Monday, September 26, 2011

Teeth and tears

This month, Cayden decided she wanted to go to the nursery during church. Actually, we decided for her, but either way, she loves it! She gets to hang out with her favorite Korean ajuma, Joice, and gets to jump around in her Rainforest Jumparoo.

She only cries when I come back to get her...which is pretty pathetic.

Don't worry, my baby doesn't hate me, she just loves new things (like the nursery and other kids) and when she sees me, she remembers, "oh, yeah, I'm teething, I'm supposed to be grumpy when I'm with Mommy!"
This is more like the norm.

Not really, this was an extreme moment when mean ol mommy was taking pictures of crying Cayden because she is so darn cute when she cries.

So we give her apples and teethers and cheerios and the occasional (ok... daily) dose of tylenol.  Those teeth just keep coming (2 for sure so far) and she is doing well considering. We are down to 2 naps a day and she is still waking up 2-3 times at night, not always hungry, but most of the time she eats. It is a time of sleep deprivation and pearly whites, but it is a beautiful time in the life of us.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The apple.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
I think we might have a future writer on our hands.... 
Blogosphere beware!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Randomness and a first tooth!

 On Sept. 9 Cayden's first tooth made itself known. My mom was feeling around on her gums (this is a normal thing for her), and she found the sharp little bugger! There is no denying we are teething because this kid is an emotional basketcase right now! She will be playing one second, randomly start crying and then be fine in 2 seconds. Oh boy, can't wait for the teenage years!
Cayden and Carrie

I was riding in the car and I looked back to notice this beady little eye staring at me. Cayden just realized she can see me if she really tries. She was quite enthralled. Don't worry, I wasn't driving when I took this photo. I did pull over in a wheat field to take it though.

Grandparents got sent this photo on Sunday....I bet everyone reading this is feeling bad because they forgot to say happy grandparents day to their gparents....don't feel too bad, I might have forgotten about my grandparents too...but Cayden didn't!

Jilynne learned how to change a diaper...finally!

Joe has a very nice family with 2 older children (26 and 23) and baby Joe (14). Joe will be living with us for at least the next 2 years (minus the summers) and we are happy to have him. We are trying to teach Cayden how to say Joe-Oppa (older brother in Korean). She loves Joe, and he loves her too. He comes down to play with her for a few minutes every day and always helps carry her carseat in from the car.  
This is Joe's family (and Cayden).

Joe's mom with Cayden.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

6 month stats

Cayden is growing! Length: 26.25 inches (70th percentile)

Weight: 15 pounds, 0.5 ounces (32nd percentile)

Head circumference: 43.7 cm (83rd percentile)

She's still a bit shrimpy on the weight, but everything else (especially her big melon) is above average. We went to the doctor today for her 6 month checkup and she had to have 4 shots!She got pretty red in the face and cried hard for only a little bit. She did pretty well, considering. Yesterday we started her on peas, and this morning she had oatmeal for the first time! When she first took a bite, she frowned, but after that she kept wanting more!

When we got home from the doctors office, I put her in bed and later I went up to check on her and she had peeled off one or her bandaids and was playing with it! Pretty funny until she decided to eat it! Cayden is sitting up all by herself now, and can reach and play with things without falling over. She loves her binkie and picks it up and puts it in her mouth a alot. She also discovered my cell phone and loves to play with it. She rolls and scoots backwards and in circles, says "dadadada" a lot (no matter if Bryan is around or not) and has started rolling over when I lay her down to change her diaper (not awesome).
Her new thing is to get her legs stuck in her crib when she is supposed to be napping. This happens like every day. She wiggles into the weirdest situations....on her belly, both legs sticking out of the corner of her crib...stuck and not happy. It's quite disturbing and I think I need to buy a bumper or something because it's getting a bit ridiculous.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Our crazy life.

As many of you know, we host Korean students at our home. Our host daughter Lauren has lived with us over the past 2 years (during school) and we've had Sun and Minsu live with us as well within that time. Sun moved out a few months ago, so we have an open room for the time being.

That is what we thought anyway.

Last Wednesday, we took a trip over to Central Oregon to visit Bryan's aunt and uncle (Lauren is good friends with their daughter Taylor). I will have plenty of pictures documenting this trip later, but I'm trying to ficus on this current story. We had to come back to Corvallis Friday morning because we were having an end of summer BBQ for the youth group kids at our house later that day. On the way home, Bryan got a call from a weird number. He doesn't answer his phone when he doesn't know the caller, so he got a voicemail from a Korean dad looking for a host family for his son. Bryan figured he would call back later, after we had gotten home, so we didn't really think much of it.

Time: 12:45 pm.

We got home and Bryan had to go help one of our youth group kids move out of his house, so I set to cleaning the house up for the BBQ. My mom showed up to drop off our dog, Macie, (she had watched her while we were gone), and she stuck around to help watch Cayden while I cleaned.

Halfway through cleaning, Bryan called and needed me to come into town to pick up a lawn mower that wouldn't fit in his small car. Making sure my mom was ok staying with Cayden (and Lauren upstairs), I took off to pick up the lawn mower.

Time: 3:00 pm.

I picked up the lawn mower, and headed back home. I pull up to my house, but can't pull in the driveway because there is a black Kia parallel parked in front of our driveway. Strange, I thought, managing to maneuver around the car and into the driveway. Even stranger, I opened the door to my house to find a Korean family of three in my house!

Apparently this family that had called us (only 3 hours ago!) could not wait for a call back and HAD to see our house! They showed up and my mom was so confused! She called Lauren down to talk with them (even though they speak really good English) and that's when I showed up.
So I have my house half cleaned for a BBQ that is supposed to commence in T-minus 1.5 hours and a family wanting to interview me for the job of taking care of their 8th grade son, Joe, for the next year and a half.

Oh the crazy life we live.

I gave them a tour (kind of pathetic because nothing was really ready for anyone to see!), and talked with them about their plans. Thankfully, Lauren talked with them in Korean for quite a while too, which allowed me to get a few things done around the house, but I really wanted to vacuum, but figured that might be pushing it. I told them about the BBQ and how a bunch of kids would be coming over, and invited them to come and meet the kids. They were happy to do so, but needed to go buy a calculator for Joe.

Time: 4:00 pm

The parents decided to take off for Freddy's, leaving Joe with us! Can you believe that? They just left their kid with strangers they just met less than an hour before! While they were gone, Cayden got hungry. I was so busy, and my mom (LIFESAVER) was cleaning and slicing veggies for the hamburgers, and so guess who got a crash course on feeding a baby? Yep, Joe. He sat there on the couch like a trooper feeding Cayden as I vacuumed! He even lifted up his feet for me to vacuum underneath! He's a keeper!

Eventually, the kids showed up and he fit right in, playing Wii Sports, Kubb and ultimate croquet. His parents showed back up halfway through the BBQ, bearing two Watermelons and a graphing calculator. They stuck around and we talked a lot, and they mainly enjoyed watching their shy son become one of the group.

And just like that, we no longer have an open room. Joe moves in on Tuesday, starts school on Thursday and his parents leave for Korea on Saturday. Quite the change for us, but even more changes of that 8th grade boy. We are excited for our new family member to join us!