Wednesday, July 21, 2010

jonah's first time at church

this past sunday we took jonah to church for the first time! we got a picture right before we went in, just like we did the first time we took noah to church! gary introduced jonah and the congregation just clapped and clapped :) pretty sure they think he's a keeper!

our church is so special to us - jamie's grandpa, milton (who noah is named after), was the founding pastor and now jamie's dad, gary, is our pastor. my parents and sisters actually attended church there for a little while, back when i was in highschool, but i only visited with them once...isn't it crazy how i could have met jamie way back then, but never did?!...that could be an entirely other post! i started going to Victory Temple when jamie and i were dating and it is the church we were married in nearly 5 years ago - July 23, 2005 (yep, our anniversary is this FRIDAY!!!!!). i love having a close church family - somewhere where everyone truly feels welcome and accepted. the church LOVES noah and jonah so much...they are so blessed to have such a large "extended" family :)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

He's Here!!

Jonah Norman Brown arrived at 8:28 am July 8, 2010

8 pounds 11 ounces and 20 inches of pure sweetness!

we had an interesting (the electricity went out in the entire town for 10 hours! no air conditioning or lights at the hospital except for fans and some backup lights!!), yet short time in the hospital (we got to come home on friday morning! a full day early!!) and have been enjoying our little man, and his big bubba, this weekend!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

blah blog

i need a blog update...anyone care to make me a custom background?? i'm having fun making headers with picnik, but i can't find any backgrounds that match the "feeling" of my blog...

Sunday, July 4, 2010


i'm addicted to the collage feature on! too much fun!!

sweet friends

although friday started off disappointing, it was quickly remedied by getting to spend time with one of my best friends and her hubby, brooke and craig pachlhofer.

let me just tell you about these guys...

brooke and i became fast friends our junior year of high school during our spanish 2 class...brookie cookie and kacee cassandra! people used to ask us if we were sisters!! we are very much alike in some ways, and very different in others, our birthdays are exactly a week apart, and she will always be one of my dearest friends...

kacee and brooke at the mr./mrs. ghs pageant - April 2004

craig and jamie were friends all through high school as well...then craig went off and joined the air force and became a pilot. jamie didn't get to see him too often, but they always remained friends.craig and jamie (center) at a high school banquet - 1999 or 2000

in 2005 while jamie and i were dating/planning our wedding, we introduced craig to brooke. the first meeting wasn't great because it involved our cat dying that night..long story for another day. but when they met again at our wedding {devious jamie and i had arranged for them to be paired up in the wedding ceremony} it was a different story....

craig and brooke rehearsing for our wedding (see me watching from the doorway?)

brooke at our wedding - july 23, 2005

craig called jamie on our honeymoon to ask for brooke's phone number...and 5 years later the rest is history! they got married in october 2006 - jamie and i were both in their wedding.

brooke and her bridesmaids-october 18, 2006 (i am on the far left)

craig and his groomsmen

we have remained close friends, even though craig's job forces them to travel to far off military bases, they are the kind of friends that we can see once or twice a year and pick up exactly where we left off...we dream of living side by side with a white picket fence between our yards and our kids growing up together...

the guys and the gals at the Lodes' wedding - May 2007

July 2007 - visiting the pachlhofer home in mississippi

December 2009 - girls night out!

April 2010 - shower hosted by brooke for baby jonah!

so anyways we went out to Cheddar's for dinner {i had something so yummy - baked spaghetti! "spasagna" YUMMO!!} and then to the movies for The Last Airbender (we had no idea that it was a children's movie! haha! of course jamie loved it! craig, brooke, and i nearly fell asleep several times!)

craig and brooke will be back in town next weekend visiting family and i'm so excited because they will get to meet jonah!!! when i had noah back in 2008, brooke came home to visit, and got to spend some time with noah...she even came over early one morning to cook me breakfast and clean my house! you don't find friends like her everyday! makes me tear up just thinking about it...

craig will be deploying overseas later this month and will be gone for 6 months! we are gonna miss him so much!! hopefully brooke will get to come home a lot and spend lots of time with me and the boys! :) please remember these dear friends in your prayers!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

38 weeks 5 days

**my creative mama took some preggo pics for us yesterday afternoon**

jamie and i went for my last official appointment yesterday before our scheduled c-section next went something like this:

{in the car}
jamie: kacee, i don't want to make you mad, but i really don't think we are gonna have the baby today
kacee: i don't want to talk to you

{in the ultrasound room}
kacee: ms. rachel, please find a reason to keep me today! please, please, please!!! i'm begging you!!
ms. rachel: don't freak out kacee, the baby looks awesome and is weighing in at almost exactly 8 pounds **and shows to be 39 weeks 6 days**...fluids look you want another picture?
kacee: no, all you can see is a squished cheek

{in the dr's office}
dr. cayer: well, we're not having this kid today. i've got 3 in delivery and i'm in a bad mood...chair almost falls out from underneath him...
jamie: and someone is trying to sabotage you!
kacee: please, i'm nearly 39 weeks!! i'm MISERABLE! we drive an hour and a half..what if my water breaks on 4th of july??!! will you be here this weekend? i'm soooo ready!!!! will you at least check me to see if i'm dilated?
dr. cayer: no! then i might accidentally put you into labor!

