Saturday, January 31, 2009

i've been tagged

Holly tagged me to fill out this fun survey!

Step 1: respond and rework—answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.

Step 2: tag—eight other un-tagged people.

1. What are you wearing right now?
lickfest 2003 long-sleeve t-shirt and workout pants

2. What's the last thing I read/ are currently reading?
catching up on my Us Weekly and People Mags...i still have 7 issues to go before i am caught up. there's never enough time in the day

3. Do you nap a lot?
no, it's so hard for me to nap. i wish i could be one of those people who can fall asleep anytime, anywhere but i can't. sometimes if i am super tired i can take a quick nap while g is laying on top of me taking his nap but it's rare

4. Who was the last person you hugged?
my sweet lil boy before i put him to bed in his bassinet. we are in texarkana at his mimi's house. she is letting him sleep with her in the sunroom so i can sleep in.

5. What's your current obsession/addiction?
my little boy and blogging. oh and whole wheat english muffins.

6. What was the last thing you said out loud?
"yeah, there are three girls that i supervise."

7. What websites do you always visit when you go online?
people, blogspot, myspace, facebook,

8. What was the last item you bought?
gas. i hate stopping to get gas. i wish someone would do it for me. i agree with holly

9. What is your most challenging goal?
to lose weight. it's hard when I work full time and already wake up at 5am every morning to get myself and graham ready for the day and then i come home to a never ending list of things to do and by the time i FINALLY get to sit down and relax it's 8pm and in no mood to work out. :( It gets very frustrating. but i find different times throughout the day to stop and do as many squats as i can and i do my tricep kickbacks, etc. but i miss my elliptical. it's sitting in the garage and misses me very much.

10. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished- anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Texarkana...right beside my would be so much easier then.

11. Favorite Vacation spot?
I loved Playa Del Carmen and Savannah, Georgia

12. Say something to the person who tagged you:
Holly...i don't know her very well...she is married to one of my dearest friends from junior high/high school and is best friends with my best friend but i do know that we have a lot in common and she seems like a total sweetheart. and anyone that my best friend, morgan, loves...I love!! so holly, heres to you: i hope that one day we can meet cause i know we would get along great!!!

13. Name one thing you just can't resist no matter how bad it is for you:
Chocolate. Sweets. Ice Cream. More than one thing i know but those things i cannot resist...i have no will power

14. What is your favorite item of clothing?
My Seven Jeans and my blue cult jeans! i am ALMOST back into them...

15. Favorite pair of shoes you keep going back to over and over, even though your closet is over flowing with a zillion others?!
My green/red brocade BCBG heels. I absolutely LOVE them but can't wear them anymore since my feet grew a half size during pregnancy but i refuse to part with them...ever

16. Name one thing you can not live with out: ear plugs. i seriously cannot sleep without them.

17. What is your biggest pet peeve?
People that smoke around their babies and children. nothing makes me more mad than this. don't people realize that secondhand smoke is BAD BAD BAD!!!!!!

18. what are your favorite shows?
do u seriously want me to tell you??? this is going to be a longgggg list.
Gossip girl*the city*wipeout*jon & kate plus 8*17 children and counting*the real housewives of orange county and the new york one too*the hills*real world*kitchen nightmares*hell's kitchen*90210*ghost hunters*private practice*grey's anatomy*the office*my name is earl*chopped*iron chef*top chef*desperate housewives*keeping up with the kardasians*american idol*lost*nip/tuck*house hunters...i could probably go on and on but will stop now

19. what did you do today??
absolutely nothing but hang out with my mom, brother, stepdad and son and ate vietnamese food all day!! YUMMMMMMM

I chose to tag the following 8 people...

*The Kelly's~Amy
*The Owenby Five~Jill
*Hailey Grace Bell~Whitney
*Georgia Grace~Amanda
*The Burton's~Courtney
*The Ramsey's~Mandi
*The Scott's~Kelsey

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

mommy & me

I'm so sad that these two pictures were blurry because G was actually looking at the camera. grrrrr...

he makes the funniest faces

Thankfully this recliner is NO LONGER in G's room. We had to put it in there while our Xmas tree was up. Chad was off of work today so he moved it back into the living room. Thank Goodness! G's room is so much roomier and we have room for the endless amount of overflowing toys!
Didn't G look so handsome going to school today! I love dressing him up! it's so much fun!

things about Graham that i adore...

