Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Poppy's First Month

As of last week The Poppy is already a month old!  It has gone by very quickly.  She's a good girl and has been doing great (as has her mommy).  She eats well and sleeps well and she can get squirmy and grunty and seem like she's a bit cranky but she gets it out of her system and snuggles up and is as sweet as can be.  The Wife posted a great update with stats and photos here, so I'll just get on with some Instapictures.
Clearly the most comfortable way to recline
I was singing to her one night and she smiled right at me.  No, it wasn't gas, IT WAS SMILING AT MY SINGING.
I was trying to get a snuggly post-bath picture but I was doing it wrong.  The second try worked much better.

Such a sweet baby burrito.
General Conference notes.  It's getting there.
Siblings on Easter Sunday.
We three love our little girl!  She's already grown so much, but we can't (and also can) wait to see her keep growing.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

April 8, 2015, 4:23:42 p.m.

I feel like I should do SOMEthing to commemorate this day.  I mean, I guess the moment came and went much like any other, but I still sigh a bit whenever I see that little spent countdown timer on the right side of this blog (which I can't seem to get myself to delete).

Five years ago (!) the best show ever came to a perfect end, and we've missed it ever since.  We've watched it all the way through at least once since then, and many episodes multiple times as they used to come on during lunch (until that channel randomly disappeared for some reason...  somewhat fittingly).

Anyway, just a little note to celebrate.  I changed into my LOST Club shirt just in time to post the title of this blogpost to Facebook for those in the know, and for those NOT in the know to see and learn and understand.  I think we'll be watching the pilot episodes yet again, which just get better every time, and perhaps making some fish biscuits.

You're in my light, Sticks.

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Update:  It's tomorrow now.  Just as I said:
From the beginning...
... to The End.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Three Four

Two weeks ago yesterday, this happened:

Simple celebration, but best birthday present ever.

P.S. This.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Presenting The Poppy

Three weeks ago tomorrow, this happened:
A.C.G., 8 lbs. 1 oz., 20.5 in.
Poppy no more!  Our little girl arrived right on schedule, and as healthy as can be.  We're so grateful to have our little one here safe and sound and doing so well.
First portrait

*almost winks*
These three...
A few newborn photos my sister took on day 1

Everything went as well as we could have hoped (almost... epidural man...), and The Wife and The Girl are both doing really great.  You can read all about the birth story here.  (And we were excited to welcome a cousintwin on the exact same day in a neighboring state!)  She's sweet and snuggly and wWe really weren't expecting QUITE that head o' hair, but here's hoping it sticks around, ha ha
Heading home (and, with only three of us, an incomplete family photo!)
We're happy to be home (and watching plenty of Parks and Recreation) and big brother is adjusting to life with a little one just fine.  He's usually quite gentle with her, and even though he can sense something is different, and can be a little sensitive sometimes, he's quickly acclimatizing to our new family dynamic.
Adorable art by my sister to commemorate the occasion
We love our beautiful and bright-eyed and dark-haired little girl!  It's already hard to imagine our family without her.
Family of four

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Season of the Poppy

The Season of the Poppy is nigh.  We've been checking off lots of things on our gradually decreasing list all along the way (it's nice to be able to reuse so many things, unlike last time when we had to get most things for the first time), and the nursery has come together nicely.  At just over a week from the expected due date, it won't be long before our little one stops her abundant squirming and joins us on the outside, and we're excited to see her.  I'm pretty sure that The Boy is even looking forward to meeting the "baby" he keeps hearing about.  He's been pointing out the ultrasound photo and Mommy's growing bump as time has gone by (at times imitating her body language to quite amusing effect), and though he might not grasp exactly what's about to happen, there's every reason to think he'll take to her right away.  We're definitely to the any-day-now phase, though we're thinking she'll probably hang tight until around her due date, just because things seem to be working out a little more normally this time than when The Boy was born.  Following in her big brother's footsteps, The Poppy decided in just the last few weeks to go all breech on us, even though we had seen many times that she was in just the right position (unlike The Boy, who we were TOLD was in the right position, but it turned out probably never really was).  But we waited and tried a couple of things, and for whatever reason, likely because it just felt more natural, a few days later she turned right back down and nestled in for the last of her cozy little time inside.  A couple more appointments confirmed that she's where she should be, and probably will stay there since she's bigger now and has a little less room to move.
Anyway, that's about it, just a quick little post of anticipation before our little family gets a plus-one.  I can already tell she's really active but also really sweet.  It's amazing how much you can feel like you know someone before even meeting them (and yet, then still be completely taken by surprise when you finally do).  I can't wait. XD

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Valentimes 2015, and 21 Months

Once when I was a kid my dad insisted that it was Valentimes Day, when I knew perfectly well that it wasn't, and that he knew good and well that it wasn't, well-educated as he was and is, but nevertheless he had me going for quite a while.  Oh, Dad.

