S: Stephanie's Pregnancy Journal
1: Our journey through the pregnancy of baby Layla Lynn. Our beautiful, sweet perfect little girl. We will always cherish our first 9 months together. Lovingly, Mommy & Daddy
2: It was a rainy day in January when I realized I might be pregnant. I ran to the store to get a test and called Lena to be with me to see the results. We sat there anxiously waiting to see and 3 minutes later my life changed forever, I was pregnant! | I called Joey and told him to meet me for dinner at our favorite place. I wanted it to be a surprise. After we were seated I said "Guess what! We're having a baby!!”
4: Watching you grow for 9 months... We thought it would be fun to take photos to record the growth of the our 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 my body went through while a little life was growing inside.
6: Oh the joy of being pregnant and the funny things I crave... All I wanted to eat was ham and cheese lunchables. Joey has been such a sport running out to get me whatever I need. This has got to be the best part of being pregnant; I get to eat so much Food! Food! Food!
8: February 7th is a day I will never forget. We had our first appointment to see an ultrasound. I was six weeks and one day pregnant. Then the most exciting ultrasound of all was the day I found out what the baby was going to be. Joey, My Mom and Jennifer met me at the doctor's office; they wouldn't miss this for the world. We were all so excited to find out that we were having a baby girl! On the car ride home we immediately went to Jennifer's house, just knowing she would be home...but she wasn't there. When we called to find out where she was, not to anyone's surprise... she was out shopping for the baby girl. We couldn't stop smiling...it was a great day.
10: We were so excited to tell everyone we were having a girl!
11: We wanted to keep it a secret until we could gather all of our family and friends in one place. But we just couldn't wait any longer. Everyone cheered and screamed as we told them It’s a Girl!
12: After MANY nights of flipping through pages and pages of baby names, talking about the many options, and thinking about a name for our baby...My mind was done searching and stressing. We finally narrowed it down to Layla Lynn. I had said from the beginning that I loved these two names. Her name will be Layla Lynn Rawls! Layla: meaning "Dark Beauty" Lynn: meaning "Pretty"
14: I had been dreaming of the perfect nursery for my little girl for months and I am so happy with the way it turned out. Thanks to my Mom and Jennifer everything turned out better than I had imagined. We decided to go with a Hawaiian inspired Pink and White theme, something that baby Layla will grow into as she gets older. I can't wait to show Layla her new room.
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.
18: My family and friends were so sweet to give us a baby shower. The food, favors and decor were lovely. I had so much fun visiting with all of my favorite people who have been there for me throughout the whole pregnancy. I am very blessed to have such amazing people in my life. We have everything we need now thanks to all of the generous gifts we received. Beautiful clothes, diapers, a beautiful stroller and diaper bag. | Layla's first bikini from Hawaii
19: It was so fun for everyone to watch Stephanie open her gifts
22: 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 morning sickness, but it is well worth it.
23: I have so many plans for us. Trips to the zoo, play dates with your friends, tea parties, birthday parties, shopping for pretty dresses, baking your favorite cookies, exploring life's wonders and watching you grow into a beautiful young lady. I can't wait to show you my world and I hope that one day I will get see the birth of your child.
25: Layla Lynn was ready to meet us on September 10th 2012. I woke up that morning when all of a sudden my water broke. I called Joey and we were on the way to the hospital. I was whisked away to the changing room and then taken to my delivery room. I was in labor for 16 hours and then finally baby Layla was born at 11:56 pm. It was amazing and a very emotional experience for all of us.
26: Layla was born September 10th 2012 at 11:56 pm She weighs 6 lbs 14 oz and is 20.5 inches long. We are so blessed to have been given this beautiful little baby and are so grateful for this precious gift. We will cherish every moment we have with her.
28: Layla had so many friends and family come to see her that we could not believe it
30: She will fill our lives with sunshine...
31: And our hearts with love.
32: "A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities." | "Courage, determination, pride...that's what little girls are made of."
33: Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
34: A baby is born with a need to be loved -- and never outgrows it.
39: "A wee bit of heaven drifted down from above, a handful of happiness, a heart full of love."
40: Pretty dresses Little Curls, Oh thank heaven for little girls!
41: The first man a little girl falls in love with is her dad.
42: "You are so precious to me, sweet as can be, baby of mine"
46: History of Mom and Dad
48: Our journey begins...