Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Torn ACL!

And...just weeks before Peyton's arrival, Jeff decided to participate in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. He came home much earlier than I expected & had that "look" in his eyes. He went on to say that this tournament is going to end up being a very expensive one. And then he broke the news to his very pregnant wife. He had torn his ACL. He knew that is what he had done, because about 10 years ago this happened to his right knee. So the pain was very familiar.

Surgery it was. We chose to go ahead & have the surgery done before Peyton comes. He is now 3 weeks out from surgery & has started Physical Therapy. He has been a very good patient and is recovering very quickly.

Prepped & ready to go...


It's all in a little game of basketball!

Our Baby Boy is Now 8!

Where has the time gone? This is a question we ask ourselves on a daily basis. It was just yesterday that I held Jayden in my arms for the very first time. Now, he is 8. This year he was very surprised to get a Nintendo Wii for his birthday. He had not "technically" asked for one, but often reminded us that "all" of his friends had one. It was so fun to totally shock him with something he had no idea he was getting. He loves it! We have enjoyed watching him play it & of course joining in with him.

Jayden, we love you so very, very much! Happy Birthday...

We love you,
Daddy, Mommy, Quinton & Peyton

At school eating lunch with him on his 8th birthday!

Papa came too!

How his Papa spoils him! :-)

I'm A Little Stinker

Q - How we love him & his little spirit!

The other day I was sitting in the recliner with a bit of a stomach ache. Quinton walks up and says, "Mommy, are you tired?" I said no, my tummy just hurts a little bit. He thought for just a moment and then held up his arm, clinched his fist, and said "You want me smash Peyton?"

We totally cracked up. Apparently he thought Peyton was hurting Mommy. :-)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

36 Weeks...Only 4 To Go...Maybe Less!

36 weeks...

Here we are at 36 weeks. I had a check-up at the Dr. and to our surprise we are already dilated to a 1. Only 9 to go! :-) Maybe Peyton has his own due date in mind. After learning this news, I went into a bit of a panic and came home & packed right away. I have been having some contractions, but so far they are tolerable & do not have a consistent pattern. So I guess we just wait. I am so curious to see when & how he will make his entrance. Jayden is so very excited & continues to count down our days. Quinton, well, each day he has a different opinion on having a baby brother. It will be interesting to see how he handles the presence of a new little one.

And so we wait...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Upward Basketball 2010

This was Jayden's first year to participate in Upward Basketball. He played in the program offered through First Baptist Church here in Bentonville and it was great! It seems as though Jayden may be a natural at basketball just like his Dad. Jayden had so much fun playing! One game he scored 5 baskets in a 6 minute period...he was "On Fire!" He was so cute to watch. He is definitely a "little Jeff." Even my Mom commented on how much he reminded her of Jeff out on the court. We enjoyed every game & he always had a fan club. Jeff, myself, Q, Granny & Grandad, Papa & Grandma, attended every game. Uncle Chris, Aunt Jaclyn, Audrey, Taylor, Uncle Jason, Aunt Nella, Alex, Uncle Larry & Aunty Cristy attended a few games also. Throughout the season he received 2 of the "Christ-Like" stars. We are very proud of him & can't wait to see him grow & develop his "skills!"

Jeff & Jayden at the last game.
(Note all the stars on Jayden's left sleeve...he played hard all season!)

Jayden is in the center of the lane (#41.)

Jayden in the center of the lane playing defense (too cute.)

32 Weeks and Counting...

32 weeks and counting...

Here we are at 32 weeks. Only 8 weeks to go! Our official due date is May 18th, however, earlier is always better. We certainly do not need this baby to go over! :) We see the Dr. every 2 weeks at this point and once we hit 36 weeks, we will begin going every week. His little room is ready & I will post some pictures of that very soon. We are just waiting...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Week 27

27 weeks

We are now 27 weeks along. Some days it seems like this pregnancy is going by really fast and other days it seems really slow. We now officially see the Dr. every 2 weeks. Peyton Jeffrey will be here before we know it! We can't wait to meet him.

Winter Fun With Dad!

So, I have been quite delayed in posting this blog. And I didn't even have to write it! This one is from Jeff. As you can see, they had lots of fun.

Yeah, I live my life through my 7 year old ... so what!!

We were blessed with about 6"-8" of snow late last week. It was a really neat snow storm because there was minimal ice in the beginning and then the snow came down ... and down ... and down! It started Thursday night and never stopped until Saturday morning!

