Thursday, June 23, 2016

Adoption Fundraiser: Aniston Grace

Jordan and Keila (my brother and sister-in-law) are adopting baby #2! I am over the moon with excitement! Being an auntie is such a blessing and I can't wait for another little one to be added to the party. 

I have been saving some beautiful pieces from The Adopt Shoppe and they will be up for auction on my Instagram account (mrsbrownandco) beginning Saturday, June 25th at 8pm CST and ending on Sunday, June 26th at 1pm CST. Keila also gave me some treasured pieces from The Adopt Shoppe to auction as well. How special would it be to help an adopting momma by purchasing her jewelry? <3

Sneak peeks of the necklaces will be up on my Instagram soon! Be watching! 

A word from the Baize Family:

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate. -Psalms 127:3-5

Keila, Jordan and Max Baize 

In case you haven't heard, we are adding another arrow to our quiver! It's a GIRL and she's coming in AUGUST! (Which is all of our birth month.) Dad is a nervous wreck to raise a girl, Mom is dreaming of pink and hairbows and big brother is hoping she can pitch balls to him so he can practice his swing! We are overwhelmed with joy for the opportunity that God has afforded us to love another soul and teach them His ways. Her name will be Aniston Grace Baize. We asked birthmom to pick the middle name and we couldn't be more thrilled with Grace, as it is by His grace that we are saved! A word, now a name, that holds such importance in our lives. 

Pray for us as we go through at least six more weeks of waiting. Pray for Aniston as she continues to grow into a healthy baby. Pray for birthmom as she delivers, and for her emotional well being, as well as her life after this point. 

We can't thank, each and every one of you, enough for you support. Whatever you have given, prayers and thoughts or donations, I know God will reward you in ways we never could. Our hearts are forever thankful and grateful for everything you've done. 

Jordan, Keila, Maddox and Aniston Baize

🎉GIVEAWAY: To enter you must share the photo announcing the auction (below) and comment on my Instagram letting me know you shared. If you share on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter you'll get your name in the drawing 3 times! The winner will receive the beautiful necklace in the photo. :) 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

WDW 2015

We had planned on taking Cannon to Disney in March 2016 with my entire family, but we caught the Disney fever in November instead. I was a little nervous about taking Cannon at such a young age (7 months) but it turned out to be my most memorable Disney vacation to date.

We had a rocky start, though. Cannon's first plane ride was pretty scary. Once we left the ground an alarm started going off and a flight attendant was in total panic mode. Apparently there was a fire in the bathroom and the alarm was a smoke detector. After what felt like forever, the pilot informed us we were heading back to the airport we departed and will wait for a replacement plane. I was very nervous about the schedule change because I had planned Cannon's nap around the first flight where he'd sleep the whole trip. Luckily (totally kidding), we waited in the airport for 3 hours and he was ready to nap again by the time the other airplane arrived. 

We finally made it to Orlando!

We had a character dinner reserved at The Crystal Palace with Pooh and Friends that we were running late for. We dropped our luggage off at Caribbean Beach and headed straight to Magic Kingdom. We were worn out from a full day at the airport and absolutely starving. Thankfully, Disney does it better than anyone else and they honored our reservations. Delicious food and the character meet and greet was a perfect way to start our trip. Not to mention Magic Kingdom at nighttime is probably my favorite! 

My boy hugged on all of the characters but Eeyore was his favorite. 

The park was opened late for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and we took advantage of the small crowd and short lines. We jumped on and off several of our favorite rides (Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dumbo, Small World, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin) with little to no wait. Watched the fireworks show and the parade and left after 11pm. 

My boys enjoying the fireworks. 

Cannon was such a trooper. He actually fell asleep on Dumbo and missed the view from the tip top. 

Day 2 was split between Animal Kingdom in the morning (nap after lunch) and Hollywood Studios that night. We would take turns riding rides with the child swap program. We'd keep Cannon and Max while the rest of the group waited in line and rode the rides, then we'd use the child swap tickets and get right on the ride with little to no wait. Perfect! 

On Kilimanjaro Safari with my crew. Cannon was still very tired from the late night before but was such a good boy. 

