Catching You Up in Pictures

Hi Siestas! I’ve been trying to come up with a great post about our first week with Annabeth, but I can’t seem to be in the right frame of mind to do it when I get a window of opportunity. I am so happy but sleepy and busy! So far, our adjustment has been a lot easier than it was when we had Jackson. It helps so much to have even the smallest clue what I’m doing this time. (Jackson’s diaper was the first I ever changed, if you can believe that.) Also, knowing that these sleepless nights really do end has done a lot for my attitude about sleeplessness. I find myself wanting to keep rocking my baby even after she falls asleep in my arms at night. I would give anything to go back and rock Jackson at this size one more time!

I know this post won’t address some of the questions I’ve been seeing about Annabeth’s name, how Jackson is doing, etc., but I plan on getting to those things soon. Thanks for all your sweet words over the last week. We love you girls!

This is Jackson at just a few hours old. My boy will turn three next Tuesday.

And here’s his little sister at just a few hours old.

Annabeth meeting her namesake for the first time.

Two grandmas trying to get a peek at their baby.

My mom and my sweet mother-in-law enjoying their first granddaughter.

This was right before we left the hospital.

You can see her going home outfit better here. I got that in the fall at Janie and Jack. It’s preemie size but still swallowed her. She had a matching hat and shoes, but they were enormous!

Here is Jackson holding Annabeth for the first time. He was so excited. We delayed this moment for quite a while just in case he was going to come down with that stomach bug. Unfortunately, he did get sick last night. At this point it seems to be a less evil strain of the virus than what my dad and sister had, for which I’m very thankful.

Here is a perfect picture of my son’s gorgeous eyelashes. I’m not ashamed to say I prayed for my daughter to be blessed with them. So far her eyelashes are blond. Her hair is light brown right now if you can’t quite tell.

Annabeth hanging out on her daddy.

The princess, all fresh and clean (and mad) after her first sponge bath at home.

Curt and Jackson went to church last night and my mom came over to keep us girls company. She brought Annabeth some preemie outfits so she would have something that fits for the next couple of weeks. They’re so sweet!

Look at those sweet little lips.

Leave it to me to show you a picture of baked goods. These are my favorite cookies in Houston. They’re from an Italian cafe’ called Paulie’s. Aren’t they beautiful? My co-workers brought us these, along with brownies and a feast of fajitas on the day we came home from the hospital.

Here’s the amazing cake we had at my LPM baby lunch. It was from Cake Affairs.


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  1. 51
    Tracy says:

    She is SO beautiful. My heart just melted at the sight of Jackson holding his baby sister. PRECIOUS! So happy to hear you’re adjusting well and that things are progressing smoothly. I love that even in the midst of sleep deprivation and new, hectic schedules, you are savoring that sweet little angel. Thank you for sharing these special days with us!

    Happy snuggling!

  2. 52
    Misty says:

    My GOODNESS you have precious babies! :o) I miss those early days…my only is going to be NINE next month!

    I have not shared this prayer request before, but I am JUST starting to ask for prayer from friends and family…my hubby and I have been battling infertility and we have no infertility coverage on our insurance – therefore we also don’t the funds to go through the expensive tests and treatments. Please lift us up to break this 8-year struggle with infertility – I long for another child to love and teach (like my amazing son) the ways of our loving Father. Thank you all so much!

    I can’t WAIT to see MORE pics of your precious little angels on earth!

  3. 53
    Miranda says:

    Look at those big beautiful eyes in the pic of her laying on her Curtis! So precious, Amanda!!

    And wow… her going home outfit is just precious!!!!!! It really is an adorable outfit.. girl has style! *wink*wink*

  4. 54
    Cheryl Barker says:

    Amanda, what precious children you have! Couldn’t believe how much Jackson’s newborn picture looks like Annabeth. Both so adorable!!