With this much snow, your only question is not are you going to play in it, but how often you will have to come in and run your hands under hot water to return them to their normal color and functionality! When Jayden wanted to go outside and have a snowball fight, I was more than happy to hit him in the face with a tightly packed and carefully constructed snowball!

Saturday morning, after the freezing fog, the snow was perfect for building a fort! So that is what we did. I can remember back in the day when we used to do this after a snow storm, and the cool forts and igloos we built. Jayden was excited and very helpful, I was the snow block builder and he was the one filling in the holes. "Hey dad, I want to add this and that!" he said. Which I quickly kaboshed with, "You don't know what you want son, leave this to me!"

In the end, HE got a really cool fort to hide in and I had to run around dodging his snowballs. We had a good time building memories!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Special Delivery!

He loves me..He loves me not? HE LOVES ME!

As a wife & mommy of 2 boys (soon to be 3), it is always a special day when the flower lady rings the doorbell "just because!"

Thank you Jeff! They are beautiful! I love them & I love you!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

An Official Name

We are 22 weeks in and we have officially decided on a name for our little lad. His name will be "Peyton Jeffrey Chadd." His middle name is obviously after his Daddy. Jayden's middle name is "Lee" which is my Dad's middle name. Quinton's middle name is "Hughes" which is after Jeff's late Grandpa Elmore. So we wanted Peyton's middle name to have meaning as well.

We are counting down the days, working on his room and purchasing those baby items that we will need to survive.

Keep us in your prayers that our pregnancy continues to go well & uneventful. Have a great day!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Without a Doubt..It's a Boy!

Here is the picture from our December ultrasound which identified this baby's gender. And as you can clearly see, "it" is definitely all boy!

The picture below is "very" graphic...sorry if it offends you! :)

Our little one at 18 weeks/6 days.

Baby # 3

As most of you know, back in September, we were surprised to learn that we were expecting Baby #3. Of course we were very excited. Surprised, but excited! It has been a great pregnancy so far. In the beginning we had a few issues, but all turned out ok and everything has been great since.

Jayden has been so excited. We underestimated just how excited he would be. Quinton on the other hand, just goes with the flow. You can ask him where the baby is & he will point to my tummy. But other than that, he is not that interested! :)

Jayden was really hoping for a baby sister. And I might add that a girl to be on my side would have been nice. However, God had something else in mind. We found out the week of Christmas that we were having a baby boy! Jayden went with us to the ultrasound & enjoyed every minute of it. We decided to surprise our families on Christmas with a DVD of the ultrasound. Everyone was expecting a baby girl, and in fact, we even got some baby girl gifts on Christmas. BUT, that baby girl ended up having some "extra" parts if you know what I mean.

We are very blessed and thrilled to add 1 more baby boy to our family! I have attached a few pictures of my growing belly & and his ultrasound picture from November. I will post the December ultrasound pictures as soon as possible.

14 weeks

17 weeks

21 weeks

27 weeks

32 weeks

36 weeks

Our little one at 13 weeks/6 days!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Are You Serious...2nd Grade?

Up & Ready to Go!

Walking in!

Getting Ready to Color a "Central Park Gator."

His Table With 3 Friends From Last Year!

I cannot even believe that today Jayden began the 2nd grade. I really do not know where the time has gone. We went in his room this morning to wake him up and he was all smiles and ready to go. He was very excited to start school after attending open house on Monday. I think seeing his friends and the playground put him back in the "mood." I surprised myself with being more sad this year for some reason. I guess it's just because I realize that with the beginning of each school year, that is just one more year that I feel is gone. :-( In the video that I have posted below, you can see just a little bit of hesitation on his face when entering his classroom this morning. Jeff & I were talking about how he has gone from the "I'm scared because I will miss Mommy to the I'm am scared of the unknown." Does that make sense? He is growing fast...each day we will cherish, even the ones that are "difficult." We love you Jayden and are very proud of you!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Summer 2009 - Florida Vacation

Our Beautiful Boys!

Papa & Q building sandcastles.

Putting the Little Plastic Shovel to Test!

Jeff & Jayden Striking a Pose!

Papa & Jayden at 1,000 ft.

One of their 2 dips into the ocean!

Q (before the wave knocked him down) & Jayden.

An evening playing in the sand.


Two Very Brave Treasure Hunter's!

Black Beard's Treasure!

Our Family...Summer 2009!

