Dixon’s Birthday |11.26.2015|

The Happiest Birthday for David Dixon Davidge IV!

David and I were headed to my 40 week appointment. _DSC6824Our hospital bags had been stowed away in the trunk for more than 5 weeks. We were always prepared in case Dixon decided to make his grand arrival at any time. I had come to terms that my full term baby was going to be induced on November 30th. He was cozy and not wanting to meet the world just yet._DSC7093 _DSC7101

It was the day before Thanksgiving as we waited for my name to be called back to the sonogram room. As I laid on the table for over an hour attempting to get all the measurements, my little one who apparently was sleeping in a ball helped us none. The ultrasound tech told us our 40 week baby was measuring at 36 weeks and she couldn’t determine if he was practicing his breathing. This being my first child, I was unaware that these things are very important this late in the game. We then left to meet with our doctor.

Every appointment up until this point had been the same. “Everything looks great.. He will come when he is ready.. See you at the next appointment” but not this time. Dr. Schwartzenburg walked in and immediately said it’s time to have a baby! David looked at her and said, “Right now?” Apparently the measurement and breathing thing were enough to get him out of me as soon as possible. It wasn’t an emergency situation, but my uterus wasn’t progressing Dixon. So as my doctor put it, he was ready to have a birthday. Dr. Schwartzenburg was very nervous starting the delivery process from nothing. I was barely at 1 cm and he hadn’t effaced at all. She didn’t want to jinx it by saying I needed a c section, but she did let me know we would do everything possible to have a natural birth. David and I left her office in shock.

We were having a baby!

_DSC6830 David couldn’t believe that we were headed straight to labor and delivery. We weren’t even able to run home. Before checking in we made phone calls to everyone. My family was hours away and had the longest travel time to get to us. I don’t think one person believed us the first time we said, “We are having the baby today!” There was more excitement in one hour than we could have ever imagined. After checking in, they started my pitocin drip at 4 PM on November 25th.  _DSC6837 _DSC6838 _DSC6845 _DSC6851 I had two of the greatest nurses Kristin and Brittain. I was in labor for so long both of them rotated twice, and they knew how important it was to me to have Dixon naturally. They both went above and beyond to attempt to get me to 10 cm. I don’t think this experience could have been any better than with these two ladies. _DSC6858 My family started rolling in throughout the night. This one left her 6 month old and drove all the way from Little Rock, Arkansas, through the night. We were feeling all the love from our family._DSC6861 _DSC6868 _DSC6870 _DSC6873 _DSC6879 I don’t think my Mom has ever been this anxious and excited in all her life. From being on edge waiting for Dixon’s arrival to seeing her baby girl deliver a baby. She didn’t have the best experience delivering my brother and I. She coded blue with my brother and was unable to have any drugs with me. She hoped my experience would be nothing like hers. It was an extremely emotional two days for everyone. _DSC6883 _DSC6884 _DSC6893 My Dad, Step Mom, half brother, and half sister joined the party. They had actually planned to come in for Thanksgiving in hopes Dixon would make his arrival. They were right!_DSC6902 _DSC6905 _DSC6943_DSC6944_DSC6913_DSC6918 There were guesses made on Dixon’s arrival time which wasn’t even close to when he actually came. Dixon stayed in me as long as he could. Stubborn little guy..

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The waiting game began…
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_DSC6940 _DSC6953 _DSC6957 _DSC6976 _DSC6986 _DSC6990 _DSC6991 _DSC7000 There was an exercise ball that did wonders on me. I went from a 3 to a 5 to a 7 within hours. I was progressing a centimeter a hour. We were getting hopeful._DSC7011 _DSC7038 _DSC7049 _DSC7071 _DSC7083 I had the jitters worse than anything. David always thought that I was freezing, but my nerves were at an all time high._DSC7085 My on call doctor told me no matter what we would have a baby on Thanksgiving Day. She wouldn’t let me go any longer._DSC7122 _DSC7156 _DSC7163 _DSC7172 _DSC7213 Daves Mom was such a strong person for me during this process. She always let me know that everything was going to be ok and would make sure David and I were as comfortable as possible. _DSC7246 David and Kelly passed the time looking at black Friday deals._DSC7255 David even joked he had time to hit up Lowe’s Black Friday deals._DSC7262 _DSC7265_DSC7286David was in the waiting room at this point so his mom, brother, and his wife could visit with me. I will never forget the nurse coming in and blind siding me. It was around 5 PM,  and I had not dilated any more than a 7 for a while. I had been in active labor for 25 hours. To make it worse Dixon’s heart rate was dropping with each contraction. She wanted to warn and prepare me that we would more than likely be having a c section very soon but it was ultimately my doctor would make it official. I had it in my mind that a c section wasn’t going to happen. I never thought about having surgery during this process. My whole pregenancy had gone so smoothly. How could this not?