Anyway, we had a lovely Valentine's Day.  Our attention is rather occupied these days by the impending arrival of The Poppy, but we still were able to celebrate our love for each other a little bit.  It's nice that it was on a Saturday this year, because I could spend the whole day doting on my love and occupying The Boy so the pregnant mommy can take it easier than she does on a workday.  We started out by heading out, just us guys, to pick up some supplies.  He helped me pick some flowers and chocolates, and then we grabbed Mommy's favorite breakfast burritos on the way home for some breakfast in bed.
Such a good messenger... And Mommy was still (almost!) in bed when we returned home with the goods.
We surprised her with little treats and presents throughout the day, including this little number for The Poppy's nursery that arrived JUST in time.
They're harder to find these days than one might think.
We had a fun and delicious time at our traditional family-couples sushi dinner party at my sister's house, where we brought sticky rice (of course) and an amazing cake The Wife made.  We didn't get to have a super fancy date (yet), and we didn't even get a chance to watch our traditional Disney movie together, but we'll get around to those things once the schedule allows it, and in the meantime we were glad to be able to be together and get ready for our upcoming addition.  Too well do I remember the Valentine's Day we spent some 1000 miles away from each other, that dreadful February of 2009, and ever since we were reunited I've never taken our togetherness for granted again.  The webcam was fun and all, but in-person is of course SO much better, and (so far...) we haven't even had to spend a single night apart (especially as last month's business trip was canceled at the more or less last minute).  I do so love that lady of mine.

OH, and there was this surprise that I did a few days early as part of a 30 day art challenge.  I call it The Wife: An Ode To Motherhood.  At first I almost didn't include The Boy, but then what was I thinking?!?  The point is to recognize and celebrate this woman and the wonderful mother she has been and is and continues to be, so he had to be in there.  Happy Valentine's Day, Wife!  You are my forever love.

And just a week later marked The Boy's last three-month mark before hitting another big birthday (The Wife posted a fun and photoful post just yesterday here).  He's growing like crazy and looks less like a baby and more like a little kid every single day, which continually blows my mind.  He's much more independent and strong-willed, but he's still sweet and (sometimes) snuggly and always amusing.  His appetite comes and goes, even when it comes to his usually favorite things (like bananas and avocados), but he'll always be glad to have bread anything, sometimes to the point of spurning absolutely everything else.  He looooooves going outside, even when it's nippy (not that this miserable excuse for a winter has given us much reason to hunker down anyway), and is getting better at resigning himself to coming inside after a fun walk to see the horses down the street or jumping on the trampoline or going down -- or, more preferred, up -- the slide.  His vocabulary is exploding, and it has a lot to do with how well and how much he mimics what he hears.  We were just driving in the car and talking about something, when he repeats, "Ooohhhh, maaaaan!", much to our delight.  He sometimes mutters little "prayers" while we're blessing the food and he likes to jump in while reading books with the parts he knows.  He's learning that he's much more likely to get what he wants if he says, "PeeeeeeeeEESE?" and he's pretty good at thank you too.  He sometimes wakes up pretty early, but he's always glad to just sit and play in his crib for a while until we get up and fetch him, and he's always glad to see us.  He always gives a nice, "Bye!" or "Sya!" (See ya) when I head down to work, and he always rushes to the top of the stairs when he hears me heading home at the end of the day.  Few things give me greater delight as I'm heading to the store or coming home from a run than looking up at the windows and seeing my boy peeking down at me and waving with a huge smile on his face, and his mommy sitting beside him.

