Monday, April 27, 2009


Last night, we put Orin to sleep in his crib for the first time. It was hard on his mama, but it had to be done. He was starting to hit his head on the side bars of his cradle. Here is the little peanut in his big bed.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Orin was baptized today by his Grandpa D. I wanted to share some pictures from the special day.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

2 Months

Orin is two months old today!

He’s been consistently sleeping 8 hour stretches at night. We are still working towards the goal of 12 hours though. And he has fallen into a predictable schedule of eat, wake, and sleep times during the day.

I have had to go through his drawers and retire the newborn and 0-3 month clothes. That was a sad day! He now wears 3-6 month clothes and size 1-2 diapers.

Orin is full of smiles, but he likes to have you work pretty hard for them! He loves to be sung to. We sing “Wheels on the Bus”, “Pat-A-Cake”, and “Itsy Bitsy Spider” a lot. And this past weekend, he enjoyed playing Peek-a-Boo with Grandpa K.

He loves to snuggle with Mama…especially when he is tired. But he does put himself to sleep for all naps and bedtime. He is still in the cradle, but we hope to transition him to the crib soon, before I go back to work in 2 weeks.

Orin has almost doubled his birth weight. He weighed 12 pounds the last time we weighed him about a week ago. Notice the double chin??

He loves his car seat which is great considering we have traveled every single weekend since he was born.

It has been so fun for us to see his personality come out more and more. He is such a content and happy baby. We absolutely adore him! We are so glad that he is ours.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


I can now officially announce that we are moving back to OC. Here's how it all happened:

We had all intentions of staying here for another year. I had started searching for daycare for Orin, Ryan had a great job, and I was sure I would get offered a contract for next year. However, God had different plans for us.

The day we left the hospital with Orin, Ryan received a call from his boss letting him know that the company was closing the end of March. Nine people, one of them being Ryan, lost their jobs. Bringing home your newborn son to start your new family isn't the most ideal situation to hear of this kind of news and reality. But I think we handled it really well considering the circumstances.

Ryan started searching for other possibilities. He interviewed for a job around here, and he was also in conversation with his brother about the construction business. He was offered the job here, and he was offered partnership in the construction business. We spent a lot of time in prayer and discussion on where we felt God was leading us.

Although we will be moving further from both of our parents, we decided to step out on faith and move to OC. We wanted to be closer to our family and friends there, as well as the coffee shop. Moving to OC offers a safe, Christian environment to raise Orin amongst our family and friends, which was really important to us.
Please be in prayer for us as we make this move. We are people who do not like change. Once we are settled and comfortable, we tend to stay put. Pray that we find a place to live and that we continue to seek God’s will in our lives.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


We had a great weekend celebrating Easter with both of our families. On Saturday, we went to Grandma Heyer's house for Orin's baby shower and an Easter dinner. We spent the night at Ryan's parent's house, and we had a great time with everyone. It was a little chaotic and wild, but we loved every minute of it! Sunday, we went to church for the Easter services, and then we had lunch and an Easter egg hunt for all the kids. Here is Orin with his Easter basket from Grandma and Grandpa Doughan.

We made it to my family's Easter supper by 5:00. It was great to see everyone, and Orin got to meet a few new people. He was the life of the party! He even got another easter basket. This one was from Grandma and Grandpa Kennedy.

It was absolutely crazy on our part to try to travel to see all of the family in one weekend. I'm amazed at how well Orin did handling all of the traveling and the crazy schedule. I think next time, we will stick to visiting one family for these short holidays. Here are a few extra pictures from the weekend. Even though it was too cold for shorts, He had to wear his Easter outfit from Grandma and Grandpa Kennedy.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


I caught this on camera today and just had to share. He loves his Daddy!


We have come to the conclusion that Orin is fooling us when it comes to his sleeping schedule. He does over 8 hours a few nights in a row. And then he only does 5 the next night. I guess he is really the one in control...he just lets us think we are! We have started giving him 5 oz for his 8:30pm feeding and the middle of the night feeding. Hopefully that helps him to sleep longer through the night.

Monday, April 6, 2009

5 Weeks

We have had crazy weekends in this household and the chaos continues until the end of April. Hopefully then life will slow down a little. Except I’m not sure that ever happens once you have a child. This weekend, Orin and I went home for my sister’s junior prom on Saturday and a bridal shower for my cousin's bride on Sunday.


Week 5 update: Ryan and I were very flustered at the beginning of week 5. Orin was still only waking up once in the night, but he was waking up a few hours earlier at around 1:00am. And then he was up and ready for the day by 7:00. Thankfully, that only lasted for two or three days. Since then, he has been sleeping over 8 hours! We put him down at 9:00pm and he sleeps until around 5:15am. We weren’t really expecting him to hit this milestone so early at 5 ½ weeks, but we won’t complain!

Orin started to smile "real" smiles this past week. I finally caught some on camera. He is also starting to coo and “talk” to us. He's so much fun! I love my little man!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Here are just a few of the pictures Orin took at 3 weeks. Enjoy!