Making Everyday Memories

Some of my favorite memories of this year so far…

The moment Jackson was born. So amazing to have done this twice, I feel incredibly blessed.

Jackson’s smile. To die for, loving those double dimples.

The fun adventures we have experienced recently in our new neighborhood.

Jameson’s smile. Love that handsome little boy.

Watching my two sons bond. Even at this young age I can tell that they are going to be best friends.

And us. Our little family of four.

 

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Latest Video: Jameson At 2 years old Using his Prosthesis or we call it his ‘helper’ arm

Video: Last night Jameson wearing his left helper! He’s amazing at just two years old!

Getting Back To My Creative Self

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Being creative makes me happy!

The past few years have been a little rough and somewhere in there I lost touch with that part of myself. Too much time was spent worrying about Jameson and making sure he would be okay. And not to mention five pregnancies, doctor visit after doctor visit, and of course all the time spent raising funds for prosthetics. But now things have calmed down and we are so blessed to have two beautiful healthy children, a new house and I am proud to say that Jameson is thriving and doing amazing!

With our new-found down time and a bigger home I can get back to doing healthy activities with my family. Some of those activities involve arts and crafts and ” do it yourself” projects! With a Bachelors’s Degree in Design, I like to think of myself as a creative person and I could not be more excited for all the possibilities!

My boys are still a little bit young for most of the projects I have in mind, but I love the thought of one day being able to create something together.

With that being said:

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With Halloween just around the corner, I decided to take all the pickle jars (about eight of them) that I saved this last year (I was pregnant ok) and turn them into colorful jack o’lanterns or rather “jar” o’ lanterns!

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NEXT:

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THE LAST STEP:

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Easy peasy!

 

Back At It… For Now!

It’s been a while since I last posted. One word describes our little Davis Family right now- CRAZY!

We’ve had two major life changes. The first being (of course) having a baby and second we went and uprooted ourselves after spending nine years in one place. It all happened a few weeks after Jack was born. One evening we had a brief discussion about feeling like we needed more room and up and decided to move to a new home right then and there. Our old house was feeling a bit small with the birth of our second child and after an opportunity to move to a bigger place presented itself, we went for it! The whole move was last-minute for all parties involved and needed to be accomplished in less than three weeks.  In retrospect, we probably should have thought it through a little more, but the excitement of a new home had us believing that it wouldn’t be that bad!

Boy, were we wrong. Not only did we have more “stuff” than we thought, it was over 100 degrees most of the days during the move, two-year olds don’t help pack (they unpack), newborns are needy (lol),  power outages and storms caused us some damage, and surprise- many people were unavailable when we needed help. If I would have had the money to hire a moving crew, I would have paid them a million dollars.

To say the least it was a really tough move, but we did it and we love our new home! There are many great things about it. We have lots more space and there is a fantastic view of the river nearby. We are still in the same city, but in a new area which is much closer to my husbands work. Overall, we are so happy we did it, but greatly looking forward to when we can finally get settled in. We still have a little ways to go.  image

 

Jameson is now two and a half! He is talking up a storm and can count to ten, most of the time (sometimes he skips over nine and ten and goes straight to fourteen).  He has a new room with airplanes and he is soon to have a toddler bed and to be potty trained. We hope.  With all this moving hoopla and baby brothers it has been quite the busy summer for Jameson. But we have managed to squeeze swim lessons in there and fun times at grandma’s pool. He also continues to be quite brilliant when it comes to wearing his prosthesis. Jameson is an amazing kid with a new hair style to boot!

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Jackson is now almost three months old! He is nearly 13 pounds and quite chubby and cute. He is such a sweetie who smiles all the time probably so that he can show off his adorable double dimples. He loves to watch and listen to his big brother play with Mike the Knight and tell him stories. We like to call him Jack most of the time. And just yesterday he started to giggle, even though he has been cooing and squealing for a few weeks now! imageimage

Jim and I just celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary! We have lots to give thanks for, we especially love our boys and feel so very blessed! image

Baby Davis #2 is here!

Saturday, May 31st 2014, we welcomed with love, baby boy Jackson Gene Davis! He came into the world at 2:02 am weighing 6 lbs 13 oz (exactly what big brother weighed) and was 19″ long.  

