Wednesday, June 24, 2009

the graduate

10 trips to charlotte
3 meltdown car rides
3 chocolate milk shakes (to help with the meltdown car rides)
8 weeks of band treatment
10 weeks (+ 54 more) of neck exercises
1 round head

here are the exit photos...

Mary Adelyn Exit Photo1

is the top left picture not the cutest little girl you've ever seen? notice her head tilt in the earlier pictures. this is what the neck exercises are targeting.

the bottom right picture in the next set of photos, shows the area that was the main focus of the treatment. you can definitely see the difference from the first photo study.

Mary Adelyn Exit Photo2

notice the right side of her forehead no longer protrudes more than the left. just about symmetrical. pretty crazy.

Mary Adelyn Exit Photo3

look close. mary adelyn might have a pearly surprise in the near future.

Mary Adelyn Exit Photo Teeth

that explains the unusual night awakenings, loss of appetite, and gnawing of everything in sight.

mary adelyn is adjusting to her de-banded, rounded head life well. i keep wondering if she is thinking that we've forgotten to put her band back on. i mean, after having worn it for a third of her life, surely she notices that it is missing. right?

looking at these comparison pictures really brings home how much she has grown and changed already.

time flies. it truly does.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

happy father's day!

thankfully, mary adelyn fully recovered from the stomach bug and we were able to celebrate byron's first father's day--with a nice brunch, a trip to best buy, and some good front porch sitting.

since mary adelyn is not yet able to type (well, or talk really), i thought i'd pass along what i'm sure she is very thankful for.

thank you daddy,

for bringing me home from the hospital safely. very, very safely at 5 mph.


for showing me off at my first thanksgiving


for volunteering to do the night shift


for teaching me how to tailgate for my first georgia game


for explaining to me in detail the meaning of Christmas

MA and Daddy

for styling my hair


for keeping me entertained


for taking me on my first trip to athens and telling walker to keep his hands to himself


for making sure you always have plenty of kisses for me


for giving me my good looks AND sharing your very own baby clothes


thank you byron, for being a wonderful daddy to all of our girls. we are so thankful you are ours.


yes, delia's eyes are closed. dangit. and yes, layla was given a treat afterwards--she immediately lost her attitude.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

under the weather

mary adelyn is battling her first stomach bug. she's been sipping pedialyte and taking full advantage of sleeping on our bed.


poor little girlie, has only wanted to cuddle all day. thankfully, it looks like she's on the upswing. hopefully, the night will not be a long one.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009



due to recent mobile attackings, mary adelyn's crib has been lowered a notch. funny, i keep calling it her big girl bed now. i know, i know. she's got a ways to go before that happens. we also thought that the lowered mattress would allow her to get into the crib herself. looks like she's thinking the same thing.


in other much more exciting news: mary adelyn's banded days are numbered. SIX. yep, six more days and then she officially graduates from the doc band! 8 weeks of banding= 1 round head. next monday will be our girlie's first graduation. no gifts necessary.

moving on...

growing up, after a long day of shopping with my nana and papa hammock (aka nan and pop), we would always come home and model the clothes that they so graciously bought for us. i thought it would be fitting for mary adelyn to start the same tradition.


watch out boys, girl looks good in polka-dots. as you can see, byron is not quite sure what to think. thank you mimi for the super cute outfits and bathing suit!

Sunday, June 14, 2009


one of mary adelyn's favorite past-times is to swing on the front porch. looks like mimi enjoyed it just as much!


and since it had been a full five days since we gathered with our local family, we decided to have a little backyard bbq.


speaking of past-times. this is amanda. this is her favorite past-time :)


deacon trying to figure out what the big deal is about laddergolf.


obviously, we've yet to show him how to play. eating the golf ball is not part of the game.


matt displaying one of his many daddy talents...


big john kept his eyes on the sky, just in case any spontaneous storm developed.


we had a wonderful visit with mimi and papa alday. and are looking forward to many, many more!

Thursday, June 11, 2009


we told the girls that mimi and papa alday are coming up to visit this weekend.


this is pretty much where they've been ever since.


for those of you who lean a little to the crafty side. here's a free download that i stumbled across for some super cute gift tags.

Gift Tags

for more cute printables from whisper graphics, visit their etsy store.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

laundry day

yes, it pretty much takes us a whole day to get our laundry sorted out. we definitely were not prepared for the increase in amount of laundry that this little 14.5 pound addition would cause. since it was so pretty outside on sunday, i thought it would be nice to fold the clothes outdoors.


evidently, it was a little too exhausting for mary adelyn.


maybe she was just bored. if that's the case, she's got a long road ahead of her.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

pool party!

we had our very first kiddie pool party this weekend at the partridges. funny, in the past these parties used to involve kids of the four legged version running around. things have definitely changed around here. mary adelyn had a great time hanging out in the pool and showing off her new tankini.


thank you big john for letting her borrow your hat. got to protect that soon-to-be round head.




here are a few pictures that we captured of our asheville family. this is jill and deacon.


deacon is the one who started all of the baby mania amongst our friends. once he was born, the rest of us decided we too wanted to join the procreate in 2008 club. he's such a big boy now...


speaking of big boys, big john has just about caught up to mary adelyn. they were supposed to be 3 months apart, but john decided he had to be a part of the 2008 club as well. so he decided to come 8 weeks early, making them just 2 weeks apart. here he is with his mom, vicki.


john preferred to play in the pool from this direction.


it was so much fun to see the two of them playing together. we definitely got flash forwards of what is to come.



as you can see, mary adelyn couldn't get enough of him.


i'm sure you can imagine what happened after that. poor john did not enjoy his nose being smushed by mary adelyn's band. i'm sure it won't be the last time she makes him cry. watch out big john, she's going to be a heart breaker.

run ,daddy, run

while byron has been busy getting back into shape and running in the chamber 5k this past weekend...

Byron 5K

i've been busy doing this...


mmm, cookies and cream.

mary adelyn has managed to keep herself entertained as well. we had wondered why the mobile said that it was only good for ages 0-5 months.



now we know.