Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Monday, March 14, 2011

A Random Post

I am super great at keeping the blog updated (eye roll). A lot has happened since I last updated. Probably the biggest thing is finally giving birth to our little princess, Elia, with no epidural and no doctor. Yep, you read that right. It was a fun time for all involved. If you ever have a loved one in labor and hear a "code blue" announced I would suggest bringing an extra special gift when you visit the new mom. Vodka, perhaps. Trust me, she needs it. Elia has truly been a blessing, though. She's incredibly sweet and such an easy baby. She smiles non-stop and flirts with every person who looks at her and in turn everyone falls instantly in love with her.

We just returned from a Mardi Gras vacation to Disney World. When I was booking it a week at Disney with 4 kids spread out over a decade seemed like a good plan. Once reality set in on about day 2 of our vacation I realized that in fact I was out of my mind. It was definitely a challenge to pull off. Mixed in with our magical experience there was laughter, tears, grumpiness, and vomit. Graham spent the last night of the trip throwing up all over me all night thanks to a stomach virus, which of course I promptly caught. The kids still report that they "had a fun time", though, and it was definitely a trip I won't ever forget.

Since it's mostly what this blog is about, I'd like to take a moment to brag on 2 of my boys. Both of the twins have made the honor roll all year so far. This 9 weeks George has straight A's!!! I'm so proud of them both. They are rocking 3rd grade. Another point in favor of nurture in the nature vs. nurture debate- they obviously get their intelligence from me :).

In closing here's a couple new pictures of the kiddies:

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Nursery Sneak Peak

The princess' chambers are just now in the early stages of execution despite being planned in my head for quite some time now. I thought I'd post a teaser of the fabulousness to come, though. Stay tuned for the full effect. I promise it be worth the wait.

Elia's custom crib bedding designed by Mommy

It's a........

GIRL!!! No, that wasn't a typo, haha! Against the odds we are in fact having a girl. Elia Danielle will be her Oct. 2010 and I am so excited! Her first name means "God has answered my prayers". A truer statement has never been uttered. Not only have I prayed for a little girl to share that special Mother-Daughter bond with, but being a girl she may carry Hemophilia but she won't have it and that truly is a blessing. Her middle name is after me. It is my middle name, too, and means "God is my judge". She will be the 1st girl in Greg's family in 22 years and the 1st one from his family line in 43 years so needless to say our family is very excited, too. She is developing just as she should and so far seems to be a mellow little one. I'm hoping that's something that continues after birth. I've already started buying her fru-fru little hair bows and the most beautiful little girl clothes ever made. I can't wait for her to get here so that all of the girly-ness can begin! Here are some pictures of my little princess from my 20 week ultrasound:

10 Little Piggies on sweet little baby feet

The face of an angel

Monday, May 3, 2010

Hey, It's a New Post (and a Surprise)!

I know it's hard to believe, but I have not fallen off of the face of the Earth. I've just been incredibly busy. Hemophilia has proved to be a tad more involved than anticipated and I have spent a ridiculous amount of time in the Pediatric ER having Graham infused. Somehow in the midst of all of that I was nominated to the board for the Louisiana Hemophilia Foundation and I accepted. I'm looking forward to contributing to such an important organization.

2nd grade is drawing to a close for the twins. It's hard to believe it, but they will be 3rd graders soon. With school ending we are gearing up for Summer vacations. In 2 weeks we are heading to Perdido Key for a few days to kick off the Summer and the kids can't wait. I just want to lay in the sand and drink something frozen with a little umbrella, but I'm sure what's more likely to happen is that I will be chasing a very energetic 19 month old through the sand as he explores the beach for the 1st time and trying desperately to keep up with all of the towels, flip flops, beach toys and sun screen that two 8 year olds require. It will be chaotic and fun and as soon as I get home I know I will wish we were still there.

Oh hey, and did I mention I'm pregnant?!?! Ha, ha, thought I'd slip that in there and see if you are paying attention. But, no, I'm not joking or crazy (though one might question that). Baby Nassif #4 is on the way and should be arriving in Oct. 2010. We are all really excited and can't wait to find out if perhaps this one is our baby girl. If you stay tuned you might just find out, too!;)

Monday, February 1, 2010

From The Mouth of Babes

So I was wearing my new purple plaid Roxy shirt and I think I look cool. In fact, I'm pretty sure I owned this shirt Freshman year of high school when we all smelled like Teen Spirit and I looked cool then, too. Anyways, I picked the twins up from school and the first thing Owen said to me was, "Mom, why are you dressed like you are from the wild country?"

Later, Greg asked Graham, "What does Mommy say?". I'm thinking he's going to say "Love you" or something equally sweet. Without hesitation he says, "No, No!" and pops his own hand twice. Good to see I'm making an impression. Too bad it doesn't alter his behavior at all.

Thank you, sons, for making me out to be a fashion challenged modern day version of Mommy Dearest. I love you, too.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

His Boots Were Made For Walkin'

So my baby is finally, FINALLY, walking and he is everywhere! I'm not even sure how to put into words what it was like to see him take his first steps. I cried when he did it. We were at physical therapy, where his therapist, Gala, had been treating him every week for 6 months. He let go of her hands and stumbled unsteadily forward through his own will. When he toppled over 3 steps later Gala & I both cheered like we had won the lottery and tears started to run down my cheeks. Then, because she's a mom & understood that this was the moment I had lived for since his doctors first told me that he wouldn't walk until at least 2 and could have long term delays, she coaxed him into doing it again so I could video it with my cell phone. Now that he is primarily walking to get around our days at physical therapy are numbered. It's bittersweet because on the one hand this is my everyday miracle and I feel like the weight of the world has lifted itself from my shoulders. But on the other hand it means saying goodbye to Gala, who has held my hand and Grahams through our fears, our uncertainties, and our triumphs. She has worried and celebrated with us and been positive the whole way. How do you thank the person who gave your son freedom? It's probably not adequate, but if you are me you never forget them and you use paper and glue to help them remember that. Being the stalker-razzi mom that I am, I had my camera in hand the 1st time Graham was able to go outside and play by himself. He didn't need any one to carry him or play for him while he watched, and I captured some unforgettable moments of him discovering the world for himself. With a lot of love and some patience I put together a scrapbook page and framed it for Gala. I hope that she will put it in her office and on days that are harder with patients that don't have as encouraging of a prognosis as Graham she can look at it and remember what a difference she makes for those kids and that as the quote beneath Graham's pictures says, "Through Him all things are possible...".