Friday, September 28, 2007
Ok, so I forgot the camera at the hospital tonight, so I don't have new pics to post for Mom, but I will go ahead and announce the winner of the pool.
As you saw in yesterday's post, Grant came in at 7 lbs, 14 oz, and 20.5 inches. With the exact weight, and the closest length, the winner is Cory Lark with guesses of 7 lbs, 14 oz and 21 inches.
The special prize promised has not been revealed to me by Mom, but I'm sure it will have little to no monetary value! *grin*
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Greetings Loyal Readers! This is the "Dad of 'Em" filling in for the "Mom of 'Em", just for today...
Yes, at 7:30am today (Thurs, Sept 27, 2007), Grant Steven was born! He was 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and 20 1/2 inches long. Both mom and son are doing great! Mom spent most of the day fighting nausea, and son spent most of the day sleeping, but Dad spent most of the day beaming over both of them!
Also doing fabulously are Big Sis, and Bigger Sis! Both girls are thrilled and simply cannot get enough of their new little brother! Bailey started out the day with Mom & Dad at 4:00am, and still got in a couple of hours of school! Lauren squealed "My Baby!!!" and "Baby Gwaaannntt!!" Grant slept... Good boy!
I've been asked to post a few pictures, so here you go!
(Note to readers: there are no pictures of my wife being posted at this time... not my idea, ok? yeah, you get it, and if you don't, well... meh... *smile*)
Now, I've got an opportunity that I cannot pass up...
My wife... truly amazing, beautiful, strong, smart, loving... amazing! (did I already say that?) I have no words sufficient to express my love for her, and what she has done for me and our family for the past nine months. Today was the end and only the beginning, but most of all it was an incredible day of sacrifice made by the woman I love completely. Never, ever doubt that, loyal readers... never...
And lest we forget the Truth here... Our entire family gives thanks and praise to our God Almighty for His great work, unbounded blessing, and grace beyond all measure! The gift He's given us today is undeserved and beyond all our dreams. We promise to do our best to be the parents that He desires us to be, and when we fail, we will rest in His arms and let Him do what we cannot. Praise God! Amen!
(ok, I'm hitting the 20 hours awake mark... which for some new parents would be a pittance, but as you've all read here before, I'm an old geezer and I gotta go try and sleep a while...)
Thanks for the indulgence!
--the Dad of 'Em
3 hours until surgery. What will my son look like? What will he weigh? The wait for the reassuring healthy cry and normal Apgar scores is almost unbearable. I absolutely can't wait to be reassured of his good health. I'm also unnecessarily worrying about things out of my control...like how long before I feel alert and have memory of what's going on around me (we have video last time of me talking and APPEARING alert...but absolutely NO memory of actually being present), how soon can they take that darn catheter out so I can move freely? How long before I can eat? (those darn cereal eaters around me)...and a million other needless questions.
I can't wait to report good news soon. In the meantime - continued prayers.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I'm not supposed to eat or drink after Midnight....AS IF I COULD!...my stomach is in knots! It is like the day before the first day of school, the night before the wedding....except times FIFTY! It is the night before my son enters my arms. Oh, Lord - here I go again....crying!
I don't know when I'll be able to post again, although I hope to have something up here sometime tomorrow. It is going to depend how many tubes I still have in me, how many oxycodone they hand me, etc....but we have the cameras charged and ready to go and we plan to bring a laptop so I can share what's going on. Friday at the latest I'm thinking.
Thanks to all of you who participated in the name game - that was fun! I'm going to leave it open for a couple more hours...I'll lock in the votes before I head to bed where I'll be passing time until I can get up and shower and go to the hospital. Winners will be announced as soon as I can....or...you can figure it out yourself.
Thanks also for all of your prayers during this time - and to all of you have gone the extra mile - whether you attended the baby shower, donated your hand-me-downs, provided an ear to the over-hormonal one, helped with the kids - whatever your role was or is....just know how much we appreciate you. We are truly, TRULY blessed.
Please pray for us. Pray that surgery goes well and that we deliver an absolutely perfectly healthy boy. Also pray for the families facing different outcomes. Earlier in the pregnancy we faced a scare. The "quad screen" test results showed a high risk for Trisomy 18...a genetic disorder that is almost always not survivable. After several visits to the perinatologists, we were told they could find NO evidence that our baby had this disorder.
