Drew is our first child. He was born on July 27th 1995. Albert and I were married just four days after he was born- at the tender age of 19! Drew is the most amazing oldest child we could ask for. He is caring, compassionate, friendly, and incredibly helpful. He recently graduated high school and is very excited to begin a new chapter of life. He loves music and singing. He was selected to participate in the Illinois IMEA All State Choir as both a Junior and a Senior, he received the M.U.S.I.C scholarship at the high school Honor's Night, and won the award for Vocal Excellence! He played the role of Sebastian in the school's musical, "The Little Mermaid Jr." His plans are to attend college and major in vocal performance.
When Drew was born, I still lived at home with my parents, while Albert was in San Diego, having just joined the Marine Corps. As soon as we married, Albert signed us up for base housing and we waited. And waited. Six months later, our housing was available and Drew and I packed up and moved out to San Diego. We spent three years there. Drew spent his toddler hood enjoying a nice warm climate, the beach and lots of fun attractions and things to do! We left California when he was four years old. We’ve been in the St. Louis area ever since.
Emanuel is our second child. He was born December 26th 1996 while we were living in San Diego- in our first base housing.He is just 17 months younger than Drew, and they have always been very close. Emanuel’s birth was the first that Albert was able to attend and is thus, a very special memory for us. When Manny was six months old, we moved out of our first base housing and into newer, much better housing. We had two boys and loved going to the beach, and seeing all the beautiful scenery in southern California. Emanuel was a beautiful baby who has grown into a very handsome teenager!He is now 16 years old, makes excellent grades and is self-motivated, self-disciplined and a hard worker. He plays safety on the high school varsity football team, and also throws discus and shot put in track. He has a part time job at Pizza Hut. We couldn't be prouder of what a great kid he is!
Brandon arrived shortly after we moved to St. Louis. He is our third child and was born on October 29, 1999. We bought our first house when he was six months old. Brandon has always been an outspoken, daring, and bold child. He never hides his feelings and always tells it like it is.Brandon is 13 years old and getting ready to begin 8th grade. He is incredibly close to his Dad and loves to go anywhere and everywhere his Dad goes! He also likes to watch movies and play sports. He is looking very forward to playing football this fall. He is a prankster with a warped sense of humor and definitely keeps all of us on our toes.
When he was five years old, he got sick with Aplastic Anemia. We know without a doubt that his incredibly strong, assertive personality is part of what helped him get better.
Jackson was born on February 19, 2002. He is our fourth child and is one of the sweetest, most compassionate and caring children I know. He is super smart and loves to debate. He is very into sports, and loves to watch WWE wrestling. He's a huge Randy Orton fan. He is also eagerly anticipating playing football in the fall and perhaps trying out for basketball next season. In addition to all this, he is a budding rapper and performed in the school variety show last year. Jackson is now 11 years old and will be starting middle school, in the sixth grade. He can hardly wait!
Brice is baby number five! He was born on March 8, 2005- his Dad’s 29th birthday! Brice is the most spirited of all the Fontenot children. He is extremely energetic, talkative, creative, emotional, and just always go-go-go! He never runs out of energy and never runs out of things to say. He lives to have fun. He is very confident and sure of himself and is never afraid to make his needs known! He loves sports, swimming and playing outside. He is itching to play football and will play his first season this year! He is now 8 years old and entering third grade. He loves his siblings more than we can describe- and is particularly good with the babies in the family! All of his energy can be a bit challenging to us- but his spirit and often his words- are precious!
When he was 8 months old, we moved into a new house just over the MO border into IL. We’d fast outgrown the old house and the new one suited us perfectly! Then began what we call “our baby explosion”…
Isaiah and Alexandria were born on September 29, 2006. They were the first babies we conceived in an effort to get an HLA sibling match for Brandon. While neither of them ended up being our match- they were definitely the light of our lives! They were born by C-section- which their Dad almost missed! Isaiah spent 8 days in the NICU but overall both of them were healthy- weighing in at 5 pounds 8 ounces and 6 pounds 4 ounces- not bad for 35 weekers! Although they are twins- their personalities couldn’t be more different! Isaiah is sweet, shy, soft-spoken and very cooperative and compliant. Alexandria is a diva- loud, bossy, whiny, uncooperative and demanding- yet she is also such a sweetie, very affectionate…and very spoiled! What can we say- she was the first girl! She is a girly-girl and loves to wear nail polish and play with baby dolls. She loves dressing up and having her hair done! Our twins are six years old now and going into the first grade. They are both completely amazing and truly are a double blessing.
Sydney was born on November 9, 2007. She was our second pregnancy in an attempt to get Brandon’s match. Though she didn’t match- we couldn’t imagine life without her! She is a really cool little kid! She is super laid back, very talkative and animated, friendly, and lots of fun to be with. Like her older sister, she is demanding and spoiled (LOL!) but so sweet and such a great cuddler! She loves to jump on the trampoline and play in the bounce house. She also loves to watch Barney and sing songs!
Kambree was born November 22, 2008. She is our only baby who's gender was a surprise until she was born...and she's still full of surprises four years later! She is silly, sweet, cuddly, and a great big Mommy’s girl- her world just doesn’t function right without Mommy right there. She loves to play with baby dolls and loves to dance. She is sassy and definitely knows what she wants. She loves to sit on our laps and hear a story and especially loves to eat! She’ll eat most anything- especially if it contains sugar- though she is also a fan of veggies and salad! As she gets bigger, we are so excited to watch her personality unfold. Best of all, Bree gives the greatest hugs you can imagine! I could sit in the rocking chair and hug her for hours!
Miss Mia is baby number 10! She was born April 16, 2010 and is an Aries just like her Mama! In fact, we seriously considered naming her Aries! Mia is a lot of personality in a tiny package! She loves her Mommy and Daddy and all of her siblings. She has a very sweet and loving nature and is content to sit and cuddle for hours. She is particularly attached to her Mommy and likes to stay close to her side. She is very into The Little Mermaid and actually believes herself to be "The Real Ariel." Mia is a fabulous big sister and loves to help take care of her baby brother. However, she is quick to point out that she is, in fact, also a baby and needs her fair share of cuddles as well! She is absolutely beautiful and we are so in love with her.
Sam is our most recent addition. He was born on September 1, 2012. We are having a blast getting to experience another baby boy- it's been a few years! Sam is such a good natured, sweet tempered baby. He is totally enthralled with his older siblings and loves each of them. He is learning new things each day...crawling, pulling up, clapping, waving, blowing kisses. His sisters and I are busy planning his first birthday party. We can't wait to watch him grow and change and begin talking. We are so blessed to have him join our family.