Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving 2010... Our first with two kids! It has definitely been a challenging month balancing a newborn and an almost 3 year old, but we love our boys!

Whittington, Combs & Cokendolpher family Thanksgiving

Jackson at the Christmas tree lot

Jackson (almost 3)

Jackson & Daddy rockin out!

Cash (1 month)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cash is here!

Greyson "Cash" Whittington was born on 10.25.10 at 7:42 a.m. 8 lbs. 3 oz. 19.5 inches! Jackson is officially a big brother!

The Whittington boys!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

"Life doesn't always go as planned. Help others anyway."

Some of you may remember this post where I mentioned Bella and her mom, Jenny. Jenny is a mom friend I found through the blogging world, and Bella, like Jackson, was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. It's wonderful to find someone in the world who can relate to what you are walking through (mountains of surgeries, doctors appointments and therapy). It somehow makes the world not feel as completely lonely and isolating. I have been thankful for Jenny; from the occasional email to blog comments, I have found a friend, someone to vent with or to laugh with at the crazy things people can say.

I have just been introduced to Life Rearranged. For more about what Life Rearranged is all about, see F.A.Q.'s. Every 2 weeks, Jeannett from Life Rearranged hosts a guest blogger. This blogging mama will share her story and choose a charity to fundraise for. It just so happens that Jenny is today's guest blogger and Jenny has chosen Jackson's Smile! On top of that, there's a giveaway with 2 winners! I was considering posting the whole blog post here because it's just that good, but I really want ya'll to see what Life Rearranged is all about. So I'm just going to post the first bit of Jenny's post, so if you want to finish reading, you'll have to go HERE.


{Jenny Fugler} Love at First Sight

I was in college when I saw a woman whom I considered truly ugly. Her face was grotesquely deformed and discolored; her hair, unruly and frizzed out; her skin complexion was bumpy and dry. I never knew her, we just happened to be studying at the same bookshop downtown. Unable to keep from staring from a distance, I felt such deep pity, as I could only imagine what her life must be like: solitude, no prospective husband or life with children, rude stares and comments undeniably. For the first time in my life, I asked God sincerely, “Why would You make someone suffer through life that way? If You could have prevented her deformities, which You could have, why didn’t You?” The question burned in the back of my mind for the next couple days. What was the point in allowing deformities and sickness and diseases invade our bodies? Wouldn’t it just be easier, less hurtful, if everyone could be normal and beautiful, or at least simple to look at? Another rendition of the age-old question, “If God is good, then why does He permit evil?”
Fast forward three years. My husband and I sit in the doctor’s office at Maternal Fetal Medicine, waiting to hear the news if indeed our in-utero daughter has developed a cleft lip and palate, or not...


Thank you Jenny and Jeannett for sharing your lives with us.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

More Pics

Just a few more pics of our boy...

Also, Daddy's albums release today! Check 'em out!

Thursday, April 29, 2010


So far recovery is going fairly smoothly. We are constantly amazed by our boy. He is one tough kid. We are one week down on the puree diet, one week to go. This, honestly, has been the hardest part of recovery. Jackson is an eater. He LOVES to eat. So keeping him from his favorite foods has been a chore, but we're making it through.

And we're looking forward to the results of this surgery. His palate will be officially closed, so we're hoping his speech will begin to improve. Thanks for keeping up with us!

Jackson on the Deck from Halle Whittington on Vimeo.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Surgery Day

Today was long, but we're having a great experience at Dell overall. I'm posting pictures to keep you updated on things as we go.

The photos start right before we handed Jackson off the the surgeons and resume after he was in recovery up to when he started really getting aware again. It's absolutely incredible how fast kids adjust.

He's doing good now, just really fussy and easily upset. I'm sure he's in pain, but the morphine is holding off the worst of it. We should be able to go home tomorrow or Sunday!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Jackson the Day Before Fistula Surgery

Daniel here. I'm hacking into the account to post a few pics of Jackson the night before his fistula surgery. It's going to be a rough few weeks, but at least you can see the before and after!

Video to follow