Little Liam joined our family on June 25th, 2013 at 6:33pm. He weighed 6lbs 11ozs, 20inches long and was alert from the very start. Looking at this picture takes me back to that amazing moment, wow, what an amazing thing.
Archive: June, 2013
It was kinda like the movies, less of a Coneheads moment and more of just a trickle. AP and i were in the kitchen playing and dancing a little bit when all of a sudden, I wet my pants. This is atypical behavior for me but not totally unknown for pregnant ladies, so i ran to the restroom while Andrew laughed at me. The thing about this alleged pants wetting was that it did not really stop. That was about 6:15pm June 24, 2013
Here is where we did not know what to do next. We called the number we had been given but it was after hours so there is a recording that asks if it is an emergency, it did not feel like an emergency. So we decided to wait. All internet searches and baby books in the house confirmed that this was a reasonable course of action and we just chilled. Rather, i chilled, AP mowed the lawn, cleaned out all the cars and probably built some useful art masterpiece. We had some supper. We went to bed.
Relaxing in bed felt nice, we watched the first episode of Downton Abbey. Then AP slept and i read until my eyes got heavy – about 15 more minutes; then i too fell asleep. Contractions were happening but they were mellow and far apart. Fluid leaks accompanied movement, things felt good and exciting and just fine.
At about 3 am a strong contraction interrupted my dream. There is an application on the ipad that I bought way back in February that includes a contraction timer. I started using it. After about 30 minutes Andrew woke up, ‘sorry about all the fidgeting, dear’. Another half an hour found me wanting to get up. I got up and showered. I felt like a eating, so i ate.
Contractions are painful now. They are still coming inconsistently, but they are strong and things appear to be happening. We have alerted the staff at the hospital that we are on our way. It is about 5 am now, and i just stopped to record events and have that snack. It still does not feel like we need to rush, we are relaxed and EXCITED!
More to follow, keep us in your thoughts.
I saw this at Costco and bought it on a whim. It was inexpensive and complete with:
- Cabinet with one large drawer
- Deep basin sink with a built in washboard
- Hyper useful faucet that closely matches the one we have in the kitchen
The old sink was fine really, amazingly gross, but that is just fine for a utility sink. It just means that i am shallow.
Although it was the grossness that ultimately caused me to want to replace it there were a couple other issues with it. The faucet leaked and the handles were hard to turn. I am currently nine months pregnant and have such swollen and achy hands that i could not get the water turned on and off, a frustrating way to fill up the dog water. There was also the lack of storage, the old sink was the kind that was mounted from the wall with no legs or cabinet to serve to hide all the things that are nice to hide in the utility sink cabinet – bleach, for example is best kept low and out of sight.
This new addition to the garage adds a touch of cache that the old sink never did. I made what i feel is a beautiful backsplash out of 2 pieces of leftover flooring and the whole thing really looks nice. Plus it is very functional with the working faucet and the storage. It really puts the rest of the garage to shame and I really like it.
A giant thank you to the man of the hour, AP, for sacrificing his Saturday so that i would be able to brag about having a fancy new Utility Sink!
For the last 282 days I have been anticipating this, the arrival of our little boy person. It is way tougher then i ever would have guessed to wait for this. I am well aware that it cannot go on forever and that we are days away from meeting him. Still, sitting around waiting is not something that i am enjoying.
By all accounts i am doing well. My health has been good and stable throughout this pregnancy, no issues at all. I have been having contractions for the last three weeks and that makes the tedium of waiting all the more annoying. They have been painful off and on which makes me worry, these early contractions are called Braxton Hicks and they are not meant to be painful. They are the practice contractions that keep the uterine muscle in good shape so that when the time is right it will be able to do the all important job of pushing out a brand new person. I am worried that they are not really painful and that i am just a big baby! I guess that i am going to find out if that fear is founded or not soon enough.
We are getting non-stop calls, emails and texts which is so sweet and makes waiting all the harder. I am not a fan of the phone on the best of days so this is really making me want to through the thing through the sliding glass door. A huge thanks for all the wonderful thoughts, despite my cranky attitude I am truly thankful for all the love being sent our way. LBP will be here before we know it and odds are, they will let us keep him. We will keep you posted!
Love, a very crabby k8
Yep, this journey is over! Except that it is isn’t! Where is this guy? He should be here any day and truly; this can’t go on forever. I had a hard day today, it seems mean that I have been so focused on this one date for so long only to find it a complete disappointment. This is tough and i am very over it.
By evening I was happy again and i forced AP to take these photos to commemorate the day.
He let me spell official wrong.. Aside from that we are looking pretty good.
