Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Our crazy, scary weekend!

This weekend was so crazy; I’m not sure where to even begin.  We had a little scare with Landry, and I’ll get to that later.  

 

But first, we had a Birthday party to attend Saturday morning.  Our friends have two boys and two girls, both sets are only two years apart, so she does their parties together.  I love this idea!  They both have pretty much the same set of friends, so it works out perfectly.  Lizzie was turning 4 and Brooklyn turned 2.  It was an under the Sea party.  My friend Jenn is so creative.  She has more creativity in her pinky then I have in my whole body.  

 

The girls each got mermaid tails to wear

 

While the boys had shark fins!


All of our friends were there

 


She had super cute game booths set up, carnival style.  

 

And the take home gift?  Well, meet Dory, the newest member of the Smith clan.  

 

This is where our day takes a bit of a turn.  

 

So, after the party, we headed to Flower Mound to stay with my parents.  They had a dinner party to go to Saturday night, so Tim and the kids and I ordered dinner in and just vegged out on the couch.  I put Hayden to bed, and Landry kept telling me she was tired, so I put her in on my parent’s bed and put her TV on and left her in there.  My parents came home around 10, and they went into their room to get ready for bed.  My dad said Landry was asleep when they walked in, so he started nudging her to move over so he could lay with her.  It was then, that we got a shock.  Landry started convulsing and shaking and not talking.  My dad screamed for me to come in there and when I turned that corner I was immediately brought back to when she was 13 months old and I got the call from Tim that she was being taken to Children’s hospital.  My dad and Tim got cold rags for her and I called 911.  They came within 3 minutes and at that time;she was still convulsing and not speaking.  They took her temperature and it had gotten up to 103.7!  So, they said they would need to take her by ambulance to the hospital.  They loaded her up on the stretcher and she and I rode in the ambulance while Tim and my dad followed.  I cannot begin to explain what it is like seeing your child on a stretcher in an ambulance.  I tried to stay as calm as I could for Landry’s sake.  She finally came to in the ambulance but was so scared, so I just stayed with her and held her hand the whole ride there.  We got to the hospital and she was admitted into a room where we waited for 2 hours while they gave her fluids and medicine and took some tests.  It was a febrile seizure, which is what I had already known.  Her body just spiked a super high fever really fast and it didn’t handle it well.  I was so glad once they said we could take her home.  She was so brave!  She is so resilient and I’m so glad that all turned out well.  I told her she wasn’t allowed to give mommy a scare like that again.  

 

So, when we finally got home we all crashed.  Tim ended up going to church and the rest of us decided it would be fun to head to the local pumpkin patch.  Landry was feeling better and wanted to get out of the house.  I’m so glad we went.  It was a beautiful morning and the pumpkin patch wasn’t to terribly crowded yet.  

 

We rode the train.  


And posed on pumpkins

 

I love spending time with my parents!

 

Sunday afternoon, Dani came over and we just sat outside and talked and we were so exhausted that we all just crashed when we got home.  

 

It was definitely a weekend I will never forget.  I love my babies so much.  I’m just praying this never happens to her again.  Through all of this, I realized what kind of support team I really have.  Within minutes of texting all my friends, they were on their knees praying for us.  A couple even offered to come sit with us or watch Hayden.  God has been so good to us!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Favorites

It’s Friday!  We have a great, busy weekend planned.  Birthday party, pumpkin patch and church.  Love our fall weekends!

 

I thought it would be fun to join in with Erika, Andrea and Narci for Friday Favorites.  

 

Here are a few favorite things that happened this week:

 

Lowering of the crib…

I walked in a few days ago and Hayden was standing up in his crib and I could tell he was going to fall over any day.  I told Tim we need to just lower it as far as it will go.  This crib was Landry’s so it’s been put to good use, so it made me a little sad that this will be the last time to lower it.  

 

Almost walking…

Hayden has been pushing things and standing for a few seconds at a time the last few weeks, but last night as I was loading the dishwasher, after I lifted it up, he let go and just stood there for a good 15 seconds!  Then I took his hand and he started mimicking walking.  I know we are so close and it makes me sad and happy all at the same time.  Surely I’m not the only mama who tears up when their kids do something on their own, right?

 

16 Years later…

So, 16 years ago tonight Tim and I went on our very first date.  It is so weird to think that I have been with him almost half of my life!  He gets me, and I love that about him.  Plus, he’s hilarious and makes me laugh more than anyone.  And, he’s a good daddy.  And he does the laundry and cleans the house.  And, he takes my car every weekend to get washed and puts gas in it for me.  I’m pretty spoiled.  