  • he talks in his sleep. i think he is dreaming. i've been looking up whether babies dream or not and in my research, it says that they do dream since they go into the state of REM sleep but what they dream about, no one knows. since they don't have language skills yet, most likely their dreams are imagery. last night was the third time i've heard him talking in his sleep so i tippy toed back to his room to catch it on video and as soon as i turned it on, his eyes popped wide open. it's amazing to me how much he is starting to talk and use his tongue to do it. it's not just a constant babble. it's as if he is really trying to say something.
  • when i feed him his solids, he holds my arm with his feet as if trying to control where my arm is going to go next. i love it when he grabs my hands with his hands and tries to shove the spoon further down his throat. it's so cute. not when he starts gagging though. he will learn. ha! he also gags himself when he's sticking his entire hand in his mouth.
  • when he cuddles with me. it's one of the absolute best parts of my day. anytime he is ready to nap, i don't put him in his crib, swing, chair, etc. i lay him right on top of me and he falls right to sleep. it just melts my heart. and I squeeze him as tight as i possibly can without smothering him.
  • when he stares at me and chad and feels all over our faces with awe and amazement.
  • his smile and his laugh. my world just stands still and i still tear up every time. i love when he is looking around a room and sees me and starts smiling so big.
  • when i wake him up in the morning and I open up his swaddle and his arms shoot straight up in the air and he brings his knees up to his chest and stretches all out and his face scrunches up. his face scrunching up is my fave part.
  • his chubby lil legs and all of his fat rolls.
  • his cute round dimpled up lil booty.
  • when he gets shy and buries his face in my shoulder.

These are just a few things that melt my heart because really, he can do no wrong and everything about him is just PERFECT! :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Play Date w/ Caroline

This past weekend, G and I went down the street to Maumelle to see Amy, David and sweet Caroline. Poor G was so fussy the ENTIRE TIME!!! I was so embarrassed because he is NEVER like that. but i think his poor teeth were bothering him. there were a few brief periods of him not crying. I think when g is able to sit up on his own and is as mobile as caroline is, he will have a lot more fun. he really can't do much but just lay there. caroline wanted g's paci and his paci clip so bad. it was so cute to see her take it from him and stick it in her mouth. i was praying she wouldn't get sick though. but g's been doing better as well! maybe JUST MAYBE we nipped this sickness stuff in the bud. please pray that he did at least!

Green Beans...CHECK

Graham certainly did not have a problem eating his green beans. In the first picture you can tell that he inherited his impatience from his mommy. He wanted food and he wanted it NOW!!!

So far, he likes sweet potatoes, bananas, and green beans. later on this week, i think we will try another fruit. maybe pears. or prunes. hmmmm
i do love that he is not a picky eater and is so good with all of his solids but what i do NOT like are the NASTY STINKY DIAPERS!!!!!! ARGHHHHHHH!!!!!!! his breast milk diapers weren't bad AT ALL! didn't even stink all of that bad...smelled more like....popcorn. but these are so funky! i gag every time. so gross.
speaking of breast milk...the well has run dry and it's straight formula for this baby. it's been bittersweet. until the next baby....


we finally found something that Graham LOVES and keeps him entertained...his doorway jumper! we can put him in this for a long time and he won't cry to get out of it. He certainly has the jumping part down!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Copy Cat

graham loves faces! he loves touching and feeling AND PINCHING AND PULLING all over faces. he also loves to mimic what chad and i do with our faces. and i also think he has this camera figured out. i try so hard to catch him smiling and laughing but as soon as i bring the camera up in front of him he stops. and then i will put it down and he will start again. until i whip the camera out. smiles, laughter GONE. he's so funny!

forgot to tell you all that we have a teething baby. no fever or diaper rash. but LOTS of drooling, LOTS of sticking everything in his mouth. i wasn't too sure if he was teething at first but then Ms. Karen at daycare confirmed it. so today he has been a ball of fire, that's for sure! i have the teething tablets on hand as well as the cold rings and teething toys. think i may put my ear plugs in because i am sure to lose my hearing with the shrieking. poor lil man.

walk before he crawls

Look at those chunky thighs!!! Oh, I love em!
Well he may not walk before he crawls but then again, he very well could because he HATES being on his tummy but he LOVES to stand on his legs! Every time I finish changing his diapers, I stand him up and he gets so happy and starts smiling and laughing. He loves it!!! So we walk him around a lot and try to get him used to putting one foot in front of the other.