The other day I was visiting a Mommy-business giveaway blog I often frequent. There was a prayer posted, with a link to another family's blog. This family just had a baby girl with Trisomy 18 and I began to read their story. It was a huge reminder of what could have been for us. I am so thankful that we were given good news after our level 2 ultrasounds. It was also a reminder to continue to pray for the health of our son, as well as families facing the unthinkable.
We can't wait to post his picture here soon along with all of the important baby details...including his name! I've set up an online guessing game here where you can (read: SHOULD) enter your guesses for date/time of birth, weight and length. I couldn't get a name guess in the same tool in the free version - so you can either enter your name guess (first and middle) in the field asking for how you know or area related to us....OR...you can enter a comment at the end of this post. Guess first and middle name (and any other details you'd like to predict for fun - like hair? who he'll look like? etc.) and leave your name and your email (you can set this up so it doesn't show to the public) so I know who wins! Special prize to the winner.
You should also guess the delivery date...you never know...he COULD come before tomorrow, right? =-) Ok - now click HERE to play.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Cruel, cruel joke. I really expected to fall asleep (it happens occasionally) and be woken up by the real thing...but here it is...now 3:20 a.m.....and no dice. However, looking on the bright side...I've discovered the secret to getting caught up with laundry. Sleep deprivation works wonders for that sort of thing.
SIGH. Now what? Watch more TV? Struggle to fall asleep again on the couch? (hate to bother Mark by my whale-like tossing and turning). One thing is for certain - you absolutely can not WILL a baby here...'cuz Lord knows I've been trying.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
1 refrigerated pie crust - Bake @ 350 for 10 min.
2 C. cottage cheese
5 beaten eggs (you could use Egg Beaters to make it a little less sinful)
4 oz. browned sausage
2-3 oz. sliced pepperoni (sliced into strips)
1 1/2 C. shredded mozarella
1/2 C. grated parmesan (or ramano, asiago, etc.)
1/4 C. choped onion & or peppers, mushrooms, etc.
Pour into pie crust - bake at 350 for 45 min. or until center is done. Cool awhile before cutting.
* You can use frozen sausage patties - follow microwave directions for cooking and then dice it up.
* Use any combo of cheeses you like
* Throw any veggies you prefer
* Substitute with ham, broccoli - any combo you like!
* Might have a "milky" appearance in center - probably from the cottage cheese. It is ok that way.
They may be kids, but they are mini replicas of today's workforce. Tune in - which one is your boss? which one most resembles you in the office?
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I Asked God
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things,
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things;
I asked for riches, that I might be happy,
I was given poverty, that I might be wise;
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of man,
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God;
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,
I was given life, that I might enjoy things;
I got nothing I asked for – but everything I had hoped for,
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered,
I among all men, most richly blessed.
Other than that - a pretty routine day ahead. I should get groceries - but I doubt I'll have time before Lauren's nap. I also need to plan meals for this week - since it is already TUESDAY! We had blue hake, rice and mixed veggies last night. Surprisingly, it was a hit with everyone w/Lauren...even though we told her they were "nuggets." Darn - she's not falling for that one anymore. oh - there must be so many advantages to having a less-than-brilliant child - guess we'll never know. ha. =-)
Alright - better empty the dishwasher before my little helper wakes up.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Baby blue Onesies, burp cloths and the teeniest of matching socks! Much needed and MUCH appreciated! Also - sorry they didn't have your size in the "My Mommy's Nuts About Me" onesie...but your loss is our gain, Mitch! Thank you, Jaime!Oh, Cheryl R. You are HILARIOUS! In addition to a generous gift card to Babies 'R Us (yeah!), a few gifts to represent boys. 1. Snake; 2. Bugs; 3. Knives (no matter how hard you try to discourage gun/knife/weapon play...they are going to do it anyway); 4. worms and dirt. So funny! A little frightening, but so funny! Thank you, Cheryl!
Nike sweatsuit...in Illini/Bears colors! Thank you, Jessica!
Homemade diaper bag (LOVE IT), diapers, monkey soft-soled shoes and the PERFECT nautical decoration/hook for the nursery. Thank you, Stacy!!
