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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Many Faces of Eliana

This weekend we went down to celebrate a Eliana's Great Grandma Sue's surprise party!!! Sometimes Eliana is okay in the car, and well sometimes she absolutely hates it! Yikes! I thought it might be funny to post possible thoughts Eliana was having along our recent car ride.

Are we there yet?

How much longer did you say?

I can't take another 2 hours of this!!!

My binky helps, but don't think I'm done voicing my opinion of being strapped down in this car seat.

We went to the doctor today and found out that Eliana is now 6 pounds and 11 ounces! She is in the 5th percentile for her weight. I guess that makes sense since she was 3 weeks early. People keep telling me how small she is. She is the only new born baby I've got to compare her to, so she is just right to me! She is getting too big for some of her preemie clothes!!! She is now 19 inches long. That is almost a two inch gain!

Eliana loves looking outside. Here are some other possible thoughts while looking out the window.

Is that squirrel really going to jump? No, no. He couldn't. That branch is much too far.

Oh my goodness! He's jumping! Ahhhhhhhhhh!

Oh, whew! He made it.

This is just after a sneeze.

Friday, July 23, 2010

4 Weeks Old

Eliana is four weeks old today!

She got all scrunched up for this photo. Even with her scrunched up, I can't imagine her being inside me. Her original due date was just a few days ago.

This is Eliana yawning, not screaming :) .

This is from last week.

We have found the pacifier to be our friend.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Wiggle Worm

Yesterday morning I noticed that Eliana had wiggled quite a bit to where she was in the corner of the cradle. She had her arm and foot outside of the cradle. That made me nervous, so Kyle adapted the crib to be baby escape proof. You can see in the picture below that although cardboard isn't super cute, it is really needed for our wiggle worm.

Did you know that baby's skin peels?

A coworker of Kyle's made this beautiful blanket.

You can't tell much from the picture, but this preemie outfit (specially bought by Rachel) is actually getting snug on Eliana!!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


For the past three Sundays, I haven't made it to church. The first Sunday was just two days after Eliana arrived. The following Sunday, Kyle made it to church, but I had too little sleep to stay awake during church. Last weekend Kyle was sick, so we stayed an extra day out of town with relatives rather than driving home.

So, what do you do when you miss church? A friend of mine lives in Wisconsin and goes to Blackhawk Church in Madison. On occasion, she recommends sermons she has heard from the teaching staff. So after a few hours of sleep on that second Sunday being home, I listened to Pastor Chris preach the sermon called "A Time for Everything". For a week and a half I've been chewing on his words, so much so that today I listened to "Life Just Ain't Fair". Pastor Chris breaks down the book of Ecclesiastes into these parts:
Life is an absurd puzzle that no one can figure out.
Ultimately only God knows how it all fits together.
Therefore, fear God and enjoy life for what it is.

I would highly recommend taking the time to listen to at least these two sermons. You can find them archived at: http://www.blackhawkchurch.org/resources/message_archive.php#. My life has had a lot of transitions lately. After 5 years of teaching, I'm not teaching this fall. I'm a new mom. My grandfather and grandmother have passed away within months of each other. Kyle's grandfather passed away the same week that Oma did. I found these sermons to hit the spot with all of these transitions. Let me know if you listen to them. You can post a comment on our blog by clicking on the word comment below each post. If you don't have gmail or a blog, you can leave a comment anonymously and then write your name at the bottom so that we can see who is commenting.

Funny Moment

Grandapa and GramE are on their way here. Eliana had spit up several times, so a fresh bath made a lot of sense to me. While drying Eliana, she spit up. While whipping it up and deciding whether to rinse her again, she peed on me and the ground. Awe yes, so another rinse would be needed. Thankfully, Grandapa and GramE are still 20 minutes away. Eliana is now all clean again (for the moment:)) and ready for a visit.

Fraiser Park Sunset

Here is that same sunset a few minutes later.

