Monday, June 30, 2008

Showering Us in Diapers!

Our dear friend Stacey threw us a wonderful bbq/baby shower yesterday -- a perfect way to spend a hot summer day with friends and family. We filled the pool and had a gang of folks over to play in the water, drink beers and eat burgers -- gone are the days when the ladies sat around guessing the size of the belly and tying ribbons to a plate...

Our friend Ali did make us the most unbelievable diaper cake! I have never seen such a creation!

Purple Gramma came up for the event and brought Henry a new fireman's hat; here, he is just getting used to how it feels on the head.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Drivin', Drivin', Drivin'

Our nakey-bakey, wild driver simply loves to be outside in the elements! Of late, he is obsessed with cars and driving -- only made more intense by Momma Shannon letting him get behind the wheel when driving down our driveway... Nascar, here comes Henry!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Anticipating Labor

Bump watch update...belly is definitely getting ready to drop and the kid keeps kicking away. Doc says all is well, head down and in position. Due date is July 10th, though I am envisioning a July 2nd birthday, just enough time for me to recover enough to have a stiff drink on my 40th.

I have been reading an interesting book called Birth by Tina Cassidy. It is a chronicle of birth and birthing practices over the centuries and across cultures. It is fascinating and appalling all at once. I really had never considered the scale of impact the Church and misogyny has had on women's experience in the laobr and birth process. The practices and tools which have been used are horrific -- from strapping women down by their ankles, necks and hands, to using crazy-looking forceps which often resulted in both fetal and maternal death, to drugging women into unconsciousness while being forced to labor alone.

Why read such books as I approach the arrival our child? I am not sure; but suffice to say, it gives me confidence that I am living in this century where I get to be in a lovely room overlooking the lake, with the trains rolling by, Shannon and my sister at my side, with choices about how much or how little pain relief I want...for all the bad rap that North Idaho gets, our experience in the birth process with Henry was quite wonderful and I anticipate the same with our upcoming kiddo. Fingers crossed.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Growing Considerations

We are in the 5 weeks and counting phase. All signs look good so far -- doc says we should expect a kid under 8 lbs -- there is a goddess! Sleep is restless and breathing is somewhat challenging these days...but all in all, no complaints. Stay tuned!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Our Little Joy

Some sweet shots of Henry at Spencer Spit State Park.

Memorable Memorial Days

As a final threesome trip, Henry, Shannon and I (and Java of course!) ventured West for our annual excursion to the yurt on Lopez Island. We played on the way, stopping in Mazama to celebrate our friend Julie's 40th with a gang of old friends from Seattle and then headed out the North Cascades highway for a beautiful drive to the islands. On island, we indulged in Holly B's finest, long naps in the special energy of the yurt, trips to the beach where Henry enjoyed learning to throw rocks into the Sound, evening walks at Fisherman's Bay Preserve, lots of opportunities for Henry to "run run run," a lovely meal at The Bay Cafe, a few maintanence projects on the property and lots of hugging and talking and being together. It was really a memorable time.