Toy Story Mania

I really think my favorite ride at Disney is Toy Story Mania. I beat Tanner everytime but beating him with a baby in my lap felt pretty special. I like to win and I especially like to beat my husband. 

The next morning we were at Magic Kingdom bright and early. Even though I love the park at night, you have to see the castle while the sun is up. Never gets old! Cannon got his haircut at The Harmony Barber Shop and it was a fantastic experience! I'll write a separate post about that special day. That night we went to Disney Springs for some shopping and delicious food. We had supper at Splitsville and bowled at their bowling alley after we dined. Such a fun night. 

The guys.

And just to tell the entire story (I never like to leave any important details out): I came in 2nd place that night. 

The boys and their sweet Nana on the bus. 

On our last full day at Disney we slept in and  enjoyed our morning at The Caribbean Beach Resort. It's great when you can go to WDW with a very chill and relaxed schedule. We don't get upset if we miss a few rides that we would have liked to do, there's always next time. We skipped Haunted Manison somehow and didn't even realize it until we were on the way home. 

We went to Epcot that afternoon and Cannon met Mickey. Max isn't a big fan of meeting the characters but Cannon has loved Chuck-E-Cheese and Santa so I knew he'd flip to see the real live Mickey. And he did. He kissed Mickey's nose a dozen times. What germs? It's Mickey!!!!

Cheesein' with the Big Cheese! 

We went home bright and early the next morning. We got off the plane and went directly to work. Actually, we stopped by Chick-fil-a and my parents won a year of free food! So fun!

This was such a great trip with my family. Disney seriously feels like my second home and I do get homesick often. I think we'll go more often when Cannon can actually remember his fun experiences but I am so glad we took him at such a young age. He'll be like his Uncle J and myself, he'll grow up there. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

October {6 months old}

The sweetest boy in the world is growing fast, friends. He is a ball of fun, laughs a lot and totally enjoys his life! Cannon loves new places and new things, and I really love that about him. A little adventurous explorer!

His 6 month shots were a bit of a nightmare. Cannon didn't enjoy those at all! He held his breath for what seemed like minutes then screamed his little heart out. It really scared Tanner and of course I hated to see him hurting. 
He's a big boy!

We sure are glad that daddy got to come with us! 

Cannon started eating food this month, too! His first food was avocado followed by apples. I started out making his food but that slowly died down and he's on store bought food now. Hey, whatever works!
One of his first times eating. 

We have enjoyed doing Fall activities with friends and family. Every season brings more "firsts" for my baby and it's just so much fun! 

I wanted Cannon's footprints on a pumpkin, but little did I know the black paint would stay under his toenails for 3 weeks. Gross! But the pumpkin looked cute. :) 
My cute boys!

In his new pumpkin shirt! 
I let him chew on a starburst package for a few seconds and he thought he was really doing something! Haha!
Fun fall trips with big cousin Max!

We hosted a Halloween party for our boys and it was so fun to see all of them in their costumes trunk-or-treating. 
Sweet Ella and Cannon with Tanner. :)

Cannon went as "Farmer Brown" and our truck was his pumpkin patch. 

Halloween wasn't too great for my little lion. We had tried his costume on a few times and he loved it! But a mixture of tired and teething made our trick-or-treating short lived. He sure looked cute, though.

We dressed as Wizard of Oz with some super fun cousins!

I still can't get over how adorable the boys were. 

I'm a few months behind on blogging, typical Whitney style. But I'm getting caught up! :-) I love sharing updates with everyone but ultimately this blog is for my famjam to have as a keepsake. This is my scrapbook. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Life with Cannon

To say that we've adjusted well wouldn't be telling the truth. It's been hard. Our sweet boy is absolutely the most precious thing on the planet and we love him more than words. But he was a very hard baby and I felt like I was in over my head for several months! Thankfully, I lived to blog about it. (:

Starting from the beginning, the kid couldn't latch to save his life. I had great nurses and a wonderful lactation consultant (one terrible LC, too) but he only latched maybe twice in the hospital. I was an over producer and really wanted him to have my milk but I wasn't super concerned with how he got it. So, I pumped and bottlefed him. In the beginning he was super patient. He had terrible gas and we tried every bottle ever made to combat that. But still, super calm and easy going. Things changed at 3 weeks. He started screaming in pain, hating his bottle, curling up in a ball, spitting up constantly. I knew it was reflux from the beginning. I tried natural remedies first, infant massage techniques and essential oils. At 6 weeks life was pretty tough. I finally took him to his doctor and she watched him take a bottle of breastmilk. We left there that day with formula and I stopped  pumping. Days later we started his first medicine, then we switched formula, then we switched medicine, then we switched formula again. No matter what we tried he screamed his tiny heart out. It was so overwelming. I'm so independent and found it hard to ask for help. It was tough. 

