Consider this your Christmas card! I know, we suck, but Merry Christmas anyway. Bryce hung his socks on the bells to get in a festive mood. Unfortunately, those are our only Christmas decorations. Next year, I promise, we will do up the Christmas holiday (we probably won't get around to a card though...doesn't mean we don't love you!)
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Having mom and dad (grandpa and grandma) here has really progressed Bryce's reading skills. He doesn't really like to read right now, he would rather stand, but I caught him at the right moment. We are enjoying full nights of sleep now. Bryce is on a pretty good schedule thanks the book the baby whisperer. He naps in the crib. He went to his first day of day care last Friday and survived. Bryce had his first snow. So many changes in one month!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Oh we are so thankful for grandparents. Bryce just spent the last two weekends visiting grandparents in Gig Harbor and then in Boise. He did great travelling. He had a little bit of a hard time dealing with hanging in the hotel. He likes to travel but appears to hate hotels. In Gig Harbor he got to meet the elusive Dairy monster. While we were visiting Dairy my parents were afraid Dairy was on his last leg and they woke up to him eating a rat he dragged in from outside. Yum. The video starts out from two weeks ago and ends with today. Decide for yourself, but I am pretty sure the last footage proves he is a genius. We are still struggling with lots of wake ups in the night and some daytime fussiness that will rattle your brain. Since we have started a daily formula feeding, we are questioning if that is it. We also have confirmation that Bryce will be able to go to the childcare place we wanted. We are really happy about that, now we are crossing our fingers that he doesn't get kicked out, being a tortured genius and all. Now cross your fingers for some sleep!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Quotes from stay-at-home dad Damon:
1. Curious George is outdated, now he would be smoking crack and doing drive bys.
2. I hate to admit it, but Raffi is the answer. (Raffi is really bad kid music- sorry mom)
3. I know the doctor won't tell us it is our fault that Bryce's belly button hasn't healed, but I am going to look it up on the internet. (I am pretty sure it is not our fault)
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
We had a big month, made it through all of October, and Bryce still has cool hair. He is going to end up like the Fonz or something and not anyone touch his hair. Kitty has taken to cleaning it if we don't bath him enough. Not sure if this makes his hair cleaner or dirtier. Bryce made it through his first trip to the West side and he travels pretty easy, lucky us. He met his great Grandma. He went to a shower that my mom's friend's put on and charmed all the ladies. He also had his Aunt Sandy come for a visit and take care of him for two whole days. Thanks Sandy! He had his first stay in a hotel this past week for a school psychology conference. We were past our parental experience on this one, but we made it, and learned a lot. Like a motel is probably better than a hotel so you don't have to schlep all that crap into the lobby and up the elevator. And bring your own food so you don't have to keep running out for take out when all you want to do is hide in your room. He dressed up for Halloween for about two seconds. He is looking forward to taking on November, after his parents get some sleep.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
We made it to week 7. It is crazy to see how much he has changed. Bryce is doing so good. He lets us know when he needs something and other than that he pretty much rolls with stuff. He made it through a shower my mother's friend's generously threw and he charmed all the ladies. He slept all the way to Gig Harbor and back, to our relief. I stayed home with him today and it was so easy to take care of him, not that easy to get anything else done. I went to my final doctor's appointment yesterday. Of course, it was comedy. I sat there forever, then they finally took me back, they were like, why are you here. I told them I was there for 6 week check up. 'Oh, well we don't know why you are scheduled with this doctor'. 'That is the doctor that did my c section'. 'She doesn't normally do these appointments'. 'Okay?' 'I'll go see if I can get her.' Then a student came in, which is fine. So we chit chatted while I am in my paper robe. She said, 'I am not going to do an exam, normally you don't do an exam when you already had one this year'. 'That sounds good'. Then the doctor came in and said, 'we do an exam since our population has a high amount of abnormal pap smears'. I wanted to scream...well I am not your normal population and I don't agree with doing exams based on a population not standard practice and I don't agree with you charging my insurance for an unneeded exam. You ever heard of Obama? I am sure you voted for him. I should have walked out, I hate myself for not walking out, but I stayed for some more abuse. I got a double pap smear that I didn't need so the student could practice. Cool. Then she said, 'oh I recognize you. it took me awhile because you have lost so much weight (i.e. you were really fat).' Done with them. Good riddance.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
