Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Aaron is 12 weeks old already, so it's time again for a new portrait. Here's just one of what we took during yesterday's shoot:
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
While out shopping last week, I saw some funny baby Christmas T-shirts. When we ran into the Scaccos at church over the weekend, we laughed together about what the shirts had said. Jacob has a very creative mommy, so when they came over yesterday, they brought a little present for St. Nicolas Day...
Yes, indeed, look what happens when Mommy kisses Santa Clause. :-)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
It was an emotional visit with Dr. Rupal this afternoon. We were scheduled to get the first of Aaron's immunizations (seven doses in total), but I just couldn't do it. I've been reading too much material that correlates increasing autism, auto-immune disorders, and developmental delays with the current immunization schedule. Dr. Rupal was so gracious to answer my questions, and she's willing to look over the materials I printed out for her and talk more about it at next month's checkup. But I'm still not sure that someone who's part of the medical establishment will be able to sift all of the rhetoric and get to the truth. The thing I'm learning about parenting is that I am the only one who can really get to the truth of it all, whether it's about vaccines or breastfeeding or sleep issues or... or... or... So Mike and I are going to do some more reading, seek more counsel from those we trust and respect, and pray like crazy. I feel the heavy weight of responsibility for this tiny and perfect baby, but I do know that Aaron belongs first to God, who loves him even more than I do. Whatever decision we make, we know that we are in His care, and my heart finds peace in that.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Aaron is two months old already. He's changed so much this past month - from a little blob of baby to a smiley, giggling, very aware little boy. It's amazing to watch bits of his personality peek out. We fall in love a little more every day. This week will bring his two month checkup, so we'll post his new stats later in the week. But pray for us - his first series of shots will come with this appointment.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Rebo came from California, so we headed downtown for some shopping on the Magnificent Mile - our favorite stop was the Hershey store (even though Aaron slept through the whole thing). And Aaron loves pizza! We had dinner at the famous Gino's East. Yum!!!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Aaron and I stopped in this afternoon to visit my coworkers at the photography studio. Everyone was so excited to meet our cutie-pie... and of course take a few snaps of him.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
It's Aaron's first Halloween, and while we'll skip trick-or-treating tonight, we couldn't resist dressing him up a bit for the occasion.
We visited the pediatrician last Friday for his one month checkup, and this big boy now weighs 9 lbs, 10 oz -- a full three pounds over his birth weight. He's also grown another 2 inches in length, putting him in the 95th percentile for height.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Can you believe it's been a month since Aaron was born? We sure can't. Time has passed amazingly quickly, but it also been the kind of month that I thought would never end. Funny how time works like that. In the moment (especially when the moment is in the middle of the night and your baby wants to eat again for the third time in an hour), it's hard to have any perspective. Now I look back over the past four weeks and realize that this is all going to happen way too fast. Before we know it, he'll be grown. We're already 1/12 of the way to his first birthday. It's so bittersweet - we can't wait for him to outgrow the annoyances of the newborn period, but I already feel a little sad that my tiny boy is getting bigger.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Who says you can't have fun with a 3 week old baby? Cribs.Pack n' plays. All over-rated, as I discovered that Aaron was quite content in the shipping box on a bed of pink packing peanuts (say that real fast). He was not there very long and it made Sarah laugh. After a few weeks of highly interrupted sleep, I really enjoy adding levity to the household.
We had a great weekend as a family. I spent as much time as I could holding and staring at our wonderful creation.
Many people have asked me...What is it like being a Dad?
I try to come up with some deep and profound statement, generally I 'm too tired to really think straight. However, put simply; I quote Scripture "Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3 NLT) and I also add that I have been waiting and preparing for Aaron for my entire life."
I love God, I love my wife and I love my son!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Here's Aaron's current favorite sleeping position. Hard to be efficient like this, but we're lovin' the sweet cuddles.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Aaron went for a weight check yesterday, and he's already gained a full pound over his birth weight. Way to go, boy! That goes a long way in making us feel better about his difficult feeding habits. He's obviously getting enough.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Some new pictures for those who just can't get enough...
