Thursday, December 29, 2011


 2011 was a life-changing, miraculous, blessed year for our family.
In January, at 15 weeks pregnant, we found out we were having a little boy!  I had to have ultrasounds at almost every appointment because of high-risk pregnancy issues, so we found out the sex of the baby earlier than most people.

In February, we celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary!  We also had our growth ultrasound, which is when most people find out the sex of the baby.  We learned that Fitz is a bit stubborn because he would not show the ultrasound technician his face!  I started my blog this month as well.

March brought the unexpected news that Fitz would be born with a bilateral cleft lip.  We were worried at first, but thanked God for his unfailing love, and for the opportunity to trust him even more than we ever had before.

In April, John and I had a mini-babymoon in Montgomery, and stayed in a fancy hotel, I got a pre-natal massage, we went to the zoo and shopped.  Then, at the end of the month, I had my first baby shower!

May found me at another baby shower, just as much fun as the first!  This month, my doctor became concerned about my swelling and blood pressure as well, and put me on complete bed rest.  Little did we know, but those problems would cause Fitz to arrive earlier than expected!
Fitz arrived on June 3, 2011!  Our lives were changed forever this month.  I thought he was the most precious thing I had ever laid eyes on.  I was so excited to finally hold him, but then our plans were changed again when he was rushed to Children's Hospital due to breathing problems.  It was the most exciting day of my life, which turned into the most difficult, when my baby had to be sent to a different hospital, and I was stuck at my hospital for another two days.  I had to pray a lot during those days, and in the two weeks following his birth, while were at Children's Hospital.  We were so blessed to be able to bring him home on June 17, 2011!

By July, we were settled in at home.  We celebrated the 4th of July, Fitz went to his first cookout, and we found out that he does not have cystic fibrosis!  Praise the Lord!

In August, we found a wonderful babysitter for Fitz, had a family date night out, and found out that Fitz's pelvic kidney functions exactly as it should.

September was another big month for us, when Fitz had surgery to repair his cleft lip!  He was such a trooper, and handled the surgery very well!
In October, we went to see the fire station where Daddy works...

and dressed up as a giraffe for Halloween!  We also went to the pumpkin patch, learned how to jump, and ate solid food for the first time!

November was a time for giving thanks, which we did with great enthusiasm!  We celebrated with Grandmama, Papa, Tootsie, Uncle Zac and all of our family in Mississippi.  Fitz stayed in a hotel for the first time this month, and attended his first wedding.

In December, Fitz went to lots of parades, met Santa Clause stayed in a hotel again, went to another wedding, and was visited by Santa Clause!
Photo by Jessica Messer

We are looking forward to what God has planned for us in 2012, and hope you all have a very Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Day

We went to Tootsie's for Christmas Day lunch and had a great time!

Fitz loves Tootsie's dog, Raleigh, because he is so little.  Look at that grin!

Fitz was a big help to Tootsie while she opened presents.
He helped Uncle Zac, too.  And they seem to both be skeptical about whatever Tootsie is saying to them while I took this picture.  So funny!

This is what the living room looked like after we opened all of our gifts!

We had such a great time visiting with Tootsie and Uncle Zac, eating and opening wonderful and surprising gifts!

And after lunch, Uncle Zac and Fitz had more fun playing with Raleigh in the floor!

I forgot to mention any of the gifts the grown-ups received, so here goes:

Daddy got lots of tools and manly garage things, a Nook tablet, video game, and cologne, among other things.

Mommy got a new briefcase, a video camera (videos coming soon to the blog!!), a beautiful black diamond ring, and Sparkle Uggs, among other things.

We are blessed to have such a wonderful family to spend Christmas with, but most of all, we are blessed that Christmas is the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the greatest gift of all.

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Morning

Our first family Christmas-morning photo!  I love it!  Even Fancie joined in...and almost looked at the camera, ha!

When we woke up Christmas morning and came downstairs, this is what we saw!  Santa left Fitz's large gifts unwrapped, just like he used to do for me when I was a little girl.

In case you can't tell, that's a mirror on the left, which lights up and sings.  Fitz can sit in front of it (without support, very soon), and sing with the characters.

Cookie Monster rode in on the firetruck, and looks excited to be here!

Fitz opened his gifts from Santa first, and was very interested in all of them, especially this singing puppy.

Fitz must have been a very good boy this year!  Look at all of his loot!

He also got a singing snail with a mirror, his first block set, a glow worm and some Disney Clubhouse books.

It will be a while before he can ride his firetruck by himself, but he sure seemed to like it when we put him on it!

Once all of his gifts were open, he helped us open our gifts!

We had such a fun first Christmas with our sweet little boy!  It will be so much fun next year, too, when he is into everything and can help open his gifts!

We are so thankful for this precious gift God has given us!  Merry Christmas!

