Happy 1st Birthday Emma Grace!

It was a year ago today that I met my you for the first time.  The last nine months we had been through so much together with my HG  that I couldn’t wait to see those pretty blue eyes (I always knew you would have my eyes because I gave them to your big brother too!), those little fingers and tiny toes.  I had been dreaming of meeting you and I know that is the only way I made it that far.

EG Yawning

When Mommy was 36 weeks I started feeling a little light-headed sometimes and felt my heart go pitter patter too often.  After talking to our doctor he sent me to another doctor to check out my heart.  It seems as if you were running out of room and pushing up on my heart and twisting it backwards.  It was okay though because they gave me some medicine and made me better.  The next week my heart spells were coming back so they gave us some more medication!  By 38 weeks they had gotten much worse and Mommy, Daddy and our doctors decided it would be best if you came out to meet us.  So on Saturday night Jake went to Ahma and Papa’s for a sleepover and Daddy and I settled into our room at the hospital.

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Once we were at the hospital they gave Mommy some medicine to get us ready for the next morning.  Daddy and I tried to sleep but I was too excited and anxious.  They woke us up at 6:30 so I could take a shower and brush my teeth (it was the first time in weeks Mommy didn’t get sick while I brushed my teeth…I knew it was a good sign!)  By 7:30 they gave me some medicine called Pitocin to wake you up and tell you it is time to come out.  The entire morning Daddy and I sat around in our room talking, watching tv and taking little cat naps to get ready.

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By lunch time they decided that it was time to break my water so that we could get things moving along.  I asked if I could have some medicine called an epidural to help with the pain of the contractions.  I knew that right after they broke my water with Jake he was ready to come out and I wanted to be ready for those crazy contractions.  So after they broke my water a nice man came up to see me who struggled to get Mommy’s medicine right.  After 5 times of poking me he thought he had finally got it right and told me it should start working soon.  Since everyone figured it would be awhile Daddy decided to go get something to eat in the cafeteria and Ahma stayed with us in the room.

Emma Grace Birth Day First Look4Within a couple of minutes I felt my body starting to push…but the nurses said that couldn’t be right because they had just checked me and I was only at 8cm and I needed to get to 10 before you could come.  After telling them all very loudly I wasn’t trying to push but my body was doing it anyways they checked me and believe it or not we were already to 10cm!  It was time to push!  All of the nurses and our doctor came running in and they started breaking down the bed to get ready for you.  When Dr. Rush asked who was going to cut the cord I told him Daddy was.  Then she says “Where is Jeremy?”  Well after I became a little panicked Ahma said “It’s okay he just went to the bathroom let me go get him.”  Ahma was gone for a little bit longer than it takes to go to the potty so I knew Daddy was on his way to get a snack but no worries they both came running in right in time to start pushing.  I was so ready to meet you that it only took Mommy three big pushes until you came into the world!  It wasn’t until after our doctor went to give Mommy a couple of stitches that we realized that the medicine never started working and I had you without any pain medication!  Whew that wasn’t as hard as I thought it would have been!

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The second I heard your little voice cry out I was so overwhelmed!  Of course I first asked to make sure you were still a girl because I had had several dreams that you were a boy after you didn’t want to cooperate at your ultrasound.  After they assured me you were a sweet, beautiful little girl they wiped you off checked you out real quick and then placed you on my chest.  It all felt like a dream.  I dream that I never wanted to wake up from. You were here.  My baby girl you were here and you had those beautiful blue eyes, ten little fingers and ten tiny toes.  After being so sick for so long I was worried that something was going to be wrong, but you were perfect.  You were perfect in every way.  They even gave you a healthy score of 9 out of 10 right after you were born.

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You were a little cold so they let you snuggle up on Mommy’s chest so I could warm you up.  It was the most amazing feeling in the entire world.  We even got to nurse a little bit too.  Soon the rest of your family came in to see you.  As soon as your Papa, Auntie and Uncle Kevin came in to see you Daddy left to get Mommy some lunch.  I proudly told him that I was STARVING and I wanted some lunch.  Because he is the best Daddy in the entire world he came back to my room with a Supreme Dinner from Bojangles and I ate EVERY LAST BITE…without getting sick!

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Once your brother was able to come in to see you, well I can’t even put into words how it felt to see you two together.  It was so amazing to have both of my babies next to me at the same time.  He was so excited to meet you.  Jakie loves you so much and is always going to protect you and love you no matter what.  He couldn’t stop smiling when he held you for the first time, although he did think that the smell of the hospital laundry detergent was stinky.  It was at that moment that I finally felt like our family was complete.  You, Jake, Daddy and I are the perfect little family and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Emma Grace Birth Day with Mommy and Daddy8

This last year has been interesting to say the least.  You are a little sassy replica of your Momma although none of us doubted for a minute that you would probably have my personality.  You have brought so many smiles and so many tears of joy over the past year that I can hardly wait to watch you grow up.  Emma Grace, Mommy loves you and I always will.  So remember even when you are a teenager and can’t stand me…remember that I loved you first.  Remember that Daddy, Jake and I will always be here for you.  You have the most amazing family and I can’t wait to see the woman you will become.  Remember that nothing is ever as life ending as you think it is, whether it is being out of Cheerios or some looser guy who isn’t good enough for you anyways.  Remember that you are always beautiful no matter what you wear or how you fix your hair.  Remember that the only boys you will ever need are your Daddy, Jakie, Papa, Kevin and Kyson.  I can’t wait to see you walk, to see you go to Kindergarden, learn how to drive a car (manual of course that is how all the Foster girls do it), go on your first date (Daddy has his shotgun ready), go to prom and then graduate from high school and college.  I’m going to stop there because you are too young for me to be thinking past that and I’ve already got enough tears right now. I love you baby girl!

