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DanielWow, it has been a long time since I have posted anything so let me get everyone up to date on our Little Man. He had is 2 month checkup on June 30th and he weighed 11.5 lbs, he was 23 3/4 inches long, and his head circumference was 41cm. He got his first round of shots and he did well with the first 3, he was sucking on his paci, but when they gave him the other two, he spit out the paci and started crying. At that point, I had wished I could take the shots for him, his little cry was so pitiful. I am glad that Matt went with me. Daniel fell asleep in the car on the way home, so I just let him sleep in his car seat when we got to the house, and I took advantage of him sleeping and took a nap myslef. Daniel did really good for the rest of the day and night, he just wanted me to hold him a lot. His next set of shots will not be until he is 4 months old.

He is drinking 4oz about every 2-3hrs and he is in size one diapers now. He wakes up about 6:30-7:00a.m.. every morning and after I give him his morning bottle we have some playtime. Susan let us use a tummy time mat that later turns into a tunnel he can crawl through. The tummy time mat has hanging toys and Daniel smiles and coos at them. He is smiling a whole lot, and starting to get really good at lifting his head while he is on his stomach. I can’t believe he is almost 3 months old! He has also been trying to turn over, he gets on his side but so far can’t make it all the way over, but I know he will soon. I have been trying to get him to sleep in his crib ( he has been sleeping in his bassinet since he was born) but so far he will only sleep in the crib for about an hour at a time. I am trying to get him to take his naps in the crib, maybe he will get used to it a little at a time. We shall see!

Time sure does fly!

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The wait is over…baby Daniel came to the world on Tuesday April 28. Here are the stats:
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Daniel Edward
7 pounds 2 ounces
20.5 Inches long
Full head of hair
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Woohoo! Richell’s water broke 4:00 Monday evening. She was in labor for 14 hours and pushed for two hours. I can not imagine what is going through the mind of a person who refuses an epidural. We were in the hospital for 3 days and are blessed with a bouncing baby boy.

We came home on Thursday and had our first night together. Thank goodness he is eating every 4 hours and sleeping in between.

Needless to say it feels like I am standing on top of the world right watching a baby boy hang the moon for me. Somehow I will have to find the time to write a bunch of thank you letters for all the wonderful things people have given us over the past several weeks.

Anyway…enough talk. Here is the baby

Baby Daniel

Baby Daniel

So, it is almost here, almost time for baby. I have to say that I am ready. Can my stomach actually stretch any further than it already has? Bleh! It is getting a little bit more uncomfortable being pregnant in these last few weeks. My hands and feet have been swelling some, and I have had some trouble sleeping. If I end up on my back at night I feel like a turtle trying to roll over. The nursery is pretty much ready, all the baby clothes and blankets are washed. I have just been basically resting lately. I will do a little around the house here and there, and then take a break, or a nap.

Matt surprised me with a new vehicle this past Friday. It is a 2003 Honda CR-V. It is black, and it has the latch system for baby car seat. It has a sunroof, which I have never had before. I had no idea that he was looking at it much less going to bring a new car home. It was a really nice surprise. It will be great for family vacations.

I think these last eight months have been the busiest Matt has been in a long time. He has done a lot of work to the house. He built me a pantry and painted the kitchen in December. He had to take off wall paper in the kitchen which he hates. He also made cournises/curtains for the nursery, and now he has totally stripped the wall paper off of our one and only bathroom. He plans on painting it tomorrow. Oh, and he has also been doing some minor repairs and adjustments to the CR-V. All while working his regular job. I on the other hand have not been as active as he has been. I have just been staying at home, doing housework here and there when I get a burst of energy.

I just lost my preggo partner in crime, Megan. We were suppose to hang out last Thursday, but her baby decided to come Wed. night. We got pregnant around the same time, so it was nice to have someone to go through it with. We would get together almost every week and go to Northgate Mall or Target. Our weakness was the American Cookie Company and Cadbury eggs. I have to catch up with her now so we can take the babies out together. I don’t know what I would have done without having Megan to go through the pregnancy with.

My Mom threw me a family baby shower on March 28th, and it turned out wonderful. We were blessed with so many wonderful baby gifts. It was the perfect shower. We are still eating off of some of the cake from that shower.

