Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Time for a New Title

I think that the time has come to rename by blog. I am looking for many suggestions as to a new name. So, tell me what you think.

On a little side note, my son decided that this morning would be the perfect time to play in the toilet. (He's almost 3, shouldn't he know better by now). My bathroom floor was soaked with the water from our toilet. Apparently he decided to use the bathroom cleaner bowl brush to lift the water out of the toilet and onto the floor and walls. So gross!

Friday, June 22, 2007

My Ebay Find

Today, Jason and I ventured out of the house for a family photo. While out, we decided to run into Babies R Us and purchase our "single" stroller for Jackson. We critically looked at the model I had been eying for sometime now and even tried it out with Jackson's snugride infant seat. We were very disappointed to see all of the features that we did not like on it. We quickly realized that the Graco Metrolite Emerson stroller was not for us. I was pretty disappointed. You see, I have this horrible obsession with things being just perfect. Since having Joshua and Abby Kate, we had two Graco infant snugrides and I did not see the point in buying a whole new stroller set for Jackson. I found that the Blackwell Graco pattern that we purchased 3 years ago would closely resemble the Emerson pattern that Graco currently has out. Thus, my carseat would not mismatch my stroller. Well, we tried out the Graco Quattro Strollers and found that our carseat (even though it is a Graco) did not fit as perfectly as we would have liked. We left Babies R Us and decided to try looking online for something.

I have looked on Ebay for the Graco Blackwell stroller (which they made 3 years ago and would match my snugride carseat) and have only seen it a few times. I tried bidding on one back in December, but gave up when the bid reached over $100. (I'm not going to pay that much for a used stroller when I can buy a new one for the same price). Well, today I tried again and could not believe it when one came up. It was listed for $41.00 and had a shipping tag of about $20.00. The best thing about this stroller was that there was only 1 hour and 45 minutes left on the bidding. I watched my item closely and got very excited within the last few minutes. I could not believe that no one else was bidding. I anxiously awaited seeing the sell of the stroller end. Within the last minute and 20 seconds of the auction closing, someone crept in and made a bid. I quickly countered and was relieved when the bid closed and my screen said that I had won! I actually got a little nervous about losing my stroller that I desperately wanted and needed. I am so happy to say that after my frantic attempts to match my carseat to a stroller, I am now the proud owner of a Graco Blackwell pattern Quattro Tour Stroller. It will be a perfect match and the car seat will actually fit better than in a newer model stroller.

This was my first Ebay purchase and I am so pleased with the outcome. I will receive my stroller in the mail shortly and it only cost me $50.00. How awesome is that!?!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Here We Go Again

Well, we finally took the plunge and we are once again the proud owners of internet services. I am so happy to finally be connected with the outside world again. As part of our package we received a home phone line. We have been without a home phone for well over 3 years and have LOVED every minute of it. Today, I realized just how much I hated home phone lines. I received my first telemarketing phone call! We just got service and BellSouth has already sold our number! How dare they!

We really are excited about having the internet at home once again. Now all I need is a new computer since mine has been out of commission since December!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Jackson's Homecoming

Baby Jackson and I came home from the hospital last Friday afternoon. I ended up staying an extra day for addition meds. We were all so happy to be home and Joshua and Abby Kate were thrilled to have us all home again. I really did not realize how challenging it would be for the kids to be without me all week. Thankfully, my parents were here with them and gave them all of the love and attention that they needed throughout the week.

Joshua and Abby Kate love their baby brother! They constantly want to know where he is and what he is doing. They are so sweet with him and very gentle. They have actually settled down a little bit and are very helpful to me.

I am slowly recovering from my C-Section. It has been a somewhat easier recovery so far (HA). I am ready to get back into the swing of things, but that will take some time.

Jackson is a GREAT baby! He is very laid back and very content. We are all so happy and enjoying each and every moment of having this precious child in our lives.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

More Jackson pictures!

We'll be posting more pictures to our blogs all week long, so check back for more!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Jackson Cash Bybee

Jackson Cash Bybee was born today at 9:01am. He weighs 6 lbs. 12 ozs. and he’s 18 inches long. We chose this name for our son because Jackson means “God has been gracious.” With all that we’ve been through with this pregnancy (fear of Down’s, pre-term labor at 26 weeks, etc.), we can certainly say that God has graciously brought us to this point. Our prayer all along has been that Jackson would be a strong and healthy little boy. And God has certainly answered our prayers.

We chose the name Cash for several reasons. The name itself means "peace" or "peacemaker". But the name is also an homage to my father and his hero, Johnny Cash. Cash has always stood as something of a redemptive figure for me; his sins were certainly public ones, but so too was his faith when he returned to it. Bono once said, "Every man knows he's a sissy compared to Johnny Cash." That's the kind of man my Jackson will be.

All along our prayer for this child has been that he would be a strong man of God. Along those lines, the verse we chose for Jackson is 1 Kings 2:2-3, which says, "So be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires." May you live into these words, son. We love you.

Mommy & Daddy, 12:42pm, Monday June 11, 2007

Friday, June 08, 2007

Prediction Time

Well, I am 38 weeks today and will see Dr. Bailey bright and early Monday morning. I asked him today what he thought the weight "might" be and he guessed 7 pounds. (I think that he is keeping things on the safe side with that guess). I would love to hear what you all think.

Time to make your predictions.

Name or Intials

We will update as soon as we can on Monday.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Georgia Wildfires = Asthmatic Bronchitis

Unfortunately, I woke up last Thursday morning with a really bad sore throat. On Friday, I really did not feel all that well and ended up being worked in at the doctor's office. He quickly identified that I was actually having trouble breathing. Apparently all of the smoke from the Georgia Wildfires had somehow caused my chest wall to become inflamed, making it difficult to breathe. I was given a breathing treatment, a prescription for 2 inhalers, and a prescription for an antibiotic.

On Saturday, it was pretty much the same thing, only I ended up with a slight fever and chills. We called my OB since one of the "call me anytime this happens" was a fever with chills. He ordered me to go to the ER and get checked out. We dropped the kids off at our friend's house and headed over to the ER. It took forever! Everything checked out okay and I was given another breathing treatment and some pain medication for the night. I slept very well that night (which was a relief, since the previous night I was up every hour).

I went back to the doctor today and was given another breathing treatment, along with a lovely and very painful shot. On Wednesday, I will have to begin a Prednisone treatment for a week. They also set me up with a home breathing machine. My doctor is afraid that I might actually have asthma (something that we will have to look into after the birth of the baby).

I already feel so much better this evening. I have taken 4 breathing treatments, a shot, an inhaler and 2 antibiotics. Hopefully this will all be under control by next week.