Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Huge Praise!

My #1 goal before we move into our new house was to improve Cayden's nighttime sleep habits significantly. I always said that I would never let the baby sleep in bed with me. Well, my mama was right when she said to "never say never"...after the traumatic delivery that I had and everything that happened upon returning home from the hospital, accompanied by the fact that Cayden seemed to hate his bassinet and refused to sleep in it (it's a flimsy mattress, who can blame him?!?), I put him in bed with me. I justified it as saying that we were in survival mode (which was very true) and it wouldn't last long. Well, a few nights of "just doing it to be able to get some sleep" turned into weeks and even months, along with Cayden thinking that he needed a sleep partner to get to sleep. We discovered that he liked the cradle a lot better than the bassinet (thank you, Grandad!) but did not want anything to do with sleeping without mama. I had been trying to transition him for a while but the boy is strong willed and it ended up that he would sleep in his cradle for the first couple of hours in the night and then I would put him in the bed with me because I was exhausted and didn't have the energy to fight him anymore. I hated doing this because I knew that I needed to be consistent and didn't want to confuse him. So, over Memorial Day weekend, Collin and I came up with a plan. He would take the first shift of the night, come get me when it was time for him to eat, and then I would feed him and take the second shift. The ultimate goal was to keep him in his cradle all night. I am pleased to tell you that it worked beautifully! Cayden has now slept in his cradle for the past 5 nights in a row. He goes down about 8:30 PM, eats once in the night (usually about 2:00 AM) and sleeps until 7:00 or 7:30 AM. This is going to make the transition to a new room and his crib so much easier...on all of us :) Thank You, Jesus!

Another exciting milestone for Cade this weekend was that he went to the nursery for the first time on Sunday morning and did great! It was a little hard for me leaving him (it was the first time that I've ever left him with non-family members!) but it'll get easier the more we do it. I kept glancing at the screen to be sure our number didn't pop up on the screen but it never did. When I went to pick him up, he was alseep in a swing and they said that he was a sweet little thing all morning. This mama was so relieved!

Monday, May 18, 2009

A whole lot of nothing

I feel like there is a ton to post about, but when I finally sat down to write about it, it doesn't seem like all that much. We're very busy, so I guess that makes me think I should have a lot to write about. I will just try to hit the highlights and appease family and friends far away with a few pics of our little blue eyed sweetheart!

As of June 1st, the Day family will be taking up residence here!

We're still trying to tie up all the loose ends - get all the paperwork to the lender and finalize all of our homeowners insurance, set up all of our utilities, rent a moving truck, buy the new furniture that we need/want immediately, pick out paint colors, etc. You know the drill. But it's all fun stuff and we're enjoying it.

Cayden is growing so fast and I find myself wishing, in some moments, that time would stand still. We are loving the age he's at. He's enjoying playing with his toys and his personality is coming out more each day. He has the cutest little laugh and is very ticklish. He's very curious and is constantly taking in his surroundings. He's not a big fan of the dark and doesn't really enjoy super loud noises. Last night we took him to this restaurant where they play loud music and it's fairly dark in there and he let us know that he was not a big fan. I think one of his love languages is going to be words of affirmation because he LOVES it when you look into his eyes and talk sweet to him. He smiles real big and talks sweet back. I love it. It's one of my favorite things in the world. He's not a very good sleeper, which in turn means that I'm not sleeping very well either. I might post more on this later (because it's a long story) but suffice it to say that we're working on it. He loves to be outside and I'm really excited about this summer with him. We have a wood deck in the backyard of our new house and I have a strong feeling that we'll be living in our backyard this summer. Since I last posted, Cayden had his 4 month shots (which were awful for both of us but at least I didn't cry this time!) and got a good report from the pediatrician. He weighed in at a healthy 15 lbs, 6 oz and is in the 75th % for weight! He was 26 3/4 inches long and is in the 95th % for length...we have a tall boy! And his head is still small...10th%. He's doing everything he supposed to according to the doctor so we were glad about that. We started him on rice cereal a few nights ago. The first two times I made it, it was a little too thin but last night it was thicker and he really liked it. He's taken right to a spoon just like he's known how to eat all along. He actually opens his mouth when he sees the spoon and as soon as he gets close enough to it, he attacks it. It's pretty funny. We thought it might help his sleeping but so far it hasn't made a huge impact. Cayden is being dedicated at our church on Father's Day and we're very excited about that.

