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Friday, April 30, 2010

Kaden, Happy 4 months!

Dear Kaden,
You are officially 4 months old! I no longer consider you a newborn.  (Sigh) :(
1 hour old....

1 month old...

2 months old...

3 months old...

4 months old!
The first 3 months were harder with you (since you had reflux). BUT once we got you on medicine and a good schedule you were a MUCH happier baby! We are SO happy that you are growing (and that is an understatement)! You LOVE to nurse and would take it anytime over a bottle. However,Daddy has the magical touch for sure when it comes to bottle feeding.
I took you to see Dr. McGee on Wed. She was thrilled with your progress! You are 17lbs even (and in the 75 %) and you are 25 & 1/2 inches (75%). I am SO happy that you are not to big for your age-I was getting worried for a while when you wanted to eat each hour at the beginning! The last 2 weeks you have discovered your hands and I am convinced you will be a thumb sucker :) Your personality is coming out more and more each day. You have the biggest grin and love to smile at us when you see us!
Parker LOVES to giggle at you when you are down on the floor playing. You LOVE to talk each morning around 7AM. You just started sleeping 9 hour stretches about 2 weeks ago! Mommy is forever grateful for sleep again. Some nights you still want to eat around 3 AM and that is fine with me. I know you won't be little forever.

Your favorite time of the day, besides being in mommy's arms~ is definitely BATH TIME! You just LOVE to kick your feet and stare at your hands. You melt mommy's heart when I see how happy you are laying in the tub.
Last week you had your first food! We introduced you to Rice cereal and you LOVE it. We have found that 6:30 PM works wonders for you~ and you sleep till 5 AM!

Today we will always remember~your future playmate, Brady Foster is due to arrive very soon! He is being born today! We can't wait for you two to meet!

We are so happy to have you in our family and can not wait to see you get more mobile and explore your surroundings.  God has blessed us with you and we are touched that he chose us to be your mommy and daddy!

Huggs and kisses....we just can't get enough these days of those sweet chubby cheeks!
Mommy and Daddy

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April Adventures (Part 2)

Last Wednesday, I kept Parker out of school for a special visit! My friend Christy (from college) was in the area. So, I took Parker and Kaden to meet her and her kids. We got together last July when they were up from FL visiting family. When were last together, Christy and I were both expecting. So, it was neat to finally meet their newest addition, Noah! We enjoyed the day at the park, lunch and of course special cupcakes...that Parker picked out~ sure wish they were closer so we could do it more often!

Saturday night we went over to Kayleigh Bugg's house *that is what Parker loves to call her now! We had one last visit at their house~ They SOLD their house! (Sigh :( and we are so happy that it finally sold after 2 years.) They are not going far for now. They will be moving to downtown ATL till the Lord directs them to a new house. (It is something they have always wanted to do, and it will be a fun place to visit this summer!) So many fun memories over there, and it seems like it was just yesterday that Parker and I stepped foot for the first time in it! WOW ....time is flying by. I am so grateful for the fun friendship that Parker and Kayleigh have established and of course the friendship with Liz and Craig is a blessing to me and Michael!

 This past Monday, Parker got to celebrate his Summer birthday with his classmates.
I think he will be in school for his birthday going forward. GA is about to move the start date to the beginning of Aug. so he will be able to celebrate the real birthday at school! (Not sure how he will like that!?) I made a treat based around the weekly theme "Sun, Moon &Stars!" I made round sugar cookies, frosted them yellow (the color of the week) and sprinkled them with stars! ( I try when I can to be creative :) grin! All the kids loved the cookies and Parker enjoyed wearing the special Birthday hat!

(Kayleigh Bugg checking out the yummy cookie)

Here is my laugh of the week!

Parker was playing in the pantry and here is how I found him the other day!
I sure do love being his mommy (and Kaden's too~ can't wait to see all that he will be exploring soon!)

April Adventures (Part 1)

I can't believe how much occured in the month of April! So, I will have to make a couple posts to share on our many adventures.

The beginning of April we became the proud owners of a mini van!
It fell into our laps and was a deal that was from the Lord! We love the extra room and having 2 kids in car seats make life much easier with a van.
The van came to us just in time~ Kaden and I had to take a road trip to MI! It was not a planned trip but a bittersweet visit. A long time family friend passed away. Sally, struggled with Pancreatitis and the Lord took her home on April 7! (Sally, was one of my sister's best friends growing up). Her family was like a second family to my sisters and me growing up! So, I had to be home for my friend, Becky (Sally's sister) and her mom! I am so gald that I got to be there for the memorial service and share on some sweet memories of Sally's life.
Kaden got to meet two of his aunts, his cousins Grace and Josh,  and family friends-Becky (her family) and  Mom H. We had a special time out with Grandpa C to breakfast and enjoyed some other adventures too. He wasn't to happy with something I ate while we were there; and I am pretty sure it was Marinara sauce!...So we had a rough end to our visit, but I am so happy that he got to meet them before he turns 1.  

I do not reccommend a road trip with a newborn to anyone! BUT, I was not going to fly and have all these restrictions either! So, I called my longtime friend Cari (from HS) and stayed at her house in OH! It was the perfect 1/2 way point. It was great to finally meet her daughter, Kensy!

Parker stayed home with Daddy and they had a ton of fun. I don't think Parker missed me at all- He greeted me by saying "No-no!' Daddy! Where did Daddy go?!" I tried not to take it to personal
 :( And, of course I could not have gone-had it not been for my great friends stepping in to watch Parker. Thank you Lorelei and Liz!