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Baby Update, Graduation, and Christmas

It’s been a while since an update (as usual), so I’m going to cover a few weeks in this post.

Baby Update

Charlie has been behaving, for the most part, the last few weeks. We have had to make a couple of trips to the hospital to have a non-stress test done on him because he was not moving as much as he should, which he passed with flying colors each time. We had a scare this past Friday, where we thought we would be having a baby on Saturday (Heather’s graduation), but luckily everything worked out with that and we made it through the weekend.

We went for an ultrasound and consultation with both doctors today, and Charlie passed his BPP test with no problems this time. He was very good for the ultrasound and we were even able to get a picture of hair he is growing on his head (at least that’s where I assume it was):

Charlie has hair! Click for a larger image.

They estimated today that he now weighs 4 lbs 2 oz, which we were really excited about. He has now left the 1st percentile and is now in the 3rd. He is still smaller than what he should be, but is making great progress.

As of today, we are scheduled for an induction on January 8th, 2010. Hmmm. I wonder what else is January 8th? Oh yea! My birthday! :) If everything looks good this upcoming week and next week when we go for the ultrasounds, and he does well on his BPP, then we will be going in on the 8th to meet Sweet Baby Charlie, as has become his name. We are really excited to finally have a date that we can shoot for, and ask that you continue to pray for Charlie that he will continue to be well and cooperate with us. We would like to thank everyone for all of the prayers that have been said on behalf and Charlie and Heather. God has really blessed us so far, and I know He will continue to.


As I mentioned above, Heather was able to participate in the graduation ceremony this past Saturday at Lipscomb! We are so excited that she was able to finish. She has worked really hard and I am very proud of her. She even made an ‘A’ for this past semester, which included full-time student teaching. I haven’t downloaded the pictures from my camera yet, but will try to get a picture of her up sometime soon.

Cochran Christmas Light Extravaganza

Last year after Christmas, Heather and her mom went shopping for some marked-down Christmas stuff. You can guess how surprised I was when she came back with several boxes of Christmas lights totaling up to about 3,500 or so Imported Italian Twinkle Lights. Okay, maybe they weren’t Imported Italian lights (Christmas Vacation reference in case you didn’t get it), but I did feel like Clark Griswold for a while after putting the lights up.

I only ended up putting 2,400 lights up, including icicle lights across the front and one side of the house, and lights in the bushes in front of the house. This process involved getting on the roof of the house in order to get the lights along the side of the house. When I finally got all of the lights strung, and all of the electrical wiring figured out for power, I flipped the switch and ……………………………….. nothing. No 2,400 Imported Italian Twinkle lights. What could have happened? “Russ, we checked every bulb, didn’t we?” Well, actually I didn’t, which was laziness on my part. But with all of the strings being parallel wiring, I found it hard to believe that every single string would be bad.

I eventually found the source of my problem, which was the light socket adapter I was using. It worked out well because I ended up pulling a total of 589 watts (measured with my Kill-A-Watt – which I highly recommend having) and that probably would not have worked well using the socket that was only rated for 60 watts. So, finally, after fixing all of my electrical issues, running extension cords, making sure everything was plugged in, and of course having the drum roll, I plugged in the extension cord and they all came on!

Heather and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

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