Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. They live with their mom, Mary, who is the writer of this blog. Jacob is 19 and is now four inches taller than his mom! He also has ADHD and gorgeous red hair. He is a freshman at a technical college studying computer maintenance. Elijah is 15! He is in 9th grade and he is not in ROTC at his high school. He also had red hair, but it is lighter and not as thick as his brother's hair. He is hearing impaired(auditory neuropathy) and wears two cochlear implants. He also has tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD and anxiety! Mary just started her 25th year as a teacher of the deaf. She is also in her last semester of graduate school to be a diagnostician! She will graduate in December of 2015!

Saturday, February 27, 2010


I am not the redhead in the family, although I had auburn hair as a baby. It still has auburn highlights at times and I sometimes color it with some red to cover that GRAY! However, I have two redheaded boys, as well as a brother and sister with red hair.

Alex is my brother and he is now 21 years old and my sister Katie is 18. Jacob my oldest is 13 and Elijah is 9. I babysat Alex and Katie over two different summers before having Jacob and even part of the summer that Jacob was born. Alex was 8 and Katie was 4 at the time. When Jacob was born we were shocked to see this RED hair. It was the talk of the night as well as the fact that he was a boy. Alex was thrilled to have a boy come along. We had not found out the sex of the baby during the pregnancy.

Jacob had this great red hair that always got comments. With his dad and I having brown hair, we always got asked..."Where did that red hair come from?" Later when I was pregnant with Elijah, I would cart around Alex, Katie and Jacob. Of course I got the looks of LOOK at that MOM with three redheaded kids and one in the oven. If anyone asked though, Alex and Katie, quickly pointed out that I was their sister, which got even crazier looks.

We didn't find out the sex of the baby when I was pregnant with Elijah, but of course, he came early so we found out early. Out he came with RED hair too, which was a shocker again. Of course, we had more worries with Elijah, but he was a pretty little thing.

I have always felt blessed to have my two boys and for their gorgeous red hair. Jacob has this thick red hair, while Elijah's is thinner and more strawberry blonde. How different they look, but they do look like brothers.

Genetics is such a funny thing. You put two people together and get this baby who is part of you both and part of all aspects of the family. There are some things I wish I could change in that genetic mix, but then again other things might change that I don't want to change. I'll keep my redheads, just as they are!

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