Thursday, February 23, 2006

17 days old today

Well, the past couple weeks have been crazy! (I know, things will only get crazier!) We have been having tons of wonderful support from people here. The first week home we had meals provided by different members of the school, and of course Gigi and Poppa Alexander are here to help out.

Earlier this week we had an adventure when the drains started backing up. As we are finding out, having a baby requires a LOT of laundry, we can't have the drains backing up everytime the laundry is done. So, we called the landlord and he had a couple plumbers come to clean up that mess.

We also made a run to Ikea (a furniture store) and got a bunch of new things for here: rocking chair, dresser, a couple small twin mattresses, and more drying racks (lots of baby clothes, especially when we don't get the diaper on properly!).

Tomorrow we plan to go to the US Embassy to start the process of getting Aaron's passport. We have 42 days from his day of birth to have him registered with Singapore, pray that everything goes smoothly!

Aaron is doing well, he sleeps a lot and eats a lot. He usually needs a feeding twice during the night, but often doesn't go back to sleep as he has a lot of gas. We think we've finally figured out the foods that are causing the gas, so Betsy will be avoiding them for a while.

I'm doing well at school, but I've started using an alarm for the first time since moving to Singapore, just not getting quite enough sleep yet to trust myself to wake up on time. Hopefully that sleep time will regulate soon.
Baby Aaron, fast asleep
Aaron makes the rounds at school
Aaron with the kindergarten class
Heading home
I'm tired!!
Bath time, again???
Aaron with the second graders, Valentine's day

"How does he walk on those little legs?"
Visitors from church
My Super Bowl baby!
Aaron and Betsy
Aaron and his bear on the day he was due! (Thirteen days old)
Poppa and Aaron
Fifth graders
Gigi and Aaron
Baby feet!
Gigi's crowns (she's hoping to be the first female pope!)
New rocking chair
Gifts from Othello baby shower: stroller and dresser
School Baby Shower, lots o gifts!!

Monday, February 13, 2006

One Week Old

Well, it has been a crazy week, all of you with kids know what a crazy time it is when all the sudden you have a little child to take care of, and you know that it is yours! We are still trying to work out the sleeping and feeding schedule. Mom & Dad have been a great help the last couple of days.

Please continue to pray for our adjustment and sleep!
Sober Sides Jr.
Quiet everyone, I'm trying to sleep!!!
Grandpa and Gigi made it!
Gigi is HAPPY!!!!!!
Baby's First bath!!!
Big eyes and happy Gigi!
Getting ready for his first outting!
Celebrating the Year of the Dog!
Grandpa does chopsticks!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Excited mom. . . 20 minutes into the 36 hours!
Waiting is hard to do!
Baby's first picture.
First family photo
Happy Mommy!
Happy Daddy!
dressed now

Monday, February 06, 2006

Aaron is here and beautiful!

As you can see from the banner, Aaron has arrived! He was born Monday, February 6 at 7:40 pm after 36 hours in the hospital and 12 hours of labor. Betsy's water broke Sunday morning, but labor didn't start until this morning.

Aaron and Betsy are both doing fine.

The stats:

Aaron was 50 cm, 3.07 kg, with a head circumference of 36 cm.

For those of you who are American (most of us!) That is: 19.7 inches, 6 lb 12 oz, and 14.2 inches.

Sorry, no pictures yet, I forgot to bring my card reader to the hospital! Will post some pics tomorrow!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Forget everything we just said!

OK, you can basically ignore the things in the posts from yesterday. Betsy has been admitted to the hospital, Aaron will arrive in the next 24 hours!

Frank and Susie On the Way

We are excited and looking forward to my parents, Frank and Susie,
coming to Singapore. Please be praying for their long trip over. My
dad has also had trouble with humidity and ear infections in the past.
Please be praying for him as it is extremely humid here. We are
rejoicing and praising God that they will arrive soon, February 12th
just after midnight.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Latest Baby Update

On Thursday, February 2nd, I began the weekly visits to the doctor. All
is well! She examined me and said that little Aaron would not be born
this week. I had many questions about the policies of Raffles Hospital
and my doctor, Dr. Lee, regarding medication and breastfeeding. Dr. Lee
was, once again, very inciteful and agreeable to my requests. It sounds
like my experience with labor and delivery will be similar to what it
would be in a U.S. hostpital. I am so glad God provided such an
understanding doctor for us. Your prayers are being answered, and I
thank you tremendously!!

My next appointment is on February 10th. I will keep you posted as much
as possible as the due date approaches.

High Hopes

Being a native of the Northwest I have grown up as a big Seahawks fan. All my life I have watched a team with occasional bursts of greatness (usually not more than a week or two long) followed by amazing turnarounds. As such, this past year has been fun. I've enjoyed watching this team clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs, then to do the unthinkable and actually win a playoff game, opening the doors for their first Super Bowl appearance! That excitement was somewhat mellowed when I realized that the Super Bowl occurs at 7:30 am on Monday morning. . . school time. 8( Fortunately though, I found out about a traditional senior privilege of having a field trip to watch the game. Before you get too upset, we will be studying. My calculus students will be using their skills to calculate the angle and velocity of a punted football with the hopes of learning the ideal trajectory. They will also be testing their quick thinking skills as they calculate the quarterback ratings of their favorite team. All of the seniors will also be studying the economics of the commercials that will be played during the game (unfortunately they will not be the US commercials, but rather Singapore commercials).

So, here's hoping the Seahawks can step out of their normal shoes and be introduced all of next year as the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!

Frank and Susie On the Way

We are excited and looking forward to my parents, Frank and Susie, coming to Singapore. Please be praying for their long trip over. My dad has also had trouble with humidity and ear infections in the past. Please be praying for him as it is extremely humid here. We are rejoicing and praising God that they will arrive soon, February 12th just after midnight.

Latest Baby Update

On Thursday, February 2nd, I began the weekly visits to the doctor. All is well! She examined me and said that little Aaron would not be born this week. I had many questions about the policies of Raffles Hospital and my doctor, Dr. Lee, regarding medication and breastfeeding. Dr. Lee was, once again, very insightful and agreeable to my requests. It sounds like my experience with labor and delivery will be similar to what it would be in a U.S. hospital. I am so glad God provided such an understanding doctor for us. Your prayers are being answered, and I thank you tremendously!!

My next appointment is on February 10th. I will keep you posted as much as possible as the due date approaches.