She is here...

Lauren Bailey Diggs
April 27, 2009 at 4:08 p.m.
8 lbs, 11 oz., 20 3/4 in.

She is even more beautiful and precious than I could have imagined.


37 weeks 2 days

These just might be the last photos I take before Ms. L makes her debut. My shirts are just not fitting anymore

I'll be away from the computer for a few days as we work in preparation for the wedding festivities. Hopefully I will have some pictures to share after this weekend.

Have a beautiful weekend!



...and he's here!

Connor William North was born weighing 7 lbs, 12 oz., 19" long.

I absolutely cannot wait to see him and hold him!

Melanie and Anthony, we are beyond thrilled for you!



Woke up feeling excited and anxious - baby Connor should be making his debut tonight or tomorrow. Melanie and Anthony - we are thinking of you and cannot wait to meet that sweet baby of yours!

I started to get some work done early before Logan woke up and heard a loud banging in the living room - I ran into the room and there was our dog Cadie, having a seizure and running into everything uncontrollably. My heart skipped a beat - I was really hoping I wouldn't have to witness that happening ever again. Thankfully we have meds from the last time this happened, but she had a second seizure just after I gave her the medicine, so I called the vet and they told me to give her a second dose (the other half of the first pill) and she seems to be doing ok for now. Her tail wagging gives me more assurance than anything.

I'm just feeling a little anxious now for everything to be ok - for Connor to make his arrival safe and uneventfully and for Cadie to get her rest and be calm and hopefully fully recover and never have this happen again.


"wanna tawk?"

Lately Logan has asked us often if we "wanna tawk?" and the conversation usually goes something like this:

"Wanna tawk [mama/daddy]?"

"Sure buddy. What do you want to talk about?"

"Um, baby sisser"

"Ok, what about baby sister?"

"She in der" (pointing to my belly)

"Yup, she's still in there."

Other "deep" conversations we have had included the subjects of: police cars/fire trucks, family members and what they are doing at the moment, things we like to eat, etc., but his favorite thing to talk about is his baby sister.

The conversations aren't long and detailed, but they are memorable :)


Just a word of encouragement for you Melanie (my sweet, poor sister-in-law who was due on Monday)

Connor will be here soon (even though it doesn't seem that way right now)...and in the moment he arrives you'll fall completely head-over-heels in love and you'll wonder how you ever lived without him. It's amazing how quickly your life transforms.

I cannot wait to see pictures of my new little nephew. Right now he is holding tight and staying comfy in the womb though so we will continue too wait. Mel, you're such a trooper and I am so proud of you! :)

I had an appointment yesterday and basically learned that our baby girl is continuing to grow and thrive. Still up there in her weight, still measuring two weeks ahead. The weight estimate at this point is 7 lbs., 3 oz. - yes, you read that right. This information makes my head spin so I try not to think about it.

So in the meantime, I am anticipating my sister's wedding and all the festivities this week and next, little Connor's big debut, and spending time with my brother while he is here (if I can get him to squeeze me in). Times are busy but good right now and we're just along for the ride.

Hope you have a nice weekend.



dang it.

[36 weeks]
Apparently there is no avoiding swelling no matter what I do.
Those toes...ugh.....they look like little sausages with polish on the end. So much for my nice pedicure. Dang it.



I cant really say enough about how great our Easter was this year. So much has been going on it was nice to have a moment with family and celebrate what is really important.

We went to church and my parents came along with us (last year we went to their church with them). I was reminded of so many things we are blessed with that morning -- starting with the fact that Ryan and I celebrate our lives as Christians because of parents who raised us in church. Sitting next to my Dad and hearing a message about the sacrifice God made for all of us through his Son was powerful and yet simple.

We have been given so much and God asks for just our hearts in return. Just the simple reminder I needed....Thank you God for Easter and for all that it means. Thank you for our salvation and your sacrifice. Thank you for blessing me every day with a life more abundant than I could have ever imagined for myself.

We had a big lunch here at our house with fried chicken, mashed potatoes, mac 'n cheese, corn on the cob, Corey and Matt's famous green beans and just about every other southern side you can think of. My grandmother and Uncle John joined us and we piled our plates up with all the good food.

Mimi and Poppy also came over after they finished church (and Poppy finished his parking lot detail) and we were so glad they could join us as well.

The best part of the whole day was the surprise of getting my brother Kalen home a little earlier than expected from Iraq. He arrived yesterday afternoon after five days of uncertain traveling, sleeping on concrete floors and being so cramped in Army planes that his legs and butt went numb. The poor guy just wanted a shower and a nap but he put up with all of the festivities like a trooper :)

We had an Easter egg hunt and Logan got all kinds of goodies from everyone (and not to worry, yes, there were lots of cars involved).

(...and unfortunately I got caught up and stopped taking pictures so I didn't remember to get any with Kalen or Mimi and Poppy, so I have to apologize for that. We'll get some soon, I promise.)

Corey snapped a quick family photo for us

and Logan hammed it up with Papa and Nana saying "hambuga!"

