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Sunday, October 18, 2009

It's Been A While

Wow, so it's been a while since I've been on my blog. I guess life's been a little crazy around my house. First of all, we found out we are having a little girl, Ansleigh Grace due on Christmas Eve. Only 10 more weeks for me! That will be here before I know it! I'm already getting excited fixing up the nursery...



and picking out sweet little clothes for her, like her coming home outfit....


and sweet little shoes....

and getting to see her precious little face.....


and her Big Brother Caden is getting excited too! He says he's going to be such a big helper with feeding her, changing her and giving her a bath. Of course, that is with mommy and daddy's help only : ) He can tell you her name and that she'll be born in December. He's really excited to be a big brother, I think. He will be 3 right after she's born. He's growing up too fast!


So, as you can tell, there has been lots going on in my world lately! It's hard for me to keep up and I'm sure it will be harder once Ansleigh is here with us : ) I'll try my best though. Until then....
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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today is Thankful Thursday! This was created by my bff Cassandra. Jump in on the fun and tell us what you are most thankful for today!

I am going to write about my most wonderful mother! My mom is one of the if not the most important person in my life! Aside from my husband and son of course! I was raised in a very good Christian home with a wonderful upbringing. My mother was the mother when growing up she wasn't your friend, she was your mother, your leader, your punisher, your guard, your comforter, your strength, your shoulder to cry on, she was my everything! My mother spanked, punished, grounded, took things away, yelled, got her point across, taught and raised us in a way that we learned to respect, appreciate, love, care for others and love Jesus with all our heart! My mother is my hero!

I always told my mom once I was older and married, "Thank You!" for spanking me, punishing me, grounding me and not being my friend. Thank you for all those times that you had to set me straight no matter how hard it was for you to have to be the "mean" one. Thank you! If it were not for her, I would not be the person that I am today.

I talk to my mother every single day at least twice a day usually! I have to talk to her every day or I would be lost! My mother is the best grandmother ever! She loves her grandchildren just like they were her own. She loves them, yet she will punish them to when it is needed! My mother is not scared to stand up to anyone to protect her children and ALWAYS has just the right answers and advice when we ask for it. My mother has been there for me my entire life and continues to do so! She was there every step of the way for us when Caden was born with his kidney disease. She was my voice when I couldn't do anything but cry, she was the one that would listen to all the doctors as the hosptial when I wasn't able to "listen." She was the one that comforted me during the hard times with our son. She is the one who is going with me today to see my baby's heartbeat for the first time (my hubby couldn't get off work) and she is the one who will be there when our baby is born! (Along with about 10 others...no joke!)

I love and respect my mother more than any other person I know. My mother means everything to me and I thank God everyday for giving me the mother that He gave me! She has raised 4 beautiful girls into 4 beautiful women! She can do anything in my book!

Mom, I love you!



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Monday, April 27, 2009

Did I really get to see the baby?

Wow...Did I really get to see our baby today?


My sweet hubby and I were right on time for our 9:10 appt. today for the ultrasound. We were so excited we could hardly contain ourselves in the waiting room. We kept talking about how even more real this would be once we saw the baby and heard the heartbeat. The excitement was very present in our faces!!!


So, then it's our turn. Again, we just jumped up and practically ran back to the room. The technician started the ultrasound and I kept asking, "do you see the baby yet?" Of course, she answered YES!!!! YAY! Really? Are you sure you see our baby in there? I mean last time, we never got this far, so we want to be really sure you see our precious baby! She said that it was too early to see the heartbeat, but the baby looked great! The fetal pole was there, the sac and everything was just where it needed to be! She said we were on a great path and to come back later in the week to see the heartbeat!!! Quint and I just looked at each other with so much excitement and practically ran out of there with picture in hand!


So, here it is...our precious Baby!!!



We go back again this Thursday at 1:00 to hopefully see the heartbeat! Until then, above is our very first picture of our precious baby!

