00 a.m.-6:30 a.m. It's amazing what a stretch of sleep will do for your attitude. It's true what they say...Sleep is a weapon.

Walker is one month old today. Hard to believe, yet sometimes it feels like he's been here forever.

I had a moment the other night while I was feeding him in his room. His room is actually Isaiah's old room. I never even really gave it much thought putting his nursery just seemed like the right thing to do. I didn't want that room to have any bad memories and I wanted to create more good ones in there. Anywho, as I was feeding him I looked down at him and he grabbed my hand, just like Isaiah used to do, and Walker was staring up at me. And I had that feeling where I felt like everything was right in the world and I was so happy to be back in that room feeding another baby.

It's times like that, that remind me how far we have come. Even in the hard times of having a newborn, where you are bone tired and don't think you can take it if the baby fusses one more time, I remind myself how blessed we truly are. This baby is healthy. This baby is thriving. And this baby was sent to us by God (and I believe Isaiah too!).

So...Happy One Month Birthday Walker. We all love you so!

-Lee Anne

Monday, March 19, 2012

Week 3!

Week 3...WHEW!

It's a bit of a whirlwind over here with feedings, diaper changes, naps, repeat....It's amazing how quickly you forget what it is like to have a newborn...You would think that after 3 babies I would have this newborn thing down, but almost seems foreign yet all too familiar each time.

Here is my newest most precious boy...he's just growing and growing.

This week is Spring Break and I enrolled Jackson in Thunder Basketball Camp. He started this morning and he is in HEAVEN.

We took a trip to Clinton, OK yesterday to spend the day with my grandparents. It was my Papaw's 83rd birthday. So blessed to be able to spend time together yesterday.

And look who loves Walker too....

Sweet Annabelle...she really is the greatest dog. I complain about her a lot, ok...the majority of the time I complain about her...but she is always so protective of my kiddos. She always lays near them when they are napping and is the first responder when even a whimper is let out from one of the babes. I guess we will keep her. :)

Until next time.....

-Lee Anne

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Letter

One of the qualities (of the many!) that attracted me to my husband is that not only is he a great friend, but he has some of the greatest friends as well. These friends are so tight with each other, I usually joke that they are like a bunch of girls. They talk on the phone more than most people, make fun of each other, make each other laugh, listen to each other's problems, try to solve the world's problems, but most of all they are just there for each other. It is also so wonderful because they have always included me in all that they do. I consider his friends MY friends as well. They are all such good people.

One of these friends is Aaron Jack (AJ). AJ and Renzi went to high school together in Tulsa and have been friends for a long time. AJ and his wife Allison and their adorable son Bowman live in Sacramento, so we don't get to see them as much as we would like. AJ has dropped everything he is doing and jumped on a plane every time I am about to have a baby (because let's face it, my due dates are never accurate!) and always shows up to be with family and friends to welcome to the world our newest son.

When Isaiah was born we decided we would like to ask AJ to be his Godfather. AJ took this duty seriously and with pride. And he was such a wonderful Godfather...still is. So, it was without question that we would ask him to Walker's Godfather as well.

AJ wrote a letter to Isaiah the day he died. It was heartfelt and full of love and emotion.

He has written another letter to Isaiah and I thought I would share it with all of you.

We Heart B: A Letter to My Godson

Thank you AJ. Our boys are forever lucky to have you in their lives...and so are we.

-Lee Anne

Monday, March 5, 2012

Just some pictures...

Just a few pictures of our first few days at home...and an update!

Jackson and his "little bro" outside yesterday for some has been so beautiful here and it was nice to be outside for a bit. I got these shirts on Etsy and I think they are adorable! They say Big Bro Jackson and Little Bro Walker.

Jackson loves his brother so much. I seriously cry every time there is a sweet moment. Which is pretty much all of the time. Probably has a lot to do with hormones! :)

Pure Preciousness.

Will you just look at this cute guy??  He is just the best.

Augh! I'm crying again. How cute are they??!!???

All in all we are all adjusting pretty well here at home. Renzi was off work all last week and is taking off all of this week as well and we are just soaking up this time together. I love what Renzi posted on Facebook on a pic of Walker. "Getting to know him getting to know me." 

We had a rough first two nights with sleep at our house, but last night was pretty much amazing. I think sweet Walker had his days and nights mixed up, or maybe he just wanted to be awake and hang out with us all night long. Who knows? He doesn't even really cry when he is awake, he just sort of does this short little squeal and hiccups and moves around a lot. But last night....he slept from about 10:30-1:45 and then from 2:20-6:30. This may sound normal to a lot of you, but remember, Isaiah only slept in 10 minute increments so this is quite amazing to us.

I'm recovering fairly well from the C-Section...still pretty sore and it's hard to get up out of a chair or the bed while holding a baby so it's nice to have Renzi here to take over with that. The doctor went right over my previous scar from the other 2 C-Sections so it looks pretty much the same and is healing quite nicely. I can't drive for 10 days because of the surgery and being on pain medication and such but that's ok, I don't really mind being chauffeured around when I need to be. :)

So...things are busy here but life is oh so good. Feeling so very blessed.

-Lee Anne