Thursday, November 24, 2005


There is nothing better than a new baby to make Thanksgiving day more meaningful than ever! Katharine is still doing wonderfully and we are loving every minute with her!

We wanted to send out a quick message to thank all of our wonderful family and friends for all the kindness and help at this special time! Special thanks to all our local friends who have jumped in to lend a hand:

Thanks to Ashleigh and Scott for allowing Havana and Molly to come over for a sleepover with Bert and Luna! And thanks for picking them up and tons of thanks from Paul for dropping them off! (I guess now Havana and Bert are going steady!).

Thanks to Tracy and Brenda for bringing over our Thanksgiving dinner! Everything was delicious and it was great to have good food with no cooking! (Thanks also to John for coming to the hospital to help Paul install the car seat!).

And a really big thanks to our Moms, who will be tag-teaming and spending the next week helping us around the house and with baby care!

Thanks to all our friends and family who have called, sent cards, and been otherwise overjoyed to share in our happy time. We love you all and can't wait for each and everyone of you to get to meet Katharine!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

She's Here - 3.5 weeks early!


Born: Novemer 21, 2005 @ 12:37 PM
Weight: 6 Pounds, 9 Ounces
Length: 19 Inches

Katharine and her Mommy and Daddy went home on Wednesday and all are doing well. Pictures are soon to follow - she's a cutie!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Third Trimester

Well, I am happy to report that the third trimester has been as easy-going and worry free as the first and second. I remind myself very regularly that I am very lucky to have had such a wonderful pregnancy experience!

We have finished our series of doctor's appointments where we meet all the other doctors who could potentially deliver the baby. I liked them all so that is comforting and I was pleasantly surprised to find myself going to a practice where I like so many of the doctors (and I thought I didn't like doctors!). I am now on weekly check ups as we near the end and at the last visit they began "checking" to see if anything is beginning to happen. (I won't get into the details of checking for those who don't know but it is basically a good ole' fashioned poke and check method). I am currently showing only the minutest signs of dilation so they feel I am still on track for December 15 at this point. Also, they think the baby is head down so that is a good sign too. Clearly little Katharine is a smart girl and knows what to do, hopefully her mother will be able to figure out her part on the big day! Oh, and for those who having been keeping track, my weight is now up to 154 pounds!!

This picture was taken at 36 weeks pregnant at a park near our house - I think Katharine will like to have picnics here someday.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Baby Shower #2

On Saturday, November 12th I had my second baby shower in Columbia, SC. My mom was able to come into town to attend and people traveled from NC (thanks Katrina), the Greenville area (thanks Mere and Nancy), and from the Darlington area (thanks Mrs. Bowers) as well.

This shower brought together some old friends that I had not been able to see since I have moved back from New Mexico so it was a great event. We munched on some good food, Katharine got spoiled to death with lots more great presents -- including a car seat, the diaper genie, a boppy, original artwork, hooded towels, more clothes, and lots of other great practical gifts too! --, and we even kept tabs on the Carolina football game!

Click on the title above to see pictures from this event!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Let the Baby Showers begin!!

I can tell you that Katharine is one lucky girl! Our good friend of mine from graduate school and who now teaches with Paul was kind enough to throw us a baby shower here in Charleston. Several of my co-workers were there and some of Paul's too.

We enjoyed some pretty yummy snacks including a chocolate trifle that just rocked my world! It fit into the gotta have sugar vibe I've been feeling for most of this pregnancy! Brenda was also kind enough to insist on helping Tracy out and brought some really good cheese and crackers - Thanks to Brenda for her voluntary offer to help!

Katharine got some wonderful gifts including a teddy bear that plays womb sounds, lots of great clothes, a pretty unique photo baby monitor, a handmade blanket, and much more! She is going to be a well-prepared little baby and look good doing it too!

Click on the subject title to see some pictures!

Thursday, November 03, 2005


Paul and I had a quiet Halloween at home this year. We only had about 10 trick or treaters which meant one key thing - lots of candy for me!

To amuse ourselves this year we decorated three pumpkins (sort of). Click on the title to link to our pumpkin decorations.
(Warning: if you have an aversion to pregnant bellies, don't click on the link!).