Tuesday, September 27, 2011

4 Months Appointment

Evelyn had her 4 months appointment today - it was a couple of weeks late...between her pediatrician being gone and me having a Board meeting for one of the professional organizations I am in, we were a little late in getting this one scheduled.  Her pediatrician said everything looks great - Evelyn was in a great mood, so Dr. Perez kept commenting on how happy she was.  I told her we call Evelyn 0-60 because she can go from being completely content, happy, and smiling to screaming in about .25 seconds.  Fortunately, she can also go the reverse in about the same amount of time! :-)

Her 4 month statistics:
Weight: 12 pounds, 9 ounces (2 pounds, 8 ounces since 2 months) - 20th percentile
Length: 23 inches (2 inches since 2 months) - 7th percentile
Head Circumference: 41.25 cm (2.25cm since 2 months) - 50th percentile

She's still tiny...but Dr. Perez thinks she is gaining steadily, so she is probably just going to be more petite.  I've been breast feeding exclusively to this point, but I think my milk is starting to not keep up with her.  I'm praying for it to start producing more, but we may have to start supplementing formula with the breast milk if things don't change.  (Something I really really don't want to do...so you can join us in praying that my body will do what it's designed to do!)

She also sat up by herself for the first time tonight!
And this is what happens when Mommy and Daddy leave me by myself for too long...
It's all fun and games until some one does a face plant!
(apparently I've learned from my - Stacey's - Dad to shoot pictures when your kid face plants instead of helping out...)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tired Girl...

(Yes...she's still on nursing strike.  She'll nurse just fine at night when she's been sleeping - but all day, she only wants the bottle - even if it's me giving it to her!)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Packing Tape is Funny

(apologies for the shaky camera work...I was trying to entertain and film at the same time!)

I wish I would have gotten this the first 7-8 times I pulled the tape...she was really cracking up!  And just to prove that children really do change every day - when Dan and I tried it today, nothing...

Just Getting Comfortable Here

Lately, Evelyn has started sticking her hands behind her head whenever she's on her back.  When she's playing...when she's sleeping...when she's in her car seat...even in the bathtub!  It's so cute!
She may be getting it from her Grandad...

(seen here teaching it to her cousin, Ben)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

3 Months Photo Shoot

I can't believe it's taken me this long to post these - but here are Evelyn's 3 months pictures (now that she's 4 months old...).  We just LOVE the photographer (Cat Herndon Photography) who has done her shots!  Can't wait to see what she does in November for her 6 months pictures!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Our Cute Little Cheerleader

It's a good thing she's cute...
...because so far this game sure isn't.

Hoping the second half is better...I'll be dreaming that it is and watching it tomorrow.  If only I had a boss who would believe it if I called in sick tomorrow!  Evelyn really is fighting off her first major cold...we aren't sure if it's a cold, allergies, or from the smoky-haze we have coming down from the central Texas fires.  Regardless, having a little congested one is no fun for anyone!  We finally figured out that sleeping in the swing helped, so everyone could get some sleep! :-)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Somebody Found Their Thumb!

This is actually last week's news...but it's so darn cute I have to post it!

(she's intently watching the Purdue game here...)

My other "new" favorite thing is how she rubs her eyes when she's tired...probably a lot of new favorite things on the way in the next few weeks...months...years...

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hope that Does Not Disappoint

This is quite possibly the most inspirational and touching story I have followed in a long while.  It's the story of Ryan and Kim Mayeda.  I know Ryan and Kim through my sister and brother-in-law.  I learned how deep the hurts of this world can be through Ryan and Kim.  About a year and a half ago, they gave birth to their miracle baby, Kyla, who came after years of fertility treatments and trying to start a family.  Only six days later, they said goodbye to her on this side of heaven.  I remember getting a phone call from my sister asking me to pray because Kyla wasn't breathing on her own when she was born.  The next six days, I prayed for healing, I experienced one of the most vivid visions I have ever had from the Lord.  I was certain that the Lord was going to heal her precious body and bring hope and life to so many surrounding the circumstance.  So when Kyla entered into the arms of Jesus, I questioned how this could happen.  I still do not have the answers to that question.  As if that were not enough, when Ryan and Kim pursued adoption in the months after Kyla's short life, they experienced more hurt as two adoptions were disrupted.  Again, I questioned.  If I, only tangentially related to their story, questioned - it blows my mind to think of what the Mayedas went through over the past 18 months.