We had a nice visit from Aunt Sandy yesterday. It was great to have an extra set of hands. Bryce got some new dangly toys so he can start his development. I think it wore him out. Surprisingly, Bryce slept good last night after sleeping from 2 pm to 7 pm, he still slept from 8:45 pm to 12:45 am. Then he was up about every two hours after that. For some reason I am extra tired and we kept going back to sleep until 8 am. At 6 am Bryce wanted to be up, but I put him in the bassinet pulled right up to the bed and read to him from my book. I fell fast asleep, I hope he did too. Then we got up and Bryce got his first real bath, since he finally lost his stinky belly button. We are supposed to bath him every 2-3 days, and we have only bathed him 3 times so far. He was quiet for the bath, he probably knew how freaked out I was of him slipping out of my hands. After the bath, the crying started again. We packed up and headed to the nearest Starbucks drive through. I didn't care that there was 10 cars in line He cried as I flipped through the channels, classical no, country no, AC/DC no, the Police...quiet. Ahhh. Now he is sacked out in the Ergo Baby, but I am pretty sure he won't let me put him down. The to do list is out the window, and I am going to spend the day trying to keep Bryce from crying. I think Kitty and Tarn agree, their ears probaby really hurt.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I guess I am going a little stir crazy since I have started to mess with the animals. Kitty is acting like everything is back to normal and he even started cuddling with me again. Tarn is a little annoyed with our lack of hiking. Since today is my last official day of "bed rest", I am going to take advantage of it watch a bunch of tv shows on dvd while Damon paints the fence. Then we are talking about a babies first hike. It will be short, but will be nice to get outside. We have been having problems between 8 pm and 12 am getting the baby to fall asleep. We tried sleeping in the bedroom Friday night, with no luck since there are more props in the living room to keep the baby from crying. The exercise ball and the ergo baby. Last night was no exception until we broke down and gave Bryce a pacifier. It was like baby crack and he went right to sleep, with only night time feedings and changes to get up for. I happily slept in my own bed for the first time in a long time.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
After force feedings for the weekend, Bryce went to the doctor and weighed in at 9 lbs. So no more force feedings, he can eat when he wants to. Unfortunately, last night he wanted to eat from 2:30 am to 5:30 am, so I got my first real taste of being tired like a new parent should. Fortunately, between Damon and my parents being here I got a couple of hours of sleep this morning. Here is Bryce having some Kitty time.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Everyone has settled in a little. Damon, Bryce, Tarn and Kitty are all napping in the living room watching a movie. We had a big outing to Target to buy some supplies we needed for bottle feeding. Yesterday we enjoyed a visit from the McIntyre family and today just Janice came over while the boys slept.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Everything is all drama for Bryce. At least he is telling us what he wants. We took him in to get him weighed and it turns out he is loosing too much weight so we are on a super feeding plan of every two hours and have to bring him back tomorrow. We are going to work hard to avoid formula but we will do what we have to do. They gave us some tips and put him on a plan. We are already on a plan - sheesh (that is what Sue would say). Animal update: Tarn barked in the living room and Damon kept going to see what he wanted, he finally figured out Kitty was in the bassinet and Tarn was tattling.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
We are home from the hospital, finally. And we made it through our first night at home. I am pretty sure I said about 50 times in the last few months "after the last year, how hard can it be to take care of a baby". Come to find out... During the day, it is easy to keep your cool and the Bryce seems like he is pretty mellow. Then as soon as it is bedtime comes all hell breaks loose. How do you do that stupid swaddle again? Which soon ends up with everyone in tears trying to do that stupid swaddle for hours. It was like baby a store exploded. Where is a newborn t-shirt, how do we not have a single newborn t shirt in all this stuff. About 3 am we got smart and threw in the video "Happiest Baby on the Block" and finally figured out how to swaddle. That left us sleeping from about 4 to 8:30 am. I am just glad I have pain meds to get through this. Poor Damon, life is hard.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
We made it!! Somehow we made it through a scheduled induction starting on Saturday morning August 29th at 5 am and ending August 31st at 10:20 am with a c-section that delivered a happy and healthy Bryce weighing 8 lbs 11 oz. Somehow we made it through 52 plus hours of labor. When we started our journey trying to do a "natural birth" we probably should have realized that our plans had changed when Bryce went to almost 42 weeks. But everything is a process to be learned from. Damon and I are still speaking to each other and he was the most amazing doula that anyone could ask for. Today is his birthday and since I am on lockdown at the hospital, he will have to take Bryce as his one day early birthday present. Happy Birthday Damon. Bryce came out amazing alert and active for everything he endured, lots of poking a prodding. We are so happy to have him join us. Thank you to all who waited patiently with us!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
We are hoping that he will come on his own before our scheduled 5 am induction on Saturday
He is showing some signs of wanting to be born, however nothing major
I woke up to a contraction last night and found Kitty sleeping on my belly
Yesterday we had a non stress test
It was a rather confusing event since there is a definate communication gap with us and our medtech
Plus, I hadn't researched the test with my usual internet vigor
Note to self, know what you are getting into
The test started in a double room with recliner and two belts
One to measure contractions and one to measure Bryce's heart rate
Our medtech turned to me when we walked in the room "someone forgot to change their diaper"
Yup the room stunk, but the dirty diaper toddler provided some entertainment
Then I got hooked up and no explanation other than the baby needs to move and if he doesn't then we'll wake him up with cold water
Nothing no movement, no contractions
I entertained Damon by rubbing the spots on your shins that make contractions come
It works, wierd
Then they gave me some water, I gave it to Damon and put my hypnosis tapes on the ipod and leaned back in the chair
Contractions started immediately and the Bryce started dancing and his heart rate raised 15 beats twice in 20 minutes - he passed
Damon did great as the 4 different people came in and checked the strip and tried to talk to me with the ipod on...
