Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Month 23, Week 4, Day 7

Jackson was born on one of the coldest and iciest weekends we ever experienced in Irving. We entered the hospital wearing flip flops and left with ice on the roads. Ask me how happy I was to drive home in those conditions with our newborn baby. I don't remember anything remarkable about the weather on the night that we arrived at Memorial City Hospital to have Annabeth. I do recall how warm it was when we left and I told Curtis that winter was probably over. I think I was right.

Tomorrow we'll celebrate Annabeth's second birthday and our city is preparing for snow and ice. It's very cold today, but the sky is still blue and beautiful. There have been rolling blackouts all over town today. So far we have been lucky not to experience them. I called the bakery that is making my daughter's birthday cake and they were trying to decorate their cakes in the dark. They allowed me to postpone my order for a couple of weeks and we'll use the cake for Jackson't party.

With all this craziness, I'm thankful that we planned simple birthday dinners with my family for each of the kids instead of doing big parties like last year. I cancelled Annabeth's birthday dinner, which would be tomorrow night, since the ice/sleet/snow is supposed to be here by then. Since our normal Wednesday night church activities have been cancelled due to the blackouts, my mom had the bright idea of celebrating tonight. So we are throwing together a little dinner for Abey. Mom picked up some cupcakes and we'll order in and let her open up her presents.

Since the city is pretty much shutting down anyway, I do hope we get the 1-3 inches the weathermen are predicting. We saw snow last winter but it didn't stick on the ground at our house. It would be so much fun to play in it with my kids.

In other news, yesterday I cut my hair to my shoulders. It hasn't been this short since we went to England in 2004! I like it so far but we all know the real test is after you have to fix it yourself.

Here are the Jones girls last night before Bible study.



Two years ago right now I was getting ready for an OB appointment. That's when the doctor told me I was on my way to having our sweet girl and she would be with us the next day. Don't you wish you could go back and experience the birth of your children with your heart full of everything you know and love about them now? I suppose it would be too much joy for the human heart to bear.

52 comments:

thegypsymama said...

Interesting idea - to go back and experience the birth again with all I know about them now.

Only if we could eradicate the whole excrutiating pain bit. Then yes, what a lovely idea :)

Congrats my friend - that's a huge and beautiful milestone!

The hair and the birthday :)

Lindsey Nobles said...

I LOVE the last two lines of this post. Such a beautiful thought Amanda...

And your hair looks adorable.

CAROL LIVIN FOR GOD said...

Happy Birthday to Annabeth Happppppyyyyyy birthdaaaaaaayyyyy
to annabeth May you enjoy your birthday. The picture is to adorable you both are beautiful and she looks like you.
Carol
Enjoy the snow if you get it we are so frozen here in Albuquerque NM bitterly cold outside frozen locks frozen cars just crazy I do not like this stuff go away and bring on the heat.

Sandy said...

ahhh, Amanda, yes, you are so right, sometimes I do wish I could go back and experience each of my 3kid's births again, but that probably would be just too much JOY to bear! I am in the middle of drafting my post about my daughter who will celebrate her 21st birthday tomorrow.
We got the 2-4 inches Monday night and I have been in the house since, and enjoying it. I hope you get to enjoy snow with your kids. Happy Birthday to Annabeth! Have a great family time tonight!

Jenn said...

Oh, I love that idea of going back and experiencing their birth with everything we know and love about them now. It would make it easier when they come out looking like eyebrow-less, wrinkly little strangers... at least that's how my boy looked. He's way handsomer today!

I hope Annabeth has a sweet birthday!

debra said...

Happy Birthday Abey!

~Debra said...

Happy Birthday, Annabeth! I sure hope you get snow for your birthday though I would be jealous! No snow in our part of Japan!

bethany said...

Happy Birthday Annabeth! It's true that sometimes I think back on the births of my children and wish there was a re-do button. Mainly Jakson's because my labor was so long and I was totally out of it by the time he was born. I'm sad that I can't remember.

Love your hair!!

Erin said...

Happy bday AB! You share your bday with my sister! :)

Erin said...

Your hair looks great! I don't think it could ever not look great. Jealous.

