Monday, August 31, 2009


I finally got the alphabet letters hung in the babies room. It's a little hard to see how great all the artwork is on them with the glare. I guess you'll all have to come and see it in person!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

My work threw me a shower also, and gave us this cool diaper cake, complete with... you guessed it... giraffes.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Almost there!!!

38 weeks!!!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

It's a jungle in there...

Originally we were planning on having an alphabet theme baby room, which is why we painted all the letters- I promise we are hanging them tonight and will have a picture up soon... But most of you must know something about the baby that we do not- because it seems that the room very much jungle- with a specific preference toward the giraffe. We had to spread the jungle out a little- in addition to the items in this picture, we have a giraffe picture on the wall just outside the babies room, a very cool giraffe card on the babies door, an animal fleece blanket, giraffe sheets, and a large jungle animal ring stacker. The room and all the stuff look great- but if this baby has a fear of giraffes then we are in big trouble!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

More Presents!!!

No one took pictures with my camera, so I didn't get any of the gifts being opened. But lots of people love this baby because now our living room looks like this....

Fortunately and unfortunately- someone is coming to look at the condo Thursday. So- I was as compliant with my orders to rest and keep my feet up from the doctor for a whole day, but now it is full clean mode... Wish us luck :o)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Harris Shower

We had a baby shower at the Harris' on Sunday. The weather started a little iffy with some rain showers, but it cleared up and was beautiful for the whole day . As soon as we had all the gifts in the car and most people had left, it downpoured!!! Couldn't have timed it better.

As always the guys were all about playing their frisbee/cup game.

The girls finally had a turn, but we didn;t knock off any cups, or catch the frisbee for that matter...

This moving ball that squirted water was a big hit though :o)

Sunday, August 23, 2009


This picture doesn't even make my elephant legs look as bad as they really do. This heat is not agreeing with me so much these days.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Our helper William

William was very into helping to open all the gifts and giving his opinion of the selections, mostly telling us which things he already had at his house. However, I gave Nate this sweatshirt for the baby from RPI, and Will's comment was "Well I think this is a little small for you Nate, maybe the baby can wear it!"

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Day 3

Day 3 post shower consisted of cleaning, ladder-ball, the guys went golfing, and then a lobster feast for dinner! Not a bad weekend. I also realized that I missed posting my belly at 36 weeks, which was Saturday- and yes for those of you who don't like to divide by 4, that is 9 months.... funny that there is still a month left. Anyway- here is a 36 week belly picture playing ladder-golf.

The shower!!!

What a great afternoon. Thanks everyone so much for coming, and for the fabulous gifts, and especially to mom and Tif for all the thoughtful planning. Don't worry this is not a substitute "thank you" instead of actual cards, though Nate is annoyed that the baby isn't yet capable of writing his or her own thank you notes.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pre-baby shower

Saturday was our baby shower at my parents house. Pat and Tif traveled from Chicago for the event- and are still hoping for an early delivery before they leave next weekend. Karina took 3 days off of work for the event. People, she says, were quite skeptical of someone needing 3 days off for a baby shower, to which her only reply was "You don't know the Neilans." So here are some pictures of our 3 day festivities so she can prove that indeed it does take 3 whole days to really do it right.

We are all hard at work painting our letters for the baby's alphabet. Pictures of the full completed project to come later.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mystic Seaport

We decided to use our annual pass to the Mystic Seaport that we received from the having the wedding there. There was tons to see, and it was a beautiful day walking around. Our special member pass even got us a free glass of lemonade! It doesn't take much to make an almost 9 month pregnant person happy!

Birthing Class: Week 5

Last week of class! We were promised ahead of time that we would be staging a "labor rehearsal" this week, and furthermore, that it was a labor dress rehearsal-- we were supposed to bring a blanket and some pillows. Unfortunately, it was a classic case of "boy cries wolf." We had lugged those things to a few of the previous classes after similar promises were made, only to be let down. We had about 3 hours worth of material to cover in the final 2 hour session last night, so Erin and I decided to just leave the stuff at home. We figured it was highly unlikely we would actually get to the labor rehearsal.

The first half of the class went along fine. I sat there so smugly in the back of the class, looking around and silently judging the other couples' bedding. Who do those people with the palmetto-print pillowcases think they are? Have those other people heard of laundry detergent? "Your fringed blanket makes me sick, sir," I mouthed at the back of someone else's head. The best part was that, by my calculation, we were above reproach. No one could see, or even imagine, the finery on which we slept.

Soon, however, our luck ran out. It was labor rehearsal time. Without our pillows and blanket, Erin was going to have to lay on the hard floor. I was able to fold the long sleeve shirt I was wearing into a crude, flat pillow (labor rehearsal tip: always dress in bulky layers), but it wasn't providing much support. Luckily, the couple next to us was very nice and let us borrow a pillow.