During this time Cannon had developed a hatred for his car seat. We would leave the house every morning for work (he comes with me to the office) and he would scream the entire way. Same thing on the way home. Someone suggested a "big boy" (convertible) car seat and that helped a little bit. He also got a DVD player. I had always said he wouldn't have any screen time until he was older but I was at the point where I'd try anything to make him happy in the car. 
My big boy in his new seat. 

At nearly 11 weeks old we were at a doctor visit when I noticed him turning blue around his lips. They checked his oxygen stats and they were hanging around the 90's. We were sent directly to the hospital for an ECHO.
Sweet boy getting his ECHO. 
They gave him a little stuffed animal after his ECHO. Cannon really likes him. :) I appropriately named him Echo the Wolf and I think he'll be a lifelong friend. 

Thankfully my mom went to his doctor appointment with me that day. I would have been a mess if I were alone.

A few days later we had an appointment at Kosair to check on my little boy's heart. 

Cannon has a PDA and a PFO and both look to be closing. That was wonderful news! No need for invasive testing or surgery. Just monitoring for a few years. Dr Wright explained to us that his lips turning blue and the lower oxygen levels was caused by his reflux. Sometimes when he refluxes severely it can make him have a hard time breathing and such things can happen. 

But I know God took care of that problem for Cannon. I know God touched his tiny heart. I am so thankful and still get teary thinking about those few emotional days. 

A few days before our Kosair trip I had stumbled across a facebook page for lip and tongue tied babies. The more I read the more it sounded like they were describing my child. Almost all the symptoms on the list were issues we had dealt with from day 1. We made an appointment for a revision and I knew that this would solve all of our problems (reflux, gas, irritability). 

But sadly this wasn't the case. The dentist was fantastic and evaluated Cannon's ties. He said he would do the surgery but wasn't sure if it would help him much. He had both a lip and tongue tie but they were both minimal. I was shocked but still hopeful. 
We swaddled our sweet boy and I put him down on the table. I was in there with him but Tanner had to stay in the waiting area. The procedure consists of a pen that cauterizes the unneeded tissue and is only supposed to last less than a minute. The pen apparently connects to the push pedal by Bluetooth and after he began the procedure, the pen lost Bluetooth connection. So stressful. Tanner was sitting there hearing him scream not knowing what was going on. :(

I did the stretches (yes, you have to push on the open wounds several times a day four weeks) like I was supposed to and we sadly saw little to no results. 

We started seeing the chiropractor and that really did help him some. He was just so irritable and uncomfortable that he was in a constant state of motion trying to get in a comfortable position. That's how the doctor explained it and it really made sense because he moves all of he time. He's rarely still. 

His GI doctor gave me information on "coping with reflux" and told me that we had to have a good support system to survive this. I do believe she was right! 

We just kind of got used to the madness, I guess. He showed signs of improving around 4 months and we have been enjoying a more relaxed lifestyle. Tanner and I said multiple times that this rough patch would be over soon. And if we had to endure a rough 4 months to have our precious boy, it was beyond worth it. 

I am thankful for our healthy boy. Even when our faith was tested time and time again, ultimately we have a strong, happy baby. Things could have been so much worse and I will never complain about the obstacles we had to go through. We sure do love and enjoy our life with Cannon. 


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cannon Knox-- Birth Story

The work week was going by as normal. I was 39 weeks pregnant and was still working every day. Carlee and Keila wanted to color Easter eggs with the boys on Good Friday, so I stayed home from work and went to mom's to join them. I didn't feel great but that wasn't anything unusual. My pregnancy wasn't terrible by no means, but it was harder than I thought it was going to be. 

My last preggo pic! Rylan was loving on Baby Cannon already. :) And I am oh so huge. 