Happy 1st Birthday Emma Grace!

Love you,



Summer Fun with Lemonade Stands :: Inspiration Wednesday

We are so excited about summer!  Jake is out of school and we are all ready for our beach vacation this summer!  In preparation I zested 16 lemons last night to make lemoncello to take with us.  Now I have all of these lemons so guess what we are making tonight…fresh squeezed LEMONADE!!!  Yeah!!!  It got me thinking of all the fun things to do over the summer and I think it would be so much fun to make a lemonade stand.

Vintage Lemonade Stand by Lil’ Luna

I mean how cute is this vintage looking stand?  I love the bright colors and the bunting just puts it over the top!

Lemonade Stand by Dear Lillie

Check out this stand!  Jennifer from Dear Lillie has a tutorial on how to make this awesome stand which she also turned into an ice cream stand and a puppet theatre.  I love the idea of having something so versatile that also folds right up!

Lemonade Stand Printables by One Charming Party

Of course if you are going to have to have a lemonade stand you need a couple of signs to bring in customers!

Lemonade Stand & Bake Sale Designs by The TomKat Studio

While you are at it you may as well add some cupcakes and top them with some free printables from the ever talented Kim from The TomKat Studio.

Assembled Pink Lemonade Party Package by Announce Your Day

Then I got to thinking.  How much fun would it be to have a pink lemonade themed birthday party?  Well I found quite a few parties that I just couldn’t help but drool over!

Lemonade Stand Birthday Invitation by SwishDesigns

Check out these sweet birthday invites.  I love them!

Pink Lemonade Birthday featured on Bella Grace Party Designs

Then I found this cutie’s 1st birthday party and it got me thinking even more!  Maybe someone I know could have a pink lemonade first birthday party.  What do you think??

Happy Birthday Jacob Dylan!

Happy 8th Birthday To Jake!

Today is my big boy’s birthday!  It is hard to believe it has already been 8 years.  I was looking back at photos from previous birthdays last night and he has changed so much over the last year.  When he blew at the candles last year he looked so little compared to now.  He looks like he has grown a foot since then.  This year has been crazy and filled with fun times.  I asked him what his most memorable moment last year was and he says “when Emma Grace was born of course!”  Gosh he melts my heart!  He is such a great big brother and the sweetest boy.  He will always be my baby boy.  I cherish the times when he wants to cuddle because I know they will not last forever.  I can’t wait for another year of fun with him!

This was Jake’s second year playing tackle football.  He is ROUGH out there!  His first year he was the youngest on the team and got knocked down but the coaches loved his heart because he never got upset he just kept going back for more.  This year he was the big man on the team and played AWESOME!  He even was awarded Offensive Player of the Week.  I know he can’t wait for August!

Like I said before Jake says that his favorite thing that happened this year was becoming a big brother.  After having such a hard pregnancy with Emma Grace like I talked about here I was so excited to be able to take care of Jake and spend more time with him again after she was born.  I can not describe the feeling when I saw my baby boy’s face light up when he saw his little sister for the first time.  I felt so proud.  It was an amazing moment to have the two of them together at last.

When Jake is around you usually are laughing like crazy because this kid is HILARIOUS!  He always has some sort of joke that he has “just made up” that he has to share.  His nickname as school is “Jokester Jake” which even lead him to perform a comedy routine for his talent show at school this spring.  He had everyone laughing and his almost too good at it!

Last week Jake finished up 2nd grade and will be starting 3rd grade the beginning of July.  He breezed right though it.  His math and reading skills are incredible which he must get from his Daddy because they sure are not my strengths!  My mom and sister still tease me that the only book I have ever read is “Haunted America” because it is the same book I read several years in a row when we went to the beach.  I’m pretty sure I finished it…maybe?  Jake on the other hand will finish off books that are way above his grade level in no time flat.  He also can speed through math problems without even blinking.  For about half the year he was having trouble focusing long enough to get his writing done in time.  We joke with him that “His focus need more focus” (you know the Karate Kid?).  But we worked on it like crazy and by the end of the year he was again way above where he is expected to be fore his grade.  I am so proud of my smart boy!

This boy loves his sleep!  I have quite a few pictures of him even catching some quick Zzzs in the back of the car from time to time.  He takes after his Dad and is a morning person.  He keeps waking up at 6:30 am every morning then gets board because there is too much time before school. So now he likes to turn on AFV (America’s Funniest Home Videos is what we used to call it back in the day!) on Hulu while he takes his time eating breakfast.  I think we are going to have to figure out something else because school is starting 45 minutes later next year!

My Jacob Dylan – Mommy loves you so much.  You are one of the biggest reasons I am who I am today.  You have taught me so many things along the way and I hope one day you will be able to understand how much you mean to me.  In the mean time I can’t wait to make more memories with you.  You will always be my baby boy!

Happy Birthday Big Man!