  5. 55
    jill w from wichita says:

    Amanda, you said how you wished you could rock Jackson one more time. There is a book that was written by Karen Kingsbury, and it is about not knowing when the last time is that we will experience those moments with our children.. we document all the first, but we don’t know when that will be the last late night to rock our son to sleep, or cuddle with him in the early morning hours before he sleeps all night long, or the last dandelion that he picks for you. anyway its a great book for moms. i just gave it to my 25 year old son for Christmas so he might have a small glimpse into the world of mommies loving their babies so much !!! your new daughter is precious. enjoy this wonderful time. God bless. thanks for the update.

  6. 56
    Kimberly and Grace says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. What beautiful pictures! So happy that all is going well!

    Love you all!

  7. 57
    R says:

    the second time around makes a BIIIG difference, doesn’t it? i wish i had the same confidence the first time around!

  8. 58
    MimiRebecca says:

    You are so thoughtful to share pictures with us all so soon.
    Aren’t we blessed to know how precious these simple times are with our babies. Treasure them all in your heart, dear one.
    God bless you all.

  9. 59
    Ginger from Alabama says:

    I love that picture of big brother Jackson looking down on his little sis….cute!!!!!!! Congrats to all!


  10. 60
    Anonymous says:

    She is absolutely beautiful and beyond that, so blessed to be the daughter of Curt and Amanda Jones! She will grow so fast so enjoy these precious moments! I, too, have a little boy (about to be 3 in May) and another little boy who turned "1" the middle of January! As they say, "One is like none and two is like ten" and I believe that because I have been so busy this last year!

    Anyway, congrats on a beautiful and precious baby "Annabeth". I know you & Curtis are proud!

    Many Blessings,

  11. 61
    Anonymous says:

    You are so kind to share these with us…and she is just beautiful!!!!

  12. 62
    Wencked says:

    Aren’t newborn lips the sweetest thing you have ever seen?!?!?! congrats to your family on your sweet little addition

  13. 63
    HIS Child says:

    Beautiful, and tiny. She is so much like her mommy and Bibby.
    Thank you for sharing pictures of the Mister and Princess.
    Sleep when you can, stay hydrated and love on her all the time.
    Love to you

  14. 64
    Julie says:

    The pictures are awesome – I was fortunate to be at one of your mothers LPM events right after Jackson was born and I remember thinking I don’t think I have ever seen a grandmother glow the way that Beth did when showing off pictures of Jackson. After seeing these pictures, it’s obvious she is just a glowing grandma all the time! You all are so precious, I am praying for Jackson to get well quickly.

  15. 65
    Anonymous says:


    Wildest thing! The morning of the birth I woke up thinking and praying for you. I promise I didnt know you were in labor… The day before I had a feeling you were going early!

    This is Living Proof that the Holy Spirit guides us to pray for our Siestas!!

    Thank you Father for this glorius baby girl!

    Love you girls!


  16. 66
    DeDe says:

    Congrats on your precious addition. I have a 3 yr old son and a new baby girl…. almost same ages as yours. If Jackson is like my son, it took him about 6-7 weeks to “uh-hem”…..”forget” there was every a life without a sibling ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you are enjoying all of those little moments.

  17. 67
    Joy says:

    Fantastic!! Thank you for sharing your precious family with us. May God continue to bless you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so happy for you guys!

  18. 68
    Casi says:

    Absolutely adorable pictures – thank you so much for sharing them!

    One quick question, though…who is that blonde woman that looks like Beth? For a second, I thought it truly was our Siesta Mama; however, I’ve never seen her hair that flat!

    Seriously, you all look wonderful but I just watched the first session from Living Beyond Yourself so I had to throw out the hair comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. 69
    Tina in Tenino says:

    You sure make beautiful babies!! I do feel sorry for anyone who tries to mess with Jacksons’ little sister, I think she will have quite a protective big brother. Thank you for blessing all of us by bringing us into your precious family.

