Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Announcing the newest members of the Day Family!!!

I am thrilled to announce the births of our nieces, McKenna Joy and Jillian Grace, born this afternoon (12:37 PM for McKenna and 12:38 PM for Jillian), July 21st to proud parents Nick & Carissa Vann and big sister Eden. Mckenna weighed in at 5 lbs, 4 ozs and 17 inches long. Jillian weighed in at 5 lbs, 5 ozs and 19 inches long. Both mom and babies are doing great and it looks like there will be no time spent in the NICU. Praise the Lord!

I just talked to Carissa on the phone and she said that Mckenna looks more like Eden than Jillian seems to - she has the light peach fuzz hair that Eden had when she was born. She said it kind of looks like Jillian might have curly hair but it's a little too early to tell. We are so excited about these precious little lives that God has added to our family and can hardly wait to meet them! Seriously, I am going nuts not being there!! We will be making a trip very soon :)

Look how tiny and adorable their footprints are!! So precious :) We are praising the Lord for healthy babies and praying a quick recovery for mommy. Be expecting more pictures soon!

*Update: Jillian has some fluid in her lungs and is having to spend a little time in the NICU. Prayers for her are appreciated!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

1 1/2 years

I can hardly believe it. Cayden turned 18 months last week and with this milestone has come a little sappiness from this momma. I know that at 12 months, he officially became a toddler. But in my mind, somehow 18 months seems much more of a toddler. All of his little baby features are gone and instead, they have been replaced with little boy features. He is this little semi-functioning person, running around and talking up a storm. I am trying to soak in this time the best I can.

My darling Cayden,

It seems surreal that you are a year and a half. Here are some things that you are up to at 18 months.

-You weigh 25 lbs, 11 oz's (50th percentile) and are 33 inches tall (75th percentile).
-You LOVE being outside. You will go stand at the door and try your best to open it, although you're not quite there yet (hopefully we're a while from that milestone!).
-You still enjoy mealtime but just in the last week you have started becoming a little picky. In the last week, you have refused to eat fish, squash, and chicken - all things that you previously loved. I'm hoping it's just a phase.
-You are still a momma's boy through and through and I LOVE it!!
-You get excited to hold my hand and it makes my heart melt.
-Your favorite thing in our backyard is the slide. Once you slide down, you immediately try to climb back up to slide down again.
-When you give daddy & I hugs, you say, "Ohhh" like you're relishing in the hug and it's totally precious.
-You usually wake up very happy and will talk to yourself in your bed for a long time.
-You love running errands.
-You really like to read books.
-You are strong-willed and express your opinion daily. Often in the form of temper-tantrums.
-You have 8 teeth that are poking all the way through and a couple more that are partially through. Molars have been hard on you :(
-You talk a lot. And you leave the last syllable off a lot of words that you say. Your favorite words are: ball, mama, milk, book, bath, Ace, baby, & more (the word "more" not just more words :).
-You hate to have your diaper changed first thing in the morning but usually I can sing the Chinese Restaurant song to you and you laugh.
-You have developed this toothy smile - not toothy like a baby, but toothy like a little boy - and when you do it, I get glimpses into what you will look like in a few years. You are adorable!
-You LOVE balls. You are such a boy and daddy and I are so glad about that!
-You are starting to protest wearing hats and it makes me sad.
-You take a 2-3 hour nap everyday. I am thankful that you're such a good napper!
-You are very slowly learning to enjoy the nursery at church. I'm hoping in the next six months to make a lot of improvements in that area.
-Your favorite things to eat are yogurt and honey sticks.
-You are very ticklish. You have recently started saying, "Tickle, tickle, tickle".
-You are still very cuddly and I love it more than I can express. I could snuggle with you forever.
-Your favorite game is chase. You could play with daddy forever.
-You love all of your babies that sleep with you but you have a yellow lamb that plays Jesus Loves Me that you adore. Everytime you see it, you say, "Ohhh, BC!" and give it a big hug. Not sure what you're saying but it's cute!
-You fall down a lot. Dr. Ben assures me that it's normal at this age but I'm starting to wonder if you're going to be clumsy!
-You have an infectious laugh.
-You swing your right arm when you walk sometimes and it's really cute. Daddy especially likes it when you do this.

You have brought so much sunshine into our lives sweetheart! We are so proud to be your parents and are enjoying this stage of your little life so much.

