Thursday, July 30, 2009

Birthing Class: Week 3

Another week of birthing class has come and gone. It was pretty uneventful, and for the second time we've brought our pillows and blankets without using them. We still have no idea what they're for. It's only a 2 hour class, so there is really no nap time. One highlight, though, was the video we saw of a birth. This was a much more graphic one than the last (think "unrated version"), but I still feel I can watch the birth without fainting. The best part was what they named the baby in the video: Seven. Though the wife pronounced it "SEE-ven", the husband definitely said it like the number. Yet another person has stolen George Costanza's idea.

34 Weeks

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Well we are no longer total delinquent parents. I called today and chose a pediatricians office- which I chose based on closest proximity to our house. I did actually look at their website and they have a good website with lots of info on it and some of the doctors are "award winning". So I called to sign up, as I told the receptionist. She told me there are 2 doctors accepting newborns right now, and gave me their names. Now I was already on the website which was helpful, and I used the same decision making techniques that I use when choosing a bottle of wine (a cool looking label has never steered me wrong) so quickly I looked at the 2 pictures and decided that the middle aged woman with huge glasses and an ugly tweed blazer was not for us, and chose the youngish Asian woman who has traveled the country practicing in several states. (actually I usually ponder the bottles of wine longer, but I felt under a little pressure). I thought I was done at this point. Then they ask me if I want to meet her first. Now, Nate and I had already previously discussed that this seems kind of silly, because what will we talk about- probably there will be more to discuss once we walk in with a living, breathing baby. We were even making fun of the people in birth class who were shocked that their pediatricians didn't want to meet them! So the receptionist asks if I want to meet with the doctor and of course what kind of parent would I seem if I said no?! So now, in mid August I will be going into the office to meet with this woman... if only I could have a glass of wine!

Good Luck Nate!!!

Nate has been diligently studying for the bar exam all summer, and especially since the 4th of july really only stops to eat and sleep when forced. I don't really remember what his face looks like because whenever I see him, he looks like this!

Tomorrow and Thursday are the big days. He is at church this morning trying to get in some bonus points with the BIG GUY. Good Luck!!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

WWJD? : Inaugural Edition

This is a new feature on the blog, borne of a real problem we've been having here at the homestead. When we lived with Julie, she used her Solomon-esque wisdom to settle disputes between Erin and me. Julie's opinion regularly decided such hot-button issues as whether Erin really asked me to stop and pick something up at the grocery store or, as was my contention, she merely thought it in her head.

Tonight we needed her in a bad way. Erin knocked over a whole bucket of peanuts I bought in the bulk bins at Whole Foods. As I got out the garbage pail to throw them away, Erin merely scooped them back into the bucket, then, to add insult to (disease-related) injury, she used the dish sponge to clean the floor. I say that's gross. Erin swears she will eat them, though I think it's to prove a point. So now we need our readers to weight in:

What would Julie do?

We would ask Julie, of course, but she's in Germany at the moment. I assume they don't have phones there.

Cleaning up peanuts.
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On the market

Well we are officially on the market!!! Check out our site and please pass it along to someone you think may be interested in buying a great condo in the South Shore area!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Birthing Class: Week 2

Another week of birthing class has come and gone. Though it's only been two sessions, I can proudly say that our classmates have already gone from being complete strangers to people I would give a nearly-imperceptible nod to if I saw them on the street. We've learned some helpful things so far, and have identified areas where we need to do more preparation as well as areas where we are fully prepared.

Areas where we are fully prepared:
Wearing the proper clothing to the class is something we've really nailed. During the first week they had the air conditioning cranking, and I don't mind saying I was freezing in shorts, a t-shirt, and flip-flops. That kind of outfit may work for the Dude, but it's not going to fly here. This week I wore jeans, sneakers, and even a jacket. Erin gave me a weird look when we were leaving for class, and I'm sure it was about the jacket, but it was worth it. Sure, everyone loved the guy who showed up wearing a tuxedo-print t-shirt, but by halfway through the class my jacket was (presumably) the envy of the class.

Areas where we need to be more prepared:
Things involving the baby. People tonight were aghast and offended as they related stories about how their chosen pediatrician did not invite them to come in for a visit. We haven't picked our baby's doctor yet, I feel like maybe we should get a sense of the baby's personality first so that we can pick the right doctor to avoid personal friction. I'd hate to have a baby and a doctor that are both "type A" personalities. And it would never even occur to me to go meet the doctor beforehand. Though I'm sure we'd find something to talk about, I really feel that nothing gives more structure to a pediatrician visit than actually bringing a baby with you; there's no real substitute.

