Thursday, January 31, 2008

Two Weeks

It's hard to believe Gabriel is already two weeks old. It feels as though he could have just been born yesterday. On the other hand I'm starting to understand some of his cues a little better, and he has spent more time awake today than any other so far. He is a big eater, a happy one while awake, and he will only tolerate being put down when he is not already asleep (and he doesn't fall asleep without nursing, so that has been a challenge). Yesterday he looked like he SO wanted to smile. I knew it was too early, but he sure did look happy. Tommy was my witness. He has been amazing. He continues to wait patiently for a day when he can make Gabe laugh and seems to enjoy big-brotherhood in the meantime. Thomas has been sick all week, so he has had to keep his distance, but he appears to be on the mend today, so hopefully he'll be able to get closer this weekend, when we'll be home for the Super Bowl. Go Pats!!!

Saturday, January 26, 2008


Well, with arms out, but can I please be swaddled too?

Doesn't he look so cozy?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Our Newest Joy

Another induction with a beautiful ending; I am so thankful.

...And I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Go Figure

Now that I am on official bed rest, the nesting instinct has kicked in. I honestly think I have enough energy to clean the house from top to bottom today. I haven't been this motivated in a long time. Of course, I'm supposed to lay on my left side. Too bad I can't do some sort of virtual cleaning and organizing and then magically make it actually happen in my house. Hmm.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008


So, my mom saved a pregnancy book that she had when she was expecting my brother who is almost eleven years older than me. It's called a doctor discusses pregnancy, was written by William G. Birch, MD, and was published in 1969. It's missing its cover and several pages in the middle, but I find its entertainment value far too great to warrant tossing it.

I pulled it out tonight and read a few lines of particular interest, so I thought you might enjoy them too.

On page 108, for example, under a heading of "Your Postpartum Checkup" it reads "...If you have been watching your diet and exercising [the doctor] will be proud of you. If you have not, he may frown and emphasize the importance of getting your original figure back. Then you are dismissed." Oh no! Not the frown! ("He" will also reportedly "nod his head in the affirmative" if he is "pleased" that the reproductive organs have returned to their pre-pregnancy forms.)

I was also amused by the mere fact that there is a heading under Chapter 7, "Keeping Up Appearances" that is entitled "Personal Daintiness." It discusses how a "daily dousing under the shower or in the bathtub... will assure personal daintiness" and then continues on to a section on how to "Perk Up Your Skin" followed by "Your Hair" with this insightful advice: "Instead of a weekly shampoo your hair may need washing two or three times a week to keep it fluffy, fresh, and well coiffed. A change in shampoos and hair dressing can recondition your hair to look its loveliest."

Of course the chapter wouldn't be complete without a section titled "Fashions for Service and Camouflage." The second part of that section reads as follows: "A wide variety of 'optical illusion' clothes are available in every big-city department store. You will find many styles listed under 'maternity clothes' in your mail order catalog. If you are handy with a sewing machine, pattern books have hard-to-resist patterns you can whip together quickly and inexpensively." Ha.

Of course if you go back to Chapter 6, "In Training," there is a section on "Smoking and Drinking" which is a perfect exhibition of how times have changed. I particularly like the blurb about alcohol consumption: "There is no evidence that an occasional cocktail before dinner is harmful. Drinking to the point of intoxication is unwise. Besides being unhealthful it kills the aura of loveliness about a woman. It makes her legs rubbery, throws her equilibrium off balance, and makes her highly prone to accidental falls. Being in traction with a broken leg during pregnancy is worse than a jail sentence and a hangover accompanied by nausea is extremely uncomfortable." ...Need I even comment?

There is one more section I must mention, toward the beginning, about pregnancy tests. Thus I will leave you with this final thought to ponder:

"Books on medical history related that women in the earliest recorded civilizations sought tests that would tell them whether they were pregnant. But from ancient Babylon until 1928, no sure method had been devised. Thanks to the research of Doctors Aschheim and Zondek, a simple, almost 100% accurate test for the presence of pregnancy was developed. A small quantity of the woman's urine is injected into a female mouse or rabbit. If the woman is pregnant, a hormone in her urine will cause changes in the animal's ovaries within 48 to 72 hours depending on the animal used. If she is not pregnant the urine will cause no alterations in the animal's ovaries.

"Another test, using frogs, is becoming popular because results may be obtained in from two to ten hours. However it is rarely nececessary to learn so quickly whether pregnancy exists.

"Remember, these tests are simply another diagnostic tool for your doctor to use. Although they are about 98% accurate, they should be coupled with your doctor's observations before pregnancy is definitely established. Your doctor may use other tests in addition to those described."

Yikes! And yet my mother survived it all. =) When I look at that book I do wonder what my pregnancy books will seem like 39 years from now. -I am sure many things will have changed.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

In Anticipation of Gabe's Arrival

There is still so much to be done, but I am very anxious to meet little Gabe. I know it will likely still be two or three weeks longer... potentially even four or more, but I also know it could be tonight or tomorrow. At this point in my last pregnancy Thomas had already arrived/was just arriving, so I am extra anxious now that I have entered the final month. Even though I don't expect him to come on his own this early I admit I wondered all day yesterday if he might decide to make an appearance on my big brother's birthday. Needless to say he did not! That's probably a good thing too, because yesterday was an important shopping day. We bought a mattress, diaper pail, diaper bag, diapers, and wipes. -A GIANT thank you to Brian's family for the gift cards!

I've definitely been experiencing all the expected symptoms; I never sleep for long at night, and the mornings are getting harder and harder, but usually by this time of night I'm feeling a fair amount better and have time to reflect on these things. I thought I would be nesting now, but while the urge is certainly there, the comfort and energy required are not, so progress is slow. I do have one crafty plan I had hoped to complete today though and share with you all, but this pesky sinus thing didn't let up long enough for me to muster up the energy. Soon I WILL complete it and share. I'm really looking forward to it. (No, I won't tell you what it is. This one will have to remain a surprise!)

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

'Tis the Season

My boys had a lot of fun in the snow today, in case you can't tell. Last night/this morning also marked the first New Years that Tommy stayed up until after the ball dropped. We all played Uno Attack and Yahtzee with Matt and Denise while enjoying some virgin strawberry daiquiris. Then we toasted with sparkling grape juice, which worked out quite well for all of us! I hope you enjoyed your New Years celebrations too!