Thursday, February 26, 2009

Announcing AKD

The world has another Dockery. And that is a great thing. Miss Abigail Katherine Dockery was born to proud parents Ben and Julie on February 25 at 3:40 pm weighing 7 lbs 8 oz and 19 in long (the same size as Nathan minus a 1/2 in).

Now, this is important to Courtside for many reasons. Most importantly, the Dockerys are some of our most cherished friends in the world. They are the friends that you will be at their 50th anniversary, their kids weddings, and any other event just because you love them. Their friendship makes our family better and we are so thankful for them. Julie is special because we've known each other since we were a mere 18 years old! Now here we are 7 years later, married to wonderful men, and having our first children just 4 weeks apart! This is a true measure of God's blessing in our lives.

So, Nathan is looking forward to meeting Miss Abby and he sends his love by showing off his manly physique. He hopes she is impressed...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Fun Times with Mom & Dad

We have been having so much fun with Nathan! And I think he likes us fine enough too. Here's some shots with us and the little man...

Our first date since Nathan's arrival (thanks Mammaw!) We had a nice dinner out on the Friday before Valentine's Day. Phillip got me the nice flowers pictured and Moo-lenium Crunch Blue Bell ice cream. Yum yum!

Piggy Back ride--clearly Nathan will have to "develop" his love for this...

Snoozing with the Daddy-o: note the hand precariously positioned to keep the pacifier in. You learn all kinds of tricks as a new parent.

Dressed-up with Mommy after church

Now some solo shots for the adoring fans...

Oh my! This town doesn't have Tex-Mex my world is crumbling!

All snazzy for church in my soft suede shoes. Props to my cousin John Thomas for the duds! He's a real cool cat.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Our Little Family of 3

3 weeks in the books for the 3 amigos--Mom, Dad, and Nathan

I can't believe it has already been 3 weeks since the little man's debut...time really does fly

And we have been going at it on our own since Monday and I think we are making it pretty well. We were so blessed to have help from Miss D, Daddy Doc, Mammaw, and Grandpa for a little over 2 weeks. What wonderful family we have! Since then, there have been some hitches no doubt, but we are learning more each day.

Nathan is growing like crazy--most notably in his belly, cheeks, and legs. He is filling out and getting even cuter! We have really been enjoying his hair. It is so full of volume and the middle kind of stands up all crazy-like. He might need some 'product' in it soon!

I would also like to say a huge thanks to Phillip who has been so helpful during this time. He has taken to being a Dad quite well and genuinely enjoys spending time with, to quote him, "his two favorite folks." His support and encouragement make my job as a wife and mom so joyful and his hard work makes our little family so thankful...we appreciate you!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Valentines (1 day late)

With love from the cutie bug...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

2 Week Stats

Nathan had his first pediatrician visit this morning and here are his stats:

Height: 21 in (75-90%)
Weight: 8 lbs (50%)
Head Circumference: 14 1/2 in (50-75%)

He is a growing boy! The doctor said he is doing remarkably well and had nothing but great things to say. He said his feeding and sleeping schedule is working out wonderfully and so we will just keep everything up! He actually said I am getting more sleep than I should be and he tried to talk Nathan into waking up more often at night (teasing of course) but Nathan just laughed it off. Why mess with something when you've got a good thing going? So, it was a successful trip. His next check-up will be at 2 months and I'm sure I won't believe how much he has grown.
*Please notice the remnants of Nathan's first mohawk courtesy of Mammaw

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Pictures of NRB

These first 2 weeks with Nathan have been fun, exciting, crazy, hilarious, incredible, emotional...and any other feeling you can imagine. This little boy has changed our life for the better no doubt. He is eating like a champ and sleeping so well. His schedule includes eating every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, followed by some awake time, then followed by a good dose of sleep. At night there is no awake time (if we can avoid it :)) and he has been doing so well by going right to sleep after eating! So far he has really enjoyed having his hair brushed, hanging out with his dad in the "man cave" (our basement), and being a great snuggle bug. We truly love our little guy and are so thankful for him!

Nathan still in the hospital in his super stylish white t-shirt

Going home from the hospital--one happy Aggie family

Handsome man

First bath (aka exercising his lungs)

Play time on the lily pad
Boy, isn't he cute?!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety-jig

So, we finally made it to our electrified home on Sunday afternoon. We were so glad to get here! Since Friday when we left the hospital we (me, Phillip, Nathan, Miss D, and Daddy Doc) had been "camping out" at apartment D2 in Village Manor. It was unfurnished, but there was heat and electricity--thank God. We managed with a couple of air mattresses, a card table and chairs, a pack'n'play for Nathan, and lots of patience and endurance. It was not what I had planned in my mind for Nathan to come home to, but the Lord graciously sustained us and did not fail to provide everything we needed.

Today, we got our hot water back. On my birthday, our hot water line sprung a leak in our basement and we managed to do some damage control and have a plumber fix that hole only to realized 15 minutes after he left a new hole developed. Therefore we had to replace an entire section of the pipe. But, when we awoke on Tuesday and headed to the doctor we never got to make it home and address the problem. Obviously we spent the next few days in the hospital while the severe ice storm wiped out people's electricity across the state. When we arrived home on Sunday, we had no hot water, but the plumber was supposed to come Monday morning but alas he called in sick. Sheesh. Finally, after a couple of hours of work this morning we are back up to full capacity. Again, so unbelievably thankful.

It has been an adventure. One to tell Nathan about for many years to come. However, even though it was rough we will not cease to tell him about the faithful and merciful God we serve, who promised through Jesus Christ "Lo, I am with you always to the end of the age."