These days, this bouncer is her favorite place to play – as it has been for her brother and sister. And I like it because it feels a little safer than flat on the floor for John to practice jumping over
We’re getting lots of smiles from her these days.She especially loves when we blow raspberries at her.
And her newest trick? Oh yes, she giggles! And Ellie Jane is best at getting a good laugh from her.
Well stink. WordPress doesn’t allow you to post videos anymore without a $60 upgrade. No thanks. You’ll have to click on this youtube link to see it…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RymokqP9SO4
(This is also a very good picture of a day in our life these days. Ellie Jane adores Davy – and it s mutual feeling I think – and she is also in a particularly silly 4 1/2 year old stage. John is always dressed as some kind of character. A pirate, a cowboy, spiderman, a hunter – usually a combo of all of these. What a funny kid!)
Here’s a few things Davy did, this 3rd month of her life…
Got to play with cousin Eliza, who came to visit all the way from Kansas. These 2 are only 3 weeks apart (Davy is actually younger, though you would never guess it from her hefty size )
Sweet thing will still sleep just about anywhere. We kinna drag her around during her nap time all the time, so I guess she’s just learned how to ignore the amazing amounts of noise our kids (especially our almost 3 year old!) can produce!
At Christmas with all her Williamson cousins…
Not a great pic, but this is how Christmas at the Cunningham house always starts – we all pile in a bed together on Christmas morning
She’s still a campion eater, has such a sweet laid back personality, and is just a perfect fit for our family
We’re so thankful for our gift from God and love our sweet 3 month old so much!
This is John these days. He always has a pile of his really special (always growing) “co-wection.” He carries around his arm loads of
junk special things and finds containers to stow them in…his current favorite being his new biiig truck.
And his bed each night?
Sweet Davy is already 2.5 months old! When Ellie Jane was born, my dad told me time would just keep speeding up – how true! I feel like she is already growing out of the newborn stage – so sad. I love, love newborns. But I also love getting to know Davy’s little personality.
Can I just brag for a minute? She is the best baby ever to be born! Really. She is so content, easy going, and happy – all the time. We go back and forth between calling her “angel baby” and our gift. And that’s what I really feel about her – she’s a gift. I know every baby is, but she is like all the joy a baby brings without any of the hard stuff that usually comes with a baby
Ok, so here are some pictures…
I think at 2 weeks she weighed around 10 lbs and was about 23 in. She was a great eater from day one. My only complaint around this age was that she wouldn’t take a pasi! I didn’t know what to do with a baby who didn’t love their pasi. Now, I’ve learned that she just doesn’t really need one. She kinna sucks on her tongue when she sleeps. Funny. My mom is determined to make her like a pasi, so when she’s really sleepy sometimes she’ll suck her pasi for a minute.
about 3 weeks here
6 weeks old – I did flowers for a wedding and she was my assistant This was the only place I could find to lay her down in the warehouse I was working in. She just played and slept in the grocery cart and in my ergo for 2 days!
I was trying to remember to take monthly photos of her like I did with the others, so John “helped” me one day. This is as good as I got. He loves her a lot, but he makes me a little nervous around her. So I was more focused on keeping him from landing on top of her than actually taking a picture of her!
We’re still trying to figure out who she looks like. Most of the time I think she looks just like Ellie Jane…
but sometimes, I see John in her too…
Especially in this picture of each of them…
Then I see these…
At her 2 month check up, Davy was 12 lb 4 oz and 24 in. She’s sleeping about 11 hrs straight most nights – has been since about 6 weeks. I try to let her get 2 good naps in (and all 3 kids take a good afternoon nap, all at the same time – Praise the Lord!) and then the rest of the time, she’s really happy to just go along with whatever we’re doing during the day.
My favorite thing about her – she’s a cuddler! I’ve never had a really snuggly baby. She buries her little head in my neck and just falls asleep. Love her!
I feel so aware right now of how much suffering there is in this world – between all the recent shootings, friends with a baby that’s dying, other friends fighting cancer, and the list goes on – I find myself just overwhelmed with thankfulness to God for entrusting us with 3 healthy, happy children. Also, praying for grace and strength each day to be good stewards of them.
We have had a special hymn with each child that we sing to them before bed. Ellie Jane’s was “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” John’s was “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” and Davy’s is “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds”
How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.
It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary, rest.
Dear Name, the Rock on which I build,
My Shield and Hiding Place,
My never failing treasury, filled
With boundless stores of grace!
Jesus! my Shepherd, Husband, Friend,
O Prophet, Priest and King,
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
Accept the praise I bring.