Caden can't wait to be a big brother!!!
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Me....This I Know....For the Bible Tells Me Soooooo

Such a great song most of us learned as preschoolers. Below is a video of my sweet Caden singing those lines after a little begging from mommy and daddy! How sweet is that!



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Can it be true?

Can it be true?

Am I really pregnant? Am I really going to have a successful pregnancy this time around? Is God really on my side? Is this going to really work out as beautifully as I hope it will? Can it really be true?!?!

These are all my questions today! I am so excited to find out that we are expecting our second or really "fourth" beautiful child! I am filled with so many emotions I'm not even sure where to begin. I am never just lucky enough to have a wonderful care free pregnancy! This is my fourth time being pregnant. Two of our precious babies were just to beautiful to send to this earth, God decided He would take care of them for me! I had a miscarriage before Caden, then Caden who was born with a kidney disease and then an ectopic pregnancy back in December. Now, to God be the Glory, I am pregnant again!

This pregnancy already hasn't been easy! I found out that I was pregnant Easter weekend! I immediately went to my dr on that Monday and was put on progesterone for my levels being low. I already started thinking the worst! I mean, who wouldn't? So, they have monitored me every other day since last Monday. I am finally thankful to say that all my levels are high enough where I don't have to be monitored anymore!!! YAY! Praise God! I have my first appt. May 4th, so I absolutely can't wait!

This baby will be due around December 17th. Caden was born on December 29th....haha! I'm not sure what I was thinking there, but as long as we have a healthy, happy baby he/she can be born whenever!!!

Anyway, I'M PREGNANT!!! YAY!!!!
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Monday, April 13, 2009

A few pics from Easter....

Below are just a few pictures from Easter. Caden had a blast this year. He was into everything from the egg hunts, to dying the eggs, to getting up and seeing if the Easter Bunny came. It was so much fun to watch him enjoy it this year!!!














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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Caden's Day at the Park

Nothing major to post on today. Just wanted to share a few pics of Caden's day at the park! They were just too cute not to share! Enjoy!






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Monday, March 30, 2009

Not Me Monday

This Not Me Monday is in honor of Precious Stellan. He is MckMama's 5 month old son who is in PICU with SVT. He is fighting for his life. Please continue to keep this baby and his parents in your prayers. Please check out his mom's site at http://www.mycharmingkids.net/.



I did not wake up all through the night all week long just to pray for Stellan.

I did not completely fall apart several times this week thinking and praying for this special little boy.

I did not go out and buy a card and a gift certificate from Wal-Mart for them and send it off. Seeing that I have no clue who they are except through blogging, I totally wouldn't do anything like that.

I did not get up every morning and run to my computer to see if anything significant happened overnight.

I did not check twitter and blogger.com every 10 minutes or so throughout everyday just to see if there were any updates on Stellan.

I did not totally consume my thoughts about this little boy all week long!

I did not tell all my friends and family to pray for this precious boy whom I don't even know.

I also did not post about him on my blog several times. Seeing that I don't know the sweet baby, I wouldn't do anything like that. Not me!

This sweet baby has not touched me in a way you wouldn't believe. Nope, no one could do that that I don't eve know. Not this sweet, Stellan!

It's amazing the things that you won't do for a family that you don't even know.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pray for Stellan

Hey Everyone,
This is supposed to be Wordless Wednesday. Here is my picture below. Click on it and go to the blog. Read all about Stellan and start praying! This little boy needs all the prayers he can get!! His family is staying strong and leaning on God!
Prayers for Stellan

P.S. - Say a pray for my bff Cassandra as well as she will have surgery this a.m.
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Monday, March 23, 2009

Pray for Stellan

I'm asking for everyone to go over to McMama's blog and pray for her little one Stellan today! He really needs some major prayer right now with a heart condition that he has. He's only 6 months old...way too young! Please, jump over and start praying!!!

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Well, today is Thursday and it's a day to let everyone in bloggy land know what you are most thankful for this Thursday. This was started by my bff Cassandra. So, grab the button and start telling us what you are most thankful for!
Today, I am most thankful for my wonderful husband, Quint! He is my provider, my shelter, my protector, my comforter, my partner, my best friend, my laughter when I'm sad, my patience, he's my everything!

