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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 Hammond Style!

2008 has been a fairly good year for us. It has had its ups and downs just like every other year. We started 2008 off GREAT!! We had just celebrated our 1st Anniversary and had welcomed our 2nd baby just 11 days before 2008 begun. We had a very smart and adorable 1 1/2 year old son already and now had a newborn. Things were great. Throughout the year we celebrated Jaydans 2 years old, watch both of our kids grow before our very eyes and grew closer as husband and wife. The summer was filled with fun for us spending alot of time at the pool down the street from us. I got to experience alot of firsts this year. I took my first airplane ride, went to Vegas for the first time and went to Yellowstone for the first time. We took our first long road trip as a family. It was all so fun and exciting! In 2008 I started this blog and have been addicted ever since! Now as 2008 comes to a close things have been a bit tough for us. A few weeks ago a simple doc appt turned into a horrible day for us. We found out Jaydan has a tumor in his right cheek. We find out a week from today what is going to happen with him. The holidays in 2008 have been EXCELLENT for us!! All in all It was a good year filled with lots of fun and new experiences for us. Im excited to see what 2009 brings our way. Im hoping our luck in the health department is very good!! I hope to experience even more firsts with my family this year! I wish you all a great 2009 filled with lots of happiness and good health!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

12 Month Check Up!

Today I took Maddie to her 12 month check up and a check up on her ears. My baby is getting so so big!! She is now 21 lbs and 13 ozs and 27 inches long! Amazing seens how only a year ago she was 6 lbs and 2 ozs and 18 1/2 inches long. The doc said she is right where she needs to be for her age and is growing great. Poor girl had 4 shots and after torturing her with those they drew blood!! I dont know who it was worse for her or me! It broke my heart having to help hold my baby down while they poked her over and over! I felt horrible! He checked her ears and said there was still some fluid but thats normal after an infection. Great news though she will NOT need tubes right away! He wants to see how the next month or 2 go before decided. He said its not so alarming since they keep switching ears and are usually after a cold or teething from the drainage and not from the canals being too small. This made me very happy! Now I can just focus on what lies ahead with Jay and getting him better whatever that may be. I was so stressed just thinking of them both being down around the same time. Only 8 days left til we go to meet with the surgeon for him. I am very excited and nervous at the same time. I hate not knowing what to expect and this appt will help give us some answers but Im also nervous that he might give us bad news. I feel in my heart he will be okay but you never know and I have been preparing myself just in case its not the news we are all hoping for. My life has had many ups and downs right now and Im hoping his appt will be another to add to my ups! Im very thankful that Maddie is looking healthy and growing great! I hope we find that Jaydan is the same next Wednesday!!

Body World

Saturday Kamrin and I went with some of his family to Body World. It was the most amazing thing I have ever seen in my life! It amazes me how much stuff we have stuffed in our bodies!! It really blew me away! After a while I kept forgetting it all was real and was from a real human body. The thing that I was most intrigued by was the embryos and fetus' they had. From 6 weeks to 9 weeks of pregnancy it goes from a blob of tissue looking thing to a baby! At the end of week 9 it was only about an inch but you could see its fingers, toes, eyes and even its tongue!! It was amazing. Have gone through the whole pregnancy thing it was really amazing to see what really was going on in your body! You of course see pics of fetus' and ultrasounds but those dont even come close to seeing it with your own eyes like that. It was a bit sad though just thinking that they never made it past the embryo and fetus stage of life. They had some pretty nasty things there though! They had a healthy lung and then a smokers lung and oh my!! Talk about NASTY!! If I did smoke I would never smoke after seeing that!! We all know it turns your lungs black and so on but oh my gosh actually seeing it was so sick! Also they had a leg that was from a smoker and again NASTY! Who would have thought it would affect how the inside of your leg looks but it does! Also seeing the liver that was affected by alcohol WOW! It made me see how important it is to take care of my body and appreciate it and everything in it! I will never forget what I saw and what I learned that day! I appreciate the opportunity I had to see that!!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Our Great Christmas!!