Weak is the effort of my heart,
And cold my warmest thought;
But when I see Thee as Thou art,
I’ll praise Thee as I ought.
We’re praying that our sweet little girl would treasure Jesus above all else, and that He would give her eyes to “see thee as thou art.”
“She says I shall now have one mouth the more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music, and drawing. Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other. Here is a sweet fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which it dwells is worthy all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ’s name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other darlings had left me.
Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to your mother’s heart, welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers!”
- Elizabeth Prentiss, Stepping Heavenward
My sweet mom and sister kept Ellie Jane and John while we were at the hospital. Mimi’s house is one of their favorite places in the world…there is always fun to be had over there!
Breakfast in bed was Ellie Jane’s request…
John’s favorite kind of truck at the moment is the trash truck. Every Tuesday and Friday (trash pick up days in our neighborhood) the trash truck backs up our street at about 6:30 am and makes that beeping noise that trucks do when they back up. Without fail, John wakes up out of a dead sleep hysterical – “Mommy! Mommy! The trash truck is here! Hurry!” So I go get him out of bed, we go outside and watch the truck pick up every can on our street, wave to the trashmen, then he goes back to bed. Too funny.
So, Mimi got his his own trashtruck. (Surely our truck collections is complete now?!) He has literally not put it down for a week.
My little brothers had homecoming the night Davy was born, so Ellie Jane got to join in on all the fun. My sister did makeup and hair for some of the girls, and Ellie Jane loves hanging out with the big girls while they get dressed! Then she got to go take pictures with Uncle T…so fun!
On Sunday, the kids got to come up and meet their new sister. Ellie Jane has been so excited about having a baby sister, and it was so sweet seeing them meet for the first time.
(love her proud face!)
John was not so into it – he was sweet, but much more interested in playing with his ball and the jello that the hospital had He’s warming up to Davy now – even gave her a kiss this morning!
Here is our first family of 5 picture. And I think it’s hilarious, and so telling of real life! Colby and I both look happy and exhausted, Ellie Jane is so proud, Davy is not sure what to think, and John could just take it or leave it
Since we’ve been home…
(watching the recycling truck with his trash truck)
(Ellie Jane doing her swing tricks)
(Like I said, he hasn’t put it down!)
(real life – Ellie Jane reading to whomever will listen, John talking about his trash truck to whomever will listen, and sweet baby just sleeping through all of it!)
The kids have really adjusted great so far. I’m so thankful that Ellie Jane and John are such good friends – they have been perfectly happy to just play together while I take care of the baby. I’m sure we’ll have some bumps in the road in the coming weeks, but for now I’m just so full of thankfulness to God for these 3 sweet children!
This birth was such an experience, I want to have all the details written down. Feel free to skip through it – there are lots of details just for me
Davy was originally due 9/21/12. After an ultrasound and some figuring, her due date was moved to 9/28/12. Obviously, both those dates came and went with no baby. Since she and I both looked very healthy, my Dr. was fine letting me wait and see if she would come on her own.
(Woah! There was a whole lot of baby in there!)
So, for the first week, I tried everything to encourage her to come. Literally every old wives tale there is, except for Castor Oil. I took the kids everywhere hiking, climbing rocks and stairs, walked for miles, we even rode a (very bumpy) tractor all over an apple orchard. I ate all the stuff they say – pineapple, spicy food etc, I bounced on a yoga ball, took tons of evening primrose oil, etc, etc, etc…you get the picture. All this led to nothing.
Saturday at 2 pm (after much research!) I decided to take a small dose of castor oil and just see what would happen. I made a midwives “cocktail” of 1.5 T oil, 1 T cashew butter, 1/2 cup full fat apricot yogurt, and a splash of orange juice. I ate it over about 10 minutes…not the best thing in the world, but not horrible either.
I took a shower, then laid down for a nap. I woke up at 4 pm with some contractions – very bearable, but definitely not just Braxton Hicks like I had been having. The castor oil never made me sick at all (praise the Lord!). So, mild contractions started at 4 and came consistently every 2 minutes, lasting 45 sec each for the next 2 hours. They were definitely contractions, but I could still talk and walk through them. We decided this could be it so we got the kids settled with my parents and the car ready to go. We wanted to stay at home as long as possible, but since the contractions were so close together for such a long time, we decided to head on to the hospital at about 6:45.
