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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Addison Ryanne Page is born!


We would like to introduce our beautiful new little girl - Addison Ryanne Page. Addy was born on October 30th at 6:39PM and weighed 8lbs and was 19 3/4in long. She is a perfect, beautiful, healthy little girl with a button nose (probably mine) and Jonathan's lips. We think her eyes will be blue and she has dark brown hair. She likes quite feedings, long naps, and moonlit walks around the hospital corridors...


Friday started out normally, just with a few contractions. By 9:30 in the morning the contractions were between 3 and 5 minutes a part. I had a doctors appointment that mom was taking me to at 10:15, but when I showed up the nurse sent me to labor and delivery. I got checked and was already at 5cm. I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT! We were admitted and slowly the whole family started showing up. Dad and Jonathan, both coming from work, were racing down hwy 114 to get there before the big moment. I soon found out I really did want an epidural (greatest thing ever created!), and shortly after that it was fast moving but relaxing. By 6:00 I was fully dilated, but Addy still wasn't moving all the way down and was sunny-side up (facing up vs down). The nurse put me in all these crazy positions - the bicycles, the yoga runner, and so on trying to get her to come down and turn. After all the circus maneuvers the doctor recommended a c-section. Not too much longer and she was born. Jonathan was great since due to the nausea and surgery I wasn't able to actually hold her yet. As I was getting patched back up he held her for me to see and made sure she was comfortable. After she was born we spent about an hour in recovery and then the nurse and Jonathan took her to get her bath and check-up. As they went down the hall a paparazzi of family swarmed the bassinet and ooed and aawed (we cant blame them). Shortly after that, they gave her a bath while I was getting cleaned up and moved into our new room. The rest is still history, but we hope to go home on Monday (or Tuesday at the latest). We've been really enjoy all the family and friends coming to see her (letting us show her off), and just getting to know our new little girl and her personality.


There are many fun things we are looking forward! For more pictures look at my Facebook.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Yes!!! I am still here!

Hello to all!
I am so sorry it has been a while since I last posted to update you about the goings on in the Page household. :)
It has been a fun and eventful couple of weeks. We have had three baby showers, Doctors visit like crazy and cleaning and getting ready for sweet baby Addison to make her arrival.
On Tuesday we had a sonogram and then the results on Thursday. Dr. said my fluid around Addy is a little high, but not to worry. I went back this morning and apparently prayer definitely works because the fluid had gone down. But, no chance of an induction right now. I thought maybe he would say "okay, I'll meet you at the hospital Tuesday morning!" But no! :( We have to wait on Addy to decide when she is ready. Oh well!
This week is another very busy week for me and Jonathan. The Fall Festival at church which I am in charge of is Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:30. If that doesn't send me into labor...I'm going to begin to lose hope :( Then Thursday is my last day of work. We have planned on my maternity leave to start on November 1st and go through January 31st. It would be great if Addy came a little early, but at the same time, I really like being at the Fall festival, so I'm okay with waiting too. Well, that is all for now! I hope you and yours are doing well!
Love to all,
Holly

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Let Me Tell You How I Really Feel!

Well, I hope this post does not seem to whiny, but I am going to tell you how I really feel about what my body is morphing into.

I am going to do this in a checklist fashion:

My feet are swollen
My feet hurt
My back aches every evening and in the morning.
I have headaches often
I cannot see my feet
I trip over things such as dogs and dog toys because I cannot see them.
I am TIRED
I have to potty OFTEN
I don't sleep too well
I cannot stand for long periods of time
My dreams are all too real

and last but not least:
I do not mind any of this for one minute because I am so in love with this baby girl!!!

I don't think I complain too much but I think Jonathan might tell you a different story if you asked him. I'm not too sure if I get whiny a lot. Maybe I need to complain more in order to get more foot and back rubs :) We'll let him comment on that.
This little girl has stolen my heart from the very beginning and I cannot wait to be a mommy. Especially to a little girl because I can do the same things my Mom did with me. I hope we have the same type of relationship as well. I have an ever ready shopping partner, and one to go and get our toes done with. I am also planning on her liking softball...but if not, that's okay too. Yes, I plan on spoiling this girl, but not too much of course. I am sure her Daddy will help in this department as well :)

We are exactly 6 weeks and 6 days away from her due date and I am getting very excited. I am not too nervous except for maybe the labor part, but just the sheer excitement overwhelms me more than the fear of pain.

PEOPLE!!!!! Do you understand that I am going to be a MOMMY...and I thought this day would NEVER come!!!