Private or Public???


We have decided to keep our blog public instead of going private. after my post about going private, i had an influx of emails from people that read our blog. they were so sweet and meant so much to me! i had no idea so many people were reading our blog and actually cared! i really thought it was just mostly family and close friends and other people that i had on my blog list. Thank you guys so much for the emails, kind words, encouragement. i really have met a lot of great people through my blog and through their blogs and i'm so excited for the ones that emailed me and made comments letting us know that they love keeping up with graham. if you haven't emailed or commented, please do! i love meeting new people and love making new friends! it's so much fun! And if you have a blog, let me know! i haven't responded to everyone yet and i do apologize! i will. i promise!

p.s. i go from capitalizing to not and i know that probably drives some people crazy because sometimes it drives me crazy but i think i got liquid around the shift key because sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. :) sorry!

Keep reading, keep commenting and keep on truckin'! ;)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

one veggie & one fruit down...many more to go!

Last night we decided to introduce Graham to a fruit. We waited a few days after we introduced the sweet potatoes to make sure he didn't have a food allergy to them. It appeared that he didn' he tried. he wasn't as eager to eat them as he was the sweet potatoes but he still gobbled them down without any trouble at all. I have a feeling that he's going to be fine with any food as long as he is eating. If that is the case, he will definitely take after his Uncle Steven who will eat ANY and EVERYTHING. Uncle Steven would be so proud. :)
I do have to say that the bananas were a MESS!! With the sweet potatoes, the mess wasn't too bad because he did NOT want to let one single bit go to waste. 'nanas were different. but all in all he liked them...especially when I would sing crazy songs and make some really WEIRD faces. and then shove the spoon in his mouth. ha!

As you can see in the pictures, Graham has terrible scratches all over his face. :( Mommy didn't bite off graham's fingernails as much as I should have and I left sharp edges on his nails. when i picked him up from daycare and saw what had happened, i felt like to worst mother in the world. i was so sad and i cried all the way home. no exaggeration. i really did cry all the way home. he even scratched his eyeball!! :( from now on, he is getting a full on manicure and pedicure!

Today, i have been feeling so down and overwhelmed. i was fine until after work and i walked in the door to the house. baby stuff everywhere. purses everywhere. unfolded laundry covering the guest bedroom. unmade bed. g's clothes needing to be hung up. bottles to be washed. dishes to be scrubbed and washed. floors that need a really good hard moppin. dinner to be cooked. kitchen that needs to be clean. bathrooms that need to be clean. LOTS of dusting to do. so much organization that needs to happen. i just feel like i am NEVER going to get everything done and i am NEVER going to have our lives in order. chad does so great at helping me. when he can. he works late nights. and now when he gets home, he has to do his online schooling. i absolutely HATE having a messy house and that's probably why we don't have friends over. i am embarrassed at the way things look. i just don't know how people do it. i'm a perfectionist and things aren't perfect anymore. how do full time working moms do it? i wish we could afford a maid but with already paying THOUSANDS of dollars a month in bills, there is just no way we can afford an extra expense. i feel as if i am in a big hole and will never be able to climb out. am i going through postpartum? are these feelings normal? i'm also sad because i feel like i don't get to spend enough time with graham either because i am always doing chores.

g is awake from his nap and i need to finish cleaning and cook dinner.
does anyone have any suggestions to make juggling everything easier???

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Going Private With Our Blog

I've decided to make our blog private. If you would like to read our blog, please give me your email address and I will add you otherwise in a few days you won't be able to access it. Even if you don't personally know us but enjoy reading our blog, let me know and I will certainly make sure you can still keep up with our blog. :)
And if you don't want to leave your email address as a comment, just email it to me.

Stephanie, Chad and Graham

14 Random Facts About Me....

i was tagged by a friend to do this on Facebook but i don't even know how to do it on facebook so i'll just do it here.