Monday, July 12, 2010

A Family Filled Weekend

Eliana is now 17 days old. Kyle and I are so blessed to be her parents. I wish she would sleep this good during the night! She has a habit of wanting to eat every 1/2 hour to every hour from about midnight until 6. I was super blessed to sleep from 2:30am to about 5am without a feeding! Wahoo!

Can you tell that she is getting bigger? I think it is sometimes hard for me to see the changes, because I am around her all day.

Grandapa and GramE
Apa is the Indian name for Dad. Perry and I bonded a lot on our trip to India, so Grandapa is his name. GramE does have a capital E for her last name.

We headed out to Bakersfield for a few hours on Friday to visit some family that hadn't been able to meet Eliana yet.

Nanny and PopPop
I don't know if I've ever seen Nanny as elated as she was when holding Eliana.

Cousin Ashlee, Cousin Madison, Cousin Donald, me, Nanny, PopPop, Aunt Taylor, Aunt Tara, Eliana, and Uncle Kevin

Then we headed up to Fraiser Park to visit some of Kyle's side of the family that hadn't met Eliana yet.

Kyle loves his little girl!

Grandma Bonnie, Great Grandma Muriel, Great Aunt Jan, me, Eliana, and Great Aunt Kathy

Kyle, Grandpa Mark, me, Eliana, Grandma Bonnie

Uncle Thomas
We made a special trip to Starbucks on the way home so that Thomas could meet his little niece.

me, Kyle, Aunt Taylor, Eliana, Grandpa Brad

Now all of our Ventura, Fraiser Park, and Bakersfield family has finally met this wonderful blessing in our lives.


I know some of you regularly check to see if there are new pictures up of our little one. I have had several nights where Eliana likes to be up between about midnight to six am. Then we were away visiting family this weekend. I'll have lots of family photos to post very soon!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Looking Back

I love Eliana's smile!

Aren't these cute? Frogs are one of my favorite animals!

One day I'll be amazed at just how small Eliana is. Taking pictures with my hands in them will help me to remember her size.

I've been a bit reflective today. It often takes a the time to look back for me to see how God is moving.

As many of you know, I love to plan. I love to organize. I love to fill my calendar with activities. Two weeks before Eliana came was full with at least one, if not more than one, activity for every day. The week of Eliana coming was Vacation Bible School, so I, the Craft Lady, was naturally busy. I remember that Thursday before Eliana came choosing to stay home from VBS because I didn't feel well. I had flu like symptoms, which were actually a sign of labor I realized part way through the day. At some point that day I began to think about the up coming week. I didn't have one lunch plan with a friend. I didn't have any projects lined up. I had nothing. Now I realize that God prepared me with a week of "nothing" because I would have a brand new baby.

The Wednesday before Eliana came was a doctor's appointment. I was mortified when they said I had gained 6 pounds in eight days. I didn't like how my doctor and nurse's eyes got a bit big when they calculated just how much I had gained. I called Kyle after and repeated over and over, "This is not okay!!!" I still have 3 weeks to go. I didn't want to gain another 18 pounds before Eliana arrived. I knew I had eaten what I wanted when I wanted that weekend with that baby shower and all, but 6 pounds?!?!? Now I realize Eliana needed every bit of those pounds to help her be ready to come early.

Weeks ago my mom, sister, and I were trying to decide when to have the Bakersfield baby shower. At one point we thought about the weekend of June 26th and June 27th. I just wasn't comfortable having the shower so close to my due date. We went with June 19th. Now I realize I would have missed a very special baby shower if we had chosen the 26th or 27th. Plus I needed every bit of that tasty, calorie filled weekend. Once again, God prepared the way for Eliana to come.

Monday, July 5, 2010


Eliana got the hiccups throughout my pregnancy. They are so cute! She sounds like a puppy barking to me:)

July 5

This morning we all went to Sandy's Country Junction for some good ol' Okie food!

John and Trisha came to visit this afternoon.

Mommy, Auntie, and Eliana.

Aunt Trisha.

Happy 4th of July

I really should be sleeping, but I know some family would love a photo update. :)

I love being a mommy!

Kyle picked out Eliana's outfit for the 4th of July, bow and all!

