Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Home from the hospital








Actually we went home from the hospital Monday afternoon but this is my first chance to sit down at the computer and post more pictures.

As first time parents, this is all new and mysterious and sometimes worrisome.

For instance, she's been a little jaundiced but we've been told it's no big deal. It's more apparent to me when I start editing pictures. She's pinking up and either way she's so gorgeous it doesn't matter. And I know, everyone thinks their kid is the most beautiful baby in the world and they are right to think that way; it's some sort of instinctive bonding thing. But mine is the prettiest, really!

At first we were a bit concerned because she didn't cry. She cooed and made noise but no crying like the babies next door. Her routine hearing test proved she could hear just fine so that wasn't an issue but it still nagged at us.

Not to worry. She's doing her own nagging now and can throw a tantrum like the best of them. Thankfully they are infrequent and short.

I've read and heard from nearly every mom that the best practice is to read and talk to your baby right away, all the time. For me this means to narrate ever part of our time together (at least when I'm holding her and she's awake. I'm giving play by play on what's on TV while I rock her or I'm telling her every step of the diaper changing process as I do it, with little tangents and personal observations along the way.

It's like I'm her FTO but there are no daily evaluations. Although she can fall asleep to escape the blabbity blab while my recruits were discouraged from such things.

For the most part.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Journey is Here!


Born at 12:50 alaska standard time weighing in at 6 lbs 7 oz and measuring 17.5 inches.


Sunday, November 08, 2009

Toys !!

I'm looking forward to buying toys for my little girl.

Okay, so I'm looking forward to buying toys that I can test drive for the little girl.

Let us consider a ride on the Playmobil:

Take a simple "Baby's Room Set"babys roomand add some "Jewel Thieves"



jewelthievesand you have yourself a perfect afternoon game of

Who kidnapped the Lindbergh baby?

Fun, fun, fun! (and teaches history too)


There are a lot of cops and robbers in the Playmobil world, which is cool, although it seems the Playmobil municipal lock-up facility has some serious security flaws.
police station
police and thief
But there are some vast pieces of history too.

Journey, would you like to play Roman Stadium?
roman stadium

We can feed Christians to the lions - where is that Nativity set anyway? Oh wait, those are Jews. Although are the wise men Christians at that point? Surely Mary and Joseph were not Christians during the dark manger days. See, we're asking questions and learning together
!

Let's find ourselves a Playmobil fiery oven in which to stuff little plastic Shadrach, Meshach, and the Indigo Girls. Woo-hoo!


And the granddaddy of them all, in my opinion, has to be the Playmobil Pyramid.


It includes a skeleton, a sarcophagus, some Canopic jars for organs. It even has scorpions climbing up the outside of the pyramid walls.

And the gigantic Eye of Horus at the top - this is exactly the sort of toys we need for our little one.

You can't teach them symbols of divine protection early enough.


Friday, November 06, 2009

In 6 days, Everything is Possible Again

With a baby fast approaching I find that I am looking forward to the newness of everything.

It’s all back on the table:


Santa

The Easter Bunny

The Tooth Fairy

Jesus

All the things I take for granted as a jaded adult will be new and wondrous to a child.

Every joke is a new joke. Magic tricks are magical and not just trickery.

She can grow up to be whatever she wants to be.

I can’t wait.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Mark Your Calendars

Unless things change in the next week, little miss Journey Reese will be born:

Friday the 13th of November, 2009