1. my food absolutely cannot touch. i can't stand for this to happen. only exception is thanksgiving food. that, i don't mind. i used to be the pickiest eater and would NOT eat veggies unless they were fried but i'm being much more open to different foods now. i have a new found love for broccoli. and squash. and zucchini. love my veggies steamed. five years ago, that would have been unheard of. no way no how.

2. i have a certain way that i do everything. i plan out everything. every step i take and every move i make (should i bust out in song now?). i have a way that i wash bottles, load the dishwasher, fold clothes, my morning routine, graham's routine. i am OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) as well as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder). when my routine is messed up, i seriously have panic attacks. i get all out of whack. and everything HAS to be organized. huge MUST. i have a serious addiction to making lists. if you look at my desk, there are lists EVERYWHERE. even at home. i can't go to the grocery store or run errands unless i have a list. i am always afraid that i will forget something.

3. i have A TON of friends but only three that i trust more than anything in this world. i have learned that true friends are few and far between. a lot of people that I THOUGHT were my best friends are back-stabbing and petty and i have been burned many MANY times. i used to give out many chances but now you only get one. i honestly don't have time to deal with immaturity. if someone makes plans with me and breaks them, so what. i don't care and i don't get mad about it. life is just too short to waste on stupid stuff. from chaos comes clarity. burn me once, shame on thee. burn me twice, shame on me.

4. i am so totally RANDOM. i tend to jump subject to subject and speak of crazy random stuff. just ask my husband. he's like, "WHOA! Where did that come from??? " I don't know. random stuff is just always popping up in my head.

5. i am very much of a tomboy. i love to hunt. i LOVE LOVE LOVE to fish. i love to go muddin and get super duper muddy and dirty. i love to frog gig. i love to play with bugs. as long as they aren't cockroaches or spiders or poisonous. i love worms (much to my mom's dismay). i love to bait my own hook and to take my own fish off. i love to go to the lake and ski and tube. i love to go camping even if it is 100 degrees outside. by camping, i mean tent, sleeping bags, no mirror, plumbing is not necessary. i don't need all of the fuss. i just want to enjoy nature and have a great time doing it. but i do love to get all dressed up and girly-fied too.

6. My family is scattered all over the world. I was born in Nebraska (where my grandparents lived) and moved to Texas when I was a year old and then moved to Arkansas when I was 7. My brother was born in Washington. My mom and sister was born in Vietnam. My dad was born in Colorado. I have family everywhere. Alaska, California, Alabama, Nebraska, Colorado, Virginia, Florida, Canada, Vietnam, China, Texas, Washington, Arkansas, Germany, France, Japan, Korea, etc. they really are everywhere. i am a tad bit jealous of my friends that have family CLOSE all around them. I have never had this. ever. I want graham to be surrounded by family. my friends always had grandparents that they would go stay with. not me. my grandparents were in Vietnam and Nebraska. not an easy road trip at all. oh and because i have family and decedents from all over, i am a true mutt. yes, i just called myself a mutt. i have so many different nationalities in my blood that i can't even keep track. i am primarily german, vietnamese and chinese.

7. i never thought in my LIFE that i would EVER have patience. but i do. but only with my son. i just honestly can't ever see myself losing my patience with him. he's my world. i know that i was put on this earth to be a mother. i love it. if we had an abundance of money, i would certainly have MANY MANY MANY. i absolutely LOVED everything about being pregnant. even the cankles and indigestion. it was all worth it. i can totally understand why michelle duggar is always pregnant. it's truly amazing. i so got off track. this one was supposed to be about patience and look what i did. that's where the ADHD comes in.

8. i have my bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. i wanted so badly to be a lawyer or a medical examiner or a forensic psychologist or a warden of a prison (yes, i know. CAAAAA-RAZY!). instead, i am the deputy director for the Arkansas Department of Rural Services (DRS). and I LOVE IT. I absolutely love my job. my reason for moving to little rock was to go to law school. but i was offered a position here at DRS as the Administrative Assistant and LOVED it. Plus I couldn't go to law school and work at the same time. and I really wanted to make money. After a year as the AA, I was promoted to Grants Coordinator. I served in that capacity for a year and was again promoted. This time to Deputy Director.