Lets hope baby Bryce comes today or tomorrow and saves me the 24+ hour ordeal of an induction
Friday, August 21, 2009
9. I am starting to think about cleaning out the cupboards, but don't want to create a mess
8. All of my maternity shirts are stained
7. I don't think I can bare to go to water aerobics again and have everyone groan with sympathy
6. There are too many "Judge Shows" on television in the middle of the day
5. I am sick of the doctors office
4. People have started to say "You look miserable, instead of you don't look miserable enough"
3. None of the natural induction methods are fun when you are 40 weeks + 5
2. None of the medical induction methods are fun and some are dangerous
1. We want to meet him!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Surprise #1, the black stripe down his back.
Surprise #2 he looks like a goat.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tarn promptly brought out all of his stuffed toys to show the baby
Then he tried to put his bone under the baby
After the baby left he looked all over to see where the baby went
I can't wait to see how Tarn reacts to baby Bryce
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Yesterday I took the elevator instead of the stairs for the first time
(today, I am back to the stairs)
2 years ago we went to Mexico on vacation, last year it was hiking in the Sawtooths, this year it is two nights in Walla Walla for the sweet onion festival
Walla Walla has a dog park and a hotel that allows dogs and has a pool
Jon and Heather came for a visit and we got to go to the folklife festival It was a treat to spend the day with them.
We walked to the festival, then Damon showed up with the car so we got a ride home
Jon and Heather in the back with Tarn
Heather brought the baby the cutest cat doll, which has already been used to scare the real cat and Tarn went to his toy box and pulled out his similar looking Monkey to play with
I think we were supposed to train Tarn about the baby toys
He is so good with kids, so hopefully it will just transfer to the baby
Friday, July 10, 2009
3 weeks left of work part time work (20 hours a week)
3 weeks left of professional practice class
2 weeks left of neuropsychology class
3 presentations to do
2 classes to start and finish (cognitive lecture and lab)
Lots of papers and assignments to finish
5 weeks and 4 days until baby estimated arrival
Belly only needs to stretch 6 more cm from bottom to top
What are your thoughts on a group weigh at the doctor's office and being asked if you have any burning or itching in front of the group? I will never cease to be amazed. Damon won't even let me put the other conversation with the medical tech on here because he thinks it is too controversial. Going to the doctor's is like Saturday Night Live. In the waiting room, two year old twins started beating up a two year without a twin. No they weren't wearing gang colors.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
7:00 breakfast get ready
8:00 pick up ASB card for WSU
8:05 got to YVCC lab to get a login for computer
- Lab meanie: How do I know your a student?
- Me: I just picked up this card, I was told I needed.
- Lab meanie: That card doesn't tell me anything
- Me: They told me this is the card I needed, I just went and got it.
- Lab meanie: What was the name of the person who gave it to you? I know they aren't here yet?
- Me: I don't know their name. They left it on the desk for me. (thought: are you kidding me?)
- Lab meanie: You need to put away your drink. I don't know that you are a student.
- Me: Okay, here they gave me this card the other day, I think it has a date (thought: you're stupid)
- Lab meanie: That is what I need.