First off I hope you all had an amazing Christmas! We had an amazing and special Christmas that I will never forget! Christmas Eve was busy yet exciting! Both my family and Kamrins family has traditions on Christmas Eve that we cant miss out on! My family always goes to my moms aunt Kays house and has a YUMMY dinner! Then we go to Kamrins parents to open our PJs, eat and sing songs (everyone puts up a fight on this one) It is always alot of fun and it made my kids exhausted! Christmas morning Maddie woke us up and we made sure everything was already to go and we went in to wake up Jay. It took him a bit to realize what was going on but once he woke up enough to realize it was Christmas he took off for the living room. It was so fun to see my kids open their presents and see how excited they got seeing all their new toys. They both got SPOILED!! Jay got a tool bench with all the tools and a race car he can build with it, a kid digital camera that takes pics and you can upload them and make prints, Its made to be dropped over and over and its even waterproof. He also got 3 Geo Trax sets with 5 different cars and trains for it, play food, fire truck and much more! Thats just from us and Santa! A few cool things he got from others was a Barney dvd with him in it!! They say his mane and everything! Its so awesome!! Also he got a train that goes around the track, gator golf, Play dishes for all his food and much more! He has been in heaven with all this new stuff to play with!! As for Maddie she got a whole doll set! She got a highcair, playpen, swing, activity mat, 2 diaper bags, carseat, and 2 strollers all for her dolls! She also got a few dolls! She loves dolls right now! She also got a sit and stand dancing tower! Im very excited for that! She also got tons of cute clothes and a learning piggy bank!! She has loved not only playing with her toys but brothers also! Also they got a together present from Aunt Shaless and Uncle Jared. They gave them a year pass to the zoo!! I got Kamrin Rock Band for our Wii! He had a blast playing it last night with his sis and her hubby! He also got a whole collection of books and dvds of shows he grew up with that he talks about all the time! Him and I both got a king sized blanket from my mom. I suggested it because we would play tug-a-war with our queen all night long! We LOVE our new blanket! No fighting over it and we can still sleep under the same blanket. Kamrin enjoyed everything he got and kept saying what an amazing Christmas he had! As for me I feel so lucky with everything I got! My sweet husband really put alot of thought into my present this year and it is perfect in every way! For those of you who dont know I am a picture freak! Love taking them and scrapbooking them! I have never even asked for this but he knew I would just love it! He got me a photo copier! Its also a scanner, fax and printer!! I love it!! I cant wait to play with it. It crops and edits your pics and everything! I have never cried so much on Christmas as I did yesterday! Good tears!A few moments that made me cry is when we were at Shawns house doing our brother-sister and neice-nephew gift exchange and Bill had my name and as I open it, it was a frame of oics of my kids that I hadnt seen. Also there was alot of prints of my kids in there too. It meant alot to me! Another crying moment was seeing Kamrins grandmas reaction to the gift we gave her. I made calendars of my kids for her. They took me 3 months to make them all. I did scrapbook pages for each month! She was so excited and started crying, then Kamrins mom and Kamrin started crying so I figured it was ny turn :-) Then when were at Kamrins parents house opening our gifts they gave us one that was only from his dad. It was pillows with pics of us on them. I of course cried! Then when we were on our way home we were talking about what a special and amazing Christmas it was and we both started crying! Thank you to all of you who made our Christmas so wonderful and special!!

Kim helping Maddie open her present from Jaydan!

Jays play food from mommy and daddy!

She was so excited!

Jaydans Gro Trax stuff!

My wonderful husband gave me this photo copier!

My father in law surprised us with these special pillows! One of the presents I cried when opening!

Kamrin, Shaless and Jared playing his new Rock Band for Wii
Jaydans favorite present! His own digital camera!!

Jays tool bench with the engine to work on!

You can flip the top and this is the other side!

Maddie now has a whole doll set collection!
Im really excited for this present Maddie got! She will be our little ballerina!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Madysons 1st Birthday!

