Monday, August 24, 2009

pictures from the week

We are still doing awesome. Cydney is up to 6lbs 7oz and becoming more precious by the day. Coy is still a wild man who keeps me on my toes. He's our big boy and we're so proud of him.

I promise a more thorough update soon, but here are a few pictures from our week...

Miss Cydney in her car seat
At a birthday party with daddy...he was a little chef and made a pizza

Before an afternoon swim, they took a nap...
Me with Cydney... I'm so white I actually blend in with the couch...I need some Vitamin D! =)
Playing with daddy...
When I see this face, I know something is up...Mr. Mischievous...
proud of himself and whatever it is he just did...=)
okay, please ignore me...just look at my two beautiful babies in their diapers...=)

Monday, August 17, 2009

One month

Today Cydney is one month old! Here is my attempt at cute pictures. I absolutely can not get a good one for the life of me. =)



Life lately has been BUSY. Even when we stay home all day, I am constantly on the go chasing after Coy. He is one energetic little dude...I have no idea where it comes from. He has been having a few more "jealous" days where he does not want me to hold or feed his sister. Our biggest challenge with Coy right now is getting him to sleep at a decent hour in his own bed. We 'sleep trained' him once before earlier this year and he did awesome. He slept all night and liked being in his crib. But since his world was rocked with me going into the hospital, he's not been sleeping consistently in his own bed. And since we've been home, we've given in and let him sleep in our bed out of exhaustion. But, that has made for VERY long days for us since he's been going to sleep late and restless nights for everyone. We can not keep up that pace any longer. I know consistency is the key; I'm hopeful that he'll be sleeping better soon.

Cydney just eats and sleeps most of the day away. She is so sweet. The poor thing has reflux though---ugh, I hate it. She seems to be okay; she doesn't spit up a ton. And I am watching her closely to make sure she isn't hurting at all. I think the Gripe water helped some, but not much. I am praying she doesn't need medication and is a "happy spitter".

Chris and I are enjoying our time together and with our babies more than ever. We are so happy to be on to the next chapter of our lives. It feels so great to be home. I keep saying that because it's so true. After over 100 days straight in the hospital, home feels alittle bit like heaven on Earth. I love the weekends when we can go do things...we took both babies out to eat Friday night and went swimming at my parents house yesteday. Those are the things I dreamed about when lying in the hospital bed for so long. God is so good.

A few pictures from yesterday...Coy LOVED swimming...here he is with Grandpa C...
...and the water hose...
...Cydney ready for some milk...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

new pics

Here's our baby girl. We're doing good...just hanging out, enjoying life, and sleeping when we can! =)








Friday, August 7, 2009

this & that

Score for Team Mommy---both babies are sleeping right now---time for a quick update!

We've been home for over a week now, and I'm happy to report that I'm still sane! It has definitely been an adjustment going from one kiddo to two, but it's not been too hard, really. I'm tired from feeding a newborn every few hours round the clock and chasing a 20 month old who never slows down, but all in all, it's been great.

Coy is having some jealousy/regression while he is getting use to his new sister in the house. But he's been very sweet with her as well. He loves to go over to her cradle and watch her sleep. He points to her and says "baby". When I'm holding and feeding Cydney, he is wanting me to hold him too. He looks at me and says "baba", meaning he wants a bottle too. Cousin Colby was over this week and Coy went right up to him, and pulled the pacifier out of his mouth and started sucking on it. I can't even tell you the last time he took a pacifier---over a year ago.

Because he's such a big boy now, Coy has his very own play room (aka our breakfast area). When Chris & I built our house a few years ago, we didn't think about a "room for all the toys that your children will accumulate in their first years of life." So, we decided to remove our kitchen table, and just let Coy take over that area. He loves it. I love it too because I can clean the kitchen and keep my eye on him as well.

Coy is talking all the time these days. He says baseball, baby, grandma, mommy, more, uh oh, lollipop, ball, bubbles, etc. He is such an adventurous and independent child. He will go in the backyard and explore, play in the sandbox, and dirt. I love that he's developing and growing up, although it makes me sad that he's no longer a baby.

Cydney had another Pediatrician appt today. She is 5lb 50z. Her doctor said her weight gain is okay, but wished she had gained an oz/day. Cydney is having some issues with reflux already. She has been spitting up more than I'd like and her tummy is distended at times. She is VERY gassy--I feel so bad for her sometimes. We are going to try Nursing Mom's Tea and Gripe Water to see if that will help at all. If not, the doctor said she could possibly need medications---which I don't want to do unless absolutely necessary.

She is such a good baby so far, although, she does have her days and nights mixed up. She is up eating every 2 hours at night, but I think she'd sleep all day if I let her. I have been nursing her about twice per day and she is doing better. She will latch on and suck for about 10 minutes before passing out again. I wake her back up, but she will usually not latch on again. So, we supplement with a bottle afterwards. I think she'll get the hang of it eventually! Chris really hopes so! =)

Speaking of Chris, he's been such a great help with both kids. He gets up at night to feed Cydney, bathes Coy, runs errands I need done, etc. He's been amazing and we're so blessed to have such a supportive husband/father!

That's all I can think of for now...we are so overwhelmed by all your love & support. God is so good and we are so grateful. Please continue to pray for our little miracles...

Here are a few new pictures and two videos...

No pictures of Cydney this time....she doesn't like the flash on the camera...

Coy's new "play room"...





video

video

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

just a few pics

I'm too tired to make a real update, but here are a few new pictures. Everyone is doing great! Thanks for your continued prayers, love, & support!

before her bath...
loves the swing...
precious princess...
big brother is 'regressing' a bit--- a paci? he hasn't wanted one of those in over a year...
playing in his sandbox...




new favorite toy---any kitchen utensils he can find!

bath time---with leftover spaghetti sauce on his face!

so happy...

Saturday, August 1, 2009

home sweet home

I can't even explain how nice it is to finally be home....with both our babies! We are tired, but doing great. Everyone seems to be adjusting to life with our family of four.

Coy is very curious about his "sissy"--he has to help change her diapers, and every time Cydney gets a baba, he wants one too. He his very sweet with her, but tends to get rough at times. Remember his favorite toy--the baseball bat---not such a good idea now.

Cydney is doing fantastic as well. She had her first pediatrician appt yesterday. She weighed in at a hefty 5lbs even. The little piglet gained 4 oz in 2 days. She's been a great eater at home. She does have her days and nights confused, but hopefully, we'll break that habit soon. She tends to wake up every 2 hours at night to eat, but will go 3 hours during the day. We go back to the doctor next Friday for another weight check.

Life with two kiddos is definitely busy. For all those moms who have more than that---God bless you! Thank goodness I've had lots of great help! My mom came along to the doctor yesterday (we had Coy too!) and I don't think I could have done it without her. Coy was all over the place! At this point, Cydney is a piece of cake. Eat, sleep, repeat. Coy on the other hand--he'll give anyone a run for their money!

Thanks again for all your love, support, and prayers. To say being at home feels surreal is an understatement. On the car ride from the hospital, I couldn't stop sobbing. It was like a flood gate opened and I just let it all out. All the worry, stress, fatigue, and relief--I was so thankful that a new chapter of our lives was beginning.

Here are some pics from the past few days....






After running through the sprinklers, we wanted to play in the baby playmat..


He loves golf clubs and baseball bats...oh boy!


We are so blessed! Love to you all.