Monday, February 23, 2009

Visit with Nana & Grandaddy

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Monday Morning with Dad


Ivory has been rather fussy yesterday and today. But, we've still managed to have moments of fun amdist the fussiness. We enjoyed a beautiful walk and a visit with our friend Melissa yesterday. We also enjoyed some play time in the leaves today. She was also rather adorable while sleeping. Gotta love a sleeping baby!



Sunday Photo Shoot




I love my hat, Aunt Nancy! This is the same dress my cousins Alex & Bella wore! Our new family heirloom. Like my pink shoes Mom made? Yes, of course I was the most beautiful baby at church Sunday!

Everyday Happenings


Friday, February 20, 2009

Laughing Baby

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She giggles--a lot--when she gets tired. Jason says she gets it from me. Wherever it comes from, it's absolutely adorable.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Valentine Wkd Videos

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Valentine's Weekend

Ivory enjoyed visiting with her cousing Alex & Grandma & Grandpa over Valentine's Weekend.





Trying to encourage Ivory to have a happy face...she was awfully tired.

Best we could do.

Feeding Myself

I'm such a big girl now! I can feed myself a bottle.

Bedtime Story

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Ivory enjoys a Bible bedtime story before going to bed. No, I don't always sound that boring when reading...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Crawling

Watch out world--I can crawl!

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Mirror, Mirror on The Wall

Ivory loves looking at herself in the mirror. Completely my child. My sister Debi can testify that I love looking at myself in the mirror while carrying on a conversation and would often do so to her complete annoyance. Cassie, I know you're totally relating here with me and I've thoroughly enjoyed our mirror conversations over the years--so glad you understand. Soon I think we'll have another sympathizer.





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Monday, February 9, 2009

The Wonderful World of Ivory

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Ivory enjoyed watching herself on video.

Vanity begins young.

Walking With Daddy

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Ivory's Little Tunnel

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Ivory was in the middle of the room. Walked in to find her here. Just like this.

Youth Revival

Ivory & I visited the Youth Revival between naps. We had great worship times (a band from PC & local bands contributed their time & talent), fun, food, basketball, and an amazing speaker, Bobby McGraw.
Ivory and I cheered the teams on in the basketball tournaments.

Crazy kids: John, Raven, Josh

Stephen, Rebecca, Chance

Allie, Matt, Joni

Randy, Ian, Lyndsey

Our amazingly strange youth leaders: Chris, Angie, Andrew

...Tatiana, Matthew

Team Name: Kentucky Fried Rednecks ...Randy, Halley

Created it all themselves. Amazing.

For Posterity Sake

So I decided to fill out "one of those" surveys for posterity sake. I have a terrible memory. When I went to fill out the bottom questions I realized I could only remember Ivory's weight, not her length, the times, etc. I began to try and track the information down which led to a hunt of her birth certificate which was AWOL. Then I realized I never received one. I didn't realize we had only filled out a form to record her birth, not receive a birth certificate. Good grief. So, we ordered two today. Anyways, here's the story of Ivory's birth, to all who care to know.
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1. WAS YOUR PREGNANCY PLANNED? Aren’t they all? {God}


2. WERE YOU MARRIED AT THE TIME? 1.5 yrs (at the time) to my amazing Jason Allen (over 2 yrs by baby’s birth).


3. WHAT WERE YOUR REACTIONS? I went from terrified/nervous one moment to ecstatic/giddy the next. In the first trimester fear outweighed the excitement, by the end I could hardly wait.

4. WAS ABORTION AN OPTION FOR YOU? Never.

5. HOW OLD WERE YOU? 22.

6. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT? Home pregnancy test, which I didn’t believe. By the 2nd positive (taken internationally—Canada) I was pretty convinced, but not fully until the 3rd test at the Health Department.

Yes, I know, crazy woman.

7. WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST? Jason, then Debi (sister), Mom, so forth.

At Debi's place in Canada: site of test #2.

8. DID YOU WANT TO FIND OUT THE SEX? Definitely.

Look at that precious little girly face!

9. DUE DATE? August 14th, 2008.

10. DID YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS? Yes. Thankfully, no puking. But lots of mild queasiness, especially in the first trimester.

11. WHAT DID YOU CRAVE? One time I craved cheese wontons. Otherwise, nothing in particular. Well, in the beginning sometimes only ice cream and french fries sounded good. I was not a big fan of meat, especially not chicken.

Cheese wontons from Super Canton are the best!

12. WHAT IRRITATED YOU? Going to the bathroom almost constantly. Not sleeping well at night. Swollen feet. Sweat dripping off my feet into pools of sweat. Not being able to keep up with Jason & the youth in outdoor activities.

13. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CHILD'S SEX? Female.

14. DID YOU WISH YOU HAD THE OPPOSITE SEX OF WHAT YOU WERE GETTING? We were surprised, but not in the least disappointed. I love ribbon & pink!

15. HOW MANY POUNDS DID YOU GAIN THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY? 35lbs. My exact max.

16. DID YOU HAVE A BABY SHOWER? 2.


17. WAS IT A SURPRISE OR DID YOU KNOW? I knew.

18. DID YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS DURING YOUR PREGNANCY? Nada.

19. WHERE DID YOU GIVE BIRTH? Gulf Coast Medical Center, Panama City, Florida.


20. HOW MANY HOURS WERE YOU IN LABOR? About 15 total. 2 hrs of pushing.

21. WHO DROVE YOU TO THE HOSPITAL? Jason—at a ridiculously fast speed (my contractions kept getting faster and it was like 2am—no traffic)—crazy, loveable man.

22. WHO WATCHED YOU GIVE BIRTH? Jason (best husband ever), Mrs. Patty (my amazing mom-friend), Tina (my incredible nurse), Suzie (my fabulous midwife), and the other nurses in the hospital room.

The incredible Patty with her sweetie, David.

23. WAS IT NATURAL OR C-SECTION? Natural—thank the Lord! We prayed so hard.

24. DID YOU TAKE MEDICINE TO EASE THE PAIN? By God’s grace and the amazing support of my birthing team, no.

25. HOW MUCH DID YOUR CHILD WEIGH? 7 lbs. 9 oz. 20.25” long

26. WHEN WAS YOUR CHILD ACTUALLY BORN? August 18th, 2008, 4:26 pm


27. HOW OLD IS YOUR FIRST BORN TODAY? 6 months on the 18th


28. WHAT DID YOU NAME HIM/HER? Ivory Rae