...and he sat waiting for photos with Corey and Matt... ...but at this point he actually said "um, I don want my pikshur taken enemor" and tried to cover his face
L had a good time collecting eggs...especially the "Lightning McQueen" ones which had cars hidden inside

Uncle Matt and Daddy did such a good job of hiding eggs he had to check some places more than once (and notice the cars he already got from everyone else are placed carefully on the picnic table where he can keep an eye on them).
We finished our evening covered up in Mama and Daddy's bed watching Madagascar 2.
Pretty much perfect day if you ask me.

Hope you all had a lovely and blessed Easter.




why is it?

...that the more you wait anxiously for something, the longer it takes to get here? (Mel and Anthony, where is that sweet baby boy already?) ;)

...that if you are tired and haggard looking and did not bother to wear make up in your "short" outing to Target, you are sure to run into (a) an old high school friend you have not seen in forever; (b) your family photographer; (c) your sister and/or other family member; or, if you are me, the answer is (d) all of the above.

...that little babies use so much stuff? I have been buying boxes and boxes of diapers on every trip to the store and if the calculations I did last night are correct, I have just enough for about three months (or approximately $5,762.39 worth).

...that in April in Florida we are having a freak weather show and had to cover the new plants we just planted because the temp went down to 32 last night.

Random thoughts, I know. I am just glad we're one day closer to Friday, even if it does mean the to-do list is growing by the second :)



Is the most handsome, amazing man I've ever met

He puts up with and somehow always sees the best in me

He makes me laugh and smile like no other

He made me fall in love with him all over again when he became a Daddy

He melted my heart with every late night feeding and diaper change - despite being sick, tired and weak with Crohn's disease

He took to the role of Daddy so naturally - even though he'd never even held a baby before ours

He is adored and loved more than he even knows

He is fun and takes us on new adventures...and he works hard so that we can take vacations and trips we wont soon forget

He is easy to talk to and a good listener

and his hugs and kisses are pretty great too.

He's our one and only and we could not be more proud of the man he is.
Happy Birthday Daddy.
Mama, Logan and Lauren


photographs and memories...

I spent most of yesterday afternoon organizing and placing photos into photo albums. It is amazing how far I am behind. I was reminded how it is way too easy to share photos online and not have to actually print them out and put them in photo albums...but due to all the problems we've had in the last six months or so with our computer I didn't want to take any chances and ordered another 500 pictures for printing today. That sounds like a lot but it only got me through January 2008. Seriously.

One of the most hilarious photos I came across is this one, which I am totally embarrassed to share but hey, it was my reality not too long ago.

Yes, that one on the right is my disgustingly swollen pregnant foot in September 2006. People probably think I exaggerate when I tell them I had Fred Flintstone feet, but you can see compared to my mom's foot on the left, my feet were freakishly swollen. Thank you Lord it has not been near as bad this time around.

I also love how you can see my bags were packed for the hospital and the outfits we planned to bring the [then gender unknown] baby home in were ready to go. I think I may have had Logan the day after this photo was taken.

And so I printed up months and months of photos of Logan today. I was thankful I took photos like this one every month where you can identify how old he was. The kiddo looked almost exactly the same for a period of months and then all of the sudden he grew taller, started walking, and his face went from round to oval, etc. It is amazing how fast they grow.

This time around I am taking a similar approach but with less time on my hands I discovered this brilliant idea:

...adorable little monthly stickers that go straight on to a onesie. I can't tell you how many "oops" pictures I have of Logan trying to eat my signs or drooling on them. I think these will make the process a little easier (and it doesn't hurt that they are so darn cute).

Even though it can cost a lot of time and effort to print, store, upload, organize and edit photos, I was reminded yesterday as I went through the piles just how priceless those little photos really are. Each little photo captures moments of time - and usually the little details we have long forgotten until we stop to enjoy them again.

Sitting in our bed last night, Ryan and I went through several albums with Logan just eating up the photos of himself growing up ("dat baby Nogan! awww!"), and it was such a nice memory in itself. So in the meantime, I'll keep on printing and collecting these albums and taking the time to stop and show Logan and Lauren the years of photos we will have collected of their precious childhood - and in turn it is my hope that they will discover just how sweet our life has been because they were in it...


...and adding to that reality

Today I learned that Ms. Lauren is already in the six pound range. Yes, you read that right: SIX POUNDS and I am just over 34 weeks. It is no wonder I am feeling so huge. She's in the 83rd percentile for her weight.

Right now the plan is another ultrasound closer to 38 weeks to get a good estimate on her weight. In the meantime, I broke down and bought a few more maternity shirts that will hopefully cover this giant belly for the next couple of weeks...and if all else fails, Mimi has loaned me her mu-mu :)


34 weeks

[from www.babycenter.com]:

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well.


Your baby is a porker. She's stretching out your skin to the point you think it will burst and using your ribs and other internal organs as a punching bag. She does yoga on your bladder daily. That pizza/chicken sandwich/bowl of cereal you ate earlier will give you acid indegestion tonight and you'll be up at 3:00 a.m. for another round of Pepcid AC. Your feet? Heck no you can't see them, much less do something about the swelling. Tomorrow you will wake up yet again with a pounding sinus headache that will be relieved by well, nothing...but you'll anticipate her arrival more than ever and not for the reasons mentioned above. Just keep waiting. She'll be here before you know it.