Tuesday, December 20, 2011


so i realize that thanksgiving is over, but i never did a post about the things i am thankful for right now. it doesn't have to be thanksgiving time to warrant a post of the things i am thankful for, right? right. in fact, i should probably be cultivating a life a thanks more on a regular basis, so here it goes...

things i am thankful for in this season of life:

- roof over our heads
- Advent family time with hal and jas
- hallie's little breaths and heartbeats
- the smell of a real christmas tree
- food in the pantry
- deliriously laughing with j
- coffee and seasonal creamers (i.e. pumpkin spice and cinnamon sugar cookie)
- friends/family who desire to spend time with my baby!
- hallie's little smiles and screeches (i've determined these little screech noises is her form of laughter for the time being)
- a hard working husband
- a healthy baby
- God's pursuit of me
- new cars that aren't dysfunctional
- surprise engagements (welcome to the family, Alejandro!)
- free diapers from friends :)
- friends who persevere in Christ through difficult times....this encourages my faith.

what are you thankful for? it doesn't have to be "thanksgiving" or even the holidays to dwell on these things....

Monday, December 5, 2011

4 months!

baby girl turned 4 months on saturday! big girl! she is as cute as ever and every day with her is such a joy to us. she truly is a gift from God and i was just reflecting this morning how i should not take my days with her for granted, especially as i get closer to working part time in the near future (probably). she is so much fun and just smiles up a storm and makes the cutest coo'ing noises and squeaks you ever heard. her new thing is munching on her hands and standing on her little feet. and the other day she was just staring at her feet for the longest time and it looks like she's getting closer to munching on those little feet soon, too. she loves facing the world and observing everything and it seems like she enjoying less and less being held in the crook of my arm. sad...because this means she is getting bigger!

this thanksgiving was a first for hallie...a first thanksgiving, but also a first plane ride. she did great! i rode back from Georgia to Dallas by myself with her and she had 1 intense cry session that probably lasted 4 minutes or so and then she was out. and the Lord was so good to put me next to a sweet mom/grandma who, in the midst of hallie's crying sesh, just kept saying, "she's so sweet". thank you, lord! :)

at hallie's recent 4 month appointment she weighed 11 lbs 11 oz (20%) and 24 1/2 inches (60ish%). the doctor was pleased, so we will just keep doing what we're doing! :) she also handled her shots much better this time around i thought. she is a little trooper! here is our little love bug recently...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

life through iphone pictures...

if you have instagram or facebook...you've probably already seen these, but that's ok. my sweet friends, Ashley and Katherine, came this past weekend. we've been friends since junior high and we've been through thick and thin, forreal. you can see these two lovely ladies in the photo below. what a blessing it is to have friends spend time and money to come visit me and my baby! i can't express how much i love them coming down and loving on hallie.

hi 6 am.

reppin' detroit...jason's favorite city. our sweet friend who lives there got hal this shirt.

dear friends.

obvi....2 of these were free! although i think my new sweets obsession is shifting from sprinkles to the chickfila peppermint chocolate chip milkshake. just as unhealthy :)

enjoying the pretty leaves on a walk...

good morning, big eyes!

don't make me nap, pleaseeeeeee

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

3 months!

well little miss hallie turned 3 months on november 3rd! big girl! her newest talents are rolling over (as you have seen by the video we posted) and blowing bubbles. she is smiling all the time, which just melts our hearts. we've been trying to get in the habit of reading to her. she seems to like it and it's a fun thing to do before bed time as well. we still can't really decide who she looks like. i guess she's a combo of the both of us (duh!). but i feel like she is always changing, so we will see. sometimes, when she wakes up from a nap, i feel like she grew an inch, i swear. her naps are hit or miss. some days she naps great and other days she goes on nap strike! but thankfully she sleeps well at night! although this whole fall back deal has thrown her off a bit.

sweet hallie-- we love you! enjoy some pics! :)

oh wait, this is me when i was a kiddo...any resemblance?

our little baylor fan!

stylin' in her polka dot skirt!

big yawn!

hello 3 months! you came along quickly!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Our little rolly poly...

