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Mar 8, 2011


I’m getting anxious for tomorrow’s ultrasound appointment. It’s exciting to think about “seeing” your baby for the first time. I remember staring at the grainy black and white image on the screen during our first ultrasound for Ian and the rush of feelings that hit me when I could see a tiny person.

Our number one concern is that baby is healthy…

Number two concern is that there is only one baby in there…

We’ve talked a lot about whether we want another boy or a girl. Each has their pros and cons, but I think we both agree a girl would be awesome… It sounds like a lot of our family is rooting for a girl too. Hopefully the baby cooperates and shows us what we need to see.

Also, here’s a recording from last month’s appointment that I forgot to post. It’s either the baby’s heartbeat or a clip from¬†“The Hunt for Red October” sound effect reel.

I’m pretty sure my heart will be beating this fast (160 beats per minute for anyone that is curious) until tomorrow afternoon. I’ve been waiting for this appointment for a few months.

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Jan 11, 2010

Laughing Like a Big Boy

Ian will turn six months later this week and he is growing up so fast on his way there… in the past couple of weeks he’s started sitting up on his own, drinking from a sippy-cup and now he’s started this big boy laughter. He giggled and smiled a lot, but never this kind of laughing. I honestly can’t stop watching it… even when the flu had me feeling miserable this clip would make me smile.

(I recommend clicking the little arrows and the HD symbol in the bottom right of the video above to watch it full screen.)

A few people have asked what made him laugh so hard… so here’s a little glimpse of his Daddy with a Diet Mt. Dew box on his head.

Apparently I’m pretty funny looking…

Jul 14, 2009

BabyWatch 2009: Evening Update

I’m taking advantage of a few minutes of rest here at the hospital… We came in last night after Mal started having regular contractions that hurt a little more than she was used to. I had to use a lot of self-control to drive close to the speed limit.

Once we were all checked in and she got hooked up to the machines and they watched her contractions and baby MacGyver’s heartbeat for a while. We had nothing to do but sit around and stare at each for a while, so we got the computer out to check Facebook and email and stuff. Apparently Catholics hate photographs, because their network blocks access to Flickr. Oh well…

Things slowed down a bit, so they let Mal sleep for a few hours. Her rash feels better with cold air, so she cranked the air conditioning down to about 50 degrees… which wasn’t fun for me with no blanket.

She woke up around 5:00 this morning and the nurses gave her some drugs that sped her contractions up. She’s been doing great through everything… just like I knew she would. After going for about 10 hours through what I’m going to guess are “mild” contractions she definitely went into frowny-face territory. I go into frowny-face mode if I stub my toe, but I can’t imagine what she was going through during this whole thing. After some good backrubs and giving her a hand to squeeze she fought through the harder ones until the doctor came to put her epidural in.

Mal’s been enjoying a “delicious” liquid diet of broth and tea and ice-chips… I feel bad for her there.

Thanks to everybody for the support and messages and encouragement on Facebook and Twitter… Mal and I appreciate it more than we’ll ever be able to show. It was nice to see her smile for a second, or almost smile during hard contractions, when a new message would pop up on my phone or computer.

She’s definitely back in the land of smiley-faces for a while so I’m going to try to enjoy it before the crazy lady starts yelling profanities at me… will update after MacGyver makes his debut.

Jul 11, 2009

Odd Mix

Just ran to the grocery store in town to grab some cortisone cream in an attempt to help Mal’s rash stop itching for more than 10 seconds… I also had a craving for some beef-a-roni. The cashier commented on my “odd mix” as I set the two things on the checkout.

I tried telling her that I really loved beef-a-roni, but was horribly allergic to it.

I don’t think she bought it…

Unless things really get going fast it appears that little MacGyver will miss his due date… will update my Facebook and Twitter when things start to happen.

Jul 1, 2009

MacGyver Jams

I made a mix of music for the baby to listen to a couple months ago and it’s been kind of interesting to see how he reacts to different songs.

It’s a pretty diverse mix… somebody somewhere decided that classical music was a good thing for babies, so I put some random stuff I had floating around my hard drive in there. I’m a big fan of acoustic stuff, so there’s a good chunk of Dave Matthews, Coldplay, Aqualung, Teitur, Howie Day, Jack Johnson, Matt Wertz, Snow Patrol, and others. Mal listened to a lot of rap when she was younger, so I threw in a couple of songs by Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z. Mal and I both like a lot of the current top 40 stuff so there’s some Justin Timberlake, Fall Out Boy, Bush, Daughtry, Flobots, John Mayer, etc.

Mal also likes country, but I couldn’t subject my son’s ears to that twangy crap. I control the iPod, so somehow the country music got left out. He probably hears enough of it during Mal’s commute back and forth every day.

He gets excited and bounces around with Dave Matthews stuff and Jay-Z, which makes him a pretty good mix of his parents’ tastes. He also grooved around a bit when a song from my old band was playing, but Mal said he was probably trying to get away from the noise. (Thanks, dear.)

I’m excited to see how he reacts to the music out in the world…I’ll find out soon enough.

(We’ll have to hook some speakers to the iPod or keep the laptop handy since Mal is getting ready to lose her built-in iPod shelf.)