Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ninja Baby

Sometimes I do this to help keep Cayden's pacifier in... I think it makes him look like a ninja.


Today I started a sewing project, a nursing cover, so that the whole world doesn't have to see me feed Cayden. I'm not completely done with it, but have realized that I am missing a few "necessities" including:

1) A rotary cutter

2) A rotary mat

3) Grids

These three things would make sewing so much easier! Feel free to get them for me any time. :) And while we're at it, let's throw in one of these:

A seam ripper

No, I do not have one. Yes, I have been sewing for years without one. What have I been using as a substitute? Tweezers; today I decided that tweezers just aren't going to cut it anymore.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Because He Loves Me...

Chad picked this flower for me during our walk last night. Why? Because he loves me. :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

♥ My Boys ♥

Cayden woke up earlier than usual this morning. I fed him and then decided that I wanted to take a nice long shower (I never get to do that anymore) since Chad was home this morning. I asked Chad to watch the baby and then jumped in! About 30 minutes later I emerged and discovered this:

Too cute! *sigh* Oh how I love them both!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cayden's First "Real" Bath

Last night Cayden had his first "real" bath (aka a bath in a tub, not a washcloth bath). Chad and I hoped that he would enjoy it since he was learning to like the washcloth baths and sitting in a tub of water seems like it would be a whole lot more fun than having water wiped all over you. As you can see, Cayden clearly enjoyed his bath...

(I think Cayden looks like a wrinkly little old man here.) However, joy quickly turned into this...

Cayden proceeded to scream the entire rest of his bath. Apparently the bath wasn't as nice as we thought. Sad day. I'm just hoping that he'll eventually learn to love bathtime.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Frank: New and Improved

Remember a while ago when Frank tried to kiss another car? Remember how embarrassed he was to be seen wearing red lipstick? Well no more! Frank finally got a much needed paint job thanks to Chad's dad. It looks great and I actually think the front bumper looks better than the rest of the car. Lol.

So there you have it. Meet the new and improved (and certainly less embarrassed) Frank!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Cute Baby

My Grandma (who is now a great-Grandma!) made a really cute blanket and hat for Cayden. He wears the hat every night to bed and the other night we had him wrapped up in the blanket. Cayden was just too cute and we had to take a picture. His expression in the second picture is my favorite!

Happy (late!) Birthday

Chad's birthday was on Monday, July 6, but we celebrated it a little early because we didn't know when Cayden was going to arrive. For Chad's 26th birthday I bought 26 of his favorite junk/food items and hid them around the house. Chad then had to go on a scavenger hunt to find them. It actually turned into the 'hot or cold' game because Chad is very bad and hunting for things. :) He also got to pick out a new outfit for his birthday; which he looks very hot in I might add. ;) Chad requested that we have Taco Bell for dinner so I obliged and then turned the food into a TB cake before we actually ate it. The cake wasn't all that cute, but I thought it was creative... candles and all!

The scavenger hunt finds.

Chad with his new clothes. He is trying to show you how old he is... 2 and 5 on his hands, plus 1 big toe = 26!

Chad and the TB cake.

We still celebrated a little on Chad's actual birthday. My mom took us out to dinner (thanks mom!) and then we had a real birthday cake. (Yes, the grocery store made it, but I did just have a baby. Give me a break!) Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! It sure was delicious!

Happy birthday Chad/Daddy! We love you lots and think you are the greatest!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

We brought Cayden home on Sunday, July 5th. Here are some pictures of Cayden since leaving the hospital:

Cayden always thinks he is starving. If I don't feed him right away he resorts to sucking on random body parts. Lol.

Tired Daddy and baby. So cute.

Introducing Cayden Dale Higgins!

