Monday, October 20, 2008

Up, Up and Away!




Katryn has been taking a rock climbing class at our local sports club and she is 'rockin it'! Gramma was able to go to her last class and snapped these shots! Go Katryn! Great job!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Bilirubin Anyone?


This is a picture of Nathan taking in the rays in sunny Minnesota. His bilirubin levels were a bit questionable, so the pediatrician said to put him in the window. I think he looks pretty comfy. The pediatrician called later to tell us all was well.

Help. Help? Help!

I have been most concerned with how our youngest daughter Mackenzie would react to having a new baby in the house. She is very adamant her older sisters know that Mom's lap is her domain...thus my concern. To my great delight, she loves her baby brother! She wants to help in anyway possible. She gets out the wipes, diaper, and changing pad whenever Nathan cries. She also follows me around with Nathan's blankets and constantly giving him an extra blanket and love. Mack has had a cold the last couple of weeks and while I was feeding Nathan, she sneezed and needed a tissue badly. There was a box of Kleenex on the table and I asked her to bring me the box and pointed it out to her. She came back with one end of the toilet paper from the powder room. Such help! :-)



The hideout she is sitting in with Lindsay is the box my glider came in. For Christmas, we have decided to stalk people buying large items and beg for the boxes. The kids always seem to spend more time with the packaging and tags than they do with the toys anyway.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Nate the Great




Well everyone, Nathan Douglas is here at last! He was born October 11, 2008 at 11:29 PM, 8lbs 10oz, 22 inches, 15 1/4 inch head (obviously brilliant), light strawberry blond hair, blue eyes and dimples of course! He is so sweet and handsome.

We are so blessed and in love with our baby boy. Nathan is amazing and we already can't imagine our family without him. He is incredibly sweet and handsome.

Katryn has noticed that her new brother is nocturnal. She was a bit bleary-eyed this morning after hearing him during the night, but still thinks he is very cute.

Lindsay had really wanted us to name him Jake (Jake the Snake), she finally came around to Nathan when Eric told her we could call him Nate the Great. Big Smiles! She thinks he is too cute.

Mackenzie came into the hospital with big saucer eyes and was very shy, clinging to dad and NOT looking at the baby. By the end of the visit, she was all about the baby and wanting to hold him and kiss him. We will need to protect him from all the love. :-)

Gramma has been an amazing help! Mackenzie though quite taken with her new brother, is very glad for all the attention! Nathan loves his new soccer blanket from Gramma, too.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tweet! Tweet!

Wow, more than a week has passed since I have written. I confess I have logged in a few times and just had nothing to say. Maybe not nothing, maybe too much. I am starting to feel a bit overwhelmed.

Our sweet babe is due on Monday. I am at the height of my 'nesting' urges. (Any nesting skeptics out there...it is a very real urge) It is almost an obsession (forget almost, it is an obsession) to get necessary and bizarre things done. My last load of laundry is in the wash, (everything has been washed except for the clothes we are wearing). I am frantically trying to get 'Halloween' together, since I will undoubtedly be happy with toilet paper mummy costumes if I wait until after baby bear is born. Surprisingly, I still have not packed for the hospital. The camera has been charged and the memory card cleared. Baby's 'take home' outfit has been chosen. Car seat to be cleaned today. I have been dusting like a mad woman. My poor kids are not aloud to have anything out they are not playing with this instant. I keep asking them to put their toys away. "But mom, I only put it down for a minute to go to the bathroom!" (I am thinking "Too Bad", but acquiesce to their pleadings) I am looking forward to having some sense of sanity and normalcy return to my brain. Oh yeah, I am about to have a baby and enjoy many more sleepless nights. In the words of Dr. Phil, "Normal, is a setting you find only on dishwashers and washing machines." So I guess I am talking 'normal' for me. :-)

Eric and I are so excited to have him home with us. Katryn and Lindsay are very excited. Mackenzie still has no idea what she is in for. I feel a little bit sorry for her, it is not everyday your world get turned upside down. Lindsay informed me this morning she had changed her mind, and she now doesn't want a brother, just girls only, except for Dad. I kindly told her, the baby is already a boy, to which she replied "Come on Mom!"

I am off to continue preening my nest...tweet, tweet, tweet!