Lauren Cannon Durham

Hudson

Our nephew, Hudson Glenn Durham, came into the world on Wednesday, July 1 at 10:26 p.m. weighing 8 lbs 3 oz and measuring 20.25 inches long. 

His cousin might have been a little jealous during our first cuddle. He kicked a little to remind us that he was present the entire time. 

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By day three, my mom and sister had already captured Hudson smiling. Doesn't he look like he heard a really funny joke? 

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He's absolutely perfect in every way. Our family is so, so blessed.

Ready and Waiting

In the very near future, our family will be expanding as we welcome my sister's son Hudson. On September 24th, 29 years will have passed since she joined our family. I have been present for all 29 of those years. I don't really have memories before that day, but I remember the morning of her birthday and meeting her at the hospital. I vividly remember life after her arrival, so I think it's pretty safe to say she changed my life forever.

Almost 29 years later, I suspect this next generation will have a similar effect on our lives. We are ready, waiting and very excited. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers over the next days, weeks and months. They will be greatly appreciated!

Lauren and her grandma Joan.

Lauren and her grandma Joan.

Me, my mother and Lauren as a baby bump in front of the Princess Margaret Hospital in Windsor, England where we were both welcomed into the world.

Me, my mother and Lauren as a baby bump in front of the Princess Margaret Hospital in Windsor, England where we were both welcomed into the world.

Meeting my sister for the first time. 

Meeting my sister for the first time. 

me, my dad and my sister in the hospital on Lauren's birthday. Notice my LA Dodgers hat in the foreground.

me, my dad and my sister in the hospital on Lauren's birthday. Notice my LA Dodgers hat in the foreground.

My grandma Joan and my mother Julie shortly after her birth in Anchorage, Alaska.

My grandma Joan and my mother Julie shortly after her birth in Anchorage, Alaska.

Baby Brother

As you probably know, I have a sister who will make me an aunt later this month or early next month. She is three years younger than me, and our babies will be two months apart. When I found out she was pregnant, I prayed that we would be able to raise children together. One of the all-time great moments of my life was surprising my family with our news at her gender reveal party. We told our entire family that weekend. It was one of the best ones of our lives.

Jonathan has two siblings -- a sister and a brother who have blessed us with two nieces and a nephew. Anthony came along when Jonathan was 11, but they are very close despite the age gap. I remember Anthony coming to Oxford and Collierville to stay with us when he was a wide-eyed middle and high school student. He'll be 25 next month, and his son Haze will be eight months old. It's crazy how time flies.

Haze definitely takes after his mama right now, and it's been so fun to watch his personality develop. He's already proving to be a little flirt. I wonder where he gets that from? 

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Anthony and Gerald. He would give his son Gerald's middle name. 

Anthony and Gerald. He would give his son Gerald's middle name. 

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While we're on the subject of genes, I see Julie's daughter Eliza in Julie's smile in this photo. Eliza also loves to help open presents!

Little Sister

One of my very first memories took place on September 24, 1986. I was one month away from my third birthday when my little sister Lauren Victoria came into the world. I remember so many details of that day including getting ready to go to the hospital to meet her for the first time and receiving the Little Tikes car that she brought just for me. That car is now in our attic, patiently awaiting the arrival of the next generation of crazy drivers. On July 7 of this year, Lauren and her husband Chris will welcome their first child and my nephew, Hudson Glenn. I recently made Hudson's first photo album for his gender reveal party, and these photos were some of the many that made the cut. We are very excited about Baby Hudson's arrival this summer.

Three generations on a very special day.

Three generations on a very special day.

At Grandma's house in Cerritos, California. Check out those high tops!

At Grandma's house in Cerritos, California. Check out those high tops!

On Christmas morning in California. It was one of the best Christmases ever.

On Christmas morning in California. It was one of the best Christmases ever.

Baby Lauren with her pretty mother.

Baby Lauren with her pretty mother.

A very short time before Lauren's arrival at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Maidenhead, UK. Lauren and I were both delivered there two years and 11 months apart.

A very short time before Lauren's arrival at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Maidenhead, UK. Lauren and I were both delivered there two years and 11 months apart.

My mom and Lauren on Lauren's first birthday.

My mom and Lauren on Lauren's first birthday.