I was dizzy and sick to my stomach so after the girls left, I rested at mom's house because I was scared to drive. Tanner brought the blood pressure cuff over when he got off work and sure enough my blood pressure was low. The nurse didn't seem too concerned and told me to lay on my left side and it should regulate. While I was resting, mom and dad picked up supper at Philly's and my last meal before baby was a ribeye, baked potato and green beans. Yum! 

Tanner and I went home after supper and I fell asleep on the couch. I woke up around 9:30 and went to the bathroom. I was still having dizzy spells so Tanner was watching me like a hawk. I was walking out of the bathroom when my water broke. Nothing like the movies, but enough that I knew what had happened. I stopped dead in my tracks and Tanner thought I was dizzy and came running. I informed him I was not dizzy, but that he needed to jump in the shower because we would be heading to the hospital soon. Baby Boy was on his way! 

I was very calm and even vacuumed a few rugs before I finished packing. Tanner loaded up the car and we were on our way. I was feeling fine at first. I called mom and Keila and let them know what was going on. I told them to stay home until I was sure I was staying at the hospital, and for some strange reason they listened! :) I started feeling a bit of pain and pressure when we were fairly close (the hospital is a 45 minute drive). And it just so happened that we had to take a detour to get on the parkway. Convenient. 

We got to the hospital at 11:00pm. I only know that because I snapped this picture before we made it in. I was feeling lots of pressure and the few contractions I timed were 4 minutes apart. We checked in at the desk and I begged the lady to let me go to the bathroom. She was concerned that they would need a urine sample and made me hold it. 

The ER doctor checked me and I was 2cm and 85%. Which was basically what I was on Tuesday at my appointment. I was a little bummed I hadn't progressed any more than that but was very happy Cannon was coming! They moved me to a labor and delivery room and got settled in for a long night of labor. 

I was very open minded with my birthing plan. I didn't think I wanted an epidural and I wanted to walk and be active to progress labor. I wasn't aware that after your water breaks, they don't want you to get out of bed. I somehow convinced the on call doctor to let me walk back and forth to the bathroom. That was nice. The bedpan option doesn't sound very pretty. 

The nurse wanted to start me on pitocin but I begged her to give me time to progress on my own. After an hour, I was still 2cm, so she hooked me up to pitocin. I knew pitocin makes contractions come faster and stronger, but I wasn't hurting bad enough (yet) for an epidural. When I did start contracting hard but still was holding off on the epidural, the nurse offered me Stadol to manage my pain. Next thing I know, I'm super drunk, sleepy and a lot of my memory of labor stops here. I wish I had known the side effects of that drug, I wouldn't have taken it. 

The Stadol controlled my pain for a short time and the pitocin was hitting me hard. Contractions so close together I couldn't even recover before another one was coming. Tanner was doing fabulous and was equipped with a puke bucket, cold wash cloth and a sprite. After every contraction passed he would give me a drink and help cool me down. I feel like I paid him to be my birth coach, he was that great. Thankful. 

Contractions kept coming stronger and harder. And I requested my epidural at 5cm. I knew that there was a situation arising where the Anesthesiologist could potentially be unavailable due to a c section of twins. Sure enough, she was back in surgery when I was ready for it! I was in full blown, crazy painful, like the movies labor that seemed like an out of body experience. Unbearable pain.  They ended up turning my pitocin off and had to give me a shot to slow me down because Cannon's heart rate was being effected by the hard and fast contractions. 

They finally came to do my epidural and they let Tanner stay with me. I knew they normally make visitors leave during this time but I think they were scared to take Tanner from me! He was so much help and I would have lost my mind if they took him out of the room. I kept asking when it would kick in and if this was my last contraction before it would start working. The epidural was nothing compared to contractions! And it finally started working sometime after 4:30am, thank God!

After the epidural, I felt like living again. The doctor checked me about 20 minutes later and I was at 9cm! Mom and Keila came back and I actually felt like talking. They helped me brush my hair and look a bit more presentable. Tanner took this time to rest. I had worn him out, I'm sure. :) 

I was fully dilated at 6:30am but they wanted me to hold off for a little while where Cannon could drop some more on his own. We got the ball rolling a little after 7. I pushed for what felt like a few minutes while Tanner counted and breathed with me. Our last moments of a family of two will always be special to me. He worked so hard and was a tremendous help. Before we knew it, there was a tiny pink baby laying on my chest. 7 lbs 2 oz, 20 1/4 inches and born at 7:41. I was in disbelief! He is so perfect and precious in every way. 

