Tuesday, March 27, 2007

This is the cute bath time photo I was telling you about. It's about a month old, but it's still a good one of her smiling. She has other smiles too, of course, but I haven't captured many of those yet. I'm not good at making her smile behind a camera yet. =) Gotta run - feeding time!

Friday, March 16, 2007

The many faces of Caiden - 12 weeks

Twelve weeks brings experimenting with new sounds, especially one that resembles purring, and even a squeal every now and again, exuberant kicks, sucessfully placing fists in her mouth, using cooing to get our attention and then smiling and chuckling that it works. She loves sticking the tongue out and delighting in the silliness of others when they stick theirs back out at her. She is turning her head at sounds, eye gaze following people around, practicing holding her head up and sometimes running into shoulders, heads, or anything else nearby when she loses control. However, my personal favorite is sleeping for 7 and 8 hours a night! I'm loving this age!! Here are some of her many faces. (I have a smiling one, but it won't let me add any more right now. Next time!)


Monday, March 12, 2007






Smiling on Daddy's chest.




Yesterday we went to hang out at the racket club as guests of some of the kids in our youth group. We just lounged around near the lake, soaking up this sun and the wind. Today we went on our first family walk on the bike path. When we came back, Caiden and I had a picnic in our back yard. We've picnicked before, but she was too little to fully enjoy it. I'll include some pictures Jeff captured while Caiden was telling how much she was enjoying herself. I have never seen her so excited. Her whole body was excited: her arms were waving, legs were kicking, she was smiling and cooing. She even had her first out-loud laugh as the wind blew by. I couldn't help but join her in her exultation. It was one of those priceless moments that you cherish forever.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Grace

Well, I made it! My first day back to work is over. I even got out early because the school just finished FCAT testing, and the Principal sent us all home early as a reward. =) I felt the prayers of so many today! I didn't even cry. I almost lost it when I kissed my sweet baby girl goodbye, but the teacher I work with was walking in at the same time, waited for me, hugged me and quickly distracted me. Thank you Jesus for angels in disguise! Even my Principal found me today and let me know that he understood that I didn't want to be there, but that he was so glad I was back. How sweet! Everyone was so kind, and one teacher even let me use her room to nurse Caiden during my lunch break. The little boy I interpret for finally understood by the end of the day that I was back full time, and he was very excited. Even his reaction was a blessing from the Lord.

Caiden survived beautifully. She even stayed on schedule! Of course I was thrilled to "get her back" and I was even hesitant to put her down for her afternoon nap. We did have some quality time with cooing and smiles and nursing before she dozed off though, and I treasured those moments with my whole heart.

Thank you to all who prayed for me today. Your love and support mean so much! One more day until Spring Break!! =)

Friday, March 02, 2007

Sweetness

Caiden smiled at her first inanimate object today. =) The lucky benefactor was her turtle rattle that hangs on her carseat/stroller. We were on our afternoon walk and I was talking to her about all of the sounds we were experiencing: the wind in the trees, the birds calling to eachother, the squirrels scampering up and down the trees, the water trickling in the stream along the sidewalk, and suddenly she smiles the sweetest smile... the one where she smiles with her eyes and sticks her tongue out (similiar to the first blurry smile picture on this blog). And then I smiled. She was focued on something totally different than what I was trying to share with her, and I almost missed her appreciation of it in my attempt to get her to appreciate what I was focused on. As we walked I thought about how there was a lesson for me here. I'm sure there will be many times in our brief learning time together that I will have the opportunity to get to know my daughter, or instead barrel ahead with my own agenda. It was a reminder to appreciate her for who she is and what she likes. I will share my loves with her along the way, but hopefully I will be gentle in my approach realizing that she may, or may not, appreciate them in the way that I do. (we see so many child/parent conflicts stemming from situations like these in our interactions with teenagers!) Parents, in their rush to impart _________(fill in the blank) forget to delight in their children- for the individual God created them to be. I pray that God gives us grace and wisdom to not make that mistake. I'm sure we will make plenty others.

On a side note, Caiden weighed in today at two ounces short of eleven pounds! =) Next time I'll share about our adventure in NOT immunizing (yet, anyway).

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Work

I found out yesterday that I have to return to work sooner than I thought. As in, a week and a half sooner than I thought. And I'm just not ready. I KNOW that we have to do this because of the insurance, and it's just for two months, but I'm really struggling. I'm sure that's normal, and being emotional is expected, but this is really hard. I'm trying not to be emotional so I don't upset the baby...and I know that crying won't help anything, but I'm really, really sad. The good thing, is that I start back on a Wednesday, which is a short day, and I only work two days before Spring Break kicks in and I get a long week with my baby girl.
Logistically I know this will be so challenging...Caiden is still waking twice or three times a night to nurse, and I will have to be out of the house by 7:00 every morning. She is still nursing every two hours or so except when she takes her morning nap (3-4 hours). The good thing is that I won't have any trouble pumping at 9:00, and 11:00, and 1:30 (hopefully Mom can bring Caiden to me during my lunch break at 11:00 so I can nurse her myself). So, that is only two or three (max) feedings that I won't be able to give her myself. That is a blessing.
If you all think of us, please pray for us- emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and logistically. Learning to juggle all of these things will be challenging for sure.