    Gods’ blessings on you all,

  20. 70
    Taylor says:


    you and your daughter are just perfect together! it melted my heart.


  21. 71
    Anonymous says:

    Dear Annabeth,
    What big eyes you have my dear, and I think I see a sparkle of laughter in them already! You are a very blessed little lady and Oh how very many people love you already.
    The Kings daughter is all glorious within.. Pslams 45:13


  22. 72
    Lynn says:

    Bless you and your family. What great pics…makes me think back many years to when my kids were litte and brand new. Even my grandkids are past the “little” stage now. Love her going home outfit!!

  23. 73
    Kristib says:

    Thank you so much for sharing such precious pictures with us! You look great, by the way. I love your hair!

    Take care and try to get a little rest!

    Much love!

  24. 74
    Arianne says:

    Thanks for sharing….these days do go by so fast! And I would hold her after she falls asleep, at least she’d be spoiled with love!! You’ll wish you did later…..Hope you savor every moment and check out this awesome blog for motherly encouragment.

    This mother is a mother to 6 and homeschools and lives on a farm in Canada.

  25. 75
    Kim Safina says:

    The Journey Continues ~

    What a perfect VALENTINE GIFT!!
    Thank you for the absolutely adorable girly girly photos!!

    With “Heaven Bound” blessings,
    Kim Safina

  26. 76
    Emmy says:

    Just precious! Thanks for taking time to share… know you are exhausted! You look great though!
    Beautiful children! Just beautiful! : )

  27. 77
    Sister In Christ in Fort Smith says:

    Oh Amanda, you are so blessed! Thank you so very much for including all us Siestas in this very special time in your life. I love the pictures of Jackson holding Annabeth. We are all so happy for your whole family.

    Continued Blessings To You All

  28. 78
    Suzanne says:

    The two baby pics of your kids looks like they could be twins! They are sooooo cute! What a blessing family is and especially being believers! What a fine heritage your kids have.

  29. 79
    Nichole's Mom says:

    Babies are so amazing! I’ve always felt like the day they are born they are taken from God’s hands and put in ours. I had my last two 11 and a half months apart. TOO Close! By the time my daughter started really sleeping good and through the night her brother was born. We were so tired we were walking into walls! I remember our first goal was for them to just get old enough to get up and get their own breakfast!!

    Love you all!


  30. 80
    Redeemed says:

    Such pretty pictureslll! Thank you for sharing them with us.
    One: Amanda, you look wonderful! Healthy and happy!
    Two: (and I know the word ‘precious’ could be reduntant here) PRECIOUS! She is just that…
    Three: Beth you are absolutely tiny! I’ve never seen you in person but you are so little! You look awfully blessed holding that little one!
    You’re right, time does fly…
    I used to have this poem hanging in the hallway outside my kids’ rooms when they were small
    “With the children asleep
    And crying now past
    Know though the days are long
    The years go fast.”

    Blessings….(and a good night’s sleep)

  31. 81
    Kari says:

    So beautiful and precious. Makes me want those days back again. My youngest is just 7 months old, but it seems like an eternity ago. Cherish every drop of tiny babyhood.

  32. 82
    Sara Re-nae says:

    Thank you so much Amanda for letting us in, and showing us such cute pictures! I love it! I can’t believe Jackson was your first diaper changer; I bet you learned REAL fast.
    God bless each of you.

  33. 83
    connorcolesmom says:

    Oh she just makes me squeal everytime I see her – she is SO CUTE
    And she does look like her big brother – wow!
    So maybe she will get those great eyelashes after all!
    Enjoy her – she is adorable!
    Thanks for the update
    Much love

  34. 84
    Casey says:

    Love it! Thanks you so much for taking time out of your super busy life for sharing with us. You look fantastic Amanda! Those kiddos are two of the most adorable little things I have ever seen. It is amazing to see how wide eyed Miss Annabeth. Enjoy your first moments they go by so fast. WE love ya!

