Saturday, February 20, 2010

Life at the Campbell's

Life is good! I say that with an amount of enthusiasm and gratefulness I am sure can't be picked up on through the internet. However, right now for Jason and I, we are blessed! We both have jobs, a precious new joy in our life, and are surrounded by spiritual family here that love and support us! On the flip side some days it is hard not to feel anxious, disheartened, or curious of what God's plan really is for our lives.

Jason has been looking for a new job since June. He is still searching and will continue to search until he does indeed find one! Please be praying that God will reveal to Jason exactly what it is he is passionate about and created to do as well as open doors or even windows on that front.

I also am struggling trying to figure out exactly what life is going to look like with having Ava and working. There are lots of decisions that need to be made.

Please be praying for us to have discernment, open eyes, open ears, and hearts willing to obey his guidance!

With all that being said, I once again say life is GOOD solely because we serve a loving, faithful God. He promises us He has a plan for us, we can rest in His peace, and He created this life to be full of blessings and grace shown through His people. I love that He created life to be all about people and community!

Anyhow, that is alot of jumbled thoughts-that may or may not make much sense, but it is what is on my mind.

On another note, GJ left this morning:( It was so wonderful having her here and getting to spend so much time with her! She loved on Ava all week, cooked yummy dinners for us, cleaned, and did laundry. She came to serve and that she did! Thank you GJ! We had a great time! You will be missed:)

Beyond that...
-Jason and I's date night on Tuesday was FAB! We had such a good time & great conversation. We are looking forward to our next one whenever that may be.

- Ava is changing more and more. I was convinced that she couldn't already be growing in length, but I have now decided she must have! I put on one of her newborn outfits this morning and it is almost too short for her now.

- Thanks for all your prayers about her reflux, colic, milk allergy question mark. It seems to have gotten much better. We are hoping her reflux meds finally kicked in and they are working. However, please do not stop praying!

- Bethany is in town this weekend and is going to spend time with our family tomorrow and Monday! I can't wait for her to meet Ava and Ava meet her! It has been too long.

- I get to start working out today anything I want except lift weights, yipee!! Hopefully I can find the time, the weather here is not permitting Ava to be outdoors with me and Sing Song is ruling ACU at the moment.

- I miss my family!

- I am completely in love with my husband!

I guess that is it for now on thoughts. Now for the good part! We had newborn pics taken by a photographer in town who made this slideshow of the pics and is gracious enough to let us share it with everyone. It is precious and a keepsake-- don't be fooled though, she doesn't look much like that anymore;)

Baby Ava

Updated photos:

GJ playing with Miss Ava

So serious!

Stretch, stretch, stretch!  Long little thing!

Daddy time before work:)

The END!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Loving Life...

So my family has been bugging me for a new post, which I completely understand! I have been trying to get to it, but Ava has had a few fussy days lately, which makes it more difficult.

We are absolutely just loving her. It is crazy how much time has gone by and how much changes so quickly with newborns. I feel like I am finally starting to get a feel for her different crys, what she likes and doesn't like, and she is just so much FUN!

Jason is absolutely head over heels in love with her! He has been so involved. He loves to do anything and everything that has to do with her or taking care of me so I can better take care of her during the days. It is amazing to watch your husband become a father. Another sweet blessing from God above!

Speaking of God we went to church, the actual building and service as a family yesterday! It was so wonderful to be back with a body of believers praising the Lord. It was even more amazing to be standing in service with Ava on me, in my arms after 9 months of sitting in that same place praying over her and giving her to the Lord! It was moving and deeply meaningful to Jason and I.

Last but not least, GJ is here with us this week to help out and love on Miss Ava! We are going to have a lot of fun and it has already been a big help! I am sure I will post more on this as the week unfolds or this upcoming weekend!

Miss Ava...