This past weekend, Hallie decided to surprise us by rolling over! Ever since then she rolls over almost every time we do tummy time. It is so cute and makes us so proud. Sweet Hal will be 3 months tomorrow...hard to believe! Here is a video Jason took of Hallie displaying her new found talent today... :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

2 months!

Hallie turned 2 months on October 3rd! Here are some pics documenting this month! Because Hallie was a month early, the dr said she is developmentally like a 1 month old. We are hoping she catches up in the next couple of months, so in the mean time we are trying to help her catch up! I am the regulator of tummy time and she is not the biggest fan of that! She seems to be getting better at going to sleep on her own (sometimes) and she is smiling more, which is super fun for Jas and I! Enjoy!

Friday, October 7, 2011

A day in the life....

of Hallie Sudan. Life as she sees it...

hanging out in my bumbo chair...

getting licked by this guy...

cuddling with mimi...

kisses from mama....

being subjected to picture taking with mom...


learning new things....

cuddling with dad....

sleeping in my crib...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


So I've discovered it is harder than I thought to do lots of extra things when your baby is a newborn. And by "extra," I don't even mean that much extra. Examples of extra include: reading, uploading photos, responding to emails, blogging, laundry, organizing the nursery, writing thank you's, sending birth announcements...and so forth. When Hallie sleeps, I usually try to brush my teeth, wash my face, put some make up on, shower, or eat. I'd heard that you don't have as much time as you think you will to do other stuff...but now I believe it! Anyways, all that to say, here are some recent pics of sweet Hallie! We went to Houston this past weekend to introduce her to my family and it was great! It is so fun to hear all your friends and family dote over your little one. I mean, I think she is the cutest thing ever (obviously), but it is fun when other agree with you! :) enjoy!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


It's true, Hallie has been betrothed...to my friend Heather's son who was born yesterday. His name is Asher Everett Pirtle and he is adorbs. He and Hallie met today for the first time. I got her all dressed up and it looks like from the picture that she caught his attention (see last photo)!

Congrats Steven and Heather! Heather labored naturally for 16 hours! She is a beast (I mean that in the best way possible) and little Asher finally arrived yesterday at 6:13 pm weighing in at 7 lbs 7 oz. It looks like he and Hallie are similar sizes! :) can't wait to have many play dates in our future!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hallie's Birth Story

I wanted to write this story out before I forget the little details… so here is the story of how Hallie Jane Sudan entered the world.

Hallie wasn’t due to arrive until September 3rd…labor day weekend. But the day after I hit the 35 week mark in my pregnancy I thought I experienced what might have been my water breaking. It scared me and my usual tendency is to brush these little worries off, but this time I felt it was better safe than sorry to call my dr’s office…at 5:30 in the morning. Sorry to the on call doc! The dr urged me to come to L & D at Baylor to get checked out. Much to our surprise, when they checked me, I was 3 cm dilated and 80% effaced. Did I mention that Hallie’s due date wasn’t for another 5 weeks? They ran a test to determine if my water had broken and they found that it had not. But it appeared that I might be headed in the direction of having this baby earlier than anticipated. They monitored my contractions on the computer and I was having them, but I couldn’t feel them. They sent us home and it wasn’t until later on that day that I began to feel some minor cramping and contractions. They were nothing to write home about, but I began to wonder if this baby was truly going to make an early appearance? It is not completely uncommon to remain at 3 cm dilated for a while in pregnancy. Anyways, when evening came along I felt that the contractions were getting closer and this scared me. I was not ready to have the baby and felt somewhat unprepared physically and mentally. Plus I wanted little Hallie to be safe. Once again, just to be on the safe side we went back to labor and delivery because I knew that if I were going to have our little girl, I wanted to do it right since she would be considered late pre term and I didn’t want to risk anything. I was still at 3 cm dilation, but was almost completely effaced. They gave me some shots in my arm to try to stop the contractions and then sent me home again. The contractions did stop temporarily until the next day.

