Monday, January 17, 2011

Let's catch up!

I realized, in the midst of reminiscing over memories made in 2010, that I had not shared any of those memories with you! To make up for my loss of ideas to post today, as well as to update you on some milestones that have passed.. I will attempt to create a "summary of 2010" in pictures (up until Bay's first birthday)!

We will start with the most recent...

Since the minute I planned the theme for Baylee's nursery, everything in her life has been ladybug. I never pass up the chance to buy anything that is ladybug. It only made sense that Bay should be a ladybug for Halloween. And boy, did she make a beautiful one!

One of our favorite things to do is spend time with Aunt Christy, Uncle TJ, and our cousins Brandon and Brady. This was taken during one of our many trips to O'Charleys.. where we share lots of love and eat lots of rolls!

This was a fun-filled fall day that we will all remember (except for Bay, because she was asleep for every minute but the one in which this picture was taken). Nini, Mam, and Paw came up to North Georgia for lunch and a trip to Jaemor Farms - where we found some yummy apples and these cute little pumpkins!

Baylee has shared many memories with this sweet little girl - Emma Grace. This is her Aunt Bee's real niece (but shhh! we have Bay completely convinced that she is Aunt Bee's real niece too!) This was taken in the Demorest Park during a fun day of girl time and the lunch buffet at Pizza Hut!

We took Baylee to one of my favorite attractions each year - The Gwinnett County Fair! She had lots of fun eating yummy fair food, observing the sights (both human and non-human), and spending time with her Nini and Papa.

Dada got major points for planning a family date to the CIRCUS! I can barely remember my first trip to the circus (and am positive that Baylee won't remember her's) but boy did we have a blast! What a fun, cheap night out!

On a trip to Buford, Baylee finally got to spend some quality time with her friend, Kale. Kale's mom, Krissy, has become one of my best friends over the past few years. I hope that we will be able to get the two together more often!

Well, Aunt Bee pulled one over on me this time! She threw me a surprise engagement party shortly after we got engaged. With the help of one of our sweetest friends, Ashley, she provided me a much needed night out with beautiful friends, a delicious dinner (& cake), and a memory that I will never forget.

Luckily, Baylee was born in time to help Granny celebrate her 80th birthday! She sure does love her Granny! It's hard not to adore someone that gives you everything you want!

This was my first Mother's Day with a reason to celebrate! Dada took us to Chili's for lunch and we had a grand time!

On this day, Baylee attended her first wedding. Well, actually, Mam made a visit to LFBC to stroll Baylee around downtown Lawrenceville while we attended the wedding. I would have hated for Baylee to ruin her cousin's (that she had never even met yet) vows! And it was nice to have a little break as well! Baylee did get to attend the reception where she proceeded to cry the entire time.. Thank goodness for the help of grandparents!

This was one of the special days that Nini came to visit (and take us out to dinner). However, this day was very special in that it was the day that she had a chemotherapy treatment (notice her pink bandage). What made it so special is that she was still able to come visit! Luckily, Nini never got sick during her treatment! I don't know if Baylee had anything to do with that or not.. but I do know that she sure helped to keep many minds off of what was really going on!

Daytona Beach has always been our home for one week during the summer.. and although this week was a little shorter than most (thanks to summer school), we sure did have some fun splashin' in the waves, spending time with family, and eating at yummy restaurants like Aunt Catfish's (where this picture was taken)!

We celebrated the Fourth of July with some of our favorite people in the world, Matt's sisters and their families. Baylee got to meet her Savannah family (Aunt Dawn, Uncle Shawn, Hunter, Tyler, Kyleigh, and Nick) for the first time. She had so much fun playing with her cousins!

Father's Day this year was special as well, as it was Matt's first year as a father. To celebrate, Baylee dressed up in her handmade onesie and we had a wonderful BBQ lunch at Nini and Papa's house with Mam and Paw.

Aunt Bee did us a favor and took some beautiful pictures of Baylee in the Demorest Park. We didn't know we had such a talented photographer on our hands, but according to the pictures, and the extremely difficult-to-photograph subject, we do!

We took several trips this past year. This picture was taken on our weekend getaway with Nini, Papa, and Aunt Rachel to Litchfield Beach in South Carolina. Check out those legs!

Aunt Bee, Aunt Sherry, and Uncle Mike graciously allowed us to help break in their new swimming pool. Even though the water was a little chilly, and my figure resembled that of a whale, Baylee had so much fun in her fishy float.

This was yet another time when Dada got some major points! He told me to pack a bag for each of us and we would take a road trip. We ended up in Myrtle Beach, SC for a very short, yet amazing, getaway. This was taken right after Matt had asked me to marry him by writing "Will You Marry Me?" in the sand. This is yet another memory that I will never forget.

This is one of the better family pictures that we have ever taken, in my opinion. Taken at the graduation party I threw at our apartment for Matt, just minutes after he made his parents the proudest they've ever been!

See, I told you they were proud! Bay sure does love her Granny and Poppy.. as if you couldn't tell by the smile!

As you can see.. he is very excited to have this useless document. For Christmas, he received it in a frame, another occasion where we was more than thrilled.

Matthew accepted his diploma from the President of Piedmont College (that is him in the background). I totally missed this part, as I was scurrying around the track of the gym, trying to capture pictures of this special moment!

Baylee experienced her first splash in the pool during our Easter weekend trip to Savannah. Not too sure that she loved it, but at least she didn't cry!

