Well, I am still working at UST and Amy has the summer off from her school. She has been working on her paper for her grad program, and I am not taking a class this summer for mine. I will start my grad classes in the fall. I am signed up for one wee
Well, the news is out we are expecting a bundle of joy in January after the new year. We found out a few weeks after Easter and made the wide spread annoucement when Amy hit 13 weeks. We will have the chance to find out the sex of the baby in Septemb
So apparently we did the whole pencil thing wrong. Patricia at work told me of a sure fire way to determine not just the current bun in the oven, but also how many children you will have and their birth order. We tried it on six of us at work, severa
The sex of the baby is determined at conception, but doesn’t show until the fetus is 10 weeks old (which is said to be the 12th week of pregnancy—don’t ask about the math. A trimester is 12 weeks since it is 3 months long, but a pregnancy lasts 40 we
We had the final ultrasound today and thought we would show you the pictures!
We decided not to tell anyone right away and let people figure it out for themselves. (Just to make it fun!)
We never did get around to trying all the wives tales. Maybe ne
Two weeks ago, as news of our baby picked up after the ultrasound we noticed a drastic change in Buddy’s behavior. We didn’t want to pin it on sibling rivalry because that would be absurd. What does a rabbit know about the life changing events around
We have finally cleaned out the nursery. All that remains is baby’s stuff and some networking components. Anyone need some cables, a rack mount hub or switch? I’ll probably eBay them all as one since they didn’t sell individually last time.
I have ha
If you haven’t been able to make sense of the ultrasounds, I hope the title of this entry sheds some light. I’ve been using the male pronoun for a while around people, and I don’t think a certain individual has picked up on it. But I won’t mention hi
Amy was sick earlier this week and went to see the doctor. He informed her that the baby’s head is down and may be ready to deliver two weeks early. Sadly that puts it on Christmas Eve. Please baby, please don’t come out the few days surrounding Chri
Looks like I forgot to mention, Amy's doctor does not want to say that baby will come early. She saw a different doctor earlier but her regular doctor says we shouldn't worry about baby coming early. However, Amy is measuring at 39 weeks. We'll see w
Well, within a few weeks we will have a new addition. Amy and I are done working until January 2nd (unless baby comes over break).
I've been trying to sleep, but can't seem to get well rested. Amy says "Clean, clean, clean before baby arrives!" but I
In the past I've used a quasi blog, but now I'm ready to edit any time, anywhere with a real live blog complete with RSS feeds and an easy interface. Maybe I'll get Amy to start blogging too.
After things started falling into place with the baby (les
I have an issue with leaving jobs unfinished and rooms a mess. I'm almost done for the day (check the timestamp below, sorry if there is little sense in this blog as I am sleepy) in terms of organizing baby's room.
Today Amy and I went through all th
Baby has not come yet. I thought I would start out that way in case you've been reading this for an update. Every time I call my mother I need to start the conversation with "Amy is not in labor" that way my mother can calm down and not think the cal
It's hard to believe that our little guy is already a week old. It doesn't seem that long. We are now used to the idea of having shifts in the middle of the night to take care of feeding and rocking to sleep--though we are not used to the actions its
Our Boy is 2 weeks old now and received his first check-up. He is now 21 3/4 in long, 9 pounds 3 ounces, and his head is 15 inches in circumference.
He is doing well.
He also had his hearing checked. He failed in the hospital, they think there is flu
Our Little Bundle of Joy is now 3 weeks old today!
This last weekend my mother came up with my Aunt Judy from Nebraska. They stayed just a short while, and my mother didn't want to let him out of her arms. She really wanted to take him home with her
Our Little Bundle of Joy goes in for his 2 week check up on Tuesday. He seems to be adjusting well to life outside of the womb, though Amy and I are sometimes worried about if we are doing things right.
