Friday, May 30, 2008


What is this acronym you ask? If you haven't heard, then it is a very long story! It stands for the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society - of which my husband is the founding member. He started this over a year ago (about the same time he stopped trimming his beard) and, believe it or not, it was met with huge success. It all began (and is still featured) out on MySpace as a virtual society, quickly developed hundreds (yes, hundreds) of active members, and has now leapt out of the virtual world into the human world with monthly pub nights (not attended by hundreds but well attended by about 30 or so hairy guys).

Anyway, if you click the link below, you can view a You-tube video clip (created by one of the members) of their recent one year anniversary event held at a Riverdogs game honoring those with facial hair. Enjoy!

Watch Here

Thursday, May 29, 2008

All Smiles

Here is the latest picture of Matthew - taken on the same day as "beautiful girl" below. I realize I need to write a more thorough update soon on the whole family and what's new but I can tell you quickly here that Matthew is one happy baby! He just smiles and coos all the time and very rarely cries!

Beautiful Girl

We snapped this pic of Katharine on the College of Charleston campus (just outside of the building where I work) just this past Monday. I just love this picture!


Doesn't Katharine look like quite the intellectual here? - chatting away on the phone and reading the New Yorker magazine! (Also note our new bedding from our recent trip to IKEA).

Friday, May 16, 2008

Flat on his back

Another minor milestone for my boy. Some of you may know that Matthew just couldn't sleep laying flat on his back and he has spent every night since I don't know when sleeping in his carseat. Well, just on a whim, we thought we would give a try last night and put him on his back. He slept! All night long he slept! What a good boy!

As an aside, Daddy, Matthew, and I are on our annual "anniversary trip" and this year we are in Athens, GA. It is supposed to be kids-free but Matthew was just too young to leave. So, KK is with Paul's parents and Matthew is with us! Paul and I are celebrating 6 years of marriage this Sunday!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Switching over

Last night was Matthew's first night in his own room, sleeping in his own crib. Until now he had been sleeping in our room in a portable crib but he has been sleeping fairly consistently through the night so we decided it was time for him to move on out. However, he is still sleeping in his car seat in the crib but we just have to take these things one step at a time!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Compare and Contrast

Left: Matthew at 3 months

Right: Katharine at 3 months

3 Months Old

It is hard to believe but Matthew will be three months old tomorrow. He continues to thrive and grow big and strong! People often tell us how different we should expect one child to be from another. Well, so far, Matthew seems to be following closely in Katharine's footsteps. He is a very mellow baby with a relatively cheerful disposition much as I remember Katharine to be. It will be interesting to see if the trends continues.

Here the latest in the life of Matthew Dowdle:

  • His transition to daycare has gone very smoothly. It was so much easier to make this transition having already "survived" it with another baby and having developed relationships and a history with the staff at our daycare center.
  • He coos and ga-gas to us all the time and it is so sweet to hear him try and connect.
  • He smiles now, especially in response to seeing people he knows.
  • We have started tummy time and he doesn't like that at all (just like Katharine) so it is hard to make him do it. However, he does love practicing to sit up and exercise his neck that way, as well as, putting weight on his legs to practice standing.
  • He is sleeping through the night many nights now but not every night yet.
  • He is beginning to drool, and if he is anything like Katharine in this regard it means he will be wearing bibs round the clock for a good little while.
  • He hasn't rolled over yet and we haven't gotten a full out laugh yet but these are things we are told to look forward to in the next month.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Been on a poop watch!

Alternate title: TMI?....

You forget once you don't have infants how much of your time is focused on ensuring all the bodily fluids are functioning as they should. We were acutely reminded of this as we spent day after day this past week waiting for Matthew to poop. On Saturday night, I realized that he hadn't pooped since he had been at daycare that Friday afternoon -- and the waiting began. On Sunday night, I consulted a baby book and read that it is not uncommon for exclusively breastfed babies to go up to a week between bowel movements. On Monday, we warned the teachers that it had been several days and that they should brace themselves for a big one. On Monday night, I consulted all of my remaining baby books to make sure the information I had read on Sunday night could be confirmed in multiple sources. On Tuesday, we called the doctor's office and spoke to a nurse (not our regular nurse) who confirmed that it is not uncommon but suggested we call our regular nurse the next day. On Wednesday, we called the regular nurse who confirmed it really is common but maybe we could start giving him a little water or pear juice (we went with water as we had no pear juice on hand). On Thursday, we continued with water and wondered just how long this could last. We waited, the teachers at daycare waited, my co-workers asked about his progress (or lack thereof) -- it truly does take a village. This morning, just as we were all about the to walk out the door to be delivered to school or work, I went to put Matthew in his car seat and thought maybe it felt a bit different under his butt. I took a quick peek in his diaper and the poopy party began - our son had FINALLY had a bowel movement! So Mommy, Daddy, and KK all head to Matthew's changing table to make sure it is really true and celebrate the fact that we no longer have to worry about him being full of crap (literally not figuratively). Well, I think it truly was a week's worth because that boy was covered! As I pull out my sixth wipe (still staggering from the shock of the task I'm in the midst of) the "fountain" lets loose and splatters me all over my pants. All I can do is shout, "Oh, oh, oh" as the scene gets even messier! It really was messy but pretty darn hysterical in retrospect. Despite all this, the kids got to school (clean) and Mommy made the bus (clean).

So, this probably does qualify as "Too Much Information" but I couldn't resist documenting for my own memory and in the hopes of giving someone out there a laugh (as usual, at my expense!).

More on the Baptism

So, my first posting was brief but I should probably document some more detail of Matthew's special day. He wore the same baptismal gown that Katharine wore, which is actually a gown that was handmade by Paul's maternal grandmother and worn by Paul, his siblings, and several of our nieces and nephews. Needless to say, it is a special gown. Allowing myself a bit of sarcastic humor, we can only hope this is the only day Matthew wears a dress!

The baptism was conducted as a part of the late church service which this Sunday happened to include a hand bells choir (which I thoroughly enjoyed). Matthew was first on the itinerary and pretty much slept through the whole thing. We renounced Satan and vowed (as parents, church, and "sponsors") to watch over his spiritual development. The pastor gave him a good splash on the head (at which point Matthew threatened to cry but, ultimately, held back) and then paraded him through the congregation. Matthew really was a good sport through the whole experience (just like Katharine had been when it was her turn). After the service we all joined in for a new member luncheon held at the church.

Matthew's baptism was well attended and I love to give credit where credit is due:
Grandpa and Grandma Willert - who win the award for greatest distance traveled to attend, coming all the way from Alabama to witness this (as they did for Katharine too!).
Scott and Ashleigh Parr - The proud Godparents
Poppa and Grandmomma Roof - who are in attendance every Sunday (but Poppa even came despite having had minor surgery for a deviated Septum that Friday!)
Great-Aunt Mary and Great-Uncle Oliver
Uncle Joey, Aunt Erin, Sarah, and Parker (The Chapin Roofs)
Uncle Ben, Aunt Paige, Amber, Dylann, and Morgan (The soon-to-be Key West Roofs)
Aunt Jane and Uncle Tom