6 months old!!

Hi everyone! since i am putting pictures up on facebook, i haven’t really been using our blog as much. But i wanted to send some videos of some of the exciting things Charlotte is doing. Here’s what she’s doing at 6months:

Laughing at her reflection in the mirror (she loves her daddy again, which is exciting):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPzWFiy-OPE

Laughing like crazy when we play with her:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIYnLThvsRQ

Eating solid food for the first time (pureed food really):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEsKJO4tSqM

Propping herself up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RZyAWkHlUw

Riding on daddy’s shoulders:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnPtOLVuMpg

Rolling over:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcs3W9aBJV8

Sitting patiently while mommy is working:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiUbJt0LizY

And figuring out how to manipulate things with her hands:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD6ZyHnDJII

She is a joy! We are having a blast. We’re thankful for technology so we can share her growing up with all of you!

We love you!

E, L, & C

Published in: Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm  Comments (1)  

some January videos

Of course time is way limited, as everyone told me it would be, so the blogs are getting shorter and fewer in between.  i thought i would quick post some pictures and videos, since that’s really what everyone wants to see anyways!

Big Girl Sleeping in her crib

I want something else!

Midnight on New Years

one of the few times i'm happy in my carseat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjhLklW8VG8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUBw2aUrc3k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYvCdk5iaN0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk4buTo7auo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fJSWCk4T_0

We love you guys!

~E, L, & C

Published in: on January 23, 2010 at 7:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

1 month old

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
WE JUST GOT BACK FROM TRAVELING TO SEE FAMILY AND I HAVENT’ PROCESSED THROUGH THOSE PICTURES YET. SO I’M POSTING PICTURES OF CHARLOTTE’S 1ST 5 WEEKS. I’LL POST HER TRAVELING PICS AFTER CHRISTMAS. LOVE YOU ALL!  E, L & C

ready for a hike in the snow

Decorating for christmas

diva1

diva2

diva 3

diva4

looking for a christmas tree

daddy & baby

oh so cute

i got something to say!

little teddy bear

decorating for Christmas

loving staring at the christmas lights

let's go cut down the christmas tree!

my neck is gettign so strong!

bathtime

stretching to wake up

sleeping on daddy

jungle mat time

i love the sounds and colors!

posing in my sleep

falling aslep during our with the Lord

proud mama

proud daddy

Published in: on December 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Charlotte is here!!

“Children are a gift from the Lord…” – Psalm 127:3

YEA!!!!!!!!! Charlotte is here! We are so thrilled, we can’t even believe it. All of you with kids have been telling us what a blessing it is and how much we would love her, but we really didn’t have a clue until we had her. And you are all SO right! What a blessing she is! What a gift from the Lord! How much we love her! Thank you to all of you who shared in excitement with us when i was pregnant with her. We will try to keep you updated as she grows.

The story:

 i started contracting on Sunday, Nov 1st at 6:00pm, during eric preaching our sunday service message. We thought maybe i would have the baby that night. Not so fast…

first contractions during labor

 These contractions lasted throughout the night going every 2-5 minutes for about a minute each. They increased in pain from “oh! how exciting! it’s another contraction!” to “ooo.ouch. okay that’s over.” We thought maybe we would have her that night. Hold on there horsey. Not so fast…

On Monday at my 10 o’clock appt. I was told i wasn’t dialated at all. My doctor tried to “help me along” in that, and immediately following the appointment i started having very painful contractions. These lasted all Monday day and all night. We thought maybe we would have her that night. Slow down there tiger. Not so fast…

On Tuesday i went back into the doctor to find out if i should go to the hospital, since i had been in labor so long. She told me i still wasn’t dialated at all. This was unbelievable to me, since i wasn’t able to stand up or talk easily through any of my contractions, and they were coming every 3-8 minutes. After tuesday’s appt, my contractions started coming on top of each other. We went to the hospital at 5:30 on Tuesday night. At 5:30, i was STILL not dialated at all. All i could think was, if this is zero and i have to go to ten, i don’t know what i’m going to do! Eric was a huge help and blessing to me, through all of my labor, but especially through this part. He was reminding me of truth and helping me recite verses that a) took my mind off the contractions (kind of) and b) reminded me of truth so my mind was focused rightly. i am so thankful for my husband!

eric helping leslie think on truth

My mom, my aunt teddi and my friend becky were also a huge help during my labor and at the hospital. I have most of my pictures and video due to them!