I've gone back to work, partial days, and have
The predicted delivery day is approaching. We have no idea as to whether he will come out on Sunday or not. We do have a doctor's appointment set for Monday early morning and they will perform a Non-Stress Test to see how the baby does. Other than th
No Christmas Eve baby, no Christmas baby, no New Years Eve baby and, for now, no New Years baby. That also means no tax break--oh well, no big deal. We are now approaching the original due date which means I need to go back to work tomorrow and wonde
We will be discharged later this afternoon. We can't wait to get home with our little bundle of joy (OLBOJ) and see Buddy too. We gave her lots of food when we left early Monday morning, but didn't think we'd be gone this long. She may have kicked he
Some of these movements every baby makes within their first week, some are just reactions and not real smiles or meaningful movements, but I'm going to list them all here so that you can get a feel for how our little guy acts around the house.
We will never be back to normal, and it will be a while before we establish some sort of routine, but we are on a two hour feeding schedule and he does cry at night for a while. But we can get him to sleep for four hours between 6 and 10 am.
He did w
We are now fully packed. Amy's friend Jen helped her figure out what she needed. (They used their friend Tina's list as a guide). We have one suitcase and a diaper bag along with the car seat in my car ready to go. The toiletry bag is in our bathroom
We are having a few sleepless nights but think we are getting the hang of it. We feel that we learn one trick to making him happy, but it soon wears out. Right now he sleeps the longest if he naps beside mommy and daddy.
So who does he look like? Her
Our little guy is now 46.6 days old! He smiles, plays with his plastic keys, looks at mobiles, and plays with his floor gym.
He still wakes up every 2-3 hours at night for feedings. Sometimes he lasts 4 or 5 hours, but not too often. He went through
Today I went to my work's credit union and started my son's savings account. It was started with $30 given to me by his great-aunt and great-grandmother. I've also set up payroll deductions to help it grow. Hopefully he'll have enough money there to
Okay, so I have to get into this blogging thing as my husband is completely obsessed with it. I called him yesterday to tell him that the little guy smiled his first true smile back at me and what does he say? "You should really blog that!" So, here
Little guy didn't sleep last night (literally) either Amy or I was up for hours with him trying to entertain him or rock him to sleep. He never slept. Amy did most of the work though, and drained the batteries in the swing. I got really frustrated la
Our little guy had his 2 month appointment on Monday, March 5. He is 22 1/2 inches long, and weighs 12 pounds 3 ounces. He also received 4 shots which made him a little sore, but it wasn't too bad. We gave him some pain medicine and he slept a lot.
The little guy had his first bath tonight. Up until now we've given him sponge baths because his belly button had not yet healed. To save him the embarrassment of showing his bathing picture to any girlfriends when he is a teenager, we decided to get
Our little guy made his first big trip this week to Nebraska. It took us about seven hours to get there and he did little fussing. We only had to stop once on the way there and twice on the way back to feed him. He slept much of the rest of the time.
Our little guy feels more like a member of our family. Weird, yes, but true since he finally has a picture hanging on the wall. 5 framed pictures around the house to be exact.