  35. 85
    lavonda says:

    precious pictures, Amanda!

    I love the one of Jackson holding her too. We let Jordan feed Emily her first bottle when that time came (I think she was 4 months old)… that is a precious picture to have also.

    You’ll feel that same proud feeling one day when he wants to have a talk with the little boy in her kindergarten class who’s being mean to her. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Big brothers are priceless. I’m the oldest of 2 girls and always longed for an older brother. Annabeth’s a blessed little girl!

  36. 86
    Anonymous says:

    She is beautiful congrats! You are blessed.

  37. 87
    SuzieM says:


    You bring back fond memories to me with your words and pictures, my daughter Beth-Shan will be four this August, and I felt just the way you did……so don’t put her down!

    Love and Blessings

    England, U.K

  38. 88
    Rebecca says:

    Amanda – your baby girl is beautiful, and so are you – which by the way is totally not fair since you just had a baby!! I don’t think I looked that good until my daughter was – wait I still don’t look that good and she’s 3. Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful time with us.

    rebecca in e.tx

  39. 89
    Suzanne says:

    Congrats on your beautiful daughter. The time does fly and the adjustment is quicker. My number two will be 9 month in two weeks and it feels like yesterday when we were coming home. Enjoy every blessed minute.

  40. 90
    kathy pink bicycle arkansas says:

    Rejoicing! Last night my favorite tenat, 91 years old, passed away and I am sad. These pics make me smile!

    Amanda, you look terriffic! You did not just have a baby.

    Love the pics of Jackson holding “girl” He looks so happy.

  41. 91
    Toknowhim says:

    Wonderful pics and great recap!!!

  42. 92
    Rhonda says:

    Could get me some seroious baby fever from that darling girl!

  43. 93
    tealovingmom says:

    So good to hear from you!! You look splendid!

    That cake looks downright amazing! I’m hungry!

    Precious, precious pictures. I laughed when I read about your prayers for long eyelashes…I did the SAME THING for my daughter! My sons were born with beautifully long lashes, and I prayed my baby girl would be blessed with them, too! It took a little while for them to grow (she was also a small squirt at 5 lbs 4 oz) but they finally did! Now you could land a plane on them! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love, love, love to you and the family,

  44. 94
    Yolanda says:

    Love simply oozes from the writing, the pictures, love simply oozes.

  45. 95
    Lynann says:

    You have 2 beautiful babies. I enjoy looking at those pictures. I am so happy for you and your husband. Keep on posting them baby pics. Jackson and Annabeth look almost identical.
    Love and Prayers,

  46. 96
    joy in the journey says:

    Amanda~thanks for sharing pictures during this busy time of your life…it brings back such sweet memories to see a baby girl. I wish we could transport ourselves back in time and relive baby moments…like the first time my girls held their baby brother. ๐Ÿ™‚ The smile on Jackson’s face is beyond sweet!!

  47. 97
    Jenny Helm says:

    Thanks for the pics! Love, love, love them! ๐Ÿ™‚ You look amazing, girl. Congrats on your beauty of a baby girl!

  48. 98
    Bonnie/Momof3 says:

    Oh how precious! Nothing sweeter than a brother looking at his new baby sister! Amanda, you look beautiful … radiant! You too Beth … overjoyed is a good adjective for your picture, too.

    Smiling with praise and love!

  49. 99
    Theresa says:

    She may be small when it comes to size, but she’s the queen of the cutie pies!

    Rejoicing with you,

  50. 100
    Meg-a-roooo says:

    Oh my what beautiful beautiful babies!! I have been wondering lately if I will ever want to have kids (eventually, not wanting to rush) but after seeing those two, I am inspired.
    Btw, Paulie’s is amazing!! I have ordered from there before for work. If you have never been to the restaurant you need to get over there just as soon as you can! Their cookies always look so good and their food is great as well.

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