September 11, 2012

Cha-Cha-Cha Changes

I am sure you couldn’t tell how much difficulty I am having keeping up with this newsletter. I have, however, been keeping a micro-blog over on tumblr pretty well. So I think I will just redirect you all there. And not to worry, I have already added you fine few to a newsletter update that will go out weekly based on rss updates. Of course, you always have the option to unsubscribe if my brood and I are less than entertaining. Those emails should start arriving Sunday, September 16th… if not, check your junk mail folder. Ciao.


June 18, 2012

Hanging By A Moment

Family Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 2

Of course I realize that when the first newsletter went out we said something to the effect that we would update the blog each month. Clearly, that didn’t happen. Today marks four months since Sebastian was born and this will be only the second post we have created. So in case you thought you missed something (y’all were holding your breath, I’m sure), you didn’t. We’ve just been so entirely consumed with our little guy.

Indeed, those first several weeks were rough. Sebastian cried a lot. So did I. But while I took care of Sebastian, my mom took care of me. She cooked, she cleaned, she took the baby so I could shower and more importantly, so I could have a few treasured hours of uninterrupted sleep. I will admit that I panicked a bit when she left. It was the same week Travis returned to work. And I was to be all alone with the baby.

But we managed. And it was helpful that family and friends continued to come in and out of town. It provided a sort of distraction for my loneliness and frustration. See, Sebastian was a high-needs newborn. He cried a lot, slept very little, refused a pacifier, and seemed to be in a constant battle with some sort of gastrointestinal issue. In an effort to help him, I had taken to eating unadorned salads, gluten-free breads, and dairy-free rice protein shakes. Yum.

Things began to level out around week eight, however, and we seemed to fall into a sort of routine (as much as one can with an eight week old infant). Progress has been steady since then and when we traveled during his third month (to Amarillo, Texas and then Alaska) he surprised us both and did wonderfully.

The most rewarding part of all of this has been watching him learn and grow. So while I used to make fun of women whose every Facebook post was some boring thing or another about their son or daughter, I now understand the joy a mother takes in the smallest and seemingly most insignificant details of her child’s life. Naturally, I am now one of those.

Speaking of details, in the above menu I have created an index page of regularly updated photo albums and each currently available video on Facebook as well as a link to our Birth Story. These are public links for the fortunate few who are not daily inundated with pictures either because you are too smart to have a Facebook or too stupid.

February 14, 2012

And baby makes three.

Family Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 1
Yep, we’re having a baby. We’ve purchased the essentials, attended the classes, and even prepared the frozen meals that will be our sustenance during the initial days of parenthood. And since we’re having a home birth, the house has been cleaned, the pool set-up, and the supplies organized.

So we’re prepared, equipped, and maybe even qualified. But neither of us would probably describe ourselves as ready—nine months has done little to alleviate the HUGE factor of raising a child.

These nine months have been a nice period of acclimation, nonetheless. And while we can’t say we are excited exactly about sleepless nights, dirty diapers, and the massive responsibility of shepherding a human soul (hey, we’re not romantics here); we can say we are looking forward to meeting and getting to know this beautiful little boy we strongly suspect God conceived with an awesome purpose. This is going to be quite the experience, indeed. And we would like to share it with you.

So this is the place we’ll do it—we’ll call it our newsletter—and we’ll endeavor to post monthly (or sometimes bi-weekly) updates, pictures, and general information of interest for those of you concerned that we don’t pick up our phones enough or that when we do, our conversation leaves something to be desired. It is our hope that this will facilitate better communication with our long-distance friends and family but also, that it will document our child’s first years and assist in creating a neat little journal we can cherish in the future.

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