Tonight we also saw the birthing video, which was quite disturbing. Not because of the footage of the birth (it was tastefully shot and left much to the imagination), but more because of the behavior of the father in the video. This guy set a standard no one else could ever hope to reach. When he wasn't rubbing his wife(?)'s back, he was oiling up and massaging her feet. Need a popsicle? I'd be happy to spring up from the couch and run to get you one! I think he was really playing it for the benefit of the film crew, but by any measure he was a real go-getter. That said, I hope I am as helpful when the big day comes.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Healthy Snacks

Lauren and the kids came over to help take pictures of the condo for when we put it on the market. Unfortunately, the only day the pool has been closed all summer was the day we were planning on using it. We don't have many toys or ways to occupy a 4 year old and 1 year old- so snacks was the only option. Only the healthiest of snacks are provided here at the Harris household... we will have to work on that! Here is William with his bowl of whipped cream and m&m's. They are dark chocolate ones though, so that makes them healthy right?

We did have a slightly better goldfish option for Rory.

Monday, July 20, 2009


When the bowl of ice cream rests on the belly, you know you're in the final 8 weeks.
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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Thursday nights

Thursday night is ladies night down at the Crows Point beach... It is somewhat of an effort to get together a meal, steal a table from a toddler, apply tons of bugspray and bring it all down the beach for 1-2 hours for a night with the girls- but totally worth it!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Birthing Class: Week 1

Last night we had our first birthing class at the hospital where we'll be having the baby. We started with a basic review of the female anatomy, aided by a knit, blue-and-white striped uterus to show us how the baby will be born. We also learned what it means when they say "8 cm dilated, 100% effaced, at +1." I was hoping they would have some mnemonics ("use 'Unhappy Babies Cry' to remember 'Uterus to Birth Canal'") to help remember this stuff, but no such luck.

Another thing they told us to do was to prepare our "labor bags." At first I thought this was just a nickname for the uterus, and that this was yet another activity I couldn't participate in. Then the woman explained that the labor bag is something you pack with all of the essentials for your trip to the hospital. She listed a bunch of things we should have in it, but I didn't write them down. However, as soon as we got home I got ours started, you can see it below.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Thanks Julie!!!

If you have had the pleasure of taking a shower at our house in the last year, you probably would have noticed the ever expanding water damage and stalactites growing from the ceiling. We had fixed it once not realizing that our neighbors upstairs were the culprits, and then it was getting progressively worse... This time though they have fixed their problem upstairs, which is a very long story, and Julie came over to sand, Spackle, and paint the corner of the shower.... I tried to help prime one day- I had just enough time to do it before my checkup at the doctor.... I'm sure you all see where this is going- not good. I got a nice little lecture on toxic fumes and how I should be at the beach instead of doing house projects. Anyways- great job Julie!!!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Babies Quilt

After looking at the quilts you could register for and deciding I didn't really like ANY of them, I decided to make my own quilt as I'm sure most of you would expect anyway... So I am not really into pastel colors and I don't really like the "baby fabrics" at the stores either. They are just too juvenile looking for my tastes- I am more into the "shabby chic" look. So seeing as I had to pick neutral colors for the quilt, I choose a pattern with stars on in- which are yellow (I am traditional in some ways people...) and has a good deal of white. So the colors I picked to go with it were orange, brown and green, and some blue and purple mixed in. SO I am at Jo-ann fabrics waiting at the cutting counter when it is finally my turn and the woman asks me what I am making. So I tell her "a baby quilt". Then she just looks at me with total disapproval and says "Well those are interesting color choices for that!" Really who does this woman think she is? The craft police? Well here it is, and I think it came out pretty good anyway!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

space bags

In our search for ways to store things that we don't use everyday, we have discovered space bags!!! All I can say is that they are fabulous, and I am now wandering around looking for more things that I can put into them to shrink down. To the left is an empty bag, and to the right is a full bag that has all the air sucked out!!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

30 weeks

10ish weeks to go!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sunday morning was a little more "beachy" feeling. And by that I mean it was warm enough to be wearing only a bathing suit, and not a sweatshirt!

Nate has been promising me that he would dig me a hole for my belly at the beach.

And it was wonderful!!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

4th of July in Matunuck

Saturday we went down to Matunuck. The beach was a little windy and cold, but the sun was out at least and this year that seems to be as good as it's going to get.

The highlight of the day was the annual pots and pans parade.

Here is the Penhall family bringing up there rear. We are looking forward to marching with the next year!!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy 4th of July!!!

We had quite the funfilled busy 4th of July weekend- what else is new?

Thursday night began with Dan and Courtney and a soggy fireworks show in Simsbury with the Hartford Symphany playing the 1812 overture and Nate marching around. The actual thunder and lightening at the end was a nice unplanned touch to the performance!

Friday we had a cookout at the Harris residence complete with 4 wheeling, the new frisbee game and the largest selection of meat at one BBQ!

Here is Dave with one of many giant pieces of meat.

Dave tending his very manly grill that he made this winter

Kate looks a little nervous having a 6 year old at the wheel!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Step 2: Drink beer
Step 3: Assemble crib

Step 4: Figure out how to get out of the crib!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Baby Stuff

Step 1: Bring in all the baby stuff

We have lots of great friends who have given us their "hand me down" baby furniture. Here is the pile of stuff we retrieved from our storage unit (this isn't even close to all of it).