Monday, October 1, 2007
Feeding has been our biggest challenge. When ready to leave the hospital last Tuesday afternoon, Aaron still hadn't nursed well. Nurses told us it was because he was still recovering from his circumcision. But finally an astute lactation nurse noticed that he had a tongue tie that was preventing him from latching on (the tiny flap of skin under his tongue was too tight). The nurse taught us how to feed him via syringe, and I began pumping to get my milk in. After visits to our pediatrician, a pediatric ear/nose/throat specialist to have the tie clipped, and a lactation consultant, Aaron is finally eating well. Now I can't get him to stop. He wants to eat CONSTANTLY. Our midwife thinks we just might have a really fussy baby. She says as long as we know his needs are met, it's okay to just let him cry for a bit. I'm just glad to be done with formula and syringes.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Our labor and delivery was an amazing process. My contractions started at about 10:30 on Saturday night, just as we had settled into bed for the night. Mike was sleeping soundly, and I saw no reason to wake him, so I headed for the downstairs couch to work through early labor. Contractions were regular, but about 15 minutes apart. Daylight came, and contractions were still spaced too far to head to the hospital, so we did what we could to stay comfortable and keep things going - a few walks around the block, using the birthing ball, a long hot shower... Mike called the midwife as things got more intense, but she encouraged us to stay home until contractions were consistently 4 minutes apart. We finally hit the 4 minute mark at about 5pm, so we headed to the hospital. I fully expected to hear that I had a lot more dilating to do, but to everyone's amazement, I was at 10cm and ready to push! Pushing began in earnest, but contractions all but disappeared, as Aaron's head presented sideways instead of crown first. So the first 2 hours of pushing were just me giving it all I had without help from my uterus. We finally decided that a little pitocin would help, and it did! Aaron arrived at 10:21 pm, and Daddy helped catch him and put him up on my chest.
Looking back, it was such a wonderful gift to do all of my laboring at home. Being in my own bed meant I could stay as relaxed as possible, and the work was efficient. Had it been available, there were moments I would have been tempted to ask for an epidural, but I feel certain that doing so would have meant a cesarean, as I wouldn't have had the control or power to push as well. So our natural birth didn't look exactly the way I thought it would, but I feel really proud to have accomplished such a task, knowing I brought my son into the world in the healthiest way possible.
We're having some real trouble with feeding, but we've got good support and we're working an action plan to get things resolved. I'll tell more of that story soon... Please pray for us!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I'm currently looking at a Certificate of Birth that is incomplete:
This______day of______, 2007
I really hope the Lord enjoys watching the anticipation Mom and Dad feel as we try to figure the exact day of birth. The labor scenario has been running in my head. Everytime I would talk to Sarah this past week from work, I was sort of expecting something like this:
Mike: Hi Honey! How is your day going?
Sarah: Fine. Just wanted to let you know that my water broke, the midwife, an ambulance, two firetrucks and the neighbors are here. I'm about to deliver! GET HOME NOW!!!
But, No. That did not happen and I must be "paysniff" (patient) and wait with eager anticipation.
As I told a co-worker this week, I'm excited to know what the story will be...
(as the Lord smiles on me and says I already know - ha ha ;-)
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
You're not just having a baby, your having your baby. He'll come with his own preferences and personality. God will equip you with exactly what you need in the exact moment you need it. So don't worry if you don't feel ready now. You don't need God's parenting power now. But you'll get it.
Duh! Why didn't I remember this earlier? As the music began and the worship got underway, I felt God' perfect peace melt over me. A lot of the secret fears that had been hidden away in my heart took flight, and are now replaced with a quiet contentment and growing excitement at meeting my son face to face very soon.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
We spent the afternoon celebrating birthdays and moms. A cookout in Palatine; a drive to Mike's grandma in Bridgeview; and some time to visit with his mom. A marathon day for sure, but one in which we saw God at work in us and through us. Can't ask for more.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Yesterday was our 20 week ultrasound. What a special gift to have a glimpse inside my body and see what this little one is up to. I drank a Pepsi about 30 minutes before my appointment, and this baby was wiggly! :-) But we did have a clear view of the anatomy... it's a BOY! I'm so excited to give Mike a son, give my dad a grandson, and produce the first boy cousin on my side of the family. Psalm 139 keeps coming to mind as I look at this beautiful boy's first photos.