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Big news! We’re expecting and its a boy…

What a fun ride this year.  The big news for the year is that Jen is pregnant.  As of this week, she’s 28 weeks along.  We haven’t purposely waited to make an announcement, but its been a very busy year, so no online announcement ever really made its way.  We first found out in June that she was expecting, one week before our trip to Las Vegas.  We flew out for my work (a conference) and then stayed to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary there by seeing KA at the MGM Grand.

After we returned, we patiently waited to find out what we were having.  We both fully expected that it would be another girl.  On my mom’s side of the family – its all girls and one boy.  On Jen’s mom’s side of the family – all girls.  We really didn’t expect any different, but in September, we got a surprise.  We’re having a boy!

Needless to say, it seems perfect for us.  We’re excited and ready for his arrival at the end of January.

Peyton is happy to be a big sister.  She had chosen the name for a little girl, so there was a little disappointment that we wouldn’t get to use the name she chose, but overall she’s loving the idea of becoming a big sister.

A lot of things change in six years.   For Peyton’s arrival, we launched this website and chronicled her development and delivery.  For baby James, this blog wasn’t needed thanks to Facebook and sharing everything there.  They are certainly different, but it still helped to share the news.   Our friends had twins about 2 years ago and there are all these new things that didn’t exist when Peyton came along.  We’re learning from our friends again and finding all the newest things.

I know my cousins have all said that they have tons of pictures from the first child and none of the second, and so on, but I guess in our case, we have lots of posts about Peyton and none about James.  Somehow, I suspect that photos are a given with Jen — she’s always snapping photos, so I don’t think we’ll have a shortage of the new baby.

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Quick, quarantine the house!

That’s what the doctor could have said on Saturday. After working on the bathroom with Brett (ok, while watching Brett work on the bathroom), I went to the doctor to see what was ailing me. I told her that I was having problems and thought I either had an ear or sinus infection. She inspected my ear and said that didn’t really seem to be the problem. A little irriated maybe. She said open up – say Ahhh…. I did and the reply was quick – yeah, there’s the problem. A positive strep test later, she comes back and gives me the verdict. Great.

So I call and give the news to Jen. Turns out the cute little give Mommy kisses, give Daddy kisses trick we taught Peyton recently isn’t quite as cute when Daddy has strep throat. So, Jen does a 360 in the middle of 501 and heads for Doctor’s Care, too. Nevermind the errands she was running. The same doctor attends to her and Peyton. Verdict – a double ear infection for Peyton, a sinus infection for Jen.

Peyton and I were out of school/work yesterday to recover, but Jen was non-contageous and decided to work. We’ve used a couple cans of Lysol around the house trying to disinfect everything. But we all seem to be on the mend.

Actually, we didn’t know Peyton had any problems. She was user usual happy self so we had no idea she had an ear infection. We see that she’s inherited her mother’s and her grandfather Coffin’s tolerance for pain… She’s been great about taking her antibiotics and laying there for the ear drops – even though you can tell they feel funny to her.

Everyone is back at work or school today. And we all seem to be feeling much better. And we’re so glad!!!

4-Month Doc Appt; Peyton weight 14 lbs

Peyton had her 4 month shots yesterday and she did really really well. I took her and her mommy had warned me that it’d break my heart when she started crying from the shots, but baby girl surprised us all and she hardly cried. Matter of fact, she was smiling at the nurse who’d hurt her in just a minute. She whimpered and you could tell that she didn’t really like it, but she wasn’t going to hold it against the nurse either (or her dadd thankfully).

Peyton weight 14 lbs and 3 ounces (minus whatever the deduct for the clothes) and she’s 23 1/2 inches long. Doctor says she’s as healthy as a horse…

2-Month Doc Appt; Peyton weighs 11 lbs.

What a night and it isn’t over yet! Peyton had her 2-month doctor’s appointment this afternoon. She was all smiles in the waiting room and I felt so guilty! The good news is that she is “healthy as a horse” according to the doctor and she weighs 11 lbs and 5 oz. However, the sad news is that Peyton was due for 4 shots in the legs and one vaccine by mouth. She didn’t take any very well and cried out in pain for a long time. After we got home, she fell asleep for a couple hours and then woke up crying. She was hungry and then very uncomfortable and irritable. After a warm bottle, she continued to cry out in such pain. I called the doctor in panic and he said to give her liquid tylenol and put warm washcloths on her legs, which had begun to swell. She didn’t have a fever, thank goodness! Peyton fell asleep again for a couple of hours, but I’m expecting a long night with a sad, hurting baby. She had quite a day. Daddy is planning to be there for the next round of shots at 4 months in March.

Peyton’s First Doctor’s Appointment

Peyton went to the doctor on Nov. 14 (her original due date) and everything went really well.  She gained 13 ounces and even the doctor was impressed with her weight gain.  He said she is very healthy and to return in January for her shots.  Peyton took to the doctor well because she slept through the entire exam!  What a good baby! 

We also took her for a car ride yesterday to visit Jen’s coworkers and others in the area.  She also slept through those visits!  Now, if she will only sleep through the night!  Everyone so far says Peyton looks more like her Daddy.  What do you think?

HTC Baby Shower

HTC held a wonderful baby shower for us on Thursday.  The food was delicious and the decorations were adorable!  We received many gifts that were very much needed including a high chair, a cradle swing and home safety items.     

We truly appreciate all the love and support everyone has shown to us with the anticipated arrival of Baby Peyton.