Love you to the moon and back,


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

4th of July Fun

This fourth of July weekend was especially nice for us. The normal fourth of July activities were fun like always (visiting with friends and family, playing volleyball, eating some great foods, etc...) but this year I think we appreciated it a little more because Collin was able to enjoy it after his two week lock-up in our study! Sunday morning, we went to church, came home and took naps, and then headed over to the Gaston's where we did all the aforementioned things. I had been giving Cayden one albuterol treatment daily because he had a nasty cough and it was keeping him from sleeping. We gave him a treatment right before we left for the Gaston's house and made him crazy! My heart goes out to all the mama's out there who have super energetic children. My normally laid-back boy was a ball of energy that afternoon/evening and it totally wore me out! That evening we loaded up and went out to Granbury (like we do every year) to watch the big fireworks show they put on over the lake. I was kind of a camera loser this holiday, but here are a few of the pictures we snapped.

Maylee playing with one of her favorite people - her cousin Kyle.
We tried to get a picture of them together before we sun went down but they weren't terribly cooperative!

It worked a little better in mommy's lap. Notice that both kiddos have food in their mouths - hey, whatever works, right?!

Cayden showing Katie his soccer moves.

Cayden kept walking away from us and over to where other groups of people were sitting and we kept having to go get him. At least it seems like his shyness is starting to fade!

Patiently, or not so patiently as the case may be, waiting for the fireworks to start.

Watching fireworks

Hope that you had a wonderful weekend celebrating our independence and freedom! My sweet boy turned 18 months yesterday so I'll be posting about that soon.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

How is it July already?!?

Seriously. I love the summer and it's going by way too fast. We have had a pretty exciting week around our house. First of all, Collin passed his Series 66 licensing exam yesterday. Praise Jesus for this not only because it's good for his career but also because I have basically been a single mom for the past two weeks while he has been studying and am SO glad to be a two parent household again! I have a ton of respect for single's a tough job! And I am blessed to be a stay-at-home mom. I cannot imagine working all day and then being a single parent by night. Anyway, back to my story. Cayd and I have missed Collin like crazy and it's really nice to have him back to his normal stress-free self. Collin has been studying for the past couple of weeks so his time spent with Cayden has been a lot less than normal. He pretty much locked himself in our study unless he was eating or sleeping. Last night, the boys spent a lot of time wrestling and playing together, making up for lost time. There is no sweeter sound in my house than to hear them playing together. It usually involves a lot of precious laughs from Cayden, which definitely adds to the sweetness. We are very proud of Collin for passing this exam. It now means that he is a Registered IAR (he's told me what that stands for more than once but I've forgotten again...). His boss also told him that, as a reward for passing, he'll take us (us meaning Collin and myself) to Del Frisco's for dinner along with his wife and another couple in the office. We are waiting on the other guy to pass his test but after he does, we should all get to go! I've never been there and am excited about that! I think I might need a new dress... :)

And if the tension of Collin's upcoming exam wasn't enough, we've also been on pins and needles this week awaiting the birth of our twin nieces. Collin's sister, Carissa, was admitted into the hospital on Tuesday night (at 33 weeks, 3 days pregnant) with contractions and dilated to a 2. At some points, it looked like the twins might be making their debut and then something would happen to make us think otherwise. After three days of that, they finally were released yesterday afternoon to wait it out at home. The doctor doesn't want to do the c-section unless Carissa goes into labor on her own or starts progressing more. She never dilated any further and the contractions would be consistent for a while and then begin to be random. The girls did drop lower while she was in the hospital and the doctor thinks it will be any day now. I joked with my brother-in-law last night that if they're born on July 4th, Baby B (who they were having trouble coming up with a middle name for) could have a middle name like Liberty, Independence, or Americus (like that movie...cannot think of the name of it now. The one where Natalie Portman lives in a WalMart for a while). Ha! Seriously, though, we are SO excited about these new little sweethearts entering into the family. Collin's sister and her family are in Houston (with the rest of Collin's family) and we hate being so far away from them. We hate it all the time because we miss them but we really hate it when things like this are going on! Although there's nothing we could do, you just want to be there, ya know? Please remember the Vann family as they get ready to transition from a family of three to a family of five. Prayers for safe delivery, healthy babies, and a smooth transition for big sister Eden are especially appreciated.

And because I said that I would post some pictures of my child's sad haircut, here you go:

I know this picture is blurry but in typical toddler fashion, I couldn't get him to hold still. It's cut in the back to be about 3/4 of an inch above his natural hair line. And one side is higher than the other. The pictures don't do it justice. She butchered it.

You cannot tell from the front and thankfully his hair grows fast so I'm hoping in the next couple weeks you won't be able to tell at all. We are normally a baseball cap wearing family but the back of Cayden's hair is keeping me from putting a baseball cap on him. We don't want to draw attention to the neckline!