Quint and I have been married for 6 1/2 wonderful years now. I absolutely would not change a thing! I love him more than he will ever understand. He's the most wonderful husband, he can do anything in my eyes. He can be my Mr. Fix it or he can be my cuddle bug, it doesn't matter, he always does it best! He's the best daddy anyone could ever ask for. Caden loves him so much and it's very evident when he chooses his daddy over me anyday.

Quint and I have had lots of fun times together. We were married 4 1/2 years before Caden was born and frankly, I can even hardly remember those 4 1/2 years. I'm sure we had lots of fun and did lots of things, but everything felt just right after Caden was born. I just love watching him with our little boy. Once Caden came along, he changed our world! For the better, of course. Quint turned into this perfect father with tons of patience as soon as he was born. He is the daddy who would get up with me at midnight and 2:00 feedings just so I don't have to do it by myself. He is the daddy who will kiss a scraped knee and fix it all up for Caden so it doesn't hurt anymore. He is the daddy who will run circles all over the yard chasing Caden just because Caden says to "run daddy." He is the daddy who get's Caden from preschool right when he gets off work at 3:00 just to have some father and son time before I get home from work. He is the daddy who loves, cares, protects, helps, encourages and enables our son. He is the most awesome daddy ever!

When Quint and I were dating (which was only for 5 months before we were engaged) those were all qualities that I looked for. It didn't matter to me what he did for work or whether he had lots of money, all that mattered to me was that he would take care of us and love our family more than anything. He does! He would do anything for Caden or myself. He is the most selfless, caring person that I know. That's my husband! I thank God everyday that he sent Quint into my life. I couldn't imagine my life without him!

I love you honey, more than words can ever express! You are my everything! Thanks for putting up with me these past 6 1/2 years, I pray that we have many, many more to go!

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Caden's Kidney Story

This is my background story on our little boy, Caden. This is an article that was published in our local newspaper that I was asked to write. Hopefully this will give everyone a little insight into our miracle.

When we discovered we were expecting, we were as excited as any young couple would be. At twenty weeks we knew we would be blessed with a little boy whose name would be Caden Robert Burdick. The trouble began at twenty-eight weeks into the pregnancy. One Friday morning I woke up knowing something was wrong. I didn’t wait for an appointment; I went straight to the doctor and told them that I really believed something was not right. Another ultrasound was not due, but the nurse decided to do an ultrasound to give me peace of mind. The ultrasound revealed that Caden’s kidneys and bladder were enlarged. From that point on, my pregnancy was a whirl wind of doctors, ultrasounds, stress tests, every week to make sure Caden was doing okay in the womb. We met with doctors in Montgomery and specialists in Birmingham who explained that Caden could have one of five blockages but that could only be known when he was born. You can imagine the trauma when the doctors mentioned that our little boy might need a kidney transplant, but they would not know for sure until extensive tests could be done when he arrived into this world. At thirty-four weeks, the doctors decided to do an amino test to make sure that nothing else would be genetically wrong with Caden. The doctors were unsuccessful in getting the necessary amino fluid and after three failed attempts, they put me in the hospital for close monitoring of not only me, but Caden. It seemed like everyday brought new decisions to be made and we had to decide whether to deliver in Birmingham or Montgomery. From those consultations, it was decided it would be best to for Caden to enter this world in Montgomery because the doctor thought his problem was not severe and there would be plenty of time to go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

At thirty six weeks my blood pressure was not stable and I was starting to swell which would create stress for our child. So labor was induced and Caden Robert Burdick came into the world on December 29, 2006 at 11:36 p.m. Of course, he was the most precious child that my husband and I had ever laid eyes on.

