Wednesday, July 17, 2013


I guess I didn't realize that my last blog post was on May 9th!!! Whoa!!! That is a long time! I feel like a lot has changed since then, but a lot has also stayed the same. Brynn is changing so much each day. I can't believe that she is already 17 weeks old! How did that happen??? She went in for her 4 month check-up and shots. She weighed in at 14lbs. 9oz. and she was 25 in. long!!! Wowzer! I am so glad she is growing. Although, it does make me sad that she isn't my tiny baby anymore. She is already trying to roll herself over. When she is on her tummy she can almost push herself on her back. (She still isn't a fan of tummy time. Oh well.)

She talks to us A LOT! She has started yelling/screaming at us, too. She sleeps through the night. She loves to eat! I feel like I make bottles non-stop all day. She is interested in her pup, Tanner. She now notices when he is in the room, and he notices her now too. She likes the pool, too! Thank goodness! She will probably spend a good portion of her summer there just like big cousins Carter and Kenlee.

Her baby blues don't miss much! I am loving every minute of being Brynn's mom. I know Mike is loving being her dad. She lights up and giggles every night when he gets home from work. She certainly has him wrapped around her little finger.

Below are some recent photos of Brynn. For those of you on FB, sorry some are repeats for you. :)

This was our Good Morning & Happy Birthday, Papaw picture. 
This is from yesterday when Mike got home. :)
Sleepy Brynn. 

She was talking to me during this picture. :)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Smiles...and Smiles.

It has been a while since I have blogged, so I thought I better get to it. I had actually told myself I would try to blog once a am not doing too bad. :) A few things have happened since my last post. I had my birthday, 31. I am now officially in my 30's. How did that happen??? Mike and I went on a date night for my birthday. My parents (Grandma and Grandpa) watched our sweet little Brynn for us. I am sure they didn't mind one bit. When we picked her up, my dad said..."She watched the Kentucky Derby with us!" Too cute. 

My favorite thing that has been happening on a regular basis is Brynn smiling. They are real smiles finally, and I LOVE THEM. She is happy most of the time. If she isn't smiling she is just content. She is always checking out things around her. In fact her favorite thing in the world seems to be the curtains in her bedroom. (She has loved them since we brought her home.) Her changing table is right below them. She "talks" to her curtains and is always reaching for them. My mom made her curtains, so maybe that is why she loves them so. Below are a few pictures of happy Brynn from yesterday. :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Reason To CELEBRATE!!!!

It is a reason to celebrate for me!!! As I said this, the song "Dancing on the Ceiling" by Lionel Richie was playing in my head. Now it might be stuck there. :) 

Anyway...the reason to celebrate...I am DONE with my shots!!!! I repeat...DONE!!! Praise the Lord! After getting a shot of blood-thinner daily in my abdomen I am FINISHED!!! Doing the math...I have had roughly 280 shots!!! I will just say they were not painless, either. The last one in fact, might have been the worst. Eventhough the shots were painful everyday, I wouldn't change it for the world. Those shots helped keep Brynn and me healthy and safe. Another reason to Praise the Lord. I am sure Mike is just as relieved as I am, since he was my nurse every night administering my shots. 

In other good news, Brynn turned 6 weeks old yesterday. That is a big milestone to me, because we lost Makenna at 6 weeks. I feel like I sighed a huge breath of relief yesterday and today just knowing Brynn is here and healthy. I also had a good 6 week check-up with my doctor and everyone at their office LOVED her. They offered to babysit anytime. :) 

Below are a few pictures of Brynn from today. Enjoy the beautiful weather! We did by taking a walk when Mike got home. He finally got to push the stroller down our street. He couldn't have been more proud! 

They are hard to see, but these are some of the used up syringes. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

I'm Back!

I didn't realize that so many people read my blog....Just yesterday, a few people that enjoy reading asked why I wasn't blogging anymore. My answer, I guess I just haven't thought about it much. I am going to do my best to get back into the groove. I know the blog would be a good thing for Brynn to read and see when she gets older. Especially since most of my latest posts are about her. :)

I want to take the opportunity to thank all of you who came to the haystack supper last weekend. It was definitely a success!!! We sent $10,208 to Riley on Monday!!! As I type this we have several checks worth a  few hundred dollars on the counter. WOW! What a great feeling! 

Makenna's fund has been good therapy for us. It has certainly helped us deal with her loss and allowed us to heal in a positive way. All of the support we have received also makes us feel so very loved. We are lucky! I am still amazed at all of the people that showed us their support on Saturday. We had around 400 people that evening! 

Makenna's fund is for research. Research is so important. Without research Brynn wouldn't be here. Research is what gave us the hope for a healthy baby. We are thankful for research. 

We are now so close to getting Makenna's fund endowed. We are going to get there before 2013 comes to an end, I just know it. 