We celebrated our first Mother's Day last weekend and it was great. On the Saturday before Mother's Day, my two boys took me shopping and it was so great. We went all around town shopping for things for the house and Collin surprised me by stopping by James Avery and let me pick out some earrings that I love for Mother's Day. Then he took me clothes shopping for my birthday, which was the next day. It was a wonderful day and I loved it! We went and had a nice Mother's Day dinner with my parents at MiMi's on Sunday evening. My parents gave me a steamer for Mother's Day, which is exactly what I wanted because I didn't have one and I plan to make all of Cayden's baby food and steaming is a way healthier way to cook veggies. I am so excited to start using it! It was a very nice first Mother's Day.

Collin is still loving his job and we're so thankful. Our new house is a lot closer of a commute for him so we're pumped about that. He's still involved in a Bible study with some other guys here in the area and is very blessed by that. He's also going to be playing in an indoor soccer league here in town starting the end of this month. Collin is the type of guy that always needs to be doing something active, so he's excited about this. I am going to be doing Beth Moore's Esther study this summer with a group of wonderful girls and I'm really pumped about that.

I feel like there's a lot more but cannot really think of it now. Here are some pics of our boy!

Playing video games with daddy


He does this precious thing when he smiles real big where he puts his fists up by his face. It's so cute, we love it!


Cayden and mommy in the bluebonnets


With his best friend, Maylee


Running errands with mommy, Aunt Larissa, and Maylee!


Eating at Macaroni Grill with friends Maylee (left) and Rylie (right)


Mother's Day...isn't his little smocked outfit so precious?!? It wasn't quite manly enough for Collin's taste, but he looked cute!


He's absolutely scrumptious...when you're a mommy, you know that it's absolutely natural to ascribe food adjectives to your child :)


Playing with daddy - he loves to grab our faces


Such a sweet smile!


Our little football player


With DeeDee and Pawpaw on Mother's Day at MiMi's


First time trying rice cereal - he wasn't sure what to think at first but after a couple bites, he was hooked!


"What? Doesn't everyone wear their food all over their chin and down their front?"

Thursday, May 14, 2009

For Your Viewing Pleasure...

We have a lot to update on and we will do that soon, but to hold you over in the meantime we have a video for you. Enjoy!

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

One Year Ago Today...

It was a Friday. I woke up early to spend some time in prayer and to read my precious Beth Moore daily devotional before getting ready for work. As I prayed, the question loomed in the back of my mind..."should I test?" We were hoping to get pregnant and I didn't want to be disappointed if the test was negative, but I was "late" and had been for a couple of days. After praying about it, I impulsively went into the bathroom where I did what you have to do to find out if you're pregnant. Then, I waited. I was too nervous to even look at it while I waited for the two minutes to pass. I kept telling myself that it would be negative, trying to protect myself from the sadness that I was "sure" that I was about to feel. I reluctantly pick up the pregnancy test and, stomach in knots, take a glance. I couldn't believe what I saw. Two beautiful pink lines. Very definitely two lines. I sat in shock. My hands were shaking. I took another test, a different brand. Very definitely two lines, even darker than the first test. I immediately started crying and thanking Jesus for this beautiful gift. I could hardly wait to tell Collin. I had imagined what telling Collin would be like when the time finally came. All of the witty things that I had imagined went out the window and with much enthusiasm, I threw open the bathroom door and with a shaky voice, I said, "Baby!" He sat up immediately, thinking something was wrong because it was 6:30 AM, and his eyes got big when he saw the look on my face. I blurted out something along the lines of, "We're pregnant...we're going to have a baby!" He started crying with me and we hugged and spent some precious time in prayer, giving thanks for our unborn child and asking for a healthy baby and uncomplicated pregnancy. It was a morning that I will remember forever.

In some ways this last year has flown by. I look at my beautiful, healthy, happy, almost 4 month old and I am blown away at God's goodness. I love being a mom even more than I thought I would. Cayden brings so much joy to my life and I am so thankful that I get to be his mommy!