A picture is worth 1000 word s

Between running a family of five, a photography business, and a part time job; there is not much time left to sit down and write about all the happenings of our adventures. So I will let the pictures do the talking ...Enjoy!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Taking it all in

I've been thinking, with this new baby coming. How quickly time really passes! It's so crazy to think Brooks is really as big as he is! 3 years have FLOWN by! I remember worrying that he wasn't talking and thinking about speech therapy. Which looking back was crazy since he speaks so clearly and is so bright and amazes me with almost everything he thinks about and says! I have somewhat been going through the motions the past couple years and not really enjoying the things that make me happy. Like genuinely taking the time to take it all in and just enjoy things! I've been a little numb and sad and I don't want to feel like that anymore and I especially don't want to look back and miss enjoying my babies while they were babies! And I also want to make sure I remember the little things that made me laugh, so here are more quotes and things from Brooks. I hope you enjoy them too!

Right after Christmas Brooks told me "Mom, it's OK if we make a mess. Cuz Santa won't come again til next year!"

"Try one of these, it'll make you happy" (I had been crying and Brooks offered me a gummy bear :) it helped...a lot)

My grandma told him he had some pretty cool shoes and he replied "They're not shoes, they're boots!"

We had been to the dentist and when we got home he kept looking at the ceiling... "Mom, we should put some pictures up there so our house would be cooler!"

"I'm not having this conversation anymore!" (Brandon was trying to tell him not to do something)

In pre-school he was learning the months of the year and according to him it's "Cemetery, February, March....."

Brandon watched Van Helsing and a few days later Brooks was telling me "Mom, you know that movie with the flying bat ladies? Yeah Jesus made that movie." ..........Haha um ?

" Mom I'm gonna move our hose next to Autumn's. Yeah cuz I'm sick of that spot"

I was in the tub and Brandon's friend came over, he told Brandon "Don't let your friend see Mommy in the bathtub naked, cuz then he'll want to take her home to his house"

"This song is making my brain come out, can you change it"

Brooks had a chocolate snack that his grandma gave him, but I didn't want him to eat it in the car because it melts and gets all over him and the car and he looked so sad and said "but MOM I can't wait to taste it!"

I picked Brooks up from school and he told me "Miss Denise gave me a gummy bear but I'm a lot a hungry!"

"We're gonna be like Penguins, cuz they live in the freezing cold"

"Mom I'm really getting a fat belly like yours"

I told Brooks to please hurry because we were running late "That's not my problem, it's yours"

We were driving and he was making these funny noises with his nose, I looked back and asked him what he was doing "Gonna eat a booger"

Brandon has a tendency to tease Brooks and he was giving him a hard time about something. I told Brooks to just not listen to him that Daddy was just being silly and Brooks says "I wished I didn't have ears! But I do so I have to listen to him"

He was playing with my belt and says "I'm a cowboy and I can rope stuff up"

We were eating hot dogs and Brandon asked Brooks how his puppy was tasting "We don't eat animals! They have blood in them!" what do you think you're eating then he asked? "It's just regular food"

"This is yummy soup! And even it's good for your body"

"I woke up in my pajama's, isn't that funny"

"Lucky I didn't crack open!" He tripped on the stairs

"My nose is hot" why? I asked him "Cuz I've been picking it"

I was making dinner and he had been watchin toons, he came in and says "Mom that show's way stupid!" I guess his show got over and King of the Hill came on haha

"Mom, are we in space? is this whole world in space?"

I ordered some spicy chicken nuggets at Wendy's and got him a kids meal with regular chicken nuggets. After he ate one he says "Mom, these are so spicy!! I can't even believe it!" (He wasn't eating the spicy ones)

I picked him up from his grandma's when I got off work and he asked me what we were gonna do now, I said whatever you wanna do. He smiled and said "Make a cake?" Absolutely I said "let's put sprinkles on it" :)

"I'm getting so tired! I'm gonna finish this drink and then I'm going to bed"

"Mom I like girls, I hate mans! I like girls"

Thursday, January 28, 2010

What's in a name?