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Jackson’s Birth Story

On Friday May 30th, I went into my Obgyn’s office for my 39th week check up. The appointment was at 10am and I was feeling slightly “off” that morning, crampy and really wanted to clean ( cliché I know but it was how I felt). My doctor checked my cervix and I was only dilated to a 1.5 so we started talking induction for June 11th, assuming this  little guy was going to be late just like big brother. Jim and I left the office thinking we had two more weeks or so left.  As we drove away I swore I felt like I was having mild contractions but didn’t think much of it. We got home where Jameson was with grandma and grandpa and told them it could be a few more weeks. As we got lunch ready I began having contractions, could this be it, I wondered? It was so surreal as I had never gone into spontaneous labor before.  Both Jim and I got excited and we decided to go for a walk instead of eat lunch. If this was real labor, walking would help keep the contractions coming.  By 2:00 pm we had timed them for over an hour at 2-3 minutes apart, lasting  45 seconds so I called my OB’s office and they wanted me to come in ASAP.

After frantically packing and getting Jameson all squared away with grandma, we went back to my OB’s office. If I was making progress dilating they would admit me to Labor & Delivery. I was 4 cm so they admitted me. Off to the hospital we went. Jim and I were ecstatic! This is exactly how we both had hoped labor would start this time. Soon we would meet our second son!

We got checked into our room at about 4:00 pm. Contractions started getting more painful and I was  informed that I could not receive an epidural until 8:30 that night. This was because they wanted the Heparin blood thinners I was taking out of my system.  A little bit of unfortunate news for me but I had no choice, instead we walked the halls of the hospital and labored au naturale for 4 1/2 more hours. At 8:30 pm I  received an epidural.  As I shifted around on the bed to have it placed, my water broke. After the epidural I felt so much better and a lot more calm. A few hours later the nurse check my cervix and said I wasn’t making much progress so Pitocin was started to intensify my contractions and speed things up since my water had already been broken. They told me to get some rest because it could still be a while, but I was unable to sleep. The baby’s heart rate was doing crazy decelerations with each contraction which worried me. I labored for 8 more hours (total in all was 12).

Towards the end, baby’s heart rate decelerated pretty low and would not come back up. I was terrified, it was barely beating anymore. My OB came in in a hurry, checked me, fully dilated (thank The Lord) and then said “we have to get this baby out NOW” I pushed through three contractions and out he came with a little cry letting us know he was okay. I have never been so relieved in my life and I couldn’t believe that I got him out so fast (pushed for two hours with Jameson). It turned out he had a nuchal cord or non medical language-the cord was wrapped around his neck. He is doing great now and we think he looks a lot like his brother! You can’t tell in these pictures, but he has the biggest, cutest dimples in each of his cheeks. We are so in love and feel so blessed to finally have this little peanut out safely and in our arms.image

Jameson is a little young to fully understand what’s going on, but so far he loves baby brother and even helps mama by bring Jackson diapers and toys. He is also very gentle with the baby and says to me “mama he is fragile”!

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The Countdown Is On!

In three weeks, give or take a few days, we will officially become a family of four! We could not be more excited! Jameson, however, has no idea what is about to rock his world. We have prepped him as much as we can, but I have a feeling that he thinks I just have a giant belly now, no big deal. This mysterious baby brother we speak of is apparently in dad’s and his tummy as well!image

Meanwhile, we have been very busy getting ready for baby and trying to spend as much time together as just the three of us. We also decided not to make any major changes to Jameson’s routine until after he and baby are settled into their new “world” for a few months. At that time we will work on moving Jameson to a “big boy” bed, potty training, and travel back to Portland for an adjustment/occupational therapy for his prosthesis. Speaking of the prosthesis, we continue to wear them daily and he now knows exactly how to open the hand! The process is steady and he is well on his way to understanding their importance.imageimage

We have been enjoying our time together before our lives get a little bit more crazy. The weather could not be any better, spring has been beautiful here in the Northwest! Jameson received a playhouse from Grandma Diane, which he loves! Jim is building a potting bench for me (currently in search of an old window and rusty old shelf brackets to add to it), and with the little energy I have left, I am planting a patio garden.😀image image image image image image image image