I had a dr’s appointment the next day where they didn’t check me because they didn’t want to stir anything up, so they basically sent me home saying call if the contractions got to 5 minutes apart for at least one hour. Okie dokie…. I thought. At this point, there isn’t really anything they do to prevent labor. If she had been several weeks earlier than perhaps more intervention would have taken place. So I didn’t go to work because I knew I needed to rest and see if the contractions would go away. So all throughout Monday and Tuesday I rested at home trying to do as little as possible, which was hard considering we weren’t ready for her arrival at all! Thankfully my parents were in town over the weekend and went on Sunday to buy the basics that I needed if she were going to come early. Thanks mom and dad!

So the contractions continued. I tracked them on a handy dandy app on my phone called the “Contraction Master” and I didn’t really see this alleged pattern they speak of, the 5-1-1 pattern. There would be times when I would have several contractions 7 minutes apart and then they would stop for a good 20-25 minutes. I was so confused… so I just kept hanging out laboring at home. It wasn’t until Wednesday morning when I was trying to take a nap that I passed a blood clot, which caused me to call the doctor to see what I should do. I was trying to call and get through to a live person when the doctors office was calling me with test results from Monday. Awesome, so I clicked over and told them the situation. They told me to come in. May I remind you, Jason is working and in Lewisville. So I call him and let him know I was going in and that I would keep him updated. My dear friend, Heather, had just texted me so I called her when I was driving to Dr. Crochet’s office to let her know the deal. She is an L & D nurse and also pregnant and she was due 11 days before me, so we have shared many a pregnancy question/experience with one another through out the last 9 months. She said she wanted to meet me at the office since she was just around the corner at her chiropractor’s office. I said she didn’t have to, but that she could if she wanted. Shoot, I am so glad she did! As I was driving the contractions were getting stronger and I was thinking to myself…it’s probably not the best idea to be driving right now, but I didn’t have any other option to get there quickly. So I get to Dr. Crochet’s office and as I am in the waiting room I am consistently having contractions that are pretty close together. They were becoming more painful and I was finding it hard to breath and talk during them, so I did my best not to be awkward during that 10-minute wait in the waiting room to be seen by the dr. I get in the room with Dr. Crochet (and Heather) and she checked me and informed me that my water had been prematurely broken and I had been leaking. She also said that I was 6 cm dilated and I needed to head to L & D pronto! At that moment the rest of my water broke and I realized that sweet Hallie was coming TODAY. Holy moly. This was happening…and Jason was in Lewisville. Did I mention that?

Now my goal for labor was to try to tackle this all natural. No epidural. I had “prepared” by reading books and I also had hired a doula for support during the labor process. From Sunday to the “delivery day” (Wednesday) I had been having contractions off and on, so I hadn’t really realized that I had done so much laboring at home and didn’t realize how much progress I was making. So when I found out I was 6 cm dilated, I realized all those restless nights had not been pointless! Heather called my doula and she was helping with another patient’s labor and was not going to be able to help me during my labor, so she told me I would be getting one of her back ups. But really Heather was more of a doula since she was there the whole time. She gave Jas and I some different ideas to try to cope with the contractions and reminded me to take long deep breaths, which really helped.

Once we go to L & D they had to give me antibiotics since my water bag had torn and an infection was possible since we weren’t sure how long my water bag had been broken. But I continued to labor at L & D and the contractions were definitely much stronger once my water fully broke. I just remember trying my hardest to relax during each contraction and practicing deep breathing really did help. Jason got to L & D about 30 minutes after I got there and was such a great support. He held my hand and let me squeeze as hard as I could during each contraction. He told me believed in me. He was simply present and engaged…just like I needed him to be. For a while I was just laying on the bed enduring each contraction and waiting for the next to come. I knew I wouldn’t last if I just continued to lie there, especially if I was going to be laboring for hours and hours. So I had to do something different. I tried to walk around the room in between contractions and stood up and had my arms around Jas during each contraction, which for me was the best position to labor in (I hated the bouncy ball). This was so much better than laying on the bed. I think gravity did it’s magic and that helped Hallie to come even faster because once I got up off the bed and labored standing up, it seemed like it was no time until we began pushing. I probably labored for about 1 ½ hours in L & D before I was 10 cm and ready to push. Oh yea, the back up doula did arrive at some point towards the end of my contractions in what seemed like during the transition phase (which is the worst part, so I guess that was good timing). She helped relieving some pressure off of my hips during the contractions and also helped with breastfeeding afterwards. But I think next time I will go without the doula if I have the potential to have another quick labor like this one.

