S: Brayden Lucas Czujak - 2.25.2011
FC: A baby is something you carry inside | you for nine months, in your arms | for three years and in your heart till | the day you die." ~ Mary Mason
1: About Our Family | Mommy and Daddy met just about nine years before you were born, in 2002. We were next door neighbors while in college. After five years of dating, we got engaged and were married in October 2008. Mommy is originally from Illinois and moved down to Florida in 2001. Daddy is originally from New Jersey and moved down to Florida in 1999. Both of us love the warm Florida weather, so a Florida Boy you will be!
2: How We Found Out | Mommy had been a feeling a little weird. First, there was a craving for Oreos. Then some heartburn. And then major exhaustion. Because of certain steps we had to go through to help get you here, I thought there was no way I could possibly be pregnant that month, but just to be sure, I took the test. There before my eyes was a faint line - so faint I had to squint. The next morning, I took another one just to be sure and there below is what I saw - a definite positive confirmation that you were on your way! | 12 Week Ultrasound
3: How We Told Our Family & Friends | Mommy told Daddy that morning before she headed off to work - we were both shocked but excited! Another test while at work 100% confirmed you were beginning to grow inside of me! We both called all your grandparents and then, on June 20th, 2010, on Father's Day and 3 years since Daddy proposed to Mommy, we celebrated with Grandpa and Grandma Janet - so happy to be adding to the Czujak family! In August, just as our first trimester was closing, Mommy went back home to Illinois and told the extended family of your impending February arrival! | 8 Weeks | 13 Weeks
4: 3D Ultrasound - 28 weeks
5: We were very blessed to see you so much throughout the pregnancy! Our first one was at 6w, 6d when you were just a tiny peanut - one who's heart was already beating so strong! We then got to see you again at 12, 20, 28, 30, and 36 weeks - so amazing to see your growth! | First Ultrasound | It's a Boy!
6: 26 Weeks | 20 Weeks | 24 Weeks | So little yet so loved
7: 28 Weeks | 32 Weeks | 34 Weeks
8: February | Doctor visit - Brayden's Due Date!
9: 36 Weeks | 39 Weeks | 40 Weeks | Sometimes the | smallest things take | up the most | room in | our hearts.
10: February 24th
11: 34 Week Maternity Shoot Courtesy of Courtney Roseland
12: Progress | Being pregnant was everything I hoped it would be and more - these pictures accurately reflect my joy and longing for the day that we would finally meet. | 37 Weeks 2.2.2011 Courtesy of Florida Hospital Marketing
13: The best 30th birthday present
14: Progress | Labor Day | Thursday, February 24th marked 40 weeks of pregnancy - and you still were not here yet. At 2:00p, we had our weekly doctor's appointment with our midwife, Miss Judy. At the appointment, she told us we were just about completely effaced and about 3-4cm dilated but nothing was happening, so she said she could help us out. After a simple procedure, she sent us home with instructions of a warm bath and big meal. Around 6:00p, I was feeling a little crampy, but nothing painful yet. After that big meal, and a bath at 8:30p, I sat down to watch Grey's Anatomy with Aunt Sara at 9:00p and those cramps turn to pain. By Private Practice at 10:00p, I could barely take it anymore and we were off to the hospital!
15: 2.24.2011 | When we got to the hospital, they said we were ready to be admitted and I got the medicine so I wouldn't be in so much pain. By midnight, we were settled into our room for the duration and I was feeling great (and you were doing well too)! By early morning, we weren't progressing so they had to give me medicine to help the process along - worked because then by 6:00a, my water broke and we were on our way! Finally, at 1:00p, we were told it was time to start pushing for you. Even though it took some time, we were both just fine and an hour and a half later, at 2:35p, you were here and we got to meet face to face for the first time!
17: The Story of your...
18: Bringing Home Baby | When we brought you home, it was a sunny and warm "Winter" day - close to 85 degrees! We brought you home to 14138 Colonial Grand Blvd, #1212, Orlando, FL
19: From Grandma, Grandpa & Aunt Sara | February 27, 2011
20: Beautiful, beautiful beautiful, beautiful boy Darling, darling darling, darling Brayden | Newborn Shoot - 2.26.11
21: Brayden Lucas Czujak
23: At the hospital, you had many visitors, all just dying to meet you! Among them were Grandpa & Grandma A, Grandpa & Grandma Janet C, Aunt Sara, Uncle Chris and a handful of Mommy and Daddy's friends - your honorary Aunties and Uncles! Grandma C came when you were 2 weeks old!
24: Finally we meet after 9 months of waiting...
25: Proud Aunt Sara, Uncle Chris and Daddy!