Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Collin's on TV tonight!

Collin was stopped on his way to work this morning to give a sidewalk interview. He wrote a blog about it on the blog that he has with his Bible study. I would just post the link but the blog is set to private so I'm copying what he wrote. Also, any of the Focus Five guys if you happen to read this, I never read any of your posts or comments. Only some of the ones that Collin writes that he shares with me. Please don't think that anything you write is leaving the confines of the group!

Where I park for work is about 5 blocks from my office. So as I'm walking to work I get stopped by this lady who works for NBC5. The news stations are always doing interviews down here but I've never talked to them. I was kind of hoping not to get interviewed but then all of a sudden I knew - use TV as a platform! So, I decided that whatever the topic was that I would somehow turn it around to God. The topic was about how the government is launching this new $5 million campaign to encourage people to get married, because studies show that people who are married live longer and are healthier.

So the question was, "What's your opinion about it?". Well, I'm sure I stumbled over my words a bit but I said something along the lines of "I think people are trying to fill a void of lonliness in their lives and some people fill it with marriage, but I'm a Christian and I believe that God has to be in that marriage, the center of that marriage. I also think that instead of the government starting a campaign to get people to get married, they need to start a campaign to keep those that are married together so that we can get the divorce rate down in this country."

Whole point of this is that we need to always be ready. I went from being just a guy walking to work, to a guy that could literally be speaking to millions of people (indirectly, but still). I don't feel like I said everything right or that I will even be on the news tonight, but that lady and the camera guy heard what I had to say.

No matter when, we need to be ready!

1 Corinthians 14:7-9 (New International Version)
7Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? 8Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? 9So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air.

Praise the Lord on high!

Love ya'll

Isn't that so good? I just thought I'd share. I am so blessed to be married to such a solid man that loves Jesus. I watched the 5:00 news on channel 5 and saw the interview. Of course, like we were afraid, they edited what he said A LOT and cut out everything that Collin said about the Lord. The only thing that was on TV was something that he said about keeping the people that are already married together because the divorce rate is so high.

We have had a crazy week (we bought a house and then decided that we didn't want it) but I will post about that soon.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Life Update

We've had a lot going on lately and I've done a poor job of updating our blog. I told myself when we moved far away from our Houston family that I would be better about updating things with us so I'm going to try to be better. I'll start by posting about the sweetest, most adorable member of the Day family. Cayden is growing like crazy! I moved him from newborn diapers into size 1's last week and he has just about officially outgrown all of his newborn clothes. They still fit him in the width but the boy takes after his parents and is very tall! I really think he's going to be taller than Collin someday. He's wearing 0-3 months now and I'm sure it won't be long until he's wearing 3 month clothes exclusively! He's been having some problems eating over the past couple of weeks. He will eat for a few minutes and then come off screaming. And he's a big spitter upper. He projectile vomited on Sunday night and I wasn't privileged to see it (thank goodness!) but Collin said it was like something out of a horror movie. I had a strong feeling that he has acid reflux and I took him to the pediatrician on Tuesday. Sure enough, that's what the doctor thinks it is. Poor thing, I'm sure that he gets it from me. The doctor put him on prevacid so we're seeing if that helps. I hate the idea of putting my 6 week old baby on medicine but he's obviously in pain so something needs to be done. We were a little concerned that with all the spitting up that Cayden might not be getting all the nourishment that he needs. It's impossible to know how much food a breastfed baby is getting anyway and it seems like he spits up a lot! But, Cayden was weighed at his appointment on Tuesday and tipped the scale at 10 lbs, 14 oz! He had a really big wet diaper at the time, but still...that's a solid 10.5 pounds! That puts him in the 75th percentile. So, needless to say, he's being plenty nourished. My normally sweet, content baby who only cried when he was hungry is gone and has been replaced with a baby who is fussy and wants to be held almost constantly! That has happened just this last week. We're hoping it's just the acid reflux and that it will get better soon. It's mostly at night that he's fussy and I hate that for Collin since he's at work all day and doesn't really get to see the sweet Cayden that smiles and coos during the day. His grunting is slowly becoming less and he's starting to make these precious coos and other funny noises. He sometimes does this one "Raaor" sound that is so sweet! We're taking a trip to Houston next weekend to see Collin's family and we're really excited about it. We're also really hoping that Cayden does good on the trip. 5 hours in the car with a 7 week old is sure to prove interesting! Here are some pictures of our little cutie!

As far as Collin and I go, we are doing great. Collin is still very happy at his job and doing well. I have adjusted to motherhood and less sleep and feel like every week gets easier. Both of my parents have been an AMAZING help with Cayden. We will miss them a lot when we move into our house. Which brings me to my next point...we have been hard-core looking for a house over the last month. When we first moved here, we thought we would find a house and get moved before Christmas and Cayden was born. As time drew nearer to that and it started looking like it wasn't going to happen, I got frustrated and sad. It was hard to bring a baby home to what wasn't really our home. My parents have been incredibly hospitable but wasn't our house. But after Cayden's complicated delivery and my longer than expected recovery, it's easy to look back over the last couple of months and see God's plan lived out. It would have been so much harder if we weren't living with my parents. His plans are always better than anything that I can dream up. I'm so thankful that He's in control! So anyway, back to my point, we may have found a house! The process has turned out to be harder than we expected. Everything you hear these days is about how it's such a great time to buy a house. From what we've found, it seems like there aren't a lot of houses on the market that we like that are in our price range. It seems as if most people that don't have to sell right now don't want to because they know that they won't get full price on their house. We have found a few that we like but it's been pretty slim pickings. Thankfully we have found 1 that we love. We're going back to see it on Sunday and we're waiting on a copy of the sellers utility bill. If everything goes well, we could be putting in an offer next week. We're just hoping that the house isn't gone before then!

