We are Erik and Jennifer Lankford...married for 11 years! We are the proud parents of Isaac Joseph who was born June 15, 2007 and Hadleigh Jane who was born July 15, 2007. They were placed in our home when they were 10 days old and adopted SEPTEMBER 12, 2008. On November 2, 2010 we welcomed Libby Louise into our family and we couldn't be happier. In July of 2012 we welcomed Isaac's biological brother to our family. Jaiden's adoption finalized on Feb 14, 2013. On November 21, 2012 we welcomed Mollie Ryan in to our home to bring us up to 5 children. We live in Aspermont, TX. I have been doing photography for 9 years. I shoot with the CANON 5D Mark II in hopes of buying the 1D eventually. My favorite lenses are the 70-200 2.8 IS and the 85mm prime! I LOVE LOVE LOVE photographing families, children, newborns, high school seniors and maternity!!
Okay we have narrowed it down to these 3 names. THANKS A BUNCH for your votes! WE JUST CANNOT AGREE. So I am giving in a little. I chose the girl name so I decided to let Erik have a say in the boy! So these are the 3 he likes! The poll will end on April 1st. We will then make our decision then! STAY TUNED!!
So last night was our WORST night with "Hadleigh". (by the way we are starting to call her that now) :) I fed her STAGE 2 blueberries with apples and Carrots for dinner last night! WELL apparently that didn't sit too well on her tummy! She would fall asleep in my arms and then all of the sudden wake up screaming with tummy pains! I FELT SOOOOOO AWFUL!! So Erik volunteered to go to Wal Mart at 11:00 to get some Mylecon. She was up and down literally ALL night. I think we finally went to sleep about 4:30 A.M. only to have to get up at 7! My how things change when you have children! I give props to all the MOM's out there! I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband who will get up in the middle of the night to help! So then when she woke up this morning at 8 she was running a bit of a fever...( which really stinks b/c we are going to Corpus this weekend) so Erik took her to the Dr. Well thankfully she just has a bit of a cold with some congestion! NOTHING contagious!! Thank you LORD!! I am so anxious to meet baby KYA.
What did I get? I got a Gift Certificate for a massage! WOOHOO!!! We went to Olive Garden for dinner and to see Fool's Gold. I forgot to take pics of the babies in their Valentine outfits before they went to bed...so maybe I will tomorrow.
I know it sounds crazy, but we really feel like it is important to change our babies names once we adopt them. For a few reasons: 1. We want anonymity (is that how you spell that)? we don't want a name so close to what they have now that someone might find them. 2. We just think that we should be able to make it our own instead of a nickname to their birth name.
So we have come up with a name for Alli: Her new name will most likely beHadleigh Jane Lankford.
But not so much luck with Joey. So we are up for some suggestions. Here are some that we like (or at least I do anyway--Erik is not sold on anything I have come up with :) ) These names are actually names that are "INSPIRED" (Nymbler) by my PaPa's name which is Reuben Lonnie. Or if you can come up with something out of his name we are up for that too!
1. Ryder Scott (Just to clarify..this is my Fav): 5 VOTES 2. Lucas Ryan 3. Joseph Ryan (Erik's Favorite that he picked out himself) 2 VOTES (Sorry Greg! :) 4. Mason: 1 VOTE 5. Caden: 1 VOTE 6. Ryan 7. Grady 8. Wiley 9. Hosea 10. Miles 11. Amos 12. Isaac: 5 VOTES 13. Harrison (Harris for short (Thanks Kathy) definitely would not be HARRY) : 4 VOTES 14. Hudson: 1 VOTE
So if you like any of these let us know or if you come up with something else that fits him let me know too! We NEED HELP!!! Leave a comment and I will add your vote to the name (s) you like best!
So the trial dates for the babies are set for MAY. MAY 1ST for JOEY MAY 22ND for ALLI
At this time on these dates the judge will determine termination of rights. Then on the 31st day after the rights are terminated we can proceed with the adoption papers. This DOES NOT guarantee the adoption. There is still a 90 day "waiting" period from the date of termination for someone to come into the picture. Erik and I are still very positive about the whole situation...but not getting our hopes too high! We love our babies and know the Lord has a plan. Thanks for all your prayers.
7:30 am: Wake up and eat Breakfast: Joey & Alli have some fruit and some milk 8:30 am: Off to school we go (except on Mondays...usually) or lots of PLAY TIME 10:00 am: NAP TIME: Joey usually sleeps for 1 1/2 to 2 hours Alli only for about 45 minutes 12:00 pm: Lunch: Some yummy Veggies (Stage 1 for Alli and Stage 2 for Joey) and fruit too 12:30 pm- 2 pm: PLAY PLAY PLAY Joey is crawling all over the place and pulling up on stuff: his favorite toy is the LEAP FROG table...he loves to play the guitar Alli is rolling over, with no interest in crawling yet..she's pretty laid back, but she LOVES to jump in the rainforest jumper 2 pm: NAP TIME 4 pm: SNACK TIME: Joey loves him some puffs and Alli is trying to get the hang of it 5:30 pm: DINNER some more veggies and fruit 6-8 pm: PLAY TIME 8 pm: Bath 8:30 pm: Story time and off to BED
Finally they are both sleeping through the night for the most part. Alli wakes sometimes and wants her pacifier. We are getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep now! YIPPEE