At that point (5:30), my doctor realized that i had some scar tissue on my cervix that was holding my cervix together and not allowing it to dialate. She broke the scar tissue and immediately i dialated to 5. Whew! I knew i wasn’t really at zero! She broke my water, and at 1:10 am on Wed, November 4th, Charlotte Monique Virginia Davis was born.

i only had to push 45 minutes. it was amazing! i got to watch her come out and even help pull her out.

holding Charlotte for the first time

She had a few problems when she was born. She had a cone head, cause her poor little head was in the birth canal for a couple hours (her head is normal now). She had swallowed a bunch of myconium so she spit it up (on me) as she was coming out. Since i was in labor for over 50 hours,and hard labor for 36, she was trying to come out for a while and had myconium in her system for that entire time. When she came out she was a bit blue and culdn’t breathe very well. They gave her oxygen and for about 5 minutes she had a hard time breathing. They worked on her and she was fine.

getting oxygen to learn to breathe

getting oxygen to learn to breathe

conehead

conehead

excited parents

excited parents

mommy and charlotte

mommy and charlotte

daddy and charlotte

fussy!!

my favorite way to hold her

my favorite way to hold her

such a good dad!

charlotte

charlotte's favorite place to sleep

long legs like her daddy

we're so thankful for our blessing!

19 1/2 inches long

her spacey look

sleeping beauty

auntie teddi and charlotte

grandma and charlotte

ready for bed

charlotte's first moose sighting

Charlotte would like to thank everyone for their prayers and love for her, as well as all of the many gifts she has received from all of you.  
New Info: please update your info so you can stay in contact!

 Leslie’s new email address is (as of now): davisleslieann@gmail.com

 Eric’s new email address is (as of Dec 1st): davised@mail.masters.edu

 

We love you guys!!

Love,

Eric, Leslie and Charlotte

Published in: on November 20, 2009 at 8:01 pm  Comments (5)  

Baby is almost here!

 

“This is recall to mind, therefore i have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I have hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.” -Lamentations 3:21-25

Well, our baby is almost here!! We’re getting pretty excited! We are getting everything ready…our hearts and our house! Here’s a brief update…

We moved on Oct 10th. We were so thankful for all of the help we had and for how quickly everything came together. We’re in our third house since we moved to Jackson a little over a year ago. Crazy! Here are a few pics…

Living Room Living Room

kitchen

kitchen

 

 

nook

nook

 

Eric's office and bathroom

Eric's office and bathroom

 

the cabin feel

the cabin feel

 

nice day together

baby's room

 

the outside

the outside

 

the front door

the front door

 

the backyard

the backyard

Yellowstone-

We took a trip to Yellowstone this week, as our last big outing together before our life changes again. It was a blast. God has really caused us to love each other so much and cherish our time together. We are thankful! Take a look see…

E & moose

E & moose

 

bear

bear

 

Bear print

Bear print

 

bison 4

bison 4

 

e & l and grand canyon of yellowstone

e & l and grand canyon of yellowstone

hot man

hot man

kissing in the park

kissing in the park

L & lower falls

L & lower falls

prego and grand canyon of yellowstone

prego and grand canyon of yellowstone

me & baby and old faithful

me & baby and old faithful

us and old faithful

us and old faithful

us with the tetons

us with the tetons

nice day together

nice day together

Baby Update: 38 weeks (yikes!)