My next baby visit is 4-14-09, I will be 34 weeks by then. My midwife delivers at Erlanger downtown, Matt and I took a tour of the facilities around mid March and were very pleased with everything. My Nana is planning to come up from Florida, right when she hears that I am in labor and my sister Kim is coming out in June. I am just ready to meet our little man. I am really curious to find out how I am going to go into labor. Everyone has their own labor story. I am ready to have my own. I go to bed at night dreaming about how it is going to happen. I have the baby’s bag packed and mine is semi packed. It is just a matter of time and I can’t wait.

Two Down…Two to go

Baby Room

Kitchen was done last month
Baby room done this month
Bathroom next month
Paint the house whenever I have some spare time.

Whew! Baby isn’t even here yet and I am already tired….

Update

Hey everyone! Sorry it has been so long since we have posted anything. Everything is going well, Matt and I have been through childbirthing classes already. My last appointment was last Tuesday, and I was measuring 22.5 cm. They said the goal at that time was 23cm, but I am not to far off. The baby’s heartbeat was 140bpm, which is good. My blood pressure was fine, and weight gain was fine. They did tell me I have an extra placenta lobe, which they could not tell me really why it happens but they said it was nothing to worry about. I have looked on the internet some and there is not much info on it. They just have to make sure that it all gets out when I deliver. February 24th I go for another ultrasound because they could not see all of the baby’s spine on the last ultrasound and they also want to check on the other placetna lobe. On that same day I also go for the sugar test, so I will be at the Dr.’s office for a while that day. I have been feeling lots more movement lately, so that has been pretty neat. I do have to say thought that I am ready for the baby to be here, and I am kind of tired of being pregnant. It is getting more difficult to move around to just to regular cleaning. The unknown of not knowing when the baby is going to exactly be born or if I will have a natural birth or c-section sort of bugs me. I also can’t wait to wear my own clothes again. I have really been a big baby about that. Anyway, sorry for doing a little whining. I will try to get a picture of the nursery up soon. It is still not completely finished yet, I still have to do curtains and get a rug and a rocker. I do have my crib and my crib bedding, so I will try to post that soon.

People take vacations to relax…not me.  I am not obsessive-compulsive or any other stupid “ailment” that armchair doctors like to throw around, but rather just a busy person who would rather live than sit around and waste time.  I make lists of  “to do” items and hold myself to them.  This, coupled with no fear of screwing things up, allows me to get a lot done when compared to the average joe…Counted my “to do” bullets and came in with a little more than 200 activities that I have been putting off until now while I have the time off from work.  Stuff like selling items on ebay, donating old clothes, attend director meetings at the Rifle club, replace timing belts on cars, rotate tires, take our loose change to the bank, finish landscaping the back yard, read a couple of books, host a couple of dinner parties, paint a couple of walls, finish wiring the alarm system, and on, and on…

The one that I am most proud of is the minor remodel of our kitchen involving a paint job and a full size, floor to ceiling, pantry.  The materials list was$195.  It took 18 hours to bust out the wall, cut the floor, rewire, re plumb, frame, finish, and paint the thing. It added a LOT of value to our house.  This will be the last real stretch of time I will have before the baby arrives.

Here is the before picture with the refrigerator slid over and the wallpaper removed (I HATE wallpaper)

Before

Before

Here is the after picture with the shelves loaded…this cleared up 3/4 of the cabinets in our kitchen.  The only problem I have now is what to do with all that empty space.

After

After

This week I intend to finish all the painting, remove christmas stuff, organize the baby room, and begin working on the bathroom.  It was a mixed blessing that most of our Christmas activities happened at other people’s houses this year in that I can do stuff like this to our kitchen with little bother.  The downside is the thin, while layer of dust that is now covering everything in our house.

Well we just went in for our 19 week ultrasound.  We have a healthy baby and Richell is doing very well in her pregnancy.  We are over HALF way there!!!!  The most exciting part of the visit was that we found out that we are going to have a little boy.  I was impartial at first, but after visiting the toy section at Wal-Mart the other day I am beginning to be a little relieved with the news that there will not be any pink dolls in the house for at least another couple of years.  The bad thing is that we will not be able to use much of Olivia’s leftover wardrobe.

So now we can finally start picking colors for the room, furniture, registries, and most importantly…names.  This will be a lot of fun and I am extremely blessed and thankful that all is going well.

With that being said I believe that I will go back to doing laundry, painting, making phone calls, and generally straitening up the house until I have to go back to work on Friday.  Have been off for 3 weeks.  Does not take very long on my own time to figure out how much better I am at carpentry, painting, cooking, auto mechanics, teaching, and landscaping than I am at cost accounting…Having that much time off more than makes up for it.