Congratulations Tina (Sonal) & Ravi!!

We are so happy for you guys!! Your wedding was absolutely beautiful!! We are so happy to have been able to be apart of all the fun!! We love you and wish you a lifetime full of happiness and indescribable joy!!

Growing and Growing; Driving and Driving...

Last Friday little Jackson had his 2 month check-up. As a mom, I look forward to these appointments because we get to find out how much he has grown and ask the doctor any questions we might have. Along with looking forward to these appointments there is also a little dread though, because with many check-ups comes vaccinations. With this being the first appointment for Jackson to get vaccines we weren't really sure of how he would react - Boy, did he scream!!!! As soon as he felt the needle he was not a happy camper!! But, on the bright side, he is meeting all his milestones (such as laughing and cooing, yay!!) and has grown! He is now 11 lb., 12 oz. and 23 1/4 inches long, which puts him in the 70th percentile for height and 50th percentile for weight. This is up from 21 1/2 inches (50%) and 9lb., 7 oz. (50%) at his 1 month check-up. Just for the fun of comparison, at Jayden's 2 month check-up he was 22 3/4 inches long (55%) and 11 lb.s (45%). Jayden had a big jump in height between his 2 and 4 month check-ups, so I'm anxious to see if Jackson does the same. It's so neat to see how two little brothers can still be such unique individuals.

Starting on Saturday we'll be embarking on a journey towards the east coast for Dipal's cousin, Tina's, wedding. We'll be making a stop in West Virginia at my step-grandparents' house to do some visiting and split up the trip. It will be a good chance for Dipal to meet some of that side of the family he hasn't been able to meet yet, as well as Jayden and Jackson. We'll be in WV for a few days, then off to New Jersey for wedding events, possibly squeezing in a trip to NYC to sight-see, and more importantly see my friend, Katherine :), and then back to STL. The trip will have it's tough times I'm sure, considering we have 2 young kiddos, but I'm looking forward to 10 days of no cooking, no cleaning, fancy schmancy outfits and being with some of our super fun family! Watch out, you never know when I might bust my Indian moves! :) Wahoo!!

Dancing at Manish and Anita's wedding... Good times! :)

All the More Reason to Come Visit the Chaudhari's...

Dipal and I just found out the city we live in was ranked the 9th best U.S. city to live in by CNN Money. Go here to see the article! Yay for Lake Saint Louis!! We're taking reservations now! :)

Have you missed us? Update and Mid Year's Resolutions :)

Wow, where has the time gone? :) So, it's been a little while since our last post... Surprise, surprise, right? Well, to say the least, our lives have been a little hectic lately!

Here's a quick recap since our last post...

March - We took our last trip to Tennessee before Jackson's big arrival. The trip included time in Nashville with Dad, Liz, Robert and Kathryn, then on to Cleveland where we stayed at Dipal's parent's house and made visits to Harriman to see my Pops and the bald eagles in his yard and to Dalton to see my Grandma and best friend, Kara and her little boy, Hunter. Then Mom, Eric, Nathan and Emmie came to visit us in St. Louis during Spring Break. While here, Eric put in our new custom-made entertainment center! It looks great!! :)

At the Rain Forest Cafe; Jayden walking with Rima at Pop's house

Jayden and his Dadi (Dipal's mom)

Our new entertainment center!

April - We started the month by saying goodbye to our buddy, Andy who moved to Iowa (We miss you G-Pa!). Then came Easter, setting up Jackson's nursery, an update to Jayden's room, and a trip to Indiana with Amanda to visit Dan!

Dipal's hard work on the boys' rooms

Easter 2009

Fun in the park in Indiana, remembering how fun kites are!