How our baby’s growing: (exerpt from babycenter.com)

Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she’s over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby’s eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she’s born with brown eyes, they’ll likely stay brown. If she’s born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she’s 9 months old. That’s because a child’s irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she’s born, but they usually won’t get “lighter” or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

Eric and I have spent a few days over the past few weeks getting everything together. We set up the baby’s room (for the most part), got the car seat put in the car and safety checked, we’ve been going to the doctor and hearing her heartbeat, and her hospital bag (and mine) are packed. She moves now to the sound of his voice. She gets especially riled when he is preaching (she loves to hear her daddy preach).  She actually moves quite a bit when he is talking, but when he goes up really close to my tummy and talks to her, she gets really still, like she is listening to him. She moves so often! Neither of us can believe how crazy she gets in there (especially around 12:30am :) )

i am sleeping really well, praise the Lord! For some reason, in the past month or so my back hasn’t been a problem. i think she shifted a bit and it made a huge difference in the way i carry her. The doctor said she is upside down, so that’s good. I haven’t really had much in the way of contractions (i don’t think, but how do you know? i guess you know). i think that’s about it. We can’t wait to meet her or to tell all of you her name :). Or to see if she really is a girl (we’re pretty sure…or at least he’ll look like a girl for the first 12 months). Or to see if she waits for grandma and auntie teddi to get here or not!

We’ll let you know when she’s born! We love you all!

E & L

Published in: on October 23, 2009 at 8:59 pm  Comments (1)  

September

 

 Happy September!

So, lots has gone on in the last month. i don’t have a lot of time, but thought i would send an update and some pregnant pictures before i have our baby!

We’ve got mold! At the beginning of September, my parents came out to visit and as they were doing projects around the house, only to find black mold in our ceiling. We got it tested, and it is toxic. We’ve spent the month trying to deal with it, and finally we realized our landlords are not legally bound (or feeling compelled) to do anything about it. So the Lord has graciously provided another place to live, a team of students from Masters College here this week to move us, and the ability to move on Friday this week. We are very thankful, AND we are busy busy. i will blog more later. but here are some pregnant pics… 

36 weeks

36 weeks

putting the crib together

putting the crib together

 

prego 1

prego 1

 

prego 2

prego 2

 

prego 3

prego 3

 

prego 4

prego 4

 

prego 5

prego 5

 

prego 6

prego 6

 

Prego 7

Prego 7

 

We love you!

eric and leslie

Published in: on October 8, 2009 at 12:44 am  Comments (1)  

Where did August go?

Hi everyone! So this has become once a month (almost :)). I’ve had some computer issues and such, so i am just now getting august’s post out. i love you and miss you all! here are a few updates…
We went to Oregon agains in august for Marisa’s wedding (eric’s sister). It was a beautiful wedding and so nice to be able to see his family so soon after the last time! Here are some pics…
Eric and Leslie at Marisa and jason's wedding

Eric and Leslie at Marisa and jason's wedding

Jason and Marisa and their parents

Jason and Marisa and their parents

Jason and Marisa McNichols

Jason and Marisa McNichols

We also have been doing a little hiking. here are some pics of us in death canyon in the national park. i’m definately a lot bigger than i was.
Phelps Lake in Death Canyon

Phelps Lake in Death Canyon

leslie

leslie

eric

eric

We also have had a chance to hang out in our yard and have bonfires. that has been nice!
us in our yard

us in our yard

our yard

our yard

Some goings on…there is a new movie coming out Oct 8th i think. it’s called “Collision.” it’s only showing in New York and Los Angeles, but it will be on DVD at the end of October. it’s a movie that explores the question, “Is Religion Good for the World?” Leading athiest Christopher Hitchens and leading evangelical pastor Doug Wilson have been debating this question for a while, and they decided to make a movie about it. what we’re really excited about is that the movie gives no bias, just a very clear understanding of an athiestic and a Christian perspective to this question. they are both brilliant men and respect each other very much. they are extrememly civil and both are given equal opportunity to present their cases. we’re going to be hosting a showing of this film in our church for the community as a way to bring up dialogue about this subject. i put the poster introducing the movie here, as well as a 13 minute trailer of the movie. just click on the link below and view the 13 minute trailer if you’re interested. 
Collision

Collision

http://www.collisionmovie.com/

Baby Update:  i’m in my 31st week (yikes)! here’s what the baby website has to say about the 31st week…

How your baby’s growing:

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. She weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. She can turn her head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin. She’s probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby’s kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Yes, most definately she is moving  A LOT! i am awake usually during her most active times (1-2:30 am) and literally i feel like i have an eel in my stomach. Eric can feel her moving too, which is really exciting for both of us. the Lord is gracious in giving me sleep when i need it and strength without sleep when i need it too! We are going to put a lot of her room together some time this next week. we’re really excited! i’ve been reading the bible to her, as you’re supposed to read to babies i guess (two birds with one stone :)). only 2 months to go (maybe).

we are taking a “Preparation for Birth” class at our hospital. i guess our hospital is really great here. the class is 6-weeks long and they cover a wide range of things from the details of what happens during birth to a tour of the hospital (and the birth jacuzzi :) to teaching eric massage techniques to help me during the birth. i LOVE this class (for obvious reasons). it has been super helpful.