I am SO EXCITED!!!!!

Love,
Addison's Mother (Holly)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Addison's room!!!

Addison's bedroom is almost all done!!! I hope you enjoy the pictures!!!


Poor girl, won't have enough clothing!!! :)










We cannot wait for Addy to be able to use her new room!!!




Saturday, August 8, 2009

More Pictures of Addison's Nursery

So, I have been asked to post pictures as we do more things to the room. Well, last weekend, Jonathan, Greg my father-in-law and my dad all got busy on the paneling in Addison's nursery. To tell you the truth, I did not know how it would turn out...I just knew that in my head, it looked beautiful!!! So, the fabulous men went to work on Saturday and worked for 6 hours to complete the job. Here are the pictures of the finished work.









Don't mind the mess of the tools and the dirty carpet...the work is still in progress!!! I think they did a WONDERFUL job and they all worked so well together!!! Thanks Greg, Dad and my wonderful hubby for all the work you did in there!!! I hope you enjoyed your second sneak peek into Addison's nursery!!!





Holly

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Movements!!!

So, I have come to realize that Jonathan and I are going to have our hands full when Addy arrives. She moves A LOT except for when he wants to feel her move. I keep telling him that she is enamored with his voice and it soothes her, but I am beginning to think she is just stubborn. I mean, it is in her blood...Jonathan and I can be pretty stubborn.
I do have to say that feeling her move and kick is one of the things I look forward to most when I get up. She really starts going at about 10am and then throughout the day, off and on. However, when I get off of work and go home, she is awake for a good hour or so just kicking every which way she can. When looking at my stomach somtimes, I think "geez, this girl is going to bust out!" She calms down until about 10pm and then she goes to town again. I do not recall waking up feeling her kick during the night, but when I am supposed to wake up, around 7am, she is using my bladder as a punching bag. Mind you, I have already gone to the bathroom sometimes twice during the night.
I LOVE the thought of being a mother. I can only imagine how much fun we will have. I am not a girly girl, and I don't hink I will turn into one, but I could see Addy becoming one. Just look at her closet already! I look forward to our adventures as parents...although I know not all adventures will be ones we are going to be ready to take, but that's what it is all about!
Addison Ryanne Page, we love you more and more each day and we cannot wait to meet you and grow with you! You are a miracle and only God could have given us such a gift as wonderful as you!!! We look forward to seeing you and meeting you and getting to know you as a person and our daughter! Thank you Lord for entrusting Addison with us!!!
In Him,
Holly

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Nursery!!!

Here is the progress on the nursery. It still needs a lot of work, but enjoy the pictures of the progress~~~
The closet door, there will be paneling on the bottom half of the room, that's why the paint is not all the way down.
The nursery window!!

The Beautiful crib awaiting the bedding!!!


There will be a matching upholstered chair next to the night stand. It matches the bedding! :)
Her very own dresser! The mirrors will go on the wall in front of the dresser.

View from the door to the closet
Look at the clothes!!! We haven't even had a shower yet!!!
Yes, look at her "shoes!!!"

Part of her name~~~still in progress!

We are So excited to get her room done!!! Can't wait to see her in it!!!

I hope you liked your sneak preview!!!

Holly

99 Days!!!

That's right folks!!! I am now in the double digits!!! 99 more days until Jonathan and I get to meet our sweet little girl Addison Ryanne "Addy". It is amazing to think that even though right now, our lives have changed very little, except for the way I sleep, or lack there of, in just a few weeks (approximately 12-14, unless she is stubborn like her daddy(hehe)) we will have a little one in our arms. This is so amazing to me. To know that God has entrusted to us this little life to bring up and raise in the fear and admonition of the Lord, is simply breathtaking!!! I know all too well that I have no clue what lies ahead of me, but I am up for the challenge and the love and the spit up and the sleepless nights. I think some nights I might just lie awake and stare at her sleeping, just because I know she is going to be beautiful and perfect in my eyes. In the sonograms, I think she looks like me, but we shall see. There is nothing wrong with her looking like her handsome daddy!!! My prayer these days is for our health. Not only mine and Addy's but for Jonathan as well as he is taking on some heavy loads around the house. Things I either cannot lift or change (the cat litter), and it is year end at his job really soon. So, not only stress at home with finishing the nursery (pictures REALLY soon, I promise) but also at work.
I have another sonogram on August 12th. Because I am still monitored by my oncologist, my baby doctor labeled me "high risk." All that really means for me is that I get to see sweet Addy a lot more! Hey, I'll take every chance I can get to see her stretch, yawn, move and grow.
Time has flown by. I have been told that the last few months will drag, but I am in the seventh month, and I have A LOT still to do, so I am happy that I have time. But, she will be here before I know it!!! :)
My next post will be of the pictures of Addy's room and closet (clothes). Stay tuned!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Honest Scrap Award

Honest Scrap Award!