May - Welcome Baby Jackson!!
Jackson Dipal Chaudhari was born on May 13, 2009 at 10:22 am weighing in at 6 lb.s, 14 oz and 19.5 inches long! We were extremely surprised for his very early (by 3 weeks) arrival! Here's the story... Tuesday, May 12 was a very exhausting day! Every chance I could lay down and nap I did, even if it was short! From all my napping I was able to stay up a little later than normal and watch some late night tv. I finally convinced myself to go lay down and watched a little more Jay Leno once in bed. After watching the Jay Walking segment I decided to go to sleep, well right about that time my water broke (probably around 11:30pm)! To be honest, my first thought was fear that something might be wrong because I thought it was way too early to be having a baby, but after calling our doctor and being told to go to the hospital we ran around like crazy people packing (because I still had not even packed my hospital bag!) and getting stuff together for Jayden to go stay with Aunt Bekah! Contractions started lightly on our drive to the hospital, this was for sure happening! Once we got to the hospital they assured us we weren't leaving without a baby and Bekah came and picked up Jayden so he wouldn't have to stay at the hospital with us. A few hours later I received my epidural, right around 10 am I told the nurse I felt like I needed to push, so she called my doctor in and at 10:22 Baby Jackson was born! We were so blessed to have such an easy delivery!! Jackson immediately took to nursing like a pro and we have still been able to continue up to now and hopefully will for a while to come. Here are the pics!!

First pictures, Jayden meeting his new little brother, our family!

Pajama Photo Shoot, Kisses for Jackson!, Sweet Brothers!

Visits from family: My step-dad Eric, Sister Emmie, and brother Nathan with boys; My sister Kathryn with Jayden; My brother Robert playing with Jayden

Unfortunately, in the midst of welcoming Jackson into the world we had to unexpectedly say goodbye to Dipal's dad. When Jackson was 10 days old we got the call that Joe had a heart attack. We got this news while my Dad, Liz and the kids were here, so with their help, we were able to pack up quickly and travel down to Tennessee. We were in Tennessee for about 3 weeks to be with family, but also so Dipal could help get things settled with his dad's businesses. During that time Dipal also traveled to India to spread his dad's ashes and follow through some of the cultural traditions. One of these traditions is for the males close to the person who passed to shave their heads, so while Dipal was in India this is one of the things that he did. I'll post a few pics below but feel free to look at his whole picture album from India here. Thank you all for your amazing outpouring of love and support during this tough time.

Jesang (Joe) Chaudhari
We love you and miss you.

Dipal, his dad, and Jayden May 2008; Dipal and his grandmother in India; Dipal and his cousin Soham

June - We got back to STL after the first week of June. Dipal immediately had to go to Minneapolis for a week with work, so my mom, Eric, the kids and Skittles (the family puppy) all came to stay with me while Dipal was gone. A week alone with two kiddos, one being a newborn, would have been super tough so I am so glad they were here!! Since then we have really just been focusing on getting our lives back in a routine!

Here's some firsts and favorites from the past month...

First trip to the pool with Jackson; First "real" bath (He loved it! Haha)

Cooing at the bear; "Seriously Mom?" face - A very Jackson face!; Smiles!

Dipal reading "I love my Daddy because..." to Jayden on Father's Day

I thought Jayden might be able to tackle yogurt on his own... I was wrong! :)

Jayden loves to help take care of his little brother! Jackson appreciates it most the time! :)

We love the orange & white!

And finally, here we are... Happy two months Jackson!! We love you and are very thankful for you!! :)

Jackson at 2 days old, 1 month old, and 2 months old

So, here's my mid year's resolution: To update the blog once a week! Hold me accountable guys!

Until next time, Chaudhari love to you all!!

Fleeting February and a Hairy Elephant

Another month in 2009 is gone and an update from the Chaudhari crew is way past due!

