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Thursday, August 10, 2006


wow, i can't believe that TODAY our little boy is now FOUR YEARS OLD!! ooooohhhhh, how time has FLOWN!! we have been BLESSED with FOUR beautiful years with him and we just continue to be AMAZED at how AWESOME it feels to be mommy and daddy and brother to ALEX!! who could have EVER known that i would be blessed with such a beautiful child? He is amazing, strong, loving, beautiful, giving and such a GREAT BIG BROTHER!!! i just am amazed that he is who he is! he has been sooooo strong these last 2 years with everything that we have had to go thru with his brother and he has held STRONG.....he has just loved his brother thru it all. He has been soooooo aware of all the challenges we have faced as a family and he, even for his small age, has been ok with it all....these last 2 years i have felt SOOOOO PROUD of him because he has been such a GOOD BROTHER....he really has! WE JUST LOVE HIM SOOOO MUCH!!

WELL, i wanted to tell you the story of JAMES ALEX is also a very special story! some of you may know it, other may never have heard the story. james and i had been married for 2 years when we decided we were going to start trying for a family. we were sooooo excited and READY!! well, as the months went by, it just seemed like it would NEVER HAPPEN!! and finally, IT DID! we got pg in july 2000! we were so happy and excited and feeling BLESSED....unfortunatly, in AUG 2000, we lost our little one via miscarriage...we were sooo sad but we just believed that when GOD thought it would be the RIGHT TIME, we would be BLESSED WITH A BABY! sooo, we continued on and went to see a doctor about it. well, we found out we needed a little bit of help. he started us on some medications and that following month we again BLESSED with another PG...unfortunatly, we miscarried again in MARCH 2001....AGAIN, we left it up to GOD and just decided to wait and see and just keep trying and praying. the doctor decided we needed a bit of a break and he scheduled another visit with him in dec 6, 2001 to see what needed to be done. well, as we all know, SEPT 11, 2001 happened and things became very scary all around the world. well, james was placed on ALERT with the national guard do to all the upgraded security. during thanksgiving weekend, we decided to go downtown to see the LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE in downtown san antonio the DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING. it was a GREAT TIME and we took our nieces and nephew out with us. well, there just HAPPEN to be an EXHIBIT on AFRICAN FERTILITY GODS!!! ooooohhhhh!! well, you know me, i just HAD to go check them out! james was tooo funny! you signed your name in the BELIEVE IT OR NOT guest book for the GODS and then you were suppose to touch them and that was it. there was BUNCHES of people out there doing it, it was kinda funny! james was like, NO WAY! I AM NOT GOING TO TOUCH THEM!! he was really embarressed because of all the people! i was egging him on and finally he tapped it and took off! sooo, life moved on and on DEC 3rd, james recived word that he was ACTIVATED TO GO TO TEXARKANA!!! we were soooo sad because noone knew how long the activation was going to be and it was ALL OF A SUDDEN!! he had JUST transfered that month to that new unit and they got activiated!! he actually heard it from a buddy that called him to say that he saw it on the news that his new unit was activiated! he was like, "what?!?!" so the next day, he went over there (he had never been there before) and the troops were ALL OVER THE PLACE!!! in BDU's and he was in his civilian uniform!!! so he found someone and they said, "where is all your stuff?" he was like, "i never got a call!!" they said they had been looking for him! he had 1 hour to get home and PACK AND GET BACK!!! that quick!!! AND he was GONE!!! he left not really know if i was pg or not! but i decided to take a test the tuesday he was going to leave from over there and it came back with a FAINT POSITIVE!! i was cautiously thrilled, if there is such a thing! so, i was going to cancel the DEC 6th appt because i figured, he will not be here in town so there is no reason to see the dr about fertility! but i kept it and went over with the news that i had a FAINT POSITIVE!! well, dr was not sure if it was a false positive or not, he didn't think i was pg. so he sent me over to a US because of my previous history of 2 should just a sac and it was measuring REALLY SMALL for as far along as he thought i was given my last menstral cycle....he told me he was afraid it might be a BLIGHT OVUM again and that i would be MC again...he sent me over to get some blood work and if in 48 hours the HCG levels didnt' double, then we knew it would be a mc....well, they did NOT DOUBLE and they called me to tell me they wanted me to go for another US because they were going to see what was happening...well, the technician said that by now with the HCG levels i had, they HAD TO SEE A HEARTBEAT and if not, then we knew that there was going to a MC...i prayed soooo hard! and remember, i was BY MYSELF because james had already LEFT FOR TEXARKANA and we didn't want to tell anyone because of our previous MC and we didn't want to get our parents hopes up...i know, DUMB!! soooo, as the tech was looking around my tummy.....THERE IT WAS!!! A BEAUTIFUL HEARTBEAT!!!!!! i was soooooooo happy and i was crying and everything! i couldn't WAIT to tell james!!! so, the technician tells me, ok, we are done, get dressed and we will talk due dates etc....well, as i am sitting there, she tells me, "you are not as far along as we thought! you are only 5 weeks 5 days along!! not the 9 weeks we thought" i was laughing and saying that i thought i was not that far along (i have REALLY MESSED UP cycles and they can go from 28 days to over 50 days! i know, TMI) anyway, so we started talking and we started talking about the lights downtown and all and i asked her if she went to the RIPLEYS BELIEVE IT OR NOT museum? she said no, so i told her that we had gone down there and touched the fertility idol etc, the whole story...well, she said, " that is COOL!! so, what day did you go down there?" and i said, "the day after thanksgiving"...she said, "hmmmm.........." i said, "what?" she said, "what was the actual day?" and i said, "i don't remember, the day after thanksgiving" she sits there looking at her calender and looks up that day....and says, "WELL, THAT IS THE DAY YOU CONCIEVED!!!!" i could believe it!! i asked if she was sure, she said, "yep!! from the US, and you being 5 weeks 5 days, that is the EXACT day you concieved this baby!!!" i was laughing! she said, " i GOT to go tell your story!!!" soooo, JAMES ALEX was a RIPLEYS BELIEVE IT OR NOT story!! OF COURSE, we know that it was thru the GRACE OF GOD but man, what a COINCIDENCE!!!