Grandma Sue and GramE visited today!

Grandpa Hal is a pro at holding our little one.

GramE loves being a grandma.

Bath time makes Eliana more alert than anything.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Grandpa Jack and Oma

My grandfather passed away a week before Eliana was born. I wouldn't be surprised if his passing played a role in Eliana's early arrival. Oma, his wife, passed away about two months ago. I am deeply grieved that they are no longer here. I wanted to share some of the things I will remember about these special people.

*Grandpa Jack had one of the driest sense of humor I've ever seen. He regularly made me laugh when we visited him.

*Grandpa Jack and Great Uncle Ivan made quite the comical pair. I always looked forward to hearing those two banter back and forth with Great Aunt Ilean and Oma.

*Grandpa Jack pulled apart, entirely, a 1937 Buick and then spent decades putting it back together again. I remember being a small girl and sitting in the car that may or may not have had a steering wheel at that point. Sometimes there was a seat for us to sit in, and sometimes not. Sometimes we could see through the floor of the car, and sometimes the car didn't have doors. He loved that car, and he lovingly passed it on to my dad.

*Grandpa Jack was the one who turned me on to swing music. There is something special about good ol' swing music. I remember driving in his 1937 Buick listening to swing music on his red radio. I remember being fascinated that we could drive in the car without seat belts!!!

*I've always had a respect for veterans, because Grandpa Jack and Pop Pop served our country.

*When I hear the Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland, I always think of Grandpa Jack.

*Grandpa Jack loved sending me about ten to twenty forwards at a time every couple of days. I'll miss getting those emails.

*Growing up, I wondered if I'd ever have as many freckles as Grandpa Jack. I was a little confused about when our family name would show up on me.

*Strong and absolutely hilarious come to mind when I think of Grandpa Jack.

*Growing up, Grandpa Jack and Oma would take us to a sub sandwich place nearly every visit. I remember the pastrami being very good.

*We spend many summer vacations with Oma and Grandpa Jack. They lived so close to the ocean. Trisha and I loved that they had a white board for us to draw on. There were always markers for us to use when we came to visit.

*Growing up, we went to the Lions Club Christmas parties with Oma and Grandpa Jack. Every year, we brought home a mesh red stocking full of candy.

*Grandpa Jack and Oma had a cuckoo clock in their dining room that they showed us how to wind.

*Grandpa Jack and Oma had a small bird figurine that sat on their coffee table. One year one of us kids broke part of the beck. They were able to repair it!

*Grandpa Jack and Oma cherished their small white poodle Bridget.

*Oma was thrilled to hear that I was pregnant!

*Oma got her hair and nails done even in her old age.

*Oma loved telling stories. Before Kyle, his mom, and I went to Indonesia, we spent an afternoon with Oma and Grandpa Jack. She lived in Indonesia for many years. She shared with us it beauty and told her story of being in a concentration camp during WWII.

*Oma could speak Dutch, Indonesian, and English. I was fascinated as a kid when she would switch languages to talk to relatives.

*Oma was always bright eyed and gave wonderful hugs.

*Oma made bran muffins. When I was little, I didn't like them at all. My dad loved them so much. Year after year I would try them to see if I could figure out just what was so great about them. I remember one year finding them to be quite tasty.

*Oma was the person who introduced me to strawberry and cream oatmeal, and I still eat it today!

*Oma's 80th birthday party was quite a to do! There was wonderful Indonesia food that prepared.

*One of Oma's last wishes was for family to gather and celebrate Easter together. Many relatives were able to make that special time shortly before she passed.

*Graceful and independent come to mind when I think of Oma.

Photos galore

A clean diaper makes me smile.

I love to sleep in the sling when Mommy and Daddy take me on walks.

We have the same nose!

My Daddy says that I am the bee's knees.

Happy Family.


I sleep a lot.

This headband came from Kate. Daddy had told her that he liked the headband that Kate's daughter was wearing, so Kate went out and bought a package of them for me before I even got here. :)

Gram-E loves flamingos!

Full of milk and fast asleep.