The rehearsal proceeded smoothly from there. Afterward, one guy asked if I thought his wife would be that calm during the actual labor. I said I figured she would be. No use getting him upset by reminding him that she's going to be experiencing a bit more physical discomfort during the actual performance.

Finally, class was over and we received our diplomas without musical accompaniment or applause. To make up for it, we staged a little ceremony at home (see photo).

After class, most of the people went out to Dairy Queen to celebrate. We had fun getting to know some of them better, and with everyone in the class having a due date within a couple of weeks of each other, we figure there's a good chance we may see some of them again on the big day.

Misconceptions revealed!

I was under the assumption for most of my pregnancy that a large pregnant belly would be buoyant and assist with floating in the water. It does not! Floating on your back = sinking. Floating on your belly= sinking resulting in an extreme arm workout because you cannot use your abs. It is still very pleasurable to be in the water on a hot humid August day, but next time I will use a noodle.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Shark Week

Sarah and Jay came for the day at the beach, and as always Sarah brought her latest baking creation. In the spirit of shark week, we have a chocolate cake with sharks hunting the poor penguin on the top. Luckily in Matunuck so far we have not seen any sharks or icebergs... penguins are cute though, I wouldn't mind seeing one of those.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Yup, that is a "tie" made of seaweed.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Birthing Class: Week 4

We've spent this week in Rhode Island (we'll try to get some pictures up soon), but we made a special trip back on Wednesday for birthing class. We had a substitute teacher (who somewhat resembled Joni Mitchell) this week, and she was pretty good. How good? Let's compare the two instructors.

Class Procedure
"Joni" made a big deal out of everyone "signing in" on the sign in sheet on the way into class. We've been doing that all along, and I'm not really sure what the purpose of it is. The class is completely voluntary, and they can't really prevent you from giving birth if you missed one of the classes.
Advantage: Regular teacher

Honorary Titles
For the first three weeks of class, the husbands/fiancees/whatever in the class were called "support persons." That was fine, but then Joni gave us a much better title: Coach. It was like all of a sudden I was promoted from towel boy to Bill Belichick. I decided to add a few other things to our labor bag, namely, a baggy sweatshirt, a clipboard, and a headset. A whistle might be useful, too.

Advantage: Substitute teacher

Our regular teacher uses the boring, clinical term "amniotic sac" to describe the thing that breaks during labor. Joni uses the much more evocative "bag o' waters," as though it were the mighty Mississippi, being fed by numerous tributaries. Our regular teacher also uses the term "umbiblical cord" (as in "an umbilical cord of umbiblical proportions").
Advantage: Substitute teacher

Stupid Questions
We got to tour the birthing unit this week, which was very informative and was the whole reason we took the class. However, the tour also prompted some interesting questions from the group.

The question came from a guy who wondered if, in the event his wife had a cesarean section, would he be able to get out of the operating room, i.e., would the doors be locked from the outside? The teacher sort of redirected the question by answering "well, we'll have a wheelchair you can sit in if you feel faint," but this guy was having none of it. He wanted to know the shortest route off hospital grounds. To make matters worse, the mention of the wheelchair confused some of our classmates; wouldn't the mother be sitting in the wheelchair? Well, not exactly. It turns out that they ("they" being the medical establishment) prefer to have you lying down on an operating table when they perform a surgical procedure on you.

This prompted another question from a support person (he doesn't deserve the title of "coach"): "Can we bring food into the operating room with us?" The teacher explained that the operating room is (ideally) an antiseptic environment, so dinner theater is not really an option.

Finally, on the tour we saw the "heat lamp" tables where they put the baby immediately after birth to keep it warm. There was one guy in the class who creepily kept asking what temperature the babies were heated to. At last someone yelled out "98.6!"
Advantage: Substitute teacher

One week to go!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Happy 30th

Sunday we went to Ryan's surprise 30th birthday party. Mojito themed- hence the T-shirt. Lauren pulled off an excellent surprise, and its not everyday you get to go to a 30th birthday party held at a preschool playground with alcoholic beverages! Well not me- I had a faux-jito but it was still a great afternoon. Happy Birthday Ryan!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Stolen Cake

Just kidding guys! Everything was just perfect and beautiful (especially Megan).

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Wedding #4

This is the baby's 4th wedding of the season. If this baby is not a fantastic dancer, I have only myself to blame. And he or she may recognize Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson's voices as well as mine and Nate's at this point.

This is the only picture of the 4 of us from the night... I'm not sure why Nate looks like this so early...

Monday, August 3, 2009

Another busy Weekend!!!

Amy and Chris came from Maine on Friday and spent the night with the 2 kids. Acadia got to test out all our baby things and make sure Nate did an acceptable job of putting together the crib etc... Thomas and I made pancakes together Saturday morning.