Saturday, January 30

home safe and sound

We're home! And just in time for another gigantic snowstorm here in Richmond. We're talking over a foot of snow. Addy appreciates a good entrance, though.

The roads were so bad we had to call in reinforcements to get from the hospital to our casa. Ted Lansing saved the day and drove us home with his 4-wheel drive. Thanks, Ted!

Thursday, January 28

Ultimate Happiness? I do believe so.

The Mooch is finally mooching ex-utero. Last night, January 27, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. Jackie gave birth to an 8 pound 1 ounce, 21 inch long beautiful baby girl. After about 7 hours of labor, followed by nearly 3 hours of pushing

the doctor realized that Addy was not facing the right way, not turning and therefor not going to exit way of the waterslide. So they prepped Jackie for a c-section and dressed me up in a ruggedly dashing costume and shortly thereafter Mooch entered the free world.

Now I can handle the sight of blood pretty darn well.....However....the feelings change a little when you realize that the blood is coming from the woman you love and you can see what the doctors are doing to her to get that baby out, and also what they are doing to that baby. Even in spite of the fact that they know what they're doing. That was difficult to watch, especially with Jackie shivering because of the epidural.

And by the way, I would be a fool not to recognize how incredible and awesome our doctor, Dr. Rinehardt of the Virginia Women's Center, is and how wonderful our nurses were. I will be forever thankful for the way they took care of my wife and baby girl.

Both Jackie and Addy are doing very well. Jackie is healing and Addy is figuring things out. It is funny how you go from not changing a diaper in a very long time to...nineteen poopy diapers (and "does he have to say the word 'poopy'?" - Bill Murray, Groundhog Day).

This has been a long process, but Jackie and I have now experienced a particulate of the joy of a family. We are very grateful for our eternal perspective and that we know that our family can be together forever. Addy is ours to keep. We feel humbled by the responsibility before us. Anxious to teach her the things that will protect her and help her be happy. And overjoyed that God has given us such a beautiful blessing.

We love you and are very grateful for your prayers. And World, get ready for the Mooch, she is gonna rock you.

Tuesday, January 26

can life get any better?

Not only are the Colts going to the Super Bowl, but we're going to have a baby tomorrow. Unless she comes tonight, they're going to make some things happen to get this girl here tomorrow.

So many good things...

Monday, January 25

and......... thank you

I will just never ever be good at giving out thank you cards. If i remember to do them, it takes me months to finally get them to a person. I hope people know it's not because I'm not grateful, it's because I'm a moron. Very different.

Friday, January 22

39 days o' fun

This week my dad finished his 39 days of radiation treatment. He pushed through it and we couldn't be prouder of him for enduring through the discomfort of the daily treatments. My mom was also a rock star, loving and caring for him through the whole thing.

We'll wait a month to find out if any of the cancer is left, but until then... take THAT, cancer!!!

Sunday, January 17

her own room

The Mooch's room is nearly complete. Here's hoping she comes to claim it soon!

We wanted bright and happy colors, but I didn't want it to be too girly or too plain. We're grateful for some accents we've been collecting (a Mexican doll from my mission, the banner Brittany made for her baby shower, etc.).

The bubbles, as we call them, were Doug's idea. He painted them all with some handmade stencils. So crafty. The tree was a vision I've had since before I was even married, and since our family is so spread out we don't want to risk the Mooch not knowing the faces of her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Hence the tree with a pic for each fam. We'll quiz her regularly until she has names, faces, and Social Security numbers down.

Thursday, January 14

my new employer

My contract with Capital One ended today, so now I'll be reporting to a whole new boss.

Wednesday, January 13

2 legit 2 quit

The school gives students business cards when they start doing solo work in the clinic.

He's, like, totally legit now.

Monday, January 11

united states of pop 2009

Thank you for posting this, E-rock.

I just can't deny my love for pop music, video montages, and choreographed dances.

Saturday, January 9

how to give your husband heart failure in the middle of the night

Wake up with a charlie horse in your calf muscle. All it takes is a death grip on his leg, some writhing around in ridiculous pain, and an inability to explain what the freak is going on for about a minute.

He'll think you're in labor. It's really, really great.

Wednesday, January 6

the sasquatch

At our ultrasound yesterday, the Mooch earned another nickname: the Sasquatch. I’m not quite 37 weeks, and they’re calculating her weight to be 7 pounds 10 ounces already. One calculation even said 7 pounds 15 ounces.


One of the specialists we’ve been seeing at our doctor’s office has declared her a Big Bertha, and casually referred to her as the Sasquatch during the remainder of our visit. He admitted their calculations could be way off, but they’re often within 1.5 pounds. So don’t worry… she’s either a delicate 6 pounds right now, or over 9 pounds. Does anyone else feel like they need a nap?

They’re going to do another ultrasound in 2 weeks, and if they catch her in there with a beer belly or sausage-like fingers, they’re going to have to take action.

I was 9 pounds 9 ounces when I was born, so we figure this is payback for doing that to my mom.

Karma is a beast...

Tuesday, January 5

oh baby

Behold, the amazing creations of my fellow pregnant coworker for our potluck today.

These fondant cupcakes were a wonder. While most of us couldn't bring ourselves to eat the heads (it just seemed wrong), they were seriously delicious.

So great.