9. i love living in arkansas and i don't ever think you can ever make me live outside of the state. i am a true southern gal to the core. i even have the accent to go with it. and it seriously throws people wayyyy off. i guess when people first see me, they expect me to have broken english and then i start talking and they are like, WHAT??? WHOA!!! and then they ask where i am from. arkansas, of course! my dad is always begging for me to move. but ya know, it's really his fault for making me an arkansas gal in the first place. gotta love the military. ;)

10. i have a serious addiction when it comes to shoes, clothes and purses. i have two walk-in closets full! and i still have shoes and purses laying all over the house and it drives my husband crazy. but there isn't enough room in my closets for them. but now that i have a child, i no longer buy much for myself. it's all about him. i think Graham probably has more clothes than I do now and he's getting close to having more shoes. but VERY rare is it that I will pay full price for any of these items. they have to be on sale or i wait. case in point, i bought a beautiful black leather DKNY purse this weekend that originally cost 375.00. It was on sale for 130.00 and I had a 100.00 gift card so i only pain 30.00. i was so proud. i really REALLY needed a new purse. chad would beg to differ. oh, and recently i have found a great love for walmart clothes. they actually have some really cute stuff...on their website too. not for baby clothes though. their lil boy clothes really aren't that cute.

11. I love my mom with all of my heart and soul. she is the absolute best and i hope that i am half of the mother that she is. she is kind, loving, nurturing and honest. brutally honest. ha! she has done everything in her power to take care of my brother and i even if it meant her wearing the same clothes and shoes for years on end. After her and my dad divorced, she worked two jobs and was on call 24 hours a day. It hurt me so much to see my mom working all of the time. So when i was 17, i quit cheerleading (which was MY LIFE!!! I wanted to be a career cheerleader) and got a job so i could pay for some of my own things. mom didn't ask me too and she didn't want me to but i wanted to try to help alleviate some of the stress that my mom was going through. We were struggling. she has given to us unselfishly and i am so glad that she is finally doing the things that she has always wanted. she deserves the world. she is my absolute best friend and i hope that graham loves me as much as i love my mom. my mom has seen some of the most horrific things while she lived in Vietnam that no one should ever have to endure. no one should ever have to run for their life, village to village in the middle of the night while witnessing murder and torture like no other. or have your little brother die in your arms. my mom has been through so much in her life and she is such a strong woman. To see my mom cry is very rare. My mom is very quiet and definitely an observer. But when she does talk, she speaks so wisely. She put herself through school and is successful and never asked for anyone to pity her. she always walks tall with her head held high. i am most proud of her. she always taught me to do for myself and to never depend on anyone. She is the smartest person i know. i am lucky. i am blessed.

12. my husband is my savior. and he says that i am his. we were meant to be. i don't have to go into all of this again since i did my spill on our anniversary post. ha!

13. i wish when i was a little girl, i would have sat still long enough to learn vietnamese from my mother. i was too hyper and just wanted to play. i want mom to teach graham and to speak to him all of the time. but on the other hand, i don't because i don't want to be an outsider and not know if they are talking about me or not. ha! i do want that to be mimi and graham's special bond though. i look forward to my lil boy teaching me.

14. I miss my family very much. I miss my dad. he lives in california and i see him MAYBE once a year if i'm lucky. i miss my brother. he's a captain in the army and it's been YEARS since he has lived in the states. i miss my sister who lives in Alabama and I don't get to see her enough either. I miss my Aunt Glenna in Nebraska and my Aunt Judy in Alaska. i wish i could move my aunt glenna here with us and just take care of her. when my aunt glenna was born, she was a normal healthy lil girl and then she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and has been in a wheelchair ever since. my aunt judy is the absolute most fun person. she is always laughing and smiling and we were always doing so many fun things when i was little. i miss my cousin doug and donnie and their families. my friends have always been my family too. since i don't have much family close, i love my friends and their families as if they were my own.

Whew. done. hope you all enjoyed reading! now...i tag everyone that reads this!

Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes...

look at graham holding my arm with his feet!! so funny!!!

....yum yum yum.

Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes

Gimme Gimme Some.

That's the song I sang when I started Graham on his FIRST veggie. Yep, we started with sweet potatoes and my lil oinker LOVED them. I thought he would give me a funny look as soon as I put it in his mouth, but nope. nothing. nada. just gobble gobble gobble. it was so incredibly adorable to watch him eat them because he was seriously smacking like crazy!

