Sunday, August 2, 2009

Russell Family Reunion

Kevin, Baby Cory, my mom, and I just got back from an adventurous trip to the Russell Family Reunion in Jackson Hole, WY. We spent 4 days with my mom's side of the family doing everything from white water rafting (without Cory) to hiking in the rain (with Cory).
Day 1: We packed an insane amount of stuff into my car (who knew a baby required so much stuff for only a 4 day trip!) and headed up to Jackson. Cory was amazing and slept most of the drive up. We stopped at an interesting diner near Preston, ID for lunch and reached our cozy little cabin just in time to meet up with the family for dinner at Mountain High Pizza Pies.

Day 2: Kevin and I left Cory with mom (thanks mom!) and went white water rafting with a ton of our extended family. I was a bit apprehensive to leave my tiny little guy for 3+ hours, and worried the entire drive to where we dropped into the river; I feel a bit guilty to admit this, but once we got on the water I actually forgot I had a baby for a little while. It was so relaxing and fun. The weather was perfect, and we enjoyed seeing a few bald eagles on our trek down the Snake River.

That evening we attended the main event of the reunion at a park in Jackson. We enjoyed good food and great company! Cory sported his new hat that I think he is absolutely adorable in.

This was my first trip to Jackson Hole, so we strolled around downtown and of course Kevin had to get a picture in front of one of the huge arch of elk sheds.
Downtown Jackson:

Day 3: We drove to Jenny Lake and on the way we saw a huge bull moose! Then we took an exciting boat ride across the lake with my sister Aimee and her family, my mom, and my cousin Celesta and her family. I thought the boat ride would be an easy pontoon boat kind of a ride, but the boat was more like a speed boat that sprayed everyone on board as it made its way to the other side of the lake. Everyone was ducking down and I was like..."I can't believe I have my 7 week old baby on this thing right now." We managed to keep Cory dry, but when we got off the boat and onto the dock, we found ourselves in a tricky situation. Cory woke up starving and there were no facilities. Kevin took Cory in his arms (the trail was way to rough for a stroller) and we hiked up the trail and found a "good" spot where I could sit and nurse. We had 10 minutes till the next boat of people arrived. Once Cory was enjoying his lunch, a MILLION mosquitos took full advantage of our situation. They were swarming everywhere!!! Kevin and mom tried to keep them off of me and Cory, while not getting eaten alive in the process. Once Cory's belly was full, we pressed on. With most of the mosquitos behind us I thought we could finally enjoy the hike, but then came the rain. Poor Kevin hiked with Cory in his arms, holding an umbrella. Cory was such a good sport, but after a while, we decided to turn back. It was a bit disappointing to not finish the entire hike, but you can only put a baby through so much. We warmed up in the car before heading to Old Faithful.

Next we headed to Old Faithful and met up with a bunch of the family in time to watch the geyser go!

We enjoyed seeing Old Faithful as well as the neat geysers surrounding it. We spent the next 2 nights in West Yellowstone. The sink in this motel was tiny, but Cory was able to barely fit. Here's a nice shot of me looking quite silly while talking to him:

Day 4: We spent the entire day touring Yellowstone and saw a ton of buffalo, some antelope, deer, and elk. There was quite possibly a bear, but it was so far away we couldn't be completely sure. I enjoyed the geysers, hot springs and mud pots, but I LOVED seeing Yellowstone's Grand Canyon and the upper and lower falls. We live in such a magnificent world and I love all of the beautiful diversity we have to enjoy.

Cory was such a good little guy the entire trip and only gave us a hard time the last 2 hours of the drive back home. This trip was a lot of work, but we really enjoyed spending time family we seldom see and exploring the beauty of west!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Bath Time!

Cory loves his nightly baths and usually cries whenever we take him out of the water. I just adore his little fat rolls and his double chin(s).

Saturday, July 4, 2009

A day in the life of Cory

Cory gets to be more and more fun every day. He has his challenging moments, but overall he is such a fun little guy.
Sometimes Sadie Chihuahua comes to visit:

Cory loves his bouncy chair and gets so wide eyed whenever he is in it:

Cory didn't like the swing at all his first few weeks, but now that he is a bit older, he decided it isn't too bad:

Hands and Feet

It's crazy to think that these sweet little hands and feet will serve our little man throughout his life. I love the little dimples he's recently developed on each of his knuckles, and his toes are identical to Kevin and Aunt Holly's.


I just knew I would love having a baby in the summer! Cory loves to go for walks in the stroller, and yesterday we walked to a local park and had a picnic with Grandma and Grandpa Bird, Aunt Holly, and cousins Kaden and Nicolas. Cory enjoyed relaxing in the stroller.

Our Little Benjamin Button

Of course we think Cory is the most beautiful baby to ever have been born, but the poor little guy is struggling in a few departments lately. He was born with a head full of hair, but now is sporting a nice receding hairline. He also has acne worse than I did when I was 15. I jokingly told Kev that he's starting to look like Benjamin Button, and now it's become our little joke. Hey if he grows up to look like Brad Pitt... I wouldn't be too upset or surprised- just look at his hottie parents.

Happy 4th of July!

We are having such a fun 4th of July! Cory woke up at 6am for a feeding, so Kevin and I decided to go to a 7am flag raising breakfast that our church was having since we were already up and going. It was really early, and as soon as we got home Cory and I took a little nap. Then it was on to the Provo Parade. I was all stressed out about the loud sirens, marching bands, etc, but Cory slept through the entire thing. I really need to just relax.
We've spent the rest of the day at Mom and Dad Birds hanging out. For dinner we enjoyed a backyard BBQ with smores for dessert. Cory has been a little angel all day long.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

New Kid on The Block

Sixteen days, over 120 diapers, 3 packages of wipes, 20+ loads of laundry, over 50 middle of the night feedings, 3 trips to the pediatrician, 1 clogged tear duct, 3 minor mommy melt downs, a case of mastitis, and the entire extended version of the Lord of the Rings trilogy later .....and I've finally found the time and ambition to update our blog. Kevin and I have been slam dunked into the wonderful world of parenthood. So far we make quite the team.
I was induced on May 28th (delivered the 29th) because our baby's heart rate was dropping with my contractions during a non-stress test at the hospital. The staff told me I wasn't going home until the baby was out. The doctor strongly recommended a c-section, but after a blessing and many prayers, I was able to by-pass the c-section and our baby's heart rate never dropped again. Baby Bird arrived after about 12 hours of labor and only 30 minutes of pushing. He had the darndest cone head you ever did see, and the NICU team had to rush in to help him out at first, but he is doing amazing now. He is the spitting image of his daddy and we adore him already. He was 19 inches long and 6lbs 11oz at birth, and at his 2 week appointment he was 7lbs 11oz and 20.5 inches long. He is growing so fast- too fast!