Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The last of the birthday fun! (warning LOTS of pictures!)

This will be the last of the birthday journals. Yesterday we had SOOO much fun! This year Regan decided that instead of having a birthday party she wanted to go to Libby Lu for make overs. She picked one friend to invite to go with her to be treated to a day of pampering. Then on Saturday Katie called to let me know that Libby Lu had gone out of business and the store was closed. OH NO!!! When Regan heard she started crying. My mom and I went into plan B mode and were trying to find something else fun for the girls to do. We knew that Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique was opening soon. We were able to make reservations for the same day and time that we were going to do Libby Lu!! Bibbidi Bobbidi boutique turned out to be even better and we were happy that it turned out the way that it did. Poppie Regan and I got their early went on a ride, had lunch, she did some shopping with her Disney b-day gift card, and played some games. OK, if you know Regan than you know that she has a LOVE of alligators. It could not have worked out more perfectly that she won a pink alligator!!!! It was too cute!!!

After all of our fun over at California Adventure we headed over to Disney Land to meet up with Regan's friend Belen and her beautiful mommy. The girls had so much fun. They were made over by their own personal fairy god mother in training.


Saying goodbye is so hard to do......

It was such a fun day! I think it will be a day that Regan will remember forever. Thank you Belen and Katie for coming to play with us for the day! Thank you Mom so much for coming down here this past weekend to share this with us. You made it even more special just by being here! You are a wonderful Poppie and Mom!!! Regan's 5th birthday has been a special and fun one for so many reasons. Thank you to everyone that helped us celebrate it!!!! Oh, I can't believe my baby is 5!!!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Regan's Birthday fun! Take II

Regan's Birthday morning she woke up to the house decorated with balloons and signs that Mommy and Poppi put up the night before. Daddy made her Mickey pancakes with a candle just the way she likes them. Later that night we went to Jason's parents and had a little family party for Regan and of course she got spoiled rotten!!!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Regan!!!

Happy Birthday sweet baby girl!!! Five years ago today we were blessed to have Regan come into our family! She is such a wonderful blessing in so many ways!! She truly completes our family and is such an important part of it. I am one lucky Mommy!!! Since Regan is turning 5 I will share 5 fun things about Regan.....

1. She is an amazing sister and is so kind to Collin. She will tell you that he is her best friend and that she will marry him some day... wink! (don't worry we don't live in the south any more. None of that will be going on here! wink!)

2. Regan LOVES anything fancy.... sun glasses, accessories, dresses, jewels, you name it she loves it!

3. Regan is very smart. She is a quick learner and she is also smart with her wit. She has some of the cutest and funniest things come out of her mouth at times.

4. When Regan grows up she wants to be an artist. She LOVES being crafty... drawing, painting, building things, or making stories. I will be the first in line to buy her first piece of art work some day!

5. Regan loves with her whole heart. She let's you know all of the time that she loves you. She is generous with her lovin' and she loves to cuddle.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Regan's Birthday fun! Take I

Regan started celebrating her birthday on Friday at school. She picked out the perfect rainbow cake and Poppi, Great Grandma Jo, and I brought it to school. It was a fun way to start of all of the birthday festivities.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

My sweet little baby girl

Tonight while I was packing goodie bags and getting things ready for Regan’s class birthday party tomorrow, it made me stop and think for a moment. My baby is going to be five years old!!! The time has just flown by. She is such an amazing, sweet, funny, talented, thoughtful, loving, dramatic, creative, and fun little girl!!! I could not even being to imagine my life with out her.

Making the decision to have another child after getting Collin’s diagnosis was hard. If you were to ask me when Collin was little when we were going to have another child I would always respond “ask me in a year.” The first several years of Collin’s life were filled with surgery after surgery and constant hospital visits. The thought of having another child was overwhelming. When Collin was three years old we finally got the diagnosis of Trichothiodystrophy. At this time we also found out that it is an autumnal recessive genetic illness. In other words Jason and I are both gene carries and there is a 25 percent chance that any child we had would also have TTD. Jason and I both knew that we would love to have more children but were scared at the thought of having to watch another child endure and go through everything that we had to watch Collin go through. Also, Collin is, and always has been very demanding physically and emotionally. I didn’t know if I could physically take care of two children with TTD.

Then it happened we put our trust in the Lord. Jason and I had both been feeling like we needed to have another child very strongly. We fasted, prayed, and talked a LOT. One evening while we were in the temple it was as if I was getting a slap in the back of the head and an overwhelming feeling of “don’t you trust me?” Jason and I both walked away that night knowing that we had received the answer to our prayers. We didn’t want to tell anyone that we were going to try to have a baby BUT we needed to tell Jason’s mother “just in case.” What do I mean by just in case? Well, with Collin my pregnancy was awful and I was on bed rest by 26 weeks. I knew that if the same thing happened with this baby I would need a TON of help with a very demanding child. We talked to Jason’s mother and she was so excited that we were at a point were we felt good about it. She was more than happy to be there to help “just in case.”

All Jason had to do was look at me and I was pregnant. Wink! We were both so excited when we got the conformation that I was in fact pregnant. We received mixed reactions from friends and family. Some were very happy and others were surprised that we would choose to have another child knowing the risk. When everyone got over the initial shock I have to say they were very supportive. My pregnancy with Regan was wonderful! It was so much different than my pregnancy with Collin. I felt such comfort and peace the entire time. I was not sick and LOVED the opportunity I had to eat, blame it on the baby, and manage to actually keep it down.
Regan came later than we had expected. Now looking back I think it was one of her first selfless acts. The week that I was due to have Regan ,Collin was being honored by Jon Wooden for being the most inspirational student for our school district. I was so sad that I was going to miss it but to my surprise Regan stayed put in my tummy so that I could enjoy that night. I was HUGE, uncomfortable, and she was kicking and making her presence known the entire time but I was so thankful that I didn’t miss it.

Regan’s birth was so wonderful. Once she FINALLY decided to come into this world and join our family I was so thrilled. By this point I had tried everything to start labor and she made it very clear that she was going to come on her own terms. The delivery was so beautiful. I was able to pull her out myself and then immediately have her on my chest. This was a new and amazing experience. With Collin they rushed him away to intabate him and I didn’t ever get to see him. Jason was so excited to be able to cut her cord another first that we did not have with Collin’s delivery. The day was perfect. From the moment that she came into this world she fit perfectly into our family. She was such an amazing baby and is now such a caring big sister. She is not daunted at all by all that she is asked to do or give up because of her sweet brother.

She is an amazing little girl and I feel so blessed to be her mommy!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spring Break Fun

This one is for my Dad. I got a phone call today wondering if everything was ok since I haven't updated in a bit. After the typical grandparent grief I agreed to post tonight. There isn't much going on here so I thought I would catch up on our Spring break. Collin had a hard time over Spring break week BUT we did manage to squeeze in some fun. We went to a fun B-day party for Austin, went to Disney with Nana and Andrea, and took Great Grandma Jo to the Aquarium.

Sunday, April 19, 2009