Time for some Instapictures!
The Boy knows BCEs when he sees 'em.
Riveted!  And rightly so. (Also, Goodnight Moon.)
It's amazing to see him discover totally everyday things.
Such a good one!  He was a bit of a snuggly duckling this morning.
He prefers the original too, I think.
It still doesn't feel like a Disney movie, but he liked all the go-karts.
Aaaaand THE END!  It was quite a year.  Also, he started crying the instant LIG started.  Make of that what you will.
Coloring!!!  He loves it.  At this point he knew green and purple, but by now he knows just about all the major ones (though he still sometimes struggles with red for some reason).
Many thanks to Baby Einstein for making haircuts an easier and more pleasant experience for everyone involved. (And also for helping him get through the occasional rough morning.)
Free day at the zoo!  It has changed a lot in the last 20 years.
I thiiiink this might be a little above your reading level at present, son.
These stickers provided days of entertainment as he passed them from one canvas to another.
He's loving the out of doors these days!  He wouldn't take those mittens off all day, and recently his snow boots have been given the same treatment.
The static hair on the trampoline makes me laugh every single time.
Ummmm, wherrrre did this come from??
We're starting to get to that point, with two weeks until our family changes forever, where we are realizing that we'll never have this time to spend with just him, which is just something that we haven't thought about that much in the rush of everything that's been happening.  We've had so many good times, and I know for sure we'll have even more once The Poppy shows herself, but we'll never be a family of three again, and it's a big change, so we're trying to take in every detail and spend as much individual time with The Boy as we can for now.  I know he won't really realize how much things have changed right away, and he won't really remember being an only child that much, but it's still something to think about.  (Then again, things changed forever when HE came along, and even before that when we were married, and every phase has been better than the last, so there's no reason to expect anything different from this one.)  He gladly points to Mommy's tummy when asked where the baby is and loves spending time in the nursery with his old toys, and we're sure he'll be a most splendid big bro.
Happy 21, Boy! It's so crazy that he's just that close to turning two... We love our little man.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Farewell To 2014, Hello To 2015

I really want to write this out before it turns to February.  The Wife also posted a great Christmas post here, and also here.
Christmas!  It was wonderful.  I was able to take advantage of two full weeks of vacation time/holidays off, and we made the most of our it (not like last year when I lost some of my vacation days due to miscalculation on my part...).  We went to the dinosaur museum and enjoyed some very well-timed snowfalls, saw Into the Woods (YES) and The Hobbit part 17 (NO), rewatched the Lord of the Rings movies (YES), watched a LOT of The Amazing Race (yes AND no), finished our Year of Disney Animation Marathon, took the train up to Temple Square to see the lights and visit some friends, and generally enjoyed being together.  So the big day finally came upon us.  We had a great time with my family on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, but also having our first Christmas at our new place.  The Boy was suitably pleased with the festivities, and over time gradually stopped pulling ornaments and beads off the tree (o, Glamdring!).  We made sure to spread out his presents throughout the day, and even the week in some cases, to maximize the excitement for each and every thing.  The Fisher-Price garage was the biggest hit, and one of The Wife's handed-down stuffed animals has been pretty well-loved too.  We both felt like we hadn't thought of anything nice or creative to give each other, but of course we were both surprised and delighted, even with things we were expecting (some long-lost Disney piano books, new running shoes, some great new music to listen to for me, new pillows, knitting supplies, the latest Just Dance, a mini food processor for her, and new phones all around!  Our bill was just cut by 2/3).  We missed Julie's family, but we were glad we had just been able to spend a nice long Thanksgiving with them, and talked and webcammed with them to fill the void, and let them get their Bobo-fix.
It turned out to be a perfect night for it.  We'll go on weeknights ever more.  And maybe not take the train.  But if we do, not miss the train.
So many saurs!  Also a good day to go, I think people were still in school.
Yeah, we can totally rock this look.
Then of course with the New Year came the now-annual Epic Shave and a Haircut, which The Boy thought was hilarious.  Our new ward was all a dither about the new look, and I missed it more than I usually do, but it's a nice change (though odd to shed the winter coat just as January starts), and it's already growing back in.
And now here we are in January.  2014 turned out to be a busy but really great year.  We actually took the plunge and made the move from renting to owning, I switched from conducting adults (after years, mind you) to conducting children (a change I gladly welcome), our boy grew more than we could have expected, and our girl magically appeared and continually makes her presence known.  Her checkups have been going really well and she's healthy and seems very active, and looks like she really is in the right position (not just the doctor pretending she's in the right position...) and in general it's a good way to be as we're making our way through the third trimester.  We definitely started to realize that our time as a family of three is fast coming to an end, so we want to enjoy it as much as we can before our eagerly-anticipated Poppy* arrives and turns our life and family blessedly on its head.

Whatever happens, this wife of mine are in it together.  It's interesting how we've been married for over five years.  We remember when we used to say things like, "won't it be weird when we can say we've been married for five years??"  Well, it is and it isn't.  Now we say that about ten years, but that will be upon us before we realize it too.  I was scheduled to take a business trip this week, but it didn't really turn out, which is just as well, since now we don't have to break our record of never having spent a night apart.  2015 is off to a pretty promising start so far.

Ooh, mushy stuff.  I guess we ARE leading into February after all.

* No, that's not her name.  We call her The Poppy (a la The Speck of olde), originating when we learned she was hanging around, and was at that time the size of a poppy seed.  Just hang tight, The Name will be revealed before long.