David’s family got up to leave and David’s sweet mom was the last to walk out. She could see the fear in my eyes. She herself had a c section with David and I am pretty sure knows all the feelings that I was having. I will never forget her walking up to me and putting her hand on mine and she said, “It’ll be ok.” As she went to get David, I couldn’t stop analyzing the situation, and then he walked in. I lost it. With tears in my eyes, I told him I was going to have a c section and that Dixon was giving up. Not the greatest choices of words. I know. I had worked so hard to get as far as I had gotten. David finally calmed me down and said we need to do what is best for you and Dixon and that’s having a c section. David was the wind in sails. I would have done whatever it took, no questions asked, to make sure Dixon got here the safest way.

Dr. Guidry arrived and she gave me a run down of the situation at hand. From the beginning she mentioned I would be having a c section. Once we started using the exercise ball she seemed hopeful that I could get to a 10. However Dixon started to give up on delivery. Since I had been in labor for so long his heart rate started to drop with each contraction I was having. It wasn’t dropping enough to be an emergency situation yet. My doctor took me off the pitocin drip and his heart rate went back to normal and I went to a “stretchy” 7. She then decided to start my drip again and nothing changed. My doctor had promised we would have a baby by the end of Thanksgiving Day. After many tears and pure exhaustion, we then decided to have a c section. _DSC7269 _DSC7316 _DSC7318 _DSC7319 _DSC7320 _DSC7322 _DSC7332 _DSC7336 _DSC7338 _DSC7350 _DSC7356 _DSC7357 _DSC7362 _DSC7369 Before David walked in my doctor checked me one last time before she made the first cut. I would have been traumatized if she said “Oh you’re at a 10! Lets go back and push!” The exhaustion I had at this point wanted Dixon out, and I was on the table ready physically and emotionally. I just wanted my baby!_DSC7371 I was shaking so bad on the table, but I was worried about David who doesn’t do good with blood much less surgery, but he did great. He kept me calm and was strong yet sensitive. I kept my eyes on him the entire time. _DSC7386 _DSC7392 _DSC7421At 8:27 PM I remember hearing the most beautiful cry as tears ran down my face. I was so happy he was here and ok. Waiting to see him seemed like forever, but his cry was plenty for me._DSC7425 _DSC7433 _DSC7435 _DSC7436 _DSC7445 _DSC7448 _DSC7456 _DSC7457 He was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen. All ten toes and fingers and tiny nose and lips and ears and a head full of dark hair and even dark toned skin. He was alert as ever._DSC7458 I have never seen Dave more proud._DSC7466 _DSC7473 _DSC7488 _DSC7504 _DSC7514 _DSC7524 _DSC7531 _DSC7545 _DSC7557 _DSC7564 _DSC7565 _DSC7589 _DSC7599 _DSC7600 _DSC7617He weighed 7.5 pounds and measured 20.5 inches and healthy as ever.
_DSC7638 _DSC7673 _DSC7708 He was crying so loud when they brought him to me, but as soon as they put his cheek on my cheek he was calm. It is amazing how well babies know their mother’s from the first second of life._DSC7720 _DSC7723 _DSC7733 _DSC7740 _DSC7750 I still can’t believe this perfect being was created inside of me._DSC7757 _DSC7765 _DSC7773 _DSC7777 _DSC7790 _DSC7794 _DSC7801 _DSC7806 _DSC7821 My first time to hold him. I had dreamed about what he would look like and how this moment would feel. I took all of him in and still do to this day. I can’t begin to describe the first time you hold, feel, smell and look at your baby._DSC7842 _DSC7843 _DSC7854 He was worth the wait._DSC7861 The best crew I could have asked for._DSC7865 _DSC7869 _DSC7870 Dave and I were very impressed with our on call doctor. She always shot us straight even when we didn’t want to hear it. When it came down to having surgery, she made us feel very confident in every decision that she made._DSC7871 _DSC7874 We were in love from the start._DSC7883 _DSC7888 _DSC7895 _DSC7898 _DSC7911 _DSC7913 _DSC7915 _DSC7916 _DSC7918 _DSC7926 _DSC7929 _DSC7932 _DSC7934 David was off to tell our family that everything went perfectly and show off his brand spankin’ new son!_DSC7937 _DSC7949The Davidges were super excited!
_DSC7952 _DSC7953 _DSC7955 _DSC7957 _DSC7962 Everyone couldn’t wait to see that baby boy!_DSC7973 _DSC7977 Kelly was our first visitor._DSC7993 _DSC8037 _DSC8062 _DSC8077 _DSC8100 _DSC8103 _DSC8117 _DSC8122 _DSC8126 _DSC8129 _DSC8132 _DSC8139 _DSC8145 _DSC8146 The rest of our precious family poured in. Since I was in labor so long, everyone was able to make it. It seemed as if Dixon waited for all of them to arrive before he did._DSC8149 _DSC8151 I love that Hank managed to lose his pants from all the waiting._DSC8152 _DSC8154 One proud Pappaw Rowton._DSC8157 _DSC8161 _DSC8162 _DSC8164 My sweet Pappaw never has words only a pat of the hand and a grin which speaks volumes to me._DSC8168 _DSC8172 My dear mom didn’t get to see me before I was sent off to surgery since it happened so fast. Once we saw each other for the first time and everything had gone smoothly, we both were teary eyed and relieved and overjoyed._DSC8173 My baby boy is so loved._DSC8178 _DSC8179 _DSC8183

