Sunday, December 30, 2007

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Chilly Morning Thoughts

WHOO HOO Calvin has fallen asleep much earlier the last two nights, which means we get to bed earlier too!! This morning he woke up around 6:00 and he did two of my very favorite things.

1. When he had had enough to eat he smiled and fell asleep for about 5 minutes. This is my favorite snuggle time with him.

2. Once he woke up he immediately started smiling and talking. It always is much more pleasant to start my day off with a happy baby.

Once he woke up we headed out to the living room but found it was pretty chilly so I grabbed his jacket rather than get him dressed. I just think it is hilarious that the makers of children clothing figured out how us crazy adults just can't resist dressing our children like animals. Just put a couple of ears on a hat and we think it is the cutest thing.
Yesterday brought some disappointing & discouraging news. Apparently the guy who is working on Calvin's document is now on vacation until January 10th and his document is not finished. Marvin and I were both pretty bummed and frustrated with the way the system works back in Nin. I have found myself getting so mad when I think about how long it has taken. Father is definately pointing out some areas where I need to expand my faith. We also found out that our colleagues can't join us for a meeting here at the start of the year. What a bummer, we were really looking forward to seeing them.
On top of that I had to go back to the dentist to get a cavity filled. I seriously hate the dentist, mainly the sound or taste of metal not the actualy person. He gave me a pretty strong shot because half of my face was not functioning for a few hours. It was some strong stuff because I couldn't blink and I had to work really hard at closing my left eye. As I was paying the bill I realized that it was going to be tricky telling the taxi where I needed to go. The taxi cab driver must of thought I was crazy or something because I couldn't pronounce the letter "r" to save my life and unfortunately there are a few in our address. Once I got back home I met our neighbor, with half of my face drooping I informed her that I was sorry but I only speak English. Marvin and I had a good laugh about the whole situation and thankfully feeling was restored to my face a couple hours after I got home.
On a more positive note we leave on Wednesday for the sea We have a meeting we have to go to and we are really looking forward to a change of scenery and also the chance to do something. We are even more excited to see some really good friends there. Wednesday can't come soon enough.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Calvin's 1st Christmas

Calvin had a wonderful 1st Christmas. It was quite a relaxing day. Calvin woke up smiling and talking, it was a wonderful start to the day. I started breakfast then we helped Calvin open his presents. He did everything but look at his presents, I am sure this will change in years to come.

We enjoyed brunch while Calvin napped and then we started getting ready to go to a friend's house for Christmas dinner. We had a good time and are so thankful for friends who are willing to open up their home to us. We are so thankful for our "family" on this side of the ocean. We will also able to wish our family a Merry Christmas back on the other side. It was a great day filled with lots of memories.

He already looks like a natural!

Our little receiver!

His new snowsuit is a bit big but he will grow into it soon enough.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Where we call home...for now

We thought we would post some pictures of where we are spending Christmas, so you can visualize where we are living.

He loves his baths

Calvin loves baths. It is so funny because he just lounges and occasionally will prop his foot up on the outside of the sink. Even if he is super fussy the second he hits the water he is relaxed and calm. Usually after we take him out of the water he talks up a storm.
He is still fighting gas issues and you can tell his tummy is still distended, so life sometimes is a bit uncomfortable for him. We are thankful for moments when he is relaxed and enjoying the world. Yeah for bath time.
This is the life
It's over already

Do I really have to take another picture?

Merry Christmas

Marvin was changing Calvin's diaper today so I quickly grabbed the camera because he becomes Mr. Talkative when he gets a new diaper. Sure enough he wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Calvin's 1st Christmas will be a laid back one. We will spend the morning at home and then head to a friend's house for a Christmas dinner. We had a wonderful Christmas Eve filled with amazing Chinese food, a good time of family worship and entertained by our favorite Christmas movie, Elf.

We are thinking of all of you back home, how we would love to give you all a big hug right now. We also would like Calvin to experience all of your kisses and hugs. For now we will sure give him plenty from all of you. We love you and miss you.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Slow Sleeper

Ready for Bed

Well Calvin is now sleeping in a real crib! He hasn't outgrown his bassinet, but we moved and the place we moved to already had a crib, so why move a big bassinet when it was unnecessary. The first time we put him in it he looked so tiny, now I am used to the sight and it is normal.

Lately it has been pretty chilly in the apartment, so I have bundled him up at night. Last night he wore a onesie, a thin sleeper, a sleep sack with the ends closed so that they covered his fingers(Marvin likes to call this his dress), his fleece sleeping bag, I wrapped him up in a warm blanket and topped him with a hat. I did the same thing tonight as it was pretty cold again today. At least I don't have to worry that he isn't warm enough.

