Monthly Archives: July 2009

Moving!

I wanted to post today because I’m not exactly sure how much time I will have to post tomorrow.

Today is the day of our move down the street to a bigger apartment, a.k.a. Parker’s first home. We’re really excited for the move, if nothing else, just for the change of scenery, but an extra bedroom and bathroom is quite fine too.

Last night, we packed the last bit of our stuff and scrubbed down the kitchen, bathroom, and Zero’s tank. So today, all we really need to worry about it just moving. We hope to get everything moved to the new apartment tonight, even if it’s not in its final place. That way, Friday can be concentrated on fixing up the new place and doing the finishing touches on the old place.

Though excitement for Parker’s arrival abounds, we really hope that today is not the day he decides to enter the world. If he waits for a little bit, we can have his room all set up, but really, any day after today is fine. But everything is in place for the move, utilities are being hooked up, cable services transferred (along with a discount & 3 months of free DVR), all we have to do now is…move.

It’s an exciting day for us, even if it is just into a new apartment, because this will be Parker’s first home, even though he will probably never remember it.

But if he wants to start out with us on the right foot, he needs to wait.

Week 39/One Week to Go

Coming down to the wire, your baby weighs in at around seven to eight pounds and measures 19 to 21 inches. Those measurements won’t change much from now on, but his brain is still growing at an astonishing rate, a pace that will continue for the first three years of life. His pink skin has now turned whitish (even babies who’ll eventually have darker skin appear whitish now — they haven’t yet developed pigment).

Exactly one week to go! Obviously this means little as Parker basically is the one who decides when to be born into the world, but to be one week away from the due date is quite exciting.

This week promises to be busy, with final preparations to move into the new place Thursday and Friday.

So close…

A Little Longer/Vaccination

Parker still has at least another week until arrival, and as suggested earlier, probably won’t be here until around his due date. I know the wife and I are both ready for him just to be here, but honestly, what’s 10 more days when you’ve waited so long already?

Today I wanted to blog a little bit about child vaccination. I know that this is a fairly controversial subject among many people, but I felt it was important that I share my views on the topic of immunization.

Parents have many different options when choosing what/when/how to vaccinate their children. Some parents choose to follow the recommended vaccination schedule. Some choose a delayed vaccination schedule. Some–for some reason–choose not to have their children vaccinated.

The reasons for vaccinating or not vaccinating, or vaccinating on a delayed schedule are many. Prevention of disease is often the biggest reason that parents follow the recommended schedule. For those vaccinating on a delayed schedule, they are concerned about possible adverse side effects due to often multiple vaccinations in a single doctor visit. For those not vaccinating their children, it becomes a concern about possible links to autism, or feeling that the risks of harm from vaccines outweigh the benefits.

Parker will be vaccinated according to the recommended schedule. We, as parents, feel that the benefits associated with vaccination far outweight the risks of possible adverse side effects.

Of course I do not believe that people who refuse to vaccinate their children are ‘bad parents’, but I believe it’s playing a dangerous game of roulette with a child’s health. I understand the arguments. That vaccinated diseases have been virtually eradicated from this country, so now the risks outweight the benefits. That vaccines use dangerous chemicals. That vaccines could be linked to autism (they never have).

I simply know this: I would rather my child suffer soreness in his arm, or experience a fever than contract measles, or whooping cough, or polio. Yes, vaccines can produce much more serious side effects, but I feel that the risks are so low that it seems silly not to vaccinate.

I encourage every parent to vaccinate their child, even on a delayed schedule. Serious disease has been largely eradicated in this country solely because of vaccination. In 1952, there were 21,000 reported cases of polio causing paralysis in the United States. Since the switch to the inactivated polio vaccine, the last case of polio in the United States was 10 years ago, no wild-virus in the US since 1979, and the disease has been fully eradicated from the Western Hemisphere, completely due to the polio vaccination.

For more information on the importance of vaccination, please visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control
Food and Drug Administration
Immunization Action Coalition

Week 38

Hey, your little one isn’t so little anymore, weighing close to seven pounds and measuring 20 inches long. Fetal development is nearly complete as your baby tends to a few last-minute details like shedding the skin-protecting vernix and lanugo. He’s also producing more surfactant, a substance that prevents the air sacs in his lungs from sticking to one another once he starts to breathe.

Parker is due two weeks from today! It’s hard to even fathom that, and obviously it could be longer than that, but that our son is a mere 14 days from projected arrival is exciting.

This weekend was our ‘last hoorah’ before we begin the joys of parenting. On Saturday evening, we checked into the Sheraton Suites in Worthington before heading to Olive Garden armed with our $50 gift card where we enjoyed an Italian feast.

On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at the store and picked up some Starbucks ice cream (I had a coupon good for one free pint), chips and salsa, and rootbeer (for her) and Sam Adams Irish Red (for me). After picking up our dog, we all went to the hotel to spend our evening watching movies in the king-size bed and eating/drinking to our hearts’ content.