 

It’s finally boot weather…

I finally got to wear my boots this week!  I am the type of person that will not pull out shorts until it’s at least 80 degrees and the same goes for my tall boots.  It has to be at least 60 degrees to pull these babies out.  But, this weather has been so nice lately that it was the perfect day to start wearing them!  

 

Kindergarten update…

It’s been 8 weeks so far and Landry still loves school!  It doesn’t surprise me though.  She’s a learner and loves to help, so I get almost daily emails from her teacher saying how good she is at helping and trying to be a leader.  I also get emails that tell me that she is a talker :)  You take the good with the bad right?  I’m so glad she loves school.  It makes taking her every day that much easier.  

 

It’s the weekend and I plan on enjoying every bit of it!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hayden's Hole-in-one Par-Tee

On Saturday we celebrated Hayden’s first Birthday with a golf themed party.  It was Hayden’s Hole-in-ONE Par-Tee.  

 

When I first thought of the theme, I had no idea how much I could really do with it.  My favorite thing to do is plan theme parties and run with them.  I get all these crazy ideas, write them down and then go for it.  Tim can attest, I’ll get an idea in the middle of the night, while I’m brushing my teeth, anywhere!  

 

I had these grand ideas of dressing Hayden up as a golfer, but then when I saw this onesie on Etsy, I couldn’t resist!  So, I did what any mom photographer does, I took him in our backyard with his toy golf club and just started snapping away.  I’m so glad I did, because I ended up with the cutest pictures of him!  

 

As for the food, I knew I wanted to do easy finger foods and found some of the cutest ideas on Pinterest.  

 

We had “club” sandwiches

 

Orange “wedges” and Fruit Par-faits


 

Sand trap (donut holes on brown sugar)

 

 

We played guess how many tees are in the jar

 

I made Hayden a picture banner of all his monthly pictures.  I love the way it turned out!

 
My friend that always makes our cakes outdid herself on Hayden’s smash cake.  It looked just like a golf ball!  

 

Everyone else got a cupcake with “grass” on top!

 

It’s cake time!  

 

He has never really had any kind of cake before, so I wasn’t sure how he would react.  At first, he wasn’t quite sure what to do, but once Landry and I stuck his hand in it and put the cake in his mouth, he was all over it!  


 

That’s what we call a cake coma!

 

We had lots of friends come.


 We had a lot of family come too.

After the party, we went back to our house and opened up Hayden’s presents.  He got so many nice things!  He got lots and lots of clothes, which is good because his closet was starting to look a little bare.  This boy has shot up in size in the last few months and most of his clothes have gotten too small for him.  So, it was really nice getting him some new clothes.  

 


I’m so glad this little boy’s party turned out well!  He had such a good time and was loved on by people that love him so much!  

 

We love you little man!


 

 


Monday, October 13, 2014

Hayden is 12 months old!

I still cannot believe this sweet boy has been in our life for a whole year!  October 11, 2013 was one of the best days of my life.  I had my girl, Landry but in my heart wanted a boy too.  That Friday was one of the longest days of my life!  I had a rough labor with Landry and just knew God would go easy on me this time.  Nope!  After 14 hours of labor, we did an emergency c-section and that almost 9 pound boy popped out screaming and ready to take on the world.  All day I kept telling the nurses that he was our last baby and that he would be the cherry on top of our family sundae.  I wanted to meet him so bad, and then when I finally did, all was right in the world.


Now, 12 months later, I sit here emotional because that sweet little baby has turned into my sweet little man.  

 

Hayden is the best baby!  I tell people all the time that he is the typical second child.  He has the most laidback personality and is so easy going and that makes it so easy on me.  

 

His likes: He loves sleeping, especially with a blanket in his hand.  He loves eating and will pretty much try anything.  He loves his mama!  Right now, I’m his whole world and I love it!  It makes me melt when he sees me and gets a huge smile on his face and crawls right to me.  

 

Milestones: He can wave bye bye, he says “baba” for bottle, he is trying to say Landry but it comes out as “a-de”, he is so close to walking!  He will get a chair and push it pretty far and he can stand on his own for a good 10 seconds, so I don’t think walking is far off.  

 

I went back through my phone and these are my favorite pictures of him from this past year.

 


Hayden-

You will never know how much you mean to this family.  Our world was forever changed the day you entered it.  We love you so much and look forward to the little boy you are becoming.  You are such a sweetheart and so loveable that we can’t help but smile when you are around.  I hope you will always know how much we love and adore you.  

 

Love you little man!

 

-Mama