OK, so now it’s push time. My doctor arrived and was really helpful during this whole process. I started pushing at 2:09 pm and pushed through several contractions. Dr. Crochet gave great direction and I pushed with all my might and energy. I was much noisier during this part than I thought I would be, but I also don’t think I have ever put so much energy into one thing in my whole life. At 2:19pm, after one last push, we heard the sweet, loud cry of our baby girl, 5 pounds, 13 ounces of pure joy. They put her on my chest and I just remember seeing her open eyes and feeling her warm slippery skin on mine. And then she peed everywhere! But I couldn’t believe she was here…and in my arms. I didn’t cry, but was just overwhelmed with energy and disbelief that all of this had just happened. Just that morning I had spoken with my boss at work about how I really wanted to return to work the next week if I wasn’t contracting anymore. And then, here I was with our firstborn in my arms. And praise God she was healthy! I looked up at Jason and he had tears in his eyes and it was such a sweet moment! I hope these memories stay fresh in my mind as long as possible and I hope writing all of this out helps me to remember as well. They took Hallie away to check her out and made sure she was doing well (they had the NICU team there in case she needed it) and she was just a pure champ—Thank you Lord! She had great APGAR scores and I was able to get her back to breastfeed and bond some more with her. I also dominated some chik-fil-a nuggets, fries, and coke shortly afterwards.

I am so thankful for this birth experience. I am thankful that Hallie was healthy even though she was a month early. I am thankful that she did not get an infection despite my water breaking early. I’m thankful Jason made it in time! I’m thankful this all occurred during the day and I was able to have my dr (not an on-call doc) deliver Hallie. I am thankful family and friends came to visit us. I am thankful I was able, by God’s grace, to deliver her naturally and feel fully present during the whole process. Overall, during the active labor phase, I feel that my body really told me what to do. I learned that I have to pay attention to it and let it lead it will do what it was made to do. When it was time to push it felt natural like that was the next step that should have taken place. Having said all that, I am grateful for an uncomplicated birth, which made all of that easier and possible.

Also, my tips to pregnant women getting ready for labor…you might not know if your water has broken. People kept telling me “Oh, you’ll definitely know because it will be a huge gush of water.” But that didn’t happen for me until the dr actually broke my water. And then secondly, you might not have contractions every 5 minutes apart for 1 hour. Just saying…If I had waited til I got to that point, who knows where Hallie might have been born? At home in the bathtub or in the back seat of our car?

So there you have it…that is how Hallie Jane Sudan entered the world. She is a little fire cracker and a fighter and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for her. It is my prayer that she will be a lover of Him, a women fears Him, and one who brings joy and light to those around her. We love you, sweet Hal!

Friday, August 19, 2011

First Two Weeks of Life...

Little Hallie (pronounced Hallie with a short A-- like Halle Berry) has been such a joy these past two weeks! Sorry to neglect the blog, but learning how to care for an infant is pretty time consuming, I will say that! :) so here are just a few photos from her first two weeks of life. I have also been working on her birth story and I will post it when I am done. Not that yall are dying to read it, but really I just wanted to write it out for my own sake, so I don't forget the little details of that important day!

in her bassinet

sleeping beauty :)

EK and Hallie! so cute!

poppee and hallie!

her first bath!

little wet and soapy babies are the cutest!

tummy time...dad is good at implementing this with her

itty bitty hands

we've had such great support from friends and family!