Thank you again for all of your love and support! 

Thanks Marci for taking this photo at the haystack. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Disappointed. :(

Well, it happened...I fell asleep and didn't blog last night. I hadn't missed a day, until yesterday. I know it isn't a big deal, but it is to me. I was so proud of myself for writing everyday. I am not worried about the actual Slice of Life challenge, but the challenge I made to myself to write everyday.  Bummer.

My day was filled with so many good things, I spaced blogging. My mom came over to see Brynn and I got some things done while she was here. Including writing several thank you notes, my list keeps growing which is awesome! My friend Jen and her two kiddos brought us dinner last night and stayed to visit for awhile. It was really nice and dinner was delicious! They even brought Brynn some presents; headbands that Jen made (adorable) and tiny pink TOMS (LOVE THEM)! Grammy and Pepe also came over to see Brynn, and they ate dinner with us. They also took Tanner for a nice walk, which he needed. Then Mike and I had time to chat and talk about things, but I was already getting sleepy. I even told Mike that I still needed to blog, but I didn't. My first thought when I woke up this morning...I didn't blog! 

The more I think about it, the more I realize it isn't a big deal at all. I have so many people that are reading my blog now to keep up with Brynn, that maybe I will continue to blog more than the month of March. I am really enjoying blogging this time. I think I will challenge myself to continue. Like many of you have mentioned, it will be a great thing for Brynn to have when she is older. 

My view the other morning. So peaceful. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

So Proud!

I like to think my husband is a really great guy. After all  I did marry him! I feel this way for many reasons. I won't list them all, it would take me too long. Just one of the reasons is his willingness to help others. Mike has been donating blood every 8 weeks since we lost our daughter Makenna in 2008. Makenna needed some type of blood product every day for six weeks. So you can understand the importance of blood donations from our point of view. In that time, Mike has donated three gallons of blood! That is a lot of lives he has saved! I am envious of Mike for the reason he can do something this selfless, and I can't (due to my own clotting issues). I am very thankful for him and I am sure several strangers are too. Tonight Brynn and I went along with him to his donation. He has told our story to some of the Red Cross workers, so they were eager to meet Brynn. We were both very proud as we waited for him. Way to go Mike!

Brynn slept the whole time. :) She even slept through our visit with Heidi! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Snow Day!!!

I am really struggling with what to write about for today, so I will write about the snow. I feel like I have done that too much already for the month of March, but what else can I do? Just as soon as I get my hopes up for warmer weather, it moves in the opposite direction. The snow day didn't matter too much to me today, because I am off work for the rest of the school year to stay home with Brynn. I am sure my coworkers are beginning to feel differently about snow days. I am guessing they are tired of them. No one likes to make up a snow day, especially when they are going into the month of June. :)

This was Brynn's first big snow since she was born last Tuesday. Actually last Tuesday it was snowing in the morning when we went to my doctor's appointment and then on to the hospital. However, that snow doesn't count for two reasons; one it didn't stick to the ground and two Brynn wasn't here yet. 

The snow was really pretty this morning. Here are a few pictures from our house of the snow. Maybe next year Brynn can go outside and play in it. :)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

It is a Yummy Way to Say....I Love You. :)

Yesterday my Grandma, Aunt, and Cousin brought dinner for Mike and me. We had leftovers from the night before, so we ate their meal tonight. Everything was wonderful as all of our meals have been so far. However, the best part was the dessert. It was actually an afternoon snack earlier today. We won't be sharing this special treat with any of our visitors. Actually, I am lucky to get any of it myself. It were up to Mike, he would keep it ALL and never share. What is this special treat? My Grandma's homemade peach pie. The ENTIRE pie crust and all is handmade. It is definitely made with love! Pie is Mike's favorite, and peach is at the top of both of our lists. My grandma always remembers that. She loves to cook and bake, but when it comes to peach pie...oh man...she is the BEST. Mike is even loved enough to get his own peach pie for his birthday each year, too. :) 

There is a whole lotta love in that pie she brought yesterday. She even went to the detail of cutting out hearts and putting them on the crust of the pie. I was so surprised when I uncovered it from the foil, almost made me cry. I HAD to take a picture and show Mike. We both smiled. 

The love of a grandmother is unconditional. They love you no matter what. I am lucky to have a wonderful grandma and now my daughter is lucky to have the same. She even gets a great grandma! She is lucky. 

Thank you Grandma for the unconditional love, and PIE. 

Brynn with her Great-Grandma, The Best Peach Pie Baker.
Brynn with Grandma Denise, my mom.

Brynn with Grammy Cindy, Mike's mom. 

