Saturday, April 23, 2016

Jake Micheal Payne

My baby boy is here! I don't even know where to begin. My feelings are so raw right now I can hardly type without tearing up. Deep breath... here we go...

I guess the perfect place to start is the day before Luke was born. We were at the park with the kids having a great time. I was waddling around rejoicing in the fact that I would soon not be pregnant anymore! We went on a walk as a family and somewhere during that walk Tyler turned to me and said, "This isn't our last one. We've got another boy coming." 
I about slugged him. I told him that was no thing to say to a pregnant lady and the subject was dropped.

But deep down, I knew and felt that it was true. 

And then Luke turned about 18 months and my heart began to swell for another baby. I tried ignoring it for several months, thinking to myself, "Three is just right" and "I never want to go through that depression again". But my heart continued to swell. It said, no Jess. Just NO. You know there's another baby boy waiting for you. Get er done. 

Before we knew it we were pregnant. I remember worrying over the gender over and over again once we found out we were pregnant. One night I was tossing and turning and decided to say a prayer... "Heavenly Father, just let it be a boy. I know it's supposed to be a boy. I know Luke is supposed to have a brother. I don't know if I can do this over again." And BAM!!! BOOM!!! WHACK!!! The spirit told my heart... It's a boy. Now go to bed. And I did. 

Sure enough it was a boy! It took us a long time to decide on a name... first we wanted to name him Ammon. It's a special name to me! And I wanted it so bad! But then it just kept feeling wrong... around month 6 we decided it wasn't right. The name Jake settled on our hearts. Luke and Jake. Big Jake. I thought, it's perfect!!! And it was!!! Middle name you ask? That would be Micheal, after my first best friend, my Daddy. 

Tyler urged me to write down my thoughts in the hospital and handed me the laptop... this is it... 

The night before going to the hospital to have baby Jake was an emotional one. My mind was going in a million different directions.
Four kids???
How am I going to do this?
Will I ever be able to stay on top of life again?
How will the kids, especially Luke, deal with the new baby?
How will I ever love a little boy as much as I love my Lukeman?
Plus a million other little things floating around up in my brain…
My belly was jumping, bouncing, leaping!!! Everywhere!!!
The house was filled with joy, excitement, and anticipation! Everyone knew something big was about to happen. Even my belly.

I asked Tyler to help calm my nerves and give Luke and I both a blessing. Both of which were the sweetest blessings of my life. I knew I didn’t need to worry about Luke anymore, that it would be an adjustment, but that this little brother of his was going to be his best bud for life. I knew that things would go smoothly with my csection. Not just smoothly- but that it would be one of the sweetest and best experience of my life. That knowledge and peace filled me up and hushed my anxiety and worry away.

And it was one of the sweetest, if not THE sweetest of experiences of my entire life. Everything from the IV, to the spinal block, to the recovery, the the amazing people I was blessed to have help me in the hospital has been amazing. I was able to SEE everything that was happening! I saw my baby boy leave my body and come into the world. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! My prayers of nine months were answered when all my requests were answered and they gave my baby to me immediately!
I fell in love.
In one tiny moment, it felt as if my heart filled up my entire body.
Jake was here. And he was mine. And he was perfect.

It was just amazing!!!! Instead of a blue curtain like my previous c sections, it was CLEAR! 
I could see everything. It was perfect. 
They quickly wiped him off and put him on my chest.
One of the best four moments of my life. 
My baby is here.
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So So SOOOOO Happy!!!! 
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The best doctor in the whole wide world. Seriously. An answered prayer. A tender mercy.
I love Dr. Seeker! He got both my boys here safe and sound!
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Blurry but too good not to share. 
I love his little open eyes... He looks happy. 
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In the recovery room cuddling. 
Admiring every little feature. 
Kissing all over that little face. 
In complete awe of our little miracle.
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Oh this man. 
I am so in love with this man. He is my everything. 
Babe!!! We did it!!! Both your boys are here! You were right. 
Thank you for being there every step of the way. 
I love you.
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Jake Micheal!!!! 
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Meeting baby Jake... They were so excited! 
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There he is!!! Your brother!!! 
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I was so worried about my Luke boy. 
I knew that having a new baby would change our relationship and it was breaking my heart. 
And guess what???
Luke was the most excited to meet Jake!!! It was amazing! It was the sweetest thing! 
"My turn????????"
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My baby!!! 
(I guess I'll share with you Luke...)
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Kisses for the baby. 
Y'all, he doesn't even kiss me!!! 
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Payne family of SIX!!!!! 
Welcome to the family 
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Twirling Maggie