Myriam said...

Happy Birthday Abey!!!

Spicy Magnolia said...

Happy Birthday, sweet Annabeth! I hope you get snow for your birthday. :)

And Amanda, I totally dig your simple family birthday dinner celebrations! You are a wise, precious woman.

Tabaitha Kaye said...

I would experience the emotions of the day all over again. I try to think about them each year on their birthdays. It goes by so quickly and I never want to forget.

Traci said...

Oh my gosh, I too went to the doctor's for a simple check up and they caught a deceleration in my baby girl's heartbeat and moved the c-section up. It was an amazing day. I think all the time how I would love to go back in time for just one day and experience them each as babies...way too much joy for me to handle though I am sure.

BTW, LOVE the haircut!

Traci

Kristen said...

Lookin good mama...love the hair!
Happy birthday Annabeth!

Marc and Charity said...

I always love your posts! Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!

Jennifer said...

Your heart looks cute and I love that skirt; such a fun color! Where did it come from?

And you are right, I don't think our hearts could handle how much love we have for our kids.

MississippiMom said...

it's too much for this human heart even to think about bearing it! Thanks for the unexpected welling up of all that emotion this afternoon! Love it!

I hope she has a wonderful birthday!

Darla said...

I hated to miss Bible Study last night!!! My husband is out of town and two kids had basketball games at two different times. I was praying it would be canceled (selfish on my part!).

Your last comment about the joy in your heart is precious. Happy Birthday to your baby girl. Hope she gets snow for her birthday!

Shelli Littleton said...

I love your hair! I need to get mine cut, too. Desperately. We have had snow and ice here in Fort Worth. The roads are bad. Had to venture out to the dr for my husband today ... had an allergic reaction to a new medication. Really scary. He's doing better; and we are praising God!

Happy birthday to Annabeth!

Lauren said...

I think your hair looks really pretty, Amanda!

Brandee Shafer said...

I think you're very cute and sweet. And very different from me! I would never want to experience my children's births again. Or my pregnancies with them!

My middle child will be two on the 24th. Happy birthday to your Annabeth! :)

Sue said...

What beautiful memories! I hope you little girl has the Happiest Birthday.

Thanks for sharing your memories of such a special time. I live vicariously through all you Moms when you tell your babies' stories!

Ellen Grant said...

OR...maybe we would try to hold them in just a leeetle bit longer?! ha! ONLY KIDDING. You are so right. At birth, they are only just bundles of potential. At 2 years, they are everything you could have ever hoped for and more =) It's so sweet celebrating or kids' birthdays. 6 months and I'll have a 5 year old and a 2 year old. Hard to believe!

petrii said...

Love your hair and your little is SO cute!!!

Happy birthday sweet girl.

Have a Blessed evening,
Dawn

Toknowhim said...

Cute cut... I had been letting my hair grow and just got it cut to my shoulders as well... The women in your family just have beautiful hair :)

I do too wish that I could go back to the newborn stage with all my boys...the oldest will be 12 on the 25th of this month. I am happy and sad at the same time.

Be safe and I hope that Annabeth has a wonderful birthday...

SeaShellMom said...

Happy Birthday Annabeth!

And Amanda, your hair is so thick and lustrous it looks beautiful at any length.

I bet you had forgotten how much quicker it is to shower with short-er hair.

My-An said...

happy birthday to Annabeth! Maybe she can build a snowman to celebrate. we tend to not get a lot of snow this part of town, let's hope that there will be more this year.
We have been having blackouts throughout the day! Glad it didn't make to your section. My house got so cold, the temp inside was 41 for several hours.
BTW, beautiful short hair!

Kiki said...

Love the haircut.

Missed seeing you tonight.

Happy Birthday Abey!

Way too much joy for the human heart to bear.

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Couple of my kids, I would have tied my legs shut.

Oh, I jest.

Kinda.

WMcSwain said...

Happy Birthday Annabeth!

Michelle Bentham said...

Happy Birthday, Annabeth! I believe I would cherish the opportunity to have my children with my heart full of what I know now - even the tremendous losses I've known where my boy is concerned. Cherish and ponder... Good words for what your post has stirred in me.

