Monday, September 14, 2009

The Long Version

A few weeks ago Patrick woke up from his nap and when we brought him downstairs to drink some milk and have a snack, he had quite the story to tell us. Luckily, Ang was able to sneak away and grab the video camera to get some of it on video.

I've edited the video down and taken out a few of the parts where he is just pacing back and forth. Our favorite parts: that he has to put his milk down and let his hand motions catch up so he can tell the story; almost every phrase ends with the word "this"; he only stops briefly in the middle when he realizes he's been standing on the letter 'S'; that he's walking non-stop almost the whole time; that he's not wearing pants for some reason.

So now you know.

In other fun news, Ang had another OB appointment last week and we got to hear the baby's heartbeat. Everything looks and sounds good so far and, as the calendar on the right says, we're 16 weeks along now. We'll find out boy or girl at our next appointment in early October. Our goal is to have the room that will eventually be the nursery empty by then so once we find out the gender, we can start planning what the nursery will end up looking like.

As for the rest of life, Patrick is still getting used to school and we're still getting used to him being there. He still cries most days when I drop him off but the teachers tell us that he calms down after I leave and has fun. Patrick has also learned a few more letters of the alphabet (he knows about half of them now) and is recognizing them on signs and buildings when we go places. In fact, today he seemed to recognize his first whole word. We have a burp cloth with his name on it in his room and this morning he started doing his usual thing where he points to the 'P' and says the sound and then goes onto the other letters and so on. Once he was done naming all of them I told him that it says "Patrick" and he repeated it: "Pat-pat" (that's what he calls himself). Then we went downstairs a little later and he noticed his name on the sippy cup he takes to school, pointed at it and said "Pat-pat" excitedly. So, like any father trying to be aware of his own over-eagerness, I tested him with several other things that had his name on it and he correctly identified it on all of them! We were pretty proud :)

We're headed to the zoo this weekend and will have a bunch of pictures next week, hopefully. Until then...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

All About Babies

I think most people who come to this site know already, but we wanted to make an official announcement here:


That's right - baby number two is in the oven. Cooking. At 450 degrees farahenheit for 35-40 weeks. Or until a golden brown color is achieved...or not. Probably not.

Seriously though, we're absolutely thrilled to be expecting another baby. We always knew we wanted more than one child and although the timeline isn't exactly how we planned it in our heads, it's very cool to think that our famly will be growing by another person again. Plans are for suckers anyway.

We're also really excited to see Patrick as a big brother. It's so funny to see him do his normal goofy things and think of him as being the example to his younger brother or sister.

We bought Patrick a little baby doll and gave it to him yesterday. It was very cute because he picked it up and hugged it right away and kept saying "baby! baby!" Then he gave her a little plastic bottle and rocked her. Then he threw her on the floor and chased after the dog; but we'll work on that.

Here are all the details we know about the new baby so far:
  • Due date is February 26th
  • All doctor appointments show that baby is healthy
  • We'll find out the gender in mid-October
  • This baby has been far kinder to Angie in terms of nausea than Patrick was
Ang has been feeling pretty good with this pregnancy. She's just out of the first trimester now and the tiredness and nausea only really hit her a couple weeks ago. But, overall, she's felt pretty good. And, of course, she's handling the whole three-months-pregnant-and-chasing-a-14-month-old around exactly like you would expect her to: perfectly, gracefully and beautifully.

In honor of the new baby, we've added a countdown to the side of the page that says how far along the pregnancy is and a few other details. Right now the background is green but we'll change it to blue or pink once we know what baby will be.

We'll update the site later with some pictures from when we told the news to our families. There's some really funny shots (apologies in advance to Aunt Abbie, who will probably never speak to me again).

We hope everybody has a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!