Monday, March 30, 2009


This weekend Heather, one my best friends and sorority sisters came to stay with us for a night and meet Cade. Even though the weather was yucky, I had a great time, and Reed was thrilled to have someone new to play with! He loves his Aunt Heather!! All that was missing was Aunt Chel.
On another note, I have been learning to sew a little. I made a car seat cover for Reed's car seat, that I finished the night before Cade was born. Unfortunatley it doesn't quite fit and I haven't had a chance to try to manuver it a little. I have made a few burp clothes, and monogrammed a cute cup for Reed (yes, my sewing machine will monogram as well!!). My next goal is to make an outfit for Cade for Easter..and maybe Reed? I can't decide if he is too old for longalls, but it would be cute if they matched! I forgot to take pictures of most of the stuff I made before mailing it as a gift, but I do have a picture of the cup:

Finally, do you think this is a problem?
Big brother laying in baby's bouncer with his paci and blanket...hmm...regressing?? I walked back into the room after changing Cade's diaper to see this!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cade's friend!

Our good friends welcomed Eli into the world just 2 weeks after Cade. Ironically he was supposed to be 2 weeks older than Cade (Oh Well). We are so excited for you guys and are looking forward to watching all the boys grow up together! Family vacations are just going to keep getting more interesting! ;)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

2 Weeks

It's hard to believe that Cade is already 2 weeks old! He is doing great; eating, sleeping, and looking around. He loves watching his mobile and looking at lights. Reed is a great big brother. He is always patting and rubbing Cades head, and tries to give Cade his paci when he cries. I am really looking forward to watching them grow up together, and all the adventures that are sure to come!

Sweet kisses from Big Brother

Don't you love baby yawns?

Tomorrow is Cade's 2 week doctors appointment. I am excited to see how much weight he has gained!

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Those are just 2 of the amazing blessings God has given to me!! He is so good, and I am so thankful!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Welcome Home

Yes! We finally made it home! Cade is perfectly healthy, and mom is recovering! Reed seems fairly unphased by the new arrival. He quickly climbed in the car to see him when we brought him home and then handed him his paci! He really has been sweet and constantly wants to hold his baby!

This picture perfectly captures how lucky I am. I have 3 amazing men in my life, and I am so blessed!!

Welcome Home Baby Cade! We are so excited to have you in our family!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Cade Robert Dender

Cade Robert Dender
Born March 5, 2009 at 5:53 pm
5lbs 5oz.
17 1/2 inches

Cade, much like his big brother, made his entrance into the world about 4 weeks early!! It certainly was an exciting delivery - an emergency C-section. I went to the doctor on Tuesday, and she had told me to be monitoring Cades movement, and Thursday I woke up and noticed he wasn't moving like normal. So, I monitored him through the morning, and did all things you are supposed to: ate, drank, had a little caffenine, layed down, and still nothing. So I called my doctor, and went to triage to have a non-stress test. All the while I was still thinking that all was fine and this was going to be silly. Well, while he was being monitored they noticed his heartrate decreasing, and decreasing significantly when I had a contraction. This landed me in L&D to be monitored through the night. My doctor came in, and saw I was 3 centimeters already, so she broke my water and put a fetal monitor in his head. However, she was not getting a heartrate with that, and thus I was rushed off to have an emergency C-section.

Cade was born 10 minutes from when I was being wheeled into the OR. It turned out that I had a fetal - maternal bleed, which means there was a hemorage in the placenta and blood was going the wrong way, out of Cade and into me. Cade was born with about a third of the blood he needed, but has since had 2 blood transfusions and is doing much better!!

We are so blessed to be surrounded wtih so many prayer warriors. There were alot of people who were praying for us during all the commotion, not even knowing something was going on. God was and is watching over our family.

We hope to take him home by Wednesday, and introduce him to his big brother, whom he looks very much like! I will keep updating at things happen, and add some more pictures soon!