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!!

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