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Colin’s 100th Day

Colin had his 100th Day on December 29th, 2011.  His Pyo grandmother slaved away in the kitchen to make a delicious feast for this special day.  We are so thankful that his Pyo grandparents could be here from Alaska to celebrate this day with us.

These days Colin is rolling over from stomach to back, smiling and laughing up a storm, gabbering away, loves sucking on his fingers, drinking 5 or more oz. of milk, and just beginning to use the exersaucer.  We thank God for blessing us with such a precious gift.  We love you Collie boy!  🙂

Our family of four.

This was the best picture we could get of all of us.

Admiring his 100th Day rice cake.

Mommy with the man of the hour.

Colin did a special wardrobe change for Pyo grandma who really liked this outfit.  🙂  Happy 100th Day!!

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Christmas 2011 and other updates :)

Wow time is just flying by!  Since my last post, Colin has turned 3 months and Christmas has now come and gone!  The Pyo family has been doing well.  We’re all recovering from some type of flu but we’re thankful that the holiday season is providing lots of vacation and family time.  We’re waiting for the Pyo parents to arrive late tonight and eager to see their joy at meeting all their new grandchildren. 

Colin has been doing well for the most part.  He was on a great schedule for a long time, sleeping through the night by 7 weeks but just recently he’s been throwing me off by waking up early, taking shorter naps, wanting to eat more often.  I don’t know if he’s sick or teething or going through a growth spurt.  Sometimes I find myself getting really angry and it’s a good reminder that I need to be trusting Christ daily for strength and patience.  It’s humbling to remember that I can not control everything and that God will supply daily grace for my needs.   Despite the fact that he’s driving Mommy driving with his crazy schedule, I adore Colin and can’t stop smothering him with hugs and kisses.  Everytime he sees my face he gives me the craziest smile and my heart just melts like butter.  He’s also been cracking up like crazy when we tickle his neck and it’s just the cutest thing ever. 

Caden’s 26 months now and growing up so fast.  Everyday he’s learning new words and he’s really beginning to speak in sentences now.  He seriously has an amazing memory and remembers things I’ve only told him once.  He’s still in love with his abc’s and now he’s starting to memorize them in spanish.  Haha!  We’ve slowly started the potty training process and he’s been going poo poo in the toilet.  Not every time, but he’s done it many many times now.  Still not looking forward to full-on potty training.  I think I’m going to wait a little longer to take that on…

This year we decided to do the advent calendar with Caden.  It was really neat to see him get excited and remember exactly which number door we were going to open each day.  It was also fun to do different holiday activities and read the account of Jesus’ birth to Caden each day.  I’m pretty sure Caden’s favorite part was eating his little piece of chocolate each day.  🙂

So thankful for this past year and all the wonderful gifts the Lord has granted us.  We’re thankful most of all for the greatest gift of our Lord and Savior.  Merry CHRISTmas from the Pyos!

Caden and Colin Updates

Caden recently turned 2 and he went in for his 2 year check- up.  He was 28 lbs (50%) and 33 inches tall (30%).  It’s amazing how much our little guy is able to do and say now.   He’s really starting to put words together and form coherent phrases and sentences.  Some of his favorite/most frequently used phrases are “Sit down there,” “Where is it?,”  and “I see Mommy/Daddy/baby Colin.”  I’ve also been trying to speak to him in Korean so it’s fun to hear him say a few things in Korean too like “ee guh mo ya?” which means “What is this?”  He’s also started singing a lot more these days.  He’ll sing randomly in his crib, in the car, anywhere really, and I’m always surprised that he’s picked up a new song.  He still loves his ABCs and he’s always watching ABC song clips on YouTube.  He definitely has his tantrum moments but he’s at a super fun age right now.

Caden during CBC’s Fall Festival

A couple pictures during our family photo session. 

Colin had his 6 week appointment a couple weeks ago (he’s almost 8 weeks now) and his stats were 11.5 lbs (60%) and 22 inches (50%).  Boy was I shocked by his stats.  He seemed like such a big baby and I was expecting him to be more in the 90th percentile for weight but he’s actually very average.  It’s all good.  We love average!  🙂  So far Colin’s been a very good baby.  I mean he definitely cries a lot but he’s generally a good eater and sleeper.  We let him cry it out to sleep through the night a few days ago.  The first night he cried for 15 minutes, the next night 5 minutes, and last night he sleep 11 hours straight.  Woohoo!  Hopefully he keeps it up.

Colin at 4 weeks old.

Here’s a couple of Caden at 7 weeks doing tummy time and posing after his bath.  

Happy 2nd Birthday Caden!

We celebrated Caden’s 2nd birthday with a small get together with the Pyo siblings.  It was so amazing to see how much he’s grown and what a big boy he’s become.  It was also fun to see each of the Pyo brothers holding their own child!  In one year, the Pyo family added three new members to the family.  Amazing!  God is so good.

Here’s Caden when he was less than a week old.  They seriously grow up so fast!
Hooray for my birthday!The Pyo men and their babies.  He was so excited to eat the cake he just dug in.  This was the first cake I ever baked by the way.  What a mom will do for her son.  🙂Here we are a little more civilized using a fork.
Happy birthday buddy!  We love you so much!!!