What a beautiful day! This was the most bittersweet moment of my life. Motherhood is hard but the most rewarding feeling. It amazes me how much I can love this tiny soul. He is worth more than I could ever give him. I would go through this over and over again to have him in my life. He has changed me and shows me new and interesting things each and every day. I have never experienced a love like his.

We cannot thank our birth story photographer, Christie Froom, enough! She not only hung in there for 12 hours but missed Thanksgiving Day with her family to be by our sides. I cannot begin to explain the amount of love and joy she brought David and I and my family on that day. She is one phenomenal photographer straight across the board and now we feel like she is a part of our family. So thank you, thank you, thank you for our precious memories!

Dixon’s 2nd Month

Well what do you know? We have a 2 month old on our hands! My love for this little soul is immeasurable.. It literally continues to grow every day. I get so lost in love with him … these are memories I never want to forget.

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*is extremely smiley in the mornings (mostly for dad)

*has a bedtime routine of bath time, bottle, bed (the three b’s)

*has started sleeping 3 hour stretches only at nighttime

*only takes naps during the day if he is held

*has zombies for parents

*celebrated his first New Year

*has lots to say

*his hair hasn’t fallen out (crossing my fingers it’s here to stay)

*is still working on tummy time

*enjoys dressing like an animalIMG_2224 IMG_2247 *went to deer camp twice this monthIMG_2615-1IMG_2244*takes selfies with dadIMG_2258 *stopped sleeping with Mom and DadIMG_2616-1*sleeps in his bassinet IMG_2261*brought 2016 in with styleCD9A8786 CD9A8792 CD9A8803 CD9A8808 CD9A8814 CD9A8826 CD9A8832*was introduced to Pirates of the Caribbean and paid very close attention
IMG_2290*looks adorable in plaidIMG_2309*loves talks with Dad

IMG_2398 *would cuddle with Mom 24/7FullSizeRender-1IMG_2393 *went on his first outing just the two of us to hobby lobby, the bank, Aunt Sarah’s to get a king cake and the grocery storeIMG_2374*the only way he will let Mom do something hands freeFullSizeRender

