Monday, February 28, 2011

Kallen's dedication

We had Kallen's dedication yesterday.  It was such a wonderful day!  Here are a few photo's - some are a little blurry and I hope to get some more soon from others that took photo's. 

Here we are on the big screen saying our names

Kali was ready to crash here.  There was no taking that blanket away! 
"For this child I prayed" 1 Samuel 1:27.  So true. 
 Auntie Nikki & Kallen
Uncle Chris & Kal

Okay that is about the only pictures I took - so hopefully ill get some from others!  This is the life verse we choose for Kallen. 

Zepheniah 3:17
The LORD your God is with you,
   the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
   in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
   but will rejoice over you with singing.”

We love you Kallen and pray that you will grow up to love the Lord and have a personal relationship with Him.  We are devoted to raising you with Godly principles sweet girl.  
Love, Daddy & Momma

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I know this blog has come to be ALL about our sweet Kallen.  But that is our life right now, and I couldnt feel more blessed than to be able to document this part of our lives.  So it is all about Kali and I love it.  Especially since I am so bad at documenting/scrap booking!  I know many came from reading about our first baby girl Emma, who we miss so dearly.  I know that there are so many out there that are still struggling with empty arms after losing a child(ren), miscarriages, and infertility and I couldnt feel more for you.  The 2 years between losing Emma before having Kallen was ANYTHING but easy.

Growing up I wanted nothing more than to be a mom and wife.  I grew up around kids with my mom having an in home daycare, babysitting and then nannying through my college years.  I could not wait for the day that I would have my own little babe to love on.  I wouldn't say I was completely oblivious to pregnancy complications, but boy thinking back now, I didn't have a clue to what that really meant for the person enduring whatever they were going through.  After losing Emma, I knew that I would appreciate every moment with my future children, not that I wouldn't before, but it is just different.  [I am not by any means saying that those who haven't gone through some sort of loss/infertility don't love and appreciate their kids, because I know they do.  I am just explaining from my experience and how my thoughts changed since losing Emma and having miscarriages as well].  I have become a little crazy with Kali now, and I find myself not wanting to leave her, saving the most random things, and taking thousands and thousands of pictures.  It is such an amazing thing to be a mom and I don't want to miss a beat (pretty apparent by my admitted craziness).

I miss Emma so much.  I didnt think I could miss her more, but as each day passes I really believe I do.  I am not having emotional meltdowns every other day, but I just dearly miss her.  I know she is in the best place and I cannot wait to see her again.  I know that God sent us Kallen to really help my broken heart.  It will never be the same as it was before Emma, but I dont want it too.  Having Kallen is the absolutely most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me (besides marrying her daddy :).    Kali hears all about her big sister in heaven and will continue to for the rest of our lives.  We will never not talk about Emma as a part of our family. 

Just wanted to be real for a minute and also let you all know who are still enduring a painful journey that your not forgotten, and you are prayed for so often!   

Okay off my soapbox now...
I couldnt leave without a picture of our little sass.  She definitely has some attitude (I wish I could get a picture of her 'pout' - you would seriously die!) but I secretly love it!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Beautiful baby girl

I am so behind on our Project 365...We had a nice relaxing weekend & I am planning on being productive this week!  Lets see how long that lasts :)
Such a happy girl in the mornings!
 Tummy time!  This was right before the screaming started...not much of a fan. 
 First official cousin photo.  Finn, Hope, & Kali
 Auntie Tonya put you right to sleep! 
 Daddy's girl...loving the baby legs!
 Such a beautiful baby girl :)
 At the doctor's for her 2 month check.  She weighed in at 10 pounds, 9 oz.  She got 3 shots, I think they were tougher on me than her.  Poor girl! 
 This was the day after the shots.  Rough day for the little miss, rough day. 
Our good friends Chad & Destinee came over with their sweet baby boy Adrian & here are the dad's with their respective babies :)
Kallen's a-dor-able elephant slippers from her auntie & uncle - we were snuggling on Saturday reading books while daddy was hard at work. 
Kallen and her cousin Finn @ church
Happy Valentine's day!  We gave Kali this "mini" Minnie Mouse and she was clutching it - so cute! 
Kali & Kobe are out!  They have taken over our bed...

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend, and an even better week! 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

every good & perfect thing

I forgot to post Kali's birth announcement that the talented Melissa created!  I just love it and was tickled to send it out!! 

Didnt it turn out just beautiful??!  Thanks again Melissa!  

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!!

I am so behind on blogging.  I have just so enjoyed spending time with my baby girl!!  I do want to document her life though, since I do not have the knack for scrapbooking at all.  So I will be working on at least the project 365 photo's this week :)  

Josh & I were able to spend the night together with Kali and it was just great!  Hope you all had a wonderful valentines day!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

2 months!

Kallen you are 2 months old!  I cannot believe it! 
-You are wearing mainly all 3-6 months clothes which makes me just want to cry!  Some 0-3 months still fits, but just depends on the brand.
-You are in size 1 diapers
-You love your paci and it seems to really soothe you when you are at all upset!
-You enjoy your baths now, and dont like to be taken out!
-You are SO happy in the morning!  I just love getting you up, you are so happy and smiling away.   
-You have a brand new cousin, and you guys are almost exactly 2 months apart - just by 5 days!  This is the day baby Finn was born, and I cant believe how much you have grown!  You will have so much fun growing up with him (and your other cousin/friends as well)!  
-You are a little fussy at night, but it is usually just right before you go to sleep so I just snuggle you up and rock you - then you are just fine! 

-You  seem to favor me, but that isnt surprising as I am with you 90% of the day!  We miss daddy during "busy season!"

-You are smiling and have laughed a few times in your sleep - it is just music to my ears!  It is truly the sweetest thing!  

-You love to be sung too.  Mommy loves to sing you songs so we do alot of this during the day!  Your favorite's (& momma's) are Baby Beluga, Jesus Loves Me & Star Spangled Banner  

-You like books read to you as well - which make's this teacher at heart just giddy.  I have been buying books for you & Emma for years and couldnt wait to be able to sit down and read to you!  
-Tummy time isnt your favorite, but you will last for a little bit and do so good at holding your head up!  You are a strong little girl!  

-You are sleeping consistent 6-7 hours, sometimes a little more and sometimes a little less.  It has been wonderful!  We have a good little routine going at night and we are working on the days, as they get shuffled around at times.  We are flexible with you, and although you seem to do best on a schedule, you seem to do fine if it goes off a little bit.  

-You usually take 2 good naps during the day as well, which allows me to shower or workout!  I am determined to get back into shape!  

-We have your 2 month check this week and I am dying to see how much you weigh!  I am guessing around 11 lbs - you are a great eater and you are starting to get some of those adorable rolls on you!  

Kali we love you so much and cannot wait to continue to watch you grow!  You are the light of our lives and it just tickles me to be able to spend my days with you!!!  I love every second of it baby girl! 
Love, Mommy & Daddy

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Welcome baby Finn!

My brother in law & sister in law had their sweet baby boy yesterday morning, Finn Jayson!  We are so excited and glad baby Finn & his momma are doing well! 
We gave Hoper's a little backpack with her name on it - she is just adorable & going to be such a great big sister!  
She is just a hoot! 
 Finn & Kallen - Finn weighed 7 lbs, 15 oz, the same as Kali - and now she looks huge! 
He is just so sweet & cuddly, and I cant wait to cuddle him up this weekend!