S: Raylay Lee Swafford
1: Our journey through the pregnancy of little baby Rayland. Our handsome, sweet perfect little boy. We will always cherish our first 9 months together. Lovingly, Mommy & Daddy
2: It was a school day when I had a doctor appointment, I had suspected I was pregnant but wasn't sure. I went to the room were I had to pee in a cup, then standing there nervously I heard those words "well its positive". I cried my eyes out, not that i wasn't excited about the news but I was scared. They showed me you in my belly and said "theres your baby". When I got home your daddy was working so I couldn't call him so instead I called Courtney and told her the news, your daddy was the next one I told he was so excited.
4: Watching you grow for 9 months... We thought it would be fun to take a photo each month to document the growth of the baby. It was so fun to see how much my belly grew month to month. It's such a miracle to see the changes that our bodies go through while a little life is growing inside.
6: Oh the joy of being pregnant and the funny things I crave... First Chinese food which I love, then came the Big Macs. James loved my new cravings because it was always something we didn't have. This has got to be the best part of being pregnant; I get to eat so much Food! Food! Food!
8: may 19th is a day I will never forget. We had our first appointment to see an ultrasound. James met me at the hospital; he wouldn't miss this for the world. We were nervous to see you and curious to know you were okay and were growing. We were excited when we got your first picture ever.
10: We were so excited to tell everyone we were having a boy!
11: We announced the news to all of facebook.I was sure you were going to be a girl but when you turned out to be a boy I insistently grew attached to the idea and welcomed you with opened arms. Your daddy on the other hand didn't even need time to think he was jumping for joy when he found out you were a boy.
12: After MANY nights of flipping through pages and pages of baby names, talking about the many options, and praying about a name for our little baby...My mind was done searching and stressing. We finally narrowed it down to Rayland Lee. Rayland Lee Swafford
14: We had thought about what to name you, what you'll look like but i knew without a thought that your room was gonna be done in Winnie the Pooh. I have always said that and the good thing about pooh is hes neutral.
16: The first time I felt you kick was both amazing and weird at the same time. I realized that I actually have a real human being growing inside of me. You had grown so much that your little legs and feet were strong enough to kick! WOW! I will never forget that first kick for the rest of my life.I was laying on the bed with your daddy when i felt it....your daddy felt everyone of your precious kicks
18: We have been on this journey together for 8 months now and I can't believe I get to meet you in one month! It has been such an easy pregnancy with the exception of a couple months of leg pain called RLS, but it is well worth it.
19: I have so many plans for us. Trips to the zoo, play dates with your friends, birthday parties, shopping for trucks, baking your favorite cookies, exploring life's wonders and watching you grow into a beautiful young Man. I can't wait to show you my world and I hope that one day I will get see the birth of your child someday.
20: Little Rayland was ready to meet us on December 31, 2011. We had an appointment scheduled to get a look at you a day before my due date. Turnquest looked all over the place for a good pocket of fluid and when she didn't see it she said " were gonna bring this pregnancy to an end". She had planed on inducing me but for the contraction she couldn't get a break to give me the meds. So mommy went into labor with out any help.
22: Rayland was born on 12.31.11 at 12:33 a.m. He weighs 8lbs 4oz and is 21 1/2 inches long. We are so blessed to have been given this tiny little baby and are so grateful for this precious gift. We will cherish every moment we have with him.