The morning after he was born tests were run to determine the blockage and the severity. The test results came back more severe than anticipated resulting in us going by ambulance to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham when Caden was just two days old. Upon arrival to Children’s Hospital he was immediately put into ICU where a catheter was inserted to drain his bladder and the fluid out of his system. The problem was a blockage where his bladder and his urethral tube meet - called Posterior Urethral Valve Blockage – the worst scenario possible! Caden’s bladder was backed up, urination was impossible, causing his bladder to become enlarged. This affected his urethra tubes and kidneys causing permanent damage to his bladder and kidneys. An added problem was reflux in one of his urethra tubes making an infection possible to his kidneys.

At one week old Caden underwent surgery to remove the blockage. The blockage was a flap of skin that did not absorb normally while his body was forming. The doctors assured us that his problem was “severe,” and that it was possible that he would have to undergo a kidney transplant somewhere around his first birthday, and even be on dialysis before that. The official name of his condition is Chronic Renal Insufficiency. For my husband and me, it was a nightmare. We felt that all hope was going down the drain and we almost shut down physically and emotionally. Our thought was that no parent should have to go through such trials when their child is just days old.

The entire process from the first appointment when we knew something was wrong many people started praying for our son. Caden, Quint and I were covered in prayer. People were praying for us from all over the world, from China to Brazil, and all over the USA. We have a strong Christian background, and we totally believe in the power of prayer and the power of miracles. However, sometimes it’s easier to believe in a miracle for someone else than for yourself. The real reality is that faith is the key that unlocks the door and opens up your total spirit to the power of God. We knew God created Caden and we will trust Him to heal him.

The name “Caden” means “Fighter.” Our son has been a little “fighter” throughout this whole process. After the hospital, with Caden doing much better, he has continued to improve everyday. Every appointment brought good news of improvement. At first we went every two weeks, then every four weeks, and now we go every three months for check-ups because he is doing so great. His disease is far from gone. He has only one kidney that functions, the other will wither away over time. The bible says, “We are fearfully and wonderfully made,” so much so that God made it so we could function with just one kidney. In the event that his one good kidney fails to handle the filtering then it is back to square one of needing a transplant. That is reality. But, for now his one kidney is functioning great! To God Be the Glory!

**UPDATE - Since this article was written, Caden had to go ahead and have his right kidney removed. He had reflux in his ureter tube which caused a lot of infections. The doctor had two options. Either remove the whole kidney and tube together and nix any other chance of infections or try to repair the ureter tube. The repairing would have actually be the harder of the two surgeries. After several tests, we found that Caden's right kidney only functioned at 7%, so it was not worth the pain and trouble to repair the tube, it was then the right decision to just remove the right kidney all together. He went in the hospital on August 1, 2008, a Friday morning and WALKED out by himself the very next day less than 24 hours later. God is so good to us!

Below are a few pictures from that hospital stay.

This is the first time I saw Caden after surgery, above.

How pitiful do those little eyes look?

Caden's incision from where his kidney was removed....looks great!


Caden was very happy the next day. A totally different child!
He walked out on his own less than 24 hours later! God is amazing!

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Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week. Check it out!


We did not buy a used vehicle this past week just to take it to the shop that very next day. No, we aren't that stupid to not get the vehicle checked out before we bought it. Nope, not me. And it was not on Friday, the 13th either.

We did not go out to eat Friday night on the 13th to have terrible service and get our meal for free. Nope, not me, I'm definately not one to complain when there is terrible service.

We did not go to a birthday party yesterday at Pump-It-Up to have my child act like a terror not understanding that he has to take turns and wait in line. My husband and I did not each have to take him to the bathroom for a talking to. Nope, not us. We weren't embarassed at all!

I totally did not skip church yesterday since it was raining just to catch up on some good rest. Nope, I'm not that bad.

I did not lay around in my pj's all day yesterday until I had to get ready to take Caden to the birthday party. Nope, I was not that lazy!

So, those are the things I didn't do this past week...what did you not do?

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Are you superstitious?

Well, I'm not a very supersitious person at all...but this past Friday was the 13th and well, it gave me a reason to start being a superstitious person.