P.S.  Yes, I did change clothes before our family photo.  One of my gifts from John was a set of really cute pajamas and since we were having company Christmas morning, I changed into them after we opened gifts :)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

'Twas the night before Christmas

Papa and Grandmama's Tree

We always celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve with John's parents, and this year we got to have it at lunchtime since Daddy was off work!

Papa and Grandmama got us tons of great presents!

Look at Fitz's sweet outfit!  It was a gift from my friend Tracey, who has a little boy that is almost exactly one year older than Fitz.  She has shared lots of great outfits with us!

Fitz was sleeping when we got to Papa and Grandmama's house, so we ate lunch while he napped.

Fitz was a happy boy when he woke up, ready to open some presents!

He helped Daddy, while playing with one of his own gifts.

We had lots of fun at our first Christmas celebration, ate way too much food, got way too many presents, and enjoyed visiting with John's parents!

Monday, December 19, 2011

the most wonderful time

Besides being the most wonderful time of the year, this is also such a wonderful time for Fitz.

We had a great weekend!

You may remember a couple of weeks ago when we had a play date.  

Mary Eloise showed Fitz how to grab his feet, and give them a taste.  He plays with them all the time now and I think it is so cute!

Friday afternoon Fitz and I played in the floor for a long time after we got home.

We practiced sitting up.

One day last week, our babysitter told me that Fitz had finally rolled over, so we practiced that, too!

Saturday, we shopped all day with Aunt Heddy and her mom, Ninny.  We had so much fun, and Fitz was very well behaved, and smiled at everyone we saw!

We practiced for a long time Saturday evening after we got home, and again Sunday morning before church, and he got it!

He did it for me and Daddy Saturday night, then again Sunday morning.  He's still trying to figure out exactly what to do with that other arm once he's over, but he can do it!

We went to church Sunday morning, played and napped that afternoon, and last night, we had our church Christmas fellowship. 

It was a great weekend!  I just love watching Fitz discover new things he can do.  He seems so proud of himself!

We hope you all had a wonderful weekend, too!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

and the stockings were hung...

from the armoire, with care.  

We don't have a fireplace (it's a must-have for our  next house), so I hang our stockings from the top of the armoire.  

I was so excited to buy all new stockings this year.  Since I had to get Fitz a stocking, I figured that meant we needed new stocking as well, to match.  Right?

A couple of years ago, Wrapsody, a store that I LOVE, had top hats as their tree toppers.  I had to have one, and I love it!  They also had wrapped a white scarf around their tree, like it was around the snowman's neck, but I tried it last year with a too-short scarf and it was NOT cute.  If I find a cheap, long, white scarf, I'll try it again, but for now, we just use the hat.

I don't have a theme for my tree, instead, I like a mixture of ornaments.
I love getting them out each year and remembering where we got them.

We bought one on our honeymoon, at the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes show one year, at the World of Coke in Atlanta, friends made some of them, or gave me some of them.  I love each and every one.

Every year at Christmas Village, I buy one of these personalized ornaments.  It's always fun to pick one out with a man, woman and dog, but this year was the best because I got to pick one out with a baby on it!!  I was so excited to get a whole family ornament, instead of one with just me and John.

I didn't do nearly as much Christmas decorating this year, as I usually do, but this area contains my favorite decorations this year.  It's our front entrance hallway.

I did things a little different and I love how it turned out!  Those were our stockings for the past couple of years, and I could just kick myself for not getting more than two, so we could keep using them with a matching one for Fitz, but oh well.

The large snowman face in the chair, and the snowman on the shelf, are both from Wrapsody.  The one in the chair is open at the top, and I usually put our Christmas cards in it every year, so I can look at them again the next year.

There's a small nutcracker on the left side of the shelf, which was given to Fitz when we went to see The Nutcracker last weekend.  I'll keep it as his first Christmas keepsake.

Like I said, I didn't do as much decorating this year as I usually do, and I didn't take pictures of all the decorating, but I love how it all turned out!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fitz, meet Santa

Fitz was so excited to meet Santa Claus this afternoon!

I decided to take him during the week so we would not have to wait in a long line, and boy, was that a good decision on my part.  We only had to wait behind one other family.

To be honest, I don't think he even looked at Santa, but he sure did think that lady with the stuffed Rudolph was funny!

I'm glad we got such a cute first Santa picture!

Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mary Did You Know?

Mary Did You Know

Mary did you know that your baby boy
will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy
will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy
has come to make you new?
That this child that you delivered,
will soon deliver you?

Mary did you know that your baby boy
will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy
will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy
has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby,
you have kissed the face of God?

The blind will see, the deaf will hear
and the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak
the praises of the lamb.

Mary did you know that your baby boy
is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy
would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy
is Heaven's perfect lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding
is the Great I Am?!?

