Mother’s Day



Welcome to the world, baby girl!


Dylan Reece McDaniel made her debut appearance on May 3rd at 12:25 p.m. She was 6 lbs. 3 oz and 19.5 inches long!

Without going into too much detail, my labor was a bit of a surprise. I was 38 weeks and it was around midnight. I didn’t start having contractions nor did my water break. Instead, I began to bleed very heavy. It scared the snot out of me. We called Labor and Delivery and they told us to come on up. About an hour after we got there, I began to have the fun contractions. I didn’t dilate past 2 cm until after 7:00 a.m. Thank goodness, my doctor, Dr.Hudson, was on call that day. I was still bleeding like crazy, but finally dilating more. I got my epidural mid-morning and by lunch, they broke my water and Dylan was born about an hour later.

I was blessed to have Shawn, my mom and Bubba (my brother) there during most of the labor process. To put it mildly, I was a bit moody. I was truly scared, though. My dad and Jean Anne got there later in the morning. Our pastor, Dr. Steve Ramp, came and said a prayer with us. That really meant the world to me. (He, also, mentioned that I had toes like vienna sausages. Hmm. He didn’t bring it up in the prayer, though.) Shawn’s sis and parents made it to the hospital within minutes of Dylan being born. Shawn shot them all a text message picture from the delivery room so everyone could get a sneak peek of Miss Priss.

The whole day was such a whirlwind.

September 2009


On September 10th, I decided to take a pregnancy test at work. Nevertheless, it came out positive! I was shell-shocked and immediately called Shawn. We were both so shocked! It took forever for the news to finally sink in. That night, though, I already had plans for a girls’ night at the Kenny Chesney concert in Biloxi with Jean Anne and Beth. It was a perfect opportunity to take my first preggers picture…with pregnancy test in hand! We had a fabulous time, even though my mind was elsewhere!

Happy Belated Anniversary to Us!


Our first anniversary has come and gone. Actually, it was a week ago today (Monday). We thoroughly enjoyed our anniversary evening — very relaxed. We ordered our favorite, Outback take-out. Shawn even surprised me with Marble Slab ice cream for dessert! Yummy!

Traditionally, the gift for the first anniversary should be some sort of paper. I was proud we both took on the task. I bought Shawn one share of MGM stock. (The significance of MGM is that we stayed at the MGM Grand on our honeymoon in Vegas!) The stock (certificate) will be matted and framed….the FedEx man hasn’t delivered it yet. Oops!
Shawn gave me a gift certificate to Healing Touch Day Spa for and hour-long massage, manicure and pedicure. I was quick to make my appointment ASAP! So, I had a fabulous morning of pampering at the spa this past Saturday! Loved it!

On Tuesday (one day late), we ate the top of our wedding cake. *Disclaimer: we meant to eat it on Monday night, but forgot to thaw it out! Another oops!* Despite what most people say — it was awesome!

Here’s to many more anniversaries!


So, the word on the street is that everyone is tired of looking at the turtles on our blog. I don’t blame you one bit!

Things have been pretty busy at our house. We got back from vacation about two weeks ago. We went to Atlanta for a few days and then on to Savannah to finish out our trip. While in Atlanta, we saw our favorite group the Dave Matthews Band. We had great seats. Little did we know that we needed to take into account Atlanta’s 5:00p.m. traffic while trying to get to the show. The traffic was insane. We survived and are very thankful that all we really have to deal with is Hardy Street! Anyways, we also went to Stone Mountain. It was Shawn’s first time to see it. It is still amazing for me to see it…no matter how many times I have been. We were able to drive by my mom’s old house. She lived in the city of Stone Mountain when she was a teenager. It was pretty cool to check out her old running grounds!

After two nights in Atlanta we went on to Savannah. It was absolutely beautiful. It only rained once and that was the last night we were there. We went on four different tours…two history tours and two ghost tours(two of which we on a horse-drawn carriage). I am still shocked I agreed to go on the ghost tours. I’m a scaredy cat when it comes to things like that. I really enjoyed them, though. It is amazing how much history is in Savannah. We saw many of the Forrest Gump landmarks and other famous places while there. It would be absolutely impossible to actually list all of the things we saw!

The day before we headed home, we drove out to Tybee Island. I think that was the first time we both saw the Atlantic Ocean. While on the island, we went to Fort Pulaski. There was even an alligator swimming in the moat!.

While we were on vacation, Shawn’s chest was bothering him pretty bad on his left side. It hurt him to look over his shoulder while driving, to sneeze and to take a deep breath (not all at once). The day after we got home, I made him (I’m mean!) go to Immediate Care to get it checked out. They did x-rays and the whole 9 yards. Turns out he had pleurisy! There really isn’t much they could do about it. He just had to keep taking anti-inflammatories. It finally cleared up earlier last week. Thank goodness!

** Y’all wanted pictures, so y’all got pictures! Enjoy!