Maddie had quite a rough first birthday. She started having problems sleeping at 4am and was pretty fussy. Around 9am I went in to get her a sippy and Kamrin called for me and as I walked in she was throwning up over and over. I put her in a bath and she seemed to be feeling a bit better so we let her open presents from us. She was not too into it. She would get really excited at certain things but she just looked miserable. After presents we put her down for a nap. She slept for a few hours and seemed to be feeling a little better but still not herself. The next few hours were crazy busy getting everything ready for her party that night. Her party started at 530pm at Shawn and Suzannes house. All in all it turned out pretty good. She had her moments where you could just tell she was not deeling good. I assumed it had something to do with her 4 teeth that are making their way in (that would make me fussy too!) We had a soup dinner since it was so cold. It was all so yummy!! Then just as we were finishing up with dinner the front door opens and we all hear bells and Ho Ho Ho! It was Santa!! Shawn had a neighbor come over as Santa! It was so awesome. Suzannes older brother Kenny is handicap and he is just like a little kid. Seeing how excited he and all the kids got was so awesome!! Too bad Maddie does not like Santa at all but it was really fun for the other kids. When Santa was leaving Maddie saw him coming up the stair and held on to my mom with her death grip and just started crying. Poor girl! After Santa left we did cake and icecream. I made Maddies cake for her to dig into. It was fun but alot of hard work! I love making cakes like that for my kids! She was not as into the cake as I was hoping but its okay she didnt feel good so I kinda expected it. After cake was present time. She didnt really help with that part. It was all up to Kamrin and I to open them for her. She got so many fun and cute things!! Thank you everyone!! The next day I could tell it was more then just teething so I took her in to the doc and sure enough she was on ear infection #4! Now its time for tubes for her :-( My poor kids are falling apart! Having surgery on both around the same time is going to be a challenge thats for sure! All in all besides her not feeling great it was a fun day. I wish she could have enjoyed it more but there is always next year! Thank you to everyone who helped make her day special and for all the presents!!

Her in her birthday crown!

She loves this one!

Her new baby really swims!

The butterfly cake I made for her!

Jay with Santa

Her Princess Cake!

Getting ready to dig in!

Yummy Cake!

He helped sissy!
That much cake made her thirsty!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


I've been Tagged
This is a fun tag where you can only use one-word answers!

1.Where is your cell phone? Couch
2.Where is your significant other? Work
3. Your hair color? Multi
4. Your mother? Lynette
5. Your father? Howard
6. Your favorite thing? Family
7. Your dream last night? None
8. Your dream/goal? Babies!
9. The room you're in? Living
10. Your hobby? Scrapbooking
11. Your fear? Death
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? ????
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. What you're not? Warm
15. One of your wish-list items? Vacation
16. Where you grew up? SLC
17. The last thing you did? Coughed
18. What are you wearing? Clothes
19. Your TV? Normal
20. Your pet? None
21. Your computer? Laptop
22. Your mood? Okay
23. Missing someone? Always
24. Your car? Dirty
25. Something you're not wearing? Shoes
26. Favorite store? Walmart
27. Your summer? Hot
28. Love someone? Lots
29. Your favorite color? Purple
30. When is the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Yesterday

I tag Amy, Vera and Camilla

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Madysons 1st Birthday!!

I cant believe its time to write this post already!!

December 21, 2007 I woke up at 6am and called St Marks Hospital to see what time I had to be there to be induced because Maddie was measuring small and I had lost alot of amniotic fluid. They told me I had time to shower and head right in. We step out and the ground is covered in snow after a huge storm came through. We dropped Jay off at my grandmas and then we were off to the hospital. We got there just before 8am due to the horrible road conditions. They got us right in our room and hooked me up to all the machines and started my first dose of antibiotics because I had tested positive for Strep B. It was a very long day. Things with my labors move very slowly. Around 9pm Kamrin, his parents, his sister, 2 brothers, my mom and my sister Kim were all there keeping me company. I was pretty miserable at this point. It started to feel like it would be another 26 hour labor like it was with Jay. around 9:45pm I knew it was time. Kamrins dad and siblings went out and my doc checked and sure enough she was almost here. I looked at the clock as I started my first push and it was 9:52 and at exactly 10:00pm Madyson Haylie Hammond was born!! 8 minutes of pushing was SO MUCH BETTER then 2 hours with Jay!!! Madyson weighed 6 pounds 2 ounces and 18 1/2 inches long! From the second she was born she has brought such happiness to our family. I was so excited to have a little girl! Dont get me wrong Jay is a blast but now I had a girl to dress up! Jaydan took a while to warm up to having a baby around but looking at him with her now you would never know! He is always looking out for her. When she is not in the same room as him he always has to know where she is. She loves him just as much. Her face lights up when she sees her big brother! Madyson has a very sweet spirit about her. She is rarely upset. Whenever I would take her to the doc for an infection he would always ask me how did you know she was sick because even sick as can be she would smile none stop at him and just wanna play and laugh. She is a daddys little princess all the way!! The second daddy is around nobody else in the room matters at all. Maddie is so close to walking. She will stand on her own without holding on to things and has even taken steps but she gives up knowing crawling is so much faster! Maddie has 6 teeth completely in and at least 4 that I know of on their way in!