I have always loved this song, particularly the version by Natalie Cole.  It gives me chills every single time I hear, "you have kissed the face of God."  

Can you imagine how Mary must have felt holding the King of Kings and Lord of Lords as an infant?  

I can't help but think, that even though the angel told her that he would be named Jesus, because he would save his people from their sins, that she still had no clue how BIG this baby would become, and all that He would do.  I love to think about it though.  How Mary must have felt!  At first, she must have been terrified to realize she was pregnant, and unmarried.  Then later, once Joseph was on board with the pregnancy and marriage, she must have felt totally unworthy to carry the baby, who would become the man who would save the world, in her belly.  Then later, she must have been so proud of the man Jesus became, and the fact that He gave His own life to save us from our sins.  That was her baby.

I guess it's especially poignant to me right now, as I hold Fitz, and try to imagine what he might become one day, and the type of child and man he will be.  Don't get me wrong, I know he won't be another Jesus, ha!  But he will grow up, and I will be proud of him no matter what he does.  I have no idea who or what he will be, and that is fine with me.  I just imagine that Mary had no idea either, really.  This song nails it.  

Mary, did you know?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekend Recap

We had a great weekend!

Saturday morning, I dressed Fitz up in this too-cute argyle sweater outfit and we went shopping.

We shopped for several hours, and Fitz was so good.  He smiled at everyone he saw.

Sometimes, I would look down at him and he would just have a smile on his face.  Sweet boy!

Saturday evening, several of my friends from Clanton, and their children, were in a production of The Nutcracker Ballet in Prattville, so Tootsie, Fitz and I had to go watch.

That's me and Fitz with one of the star performers, my friend Amy's daughter, Natalie.  She, and all the dancers, did such a great job!

Fitz fell asleep before it started, but as soon as he heard everyone clapping, he woke right up to see what was going on.  He watched the whole play, and never made a peep!

Sunday, we went to church, then Fitz took a long Sunday afternoon nap while I wrapped Christmas presents.

It would have been declared a perfect weekend, if Daddy had been with us, instead of at work!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Six Month Check-Up

Today, we had Fitz's six month check-up at the pediatrician.  Of course, he had to wear a cute outfit...although I'm not sure why since they make me undress him as soon as we get there, ha!  I just love his snowman outfit!

We went by Tootsie's house first so we could feed him before his appointment.  This is the first time we've had an appointment at the pediatrician and not had to feed him while we were there.  Feeding him first was much more convenient.  Thank goodness Tootsie lives close to his doctor.

Fitz loves to watch her little dog, Raleigh!  Even though he lives with our Fancie girl, I think he likes Raleigh because he is so small.  He was reaching out to grab him, like he's a toy!  So funny!

Fitz weighs 16 lbs, 5 oz and is 26 inches long.  That puts him in the 25th percentile for height and weight, and he's in the 50th percentile for head circumference.  The doctor said his growth is excellent, and he's doing exactly what he should do.

She asked about him rolling over and I told her how he gets all the way up on his side but will not go over.  She said not to worry, it won't be long!  She was impressed with how well he can sit up, with only a little bit of support.

She checked him out from head to toe and pronounced him "perfect."  We already knew that, but it's nice to hear it affirmed by a professional!  

He got 4 shots, and handled it very well.  He only cried for a few minutes and was easily distracted by the Christmas tree in the lobby.  All in all, a successful trip to the doctor!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Play Date!

Yesterday afternoon, Fitz and I loaded up and went to see our friends, Denise and Mary Eloise!

That first picture was the best one we got of the two of them, ha!

ME does NOT like to sit up in the chair.  

She was so funny straightening her legs out so she could slide down!

Fitz does ok sitting, but he still needs support.  He was using ME for that support.

It looks like we were about to lose ME on this one, but don't worry, the mamas were right there, about one foot away from the babies!

They were so cute looking at each other!  We stood them up so I could see how much taller ME is than Fitz.  She's three weeks younger than Fitz, but was over two inches taller than him when she was born!  She still is.  He's still short and round and she's tall...although not as lean as she used to be.  Apparently, we have two great eaters!  I love her little chunky thighs!

We finally gave up on getting a good photo and let them play together.

ME showed Fitz how she can eat her toes and roll over, but he didn't much care.  He was more interested in that light-up, singing sunshine above their heads.

Denise and I agree that they both look so much like their daddies that it's hard to tell they have mamas!  

We had such a good time talking about our sweet babies.  How amazing it is that they are here, and six months old already.  What they like and don't like, do and don't do.  How much they sleep, and eat, and poop.  How cute they both are.  How we can't wait until they're older and can talk to each other, and really play.

I love having a friend with a baby so close in age to Fitz.  It's great to have someone to talk to, who is experiencing the same things we are.  We like to say ME and Fitz were friends in the womb, and we hope they are best buddies in the future.