S: Eva Lillee Jackson
FC: "A baby is something you carry inside | you for nine months, in your arms | for three years and in your heart forever." | ~ Mary Mason
1: How we got Here | When we met 14 years ago, we knew we liked each other the first hour, fell madly in love the first night, and knew we would get married by our first anniversary. We always knew we wanted kids. We were visiting Washington D.C. and after celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary out to dinner at Zola's, the conversation turned back to making "just the two of us" into a Family. At last the time just seemed right - so we decided then and there, that summer - we would start trying, and hopefully by a year after that we would get pregnant. Little did we know that just 6 weeks after we started we would get the news that our little Eva was on her way!!
2: How We Found Out | It was the end of my residency, and on August 28th we went to North Carolina in pursuit of our new home. The first house we looked at was just perfect for us - we joked about how great one of the rooms would be for a nursery. We were so excited and that night before we went out to celebrate I remembered - I was "late". So we took a pregnancy test, and sure enough - it was positive! We were both so happy we cried. The we took 2 more tests - when they were positive too we went out to celebrate an even bigger thing! | July & August | Shaun's Face immediately after finding out-Priceless.
3: How We Found Out | We went to the Doctor the next week, and on August 30th Ben Wiles at the clinic told us for sure we were pregnant! Ben and his wife Jen would become very good friends of ours. About a week later we told our parents - both simultaneously. They were so excited!! My Mom screeched into the phone hysterically for about 4 solid minutes while my Dad laughed. Shaun's parents were so happy we think his Mom cried. | 6 weeks | Looking for a new place in NC
4: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Episode II: The Alliance Groweth Its a time of great change in the galaxy. The once powerful Alliance is scattered once again. Spread from corner to corner of this far-reaching galaxy. However, all is not well; according to the Counsel of Elders, the powers of the Jedi are fading and in time may be lost altogether. Hope remains on a distant planet, in the Carolina system, our heroes have once again secured a base from which to continue operations. It has been over ten years since a Jedi wannabe became a humble space-force soldier, who then married his beautiful and all wise princess. In this time he has transitioned from homeland protector to a more humble position, as he completes his studies. Meanwhile the Princess has become a Captain of men and a counselor to the people. ...Now a new plan is set in motion..in nine months time a new generation of Jedi will be born. We ask the Alliance to join us as we ring in the era of Padawan Jackson.
5: How We Told Our Family & Friends | Shaun wanted the way we told the world about our Baby to be unique...and surprising. So after about a week of trying to figure out HOW to tell everyone (and WHEN!!) he came up with an idea.
6: First Ultrasound!
7: First Trimester
8: 12 weeks | September
9: The Peanut
11: Husband Running Buddy
12: 18 Week Ultrasound
14: About Our Family
16: Second Trimester
18: November | Shaun's Baby Bump
19: in Charlotte
20: December | Shaun gets Eva her first Christmas Ornament
21: Mom visits for Christmas!
24: Daddy Survival Toolbelt - from Ben & Jen | Tylenol, Turkey baster, gloves, air freshener, diapers, baby toy
25: Baby Shower
28: I finally felt him move when I was 21 weeks. We were in bed and I felt little punches on the side I was laying on!! The feeling was so amazing!! After that night, he was always nudging me, especially when I was in a position he didn't like! Jeff liked to lay his head on my tummy and let bb kick him. As he got bigger, he would get the hiccups everyday. It drove me crazy!!!
30: Progress | All about Baby | My cravings changed each trimester! First Trimester: Mac and Cheese McDonald's Nuggets Second Trimester: Baked Potatoes Third Trimester: Steak Hamburgers The only cravings that lasted the whole pregnancy were drinking Coke and eating sweets! I also had terrible indigestion that got worse throughout my pregnancy.
31: We sold our house and moved when I was 28 weeks and that put us way behind on getting the nursery done!! Then to make it worse I was put on bedrest at 32 weeks because of high blood pressure. I was unable to get the house ready like I wanted to. Poor Jeff was going to school, working, taking care of me and having to do all the housework. Every week I would make out a to-do list and disperse them to anyone willing to help!! | I love owls, so that is what we did the nursery in!
32: 6:08 p.m. | 8-9-10 | 20 inches | 8 lbs 7 oz | We went in for my appointment and my blood pressure was too high and I had gained too much fluid, so Dr.Johnson sent us to the hospital to have a C-Section.
33: The Story of your...
34: Cullen Bristol Brantner | I was reading the book Twilight several years before I was pregnant and when I read the name Cullen I loved it and I told Jeff if we ever had a boy, that was going to be his name! Jeff decided after he told me Bristol,Connecticut was the home of ESPN,that he liked it for a middle name!
35: "I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him." 1 Samuel 1:27
39: Bringing Home Baby | We had to spend a few extra days in the hospital waiting for my blood pressure to go down. So when the day came to go we couldn't wait to get home! Of course as nervous first-time parents, I rode in the back with baby Cullen and Jeff drove incredibly slow!!
41: There's no place like home..