Pumpkins 2011


I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we went to the Tanaka Farm pumpkin patch.  This year things are a little different from last year.  First of all we decided to try out a different pumpkin patch at Irvine Regional Park.  The biggest difference is that this year we are a family of four instead of a family of three.

Mommy and Caden last year at the Tanaka FarmMommy and Caden this year at Irvine ParkWhoa, that’s a big pumpkin!Here’s one more your size. Someone’s getting taller!Family pic!Caden did not like what was inside the pumpkins so he refused to help with the carving.  Mommy and Daddy ended up doing all the work.  🙂

Colin wanted to be a part of the festivities too.  

Colin Pyo is Here!

Colin Matthew Pyo entered this world on September 20, 2011 at 3:11pm.  He weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce and was 20.25 inches long.  Here is his birth story…

I went in for my 40 week doctor’s appointment on Monday morning.  My doctor decided to strip my membrane since my due date was only 1 day away.  That night, I started having REAL contractions around 10:30 pm that were about 30 minutes apart.  I knew these were real because I had been having braxton hicks contractions for a long time and these felt VERY different and VERY painful.  Around 1am the contractions started to get closer together, around 9 minutes apart.  Then around 4 in the morning the contractions were getting closer, like 6-7 minutes apart.  That’s when we decided to call the doctor and sure enough, he told me to head over to the hospital.  We called our brother in law Joe to come over to watch Caden and we left for the hospital around 5am.  Seriously, the ride to the hospital was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever had.  The contractions were coming every 5 minutes and each one knocked the breath out of me.

Once I got to the hospital, I was hooked up to the IV and they gave me some medication to ease some of my pain before I got the epidural.  It definitely helped but it also made me extremely drowsy and lethargic.  A couple hours later I got the epidural and the pain was gone, but again I felt soooo tired.  At around 1 in the afternoon, the nurse announced that I was 10 cm dilated and that I would have to start pushing soon.  Seriously, labor was the hardest physical thing I’ve ever done.  I had a c-section with Caden and I kept thinking and wishing that I had just done the same for Colin.  I remember having to push but having absolutely no energy to do so.  I would push as hard as I could and as soon as it was time to rest, I would just fall asleep and then wake up again for the next push.  Finally, about an hour and a half later, the doctor came in because the baby was crowning.  DP tells me that the doctor coming in must have motivated me somehow because he said I pushed harder than ever.  I finally delivered Colin at 3:11 pm, after several more intense pushes.  Boy, was I happy to see Colin’s chubby little face.  It’s seriously amazing how quickly you forget the pain after you see and hold the precious baby you’ve been carrying for 9 months.  I kept thinking during the labor that I never wanted to do this again, but after seeing Colin, I MAY try it again.  🙂  We’ll see…  Here are some pics of our newest baby boy.

Welcome to the world Colin!

Aunties and London came to visit!Here’s Colin’s homecoming picture.

Colin being held by his big brother Caden.  

My three boys.  

A mini photo session at home. 

Must Update Before Baby #2 Comes!

I can’t believe that I’m already 37 weeks pregnant.  It’s felt very long and yet here I am now, pretty much full term and ready to deliver.  I have no idea if I’ll be early, on time or late but I do feel much more discomfort and achy than I did with my first pregnancy.   I keep hoping the baby will come early but I don’t know if I even know what I’m asking for.  I know I need to trust that the Lord knows the best time for him to come.

I think we’ve pretty much settled on Baby’s name.  It’s going to be Colin Matthew Pyo.  It’s actually nice to be able to call him by name instead of saying “Baby” all the time.  Colin sure is active, just like his big brother, maybe even more so…yikes!  Sometimes I see Caden and feel so sad that he’s growing up so quickly but then I realize that I’ll be able to experience all the wonders of taking care of an infant and toddler all over again with Colin.  It both excites me and scares me at the same time.  🙂  It’s pretty daunting to think that I’m soon going to be a mommy to two little boys.  I keep thinking about the physically demanding part of raising them but I want to remind myself of the privilege of investing in two boys who would by God’s grace grow into God-fearing men.  This is my heart’s longing and prayer for them.

Caden is now 22 months old and he’s such a big boy now!  We snagged an awesome toddler bed for him at our church’s Gift’s of Grace.  He’s napped in it two times now but I don’t think he’s ready for the full transition yet.  He’s still loving his abc’s and he’s actually reciting them now in this crib while I type this.  🙂  He’s starting to put two and three words together and it’s so neat to see his little brain working so hard.  He’s picking up so many words now that we really have to be careful about what we say around him.  For example, he loves shouting “honey!!!”  with the same tone and intonation as me.  When I ask him who “honey” is, he points to daddy.  I’ve noticed that he also loves to lay things out in a very orderly fashion.  He does this with his letters, fake food, animals, puzzle pieces…. he has things spread out all over our place.  It’s so fun to see what kind of a personality he’s going to have.

Again, I’ve been so bad about taking my camera anywhere so here are some more recent pics of Caden from Daddy’s phone.