Sorry for the long absence. I know, I know: Rule 76. No excuses. Play like a champion.

I’ve added some photos to the link on the right, and PROMISE I’ll get something new up soon.

December 17, 2008 at 11:37 pm Leave a comment

Labor Day Beach Trip

This past weekend we took Janae to Lincoln City in honor of Auntie Katie’s birthday. Here’s a photo of Janae with the birthday girl:

This was the munchkin’s first overnight trip as well as her first excursion to the beach– what a fun time!

Janae is a total trooper in the car, so the actual travel to the beach and back went really well.  It was how long packing the van took that surprised Jeff and I, however.  It’s amazing how much stuff such a little person needs just to go on the road for a few nights!  We brought multiple outfits for each day we would be gone (in case of baby blowouts… you know that’s what happens if you neglect to bring an extra outfit), multiple sleepers for night (same reason as the daytime outfits: avoiding blowout issues), tons of socks, hoodies, hats, blankets, binkies, the pack and play, monitors, diapers, wipes, diaper cream, bottles and formula just in case she decided to stop breastfeeding while on vacation, bath supplies, vitamins, toys, the bouncer…   The list goes on (and on, and on…) So much stuff!

Thankfully, we didn’t forget anything important at home.  New parent gold star for us!

We had a blast getting away from our normal routine and our house!  The weather at Lincoln City was gorgeous– we were able to enjoy sunsets over the ocean each night, and listen to the crashing waves through the open window in our bedroom.  The accommodations were wonderful– especially the delicious meals!  (Thanks Mom and Dad!)

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After eating a particularly delicious breakfast one morning, we decided to go for a walk down to the bay by Mo’s, walk along the beach, play in the sand a bit, and then back to the house.  It was such a nice day that we had to take a few photos along the way!

Here’s a shot of the entire family (including Katie and Josh’s puppies, Bella and Baxter) by the fish sculpture by Mos,

a snapshot of the three of us on our first family vacation,

and a close up of Janae with the Bay in the background.

After indulging in the family photo op, we walked along a beach trail that runs from the bay, around the bluff, and ends up at the ocean.  As we walked along this route, we ran into a special spot for us– the place Jeff and I stood to escape an Oregon Coast downpour shortly after getting engaged!  It’s a funny little hideaway that you don’t really notice unless you know what you’re looking for– it’s quaint, peaceful and gorgeous.  We couldn’t resist the opportunity to hike our way in and take a picture with our new daughter in the exact same location as when we first decided to commit to life together!

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Here’s a view of us with Janae in front of the ocean for the first time!

Jeff and I also had a fun treat during the weekend getaway: our first date alone since Janae was born!  Grandma and Grandpa took the little one for the evening so we got a chance to head out on the town.  We went to the most unique and sketchy bookstore on the Oregon coast and walked through room after room of fabulous used books (that bookstore is really worth an entire post in it’s own right…), enjoyed dinner and drinks at the Lighthouse McMennamins, went to a local farmer’s/artisan’s market, and walked along the bay after picking up delicious lattes (Yay, Stumptown!).  And, if this relaxing outing wasn’t enough, we returned to the house and Grandma and Grandpa had just put Janae down for a nap!  With the munchkin sleeping, Jeff had a chance to play poker with the boys and I was able to read and knit (maybe I’ll actually finish those socks after all!).  What a great way to reconnect with each other and relax– thanks Mom and Dad!!

September 5, 2008 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

The Story (a pg-rated photo tour) Part 2

When I last left you, I had just come into the room to find that the medical personnel in the room had doubled, and Kim had moved into a pushing position since I had left the room five minutes earlier. Apparently, when Kim was given her epidural, everyone was assuming that we still had some significant time before delivery. Immediately after the epidural, she was found to be at 10 cm. Nice, because if they had checked 10 minutes earlier, no epidural.

Here I am, “helping”:

“Helping” included encouraging remarks, bracing the left leg (a nurse had the right), and supporting the back of her head during pushing without forcing her chin into her throat (no small feat, just ask my brother-in-law.)

