Wednesday, June 20, 2012

country jamboree

I LOVE being an activity days leader.  Absolutely LOVE it!!
We had a Daddy Daughter Country Jamboree last night and we had a great time!

 me and my partner in crime, Sara.

We had a photo booth, performed a line dance and played group games.  
The dads completely let loose and got so silly with their girls that 
I couldn't keep myself from laughing all evening!

This might sound weird but I really wanted my dad to be at the activity.
I wanted to line dance with him, I wanted to play missionary tag with him and I wanted to take pictures with mustaches with him.  I think if we lived closer, I would have invited him for sure.  Because those that know my dad, he would have come and he would have been so silly!

Monday, June 18, 2012

day for fathers


We had a wonderful Father's Day this year!  We invited the family over for a Father's Day party after church.  We ate dinner, played ping pong, fed fish in the lake and ended the night with a delicious coconut cream cake.  My little boy learned how to play the harmonica last night and played it all night long!  

Here's to fathers and especially the father of my little one, my sweet husband Charlie.  I love you!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

worth it

Mother of a 2 week old son.
(please disregard my roots, please!)

My husband and I were married for 7 months when we knew we needed to start a family.
The next month we were pregnant.
 I didn't anticipate to get pregnant so fast, I thought it would take a few months at most.
I was overjoyed to become a mother.

Charles Owen Baggett III came into my life and I was in heaven.  Every. Single. Day.
Still am.  He is my heaven on earth.
I know why the Lord blessed me with a child at that time, and I am forever grateful.

8 months passed and I became the Relief Society president in our married student ward.
 I became aware of the struggles and trials many sisters were facing regarding infertility.
They shed tears and told me about their righteous desires to have children.
It was humbling and I will never forget those sisters.  

Not many sisters knew my own struggle to get pregnant again.
I didn't want to bring it up, especially since I already had a child.
I should be grateful for my one child that took me absolutely one month to conceive, right?

Well, a year passed and I had been released and my little family moved here to Georgia.
We found out we were pregnant in December 2011 and I felt like all my prayers were being answered.
I was on cloud 9 until January 2, 2012.
That's when I had my miscarriage.
The first week was difficult.  There was a lot going on.
Husband started a new job then lost it, I was starting my last semester of college and my son got sick.  
All in the same week. 
It sunk into me what was happening to me and my family. 
Very real.  Very sad.

Then, 2 months ago I had a chemical pregnancy.  Have you ever heard of it?
You get a positive result on the day of your missed period then a few days later your period starts.
It felt like such a disappointment.  But what happened happened.  I moved on.  I went to California for a nice 2 week break and enjoyed every minute of life with my family.

In retrospect:
The last 2 years have been a fight on my knees.
Pleading with the Lord.
Asking for peace.
Asking for comfort.
Asking for relief.
Asking for another baby.

I have learned a little bit more of how those women feel now, the ones who struggle with infertility.  
Most of you.
Most of our mothers.  Most of our grandmas.  Most of the women in our lives.
Whether you are struggling to have your first, second, or sixth child.
If all the waiting, my miscarriage and that darn chemical pregnancy helped me learn  this, then I am thankful. 
 It has been worth it. 


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

these days...

We are home most of these days.
Getting this rascal potty trained is on our agenda, EVERY day!
Right after we got home from our California visit, he has been begging to use the potty.
So, we jumped in and he is doing great!!
I thought it was going to be really hard with a boy, 
but he was ready and understood how to sit on the toilet and go.
At first, I had a jar full of mini M&Ms that I would reward him for going #1.
Once he mastered that, I only give him M&Ms for going #2.
I'm not sure if this works for other toddlers, but it works for him.

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