We got to the hospital, they monitored me for a bit and saw that baby’s heart was great and I was having real, consistent contractions. But I was only at 4 cm (same as I had been at the Dr. early in the week). So we asked if we could go home until something changed. They were fine with that. So Colby and I left about 7:45 and headed to Brookwood Mall to walk a bit and eat something.
We got home, in the middle of a huge rain and thunder storm, and there was a snake on our front porch! My contractions were still the same as they had been since 4 pm. I sent my mom a text at 9:01 telling her about the snake, then I decided to take a shower. Right as I was about to step in the shower, I heard a pop, and then had a big, long, hard, contraction. Ouch.
I got in the shower anyway and in about 7 or 8 minutes had 4 more really hard contractions. Colby saw me and knew it was time, so I threw on clothes and we headed to the hospital. We live about 5 minutes away and I had 3 big contractions in the car. Our parking ticket says we parked at 9:29. We parked and I had 3 more contractions – one in the parking lot, one on the elevator, and one in the hall. At this point, I was totally in the zone – I knew it was close. A sweet lady saw me in the parking lot and got an elevator for us, etc. I think she was afraid I was about to deliver in the lobby!
Colby was awesome – he knows exactly what I need and how I liked to be helped through labor. We walked into our hospital room and I thought I needed to go to the bathroom, but my water broke as I sat down on the toilet. I had 2 contractions right on top of each other, then stumbled to the hospital bed. I started feeling that (unbelievably strong and uncontrollable) urge to push almost as soon as I got up kneeling on the bed. A few minutes later, Davy was born and in my arms. I’m not sure how many times I pushed – not many – but she was born at 9:39 – 10 minutes after we arrived at the hospital.
A random doctor (Dr. Radbill, who delivered some of my siblings!) ran in at the last minute, but really Colby and the nurses delivered her. That moment after she was born – seeing her for the first time, the relief from delivering her, the bond with Colby from doing that together – it’s the most amazing moment in the world.
(I wish I had some pictures from the first time we saw her, but needless to say, no one was really thinking about a camera at this point! I think we were all in a bit of shock!)
She laid right on me for about 10 minutes, but was a bit blue from such a fast trip into the world. So she spent a few minutes under some warming lights. Then we spent the next hour nursing and cuddling – best part of the night!
She weighed in at 9 lbs, 6 oz, 22 inches long, and a 15 inch head! I love big babies
My parents and Abby were waiting in the lobby by the time we all got cleaned up. I love having a photographer in the family! Abby took a bunch of pictures for us – these are about 1.5 hours after she was born.
(I didn’t have a chance to change into a hospital gown, get an IV in, fill out any paper work, etc!)
So now we’re all home! I feel so good – 100 times better than I did 4 days ago when I was way overdue pregnant! Davy is a dream – she is really beautiful – tons of black hair just like Ellie Jane had, her mouth looks like John’s, and she has a dimpled chin – all 3 kids have one just like their dad.
What a gift!
We have picked each of our kid’s names based on a few significant things: they each have a family name, they each are named after someone who has influenced our life, and we consider the meaning of the name also.
(Ellie Jane – 1 day old)
Elliot Jane is named after Jim and Elizabeth Elliot – whose lives and writing have had a big impact on both Colby and I. Jane is after Colby’s mom – and now, we’ve loved watching how similar Ellie Jane and her Dooda are! Ellie Jane means “God is gracious and He (Jehovah) is the Lord.” We pray for her that she would trust wholly in the God of grace, and that He alone would be Lord in her life.
(John – 1 day old)
John Caleb is named after Colby Jon, Colby’s Pa John, and Caleb – Colby’s twin brother. I love that he is named after so many great men. His name also means “God is gracious.” In the Bible, it is said of Caleb (though it literally means dog ) that he had a “different spirit” and “followed the Lord fully” (Numbers 14:24). We pray this would be true of our John Caleb
(Davy – 1 day old)
Mary Davis – Every woman on my mom’s side of the family is named Mary something – My granny, my nana, my aunt, and my mom – so many women with qualities we hope Davy will share with them. Davis was my Great Granny’s maiden name, and I’ve just always loved it because it means “dearly loved.” We’re calling her “Davy.” One of mine and Colby’s favorite books is A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanaucken. It is an autobiographical memoir of Sheldon and his wife, Jean Davis whom everyone calls Davy. Davy is described as being “…so eager and loving, the one who made the love of God a flame in the room.” Later, when talking about her, Sheldon said that needy people were always drawn to her – “coming particularly to Davy because of her warmth of kindness.” We pray those things be true of our Davy – that early in her life, Christ in her would be like a flame that draws people to the love of God.