Lately he has been having trouble going to sleep at night. We have tried a lot of different things but most of the time it seriously is a 2 hour ordeal getting him into deep sleep. I don't know why but he can be asleep for any length of time and if we stand up or walk into his room, his peepers pop back open and out come the cries. At least he sleeps well once he finally falls asleep, we are defiantly thankful for that. Hooray for sleep!!!

Cinnamon Nativity

Since all of our Christmas decorations aren't with us, I had the idea of making some cinnamon ornaments. (They are so easy to make all it takes is apple sauce and cinnamon.) We are so thankful that we were able to borrow a small tree from a friend here and it came with these cute tiny ornaments and so there wasn't room for any more ornaments. But I still wanted to make these ornaments and then I thought it would be fun to make a nativity scene out of this cinnamon dough. Marvin and I both enjoyed making this year's Nativity scene and we decided it would be a fun thing to do with Calvin next Christmas.
**You can tell which ones I made and which ones Marvin made, I am not as good of sculpter. Thank goodness my shephard has a staff, it helps hold him and the sheep up.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

2 Months Already

It's crazy how time flies, we can't believe Calvin is already 2 months old. The bottom picture Calvin is wearing the outfit he wore when we took him home from the hospital. It was very baggy then and now it fits perfectly.
We had a doctor's appointment today and he seems to be growing and developing fine. We are still concerned about his stomach problems as his stomach continues to be distended. The last appointment the doctor told me it was okay to eat dairy products but I could tell it made a difference so I stopped. The doctor agreed with me this time but encouraged me that this should go away once he gets more mobile. (I can't wait for a nice cold glass of milk, it's going to be heavenly!) We came away with a few suggestions that we hope will help him get rid of this gas.
Drum roll are his 2 month stats:
11 lbs & 23 inches.
Our little guy is growing like crazy!
We moved yesterday and we almost have everything unpacked. Even though we won't be here too much longer (we hope) it is nice to not live out of a suitcase. Our new place is beautiful and has much better lighting which always perks you up. We look forward to getting out and exploring the area a bit. It has been beautiful the past couple of days, light jacket weather. It seems weird that Christmas is just around the corner when it is this warm out, but we will enjoy this weather while we can.


Calvin loves movement of any sort. We can roll him in the stroller, strap him in his baby bjorn, or walk the halls with him and he is content as possible. To our surprise the apartment we are staying at now has a baby swing. As soon as we saw this we made it a priority to get batteries, and sure enough he loves it. I put him in it this afternoon and 5 minutes later he was out. It also let both of us eat dinner at the same time tonight! We are so thankful for this little invention.

Friday, December 07, 2007


We finally got a picture of him grinning! The live version is so much better, so hopefully we will try to catch that one on video soon.
It's hard to believe that Calvin will be 2 months on Monday. As I was holding him this morning I was overcome with thankfulness that he has come into our lives. It's amazing how much sweeter our life is now. Children certainly are a blessing.
Other news is that we are moving to a new apartment on Monday. The family whose apartment we are staying at is coming back shortly after Christmas, and since that is a busy time of year we will switch before the holidays. It is a much nicer place but we are so close to everything we need here, we have a grocery store right next door and another one a 1/2 block away. I am sure there are plenty of stores around the new apartment, but we will just have to do a little exploring to find them. This move will also help us see how much stuff we have to lug back to Nin, yikes! Thankfully we will have one flight under our belts with Calvin before we have to return home with lots of luggage. Traveling with children certainly adds a lot more to think about.
We are excited to get a few Christmas decorations. We only brought our stockings, so we will have to buy a few things to get our surroundings in the Christmas spirit. We are hoping to go to IKEA sometime next week to find a few things. I can't wait, plus I love IKEA so it's a great reason to have to go browse. There is a new mall next to the IKEA and we have been told it is pretty nice. Marvin actually suggested going there, I was shocked since he isn't a shopper. I think he was just thinking of places where we could go.
That's about all that is new in our world. It's I was hoping to make it out of a walk a couple of days this week, but it's been raining alot. Apparently this area needs the rain, so we will bear with the weather.

1st Bottle

Calvin had his first bottle last Friday . It was pretty funny watching him figure out what was in his mouth, but after he figured it out he downed it in a hurry. There was a women's Christmas party that I went to last Saturday, so Marvin handled our tired boy, while I got to spend a few hours getting to know some ladies. I had a great time and was thankful that I was able to sneak away a few hours.