"Hey Maggie, will you twirl for me?"
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You don't have to ask her twice!!!
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For me, one of life's greatest joys is twirling!
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We recently found these amazing girls dresses and they are everyones 
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"A daughter is just a little girl who grows up to be your best friend."
I sure love my girlies.
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And that's all folks!!!! 
May you all have a twirly whirly day!
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Watermelon Baby

Climbing up on the counter is Luke's favorite thing... my favorite thing? Not so much! haha!
What a little stinker!!!
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Every time we go to HEB and this boy sees a watermelon, he goes crazy!
For real. I can't NOT buy one.
And when we get home he yells yells at me to start cutting it!
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Oh this boy!
He makes me oh so happy!
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And he is growing up. Way too fast I might add.
Look at that sneaky, silly, Lukeman face! 
hahaha! I love this expression!
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Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!
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Golly he is one handsome little watermelon dude! 
How'd I get so lucky to get him!?
He's mine!!! And I love it!
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Watermelon is way more fun to eat when you take extra big bites...
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Nothing like a Lukeman and a juicy watermelon to make a day GREAT!
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Payne Party of 6!!!

So, for the longest time I'd refer to my family as, "our little family".
After saying this recently I've realized that our family isn't so little anymore! Yep, we're adding another baby Payne to mix! Soon, we'll be a family of 6! Plus one enormous dog. ;)
When I look back on all we've accomplished as a family I can't help but feel overwhelmingly grateful.
Grateful for these 3 crazy, rambunctious kiddos.
Grateful for a home.
Grateful for a job.
Grateful for so many blessings.

Although the thought of having 4 kids makes me feel nervous, I know it's meant to be! And that it'll be great! Crazy, but great! 
Here we go!
Due March 14th 2016! 
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Monday, August 31, 2015

1st grade!!!!

Yep, I have a first grader! 
Oh Rachel, Rachel, Rachel.......
You're growing up so fast and so beautifully. My heart is happy and sad all at the same time!
Here are a few things I love about my Rachel Lynn-
- She cares. She cares so much. About being a good person, a good sister, and good daughter.
- She is a great helper! She helps clean up, bring diapers, and she loves to help her little brother.
- She gorgeous. 
- She loves to tell jokes! It's the new thing. And I love it.
- She takes such pride in learning new skills! 
- And basically I love the heck out of her!

World, Rachel is in 1st grade! 
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Chick-Fil-A is our favorite!

Aunt Sarah introduced us to Cow Appreciation Day at Chickfila a few years ago,
and we haven't missed one since!!!
Eat mor chikin!!!
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So this day trumps halloween for me... but I'm a serious halloween party pooper. lol!
Chicken or Candy??
Duh!!! CHICKEN!!!!!
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Maggie's smile these days is killing me. For realz.
Rachel's toothless smile on the other hand is just the cutest!!! haha!
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My little crew!
Love them! 
And I love that Man! He goes along with all my shenangians... even if I take it over the top!
He really loves it. haha!
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And a few instagram pics...
Again that toothless smile! 
Be still my heart!
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He was the most uncooperative baby. 
Pulled off all his spots.
Screamed every time I tried to put on his sign.
And scowled at his cow ears.
So, he was my little white cow...
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Shake time is HAPPINESS! 
Happy Cow Appreciation Day! 
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Here's a look back to our first Cow Appreciation Day!!! 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Ferocious Dixie Dog

Dixie tries to be ferocious with her deep, rumbling dog bark, and her proud, defensive stance...
But we know she's nothing but a big softie.
It's been a year since we've had Dixie and if I could go back I wouldn't change a thing.
We love her SOOO much!
While I got started on Maggie's hair this morning, Rachel decided to give Dixie a hair-do.
I heard endless and quite  hysterical laughing coming from downstairs and decided to check it out....  
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Luke wants in on the action and is pretty territorial about Dixie! haha!
"Get off her! She's mine!"
We love you Dixie dog!
Now come here Miss Rachel and let me do YOUR hair! :)
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