{in the parking lot and in the car}
i burst into tears as soon as my feet hit the parking lot...i was just really hoping to meet jonah today - poor jamie couldn't do a thing to console me, but i finally calmed down around the time we reached poteau and realized that i should be extremely thankful that this pregnancy has been so healthy that they can't find a single reason to take the baby 2 days early! i haven't had a single issue with my blood pressure (last time i was on bed rest for 3 weeks because they thought i had preeclampsia...i didn't, i just had pregnancy induced high blood pressure) 39 weeks noah's fluids were low (this baby, no matter how squished is still swimming around in plenty of amniotic fluid)...i was able to work all the way through this pregnancy which was such a blessing and a distraction from the total misery at some points...jonah is going to be a beautiful, big boy! i can't wait to meet him and see our family of 3 become a family of 4!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

sleep deprieved

**can't remember if i posted a picture of jonah's diaper bag yet or not! so here it is! Thanks Keep it Gypsy!!**

it's 4:40 am... not a time i like to see...i can hear jamie snoring..yes, jamie, you do snore! i'm wide awake (sorta) playing on the computer because this crazy, active baby in my belly will not let me sleep!!! i swear heartburn will be the death of me yet! and i just ran out of Titralac! what's a girl to do??

this past week has been pretty interesting...we went to the dr's last friday for my 37 week check up and my belly measured 41...i knew i felt huge this time but i wasn't prepared for that!! so the midwife ordered an ultrasound to get a glimpse of how big this kid may be...sweet nurse Ruby did my ultrasound...she was the nurse in the room when i was born! how cool is that?! we chatted about my pregnancies and caught up on old times! haha! she is in home videos from my birth and my sister's birth! (the same dr delivered all three of us, but Ruby was only there for the first 2) anyways, when she started trying to measure jonah, she couldn't see all of his head...he is LOW! she got good measurements of his tummy and femur and it was estimated that he was about 8 1/2 pounds and his "gestastional age" was 38 weeks 6 days! woah!!! it should have been 37 weeks 4 days! so needless to say, i'm cooked! this baby is ready! "any day now" the midwife said.

well that was almost a week ago, and i'm still pregnant! i've been so paranoid that my water would break at some inopportune while i'm putting sealants on some kids teeth, or at the grocery store waddling along the aisles...but alas, it has not happened. i'm having some contractions, but nothing regular...mostly i'm just feeling a lot of cramping and pressure very low. and jonah never stops moving! i'm sure he is very uncomfortable and would just like to come out and see his mommy, daddy, and brother!!

we went walking around our neighborhood tonight after dinner...still no major contractions! just terrible heartburn that won't let up and so much pressure there is no way i can lay down without being uncomfortable.

we go back to the dr on friday morning...scheduled for another ultrasound at 9 am and then a meeting with dr. cayer at 9:30. i'm praying they keep me! it makes me so nervous to be this far along, knowing that i am planning to have a cesarian, and at any moment i could go into labor and be an hour and a half away from the hospital.

sorry for all the venting! i'm just so ready to meet jonah!!

in other news:

tomorrow is my last day of work!!! our office is closed next week for 4th of July vacation, so officially i only have one more day! that is if i'm able to stay awake after this crazy, no sleep night!

noah is on a Cars marathon/kick thing right now. he loves all things Lightning McQueen - and jamie and i have subsequently memorized the entire movie. noah has a stuffed lightning and we say "what does lightning say?" and noah will say "achowww" (kachow is the sound he makes in the movie) so cute!

noah is really starting to talk a LOT lately! he says some form of "bubble" when he is in the bath playing with the bubbles, "more" almost in question form, like can i have more...especially if we're eating ice cream!, "hop up" because we are always telling him to hop up in the car, hop up on the couch, etc...he still talks in "Noahese" and motions with his hands quite a bit. we all get a kick out of his ramblings. and the kid loves to sing! he knows all the motions to this song called "Rock A Bye Your Teddy Bear" and he "sings" it to his build a bear and does the motions! he also breaks out into song and dance at random sil jenny got a great video of him singing and dancing while they were at the Oklahoma Aquarium this past weekend.

okay i think that about does it for the's now 5:05 am! ahh! i really need some sleep!! good night i hope!