Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Better Late Than Never!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
His cake matched the invitations...I just loved it!
Hudson and Reid playing in the balls.
Avery, Tanner, and Colton playing in the duck pond.
Colton, Quinn, Emily, Jacob, and Chapman playing in the balls. (They were a hit!)
Sweet baby Stone in the background, Jacob, and Reid all taking a break!
We made a last minute decision and pulled his high chair outside. I was VERY GLAD we did this once it was all over!!
Trying out the icing. He wasn't a big fan of the icing...he wanted the cake!
After Hudson was done with the smash cake, he promptly got a bath. It was also nearing many of his friends naptimes, so most of them started heading home. He opened a few gifts before he went down for a nap himself. I'm not sure if he enjoyed the toys more, or the paper!
Unwrapping a wooden train.
Griffin helping Hudson unwrap a gift.
This picture just cracks me up...it looks like Griffin and Hudson are discussing the toy!
Taking a ride on his new bulldozer.
Nana got inside Hudson's tunnel and he thought it was hilarious!
It was such a wonderful day and I still can't quite comprehend that a year has gone by!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Happy Birthday Baby!
Is Hudson really one today??? I just can't believe it. If it is true what people say...that each year will go faster and faster, then I wish I could have a pause button every once in a while because having a child is the most amazing gift and I truly do want to cherish every moment. (Even the trying ones!) Every month I take a picture of Hudson next to his pillow and today wasn't any different. I put all of his montly pictures below so you can see how he has changed. It is amazing to me! He really does seem to get more fun as each week passes. He is definitely in to EVERYTHING these days. He doesn't like it when mommy says no, but is finally learning to stop when mommy says it! I get a grunt and a stare down in return, but we are making progress. :) He loves getting under things...like tables, toys, or legs that are propped up. He "talks" all the time, but his words that we can understand still consist mostly of mama and dada. He is starting to want to cuddle a little bit more which I LOVE! When I walk into his room for nap time, he immediately lays his head on my shoulder and grabs my arm...it completely melts my heart. He is drinking milk from his sippy cup like a pro now and eating many new "real" food items each week. He continues to be extremely social, but has acted shy a few times by burying his head in me when we see someone. Too cute! This past year has truly been amazing and I can't wait to see what this next year holds.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
"A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities." ~Eda J. Le Shan
"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." ~Author Unknown
Monday, August 11, 2008
"Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven." ~Henry Ward Beecher
Kelly on the way to the hospital.
Kelly was so excited the entire way to the hospital. I had mixed emotions since Hudson wasn't due for another month...I was a little scared that something might be wrong and that he would be too small. Also, since it was our first baby and I didn't really know what was going on, I wasn't totally convinced that my water had broken. (Although something was definitely happening!)
When we got checked in, they had me change into a gown and the sweetest nurse ever came to check me. We were shocked to find out that I was 4 centimeters dilated! They said I would be having a baby that day. At that point, all of the family and some of our wonderful friends started arriving. All of my Oklahoma family made it just in time to see us...it was perfect!
Our last picture as a family of two!
Not long after being hooked up to all of the machines, my blood pressure spiked and they had to put me on magnesium. The magnesium was probably the worst thing out of my pregnancy and delivery...it makes you feel like you are on fire and like you have the flu...not fun! I started getting uncomfortable after a few hours and asked for the epidural. (Love the epidural!) Dr. Elliott came to check me around 12:45 and I was fuly dilated. It was time to begin pushing! I couldn't believe how fast everything was moving at that point. I began pushing at 1:00 and Hudson arrived at 3:39. Yes, 2 1/2 hours of pushing! I remember talking up a storm the first 2 hours. Dr. Elliott, Allison (the sweet nurse), Kelly and I learned a lot about each other and we were laughing and telling all sorts of stories in between pushes. Then, I remember the last half hour getting really tired and everyone just telling me that Hudson was almost there...they were all so supportive and I couldn't have asked for a more positive bunch of people. Hudson finally arrived and he was5 pounds, 10 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long. He was small, but he was perfect!
Hudson's first picture in the labor and delivery room.
Our new family!
They let Kelly go into the nursery and help put Hudson's first diaper on after his bath. We truly loved the hospital and everyone in it.
All swaddled up.
This is a picture the next day when they came to take his hospital pictures. It shows just how small he was. It is so hard to believe he was ever that little...sweet baby boy. He will be one in two days...unbelievable!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Let the Countdown Begin!
Taking a very close second to mommy and daddy is George, Hudson's monkey lovie. We now have 3 "George" lovies that go everywhere with us. One George lives in the crib, one in the car, and one is always on stand by.
YoBaby yogurt...Hudson is addicted!!! He eats one every day for a snack. He gets so excited when he sees it come out of the refrigerator and even gets excited at the grocery store when he sees it!!
Splashing in the bathtub! Hudson is a pro at soaking whoever is giving him a bath and he cries every night when he has to get out of the tub. I truly think this is one of his favorite times of each day.
Paper! Hudson LOVES paper and cracks up if you tear paper...it is absolutely hilarious!
Playing with anything that IS NOT a toy! Here he is playing with a remote (an all time favorite) and a laundry basket. Add in a cell phone, calculator, hanger, and a flip flop and you would think you had a toy store!
Swimming! Whether it be the lake or the pool, Hudson is definitely a little fish at heart. He absolutely loves being in the water. He gets so excited everytime we get in...he immediately starts splashing away!
Drinking from a water bottle or a straw. Enough said! Rough-housing!! Hudson loves being thrown in the air, "flown" around the house, being held upside down, being tickled...you name it...he is ALL boy!