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April 8th, 2014

The Baby Survey

  • WAS YOUR PREGNANCY PLANNED?
    • No! Totally shocked!
  • WERE YOU MARRIED AT THE TIME?
    • Yep! More than 5 years married.
  • WHAT WERE YOUR REACTIONS WHEN YOU FOUND OUT ABOUT THE PREGNANCY?
    • I cried. I worried. I rejoiced!
  • WAS ABORTION AN OPTION FOR YOU?
    • No.
  • HOW OLD WERE YOU?
    • I was 31 when I got pregnant. 32 when I gave birth…
  • HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT?
    • Home Pregnancy Test, 2 of them!
  • WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST?
    • Hubby. And then he told everybody else…
  • DID YOU WANT TO FIND OUT THE SEX?
    • No, but hubby wanted to know.li>
  • WHAT WAS YOUR CHILD’S SEX?
    • Boy. It was obvious in the ultrasound…
  • DID YOU WISH YOU HAD THE OPPOSITE SEX OF WHAT YOU WERE GETTING?
    • Yes, always.
  • DUE DATE?
    • April 12, or something like that…
  • DID YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS?
    • No. I had all the time sickness…
  • WHAT DID YOU CRAVE?
    • Pickes!li>
  • WHAT IRRITATED YOU?
    • NO one in particular. I just remember being sick and lazy all the time.
  • HOW MANY POUNDS DID YOU GAIN THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY?
    • I forgot …
  • DID YOU HAVE A BABY SHOWER?
    • Yes. I had a baby showers
  • WAS THE BABY SHOWER(S) A SURPRISE OR DID YOU KNOW?
    • I knew.
  • DID YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS DURING YOUR PREGNANCY?
    • No complications at all!
  • WHERE DID YOU GIVE BIRTH?
    • Montgomery, Alabama.
  • HOW MANY HOURS WERE IN LABOR?
    • About 8 hours, I came in in the morning. Got my epidural, fell asleep on an off, I felt a major contraction, my water broke, … by 6:00 pm it was over.
  • WHO DROVE YOU TO THE HOSPITAL?
    • Hubby did.
  • WHO WATCHED YOU GIVE BIRTH?
    • Hubby.
  • WAS IT NATURAL OR C-SECTION?
    • All natural… with epidural.
  • DID YOU TAKE MEDICINE TO EASE THE PAIN?
    • I knew early on, even before the pregnancy that I will be asking for epidural …
  • HOW MUCH DID YOUR CHILD WEIGH?
    • 7 lbs 15 oz
  • WHEN WAS YOUR CHILD ACTUALLY BORN?
    • April 9, 2010 at 6:06 p.m.
  • WHAT DID YOU NAME HIM/HER?
    • Mark Anthony

Mark Anthony

January 10th, 2014

New Year 2014 in Georgia

New Year’s Eve, we are watching this pile of log burn … in Georgia.

New Year's Ever in Georg

New Year’s Ever in Georg


We spent New Year’s Holiday and Grandma’s birthday in Georgia. It was so cold and rainy… Brrrr

10 minutes on the road back to Florida, we still have hours and hours to go…

Mark, 3-years old: “Are we in Florida?”
Grandma: “Not yet.”
Mark: “Are we in China?”
Grandma, puzzled pause: “No.”
Mark: “Are we still in Georgia?”
Grandma: “Yes.”
Mark, disappointed: “Awww.”

Road trip is not his favorite thing.

Photo: New Year's Day 2014 in Georgia, Matthew (7) and Mark (3) with new friend Grayson

Photo: New Year’s Day 2014 in Georgia, Matthew (7) and Mark (3) with new friend Grayson

January 5th, 2014

Matthew’s Dating Plan

Last year, on Grandma’s birthday, Grandpa’s birthday gift for her was in a small box. We were all around her when she opened the small box, and it was a ring with a shiny gemstone. As soon as Matthew saw the ring, he said, “Ah, he went to Jared.” We all chuckled at this remark.

A year passed…

Last night at bed time, Matthew, 7-years old, came up to me,…

Matthew: “When I grow up and go to college, I’ll go to Jared and buy a ring, date a girl 5 times, and put the ring on the box and give it to her.

Me, after thinking hard: “First, you have to finish college, right? And then find a good job. And then find a nice girl.

Matthew: “Ok.”

He left, seemed satisfied and went to bed.

I was amused, but I wondered if he truly understands what he said. Probably not.

FYI, Jared is a jewelry store in the U.S. They have recurring commercials on TV with the tag line “He went to Jared.”

Obviously, their commercial has worked for Matthew. But, they should be paying us for the mere mention of their store in my timeline. HA!

Photo: Matthew just got his hair cut. He’s ready to go back to school…

Photo taken Jan 5, 2-14: Matthew just got his hair cut. He's ready to go back to school...

Photo taken Jan 5, 2-14: Matthew just got his hair cut. He’s ready to go back to school…

November 29th, 2013

Ready for Christmas 2013

My boys, Matthew (7) and Mark (3)

My boys, Matthew (7) and Mark (3)

My boys, Matthew (7) and Mark (3)

My boys, Matthew (7) and Mark (3)

November 20th, 2013

Mark at 3-years Old

While Uncle Tom was giving Matthew (7) a haircut, Mark was observing…

Me, to Mark (3): “Do you want a haircut too?
Mark: “No.
Me: “Why not?
Mark: “Because my hair is black, just like Daddy’s coffee.
Me: (speechless)

Only he can make that connection!

So Matthew have a playmate in the neighborhood, Shane. He is also from Matthew’s class in school. He comes over all the time to play with – mostly Matthew. But of course, Mark always wants to join in the fun, even if he couldn’t keep up with the 7-year olds …

So while Matthew and Shane were playing ‘tag’, running around the yard, completely ignoring Mark…

Mark, chasing Matthew around, “I want to play too, but I am not good with this game.”

Mark continues to chase Matthew, this time with pointer finger trying to tag Matthew, “TAG! AWEEE, MY FINGER HURT…”

Mark, while completely being ignored, continues to chase Matthew and Shane, and complaining about his finger. As I am amused by this, I called Mark to check his finger, which was fine, as I suspected. I told him to play with me instead. But he refused. And then he ran off, chased them again and completely ignoring me.

Lately, with my request, Matthew and Shane are better at including Mark when they play.

Photo: Mark, 3-years old. Taken Nov. 6, 2013

Photo: Mark, 3-years old. Taken Nov. 6, 2013

When he saw me with a camera in my hand, he stood still and asked me to take a picture of him. This was the outcome.

He is growing up so fast!

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