Your AB is so beautiful. She looks like her mommy. I like your hair and how cute the two of you look in your picture. Precious moments to be sure. Hugs to you, Amanda.

We have been in the ice/snow going on our second evening now - I hope you get the promised snow as well. Some of our best family memories are when snow unexpectedly blessed our yard. Hope you have the snow day you are wishing for - I'll add it to my prayer list tonight. :)

Blessings.

Angela said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! Time sure does go by fast, to fast if you ask me!

Love your hair. And bible study was awesome yesterday.

R said...

hey there! we have that weather here in dallas now, and we're ready for it to be gone. :0) tomorrow will be day three of our schools closed! but i am enjoying my public school administrator husband being home to get my honey-do list done. ha! :0)

your hair looks great! i'm in desperate need of a haircut and brow wax, but oh my goodness i don't know when i'll get out of this house to get to the salon!

Ashley DeLen said...

I think that your hair is darling. And that you and your daughter are just darling together.

If you get ice stay safe!

Sarah said...

She AND her Mama are beautiful!!! Love your new "do" :) Happy Birthday so sweet, adorable!! :)

Fran said...

There are so many seasons of their life that I want to go back and experience it with all that I know now. Maybe thats why we tell those of you with younger kids...."enjoy every bit of it." We can't get it back. :( They are precious gifts and I hope y'all get the snow!

You look beautiful Amanda!
((hugs)) and blessings from TN!

Katy said...

so true amanda, to turn back the clock and embrace moments that to us at the time weren't moments. as a mother of boys that are 8 and 11 the time truly slips through your fingertips.

happy birthday annabeth! enjoy your day!

Kris said...

We (Indianapolis) have been frozen inside with school and work canceled for three days, now. Driveways and streets are covered with 5+ inches of ice! Stay safe and enjoy celebrating your beautiful daughter!

Susan B. said...

Happy Birthday, Abey!!! Love the hair!

ourfamilye said...

Happy birthday, Annabeth! And your haircut is so cute!

Rena said...

It just doesn't seem possible that she is already two.
Happy Birthday, Annabeth!

sarah h said...

Hope the birthday party was fun! I'm reading at 34 weeks and about to go to an OB appt this afternoon...how fun to read your thoughts!

I do hope Houston gets a bit of snow to play in! I grew up there and only remember snow on 2 occasions. We're in Austin now, and may get some flurries as well. :)

Rebecca & Tucker said...

Hi Amanda! I found your blog through Becky Blume Davis' blog. I laugh at the title as I noticed this morning that I have my "baby bangs" coming in after the birth of my daughter who's 7 months old now.

Hilary said...

Happy Birthday Beautiful Annabeth!

I have to ask about your outfit, Amanda. Is it a skirt? Pants? I can't tell, but I love it. Wish I had the guts to pull it off myself! LOL

Hilary

Wendy said...

Yes...a thousand times..would I LOVE to experience the birth of my two children again. Two of the best days of my life. I would like to experience my wedding day again while we are at it. I looked REALLY good that day plus marrying my best friend was just a blast.

Happy Birthday Annabeth!!! Stay warm!!!

Amanda said...

Thanks, Hilary! It's a skirt that I found at Anthropologie. I wore it with black leggings and tall black boots. It has been fun to wear.

Becca said...

Happy Birthday sweet Annabeth!!

Dionna said...

I wish I could go back and hold my girls - hug them and love on them when I was still their "world" - their "everything." Now at 11 and 14, they still love me, but they love to laugh at me when I mess up or make a crinkled nose when they think I'm being weird. I'm not their "everything" anymore... that's one big thing I miss about their "little" years.

Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Love your haircut and happy birthday to your sweet little girl!
Courtney

Ashley Turnbull said...

Amanda, this definitely resonated with me - the last paragraph in particular. Sounds like we had similar experiences - doctors straight to deliveries! What a neat way to sum it all up. Thanks for sharing!!! And, thanks for all the sweet comments on my blog. Am loving this stage of life for sure!

Kelli said...

Oh my goodness! Even just experiencing Annslee's birth after knowing what I did about Caroline. Almost too much!!

Love the hair!