Here’s the last pregnancy video of the series…Click on 28-37 weeks. it is amazing what God has done in how He created babies to develop. it has been fun to see this and share this with you as we go along.

http://www.babycenter.com/2_inside-pregnancy-weeks-1-to-9_10302602.bc?intcmp=Nav_Global_photosandvideo_inside&pn=My%20BabyCenter

we love you guys! E & L

Published in: on September 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

The only post in July…busy month!!

Hi everyone!

i’ve been pretty behind in posting anything this month…there’s a been a lot going on! i think after seeing both sides of the family for so long, it was a good time to be late on pictures!  but either way, i wanted to give an update for this month.

Trip to Oregon:

we had a blast in Oregon recently. eric officiated a wedding for one of his friends from college, and then we were able to spend the rest of the week with his family. we spent a few days up at the oregon coast together and then a few days in portland. here are some pics that captured our time…

 

Heceta Lighthouse B & B (where we stayed for the wedding)

Heceta Lighthouse B & B (where we stayed for the wedding)

 

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse

on the coast

on the coast

 

beautiful spot for a wedding beautiful spot for a wedding
E & L Lighthouse

E & L Lighthouse

crabbing with the guys

crabbing with the guys

eric crabbing

eric crabbing

all of us at the coast

all of us at the coast

 

e & L at the coast e & L at the coast

 

E & L at the beach

E & L at the beach

 

us at Multnomah Falls

us at Multnomah Falls

E at the beach
E at the beach

 

the infamous beaver stadium

the infamous beaver stadium

 

Anniversary in Yellowstone: for our anniversary, eric and i spent a night in yellowstone. we spent all of our time in the northern end of the park, which is unusual for us. it was a nice time away together.

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

 

Tower Falls Tower Falls
Tower falls (2) Tower falls (2)
Grizzly bear! Grizzly bear!
Grizzly 2 Grizzly 2

Wildlife: we had a bbq after church last sunday and we had some unexpected guests! (there was a mom and her baby)

moose in our yard (1)

moose in our yard (1)

 

moose in our yard

moose in our yard

 

Something to think about:

Here’s a video that was just really powerful for me. This is what eric is teaching at our church and what we are striving for in our own lives. Take a look if you like…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBJzUnxiKwA&feature=channel_page

 

Baby Update: 26 weeks

How our baby’s growing:

The network of nerves in baby Davis’ ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. She may now be able to hear both of our voices we chat with each other. She’s inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of her lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when she’s born and takes that first gulp of air. And she’s continuing to put on baby fat. She now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel.
(exerpt from babycenter.com)

i felt the baby move for the first time this last week! that was really exciting, although she won’t move anytime i have eric around. so he hasn’t felt anything.

i am getting bigger. it’s getting harder to bend over and pick up things and harder to get out of bed or off the couch (i have to roll now). i am feeling great and thanks to the lord (and His provision of my new Snoogle pillow), i am sleeping really well! i think actually this pregnancy pillow is helping the alignment of my spine in general, not just for pregnancy, but also to help the fractures in my spine. i’m very thankful!

I’m showing more!

me and baby

me and baby

showing more

showing more

That’s all for now. have a great week everyone.  We love you guys!

e & l

Published in: on July 30, 2009 at 9:32 pm  Comments (1)  

In between MN and OR

“How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, you will be happy and it will be well with you.” Ps 128:1,2

Hi everyone!