This just sucks, people say things about missing pregnancy and i just do not see how. I think that i am doing well excepting the odd emotional hiccup like the terrific one from today. C’est La Vi I guess, this will pass. We are just so excited to meet this person! And i am so excited to be alone in my body once again.
Thanks for the good thoughts, pray for labor!
The longest day of the year and the official start date for SUMMERTIME! The solstice has always been sort of a magical day to me. The beginning of the summer break, I remember long afternoons when i was allowed to ride my bike way into the warm evenings.
This year our solstice was pretty sweet. We had a nice supper of soup made from everything we could reasonably get into the stew pot. It was chicken with mushroom, wild rice, and dumpling soup and it was pretty good. It was accompanied by a great salad and the Geraths Family. AP, Mari, Brittany, Casey and of ourse miss Paisley!
We sat out by the fire after supper and watched Paisley and Buddy play in the yard.
Paisley has become quite the dare devil as of late and was eager to test out her balance beam skillz.
It was a lovely evening and a great way to start the summer.
This kid is pretty well done and i am just so excited to be in a bunch of pain. Isn’t that insane? I am to the point, all uncomfortable and impatient, that i am really looking forward to being in pain. I just never imagined the things that are going on with me.
We did a photo shoot this morning to measure and preserve LBP’s progress as well as my dear husband’s latest creations. He has been welding up a storm and is making some very cool things. This was my attempt to Vanna the latest jewelry stand, clearly, I have some things to learn.
It is another beautiful Saturday in Central Oregon and I am waiting around for LBP. Soon enough right? In the meantime I have some chores to do that should keep me busy and my mind off my discomfort.
Tatsuo Horichi never used excel for work but saw others creating charts and graphs with it. He was inspired to try drawing with it.
All of these incredible works plus a few more are at buzzfeed. Huge thanks to the artists and to buzzfeed for the introduction.
AP and I are lucky enough to have a dear friend that is a globe trotter. Back in 2010 she was living and working in Chang Mai Thailand and provided us with the greatest excuse for a trip EVER!
Here we are, en route, still looking hopeful and clean. The flights were BRUTAL! 18 hours or something (i do realize that it is incredible to get all the way to the other side of the globe that quickly, it still made for a rough day) we crossed the international date line so, we left Bend on the 12th of Feb and arrived in Bankok on the 14th. That sounds fine, right? It was Andrews birthday, the 13th! and we missed it! Somewhere, while in the air it passed and we failed to take note. It turns out that was all my fault and i was blamed for ruining his birthday for the second year in a row, rats.
Something that surprised me, we went to Thailand by way of Alaska and the arctic circle. It was pretty interesting to look out the window and find snow covered mountains.
First day there, we toured around Bangkok. This was our first glimpse of these amazing boats. They had a car motor on a rotating mount and a drive shaft to a propeller. It seems that getting the motor and shaft mounted at a good balance point is important because to drive this thing means that the pilot must pivot the whole power plant to steer. Truly remarkable set up. It was tough to drag AP away from the river that first day.
Guard at the palace in Bangkok. We did not test to see if he would smile or not. He looks pretty serious.
The scaffolding was bamboo!
I found the feet of the reclining buddha to be particularly amazing. He has toe prints!
There were monks all over Bangkok, moving around with all the people.
We got outta Bangkok asap and headed out to the coast in a taxi that was really just the back of a truck. This is a common form of transportation and it made a great platform for enjoying the scenery.
The hotel we landed at one the coast was rad. It was about 17 bucks a night with private bungalows, right on the water. This was in Krabi Province in a quiet area away from it all. It was SO AWESOME.
I was in the water immediately.
The next day we took a water tour of the area. Insanely beautiful beaches with this crazy topography. When you go, bring ear plugs! Those boats? the engine noise is not muffled well, and i am the worse for that.
We rented scooters… I made him wear the helmet, Ahahahaha. I road on the back and it was pretty great not to have to worry about anything and simply surrender to the experience. The landscape was simply incredible.
It took us some time to figure out how to get the fuel out of the vending machine. Thankfully, a very nice lady came to our rescue just as frustration was starting to show.
Sunset and low tide at our private beach… no big deal
Then we went up the coast and out to an island to stay at an eco-reserve that made us (maybe just me?) feel like we had joined the Dharma Initiative!
English translations KILL ME! It was good to know that this airport had “smoking place”
Market! I took a cooking class while AP and Naomi road motos around in the hills around Chang Mai. A tour of a local market followed by class? It was perfect!
This was the last day. Thanks, huge thanks to Naomi for getting us out in the world! It was a rad trip and i am tickled that we were able to do it.