My friend, Taylor at A Little Slice of Heaven..., gave me the Honest Scrap award! There are a couple of things you have to do when you get this award:~ You have to tell your readers ten things about you they may not know, but that are true.~ You have to tag 10 people with the award.~ Let all the people you've given the award to know that they've gotten it.~ Make sure you link back to the person who awarded it to you.





So Here it goes...



1. I absolutely despise folding laundry and putting it away. It is a necessary evil!!! I don't mind doing laundry, but I'd rather let the laundry fairy fold it...could we invent one of those???



2. I am the youngest of four kids...I was basically raised by 5 people because I am the youngest by seven years. I LOVE it though! My brothers and sister are the BEST!!! My parents are AMAZING!!!



3. My absolute favorite vehicle is a Dodge Ram and I definitely am jealous that my father is driving one right now.



4. I LOVE country music and I pride myself on knowing almost all the words to most of the songs that come on the radio...not snobby, just a good memory I guess.



5. At night I pray for every single one of my family members by name and their circumstances if I know them at the moment. I do not miss one...unless I fall asleep. Hey, what can I say, I have a HUGE family. Yes, that includes nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.



6. When my husband is not at home due to traveling for work, I wake up no less than three times in the middle of the night.



7. I love romantic comedy movies. However, my husband does not like going to movies so they are few and far between...Maybe I need a girls night out...



8. I LOVE getting letters in the mail!!! I recently received a postcard from someone who I adore when she went to Florida and it truly made my day!!!



9. My husband leaves little notes or cards around the house when he leaves on a business trip and I get really giddy when I get home because I get to hunt for them.



10. I never knew how much I would enjoy saying that I have a little girl on the way. Because I have two older brothers and an older sister and we were born boy, girl, boy, girl, I thought I would want a boy first...however, now that I know I am having a little girl, I couldn't be any happier!!!

I am sure glad you know all of this now... :)



Tag you're it...

Chelsea at As of late...

Jessie at Connor's Song

Gail at Kegan and Ty Setliff

Nina at Life is Full of Little Treats

Courtney at Modest Mumblings of a Modern Mommy

Phillip at My Life...

Sarah at Pittsfest

I'm off to learn more lyrics to more songs!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It's A...

GIRL!!!!!
That's right...I was totally off on my prediction. God decided to show off again! :) Just kidding! We are so VERY excited! We have a few names we are thinking and praying through, and we will post the name as soon as we know what it is. We headed to Frisco last night to return the boy bedding we bought. Now it is a frantic search for the perfect girl bedding. I wish I had a camera in the office yesterday when the sonographer wrote on the screen "hi mom and dad, I am your daughter." I started tearing up and Jonathan smiled from ear to ear. I don't think I have seen that many of his teeth in one smile. The sonographer said that it is definitely a girl though.
Well, that is all for now, I am off to prepare more for VBS. Pray for us!
Holly

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

It's going to be a long day!!!

Well, today is the day we are supposed to find out whether this baby is a boy or girl!!! :) Our appointment is not until 3:30pm :( This is going to make one heck of a long day. I am pretty sure I am having a boy...however, I will be VERY happy with a little girl!!! I don't know why I think it is a boy...well I do, but nothing that would make sense to others really. But, hopefully if the baby cooperates, we will know no later than today.
On other news...VBS starts next Monday. I am getting pretty excited about it. Just small things are needing to be done, the big stuff is getting taken care of or is already taken care of. I have a wonderful team here at the church that know how to get the job done!!! I love working with this team in the Childhood Ministry area!!! Once VBS is over, I think I will be more enthusiastic about shopping for the baby. Not that I am not enthused about it right now...I just do not have time! Oh well!!! Not like the baby will be here tomorrow (Lord willing)!
Nothing else is really going on, however I will post when I do know if it is a boy or girl!!!

Things to pray for for the Page family:
Pray for wisdom with VBS
Pray that VBS goes smoothly!
Pray for the salvation of the kids who come to hear God's word
Pray for our workers and the preparation that still needs to be done
Pray for the health of the baby and the stress level of Mommy!

Love to all,
Holly

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I Promise I Am Still Here!!!