Baylee was able to spend some quality time with her Nini during our trip to Savannah. It was my first time to visit Savannah and it is definitely a place worth visiting. We actually visited once again after our Daytona vacation and stayed one night in the same suite where Will Smith stayed while filming a movie in Savannah. (By the way, this is one of my favorite pictures of Baylee thus far!)

One of our favorite places to spend time (and money) is at a Japanese restaurant in Gainesville. As you can see, Aunt Bee loves it too!

Before Easter, Nini and I took Baylee to visit the bunnies at a Boss Brother's Country Store in Loganville. What she didn't know, was that we were actually trying to get her picture taken with a bunny. She sure fooled me.. we both ended up getting our picture taken that day!

I believe this was Baylee's second snow during the first year that she was alive. I can't remember it snowing two times in all of the years that I've been alive. Oh well, at least someone is living my dream! I never knew handing someone a snowball would make them so happy..

During her fourth month, we decided to try out the rice cereal (and the highchair). I thought she liked it then.. you should see how much she likes it now!

Near the end of the Lion's 2010 season, Baylee attended her first basketball game. She seemed to really enjoy it (as you can see from the picture below)!

At two months old, her first smile was finally captured on mommy's camera! A smile that has done nothing but melt my heart ever since!

During January, Baylee experienced her very first "snow," which compared to the events of this past week, wasn't very much!

And there you have it.. some of my favorite memories of 2010. I will have to create a post for Baylee's first birthday, as well as her second Christmas!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tis the season.. to update!

It has now been well over a year since I have had the chance to update - which should give you an idea of how hectic our lives have been!

To catch up.. I have just recently completed my last undergraduate semester of classes and will be student teaching at White County Middle School from January to the end of April. Then, I will graduate (right on time - might I add)! As of right now, we are filled with excitement for two reasons: 1) it is almost Christmas, and 2) Matthew landed himself a "big boy" job at United Community Bank right up the street from where we live.

Our sweet Baylee Rae gets more perfect as each day passes. She brings more joy to our lives than we could have ever imagined. She has the most beautiful smile with her nine little teeth and the most precious voice to say "Mama," "Dada," "baby," "bye-bye," and "Nini," (which we think is the name she has chosen for her grandma). It has been such a blessing to spend so much time with her, as we have been able to watch her ourselves over the past year. In the next few weeks we will take another step in our journey by putting her in daycare. But, I think she will love it!

She is excellent at walking around all of our furniture, appliances, and legs.. however, she is a tiny bit scared to let go (and I am in no way complaining)! Hopefully soon she will conquer her fears - but for now, we are just taking it one step at a time!

I plan to keep this blog updated as much as I have time to do so. Although, I think I've heard that somewhere before! Thanks to everyone who has supported us along the way.. nothing compares to the love of a child, nor the support of such wonderful family and friends.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Baylee Rae is Here!

I have been neglecting to update to say the least! However, I feel that today is very appropriate to announce the birth of our daughter as it was her original due date. I cannot express how thankful I am to be watching her rest in the comfort of our home instead of lying in the hospital right now.

Baylee Rae Goodman was born on October 28, 2009 at 7:34 pm
weighing 4 lbs 15 oz and measuring 17 1/2 inches long

She was born almost one month early! After showing up for my appointment on Tuesday the 27th I was informed that my blood pressure was extremely too high and that I had an excessive amount of protein in my urine (3x the normal amount). Much to my surprise, instead of attending the baby shower that was planned for that afternoon, I was admitted to the hospital for a 24 hour observation with a possible delivery on Wednesday. Shortly after, I was diagnosed with Preeclampsia. After anxiously waiting for the test results, we were told that Baylee would be delivered by cesarean section at 7 pm on Wednesday. We were both very excited for the fact that our worries would soon be over but at the same time somewhat worried because she was so early. I made my way to the operating room around 7 and Baylee was born about thirty minutes later. After many prayers, we were blessed with a beautiful and perfectly healthy baby girl. We stayed in the hospital until Saturday for normal recovery purposes (on my part).

Since then our life has been a tiny bit more hectic! We stayed at home for about one week which was so nice. We had the blessing of my mom to help us which I honestly don't think we could have done without (and still can't!) Then we decided that my speedy recovery was a sign that I needed to go back to school, so I did. We have been trying to figure out the best ways to manage our time and work around Baylee's schedule which is not so bad, kind of fun actually. Now that we have met her, we couldn't imagine our lives without her. She is the most precious gift we could have ever received and sharing her has allowed us to love each other more than we ever knew possible. We are so blessed.

Thank you all for sharing in these special memories.
We promise to keep you updated!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Beautiful Beginnings

While awaiting the arrival of our Baylee Rae, I figured that it would be appropriate to begin this blog for several reasons. For one, to pass the time until she arrives! & also to keep everyone updated with the latest news of our little family!

This Saturday will mark 22 weeks! It is so hard to believe we are almost halfway there! Just last week we were able to find out the sex of our little angel & to our excitement, we got just what we were both secretly wishing for! A little girl! Ironically, we had only picked out a name for a girl which makes perfect sense now! We both fell in love with the name Baylee! I guess you could say the name Rae is in our family, as Matthew's dad, brother & my Paw (grandfather) all three share the middle name Ray. Also, Rae is the nickname we have for my sister Rachel. We thought it fit together perfectly!

These are our latest ultrasound pictures:

This is such an exciting time in our lives & we are so happy to be able to share it with each one of you! Can hardly wait to brag about our little princess!