I can't honestly say how I would have responded and reacted.  I would like to say I would come out worshipping on the other side - but now that I'm a mother myself, I don't know.  It's the most difficult realization to come to, that your children are truly the Lord's and you are merely entrusted with their care this side of eternity.

In an effort to create a lasting legacy for their sweet daughter, Kyla, Ryan and Kim have started a foundation - Kids for Kyla.  To kick off the foundation, Ryan ran 200 miles across Colorado in 3 days.  Just thinking about running 200 miles makes me tired...but 200 miles in 3 days makes me want to curl up on the couch and eat Oreos while watching a Gilmore Girls marathon.  Over the past three days as he ran, I have been glued to Facebook/Twitter (see posts from his journey here) - watching his updates as he crossed the state.  Seeing posts of prayer requests for injuries and posts of pure joy in finishing.

This is one of my favorite pictures posted through the weekend.  Because it reminds me of the promise God has given us.  
Even through hurting times, the promise remains.

Ryan and Kim, through this weekend you have begun to answer those questions I have had over the past 18 months.  Watching you lean on your Beloved through this wilderness has inspired me to trust Him more.  As I followed Ryan running across Colorado, I realized that his race is much like life.  It's hard and it doesn't always go as planned.  We get hurt, we experience turmoil through life's hills and joys through life's companions.  Sometimes we just need to be carried.  But through it all, when we persevere, the Lord truly rewards our persistence.  Paul teaches about perseverance in Romans.  He tells us that through suffering we learn to persevere, and that perseverance brings about character, which brings about hope.  Watching your run, Ryan, I learned that hope often comes at the risk and hand of suffering.  Much like Christ, who suffered to bring us hope.  A hope that does not disappoint, and a hope that allows us to leave this life with questions.

Ryan's run (and Kim's administration of it!) showed me hope.  Hope of taking a heart-wrenching story and giving it a purpose on this side of heaven.  Hope of helping children find their forever families.  Hope of couples standing with full arms.  Hope that does not disappoint.

Their story gives me a new way to look at my day and my life.  I've learned that when you partner with God and concentrate on making yourself happy at a deep level, you benefit others too.  When you see a person living inspired, don't you start wondering how to be inspired yourself?  Ryan and Kim's story gives life a whole new perspective.  It teaches you to see the positive in your life right now.  When you actively work on your own happiness and role in this world, alongside your God-given dreams and visions, people will remember you as one who led a good life, and will use you as an example.  By fulfilling your own dreams you have not only taken - you have given back.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Celebrating Miss Amber

Today was Amber's (Evelyn's nanny) birthday, so we took Evelyn over to her house for a party complete with 25 cakes (for her 25 years) and yummy fajitas!  I've been wanting to get a picture of the two of them since Amber started watching Evelyn, so here it is!
Happy Birthday, Amber!  
Our family is incredibly blessed by you - we enjoyed celebrating you and meeting your family and friends!

Boiler Up!

Evelyn is experiencing her first Boilermaker football game (it hasn't been much of a game thus far, however!).  Here's our little Boilermaker in the making!

Getting ready for the game!
This kid seriously loves watching football!  When it's on, she will sit and just stare at the TV.  She is definitely my daughter!  She's also a fan of her Bumbo seat - she has reached the stage where laying is no longer fun, she wants to sit (or stand).  In the day and a half I've had it out, she's loved it!  It sure makes it easier to play with her since she's happy because she's sitting, but I can actually see her face instead of sitting her propped up in front of me.  
Watching the action!
 Watching the game with Daddy!
And...Evelyn got mentioned by the official Purdue Sports twitter - she's practically famous!
Watch out for the twitterazzi!
click photo to enlarge

Friday, September 2, 2011

Sneak Peek

I went back to work two weeks ago (boo!)...which explains my lack of blogging!  I'll get back into the swing of things soon!  We had 3 month pictures of Evelyn taken a couple of weeks ago, and our photographer (who is awesome!) came back tonight to re-shoot family pictures because the ones she got didn't turn out like she hoped.  I'll post more later this weekend...but here's a sneak peek!