Monday, August 31, 2009

Our first day

Jacob began kindergarten yesterday. Notice the bursting enthusiasm!
I was so lonesome for him that I visited him at lunch just three hours after dropping him off. He was glad to see me, but he also didn't look back when he ran out to recess. My adjustment may take a little longer!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Smooth sailing

These guys have adjusted to Adam just beautifully! They're always willing to hold him so I can get some work done.
Michael even leaves him treasures.
And taking a baby around isn't as hard as it used to seem. We've been regulars at our local parks,
we've taken advantage of Safeway's (genius!) four-seater shopping cart,
and we've completed some fun home activities (easily accommodated by the newborn napping schedule). Behold, Jacob's space rocket!
Happy kids, happy baby,
happy mom.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

By the numbers

Circumference of full-term belly: 41.5 inches
Pounds gained during pregnancy: 27
Calories required to gain 27 pounds: 94,500
Date of labor induction: 8-18-09
Time to get from 1 cm to 4 cm with ballon catheter: 5 seconds!
Pages of book Choosing Civility read during labor: 165
Bags of fentanyl administered via epidural during labor: 1
Number of pushes: 3
Time of delivery: 4:45 p.m.
Total time in labor: 8.25 hours
Baby's weight: 7 pounds, 11 ounces
Baby's height: 19 inches
Time from baby's birth until settling on a name for him: 6.5 hours (it's official: Adam Gregory Brinton!)
Days that Eric had to take off work for the delivery: 0
Pictures taken of Adam in his first day of life: 75
Adam's cuteness, quantified: 100%
Is there anything better than a new baby? What a wonderful day it's been to get to know this angelic little being. Welcome, Adam: we love you!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Eric!

Here's hoping that the next seven years are as happy as the last! Love you!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Family fun with those growing boys

What fun we've had lately! I feel like each member of our family has been developing at warp speed, revealing distinct, growing, wonderful personalities. Here's the latest:

Eric has become more confident with life as a resident. I almost blush when I hear him say, "Hi, this is Dr. Brinton returning a page." Is this real life? At the dinner table when we talk about our days, everyone agrees that the happiest part is when Daddy comes home. Once he even came and surprised us at the pool:
Another time he and I had an "up-late date" after the kids went to bed. I got some delectable Cheesecake Factory desserts for the occasion (Did you know that July 30 is National Cheesecake Day? All the cheesecakes were half-price.).

Jacob must be anticipating his kindergarten days, because he seems more responsible, more curious, and more helpful than ever. Recently he's been initiating these fun mural activities: he'll research a type of environment and then illustrate it in detail. Including the research, this rainforest project kept him busy for about three hours. He even labeled things like "giant lily pads" and "decaying matter." Of course I help him with the projects, finding books and websites for him to study, and then looking up answers to the multitude of ensuing questions!
Oh, how I'll miss him when he goes to school! The other day we were playing Outburst and he was giving me clues for the topic "Animals in Australia."
"You've almost got them all, Mom. There are only two left, and one has a womb in it."
(At this point I'm wondering when he's learned about wombs, and especially why he thinks that the kangaroo and wallabies don't have them.) "A womb? Well, I guess I don't know."
"OK, I'll just tell you. It's a wombat."

Darling Zachary must be on an emotional growth spurt. He'll be a barrel of fun one moment, and then a crying mess the next! The breakdowns mostly have to do with a spilled dinner item, a soiled shirt, or some other unbearable condition ("I HAVE A SNEEZE, MOM!"). Other times they have to do with Michael. Yesterday, for example, I asked Zachary to share his bag of cookies with his younger brother. Zachary quickly folded the bag to his chest and announced, "The cookie market is closed!" We'll have to work on that one.
At least he didn't have to worry about Mike yesterday, when I took the big boys to a professional production of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile in D.C. (The library gave out tickets as part of their summer reading program. The prizes in summer reading are always amazing--last year we got free books and IMAX tickets).

Mike, besides the aforementioned scuffles with the brothers, is generally a happy guy. Make that a spirited, happy boy! The first week that he went to a new nursery at church, he successfully lead all the kids in pounding the table rhythmically and chanting, "No way! No way!" He also loves to run around our living room-kitchen circle yelling, "Train track! All aboard!" This can go on for ten minutes or so. What a riot!

I'm doing my best to keep the family happy, clean, and fed; the house, clean. And if that's all that I get done for the next few weeks, it will be enough! It's about two weeks until the new baby arrives, and my heart is already full of joy for his new little brother.

P.S. Some pictures of our trip to the Washington D.C. temple today: