Carter Bug & The Jack Pot: Grady’s 1st Playdate

No doubt my circle just got a bit bigger and that much better.

It’s been a while since I could say that the every so often yet fleeting feeling of loneliness was gone. For three hours on a Friday afternoon it was far away, bye bye, gone. Three hours, three perfect little boys rockin’ an extra chromosome, and three very happy mommies.  The type of loneliness I am speaking of is the… (I wish Grady had someone his age with Down Syndrome that I could meet up with or  I wish I could spend some time with another mom at the same stage in this journey type stuff)  There is something to be said about these three boys together, maybe you’ll be able to feel it through the pictures I took. Having them together in the same room made my day and it was oh so comfortable and full of Love. You could say I was in my Glory.

I touched each of their faces during the time I was there, took a long look into each of their eyes and no doubt felt an overwhelming feeling of God’s presence. The warmy tormy Good Stuff God gifts us with …that  if we get the chance and just open our eyes and take a deep breath we can soak it up. I call it a Gift because before Grady I didn’t always see things as I do now, I didn’t always see the way God wanted me too.  I was stuck looking at life through a keyhole.  I pray like crazy that God continues to open others eyes to the Beauty of a little extra. I pray that Grady, Carter and Jack  and other children that break the chromosomal mold are the Key to be able to open the door to acceptance wide open.

I am crazy about these boys, these pictures and my friends..Kristen and Korey (& Whitney)

(*pictures are a grainy due to low light, I did my best to edit them up )

We chatted, we took a million pictures, we played, ate and snuggled. We talked about reflux, therapy and accomplishments but for the most part we were in awe of how cute they were together. My cousin Sarah came along too, I loved being able to share this experience with her.

Kristin (Carter’s mom) and sister Whitney have been online friends of mine for a while now, we read eachother’s blog, encourage and support. So when I knew I would be close to them in NC while visiting family, Grady’s first playdate just had to happen.  Carter is almost  8.5 months is sooo strong, vocal and social… he is too cute for words and just rocks!  I adore Kristin and can’t wait to meet up again, I can only hope Carter, Kristin and Whitney will take a trip to NY someday 🙂

It was no suprise that my heart melted to see our boys together for the first time. Carter gave Grady a big kiss!

And an extra treat to our playdate is that Korey and Jack joined us too. Korey lives close to Kristen and Carter (They are lucky to have each-other). Korey’s blog is called ” The Jack Pot” …Love it! Because their is no doubt she and her hubby won it when they got Jack. He is just as cute as they come and so very strong at 7.5 months!  He showed Grady lots of skills 🙂 I adore Jack and I hope I can love on him again soon. Thank you so much Korey for coming!!

The second we put them on the couch together, they held hands!!!!! please can this be any cuter?

As our playdate came to an end all the boys were tuckered out, this is where the magic happened and my favorite part of the play date. They all fell asleep in our arms so we put them down together near a window (for good lighting).

It was there the sun danced on their faces, their tiny bodies lay still and peaceful and the warmth of their bodies could be felt radiating onto the other. Our children and gifts from God together napping in a moment of complete bliss.

My eyes were flooded with tears and my heart could have just burst.

Yes, that is Grady giving a thumb's up while he is sleeping. I just know he was letting us all know just how happy he was cuddling with his new friend.





24 thoughts on “Carter Bug & The Jack Pot: Grady’s 1st Playdate

  1. Adrienne says:

    Oh wow, they are all just too cute for words! Little angels, I tell ya, little angels!!! Seriously, all their little faces together with those beautiful almond shaped eyes-they truly looked angelic! And them sleeping by the window-takes my breath away! Makes you wonder a bit….

    So glad you got to meet up with these boys and their moms!

  2. Staci says:

    Wow. Reading this and seeing these pics just made my day! It really makes you stop, think, and experience God’s work in our lives, how He intricately weaves together all the details and how we might just miss those perfect moments if we’re too hurried or busy to stop and take it all in… what precious blessings these boys are! Thank you for sharing your special day with your readers! Enjoy the memories and looking forward to the reunion! 🙂

  3. Felicia Dickerson says:

    That has got to be the cutest little sleeping boys I have ever seen. It brought tears to my eyes to see their pictures. Thank you so much for sharing Erin! You rock!