Our first look at Cannon Knox! My doctor is wonderful and I adore her. 

One of the nurses grabbed my camera and snapped a million pictures. I'm so glad she did! I love the look on Tanner's face here. 

Our first family picture! 

Cannon was very calm and didn't cry much. He found a comfy spot on my chest and was very content. After our skin to skin session, mom and Keila came back to see him. Their reactions were precious and these photos are priceless to me!

Only family came to visit him in the hospital. It was Easter weekend so everyone was busy and the three of us had lots of quiet time together in the hospital. I needed lots of quiet time, those after baby hormones are no joke.

All in all, my birthing experience was wonderful. The new hospital is super nice and I had excellent nurses. Cannon's nursery nurse Katie was my absolute favorite. 

Cannon is a great baby. He has lots of people in his life that are crazy over him. Tanner and I are so thankful for a healthy boy.  God has been so good to us. 

His visitors- Melinda & Robbie, Jordan, Keila and Max, Donna, Carlee & Rylan, Debbie & Del, Janie & Allen. (Uncle Hunter was at church camp)

Here are a few of my favorite hospital pictures-

Cannon getting his hair washed. 

Uncle J is for sure in Cannon's top 5 favorite people. 

Our sweet little Easter boy.

Waving bye to all of his sweet nurses!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Reveal Party

Our Reveal Party was in October, but I haven't blogged about it and that's something I want to remember! So here goes..

My 25th birthday was kind of a blur. Mom, dad and Hunter were racing on my actual birthday (Oct. 10th). My mom did cook me a birthday dinner a few days before and we hung out with the fam that night. But it was just small and sweet. Tanner got me a really good camera and in my emotional state (14 weeks pregnant) I cried like a baby. He always gets thoughtful gifts. Thinks of them himself and surprises the heck out of me. 

We had told everyone we didn't want to find out early what the gender was. And really, Tanner didn't want to (at first). But, I had this idea.. And ran it by Tanner and he loved it. 

My plan was for Tanner and I to secretly go to Precious View and do the gender ultrasound. Then gather my fam and a few close friends and surprise them. How did I gather friends? I called my super awesome sister-in-law and told her I needed her to plan a "surprise birthday party" for me. Since some of my fam was out of town and I didn't have a birthday cake.. I thought she could sell a story of how "Whitney was upset that her 25th birthday was small and not really celebrated". Which was far from the truth! But a great cover story. 

At Precious View. 14 weeks. 

So she goes to work. Of course she does. She loves doing things like this. She was the only person who knew we were doing the gender ultrasound and kept it a complete secret. Keila planned this super cute (purple and teal= boy or girl) party for our surprise gender reveal! 
Tanner and I walk into my parents house on Oct. 13th and they yelled "surprise", haha it still cracks me up that we pulled it off. My dad started to explain how sorry he was that my birthday kind of just passed without much of a celebration and this party was a birthday "do over". I quickly stopped him and informed everyone that I already knew they would all be here tonight. My mom responded "all of us?" Haha! Yes. All of you. 

Best SIL ever.. And my Max!

I was getting reallllly odd looks, so Tanner and I gave them the run down. That we knew the gender and this "birthday party" is actually a gender reveal party!! *And the crowd goes wild!*

So, Tanner has the teal (boy) balloon and I have the purple (girl) balloon. We both blow them up a tiny bit to confuse our audience. But, in the end, I let my purple balloon deflate and Tanner blew the teal balloon all the way up. And that's when my family lost all hope in having a baby girl in the family! Haha! But we were all so excited that Max, Rylan and Baby B will be besties during school, sports and everything in between. 

Action shots!

We are thrilled that we're expecting a boy! 

I was so small here! And I thought I was enormous! 

Max and E on Reveal Day!

All 3 of my babes! <3<3<3

Love them so much!

The party was adorable and so perfect. Keila did a wonderful job. Just my fam and a few close friends. Which is the way I like it. :)

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