Tuesday, December 29, 2009

11 Months



I can't believe that my sweet baby boy will turn one in just one month. Where has this year gone?

What is Cain doing at 11 months?

-Cain can say Da-da, Momma, and even Poppa (he whispers Poppa every time he says it). Last month Cain would only say Momma but now he says Da-da ALL the time.
-At Cain’s last weight check he weighed 19lbs 7oz.
-Cain has finally learned to sit up on his own. This is REALLY exciting for us.
-He is very mobile now. He still isn’t crawling on his hands and knees but he can get anywhere by belly crawling (low crawl/army crawl…whatever it’s called) We will be baby proofing our house tomorrow. He’s into everything now!
-Cain can wave bye-bye, clap, and mimic many things we do. We are now working to teach him how to give high-fives & blow kisses.
-Today he learned how to put a little basketball into a basketball goal he has.
-He likes to throw things and is now throwing balls to us.
-He loves taking a bath and is really starting to splash around in the bath water.
-He’s constantly “talking” and making noises.
-Cain loves playing with his toys. He received a little barn for Christmas and loves opening the door to it and throwing the farm animals inside the door and taking them back out.
-He can now drink his own bottle without us holding it for him.
-Cain is such a happy, mellow baby. We are so proud to be his parents.

The Jones' Family Christmas

We are so blessed to have a huge very close knit family. I'm an only grandchild on my moms side of the family but on my dad's side I'm one of 10 grandchildren and Cain is one of 5 great-grandchildren.

Every year we celebrate Christmas together and this year was no different. The only thing that was different this year was the fact that we had 2 new babies (Cain & Eden) that arrived during 2009. Every year we have the party at one of my Aunt's houses but next year we are thinking we may need to rent a lodge. We are seriously running out of space. This year we had 35 of us at our family Christmas party!

Cain with his cousins...Eden, Blair, Charlie, Ella, & Cain
And the paparazzi trying to take a picture of the kiddos. It wouldn't be a Christmas for our family if we didn't have this many people taking pictures at once.
All of my cousins. We have taken a picture together for the last 30+ years. In all of that time I don't think we have one single picture where we are all looking at the camera at the same time.
All of the Aunts, Uncles, and 2 of my dad's 1st cousins.
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Cain's cousin Charlie thanking Cain for his Christmas gift. How sweet!!
Cain laughing at my cousin Charlie. He thought Charlie was really funny.
Brad with the 1st "Dirty Santa" gift he picked out. He should have known he would never make it to the end of "Dirty Santa" with this gift considering it was a tool box with a 6 pack of beer included.
My cousin Angie with Cain
Me with the very adorable Ella.
I look forward to this Christmas party with my family every year. Last year was the first year I was unable to attend the party. I was too close to my due date and traveling was not an option at that time. I was SO THANKFUL to be able to be with my Aunts, Uncles, and cousins this year. I love my family dearly and think my Nanny & Gran-Gran (my dad's parents) would be so proud that we have carried on the tradition of celebrating Christmas together each and every year.

Cain's 1st Christmas

I'm sure you could have guessed this without me having to tell you but.....
This has been the best Christmas of my entire life!!!! I'll never be able to forget the fear and uncertainty I had last Christmas not knowing if I would be able to celebrate Cain's 1st Christmas with him. But look at him now!!!! We have had SO MUCH FUN celebrating his very 1st Christmas. This will be a Christmas I'll never forget!!
Cain on Christmas Eve in his jammies. Ready for Santa to come.
Santa's helper on Christmas Eve. After taking this picture I noticed the Santa Tracker on the TV. I thought that was pretty funny.
Christmas morning 2009
Looks like Cain was a good boy this year. Santa brought him lots of goodies!!
Cain checking one of his new rides.
Cain trying out his other new ride (a LSU tricycle that my granddad gave him).


