Monday, November 30, 2009

A 3 generation birthday!

Today I turn 30!!

This is an extra, extra. extra special day!! Wanna know why?? Not only was I born on November 30th but my dad was too! Wanna know something even crazier??? So was his dad!! YES....a 3 generation birthday.....100% planning involved!!

When I found out I was pregnant (it wasn't really planned either) my due date was November 10th. I am pretty sure the ENTIRE family was praying I'd go to the 30th!! the doctors would ever let that happen! Tessa and my cervix would let that happen!!

Happy Birthday Dad!!

He turned 19 the day I was born!!

Happy Birthday Papa Max.....I know you are looking down on us and we sure do miss you!!!

I wish you would have been able to meet Tony and boy do I wish you could have met Tessa. You two would get a pretty BIG kick out of each other!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Before I get to what you really visit this blog of Tessa....I wanted to share a few things with you. We have soooo much to be thankful for and not a day goes by that I do not thank God for all our blessings. THANK YOU!!

I want to share a funny story about a Thanksgiving a few years ago....

We had just finished a feast at Tony's grandma's house and we all were feeling very sleepy. We chalked it up to the turkey and its L-tryptophan. A few hours later we found out that his grandma's kitchen had gone up in smoke....she was okay but the kitchen was not. Come to find out there was a gas leak! It wasn't the turkey making us was us being poised by the gas!!

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So now to the good stuff! We get a workout on Thanksgiving and usually visit 3 houses. This year we only made it to 2 (SORRY Grandpa Ed and Grandma Karan) and were still pooped when we got home! First we saw my side of the family at my Aunt Jodi's house.....

This is Tessa's cousin Vincent. He was born about a month after she was.

Tessa tried so hard to give him a kiss....she LOVES giving those these days!

But Dallas was more receptive than Vincent was....

She settled for the temple!

After a few pics we notice he started holding her hand....

I think he was intimidated by her age....

Wonder what she is thinking??

Tessa's first of MANY helpings of mashed potatoes!

Just as we were about the leave he loosened up!

My cousin Vinny!

Then we packed up and headed over to Aunt Angie's house to see most of Tony's family....

Playing ball with Uncle Eddy and Daddy

too much mashed potatoes and turkey = unbuttoned jeans!

She gets cousin Aidan's hand-me-downs....we LOVE us some Chuck Taylors!!

she's trying soooo hard to crawl....maybe for Christmas??

Our designated driver....KIDDING!

This pic pretty much sums it up....



Saturday, November 21, 2009

Oh my soul!!!

I'm not sure the real meaning of the phrase "Oh my soul" but I saw it on Courtney Vickers' blog a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. I think it is something you would say when your heart is full of smiles.

Well, this evening Courtney posted a little sneak peek of her pictures of Tessa from 2 weeks ago and guess what slipped out when I saw them...."Oh my soul!!"

Check them out HERE!!!

Courtney is in the Tampa Bay area and an AMAZING photographer....just take a look around her blog or'll see!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

There's no place like home!

Today marks a WHOLE year that Tessa has been home! After spending 3.5 months in the NICU we got to bring our TINY baby girl home on November 19, 2008.It was such a nerve racking day. We were so dang excited to get her out of that germy hospital but so dang scared to bring here to our germy house!

Some of the things that ran through my head that day....What if she doesn't sleep? What if she sleeps too much? How will I know if she is dehydrated (I still think about that OFTEN!) What if I drop her? Now this one may have just been a weird worry that only I thought of but I was terrified that when going thru a doorway I would bang her head on it!! WHAT??? I know....I never did....until a few months ago and it wasn't too hard....but is that something any of you ever thought of?? And speaking of banging heads sweet little Tessa rolled off the sofa yesterday as I ran into the kitchen to grab some paper and a pen. Tessa isn't very mobile yet so falling of the sofa hasn't been a huge concern...until now! No real visible marks and she seemed to be okay after the initial shock. As for heart is still broken and I think it will be some time before I forgive myself!!

Well....I am HAPPY and BLESSED to say she survived the first year at home....aside from that roll off! And can I add that she hasn't even been sick....well a runny nose once and a debatable ear infection but nothing else!! Not sure if that is a good thing...she either has a SUPER gene that is keeping her healthy or I am such a freak about germs that she really hasn't come into contact with many...???

I went thru the HUNDREDS of pics taken over the last year and then it donned on've seen them all! So here are pictures of her NICU Journey. I must warn you, there was a period when she was VERY sick and did not look like a baby should but I am posting those just to remind you (an me) just how amazing Tessa is and how she truly is a miracle!!

Sweet TINY Tessa....less than 24 hours old

The first time in momma's arms ~ 8-11-08

Daddy's BIG hand ~ 8-13-08

First time in daddy's arms ~ 8-14-08

Max, meet your niece Tessa ~ 8-19-08

Starting to get VERY sick and retain this point she was medically sedated and paralyzed and on a high frequency ventilator~ 8-29-08

Her poor little body retained so much fluid to fight off the one point her white blood cell count was the highest the NICU had ever seen ~ 8-31-09

She had so much edema that if you pressed on her skin with your finger the indent would last for minutes before it went back. Her skin had stretched so much that she began to peel and bruise ~ 9-6-08

On the mend...and taking her time "waking up" ~ 9-14-08

4 generations...Great Grandma Imogene, Grandma Marsha, Mommy and Tessa ~ 9-14-08

My little skin head...starting to open her eyes again ~ 9-25-08

Daddy helping her get comfy ~ 10-4-08

Stylin & profilin...even wearin shoes ~ 10-9-08

Just hanging out in some micro preemie clothes ~ 10-11-08

NICU CRIBS ~ 10-13-08

No more breathing tube! This pic and the next reminds me of Kenny Chesney....have you seen him with is cowboy hat off??? ~ 10-19-08

Knock Knock it' sweet lil ol' Tessa ~ 10-19-08

Having a bottle for the first time courtesy of daddy ~ 10-23-08

Happy Halloween ~ 10-31-08

Movin on the 3rd floor nursery....can you say DISCHARGE??!! ~ 11-14-08

Nurse Stephanie telling Tessa to behave when she goes home and to stay healthy ~ 11-15-08

Car seat Test ~ 11-18-08

The day has FINALLY come...saying goodbye to our daytime nurses...Stephanie 1 and Stephany 2. Tessa doesn't seem to be as excited as I was to blow that joint! ~ 11-19-08

Last pic in the NICU ~ 11-19-08

First pics at home ~ 11-19-08

There's no place like home!

Straight from Heaven....

Before you log off I want to ask that you think of and say a prayer for all the babies in NICUs right now and for all the babies that will never leave the hospital. We have been blessed beyond words!