I don't know if you can tell in the video but he was holding my hand and the spoon trying to direct it into his mouth. so cute!! it was really hard trying to feed and video at the same time.

Well, my first night without my lil boy went pretty well despite the fact that I called mom just about every hour just to ask what he was doing. Chad and I missed him sooooo much and we were so happy to have him back home with us Sunday evening. I honestly don't know how much I am going to be able to do that. It was just too hard. My brother told me that I would do fine and that I will get to the point to where I am calling mom all of the time asking for her to take him when he gets into his terrible twos. I said, "Obviously we are talking about two different babies because my son is an angel and always will be." haha! Let's just hope he doesn't turn out to be like me. HELL ON WHEELS! ha!

I am so excited because Steven (my brother) is on his way home from Iraq. Oh, I am so stinkin happy!! He hasn't met his nephew yet and I just KNOW they are going to love each other so much! He has to go to Kansas for a week for his out-processing and then he will head down to Texarkana. I am going to go to Texarkana for about 5 days in early February to see him. He and Graham have a lot of catching up to do.
Until next time, lots of love from The Neipling's.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Happy 1 Year Anniversary, Baby!!!

May 2007 ~ Hot Springs
May 2007 ~ Memorial Day

June 2007 ~ Cajun's

August 4, 2007 ~ the day we got engaged ~ Texarkana

September 2007
September 2007

October 2007 ~ the fair

Christmas 2007
January 2008
January 18, 2008 ~ Our wedding day ~ The Old Mill

January 2008 ~ At the horse races in Hot Springs
March 2008
June 18, 2008 ~ My birthday

July 2008 ~ Dallas

September 2008 ~ preparing for the arrival of our son
September 2008 ~ our family of three

Christmas 2008
Honestly, I cannot believe it's already been a year since we have been married. I guess the saying "Time flies by when you are having fun" is certainly true. We have been together for two years and it's been the absolute best two years of my life. Before I met Chad, I wasn't really sure if people really had a soulmate but I now KNOW that I HAVE found my soulmate. I have been made into a believer. He is my absolute best friend. He is everything that I have always pictured the perfect man to be. No, I'm not saying that he is PERFECT by any means because we are human, we all have our faults. But he is close enough. Besides my son, he is the most beautiful man inside and out. He is funny, smart, charming, caring, loving, compassionate, forgiving, goofy, silly....just simply WONDERFUL. One of my favorite things about him is his sense of humor. No one can bring me out of a funk from a bad day better than he can. He makes me laugh uncontrollably...silly crazy CRAZY laughing. and not many people can make me do that. i'm more of a quite laugher but not when it comes to my husband. He still makes me giddy and I still get butterflies in my belly when he calls or comes home. To me, that is 100% TRUE LOVE. I have experienced love before and what I thought was true love but now I realized that it wasn't really true love. It was just young puppy love. what chad and i have is true, honest, raw, complete. I fall more and more in love with him everyday. especially when i watch him and graham together. he is what every father should be. i have never in my life seen a daddy love his child like chad loves graham. it's breathtaking. and he is mine. all mine. forever. until the end of time. i'm loved and i'm blessed. God has been so good to us and I can't thank him enough.
Chad, thank you for showing me that all men aren't bad. I know that you will never raise a hand to hit me or will never get in your car to leave me. We have our bad days, our days when we are really getting on each others nerves but we have such great communication and we talk it out. even though sometimes i can be a pain in the butt and i'm stubborn and i don't want to admit when i am wrong and i just want to be mad. you are always there to put your arms around me to hold me. to make the anger wither away just from your touch. you are so patient and kind and gentle with me. because Lord knows, i can be a raging tornado when i am mad. you understand me, you know me. you know what to do to soothe me. thank you. i can't wait to spend 60+ years with you. I have no doubt that it will be just as much as wonderful if not more.
Happy One Year Wedding Anniversary.
I love you,
P.S. We got married on Friday, January 18, 2008 because the 18th is pretty special for us. Chad's birthday is December 18th, mine is June 18th, our first date was April 18th. It was just meant to be. Also, at one point Graham's due date was September 18th. :) Our lucky number is 18.