My parents made a donation to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital this year. I thought that it was a very thoughtful gift considering Vanderbilt Children's is the reason we were able to celebrate this Christmas with Cain!

My Aunt Jane with Cain

Cain & Momma on Christmas morning

Yes, my dad did have to buy Cain his very 1st camo jacket and a hat that says "Grandpa's fishing buddy"

Cain with his Great-Granddaddy

"Okay...all the presents are opened and food is on the table. Where is everyone? I'm ready to eat!"

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas

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We recently had family photos taken by Misti Stone of Focus Photography. She made these wonderful Christmas cards for us. I wish I could have sent one to each of you!

You can see the rest of our pictures by clicking here. I was so excited with how they turned out.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas. We had a great Christmas and are still enjoying time with our families. I’ll post our Christmas photos when I have time but access to the internet is limited for me this week so bare with me.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Santa came early

Since we are traveling to Louisiana we went ahead and had our Christmas with Cain on Tuesday night. We figured if we had Christmas early he could play with his new toys on Wednesday and we wouldn’t have to pack them in the car for our ride to Louisiana. We already know our car is going to be packed to capacity on the ride home after Cain gets Christmas presents from the grandparents.

I don’t know if Cain knew what to think of all his presents. At first he just looked around at them and finally tore the wrapping paper just a little. Hopefully it was just a warm up and he will go crazy Christmas morning.

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This year we just bought Cain a few toys. Nothing too much but a few things he could enjoy.

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Brad had two boxes that were supposed to be surprise presents that he bought just for Cain. One of the presents was for Cain but he surprised me and the other present was from him and Cain to me.

He surprised me with earrings from Tiffany & Co.

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I have to tell you the story behind the earrings. They are SO SPECIAL to me. Something I never shared on my blog is that Brad gave me a necklace right before I had Cain. This is a picture of the necklace he gave me.

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When he gave it to me he told me he wanted me to have something really special. When he saw this necklace he knew it was it. As you can see the necklace is heart shaped but doesn’t make a complete heart. He told me it symbolized Cain’s heart because it’s not a complete or full heart but it is perfect to us! You can imagine how much I cried when he gave me the necklace. For Christmas he gave me the earrings that matched the necklace. Now you can see why they are both so special to me. (By the way…he’s probably going to kill me for telling everyone about this! )

We had so much fun opening Christmas presents with Cain and watching him play with his new toys. I can’t wait to do it all over again with him on Christmas morning. What a great Christmas this will be for us.

Oh…one last thing…I wanted to show you a picture of Cain’s Christmas tree. Since I put his Christmas tree in the corner of his room where I store all his toys I ended up using his toys to decorate the tree. I think it turned out really cute.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

So many new tricks

Cain has several new tricks he wants to share with you. It has been so much fun to watch him learn and comprehend things this month. I can't wait to see what he has in store for us next.

He has also become a pro at eating his Puffs. And he loves them!



By the way....the highchair Cain is sitting in was my highchair. My mom and dad brought it to us when they came up for Thanksgiving. I love that he is able to use it. I want to paint or stain it but I haven't decided what color or how to do that. Maybe it can be my project after New Year's. Cain is still a little too small for the highchair so we put his Bumbo seat in it and that seems to work perfect for now.

Cain tries so hard to crawl but just isn't up on his hands and knees yet. He has really started to belly crawl lately though. He is so determined and we are so proud of him.

Here is a video of our little Rocky Balboa in action.


Monday, December 21, 2009

Standing like a big boy

I don't think I've mentioned it yet but Cain has been standing for a few weeks now. He's not able to pull himself to standing position but he can hold on to his toys or the side of the couch and stand without our support. It makes me so excited to see him standing.