See, what had happened was.......my husband had been looking for a vehicle for a while now. He's been driving my dad's old cadillac. He was embarassed by it and longing for another vehicle to drive. So, I told him if he wanted to use this years tax refund that he could buy a little something cheap just to get us by until he could get something nicer. Well, he found a 95 Isuzu Rodeo SUV and he loved it. We test drove it, looked all in it and really thought we looked it over well. Well, as soon as we got it home, it wouldn't crank. UGH! I was thinking, great, this is just our luck and on Friday the 13th as well. They told us that the battery cables needed to be replaced, so we had that head's up. We replaced both battery cables and the car still wouldn't crank. I take that back....sometimes it would crank and sometimes it wouldn't. So, my husband took it to a mechanic and they thought it could be the starter. Great, another $400 on top of what we just spent just yesterday for that stupid vehicle. I should have known better, I really should have. I told my husband that it was totally his choice on if he wanted to buy the car or not...he was like a kid at Christmas and really wanted it.

Anyway, all that to say, I'm becoming supersititous after all. I don't know what will happen to that dang vehicle and at this point I'm just frustrated beyond belief. I will never make any major purchases on a Friday the 13th again in my life. You sometimes wonder why junk like this happens to you. Because if it's gonna happen, I can guarantee you my life, I will be the one it happens too.

To top it all off last night, we went out to eat last night and our service was terrible...on Friday the 13th. We all ended up getting our meals for free. I mean nothing was going right last night, nothing.

So, there is my saga for this weekend...maybe it can only get better from here, who knows.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today is Thankful Thursday...my bff Cassandra started this a few weeks back. It's your chance to stop and take time to realize what you are thankful for. This world is crazy enough, we all need to take time out and realize what we are most thankful for in life. Go ahead, try it! Grab her button and have fun!
Today, I am most thankful for my sister in law, Jessica! Wow, I don't even know where to start with her. We have been through so much together. She is married to my husband's brother, so we have each other to lean on when it comes to their family...haha! But, she and I started way before that and didnt' even know it. See, Jessica always says that we were destined to be sister in laws. Reason behind it is that we both dated a different set of brothers in high school. I dated the older brother and she dated the younger brother. We didn't realize it at the time and then later on came to date the set of brothers that we ended up marrying. I married the older brother and she married the younger brother. We got married just 4 short weeks apart. Wow! Their family had 2 major weddings in just 4 weeks apart. Good thing it was for the boys and they didn't have to do anything but the rehearsal dinner.

Anyway, back to my story. Jessica and I have always had each other to lean on in this family and in life. At first she wasn't so sure she liked me....(I mean, who could imagine that, I'm so sweet...haha). She told me that she had heard that I came from money (which is COMPLETELY NOT true) and she just wasn't sure about me. I don't remember the whole story. Anyway, so we decided to all four go on a six flags trip together. That's where we both really opened up to each other and it's been history since then. We have been with each other through thick and thin. God knows we needed each other in the family that we have! We have called each other up crying, laughing, confused, fighting, all of it.......and at the end of the day, we were still best friends!

We have gone on several vacations together, we have watched each other give birth to perfect children, we have completely taken our friendship and ran with it. We both realize that we are blessings to each other and we realize what we have is the most special relationship ever! Jessica and I always know no matter what happens, that we are always there for each other! She has two beautiful little girls (my nieces) whom I love more than anything. They are 3 and 1 and are perfect in every way! I can't wait for all our children to grow up together and have the bond that Jessica and I have. It will be amazing to watch.

Jessica is my best friend, and as an added bonus, my sister-in-law! She is my comforter, she is my strength, she is my wisdom, she is my motivator, she is my partner in crime, she is my best friend!! Thank you, Jessica for all the wonderful years of friendship and putting up with me! I love you more than words can say! Below is a picture of myself, Jessica and her husband Joe with Caden, Josie and Jolie!
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Caden got to ride the "big" tractor with his Pops yesterday. He was in Heaven!!! Here are just a few of the pictures from his "Tractor Day."








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