  4. Courtney B says:

    Thank you for this post Erin! I have passed it along, and I know at least one of my friends did as well. Gorgeous boys with gorgeous mothers and a ton of love.

  5. Jill says:

    These are some of the most precious pictures I have ever in my life seen.
    Oh man and I jealous!
    I didn’t realize how “lonely” I was too, until I read this post.
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures!

  6. Korey & Jack says:

    It was a wonderful, wonderful day. Thanks for choosing to spend your Friday afternoon with us, Grady and Erin! So great to meet you all finally, and thanks for the beautiful post (as always!). Hope to see you again very soon!

  7. Lara Font says:

    those are glorious pictures, I want to cuddle up to all of those precious boys and hold them tight!!! so happy for you too, playdates!!!

  8. Whitney says:

    Oh Erin! I know I haven’t gotten to talk to you lately on babycenter but I have been following your blog ever since we first talked 😀 it’s actually the first thing on my favorites for my computer! I just love this post, I was in tears the whole time I read it and saw those amazing pictures.

  9. Jeanne Spencer says:

    i love the pics on the couch, especially where one of the boys is trying to ‘kiss’ the other. The photo sparked a memory of the first time My nephew and son met, at 5 & 10 mos old (they are 11 now!) My nephew, who is older, tried to ‘kiss’ my son, too. My son fell over because he couldn’t sit so well and his cousin fell on him. It looked as though they were wresting each other. What adorable boys they are. I love the big eyes, too. Thank you for sharing your journey. I enjoy reading about your adventures with your sons.

  10. Chrissie says:

    Hey Erin!
    I am one of Carter’s PROUD aunts (from Georgia), and this blog on the meeting of these precious angels is absolutely breathtaking! I mean, seeing these three sweet little gifts from above all together does make you sit back, relax, and enjoy the work of our wonderful maker! Yes, Erin, “Every good and perfect gift comes from above”, and Carter, Grady, and Jack are such an awesome testament to that. I am constantly reminded how God brings people into our lives at just the perfect time, and I know that He did that for you and Kristin! May God continue to bless your precious time with your precious Grady, and may He continue to mold your hearts together with Kristin as you two enjoy these gifts!! Thank you for sharing your heart! I can’t wait to continue to follow your blog!
    Carter’s Aunt Chrissie

  11. Patty says:

    These are the most adorable little men. Thank you Jesus, for creating them. We all need more joy like this in our lives. Thank you Erin for sharing.Love you lots, Mom

  12. christi harrison says:

    i think you need to have a play date like this every day so that I can see the best photos ever. how did you get all the boys to sleep together. that is the cutest thing I have ever seen. you should sell that photo or donate it to some fundraiser. i would totally buy it. it’s AWESOME! and they are so handsome.

  13. Shauna says:

    Oh my goodness those pictures are priceless! And those little boys are perfection! How could anybody miss that? I totally get what you were saying about the keyhole…that’s how I feel about Reagan. Now do you want to come have a playdate with us and take pictures of my Reagan? 🙂

  14. Emilyanne says:

    omigoodness, I hadn’t read your blog in a bout a month when my mom called and said I needed to get on the net and go check your latest post. I am so glad I did, cuz the whole post and pictures made me cry. Look at those beautiful little boys. I have to say I am so happy you got to meet up with other moms and friends for Grady. Loved all the pictures espeically!

  15. teela jones says:

    Hi Erin, I am Kayla Jones-Powell’s mom and precious Austin’s nana. I love your blog and the beautiful pictures. GOD has blessed us all with our angels and you are so right about seeing the whole picture (slow down and listen to GOD and follow your heart) GOD has amazing plans for all of our angel boys, I have always known it even before Austin was born. GOD told me to trust HIM and i did and always will. Bless you and LOVE the pictures, they need to be on a magazine cover!!!!

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