Jody and I got married two years ago on June 21, 2008. We had been together for 2 1/2 years at that time. We moved into our house, I got a job at the preschool and we were just enjoying life. We both wanted kids but not for at least two to three years. Apparently God had other plans for us! Jody's brother Andy and our sister-in law Jennifer found out three weeks after we got married that they were having a baby! We were very excited! Madi was born in March and of course we were there, but I felt awful at the hospital. I just thought I had some kind of bug. Well...a week later Jody comes home from work and I had a little bag with one of my positive pregnancy tests in it (I had taken about three at that time and when he came home I took three more)! We couldn't wait to tell everyone so we told them that weekend!
I had a pretty calm pregnancy. I fainted once and hit the floor which was a little scary. My biggest complaints throughout were heartburn, itchy skin, and not being able to sleep on my stomach! I loved, loved, loved being pregnant! When we started our weekly visits to the doctor he told me he thought that I would probably have to have a c-section. I opted to try without one first. On Nov. 6, 2009 we went to the hospital to be induced. So long story short, after 26 hours of labor and nearly 2 hours of pushing I was wheeled to the OR for a c-section. At 5:41 P.M. on Nov. 7, 2009 our precious baby girl was born! Brailyn Amber Almand--6 lbs. 10oz. 20 1/4 in. long! This was the start of our new "nutty" life!
Athough it wasn't planned we wouldn't have it any other way! It seems like this should have just happened last week but Brailyn is now 9 1/2 months old and even more precious! Each day is something new! It's getting harder by each second to keep up with her! She got her first tooth at 4 months. She started sitting up at 6 mths, and crawled at 8 mths. Now she is very fast at crawling, pulling up, and cruising the furniture! She can now reach the table top and pull things off. Last night at Neena and Papa Dale's, she took one step! They grow so fast!
I'll quit typing now and let you see how much we've grown from that wonderful day in Nov. til now!
|Still in mommy's belly! Day before I was born!|
|Nov. 7, 2009: I'm already smiling!|
|1 month old: 1st tummy time|
|2 months old: I love to talk to mommy!|
|3 months old: All dressed up for church!|
|4 months old: Such a happy girl!|
|5 months old: Just chillin'|
|6 months old: I can hardly sit still!|
|7 months old: Good morning mommy!|
|8 months old: I can't sit still! Photo shoots are getting harder|
|9 months old: Let me see that daddy!|