Still trying to decide on a name, I've been thinking that I want to wait until she gets here to name her. But I kind of want to have something to call her now rather than just "baby". Help me decide by voting on my poll and if you have any suggestions please comment!! Maybe I'll find something to stick and make a decision :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010


It's been a while since I've put anything from my photography up on here. Just wanted to tell everyone thanks for all of your support! Love you all!! :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Preparing for a sister

My lovely Aunt DeAnn helps me with Brooks every so often and he LOVES going over there and playing with his cousins. Normally he's playing superhero's or trains or cars or whatever with the boys but this time he was all about his cousin Rowan :) DeAnn said they followed each other around the whole day like little shadows. She snapped a couple pictures with her phone of Brooks doing her hair an her dolly's hair haha! She also over heard him telling Rowan that make-up is not for babies, it's for Mommy's and big boys. lol And that he snuck into his mommy's room and put on some of my lipstick the other day! It's true too haha he came in with lip gloss all over his mouth .What a funny kid, I thought it was cute and wanted to share :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

No more candy at our house

Brooks had a dentist appointment and he had been complaining about his cheek hurting so we thought it might be due to a cavity or something. Apparently he had 4 cavities!! We brush his teeth but I guess it's because he eats so much candy! Especially fruit snacks, the dentist said those are the worst thing for kids teeth because they get stuck in there for a long time. The dentist and I agreed we didn't want to numb him and try to work on them with him awake because of the fact that you don't know how much of the Novocain his little body will absorb and that he'll probably fight him the whole time and it would be traumatic. And with the way I react to Novocaine I just didn't want to risk it. So we had to put him under anesthesia. It was really nerve racking thinking about it and I was so worried. As many of you know when I was younger I had to go under anesthesia for an appendectomy and in the recovery room my heart flat lined. And the fact that we don't know for certain what caused it, is scary. I've had Dr.'s tell me that it was probably because the anesthesiologist overdosed me. So I was just a little on edge. They explained everything to me and I expressed my concerns to the anesthesiologist and he reassured me he would be very cautious and would be with him the whole time. they were very good about it He sat on my lap and picked through the treasure box while they gave him a quick shot. He cried for a brief minute and then I could tell it was starting to kick in...he got really quiet and looked a little confused. He looked at me and got heavy, his eyes were glazed and it was really freaky! They then took him back and about 45 minutes he was done. We went back and waited for him to wake up. He woke up fine and had a Popsicle. He knew it was his favorite color green :) I felt a little like David after the dentist ..he was very slow and his eyes were bothering him he hit himself in the eye a couple times and said he wanted them to stop. He's doing alright now he's still a little silly and can't quite walk without stumbling.
Also I heard back from the doctor about baby's ultrasound, they said it's a moderate case of hydronephrosis, meaning there is a blockage in her left kidney. But my amniotic fluid was normal so it should be fine throughout the pregnancy. He scheduled me for another ultrasound at 30 weeks to take another look at it just to make sure everything is still alright. Then after she is born they will do an ultrasound on her to find out the cause and what we need to do to fix it..if anything. I feel a little better now, knowing what it is and that she will most likely be just fine!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year

Brooks got to stay up all night with his friends to celebrate the new year! .
Here's a picture of him and his little friend Jaycee making nosie:)

Half way!!

I'm officially 1/2 way through my pregnancy! YAY
I can feel her kickin around a lot now, she's very active! She now weighs about 10 1/2 ounces and is 10 inches long, about the length of a banana and the size of a cantaloupe.
In my ultrasound I could see her swallowing and smacking her lips it was really cute!
Everything looked good, she has a nice strong heart and healthy looking brain and all of her insides and measurements looked good. Except they were a little concerned that her left kidney was enlarged. The Dr. said it didn't look like any of the serious concerns from what she could see but they sent the ultrasound to a radiologist to look at it more in depth and make sure. We also scheduled a follow up ultrasound in 4 weeks to take another look. I am a little worried, but I'm trying to stay positive and hopefully it's nothing but after doing some research on the Internet about it I am really frightened! It could mean that she has cysts, they develop in the kidneys which make them less able to filter blood effectively and ultimately causing kidney failure or it could be hydronephrosis, where there is an obstruction causing the kidney to be unable to pass urine. Urine blockage may damage the developing kidneys and reduce her ability to filter. The blockage may also raise the risk that she will develop a urinary tract infection (UTI). Recurring UTIs can lead to more permanent kidney damage. In the most severe cases of urine blockage, the amniotic sac is so reduced that the lack of fluid threatens the baby’s lung development. Or it could mean nerve disease; urination requires coordinated nerve signals between the bladder, spinal cord, and brain. Spina bifida and other birth defects that affect the spinal cord may interrupt nerve signals and lead to urine retention in newborns. I'm probably freaking myself out with all this but I am REALLY worried now :( I did find this though! So this is what I'm hoping for!! Most problems are minor. The most common finding is dilation or
widening of the central kidney area where urine is collected. In many babies it
fixes itself before birth and in others, it gets better in the first year of life without treatment. I'm really trying hard not to worry too much about it until we find out what it really is