Monday, November 26, 2007

The Giving of Thanks in Colorado

We had (and Kira is still having) a fantastic trip to Colorado. The plane ride was surprisingly uneventful after the mess in security. She was fast asleep in the stroller and they wanted us to pull her out of it completely to put the whole thing through the x-ray. She still slept though, and remained asleep through the plane ride and the hour and a half drive from Denver to Colorado Springs. The stupid thing was that Southwest broke a wheel off of our stroller and wouldn't do anything about it (apparently if it breaks while they are throwing it around, it's not their fault). So we took an hour and a half trying to get out of the bloody airport after the flight had landed. Outrage sums up our feelings about that whole thing.
We blessed Avey on Sunday, the 25th. Several people gave their compliments and said it was very nice. It was a wonderful experience. She slept all through the meeting, and was zonked out during the blessing too.
Speaking of spoiling her parents immensely, for the last two nights I was there, Avey slept 6 hours in one stretch at night! My sister-in-law with whom we stayed (mother of two) is convinced that we have no idea what "real" parenthood is like. Our second will probably wail 24/7, but in the meantime, we're happy as can be.
Now, some credit to the woman who is doing the majority of the work; Kira is turning into a mom more and more all the time. A prouder parent you've never seen (except for me, maybe), and she loses sleep and spends most of her time feeding and doing things for anybody but herself, but speaks nary a whisper of complaint. Avey and I are truly lucky to have her.

More pictures and news to come!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Random Updates

I'm having a really hard time deciding how to focus today's post. You would think our lives would be packed full of adventures now that we have little Avey, but mostly we just follow a routine: feed, change, soothe, feed, change, soothe, etc. She is gaining weight well, sleeps for about 5 hours at a time at night, smiles more and more all the time, and is beginning to coo a little more here and there. In fact, she's learning to use her voice for things other than screaming; yesterday she sneezed and let out a full "AahhCHOOOO!" Priceless.

I'm coming down to the wire for my graduate school applications. The first of them just happens to be to my first choice, KU, and it is due the 1st of December. I'm all set now, just waiting on the Psychology GRE scores to arrive.

Kira was invited by her boss to delay quitting and work from home on some paperwork they have that has backed up big time. She can work as many or few hours as she'd like, so she agreed and we are just working out some schedule stuff. An old roommate of hers babysat for a couple of hours on Friday so that she could go into work and get trained on what to do, which was a lifesaver for us both.

My poor blue car has been having some trouble lately. For those of you fortunate enough to be acquainted with my car, this will come as a grievous disappointment, but her carburetor needs to be rebuilt. It should be done by Tuesday, and after it's all said and done, should run like new.

We're excited for Thanksgiving, and to introduce Avey to some more of her relatives. She will also be blessed on the 25th, and you are all welcome to attend. Contact us for the time and building.

Thanks for reading and look for a late post next week!

Monday, November 12, 2007

A Tagging

I was tagged earlier today, but I'm going to take the cheap way out and just have those interested parties click here for the response to the tag.

Otherwise, view these adorable pictures of our daughter!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Closer to 30 than 20

Yes, I had my 26th birthday this week. Some congratulate, some console. I don't know what to think. I still feel like a little kid, but I guess the age is more fitting; I have a college degree, a wife and daughter, two cars, a little gut, and probably some gray hair somewhere. Alas...
But still, Kira made it lots of fun for me. She had called my boss and one of my coworkers to make sure they gave me a hard time about my birthday, and they took it a step further and made me wear a huge blue cone hat that said "Happy Birthday" on it. Thing is, people would read it and ask, "is it your birthday?" Ooh, you're quick!
Kira and Avey joined me at work for lunch, bearing balloons and ice cream, and I was happy I got to show off the women in my life.
I got all I wanted and more (except for a full night of sleep). The best gift of all was Avey smiled at me really big as soon as I got home from work that day.
Now, as promised, let's discuss little Avey's cowlicks that she got from her old man. Click on the picture to see the bigger version, and take a look at her cowlicks right up front that form a sort of part down the middle and shoot up and out. It kind of looks like a moustache above her forehead. Now look at mine:
Yeah. She's inherited my cowlicks. But at this point, at least I'm the one with more hair.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Who Knows the Nose?

Pretty much everybody who has seen Avey and knows Kira says that Avey has Kira's nose, and that Avey looks more like Kira's side of the family than mine. In fact, my mother thinks that Avey has a striking resemblance to Kira's brother. Here's a shot of the lower half of Kira's face to compare with Avey's.
Now, if the above picture were squashed down and fattened up, here's what you might expect to see:
Surprise surprise! That's actually Avey's face! Okay, that was probably not all that hard to figure out, but do you see the resemblance? Everybody says she has my cowlicks, which are coming in better all the time. Maybe I'll take a shot of that for next week.

We weighed her yesterday to check her progress and found that she's now 7lbs. 11 oz. That means her growth curve is right where it should be! That's my little butterball! She has been smiling much more lately. Not for very long, but we have gotten her to do it when we really try, and it is certainly the most adorable thing this dad has ever seen.

Everything else is about the same. She sleeps relatively well, is eating great, and keeps Mom and Dad on their toes. We can't wait to show her off everywhere we go!