Friday, April 28, 2006

How do you define irony?

Kare11 news has been advertising the fact that they are moving to High Definition television. They have been remodeling the whole set, counting down the days, and doing "Extras" on various aspects of HD. The picture was to be amazingly clear. The pixels would be greatly increased. Needless to say, last night's 5:00 broadcast of the news was very highly anticipated. The problem?

For the first 10 minutes, there was no sound.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I'm so cute!

Here I am sporting some very cute booties and a matching hat. My great aunt Marian made them. I haven't met her yet, but I hear she's cool! I really like the hat and booties. (Despite how my kicking one of the booties off makes it look...)

This is me lounging around this evening. I enjoy sitting up without help (but with plenty of supervision) and I'm only 5 1/2 weeks old! Mom is pretty sure she gave birth to a 2-month-old.

Monday, April 24, 2006

"I miss Mimi & Papa"

This is me sleeping. I did that a lot this weekend. That's because my mom's parents, Mimi and Papa, went to Florida. I'm not sure what to do with myself. It's so boring here without them. So for now, I'm just sleeping. Except for at night when I'm supposed to (sorry, Mom). I hope Mimi and Papa are having a fun time. I will miss them, but they'll be back next Wednesday. I'll try to find more exciting things to pass the time until they get back. I love you, Mimi and Papa!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

One month

My dearest Jackson Reed,

Today you are one month old. Happy birthday! One month ago, after 30 hours in labor, I held you for the first time and couldn't believe that you were finally here! After 9 months inside me, it was so fantastic to meet you!
Just the other day, I finally got some of our digital pictures printed at Target. As I looked through them today, I was shocked at how long ago that first day seems. You look so tiny and a little beat up. Honestly, we knew you'd be a cute baby, but you looked as though you'd been through a couple rounds with Tyson. Within a few days, though, you started to look a little more like a human. The most common comment that we got (and still get) from people is "Look how big his hands are!" You do have very big hands. Actually, you have big everything. You were a big newborn, and you haven't stopped growing!
The first night at home wasn't exactly ideal. We had let them take you to the nursery while we were at the hospital, and the nurse said that they had to wake you up to feed you. I thought that was such good news and that you were going to be a great sleeper! I was wrong. You had trouble even staying asleep unless I was holding you. So we spent much of the first few nights together sleeping in a chair in the bedroom. Pretty soon you got used to the bassinet. At this point, you are still waking up every couple of hours to nurse. But once in a while you sleep for 3 or 4 hours straight, and it's like heaven! I have faith that there will be more long stretches in the future. :)
We have brought you to church a few times, and you really like it. You just sleep through worship and wake up ready for a bottle from Dad just in time for Dave's sermon! How fun it will be to make new friends in the church nursery someday!
One of your favorite people in the world is your Mimi. Actually, YOU are one of HER favorite people. You do love her--you just don't know it yet. :) You have two pretty cool uncles who love you too, but only when you're happy.
Ever since you were brand new, you have smiled (and laughed!) in your sleep. Well, in just the last couple days, you have started smiling when you are awake, and it'st just the cutest thing. I feel like you are interacting with us. Today was the best timing smile so far. Your diaper was in desperate need of being changed. It was a terrible mess, and as I took it away, you decided it was a good time to pee. Once you were all diapered and dressed again, I put you on a blanket on the floor so I could clean up the changing table pad. As I was getting the new one on and taking care of the laundry, you very audibly filled your pants again. I looked down at you and said, "Did you just poop again?" And you smiled the biggest smile, as if to say right back to me, "Yup--just like to keep you on your toes!"
We're still getting the hang of outings. We've had some lovely days, and have tried to walk. You aren't crazy about the stroller, but you eventually fall asleep. Sometimes you are asleep when we start out, and then you wake up in the middle of the walk and cry all the way home. I'm sure people look at me like, "Gee, your child really seems to be enjoying that!" We've also tried to run errands a couple times. Sometimes you stay asleep the whole time. That is great. More often, though, you are awake and crabby, and I end up holding you in one arm and pushing my cart through the store with the other arm. Oh well. You'll learn.
One of my favorite things is that sometimes I'm the only one who can make you happy. I guess I just smell good. More than likely, I smell like milk and that's a good sign that you will get some of it in the near future. It's okay--it makes me feel needed.
I love you, dear one. You have blessed our hearts so much in just one month. We can't even begin to fathom what the next months and years will bring. You are an amazing gift from God to us.


Friday, April 14, 2006

Happy Easter...or Keester

My mom sent this to me, and I couldn't help but share it with you. There's just nothing like a baby's butt. :)
Have a wonderful Easter, all!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Growing boy

Jackson seems big to me this week. Frankly, he seemed big when they plopped him on my belly immediately after delivery. But this week, he just seems to be growing. When I am holding him or changing him or just looking at him, I have to remind myself that he's only 3 1/2 weeks old. That's just brand new! Here are some cute pics.

I love this picture. He's on my shoulder, and clearly not having a great time. But his little face is just so precious!

Jackson is letting us know that he is very happy to be resting on Dad's shoulder.

This is Maddie. She is so starved for attention that she will let us do whatever we want with her. Including putting Jackson's hospital hat on her head. What a sweet girl.

Conked out with Mimi. We went for a walk in the lovely weather, which apparently wore him out!

Nothing like a naked baby! This is one of many changes that happens in a typical day. Just today, in fact, we had gone through three outfits by 4:00!

Jackson and I had our first major outing on Monday. I had to get fitted for a bridesmaid dress (something no woman should EVER have to do 3 weeks postpartum), so I dropped Jack off at my Aunt Sue's house. It was his first official babysitting experience, and I think he did quite well. :)

Time for bed. I really should be sleeping right now because my little man is sleeping. I'm getting better at "sleep when the baby sleeps." We took a nice hour-long nap yesterday. It's was heavenly!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Jackson, week 3

We've gotten through yet another week! And our little man is just growing up. Here are some highlights:

Here is Jackson enjoying a new toy. Well, enjoying it might be a bit much. He tolerated it long enough for me to take a picture.

This is Jackson's content "I just ate" look. Some would say he looks drunk. What can I say--breast milk must be intoxicating!

This is Jackson with his Mimi (my mom). That's one of the sweetest faces he makes!

Maddie has recently started to realize that this little thing we brought home certainly takes a lot of our attention. She's one jealous kitty! Here's Dan doing double duty.

A bouncy seat like this is a must-have for new parents. This model vibrates, which Jackson apparently finds quite soothing. This is how we eat dinner. It's also how I take a shower every day!

Jackson hanging out with cool Uncle John.

We had a reunion last night with the couples and babies from our childbirth class. It was great to see everyone and hear their birth stories. Here are all of the babies together. Jackson is the one who is clearly peeved with all of us. I can see the report cards now--"Does not play nice with others." :) Here's a fun fact--Jackson is two months younger than the baby next to him with the striped shirt. They are about the same weight now. What a bruiser!

Well, there's the weekly installment. Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Bath time

This is how Jackson feels about taking a bath. It's a very traumatic experience!