Chad and I finally had our little boy on July 4th at 3:09 am. He weighed 8 lbs 15.7 oz (although some of the nurses rounded up to 9 lbs) and was 20 1/2 inches long. Cayden has dark blue/gray eyes and strawberry blonde hair. He has his Daddy's eyes and his Mommy's cheeks and face shape. We're not sure about his nose. For those that are interested, here is what led up to us celebrating the 4th of July in the hospital. :)

After my post last Friday I began having even more contractions (I didn't think it was possible). Chad's mom and sister were down visiting with me and as we began timing the contractions we found they were finally four minutes apart and were lasting about 90 seconds. Finally! I got to the hospital about 7 pm and found out at 8:30 that I was progressing enough so they would keep me; I was so relieved to not be sent home. Around 9:30 the contractions were too painful and so I got an epidural. An epidural is seriously the best thing ever and I think anyone who says they want to go natural is absolutely insane! There was a lot more pressure involved in getting an epidural than I anticipated, but it was so worth it. Minutes after the epidural I was sound asleep and didn't feel a thing! Funny story... while getting the epidural I thought I had peed all over myself, but it turns out that it was only my water breaking.

I slept on and off from about 11-2 am when the nurse came in again to see how far dilated I was. At that point I was at 7 cm and she said she would come back in an hour and check again. For some reason another nurse came in about 20 minutes later and when she checked me she found that I was at 10 cm! I went from a 7 to a 10 in 20 minutes! Sweet!

At 3 am the Dr came in and said it was time to start pushing. I was curious about how long this would take and was told by a nurse that for a first baby I should expect to be pushing for 1-2 hours. My initial thought was if that was the case I was going to die. Have no fear... nine minutes and two contractions later little Cayden popped out! After seeing how much he weighed and how fast he came out the Dr and nurses said I had bragging rights. Lol.

Chad was great through the whole thing. He thought it was pretty neat cutting the umbilical cord. I think the funniest thing he said during the delivery was in reference to the baby's head coming out... "Hey Amber, there's a lot of blood down here." Really. No kidding. Thanks dear, that's exactly what I wanted to hear.

Everything went perfectly and we now have a beautiful, adorable, happy, healthy baby boy! We love him so much!

Seconds after being born.

8 lbs 15.7 oz... big boy!

I just love his little frog legs.

Holding my little boy for the first time; I started crying.

Daddy and his boy. :) Chad looks really, really tired.

Cayden's first bath. He screamed the whole time.

Blowing spit bubbles. :)

Trying to suck on his thumb, which by the way he has become quite proficient at.

Cayden with both of his Grandmas.

Chad and Cayden.

My boys. I love them.

Our first family photo.

Absolutely precious.

P.S. Sorry about all the pictures. This is only a few of them, honestly. I just have a lot of favorites!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Not Quite Godzilla

Tuesday afternoon I went to my Dr appointment only to find out that nothing had changed since the previous appointment. (Ok, a little changed but not what I was hoping.) I was still dilated 1cm, the baby's head was still at -2, and I was 75% effaced - 5% more than before. I looked at the Dr and then at the nurse. The nurse could tell I was upset and told me it was ok to cry... which I did. :)

After calming down I talked to the Dr some more. He said that the hospital I will be delivering at has a policy that pregnant women cannot be induced until they are a week overdue - unless of course there is a good reason they would need to be induced earlier. Neither the Dr nor myself wanted me to go a week overdue, which by the way is what I was looking at because NOTHING was happening down in the baby department. The Dr said he was worried that I'd be delivering a little monster (aka an enormous child) and wanted to get an estimate of how big the baby currently was so I made an ultrasound appointment for the following day to determine the estimated fetal weight. He said that if the baby was HUGE then he might be able to induce earlier.

Following an extremely painful ultrasound (pressure all over your 39+ week pregnant belly = ouch!) the ultrasound guy said the baby currently weighs about 8 lbs 9 oz. Are you kidding?! Holy hugeness! In his words, not mine... "Well, he's not quite Godzilla..." Thanks dude. You're not the one going to have to push this baby out. Joy.

So there you have it. My baby is a beast. Hopefully he is big enough to warrant being induced earlier than one week overdue. Then again, maybe it won't be necessary. I've been having contractions/braxton hicks/false labor/not sure what to call it since late Tuesday night. I've mastered the one minute in length, but am still working on the 3-5 minutes apart. This little boy just better come soon because I hurt all over.