That's pretty much what's going on with us. We would love to hear what's new with you!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Our 1 month old

Here are some of our favorite pictures from Cayden's 1 month photo shoot! I cannot believe my baby is a month old already! Don't worry family, we have A TON of pictures and will be bringing you some when we come to visit in February! (And Papaw and Cathy...we will be mailing you yours!)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

It starts early...

I have recently learned that your children start to embarrass you very early on. Let me preface this story by saying that Cayden is a HUGE grunter. He makes these deep, from his gut, grunting noises all the time. Very loud grunting noises. Now for my story. So, Cayden and I ventured out a few times last week. I was so proud of him for behaving so well. He does a great job in public and I'm so relieved for that. He only gets fussy when he gets hungry. So, last Friday when my mom and I were shopping at Kohl's and it was time for a feeding, I retreated to the bathroom to nurse. There weren't any chairs or anything in there so I just went into one of the large handicap stalls to feed Cayden. There was no one in the restroom and I was relieved because he's known to be somewhat of a loud eater at times. Well, about five minutes into our feeding, into the bathroom walks about eight people. And not 30 seconds later, my child starts grunting loudly. And continuously. It suddenly occurred to me that the other people in the bathroom didn't know that I had a baby in the stall with me and they probably thought that it was me making those noises. And we're in a bathroom so that makes it even better. So then I started talking to Cade saying things like, "Ohhh, you're such a grunter!" I didn't want them to think that some woman was in the stall straining know what! When I told Collin that I started talking to Cayden, he said that the people probably thought that I was talking to myself! So not only did they think that I was loud and constipated but that I was crazy, too! I finished feeding Cayden, burped him, and waited for everyone to leave the bathroom before I ventured out! Ha!

My baby is 5 weeks old today! I can hardly believe it! He was 1 month last Friday and on Saturday we had his 1 month pictures taken. I will be posting them very soon. I know I'm biased, but they are precious :) He's changing so much everyday. His eyes seem to constantly be getting bigger and brighter. He's more alert and sometimes responsive to Collin and I. Sometimes when he sticks his tongue out, I will stick mine out and he looks at me like I'm crazy. It makes me laugh! His hair is lightening up. It's still brown but it's not the almost black color that it was when he was born. His eyelashes are really coming in and they're a really light brown color so I wonder if that's what color his hair will end up being. He's a really good baby. He really only gets fussy when he's hungry or in pain. And he's such a cuddler. I love it. He loves to swing his arms and kick his legs. We joke that he's going to be a big handful when he gets older. I have a scary feeling that it's very true! And he's so long. He's starting to get too big for some of his newborn clothes. Not because of his width but just because of his length! He's so expressive, too. He makes the funniest faces and has the sweetest smile. I cannot put into words how much I love being his mommy. It's the hardest, most wonderful job I've ever had!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Our first outing as a family of three!

This weekend has been our most fun since we brought our little bundle of joy home! Cayden is slowly getting his days and nights straight (although I think the full process is going to take a while!) so it's really helped me to feel somewhat human again over the last few days. Larissa's birthday is Tuesday and her party was Saturday night. We decided that we couldn't think of a better occasion for Cayden's first outing (other than to the doctor) than to celebrate his sweet Aunt Larissa's birthday, so we all three went. He did SO good. He slept virtually the entire time. We went to a restaurant first and we actually had to wake him to feed him since he was in such a deep sleep. We went back to someone's house to finish partying it up and he slept right through it. He woke up to feed once and other than that, he was a perfect little baby. He slept while everyone held him and through all of the noise. Collin and I were a little nervous getting him out so we were relieved that it went so well! He did so good that I'm going to attempt to run a couple of errands with him this week. I will say though that having a baby definitely changes everything. Long gone are the days of going somewhere on a whim. It literally took us about 4 hours to get everyone showered (or bathed if you're Cayden), dressed in clean clothes with no pee, poop, or spit up on them, car loaded and packed with everything we could possibly need, fed, and ready to go. It was an all day ordeal!

With the birthday girl and the babies!

As I type this, it's half time during the Super Bowl. If you know Collin well, you know that he is a big Steelers fan (which makes me a fan-by-marriage) so we are rooting for Pittsburgh in our house! Collin has loved snuggling up with Cayden on the couch to watch the game. I love that in this first picture below, Cade looks like he's actually watching the game! And notice his little football outfit in honor of the Super Bowl...he has a cheesy mom, what can I say?!?

Alright, I'm off to feed the boy and watch the Steelers win the Super Bowl!!