Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I am so thankful every year for the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with my family and loved ones but this year brings such a special and most precious gift that we are so truly thankful for. I never thought at the beginning of this year that my life would take so many different twists and turns and lead me to where I am today. In fact, I was honestly dreading another holiday season without being able to have a little one of my own to share this most magical and special time with. Now that we have been so blessed to have Charlotte come into our lives I wake up every single day with such a feeling of peace and love, and feel as though my life holds so much more purpose and meaning. I am overwhelmed with the love I feel for this little one of ours. We have met so many wonderful people through this incredible adoption process! We have witnessed countless times the Lords' hand in all of this! I wish there were words to describe my gratitude for her beautiful and most selfless birth mother and the gift she has given us. We love her and tell Charlotte every single day how much she is loved by her. We are so thankful, so truly thankful for our precious miracle that has brought such an incredible sense of joy and happiness! 

We wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

3 weeks old!!! Where does the time go?

I cannot believe that our little Charlie bear is 3 weeks old today! Every Tuesday Chris and I sing happy birthday to her! Every single day I say to her, "I cannot believe how old you are getting!" I wish she would stay younger longer! She no longer fits in some of her newborn onesies and it breaks my heart but at the same time I am so excited to see her grow and see her little personality develop with each passing day! Here are some of Charlotte's little quirks that make us belly laugh every time!

- She makes a TON of noise when she is awake and when she is asleep! She is so noisy at night that Chris and I can hardly sleep because we are laughing at all her funny noises. (grunts, laughs, sighs, etc) I have a feeling she is going to be a real talker and will not be afraid to let us know what her opinion is!
- She is an eating machine and boy oh boy she will go from 0 to 60 in a matter of seconds if she does not get her food when she is ready! (She calms right down when she starts eating)
- She loves to look around! She is already holding her head up on her own (she was able to do that since the day she was born) She loves to look out at the world and take it all in!
- She is so happy! Everywhere we go people cannot believe how happy she is! 
- She LOVES her bath time!!! She just sits in her little tub and kicks her little legs around and coo's at me! 
- She has about a million different expressions and can do them all in a matter of a minute even in her sleep!!
- She loves to cuddle and be held which is a good thing because she is literally NEVER gets put down. Even at night, mommy cannot resist sitting out on the couch with her all night long! 

We love our little Charlotte so much! I have to pinch myself everyday to make sure I am not dreaming!!! I cannot believe she is here! I have dreamed, prayed and wished for her for so long! She is our miracle! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Charlotte's Photo Shoot

Just a few pictures from one of Charlotte's many photo shoots! Enjoy!!
 Charlotte with her Aunt Shannon
 Happy in her Grandma's Arms
 Moses is enamored with her already! 
 Her many many different expressions! 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Introducing...Charlotte Kennedy Monahan!!!

I cannot believe she is here and already almost 2 weeks old! Where does the time go?! I just sit and stare at her and I swear I watch her growing before my eyes. I think I cry at least once a day now because I just love her so much! Chris and I went to bed Halloween night talking about how we felt ready for Charlotte to come into the world and the last few details we needed to take care of before her grand entrance. Not 5 hours later at 3:15am we were awoken by a call that Charlotte was on her way! All of the sudden I never felt so unprepared in my whole life! The blessings that followed to get us to her so quickly were all from our Heavenly Father! We were able to get from San Diego to Oklahoma City in just a matter of hours and only 30 minutes after our beautiful baby girl was born! She was born at 1:37pm on November 1st 2011 weighing in at 7 pounds 5 oz. and 19 inches long! SHE IS PERFECT!!!! I fell in love the moment I saw her! Her face looked so very familiar to me like I have known her my entire life! Every single second since that day has been utter bliss! Words do not begin to express our deepest gratitude for not only for Charlotte but for her incredible and most selfless birth mom who we love and adore for the gift she has given us! We are so eternally grateful!