Well, I can tell McSkittlebump is making great strides in the growing department!!! I am very excited about this baby and to be able to tell he/she is growing is AMAZING!!! I go in June 9th and hopefully with a little cooperation from the baby, we can tell whether it is a boy or girl. Jonathan is busy around the house these next few weeks getting some last minute things done because I think he knows once we know the gender of the baby...that all I am going to want to do is work on the baby's room. We did make a bold move and bought the bedding for a boy. Hey, we had to, it was going to be discontinued. However, on June 9th, if the baby is a girl, we will be heading to Frisco to take it back. Not too much is going on these days, just working and living the life. We are definitely looking forward to a four day weekend this weekend. I know Jonathan is taking advantage of it to do some painting...however, since I am pregnant, I am not supposed to be in a closed room with the paint fumes. So I would imagine either he is going to kick me out of the house, or I will be in the living room/nook working on our baby book with the windows open sure to go in the rooms he is painting and give him a few pointers from time to time. Jonathan did take me shopping last friday to Motherhood Maternity and we bought some maternity clothes which happen to be some of the most comfortable clothes I have ever worn. They are pretty darn cute as well!
Well, not too much is happening here, I will be sure to post after we find out the gender, but I suspect you could hear from me sooner than that if I have some funny stories about our painting adventure!!! Have a WONDERFUL day!!!
Holly

Monday, March 16, 2009

McSkittlebump!!!

Hello to all out there in the blog world!!! I have been waiting to post for several weeks now, and feel pretty good about sharing my happy news!!! Jonathan and I are expecting a baby!!! We are a little over 7 months away from the blessed event, but we are so THRILLED!!! We have known for over three weeks now, and have just been waiting until all our family knew before I posted on the blog. Well, yesterday, I believe everyone was informed of our pregnancy and we are so excited to share this time of our lives with our friends and family!!! We are due November 4th which is race weekend and the opening weekend of deer season, so I have put my race loving, hunting father and brothers in a pickle.
If you know me, you know that I had a BIG fear of not being able to conceive after cancer treatments. I have been praying for a LONG time about being able to conceive and for some reason, God chose to answer my request. Believe me, it did not take long after we started trying. If I remember correctly, my very first post on this blog (or second) will tell you the thoughts I had about becoming a mommy and my fears about it as well.
That is all I have for now, I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE MY BABY!!!
By the way, McSkittlebump is the baby's nickname.
Love to all,

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I don't know about other women's husbands, but I know I have the BEST one of the bunch!!! I'm sorry you guys didn't get him, but you'll just have to settle for what you got!!! (just kidding). He is always thinking of me and what I might like and what would make me happy. I knew he was a romantic when I married him...but to his day he still surprises me with his gifts or just the words he says!!! Yesterday, I received flowers from my husband as a congratulations on being cancer free for 4 years!!! All the ladies in my office are jealous! He is so good!!! I love you so much Jonathan!!!

The card reads: Congratulations on your 4 years!

Love, Jonathan

Monday, February 23, 2009

What were you doing on February 23, 2005???

I know what I was doing...

It was a beautiful clear day and there were hardly any clouds in the sky, which was unusual in Houston. I had just finished classes for the day at Houston Baptist University and I was driving to work...about 30 minutes away.

It was a Wednesday and I was going to get ready for church that night. I was driving down highway 59 just north of Highway 99 and I received a phone call. It was my oncologist and I thought for a minute that he was going to tell me to come on in. you see I had a PET scan run two days before that and I was kind of worried that he would tell me that the cancer has not been affected by our aggressive treatments. I had spent time with the Lord that morning telling Him that whatever news may come, that I would rejoice and glorify His name. Well, here is EXACTLY how the conversation went with Dr. Popatia (from India...so there is a thick accent on the other end of the phone).

Dr. P: Holly???
Me: Yes???
Dr. P.: This is Amarali Popatia...
Me: Okay???
Dr. P.: Holly I was so excited, I couldn't wait to tell you the news...
Me: Okay???
Dr. P.: Holly, there is no more cancer in your body!!!
Me.: What???
Dr. P.: Holly!!!(yelling practically) There is no more cancer in you body!!!
Me.: You're kidding!!!
Dr. P.: No!!!
Me: You're kidding!!!
Dr. P.: Holly, No!
Me.: YOU'RE KIDDING ME!!!
Dr. P.: Holly!!! I AM NOT KIDDING!!! (HEAVY accent)
Me: (tearful and happy) Dr. Popatia...you have just made my day!!!
Dr.P.: Good...I am happy for you!
Me.: Thank you!!!
Dr.P: You are welcome...Good bye!
Me.: Bye!