Now I've had pictures of him in my office since I went back to work, but w
For those of you who have checked out the video Chad posted on the website about the little guy's smile, I have to say a few things about it. First of all, yes, I know my laugh sounds like a witch. Apparently I do that when I get excited without even
Today our little guy is two months old! I can't believe how fast time has flown! I look back at pictures from the first couple of days and can't believe how much he's growing and changing. We sure are loving every minute with him. We enjoy his smiles
I just got done reading Chad's blog about "E's" first real bath, and I noticed he forgot to mention something! E loved it!!! He was busy splashing and kicking in the water all the while having a big grin on his face. He never once cried, which I thou
The time has come that I must return back to work. Every time I think about it, tears well up in my eyes. I just keep telling myself that E will be in good hands with his grandmas and auntie Laurie as they will be taking turns watching him while I fi
Our little guy visited me at work today. Amy brought him for our joint staff meeting so my co-workers could meet him and then we headed over to IRT which is the technology group at the university that I used to work for as a student. (One of my many
Well, the little guy and I took our first trip out together without Mommy. We just decided it would be easy for Amy to go to the grocery store as I went to ACE Hardware to get some soil and shop supplies. Amy suggested that he go with me since I was
Happy Easter everyone! The Easter bunny came to our house early today! At around 8 am Amy went down to check to see if the holiday rabbit had come yet and sure enough, he did. I was entertaining our little guy on our bed when Amy called up stairs say
Whether Chad and I like it or not, our little guy has found his thumb! He's been sucking on his fist for quite awhile now, but hasn't managed to find his thumb consistently. However, the last few days he has successfully managed to find his thumb, po
"E" is three months old today. I can't believe how fast he has grown. He now weighs 14 lbs 5 oz. It's scary to think that he's growing so fast! He's no longer so easy to carry anymore! We took him to get his pictures taken professionally today at JcP
Don't worry, E still has all ten fingers, he just won't be adding the left ones to our baby album any time soon. As Amy will mention in her blog it was a monumental day today as our little guy turned 3 months. We got pictures taken at Penny's and we
Wow, I am happy to report that I successfully finished out my 27 days of work. My summer has now officially started. I am soooo excited to be able to be home with my little boy again. Chad and I were so blessed to have such great babysitters (our mom
The little guy saw his first parade on Friday, June 22. We headed down to White Bear Lake where they were (and currently still are) celebrating Manitou Days. He enjoyed watching the lights on the fire engines, listening to the marching bands, and wat
Last night after trying to teach our little guy to "roll over," Amy was allowing him to stand up (with her help) and he decided to come over to me, by taking a few steps! Amy was holding him up, but he was putting one foot in front of the other all b
Wow! Can you believe it? Our little guy has now turned 6 months old! Time sure has flown by. I still can't quite believe that I have now officially gone 6 months without a full nights sleep. I've been told by some to kiss those days goodbye. I'm stil
I have brought it upon myself to get my son started on his first toy collection. I figure if I can introduce him to Thomas the Tank Engine at various stages in his early development, the train bug will bite and he will want to go train spotting and b
I thought I'd take the time to rattle off some of E's likes and dislikes. Now that he's 6+ months old, he definitely makes it known what he does and doesn't like! haha
cereal mixed with fruit
Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July. We sure did.
We made the annual week trip to Amy's parent's place in the Brainerd Lakes area. We did some shopping, 2 rounds of mini-golf, I did 9 holes of regular golf, we grilled, sat by the camp fire, went
Well, since Amy is busy getting her classroom together, and I have been in charge of our little guy these last few days, I guess it is my turn to fill you in.
This last weekend we went to Nebraska for a wedding and we got to stay at a hotel with a po
I attended a writer's workshop training last week and had the opportunity to take some time to write! I have always really liked to write, it's just hard for me to take the time to do it. So, I thought I'd share with you what I wrote. I hope you enjo
Well, E had his first Minnesota State Fair experience today. He seemed to enjoy himself pretty much. He especially loved the large scale trains Johnson and Son Floral had set up in the Ag building. I'll include the picture as soon as I get it off my
Gosh! As I sit here, I can't believe that my summer is almost over! It sure has gone by fast. It's back to reality on Monday, as I start true workshop. Yikes!
E is a thriving little boy who is almost 8 months old now! I can't quite believe that he's
Labor Day weekend up at the lake was more work than rest. E is scooting all over the place, and man is he quick! He is so determined that when he gets a destination in his mind there is no stopping him and he will try and try again to get there no ma
Well, our boy is almost 9 months old. He now crawls almost effortlessly (and very quick!) and says Mama, sometimes to Amy, sometimes to Me, sometimes to a toy, but when he is upset he cries the word Mama out quite a bit. There must be something to it
Halloween night would be past his bedtime, so we took him out to Great Grandparents Larsen and Arntson and Grandpa and Grandpa Arntson last weekend. We dressed him up as the Pillsbury Dough boy and he had so much fun! Amy's Aunt Nancy made the costum
My mom is currently in town while Amy is away with her class on an overnight environmental field trip. They left early Monday morning. Amy called a few times. She is doing fine. E and my mom are picking her up around 4. Her cell only works outside an