THE Peach Pie!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Our TN Visitors :)

We have had several visitors the last few days, but the visitors that came to see us today definitely drove the farthest. Mike's brother Justin, his wife Tara, and their two boys Auden and Arlo came to meet Brynn! They were planning on being here next week, but Brynn wanted them here earlier. They made it to Warsaw yesterday and headed to our house around noon today along with John and Cindy. They came bringing gifts, and lunch! YUM! They were able to spend the afternoon with us, which was really great. Brynn even hammed it up for everyone. I think Brynn's oldest cousin Auden is pretty enamored by her. I can't say I blame him. A good time was had by all. Hopefully, it won't be long before another visit. Maybe next time, there won't be threats of a snowstorm! 

We also want to extend a HUGE thank you again to those that have called, text, stopped by, made meals, brought gifts, called, emailed, etc. to welcome Brynn. She is one lucky girl to have such an amazing fan club! :)

This morning after eating. VERY happy! :)

Aunt Tara and Auden getting a good look. 

Pepe with the Grandkids. 

Grammy and Pepe with Brynn.

Uncle Justin, Auden, and Aunt Tara.

Happy to be chillin' with dad. 

Can't forget Tanner pup. He isn't sure what to think of Brynn, but he leaves her alone.

Friday, March 22, 2013


As I sit here struggling what to write about tonight, I realize that I have so many topics I could choose. The only problem, I can't settle on one. I am actually starting to feel a bit sleep deprived, which is no good. I am only into the whole parenting thing a few days, so I have a long road ahead of me. However, if you know me you know that I require adequate amounts of sleep. I am not normally a grouchy person if I don't get sleep, or at least I don't think I am. :) I am starting to feel sleepy at weird times during the day, maybe I am turning into a nocturnal animal. My husband is usually the nocturnal one, and as I sit here typing this he is falling asleep on the couch. So backwards for us! Hmmm...are the tables turning?? I guess the topic tonight: sleep. 

Here is a picture of sleep at our house tonight. 
Mike was falling asleep, too. 

Who needs sleep when you have this sweet face to wake you up! 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Home Sweet Home

We were discharged from the hospital tonight around 9 p.m. Once we knew it was almost time to go home, we became VERY anxious. I think we practically stared at the clock and waited impatiently. Our stay at Dupont Hospital was first class, which is NOT a surprise. We have yet to meet an employee that isn't caring and wonderful. Definitely a wonderful place. 

Today was a bit of an emotional roller coaster. We had a few more tests that we were waiting on results for this morning. Thank goodness everything came back OK. We are fortunate that Brynn will not have to have any more tests, etc. She can now proceed with life as a newborn baby. What a relief! At the request of Brynn's doctor at Dupont, we will be going to see our family doctor tomorrow morning. It will mainly be a meet and greet. No labs needed! Another moment of pure emotion and joy tonight was actually driving out of the hospital parking lot. I literally lost it and started bawling my eyes out. (Not the first time today.) I just never thought this day would come and now that it is here, I couldn't help but let it out. Praise the Lord for our little miracle. 

To update in photos tonight, Brynn had LOTS of visitors yesterday and a few still today. Here are a few of the people that came to see us. I told Mike we need to start writing Thank You cards tomorrow, to stay ahead of the game. We already have quite a few to write! Maybe I can work on that when I don't feel so sleep deprived....oh wait...from what I hear I won't get that feeling of full sleep again! 

A BIG thank you to everyone who came to see us the last few days! For family and friends that have already brought meals, took care of Tanner, visited, prayed, called, text, went to the store, helped fix/work on our broken furnace (our dads), cuddled our little one, brought flowers, presents, caffeinated drinks, hugs, and so much more! We love you all! Enjoy the pictures. 

Visiting with Grammy and Pepe.

Aunt Melissa

Meeting Jenna. It is almost her turn to have a babe, won't be long! April 26th!

Very sleepy with Katie and Carter

Uncle Mike with Carter and Kenlee

Grandma Denise with her grandkids. 

Our cake from the hospital, part of our celebration dinner. We also had steak, pork, potatoes, veggies, salad, and soup! DELICIOUS!

One more bottle before heading home.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Little More About Our New Addition

We (OK, Mike) didn't blog too much yesterday. We were exhausted and literally over the moon with excitement! We are definitely still ecstatic today, and will continue to be that way for the rest of our lives. Brynn Marlena is truly our miracle baby and we can't thank God and all of the people that have been praying for us enough. We are so very lucky and fortunate. We are so in love with her and we can't wait to show her to the world. Visitors have been coming throughout the day and will continue to do so I am sure. Several will be here yet this evening. :) I am going to keep the blog a bit short again tonight, because I am only able to type between guests! 

Here are a few more pictures to share. I am sure there will be more to come. 

Just born! Thanks to our nurse for taking this picture.

With Grandma Denise.

Relaxing with Great-Grandma Margie

Brynn with Uncle Ross.