Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Merry Christmas Ya'll!!

This post has a ton of pictures! Our Christmas festivities just recently concluded this past Sunday. Unfortunately, I had to work Christmas this year (hospitals are open 24/7!!), so we started celebrating the weekend of Dec. 19th in Whiteville with my in-laws...we were at home on the actual day and ate lunch in Greensboro with the Mangums...and finished our Christmas celebration at my mom's this past weekend. Overall, our holiday was wonderful and busy!! Please bear with me...The pictures actually start from the weekend of the 28th and work towards the weekend of the 19th! Enjoy!! We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and wish you all a Happy New Year!!!

Reese with her older cousins Graclyn and Kylie @ Gamma and Poppy's!

Playing outside in beautiful 70 degree is December?!

She loves having the freedom of walking!!

Reese, Kylie, and Ellie Mae eating rice krispies and making a mess!! Poppy says,"It will vacuum up!"

Merry Christmas at Aunt Angie and Uncle Marty's house.

Audrey, Johlynn, Aunt Angie, and Uncle Marty after Christmas dinner!

Christmas morning at our house!

Looking at all her goods from Santa Claus!

Our decorated mantle...

Our ChrisTmas Tree...

Reese and I making Pumpking Chocolate Chip cookies...Yum!

Reese tasting our finished product...Yummy!!

Reese's crazy morning hair at Grammy and Ganga's...Blake cheesin'!

Our little family after the Christmas Cantata...

Claire, Reese, and Blake singing "Itsy, Bitsy, Spider" at Grammy Hinson's!

Our beautiful present & best Gift EVER!!!

Excited to open Baby Elmo at Grammy and Ganga's...

Reese with her cousins, an angel and shepherd, before their Christmas play.

Reese wants everyone to know who was #1 on Santa's List!!!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Reese and Santa

Reese with Santa and her cousins Blake & Claire!

Reese walking behind Santa's workshop...Blake & Claire following behind!!

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Birthday pictures...YAY!!!

Reese's 1st Birthday...December 12, 2008

Nose dive into her cupcake!!

Oh man I love cupcakes!!

Decorations for Reese's birthday party...her 1st Christmas dress, going home outfit, 1st baby outfit ever purchased, & Christmas clothes.

Reese opening presents...very excited and surrounded by her cousins!!

Reese loved everyone singing "Happy Birthday" to her!!

The Birthday Princess ready to dig in!!!

Lots of yummy cupcakes made by Gamma!

I love Birthdays and Birthday cakes!!!

The Before: Princess cake made by Gamma!! Mommy decorated the cake and cupcakes with crowns and polka dots.

The After: By Reese!!!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I'm a BIG girl now!!!

Reese and her new car seat...a birthday present from the grandparents!! Thank YOU!
Birthday pictures coming soon!!

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday REESE!!!

Happy Birthday Princess!! Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday Dear Reese. Happy Birthday to YOU! Mommy and Daddy love you bunches!!!

A little video of us singing Happy Birthday to Reese on 12/12/07!!

**scroll down to playlist to mute the music**

Thursday, December 11, 2008

One day until Reese's 1st Birthday!!!

A year ago today, I was admitted to the hospital for my scheduled induction. It was a beautiful morning and very warm for December. The temperature was in the 70's! There were so many feelings and thoughts going through my head that morning. I wasn't nervous, but very excited to meet my baby girl! Robbie made me breakfast...bacon and eggs. However, he could not eat anything because his stomach was doing flips...he was nervous.

We arrived at the hospital right at 8am. Due to labor & delivery being crazy busy and short staffed, my induction kept getting delayed. Instead of the pitocin starting that morning it didn't start until 1pm. Once it started I didn't feel any pain. My contractions looked beautiful on the monitor, but nothing was happening...until my water broke around 5pm. After that look out!! My wonderful midwife, Stephanie, said that when I was calling on the Lord I was in labor. Well, let me tell you I was calling on the Lord after my water broke. My contractions came fast and strong! I asked for my epidural and was pain free by 7pm. My thought is Why sit in pain if there is medicine that can help?! Would you go to the dentist and not receive pain meds...I don't think so! My epidural went in without difficultly and I was able to relax. I progressed to 9cm by 11pm and started pushing at 1am. Due to Reese's head position, I pushed for an hour and then rested for 30 minutes. The little stinker's head was turned slightly to the side which made it difficult for her to descend. I started pushing again around 2:30 am and by 3:43 am Little Miss Reese made her debut!! Robbie was by my side the entire time and was a terrific coach!! Reese's birth was an amazing experience for the both of us. It was truly a miracle to finally see your baby girl who you had named, talked to everyday, and felt kick inside you. The first time I held her there was instant love...she was loud, beautiful, and perfect in every way. Reese has brought so much love and joy into our lives. I thank God everyday for blessing us with our angel, Reese Avant!!

Welcome to the World...Reese Avant!!!

The morning of my induction!!

The week before the induction.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Two days to go...until Reese and Tully's 1st Birthdays!!

It was so ironic that one of my best friends, Whitley, and I were due on the same day, scheduled to be induced on the same day (12 hours apart), and then delivered on the same day!! We know that Reese and Tully will always have a special bond and friendship. As their mothers, Whitley and I hope they will be future Husband and Wife...wouldn't that be just Grand!!
Tully and Reese's first picture together at 1 week old!

Reese & Tully...Playing so well together at almost 1 year old!!

Little Dancing Babies!

What a cute little gift!!

Reese opening her birthday present from the Martinez family...she likes the paper!!
Have a wonderful 1st Birthday Reese & Tully!!

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