Sweet Bailey picked out a stuffed Classic Eyore for her little brother. She also gave him a train hat and matching booties. He's going to be so lucky to have you for a big sister!!I like trucks & dirt outfit and fire truck board book - PERFECT boy gifts! Thank you Becky & Ashlynn!And thank you to Kelly who couldn't be there - but sent the coolest gift! A navy blue lantern (perfect for the nursery) that actually works! It gives off a soft light - perfect for those middle-of-the night feedings/changes. Not too bright and cute as heck! Thank you, Kelly!
Sigh. How do you begin to say thank you for friends like this? I'm so amazingly blessed.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I don't think I can do too many more nights like that...so please pray for labor and SOON!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
View of the crib bumper (Pottery Barn Kids clearance - under $40)
Below - the lifesaver w/mirrored center that I will be affixing "S.S. (baby's name)" to... Lauren's enjoying the view in it. =-)
The garage sale items that started the nursery "theme"....the lanterns, the boat, the stork thingy....50 cents each. They are just thrown on the shelves right now...I need to organize it yet.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
They (Dr.'s and nurses at clinic) don't seem to be too optimistic about a VBAC actually happening - at least that's my interpretation...seems every question I have is usually a "well you're scheduled for a C-section on the 27th." umm...yeah...but remember? We're praying for labor before that??? I guess I'm the only one with any real hope of that happening. Obviously a healthy baby is important thing - no matter how we get there....but man, would I sure love to avoid a repeat c-section. They suck.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
So, today I'm going to try to busy myself with more getting ready tasks. I am going to finally pack my bag for the hospital, pack Lauren's bag for Grandma & Grandpa's house, make sure my parents have all of Bailey's important dates so she doesn't miss anything while I"m in the hospital, charge the camera batteries, reassemble the swing, find the car seat and bouncy seat, etc.
The wait is so long!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
* Drop Lauren off at "school" for 2.5 hours so she can have fun and I can MAYBE get something done.
* Go to fancy bra store in hopes of finding a comfortable, supportive and hopefully not hideously ugly nursing bra that actually fits (doubt this is possible).
* Hot glue or somehow affix spray-painted red wooden letters that say S.S. (the baby's name here) to the cool life saver thingy I bought at Hobby Lobby last week.
* Pack my bag for the hospital (which means I probably won't need it until the 27th - boo).
* Laundry (of course)
* Make chili for dinner tonight, as well as extra to freeze
* Enter My Coke Rewards Codes (oh, the excitement of my day)
* Pick up Mary Kay from a customer returning the wrong shades - luckily she kept the right shade
* Make an appointment for Lauren's 2-yr pictures....probably easier to get that out of the way now than after the baby is here
* MAYBE find a scrapbook/baby book for the baby...I can't believe I have not scrapped in MONTHS!
* Nap! (yeah, right...but it is always on my list)
Monday, September 10, 2007
The Kitchen Link - Freezer Recipes
The Dollar Stretcher
The Family Homestead
Recipezaar - Freezer Recipes
Real Food for Real People
And here are a few book titles I stumbled across - will be heading to the library today to find them!
Frozen Assets by Deborah Taylor-Hough
Better Homes & Gardens Make-Ahead Cookbook
Once A Month Cooking by Mimi Wilson & Mary Beth Lagerborg
Dream Dinners by Stephanie Allen & Tina Kuna
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Sometimes our prayers are for deliverance from conditions which are morally indispensable--that is, conditions which are absolutely necessary to our redemption. God does not grant us those requests. He will not because He loves us with a pure and implacable purpose: that Christ be formed in us. If Christ is to live in my heart, if his life is to be lived in me, I will not be able to contain Him. The self, small and hard and resisting as a nut, will have to be ruptured. My own purposes and desires and hopes will have to at times be exploded. The rupture of the self is death, but out of death comes life. The acorn must rupture if an oak tree is to grow.
Thank you, Rocks in my Dryer for sharing!
And here's the floor mirror/primping area at the foot of her bed, as well as the little nook for her TV.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
It is currently 5 a.m. - I'm up because a) I was stirred by the rumblings, rollings and strong kicks from the baby boy within; b) I had an intense muscle cramp down the front of my thigh; c) I had to pee - again!; d) I needed a drink; or e) couldn't get comfortable. Answer? ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!!! THIS is how I know it must be getting close...nature's way of preparing you for labor/delivery and sleep-deprivation I suppose. Too bad they haven't made the over-the-counter epidural yet. I'd be signing up soon.