I'm hoping to post videos this week of him waving, clapping, and belly crawling. I'm so excited about all of his new tricks and can't wait to show them to you!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cardiology Appointment

Today was a very big day for us! It was the first time in several months that Cain had a follow-up appointment with cardiology. And it was also the first appointment he had with his new cardiologist. You may or may not remember his previous cardiologist, Dr. Liske, moved to Knoxville. We loved Dr. Liske and hated to not see him today. I was nervous about the change but I think we will like his new cardiologist just as well.

The appointment started out with an Echo. I was curious how well Cain would do laying still during the Echo now that he is on the move all the time. He surprised me and did very well. He was a little wiggly at first but I was able to distract him with toys. He finally layed very still (pretty impressive for a 10 month old) and the Echo tech was able to get great pictures for the Dr.


Hanging out during his Echo


Clapping when the Echo being finished. When I say "Yay!" Cain will clap. I think I had said.."Yay! The Echo is finished" and he clapped. Pretty funny guy.


"Okay...I'm all finished...help me up Daddy"

After the Echo Cain had his vitals taken. His blood pressures on all extremities looked great. His sats were 88 which is great. He is now 27 inches long and weighed 19lbs 7 ounces today.


Being distracted by bubbles while having his BP taken


And trucks to distract him.


Daddy and Cain playing while waiting to see the cardiologist

After the Echo and vitals were done, we met with Cain's cardiologist. The great news is that everything looked good!! The only concern the cardiologist had was that Cain's left pulmonary artery is still a little small/narrow. This will be something that will more than likely have to be addressed during Cain's next surgery or after that surgery. The cardiologist also said that it would probably be something that would require widening over time as Cain grows.

Speaking of next surgery, we learned today that Cain's next surgery (if everything stays the same) could take place around the time Cain is 2 years old to 2 1/2 years of age. So possibly spring/summer of 2011. We also learned that Cain would have a fenestration (hole) put in during Cain's Fontan surgery. This is a normal occurrence during the Fontan surgery but the not so good news is that it will require another heart cath approximately 6 months to a year after the Fontan surgery to close the fenestration (hole).

Many people have asked me..."So, after Cain's next surgery...is that it? Will that be his last surgery?" I wish that I could answer "yes" to this question but this will be a question I will never be able to answer. We can only hope and pray that the Fontan will be the last major open heart surgery he will need but after our meeting with the cardiologist today I think I have learned that Cain will more than likely have a few heart cath's in his future.

Overall, the appointment went really well and we were pleased with the good report!! I could tell I had been getting nervous about this appointment. I had been very anxious during the last week and I know this appointment was the reason why. I know Cain looks great on the outside but it's always SO GREAT to know that he looks GREAT on the inside too! Hopefully we will have the same great report again in 6 months.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

CHD Christmas Party

Last Thursday we attended the Congenital Heart Defect Christmas Party at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. It was great to visit with other 'heart families'. Some of the families we already knew and some we were able to meet for the 1st time. It was wonderful to watch the bigger heart kiddo's run around and play like normal children.

This was Cain's first time to meet Santa and he did great! I was so proud of him. He didn't even cry. He mostly just stared at Santa with a very serious, inquisitive stare. After all, he's never seen a big white beard like that!





Everyone relaxing and hanging out at the party.

The youth group from Friendship Community Church volunteered their time and also brought us food for the party. Thank you all SO much!

Two of the volunteers making a heart out of candy canes.
Cain also had a few visitors stop by the party. This is his babysitter Megan and Ben who both work on the 3rd floor at Vanderbilt. Ben was the one who called Cain back for his Glenn operation. He was so nice to us and took great care of us during a very stressful time. Another one of his nurses, Lauren, also stopped by to say "hello".
Cain was also able to visit with his heart buddy Colby. These boys have had 4 heart surgeries between the two of them. So hard to believe. You would never know just by looking at them. They both look wonderful!
Brad was out of town last week for work so he couldn't be with us at the party. I hate that Brad had to miss Cain seeing Santa for the first time. I'm thinking we need to take Cain to see Santa one night this week so Brad can see him sitting in Santa's lap!