Before I talk about our month of February, I did want to post about one of our milestones with Jayden - the first haircut! Of course, at the time I'm posting it's already time for another haircut, but our first was a really fun memory and one of the things we were looking forward to and I thought you all would like to see pictures. We had been talking about it for a while, but thought we would wait until Jayden hit the one year mark for the new 'do. We wanted it to be a great, positive experience so I did some online research to find a children's hair salon in the STL area. I was really surprised to only easily find one through online searching, but with 2 locations, one that happened to be close to us. It had some good remarks on one of the St. Louis mommy websites (, so I booked an appointment. Sidenote: It has come to my attention lately that before I do just about anything, I go research it on the internet... Dipal likes to give me a hard time about it because a lot of our conversations start with me saying "I was reading on..." Anyway, our first haircut was a successful, positive experience! The hair salon we went to was The Hairy Elephant, and boy did they make getting a haircut fun for the little man! They had tv's at each station, so we got to pick out Elmo's World for Jayden to watch while he got his cut. They also used power wheel cars for the seats. It was a really cute place! Jayden did great and his hair looked so much better after we left! I would totally recommend this place if anyone has children in the St. Louis area, but with one additional note: They were a little pricey. I would love to go there every time to get his hair cut, but don't think it's in the budget! However, I am so glad we went there for our first haircut because we had such a great experience! Of course, we have pictures of the Little Man getting his new 'do... :)

Now on to February - Man, where did that month go? We started February with a fun Super Bowl party at our friend Ryan's. Not being huge fans of the Cardinals or Steelers, we chose to cheer on Kurt Warner and the Cards, just because Kurt Warner is a really awesome guy (at least that's why I was cheering for them), but unfortunately they lost. The party at Ryan's, however, was lots of fun and of course Jayden helped provide our half-time entertainment.

Jayden dancing at half time
For Valentine's Day Dipal, did an amazingly awesome thing! Thinking ahead of wanting to do something to celebrate, he contacted friends of ours to see if they would be willing to babysit the little man so we could have a dinner out to ourselves. Because he didn't want to interfere with anyone else's plans, he planned it for the Saturday before Valentine's Day. At first this was going to be a surprise, but he went ahead and told me a few days before the date to make it easier to get us all out the door on the day of. We stuck with what we know and love - The Olive Garden! :) It was delicious and a really interesting dinner that I plan on sharing more about on the mommy blog that I'm going to try to pick back up (Unwritten Young Mom). For the actual day of Valentine's we had a pretty relaxed day. The night before we had some friends over for dinner and I made chocolate covered strawberries (something I try to do every year for Valentine's) and an italian love cake (sounded like an appropriate recipe for the day). Since Valentine's was on a Saturday and we love having yummy breakfast on Saturdays, I made eggs and french toast with some heart-shaped pieces. I also added the leftover chocolate covered strawberries from the previous night's dinner and it was great!

Chocolate-covered strawberries, Italian love cake in process, Valentine's Breakfast P.S. The plate the strawberries are on was given to us at our wedding, but as we were opening gifts there was no card on this gift. If you are the one who gave us this plate I want you to know we love it and use it very often and every time I use it, it makes me sad I wasn't able to send a thank you note to the person who gave it to us!
Very exciting news!! I became an aunt on February 11th! ;) My best friend Kara had the adorable Hunter Chase King. I finally get to meet him next week and I can't wait!! Congratulations Kara!! I promise sleep comes soon! :)

On February 20, my brother Nathan celebrated his 11th birthday - Crazy!! As I was talking to my mom yesterday she was looking at information for middle school orientation and it threw me into shock a little bit! I love you Nay and no matter how old you get, you will always be extremely special to me!

Ending our month was a boy's weekend with Dipal's friends Aaron, Jason, Tyler and Will coming to visit. It was really fun (I know Dipal was thrilled to have you guys here!), but short. It worked out that we all got to go to the St. Louis Blues hockey game and it was so much fun! It was definitely one of the most memorable, fun evenings I've had with Jayden. He had a great time dancing and waving at a little girl he became friends with. He was so well-behaved and as he got tired danced in my lap for a little while and then fell right to sleep in my arms - one of the most absolutely perfect feelings in this entire world.

That's our update for now... until next time (which hopefully won't be too long!) Chaudhari love to you all!


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