  • *he does have his moments

*loves to look at whoever is feeding him (my perfect view)IMG_2357 IMG_2353

*gives himself milk goateesIMG_2352 IMG_2336*snores occasionally like dad

*was found in a king cakeCD9A8842 *went shopping with Mom and Sandra DIMG_2429 IMG_2447 IMG_2433

*dressed like a fox
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*dressed like a dogIMG_2475IMG_2466*made his second road trip to Minden with Mom only
IMG_2498*likes to sit up with a little couch helpIMG_2499 *really enjoyed cousin time with HankIMG_2511IMG_2517 IMG_2516IMG_2549*wore Bren Bren slap outIMG_2526*Bren Bren wore him slap outIMG_2556 *smiled for the first time for the camera CD9A9146 CD9A9148 CD9A9159IMG_2570*loved his time with cousin EmmieIMG_2566FullSizeRender-2IMG_2578FullSizeRender-3*really liked when Pappaw Tolar talked Minion to himIMG_2579*even received his first duck callCD9A9306 *Dad makes him smile the most even if it is about dinosaur poop

*enjoyed toys from cousin EmmieIMG_2599 *dressed like a bearIMG_2603*didn’t get sick when Mom wasIMG_2607*met and was serenaded by Mr. DFullSizeRender*was made into a lionIMG_2634-1*had a big 2 month birthday sessionCD9A9321*they call me Dixon Crockett (thanks for the hat Aunt Savanna)CD9A9322CD9A9324CD9A9326CD9A9332CD9A9334CD9A9341CD9A9349CD9A9355*laughed at Mom for crawling on top of my cribCD9A9366CD9A9368CD9A9369CD9A9374CD9A9375*got sleepy eyes from all the picture takingCD9A9376CD9A9377*realized being 2 months old is hardCD9A9379CD9A9382CD9A9385

We love this little boy more than all the things in the world. We couldn’t be more blessed to call him ours. He can eat like a cow, scream as loud as hyena, and wiggles as much as a lizard. I could get lost in his big eyes every second and is the most handsome little boy I have ever seen. I could literally watch him sleep and hold him for the rest of my life. I absolutely love being his Mom.  Two months with you is the best thing that has ever happened to us tiny one! You have stolen our hearts and we couldnt be more blessed by you, we love you little man.

Our First Christmas

Our first Christmas as a party of 3 in our new home!

We decked the halls and our stockings were hung by the chimney with care.
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It was AHH-MAAAZING!!!IMG_2181 Once we arrived home, these two enjoyed a silent night. I read A Night Before Christmas and The Grinch and apparently put them straight to sleep. It was definitely a Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night around here.IMG_2187The next morning was that much more fun as we had big family time. We played music, made breakfast and opened gifts. Dixon enjoyed watching everything go on in his cute first Christmas jammies.
CD9A8164CD9A8166CD9A8178I love a good open mouth baby kiss.CD9A8184CD9A8189CD9A8198CD9A8200CD9A8204These two melt me every. single. time.CD9A8206CD9A8212CD9A8214CD9A8216CD9A8218CD9A8221CD9A8223CD9A8226After we enjoyed our Christmas morning, we had the Davidge Family over for lunch. Our very first dinner officially at our house. It went great and the company was even better. We made a duck and ate at our festive table! I officially feel like an adult, I think.CD9A8096CD9A8093CD9A8088Then we headed to Minden to see my family where we had the 2nd Annual Tolar Turkey Bowl.CD9A8376I finally got my grandfather to hold his great grandson who he claims is way too small to be held, but he managed perfectly. CD9A8309CD9A8313The game was a little more intense this year. Everyone seemed to have their game face on unlike last year when it seemed to be a big joke. Muscles were sore.CD9A8344CD9A8302CD9A8289CD9A8248CD9A8365I am coming with vengeance next year after this c section heals.

We ended the game with some sweaty family pictures.CD9A8420CD9A8443CD9A8451CD9A8451aIt was a special Christmas with everyone. A lot of first happened for us, and I know the holidays will get sweeter and sweeter as Dixon gets bigger. I however love it just the way it is.