Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween and fun with Mr. Bear

Patrick experienced his first October 31st today. I say that because he really had no idea that it was a day when lots of kids run around and get sick on Candy. He simply allowed us to dress him up in his outfit that Vivian's cousin Denise gave him and eat and sleep like normal while the festivities began around the cul-de-sac.

It is exciting seeing him grow, notice shapes and colors, and generally enjoy life as long as he is changed and fed. Those 2 simple ingredients along with sleep can make the biggest difference in his world as all parents quickly find out. He enjoys Mr. Bear, a musical wind up bear, that was also played for him in the womb as he has playtime or up-time in the morning and evening.

He is 1 month old on Tuesday November 4th. 1 year ago we had no idea that he would be coming into our lives. How quickly time can change.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Week 1 Check UP

All checked out fine at the Doctor's appointment today. He is back to his birth weight and is now 22inches. They say that they aren't really stretched out at birth so it is more difficult to measure them when they are minutes old. That would account for most of the 1.5 inch change in length. We are very happy that he is a healthy and growing little dude.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Patrick's first trip to see the ocean

Off we went to Crystal Cove in Newport Beach on Sunday afternoon. I am sure Patrick had a great time while we pushed him in the stroller, primarily because he slept through the whole experience. But we had a good time with the grand parents and Patrick out in the beautiful Fall afternoon.

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More Pictures from Crystal Cove

Week 1 with Pictures

We are almost finished with week 1 of Patrick's life and I have to say that it is an amazing blessing that God has given us. There are pictures over at

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Patrick's Pictures at Google

Even though kids do 3 basic things during the early days, eat, sleep, make messy diapers, repeat, it is amazing how much you can love a little person who God has entrusted you with and it totally dependent on your care. Nana and Papa (My parents (jim)) have been here since Wed PM and have been a great help. He has his first Doctor's appointment on Tuesday and I am working on understanding how to actually focus on work instead of wanting to be at home with him.

Anyway, hopefully Vivian will find some time to add her thoughts to the blog soon...until then

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

First Day with Photos

The first day has been a long one but very rewarding. Patrick is doing what new borns do and doing it in style. He is very content and not fussy at all. It is God's grace for now. I am sure there will be plenty of trying times in the future. He is so healthy they are letting us take him home tonight which is the same day that he was born just 15 hrs later.

That's all for now, let the parenting adventure begin

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Welcome Patrick

Patrick James came into the world at 2:35am on Tuesday October 7th weighing in at 8 lbs and 2ounces at 20 1/2 inches. All ready a very inquisitive little guy he is. I got the first chance to feed him and he consumed 2 ounces of formula without any problem.

More details and pictures later in the day.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Today is the day?

Latest reports from the mountain are the the medical director and the doctor and the birth mom met today and decided that today would be the day to induce. Hopefully all will go well, nothing will change and everyone will be very healthy after this is all finished.

More after it happens

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Friday, October 3, 2008

His first game of "tug of war" and he is not even born!

The short story goes like this. She went to the doctor today and he wants to induce on Monday for normal medical reasons that we are all familiar with such as being 7 days late or more, etc. However, she would rather wait until the "natural" due date hence the tension between Doctor and Patient. But in the end the patient always wins so we are hoping for a natural birth sometime this weekend.

All that means that we still don't know and it could still be anytime this weekend or well into next week (that would be a bummer)

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

What do we know?

That is a common question that I ask myself, what do we really know? For one, we know that we don't know the real due date. We know that Patrick can't move any lower without coming out. We know that it will be in God's timing and not ours. We know that through this we have been able to serve the birth parents by running errands for them, picking Tim up from his work, helping them with things that a birth mother shouldn't be doing such as carrying heavy loads of laundry from the car to the house down the many many stairs.

So as we all wait, and we thank you for waiting with us, sometimes it is helpful to focus on what we do know as opposed to what we don't know, since the unknown can seem overwhelming at times

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