- eyelashes are growing like crazy-- very pretty
- she seems to be getting heavier and chunkier
- last night she stretched from 10:30pm-4:30am- hello several hours of sleep in a row!
- she is very curious-- loves looking around
- loves to stretch, throw her head back, and stick her rear end out
- is the sweetest and most precious thing in the entire world

Finally, we are still trying to figure out if she has reflux, colic, a food allergy or a combination of some of these listed. We have her on reflux medicine and started her on gripe water yesterday. It seems to be helping. I will let you know as time unfolds and keep you posted. Any moms out there who have dealt with this, feel free to let me know any remedies you found.

I miss my family and can't wait to get Miss Ava down to Houston as well as Temple to meet family and friends! Hopefully, that trip will happen sooner rather than later!

Other random thoughts:
- Jason and I are going on a date tomorrow night! It will be the first time we will be out without Ava-- we are excited to go connect but I know we will also be ready to get home to baby girl.

- The weather this week is supposed to be warm enough that I will finally get to take Ava on an outdoor walk! I have been dying to do that, YIPPEE!

- I love God. I am constantly amazed by how he so intricately created all things, people. etc...

Now, here are pics!

Ava and GJ!!

Chilled out-- who cares about food right?

(this pic semi displays head back, rear end out, and her eyelashes if you look close)

Ava and daddy after getting ready for church

Our sad attempt to get a family pic before our first time to church:)  Ava upset and Jason has half a head, oh well!

As you can tell in these two pics she likes to work one hand out of her swaddler these days and rest it on her face:)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Time is flying...

Jason and I can't believe that Ava is already two weeks old-- seriously where does the time go?!  We are having a blast, these two weeks have been so special to us already and we know it will only get sweeter! 

So... YaYa had to leave this morning and it was tough. We were both very tearful last night and again this morning. It was so sad to see her go and know she won't get to see Ava as much as we all would like and that Ava won't be loved on by her as often as she has been.  However, we realize that for now that is a reality and we have to cherish every moment we get when family does get to be near us or us to them! Having her here was absolutely invaluable!  I can't imagine the transition without her wisdom, experience, love, and servan'ts heart!  THANK YOU MOM!  We love you!  Something so sweet about having your mom help you learn and discover becoming a mother yourself!  What a blessing! 

Since YaYa left this morning, Jason, Ava, and I are spending our first day as a family of three since Ava was born:)  How sweet it is and will be!  We have decided to stay in today and not do church until next week. However, Ava went down for a nap and we watched last weeks sermon- it was powerful and refreshing! We also are planning on staying in, just the three of us for the Super Bowl!  It will be relaxing:) 

Beyond that, Ava is still doing well!  We love her and being parents so much!  It has been the greatest blessing for our family!  Last night Ava slept one five hour stretch and then a four hour stretch!  Although, during the days right now she has been really upset after feedings and then once we get her to sleep she only has a short time to sleep before I am being told to wake her up to eat again!  I am beginning to think she has reflux, please be praying boldly that is not the case. and will pass quickly.  Our sweet little girl cries out in what seems to be pain throughout the day.  At night though she is fine.  Pray for discernment for myself and the pediatrician in exploring what is going on with our sweet girl!

Well I haven't posted pics in a few days so I will post some below!  Also we took newborn pictures that are adorable and there is a slideshow that I will eventually put on the blog, but I want to wait until I have sent out birth announcements so I don't spoil the surprise! 

Cousin Josiah playing with Ava, he loves her!

YaYa and Papa Bear just being grandparents, SO FUN!

Uncle JJ or Uncle Jay finally got to meet Ava, he is in love as well:)

Above a little Ava shrine:)  Sweet sleeping pictures and my new fav in her hat from YaYa!

Last but not least, a few final pics of YaYa and Ava the day before she left!  There were many moments of Ava and YaYa like this the past few weeks!  I will miss seeing them and Ava has been upset this afternoon, I am sure she is missing you!

Enjoy the Super Bowl everyone! 
God Bless:)