Blabla Boogaloos

Blabla Boogaloos

Newborns aren’t that interesting. Sorry. I know that’s not what moms are supposed to say, but it’s true. They’re pretty boring. They don’t do much yet. Don’t have many preferences. Don’t have much of a personality. They’re adorable and they smell like a delicious combination of soap and milk, but generally speaking, they don’t do much. As much as I love her, Gracie is no different. She sleeps just about 23 out of 24 hours in the day, waking only to toot, eat, and occasionally protest a diaper change. But…

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Euphoria

Euphoria

Since coming home from the hospital, my hormones have been whacked out, to say the least. But unlike during my pregnancy, my hormones seem to be surging from happy to happier and back down to happy and then back up to damn-near euphoric. I am so stinking happy right now that I’m 99% sure I am being drugged without my knowledge. Okay, well, I’m the one giving myself the pain pills, so I guess it’s not against my will, per se. The happiness doesn’t make me giggly or even all…

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Learning to Be a Big Brother

Learning to Be a Big Brother

If I could have chosen the smoothest transition possible for Bean and Gracie, it would have been exactly what’s been happening in our house right now. Bean seems to have been born to be a big brother. He isn’t infatuated with Gracie, but he has a good, healthy interest in her. For the most part, he’s going about his day like normal. He’s playing with his toys, reading his books, hanging with me and Chris, but whenever something is happening with Grace, he’s right there by our sides to help….

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Back to Our New Reality

Back to Our New Reality

After such a fun day on Saturday with family, Sunday morning was a lazy day for me, Chris, and Gracie Girl. Everyone was still at our house and would be coming back up to the hospital later in the day, so that morning we took advantage of the quiet for just the three of us to spend some time together. After a while, Gracie started to get sleepy again, so we sent her up to the nursery and Chris took the opportunity to head home, shower, and spend some time…

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Grace and Bean

Grace and Bean

By the time my c-section was finished and we made it up to our room, it was close to midnight. My parents were still at the hospital with Bean, waiting so that he had a chance to meet Gracie. We finally got up to our room and Bean came in. I’m sure it was the hormones, but I started crying right away. I think it was relief. I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for the time when we were all together and here it was. The first thing…

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Look What We Made!

Look What We Made!

The past few days have been a whirlwind of surprises and excitement as we welcomed the early, unexpected arrival of Baby Gracie.  Thank you all for your emails, comments, FB messages, and Tweets of support.  It’s times like these of incredible joy that I realize how wonderful it is to have this strange, odd, extended imaginary family who surround us with encouragement and prayers.  It makes special times even more special to our family, so thank you for being part of that. Now.  About Friday. Friday afternoon I had a…

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My Gracie Girl

My Gracie Girl

All day I have been thinking, “I wonder if Kate will have enough energy to put some pictures up tonight?”  Then I thought, “wait a minute!  I have a blog too!”  I know its been a while since you have heard from me, but that should explain the life of a dad and husband to a pregnant wife.  I’ve been busy just trying to survive. Brutal I tell you.  I’m so glad that’s over! But since I have this little space of my own, and I’m just so darn excited…

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Anger is As Anger Does

Anger is As Anger Does

I have a confession. I get angry. It’s my default emotion.  Whenever something is off, whenever I feel anything other than normal, I default to anger.  Yell now, ask questions later. Maybe I’m tired.  Maybe I’m sad.  Maybe I’m frustrated or hurt.  Maybe I’m stressed.  Doesn’t matter what the emotion is.  Anything other than straight-forward happy and I immediately get mad.  Then, I think it through after I’ve exploded and I decide, “You know what, I’m not really angry.  I’m actually just really disappointed…or scared…or nervous…etc.” It’s not a very…

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Chores and the Married Couple

Chores and the Married Couple

I’ve been asked a couple times lately how Chris and I handle sharing household responsibilities, especially with a new baby coming. I should start this off by saying that dividing household chores to a point where you are both comfortable with the way the load falls on each of you takes time. And some arguing. And some whining. And some temper tantrums. Finally, after almost six years of marriage, we seem to have it figured out for our family. But, like they say, babies change everything. When we’re not pregnant,…

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