I personally had three stressful moments in the hour that followed:

  1. When the water broke, a nurse immediately made a call to the neo-natal unit to advise of “mec”. In the EMT class I took last year, I remembered that “mec” means meconium, which often is the result of fetal distress, and can lead to some fairly significant complications. Stressful.
  2. When her head crowned, a surplus of scalp folded under the pressure, which is not a problem, but from my angle the fold looked like a caved-in portion of skull. Which in my ever-looking-for-connections brain, would definitely qualify as the fetal distress leading to the meconium staining. Not a fun moment.
  3. When her whole head emerged, the cord was wrapped twice around her neck. Now there were competing sources for the fetal distress.

So when the doctor asked if I wanted to cut the cord, I did a quick gut check, and decided against it. Last thing anyone needed was me going down in the delivery room. The one thing that helped me keep it together was watching the reactions of the doctors on hand. Other than advising the neo-natal staff of the meconium issue, no other personnel was requested, and everyone seemed downright at ease. I kept telling myself that if anything was going drastically wrong, the room would quickly fill up with more doctors.

Despite all the drama, she was born within an hour of the start of active labor, got her first breaths in, and was on her way! First she had to get a bath:

Then it was back to meet mom, and get a family photo:

We spend the next two nights at the hospital. The expertise when we had questions was nice. Sleeping on the floor and moving around a cramped little room was not nice. It was an amazing feeling to pack up, get in the car, and drive home as a family of three.

July 30, 2008 at 12:46 pm 1 comment

The Story (a pg-rated photo tour) Part 1

So if you 1) have read any previous posts, or 2) talked to Kim in the past week, you already knew that we were overdue. Due date was July 14. After the due date comes, mom and baby go through a series of non-stress tests (apparently they can also be called stress tests, but I am highly skeptical of the idea that the exact same thing can be called by opposite names…) First (non) stress test was scheduled for Monday, July 21.

At the test, mom’s blood pressure was deemed high (see preeclampsia), so we were shipped off to the hospital for induction. Luckily, we were warned that this could happen, so bags were packed and loaded.

Kim was admitted (after an awkward delay, we must have gotten to the hospital ahead of the induction orders, which led to “So, why are you here again?” being asked multiple times…) and given dinner.

Kim was placed on medications that got her ready for contractions. If you want to know more about what “getting ready for contractions” means biologically, feel free to ask, but if I post it here I lose my pg rating. Those medications took all night to take complete effect. During the night we slept (a little), read, re-watched the pilot episode of The Office, and took walks.

The requirement to monitor baby’s heartbeat and mom’s contractions necessitated use of telemetry for walks. Basically, ‘telemetry’ is bridging the monitor sensors to the monitor equipment via a battery-powered wireless transmitter.

I mostly include this picture because we were apparently the first couple in the history of the hospital to carry around the telemetry equipment without the rolling IV stand. At the hospital, all it takes to be “that clever couple” is to hang a wireless transmitter around your neck. We like being “that clever couple”.

We thought we would have much of the following day to slowly progress through labor. We had family on both sides on hand to visit, play cards, and so on. Kim was feeling some pain, so we delayed the visiting long enough to get her some drugs. Once the drugs set in, I went out to send in Kim’s mom and sister. With the two of them on their way back to see Kim, my plan was to hang out with my folks and sister and Kim’s dad for 5-10 min.

About 30 seconds later, Kim’s sister comes running down the hall to tell me that I “might want to come back to the room, there’s a lot going on.” I went. To find a room full of doctors. And Kim in stirrups.

From left to right:

One of Kim’s feet (as much of her in this position as she will let me post), Dr. Esther Moy (I was told that no one remembers the name of the name of the doctor who delivers your baby. I took this as a challenge), Daniel the Med Student (I hope it is not condescending to call him Daniel the Med Student, because he was very nice and knowledgeable.)

More of the story when I have time (so if I understand this whole parenthood thing correctly, might mean never…)

July 27, 2008 at 11:40 am 3 comments

Janae’s 1st Video (age 30 minutes)

July 24, 2008 at 5:47 pm 4 comments

Illicit Muffins, Trashy Magazines, and Blogging (fun in the maternity ward)

During labor (which we assumed would last forever) we intended to write an entry. We only ever got to the title, but I’m posting it anyway, because I think that’s funny…

July 23, 2008 at 4:51 pm 1 comment

Janae Ruth McDonough

Janae Ruth McDonough
Born July 22, 2008 at 1:50pm
7 pounds,10 ounces
19.5 inches long

Pictures here!

July 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm 1 comment

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