and the story goes, i went on to have an UNEVENTFUL PREGNANCY....a GREAT TIME and i LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!! james was away the WHOLE TIME in texarkana but i was able to go up a couple of time and him DOWN! we actually calcualted the number of days we actually saw each other and it was 31 days out of 9 months time!!! but anyway, i just PRAYED that james would make it for the delievery!! i actually PRAYED that my water bag would BREAK because, according to hospital rules, that was the ONLY TIME you could be admited!! before that, you would have to be 4 cm dialated to be admitted. james had to DRIVE 7 HOURS to get home so that was the reason for wanting that! anyway, so on the day of AUG 9, 2002, i woke up from a light sleep at 5 am and felt like i had peed on my self (tmi) and got up and decieded that NOPE, I THINK MY WATER HAD BROKE!! so, i called james and woke him up in TEXARKANA and he PANICKED!! it was sooooo funny! i told him, just get ready because i am going to go to the hospital and check to see if that is what, i took a shower, fed the dog and drove myself to the hospital....YES, MY MOM GOT UPSET AT ME FOR NOT CALLING...but i decided i didn't want to alarm anyone before i knew! so i get there and they do the test and YEP, MY WATER BROKE!!! so i called james and i told him COME ON OVER!! well, by then i called the family and they were all upset that i had driven myself there. i told them i was in NO DISTRESS and i was having no they started me on petocin and i just had to hang out....soooooo, the hours went by and nothing!! then james came in 7 hours later and WHAM!!! i started to FEEL THE CONTRACTIONS!! ouch! so, i was in labor for MORE THAN 32 HOURS and after all the time ( i finally got my EPI after BEGGING the drs!!) i had not dialated more than 3 cm so they decided to go for the C-SECTION because the baby was not tolerating the labor any more and his heartrate was starting to act up! soooo OFF WE GO! unfortunatly, the total epidural DID NOT WORK on my! i kept telling the anesthesiologist that i could FEEL THE LEFT SIDE!! he kept trying and by then, the surgeons started to cut and i LOST IT!! I COULD ACTUALLY FEEL THE KNIFE slicing in to me!!! the drs said, "you feeling pressure' i said, 'NO I FEEL THE CUT!!" and then they cut into the next layer and that is all i could remember!! he knocked me out!!!! and when i woke up i had a BEAUTIFUL TINY LITTLE BOY NAMED JAMES ALEX II and he weighed in at 5 lbs 13 oz 19.5" long!! he was a SMALL FRY!

ANYWAY, i just wanted to share with you our special boys BIRTHDAY STORY and to share with you a MONTAGE of him! just click on THIS LINK and view his montage!! enjoy the pictures!! hope you enjoy!

so again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAMES ALEX THE 1st 2nd (that is how he says his name)!!