On Sunday, we got up, went to church, followed by Harry Potter, the mall, and finishing off our restaurant gift card at Longhorn Steakhouse. Total cost of our weekend was just about $20.

All in all, it was very relaxing and enjoyable to do one last ‘vacation’ as our current family before our new addition. Because in two weeks, it’s all going to change!

In the Teens

Yep, we can finally countdown to Parker’s due date in “teen” numbers. From today, 17 days to D-Day. Our appointment with the OB yesterday was good, with Parker being full-term he is, in theory, fully developed now. However, the OB still believes that Parker won’t be arriving much before his due date if he were to “come early”.

This weekend is going to be our family’s sort of “last weekend” where we know we can do something without Parker. So on Saturday, we’re going to go to Olive Garden (we have a gift certificate) and then spend the night at the Sheraton Suites in Worthington. Just us and our dog. Just one last thing before our family unit changes forever. Then on Sunday, we’re going to go to church, followed by Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince and then a trip to the mall.

It’s really crazy to think that Parker is so close to being here, and I know we’re excited for the day when he decides to arrive. Other than that, we’ve been diligently packing our apartment for the move at the end of the month, and we’ve made great progress, so much so that I think we can really have most of the apartment ready to move-out by this weekend.

Here’s hoping your weekend is as nice as ours will be.

Week 37

Congratulations! You’ve got what is officially considered a full-term baby, even with three weeks to go. That doesn’t mean he’s finished growing — in fact, he’s still packing on about a half pound a week (at this age, the average fetus weighs about 6.5 pounds). Right now, your little superstar is busy rehearsing for his big debut, inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid (to get the lungs ready for that first breath), sucking his thumb (to prepare for that first suckle of milk), blinking, and turning from side to side.

Well, Parker is exactly three weeks from arrival. In honor of the impending arrival, we installed the car seat bases this past weekend.

This weekend is our ‘babymoon’, i.e. a last hoorah before our time (including our dog’s) is consumed with a baby.

Comin’ on Time (Hopefully)

Yesterday was the first of our weekly appointments with the OB. With Parker’s due date less than a month away, my wife was examined to see when Parker might arrive.

Skipping over too much information, Parker looks to arrive basically right on time. In fact, our OB is even going out of town in two weeks and said that he fully expects to be the one to deliver the baby, so any thoughts/hopes that Parker might be early are pretty much over.

We couldn’t be happier. We want Parker to go the full-term as, in general, it is healthier for him the closer he is born to his due date. My wife and I had to laugh a little, there are some folks who have been hoping for an early due date for personal convenience, but it’s as if Parker is saying, “Well, the more fuss you make about it, the less likely I am to come early.”

My wife and I are somewhat blase about when Parker arrives, and it appears our son has taken on our personalities already. He’ll come when he’s ready. No doubt we’re excited, but we’re also in no rush.

That said, the next couple weeks will still be busy with packing and preparations for the big arrival. We’ll probably also catch up on our sleep, as we know that will be in short stock coming August 3rd.

Week 36/End of Traveling

Your baby, who is now about six pounds and 20 inches long, with soft bones and cartilage to allow a safer journey at birth. Most of his systems (from circulatory to musculoskeletal) are ready for prime time, though his digestion system — which has done only practice runs so far — will kick into gear as he takes his first suckle at the breast or bottle.

This week also marks the end of our traveling until Parker arrives. We obviously want to stay close to the hospital this last month, and especially since Parker becomes full-term next week. In the meantime, the name of game will be waiting, with a lot of preparations still to be made, most of which includes packing up our apartment for the move.

But for now, it’s all up to Parker.

Live Updates from L&D

Dad paces outside in the waiting room, cigar in hand. Family members finding more comfortable spots to lounge. Placing the collect call after the birth to update other family members.

So maybe I’m over-stereotyping the past, but before technology such as Facebook, Twitter, wireless internet and even the cell phone, the hours spent in a hospital’s labor and delivery area were marked by boredom and periodic updates spread by word of mouth.

As millennial parents, we’ve been looking into ways to give updates to our friends and family from L&D. Thanks to the hospital’s wireless internet, as well as Facebook mobile, we can give updates in real-time to those not at the hospital.

We’re obviously not going to get into the nitty-gritty details of the labor process, but at the very least, we can inform interested parties of Parker’s arrival moments after it happens. Plus, it’s one more thing we can do to keep us from going insane in case the labor is lengthy. Additionally, we’re taking our digital camera and USB connector so that post-delivery pictures of our new boy can be added in the minutes/hours following his birth.

The first update will probably mention that we are in the way to hospital, and then continue from there. So be expecting that first update sometime after July 17th (when Parker becomes full-term).

In the meantime, enjoy your Independence Day weekend!