I’m just in Jackson for 2 days between my trip to Minnesota and our trip to Oregon. Eric couldn’t make it to MN, but we will be going to oregon together. I had a GREAT time in MN! i got to spend time with so many people, including my new niece. She made me really excited to have a baby girl! My aunts and cousins and mom had a baby shower for me, which was so great. It’s always humbling and amazing to me how generous people are to me at showers and special times in my life. Thank you everyone who helped and participated with that! The Lord definately blesses us through you regularly. Here are some pics of all of the FUN baby stuff we got. i got so many things i never knew i needed thanks to the expertise of all of the seasoned moms around me.

we got such fun baby girl stuff

we got such fun baby girl stuff

 

a baby bouncer!

a baby bouncer!

our cake

our cake

 

 

Super mom!!

Super mom!!

 

me and my new neice sealah. she made me excited to have a baby girl.

me and my new neice sealah. she made me excited to have a baby girl.

my diaper cake

my diaper cake

eating baby shower cake eating baby shower cake

Getting bigger

Getting bigger

 

Funny! So funny!

 http://www.snotr.com/video/2630

Baby Update: 21 weeks

Our baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. She’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against her torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of her head to her bottom — the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks, she’s measured from head to toe.)

She’s swallowing more these days, which is good practice for her digestive system. She’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in her bowels, and we’ll probably see it in her first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

Here’s the video of her development up until this point… go to this website and click on the video for 21-27 weeks. She is growing so fast!! i haven’t felt her kick yet though…i’ll keep you posted.

 http://www.babycenter.com/2_inside-pregnancy-weeks-1-to-9_10302602.bc?intcmp=Nav_Global_photosandvideo_inside&pn=BC%20Homepage

And, here are some pics of what she pretty much looks like…

week 20 (pic 1)

She looks more like eric than this! (i think)

week 20 (pic 2)

up close

We love you guys!!

Published in: on July 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Moving time!

Hi everyone!

It was moving time again for us, and we were so glad dad was here to help us! He & eric worked so hard, and so much got done! Here’s a few pics to mark the time…

dad is in jackson

dad is in jackson

close up

close up

 

at eric's job site...nice!

at eric's job site...nice!

 

yes, there is still snow here at the end of may

yes, there is still snow here at the end of may

 They did a ton of needed work on our house. Here are some Before and After pics:

 

Kitchen Wallpaper BEFORE

Kitchen Wallpaper BEFORE

Kitchen BEFORE

Kitchen BEFORE

Kitchen AFTER

Kitchen AFTER

Kitchen AFTER

Kitchen AFTER

Living Room  BEFORE

Living Room BEFORE

Living Room DURING

Living Room DURING

Living Room AFTER

Living Room AFTER

Bathroom BEFORE

Bathroom BEFORE

Bathroom BEFORE

Bathroom BEFORE

Bathroom DURING

Bathroom DURING

Bathroom DURING

Bathroom DURING

Bathroom AFTER

Bathroom AFTER

Bathroom AFTER

Bathroom AFTER

House Skirting BEFORE

House Skirting BEFORE

House Skirting AFTER

House Skirting AFTER

And here’s a little sumthin sumthin funny…j/k

http://www.hulu.com/watch/36864/saturday-night-live-update-judy-grimes

 

Baby Update: 19 weeks- For those of you who don’t know…it’s a girl!!!

here’s how she is growing this week…

Head to rump, baby girl Davis is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and she weighs almost 7 ounces. She’s busy flexing her arms and legs — movements that i’ll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. Her blood vessels are visible through her thin skin, and her ears are now in their final position, although they’re still standing out from her head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she’s born. Her uterus and fallopian tubes are already formed and in place. Yikes! she’s growing so much! (and so is her mommy). The doctor said she has “long femurs” (leg bones), which means she’ll probably be tall like her daddy. They definately know she’s a girl, not just by the absence of “external plumbing” but by the identification of girl hardware (commonly known by the doctors as “the hamburger bun”…you figure it out). we saw it. the doctor said she looks healthy and beautiful. we thought so too. and boy does she move around in my tummy. no wonder my uterus hurts. how come no one told me it hurts when your uterus stretches that big?

showing a little more

showing a little more

 here she is…

Sucking her thumb

Sucking her thumb

Her long legs tucked up

Her long legs tucked up

Baby Girl Davis stretching out

Baby Girl Davis stretching out

 

we love you all!

Published in: on June 9, 2009 at 8:43 pm  Comments (2)  
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