Sunday, June 29, 2008

Lots of Pictures, Few Words

Here are a few of our favorite photos from this weekend (trip to Ikea, beer fest, and lounging in the air conditoned house)!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Coulter and Olivia at the French Bakery

Coulter and I spent a lovely day with Jen and Olivia (Olivia and Coulter were born on the same day!) yesterday. We went for a long walk in the park and then ate at the French Bakery. All of this socializing made Coulter very tired!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Sunday in the Park

Yesterday, the City of Portland sponsored "Sunday in the Park"- local roads in North Portland were closed to cars and were open for running, walking, biking, and strolling. We had a great time listening to the music and watching hoola-hoopers, dancers, and stilt walkers at the local parks.

In other news, Morgan may just be able to live with Coulter afterall.....

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Happiest Mommy on the Block

I got 11 hours of sleep in the past 24 hours! Mind you, not 11 consecutive hours...more like bits and pieces of sleep, but either way,I'll take it! I haven't felt this awake since....hmmm...I'm going to say October? Between the intense morning sickness and the early labor and the NICU, sleeping well hasn't been in the cards for me...but this morning, I feel like a new person!

Sean and Coulter also slept in.....

We are all so well rested today...

Coulter met some new friends (Rick and Nedra) yesterday....Rick, I hope you are recovering from the massive amounts of baby exposure you received last night!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Monday, June 16, 2008

Due Date Tomorrow...

As Coulter's due date approaches, I am thinking about how much he has grown in the past 11 weeks....take a look-see.

April 4th- Coulter's Birthday (2lbs. 15 oz. and 15 inches)

One Month Old (4 lbs. 5 oz. and 17 inches)

Two Months Old (5 lbs. 11 oz. and 19 inches)

Due Date (~6 lbs. and 20 inches)

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Dog, Sleeping, and Pools of Blood?

Things are starting to suggest "normal" now that Coulter is out of the NICU, living at home, and doing great. There's been a thousand small adjustments over the past couple of weeks, but they all are becoming part of the routine and it's working out just fine.

Things that have been part of the adjustments:

Morgan Morgan was not a fan of the little guy when he came home - she didn't growl or anything, but she was just terrified by Coulter. She must have been thinking something along the lines of, "What is it? What is it doing here? Why are you paying so much attention to it? Why am I not getting my walk yet?" She's been hanging out in our peripheral vision for the past couple of weeks, and is just now starting to get used to Coulter being home. Last night she came over and gave Coulter a few soft licks on the cheek and then jumped on the sofa and burrowed in next to my thigh. Once Coulter gets on solid food and starts flinging it in the kitchen I'm sure that Morgan will have a new best friend in him... especially licking his hands when covered in food.

There is a great trait that Coulter picked up at the NICU - he's oblivious to noise. He can sleep through anything. Noise has no affect on him when he's sleeping. At the NICU there'd be beeping, alarms, talking, babies wailing all hours of the day, so now when he sleeps nothing bothers him. We talk, watch movies, have music playing, and none of this phases the little guy. He's a trooper. Even when he's next to another baby who's crying he falls asleep and tries to snuggle into that baby. At first we were getting very little sleep when Coulter came home, but once we learned how he likes to sleep, we are now getting 4 and 5 hours stretches of sleep at a time.

We just aren't having success with the cloth diapers. We tried and they just aren't working. It might be that there isn't enough cloth to contain all the urine. It might be that the outwear isn't waterproof enough. It might be that Mercury is in retrograde. Whatever it is the cloth diapers aren't working out. We're using 7th Generation diapers 90% of the time now. We're planning on giving the cloth diapers another go once he's bigger and has more cloth to absorb the wetness. What's for certain is that he's a lot more comfortable in 7th Gen diapers than he is in the cloth ones.

Vaccinations & Pediatricians
We've so far had two pediatricians. We'd been faxing over daily reports to the first one while Coulter was in the NICU and when we went in for the first Well Baby check up she hadn't a clue what Coulter had been through... she hadn't read a thing that had been sent for the past several weeks. When Nichole brought up that we didn't want to do the all-in-one vaccination or the Hep-B due to the mercury in the shot and the possible autism link, she said that there's no evidence to support that mercury is linked to autism and dismissed the concern. Also the doctor felt that the baby should have his Hep-B vaccination in case he's exposed to "pools of infected blood on the playground". First, Nichole, as you know, is as sharp as a tack and really knows biology, so this didn't fly....what about the extensive studies that were done on a medication called Thalidomide to aliviate morning sickness and babies that were being born without arms because of the medicine? In short, the "extensive studies" explanation didn't put any concerns to rest. Second, I don't know what hell-hole playground features "pools of blood" but I just don't think that's the one that we're going to be frequenting. In addition if he's going to be at risk for Hep-B due to sharing needles or having unprotected, rough sex, then we've failed as parents... especially if he's doing these things as an infant.

The second pediatrician is great. She's up at OHSU. She knew everything that had been going on with Coulter. She concurred that the mercury-autism link concern is valid and agreed to give him his vaccinations over a series of shots, rather than an all in one with a mercury preservative. She also didn't think that he was at risk for Hep-B as long as Coulter stayed away from sharing needles, unprotected sex, and playgrounds featuring Pools of Infected Blood.

So Coulter is home. Nichole is home until August 1st, when she goes back to work. Our awesome nanny, Anne is moving in July 15th. The downstairs apartment is almost done. We're putting bamboo floors and new lighting fixtures in this weekend. It's going to be the best looking space in the house... next to Coulter's room. The sun is finally out in Portland (Seriously this has been the longest winter ever! We skipped Spring entirely.) Not to jinx anything, but things are good right now. Coulter is healthy and home - and that's good enough for us.

Monday, June 9, 2008

A Beautiful Sunday in Portland....

Finally, we got a bit of sun yesterday. We tried out the BOB stroller in Forrest Park and stopped for a bit of a nosh at the French Bakery. Coulter loves the sunshine!! Wait until he figures out that we live in Portland...sorry, little guy!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Where does the day go??

Pre-Coulter, I naively believed that once the baby was home and napping peacefully in his crib, I would have loads and loads of time to catch up on some reading, organize the filing cabinet, and have all the laundry done. Once the nap was over and Coulter was well rested, I envisioned myself taking long walks on sunny days with the dog and the baby in tow while I drank a latte and ate French pastry (afterall, I was supposed to drop every ounce I gained during pregnancy by this point, right?)'s the reality...

We wake up and bathe...

Mom decides on adorable outfit and carefully chooses hat and socks to match...

Coulter pukes on said outfit...we change again..

..and again after a brief nap...

...and one last time (sure) before dinner...

It's my own personal night at the Oscars around here...."Coulter, Coulter...who ARE you wearing.."?

I am hoping to leave my pajamas today.... ;)

All that being said, I wouldn't trade one second of my life right now for anything else in the world. I love being Coulter's mom and I am so happy he chose me for the job.