As I look back on the last year I feel so blessed to be your mom! You bring so much love and joy to us and your are so special to us. You are already an amazing little girl with one of the sweetest little spirits! You smile melts my heart. You funny faces you pull make me laugh! You are so beautiful in every way possible. You have made this last year one of the best in my life! I feel honored to have you as my daughter and as the years go on that will never change no matter what, I know how lucky I am! Your daddy and big brother just admire you! You are a little princess to them! On your 1st birthday I wish you all the happiness in the world for you life and for you to know no matter what life brings you, you will NEVER be alone! I love you more then I could ever describe!

Love, Mommy

First time in mommys arms!

Daddys Little Princess

Sleeping Beauty!

Madysons 1st Bath!!

Look at that tiny mini skirt!

I love those eyes!

This pic cracks me up!!
She absolutely loves baths!

She is so beautiful!

Our Birthday Princess!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Before And After (Eczema)

Only after a week!

How bad it got!

Shortest Post!

Its 1:15am and I cant sleep! Im just miserable right now. Life is so hard sometimes :-(

Monday, December 15, 2008

Happy 14th Birthday Caitlin!!

Today is my niece Caitlins 14th birthday! It is so hard to believe she is 14! They are growing up so fast! She probably will never read this but I wanted to wish her a very happy birthday! I hope you have a great one!! We love you CJ!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Cards!!


My little man!


I love that smile!

The only good one I got of them together
I attempted my own little photo shoot at home for our Christmas cards. We usually go to Kiddie Kandids but with Jaydans face the way it is I wanted to wait so I wanted to try them myself. Jay did great on his alone ones. Maddie was the party pooper today. I guess she didnt wanna be a diva 2 days in a row!!

A Mothers Worst Nightmare!!

Today started out great. We went and got Maddies 1 year pics done which turned out better then I could have ever asked for. We came home for naps which is always a good part of the day and then I was excited to go to the doctor with Jaydan to get medicine to help his poor little face. His adorable little cheeks were covered in painful looking eczema and the stuff I had for it just wasnt cutting it anymore. Also when he was around 1 1/2 to 2 years old he fell into the corner of our coffee table and it got him pretty good just under his right eye. Well a few months after that we noticed he had a hard lump around the same spot so we figured it was scar tissue built up. It hasnt gone away or gone down so we wanted it looked at while we were talking him in for the eczema. So I take him and the doctor checked out all his eczema and told me how to fight it and then he started checking out the lump. He said I hate to tell you this but this is not scar tissue this is definitely a tumor. My heart dropped to the floor!! This could not be happening!! This is my baby!! It all seemed like a blur after that. Of course we wont have any real answers or know how serious this really is until we get it taken out and run tests on it. We go to meet with a surgeon at Primary Childrens on Jan 7th. Its seems like forever away. He is 1 or only 2 surgeons that does this kind of surgery on the face that works for IHC so for that reason thats why Jan 7th was the very first opening and it doesnt help that it holiday season. It just makes me cry even to think about it. Im preparing for the worst but praying for the best. It could just be a simple mass, nothing serious at all but it still breaks my heart. I wish it was me not him. It just doesnt seem fair at all. He is my pride and joy and I hate even thinking of anything like this happening to him. Its now 2 in the morning and I cant sleep just worrying about my baby (I know he is 2 and 1/2 but he will forever be my baby) I just love him more then words can describe!!

My Handsome Little Boy!!

The eczema is all over but if you look under his right eye where the eczema starts you can kinda see a purplish spot. That is the lump.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Madysons 1 Year Pics!!

We went and got my little divas 1 year pics done today. I say diva because she must have known it was picture time. We were in and out in 20 minutes and thats with 3 outfit changes!! She knew when it was time to smile and they got ADORABLE pics of her!!

I cant believe my baby is going to be 1!!!


So proud of her teddy!!

She was the best Christmas present I have ever got!!!

Pretty Ballerina

Maddie in her birthday tutu!!

I love her more then world can describe!!!