19 November 2016

Fall Family Photos

At more or less exactly this time last year, I shared with all of you the photos our neighbor took for our maternity photo shoot. This year, on exactly the same date, we had her take some photos of our adorable family of three. Here are my favorites:

All photos courtesy of our wonderful neighbor, Lisa, at Gray Duck Studios. Many more are available, and I can send you a link to the online album if you are so inclined.

08 November 2016

Election Day 2016

I felt like maybe I should record this for posterity. The first order of business this morning was dropping Norah off at daycare - they open at 7, but are helpfully only a few blocks from my polling place (which also opens at 7). I was the 91st person to vote in my precinct today, after arriving 10 minutes after it opened and waiting in line for maybe 20 minutes:

I got an excellent spot. 
Very church basement-y
Here we go, all I can do now is wait for the votes to be counted.

23 March 2016

Norah Opal

As you may have noticed, there was no Baby Bump Wednesday last week. That's because Andy and I were at the hospital, waiting for our dear daughter to be born. Sure enough, she arrived about 20 minutes after midnight on Thursday, March 17th. A St. Patrick's Day baby, and we're so glad she's here. I'll do a longer post with a bunch of photos at some point. In the meantime, please enjoy this video of her first bath at home. Credit goes to our excellent cinematographer, Mr. Gzmoohoo:

09 March 2016

Baby Bump Wednesday - Week 40

It's official - BGR is now definitely late to the party. Her original estimated due date was Monday. Today, as you may have noticed, is Wednesday. If I had a dime for every person at work who has said some variation on "What are you still doing here?" at some point this week, I'd be rich! But we are endeavoring to be patient - you can't rush these things and she'll come when she's good and ready. Everything checked out A-OK at my doctor's appointment today and we won't start worrying until she's more than a week late.

Andy and I are trying not to go too crazy waiting, so we've decided to treat ourselves in some way for each day she's overdue. Today we went out to dinner at one of our favorite Vietnamese restaurants, for example, Tomorrow we'll think of something else. I'm also trying some of the old wives tale ideas for inducing labor. I bought an exercise ball and I've been sitting/bouncing on it when possible. It's kind of fun. I'm also eating quite a lot of delicious pineapple. They can't hurt and it's enjoyable for me, so...

While we wait, here are today's photos:

The cats are pretty content that it's still just the 4 of us.

02 March 2016

Baby Bump Wednesday - Week 39

I think I can declare that we have officially entered the home stretch of this whole pregnancy deal. Baby Girl's estimated due date is less than a week away. Andy and I put the finishing touches on the nursery this week, namely we hung a picture frame and installed/set-up our way-too-fancy baby monitor. It has full color video, sound, you can talk to her via a microphone in the camera, and it is wi-fi connected so we can check on her from an app on our smartphones. Truly, we live in the future.

Now, for this week's photos. Excuse the outfit - I'm in my super comfy around the house clothes. 39 weeks, I think I've earned it. :-)

Lucy observing this process from her perch on a nearby chair:

The cats must think we're so odd...

In other baby-related news, one of my colleagues in Australia sent me something for BGR...

It's name is Snowy and it's a rare albino Koala bear. So cute! Snowy has found a good home among the rest of BGR's animal friends:

Ok, I think we're ready now. I may have a post next week, we'll see how on-time BGR decides to be. As I understand it, first babies are usually somewhat late. Watch this space for updates!