6:30 breast feeding class (last class, I almost lost it because I was so tired, Damon said that I should leave before I lose it...he got out of coming to this class)
It is 9:30 am, I hope I make it.....and there are no more meanies
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
My parents came again and did so much around the house. They painted and rearranged our bedroom and put in an air conditioning unit. Thanks Linda and Dan for the air conditioner. Our bedroom is so comfy - I slept until 2 pm on Sunday (I did get up and eat). Then they put a fan in our bathroom and painted. We are still working on finishing it up, but the paint looks so good. My mom even mowed our dirt patch in the back and I am thinking about having an ugly yard party. Damon's parents sent us a nice package of baby stuff. Everything is so cute! Damon's mom also sent me money to get a massage for my birthday. It took me forever, but I finally scheduled one. They took our insurance, so I got a prescription from the Midwife for 5 massages. Now every time I go to the doctor's I have a massage scheduled afterwards. This is my last week with no doctor's appointments. Starting next week, if I am lucky, I will have one a week. I have started doing prenatal water aerobics. It feels so good to get outside and be in the water. Basically you jump around in the water for 45 minutes and talk about the name of your baby and what week you are on, ect. The coolest part is that everyone has a twin bathing suit since there is only one maternity store in town. My twin hasn't been there the last few times. You become best friends with your twin. Things should be really busy from now until baby day. Class started yesterday, which drops me down to part time at work. That is good other than having to drive down everyday. I'll try to stay current on the blog, but no promises. 7 weeks and counting to baby Bryce!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Last weekend, I got to spend some time with the Mims, the Tschimperles, and the Sabaris and their band of crazy boys. It is so fun to see all of their personalities. I am so excited to have our own to come and play. After leaving there, I was so tired and all I did was sit in the sun. Jill and Todd are lucky to have such a great place to go and spend time. This first weekend of no school was not so exciting. The house got cleaned after 3 weeks of dirt. And Damon cleaned the garage. This was a huge accomplishment, since it has been almost 4 years of opening the door and throwing things in. If I wasn't so lazy, I would go out and take a picture. Today marks 32 weeks of being pregnant, which translates to 8 months and 9 more weeks to go. We did the hospital tour. We are really lucky here to have a hospital (3 minutes away) with lots of birthing suites and two jacuzzis. It is just funny what your mind does. When they talked about jacuzzis, I pictured a big room with a full size hot tub that you would be hanging out in. It is similar to the bathtub jacuzzi that Mom and Dad have. Nice, but not where you would want to spend tons of time. Then the room is like a nice hotel room, with this little tiny bed in the middle that you hopefully flop around on and then a baby comes out. If you really want some good people watching, you can hang out in the waiting room. I am making jokes about it, but we are really pretty lucky to be so close to a good hospital. Our last doctors appointment went really well. They remembered how many weeks I was pregnant (yay), even knew what tests I had done (yay) and the results. We were in and out in under a half hour. And the midwife lets her patients eat, at least until you throw up. I guess there is one birthing room with a squat bar and birthing chair that only her and another doctor at the clinic patients use and so there is a good chance we'll get it. She does 10-15 births a month. That seems like a lot to me. August is a big month for babies - so hopefully we won't have to have the baby in the hallway. At that point we can just turn around and go home.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Old pics of Tarn and Kitty. I finally know where I will be next year. My internship is secured and paid, in Sunnyside. It starts October 1st. I AM SO EXCITED. I am sure it will be a challenging year, but that always seems to be a good thing for me. So I will be winding down my current job, sadly in some ways and happily in others. At least, I will be close, so I will still have those supportive coworkers to chat with regularly. This summer I will be taking 4 classes which I think adds up to something like 12 quarter credits and 3 semester credits. But that will only be with part-time working until August and then no working until October. The baby is totally on board to be born a couple of days after school ends (August 17th). We have agreed on the 20th. As a side note, after struggling to get medical bills paid by insurance, we are now receiving checks on a regular basis from one of our insurance companies. I don't know how that works, but I am trying to decide how to spend the windfall.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
It is never too late to remember Girl's weekend on Orcas Island, where one picture of big sunglasses is never enough, and one picture of Suzy is never enough. This year was filled again, with crafting, laughing, and junking. We had three pregnant people this year and are wondering what the ratio will be next year. NOT IT! Of course I was sad my favorite life of the party was missing, but that will make next time all the more special. Kate - thank your mom again for her hospitality!! I love the next picture.
Last night we went to our first birthing class. It is early, but the class was being taught for the last time. We felt like we stepped into the movie set of Juno, with pregnant teenagers in polka dots and all. I am pretty sure there was also a gangster present (rat tail and all). We learned a little and felt really uncomfortable a lot. The most disturbing thing I learned is when you are at the hospital you aren't allowed to eat or drink anything but water and popsicles. Me - "that is stupid, I didn't climb mount rainier on popsicles, let's give birth at home"...Damon - "my friend at work gave birth at home and could only find someone to attend in the TriCities. they didn't make it in time. no way." So hospital and starvation it is.