Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas is here!

While there were no tears, there was definitely no excitement either. He sat in Santa's lap and shook his head saying, "No, no, no." He was a cutie!

We are getting excited for the holidays around here. Noah has his Christmas party at daycare today where Santa will in attendance. I am supposed to bring frosting and M&M's... i think they are trying to give the kids a sugar rush and then send them home as payback for taking care of all of them at once day after day. :)
This weekend we will be going to my parents house in Emory. Sara and family and Leah and family will be there as well. I can't wait to kiss all my nieces and nephew!

After Christmas we will be going to Alaska where Pete's sister CLARA will be getting married! She is marrying a guy named Sam that Pete and I have only briefly spoken to via skype. We are excited to officially meet him and for Noah to gain an UNCLE SAM! pictures will definitely follow.

So this picture is terrible quality...i took a picture of a picture since we don't have a scanner. I'M PREGNANT! Whoohoo! Baby Hughes #2 will be due July 10. We found out the day before Halloween, but kept it a secret until Thanksgiving. We had so much fun listening to everyone's excitement as we told. Noah and the baby will be exactly 2 years apart. It sounds a little crazy to me too, but I am sure we will make it. I figure with all we went through the first few months of Noah's life that it it bound to be emotionally easier than that! Please join us in praying for a perfectly healthy baby....and you might pray for pink if you have time. :) I am feeling much better now. I had a few weeks of feeling nauseous most of the time, but i seem to have crossed over the hump. My belly is sticking out so much faster than it did with Noah! I am trying to embrace the beauty of preggo belly and not be self-conscious.
We are so thankful for this wonderful blessing!
Merry Christmas to you all! May God bless your 2011.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

One year ago today...

November 2, 2009 Noah had open heart surgery. It was an aweful day for us all, but Noah did such a great job! He was so tough and healed very quickly. For me, it was the most challenging test of my faith. I was angry that my tiny little baby had to go through so much pain and I felt absolutely no control over the situation. That is when Pete and I learned that we REALLY have to give everything to God. We felt God's presence in so many ways:

1) peace that surpassed all understanding the day of the surgery
2) the miracle of his pulmenary valve being saved (thus decreasing his chance of future surgery greatly)
3) After Noah's chest tubes were taken out the doctors said there was a 98% chance they would have to put them back in...the following morning all the fluid in his chest was gone saving him from this painful procedure.
4) He had great color, and ate well for his condition
5) We had such kind doctors/nurses/techs
6) We were able to be surrounded by family
7) There were people all over the WORLD praying for Noah
8) Noah smiled 3 days after surgery
9) There were no complications
10) Noah had great behavior and patience thru tons of blood tests, urine tests, shots, IV's, echos, EKGs, chest x-rays, heel pricks, vital checks.

Picture of Noah after most lines had been taken out and he was taken out of ICU. THis was about 4 or 5 days after surgery.

Picture of Noah today. He insisted that his PJ's be taken off this morning so he could put on his shoes.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sweet kids

My grandmother is one blessed lady. Here she is with all her great-grandkids. We are all so lucky to have a heritage of loving the Lord passed down from her!

Noah is quite the character these days. He definitely has spunk that gets him into trouble at times. He seems to get rowdy with other kids and makes sure I know how he feels about everything. His mouth is getting full of teeth! He has for on the top and bottom in the front and just got 2 of his molars. He is saying several words and understands more and more everyday. While his kisses used to be open mouthed, slobbery things, he now gives almost normal kisses...and lots of them! That's my favorite. He loves playing in the yard with balls and beach toys and gets tons of attention from all our neighbor kids. One of the neighbor boys even comes over and asks if Noah can come outside and play at times. Noah loves making lots of animal noises, but is terrified of anything furry up close. He was even scared of a 3 lb dog on their first few encounters. He LOVES anything with wheels and can say tractor. He gets excited when we see a tractor or train while driving around.

Noah in his PJs riding a pink scooter. Why not?

Noah never took a paci as a baby. He found one in a cabinet and all the sudden he knew just what to do with it. That plug would have come in handy more than a few times in the early days.

The one benefit of bad diaper rash is cute pics of a naked baby.

August Recap

We went to California for Pete's cousins' wedding. Sorry the pictures are lopsided, but the computer was giving me fits.

Four Generations

Roomie when I lived in LR the first time. She lives in CA now.

Six Flags:

BABY GRACE IS HERE! The highlight of the month was definitely the birth of sweet baby Grace to Leah and Kyle. She is perfect.
The proud Aunt

My parents and all their Grands

A shot of the new family

Passing time waiting on baby Grace:
Cousins having fun

Ready to hold Grace:

We were so happy to have a visit from our dear friends, the Browns. Noah loves TJ. Here he is giving a hug:

Handsome TJ

Alaska Trip

The end of July we took a trip to Alaska. Pete's family were kind enough to host us, my parents, my sister and her family (Ava stayed in TX with her other grandparents). We had such a good time. Some highlights: saw my first moose and black bear, went on a sight seeing boat tour in Seward, the guys caught lots of fish, mom and dad went on a flight tour in Talkeetna, hiked the butte, walked on a glacier, had noah's birthday party, ate yummy food, reindeer farm, musk ox farm, iditarod sled ride, and lots more!

First hair cut and sucker:

July Recap

Noah turned one! He ate birthday pancakes for breakfast and feasted on a cake at dinner. Mom and dad showered him with some gifts. His real birthday party was in Alaska a few days later.

4th of July Celebration. Running everywhere!

He loves brushing his teeth.

His best friend Maison

June Recap

June was a fun month! We went to Galveston with all the girls and kids in my family. We enjoyed some time with the Polcar's by going to the zoo and river market. My parents kept Noah while Pete and I attended a lake side party hosted by the Richarts. Noah liked time at the park, waterpark, playing with friends, and making me chase him everywhere.