I was so excited, I almost had to pull over. However, I kept on driving and I called my fiance (at the time) and my parents and my sister and my brothers. I then started calling friends. By this time I had made it to work and I was in tears and went and told my pastor who was elated and almost cried himself. That night I had my church family around me and knew that God had blessed me thoroughly. I do not know how an unchurched person could face those difficulties without the support, love and prayer from a church family.
Well, that night, Jonathan and my parents came into town to be with me for my second to last chemo treatment the next day. We ate at Gringo's Mexican Kitchen and then went home and had dessert. This is a day that will forever be in my memory and one of the top three best days of my life with number one being the day I asked Christ to be the Lord of my life and day two being my wedding day.

Today, I went to my oncologist to get the results from my bloodwork on Friday, and I exclaimed to her that this was the 4 year anniversary that I was told I was cancer free, and I told her the story. She laughed and without any hesitation, she told me with a thick Indian accent, "Holly, there is still no more cancer in your body!" (She is a true white woman, so it was pretty funny)

Jonathan, Mom, dad, Brandy, Charlie and Casey sorry I did not tell you that funny story earlier, but I just thought I would let you read about it with the rest of my "fans."

I hope you have a wonderfully blessed day!!!
Love,
Holly

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Speaking Engagements!!!

Hey there! It has been a while since my last post, but I just thought I would update you on all of the goings ons of the Page household. This past week, I was able to attend the Preschool and Children's Ministers retreat in Salado, TX which was a great time. I was able to see Ginger, one of my mentor's and former boss which was AWESOME!!! It was a great time of learning and a wonderful time to get to know other children's ministers and to know that they are going through some of the same things I am going through. I was able to stay a little longer than most due to the fact that Diane Lane, the children's and preschool coordinator over the whoel BGCT asked me to stay and learn how to lead a conference for them, so I did not get home until about 12am on Tuesday night. I got up and went to work on Wednesday seeing as how it would be my only day in at the office and I worked all day until 8:30pm because we had evening church as well. i woke up on Thursday and I was off to the airport to go to Glorietta, NM. I had never been there before, but I had a blast. Tarrant Baptist Association paid my way because I was going to train on how to lead a VBS conference for them. I met so many wonderful people and found my birthday twin (exact same day, just two hours apart...and she LOVES softball like me!!!) So, I got to see A LOT of snow and I was so excited about that!!! I learned all about VBS 09 and how Lifeway really does decide about the Bible studies and games and music. It was an eye opening experience, but one I would gladly go back to. I came back about noon on Saturday and Jonathan and I piddled around until we had to go to a birthday party at 3pm for one of his buddies from the corps. It was great to see all of them!!! We got up for church on Sunday and I led a Bible study for our preteens that evening and then we went to dinner with Mom and Dad which was wonderful because I had not seen either one of them for over a week!!!
It was a fun and fast week, and now I am looking forward to trying to catch up on my rest as well as school work!
Love to all!!!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Remember when...

Remember when...

Life was a little slower?

Riding our bikes was ALL we HAD to do in the day?

You would sing as loud as you could in the shower (okay maybe that was just me)?

You would run, just because you wanted to be chased...not because you needed to lose weight?

You could eat whatever you wanted and no fear of seeing it expandyour body?

You would Laugh with your friends until your stomach hurt?

Playing Hide and go seek?

Christmas was about GETTING presents?

We could be care free?

But now...

Life is so fast

Riding our bikes is called exercise.

Singing as loud as you can is no longer, because all you want is some peace and quiet.

Just looking at food can increase your body size.

Laughing with your friends but fearing something may leak (sorry if that was offensive:))

Playing hide and go seek, but falling asleep while you are counting.

Christmas is about GIVING more than receiving (However, I do like this a lot more)

The frozen pecans (pros and cons - mom knows what I am saying) of growing up

Cons...

More responsibility, life does go by faster, no more carefree bike riding or running...it's now exercise, just plain getting older.

Pros...

Growing up is fun in some ways...more life experiences, smarter for some of us, old friends, new friends, driving (I still like that one). We add to our families, have jobs that most of us kind of like, make our own money, make our own rules. Your parents are still there for you.

I couldn't end on a sad note, so I had to put the pros last.

But, to further the interest of this post, I am putting a photo in here of me that definitely takes the cake and believe me, when I saw it last night, I laughed hysterically, but no fear, I am not THAT old to worry about leaking!!!



Thank you Brandy...You are dearly LOVED!!!