Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dare Devil Jackson

Although he still has about 8 weeks left before birth, Jackson has already lived through a pretty eventful week in Norfolk!

First, there was the on-going Dismal Swamp fire which made it nearly impossible to walk Lincoln each morning for fear of inhaling large quantities of smoke.   Speaking of smoke, how about the 7 arsons conducted 2 streets away from our quaint home, each time stinking up our house and neighborhood! It made me feel like the girl who cried wolf....should you call the fire department if it might just be smoke from Suffolk or could there be a huge fire in the neighborhood?! A tired, pregnant woman should not have to make those decisions at 5:30 am while trying to tame a crazy golden retriever!

Then there was the 5.8 Earthquake just northwest of Richmond, which was clearly felt in our area, as it was on much of the east coast. It was about 1:40 and I was finishing up a new patient evaluation, placing us behind a curtain in the main gym.  All of a sudden, I thought I was having a hypoglycemic or hypertensive episode and felt as if I was going to fall off my rolling stool. I calmly reached out to the exam table to pretend to write a note, while in reality I just needed something to hold onto to break my fall! I continued on with my whole 'plan of care' talk, just thinking, "Don't say anything about feeling dizzy. She is going to think you are a crazy woman and never come back to PT!". Finally, she asked if I felt the room move too and I breathed a sigh of relief, both for my baby and for my crazy head! Luckily, we had no side-effects from the quake.

And then, there was Irene. People say that I'm just being silly, but I never prepare for hurricanes since living in the Norfolk area. I mean, we put a few things in the garage and emptied the fridge of perishables because our power goes out weekly, but that was pretty much the extent of our preparations. I finished my 3 day conference in 1 long day so everyone could leave town before the storm and then I sat, and sat, and sat and waited for something big to happen. But it didn't.  Well, at least not like they were expecting it too. Norfolk is flooded (it floods during gentle rains sometimes), our power is out (again, it goes out when the wind threatens to blow), and there is a little tree limb hanging over our driveway, but other than that, not much.
In his short little life so far, Jackson has lived through fire, quake and hurricane (tropical storm). Aunt Dwynne asked if I was ready for him to come along, seeing as this has been the lead-up to his birth! He may be quite the dare devil, but we are ready for him! Bring it on, Jackson, bring it on!  :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Jackson's first baby shower

On Sunday, August 7th, my good friends in Norfolk hosted a fabulous baby shower for Jackson! We felt so loved and are excited that Jackson is going to be surrounded by so many amazing family and friends. We were showered with amazing gifts, practical, cute, homemade and funny. It's hard to believe that Jackson is going to be around to use everything soon. His book collection is growing so quickly, which we are very grateful for. Mom and dad brought a whole box of my childhood books, and some of our friends and family (thanks Beth!) have given us classics that we are going to treasure with our little guy.  
 Jackson Banner
Bonnie (an amazing seamstress) and the rest of the hostesses stayed up all night making these cute favors filled with chocolate. Check her out on Etsy (Barefoot Bags)
 So glad to have my Virginia Beach friends (2 brand new moms, 1 new mom of her third and another mom-to-be with her 3rd!).  I have a great support system and Jackson is going to have an amazing play group.
 My mom, who made it down for the whole weekend and broke her left wrist while helping us with yard  work. She even continued to work after she fell, not quite knowing if it was broken or not. Hope I can be as amazing as she is one day.
 There was a onesie decorating station, complete with buttons, paint and iron-on fabric to make the cutest new clothes for baby Byrne. We can't wait to dress him in his home-made outfits!
 My community group in Norfolk, and the hostesses of my shower. Kim, Bonnie, Lisa, Emily, Breann and Catherine. Thanks so much for a great afternoon!!!
29 weeks pregnant with Jackson Thomas Byrne. Getting ready to meet him soon! Thanks to Aunt Karen for the great maternity clothes to keep me looking cute as my belly gets larger!