This is why...

This blog has been created to give our family and friends an idea of our journey through infertility and the steps we chose to take to make our dream of becoming parents a reality. There may be a few graphic details here and there, along with some fun photos, but most importantly, we wanted to document these events in our lives for our future children and for anyone else who dreams of becoming a parent. Enjoy!

*Anyone who may be interested in us as adoptive parents, please feel free to check out our link at Bethany.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cousin Audrey's Birthday party!

So this post is just another reminder of how far Darryl and I have come on the journey to have children and how blessed we truly are. Last year my beautiful God daughter/niece, Audrey, turned one. Darryl and I wouldn't have missed her party for the world but as I sat there on the beach watching all the moms and dads with their children, it was hard to hold back the tears. Though we were surrounded by our loving family, I still felt left out and couldn't understand why we didn't have what everyone else did. I tried to remember how lucky we were and that God would someday make us parents but I also couldn't wait for what all these happy families had. However, seeing my niece so excited for her big day and all the work her Mommy and Daddy put into it made me a very proud Auntie.

Auntie and Audrey at her first birthday!

Audrey turned two this year and had a birthday party at her house. Our cousin Ryan snapped this picture and when I looked at it, I couldn't help but remember where we were last year and how far we have come. I think the smile on my face as well as my daughter's says it all. Darryl and I are finally able to experience the joy of parenthood and I wouldn't trade God's timing for the world!

Claire and her Mommy at Audrey's second birthday!

 Trisha's sister-in-law made these adorable rompers for the girls to wear at Audrey's birthday. The cousins look so cute and I can't wait to see what beautiful girls they will become inside and out. :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Claire's First Visit!

Thanks to our good friends that work at Disneyland, we were finally able to take Claire for her first visit! Though Claire was too small for many of the rides, we still had a good time walking around, enjoying the scenery, and buying Claire her first Mickey ears!

Claire waving from the hat store!

"Whatcha doing Momma?"

"Look at me! I'm at Disneyland!"

"I said....LOOK AT ME!"

"Thank you!" :)

Yay Disneyland!

We were going to go on It's A Small World until Mommy realized she brought the good stroller and didn't want to leave it. Maybe next time! :)

Getting a little sleepy.

All tuckered out with her Minnie Mouse.

Thanks Tina and David for our fun day!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sicky poo....

A couple of months ago, our baby was pretty sick. She got her first cold (probably from me and my germy first graders) and no matter how many times I told the doctor or anyone else that it was really bad, they made me feel like I was exaggerating. lasted a few weeks and the poor thing had fevers, congestion, and a pretty bad cough. Even my mom (who has had four children and owned her own daycare) has said she's never seen a baby so sick. We had lots of people praying for our little one because at one point the doctor was talking about admitting her to the hospital. Well all is good now! We took the doctor's advice of sucking her snot out (ewwwww) every chance we could, having her sleep sitting up, doing breathing treatments at home, and letting her sleep as much as she wants. Our baby is now much happier and the pediatrician said that one good thing coming out of this is that Claire has built up a stronger immune system. You go Claire Bear!

 At the pediatrician's office receiving her first nebulizer treatment. We eventually had to buy one and do treatments at home. Poor baby. :(

 Feeling much better!!!! :)

Claire's room

Sorry it's been so long since we've written. It's been a busy last couple of months but I have been keeping track of theposts that I want on my blog so here's the first. Claire's room! We painted it before we even knew what the sex of our baby would be. We figured green could go either way. When we brought Claire home and knew she was ours, that's when we went for the pink flower decor. The room is still not exactly the way I wanted but it does the job and I believe our little angel is fine with it. :)