Saturday, August 1st, we headed to Panama City Beach, FL for a summer vacation. We flew out of XNA and arrived at noon. We had 8 full days vacation! A vacation that was much needed for the Chadd family. We seem to find ourselves coming and going on most days, so to get away and have "no" responsibilities so to speak was wonderful. My parents traveled down to stay with us the first 4 nights. The boys were super excited that Papa & Grandma were going to the beach with us.

Our condo was very nice and right on the beach. We were on the 6th floor so the view was beautiful! Our daily routine went like this... Get up, eat breakfast, go down to the beach, go to the pool, come up for late lunch, take a nap, and then either dinner in or dinner out.

Panama City Beach has a mall called Pier Park. It was an outdoor mall, with 2 sections. The 1st section being unique shops that we don't have here. The other section has your typical chain stores. We spent a couple of evenings there shopping & of course eating.

On Tuesday, we went parasailing. Papa & Jayden went together and soared 1,000 feet into the air with 2 dips down into the water. Jeff & I went 800 feet and 1 dip into the water. 800 feet was plenty high enough for me. I have decided that as I have gotten older, I am not as brave as I used to be.

Quinton loved the ocean on the 1st day. The 2nd day we went out, he was knocked down by a wave and that was the end of it for him. He wanted nothing else to do with the ocean unless someone was holding him, and that took a little coaxing. Each day he would wake up and ask to go to the pool. He would say "Not the big" (meaning the ocean.)

Jayden managed to capture 2 fish, 2 crabs, and a nice man gave him a ghost grab. The ghost crab he named Eugene and he spent 1 night in the condo with us. Of course Jayden wanted to bring him home, so we had to explain salt water versus fresh water. And Jayden also managed to find "Black Beard's Pirate Treasure." He had searched the first 4 days for pirate's treasure. So my parents purchased a shell covered chest, filled it with "gold" and pirate goodies and made a map. My Dad had gone down to the beach early on Wednesday and burried the treasure. As we went out to the beach that morning, Jayden "mysteriously" walked upon a map of Black Beard's treasure! It was so fun to watch him in all his excitement. And once he found the treasure, he truly believed that he had hit it big. His exact words to Jeff were, "Dad, we are so dirty rich!" Too cute and so fun.

We had such a wonderful time. We simply delighted in just sitting around and watching the boys play. It was a treat to have my parents there for a while. There's just something about having Papa & Grandma around. The boys were especially spoiled those days as you can imagine. It was great and we hope to go again soon! Enjoy the pictures & videos.

Papa & Jayden's Big Adventure!

Jeff & I at 800 ft.

Finding Black Beard's Treasure...

Monday, August 10, 2009

And Now We Have a 3 Year Old!

Our Little Q....June 2006

The Birthday Boy...June 2009

Proud Parents...

The Birthday Bike...

A little over a month ago we celebrated Quinton's 3rd birthday. For his big day, we took him to Wal-Mart and let him choose his very own "big-boy" bicycle. He was very excited. By the time we got to the register, he had already mastered riding. He watches big brother very closely and therefore knew exactly what to do. Quinton is a sweetheart and we love him very much. He keeps us laughing and it has been so much fun watching him "watching & learning" from his big brother. We love you Q!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Real Cowboys!

And so both of our boys have become "official" rootn', tootn' cowboys. They took their first horse ride at Papa & Grandma's this past Sunday. Quinton & Jayden are in love with Sally the horse!

Rootn', Tootn' Cowboys & Papa

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

And So He Pulled His Own Tooth...

Well, he did it. Yesterday afternoon Jayden pulled his very own tooth. He was sitting in the living room eating a snack after school and turned to me and said, "Mom, I can twist my tooth all the way around!" So, I told him he should go to the bathroom and try and pull it. He took off running so excited. I grabbed the camera and followed behind him. I'll let the pictures below tell the rest of the story. Enjoy!

The twisted tooth!

Mr. Brave pulling it out!

And it's out!

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy 7th Birthday Jayden!

A very proud mom...April 2002

Still a very proud mom...April 2009 (7 years later!)

This past Tuesday, April 21st, Jayden turned the big 7! Time has gone by so fast. It literally seems just like yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital. We started the day off with a pan of cinnamon rolls for breakfast before school. That evening we headed to Outback. He loves their steak & bread. Then to wrap up the day, we came back home and opened a few gifts. I never realized how much you could love someone until the very first time I held him. He is a precious gift from God and we adore him. Happy Birthday Jayden. We love you!