Tuesday, January 24, 2006

8 weeks along.....

Today, we are 8 weeks, one day into the pregnancy! 

Lennart Nilsson was a photographer who once went to the editors of Life Magazine and told them he was going to photograph babies in the womb.  They laughed at him, but 12 years later, he returned with some fantastic photos.  His book, A Child is Born, is absolutely amazing.  He has photos of every stage of a childs live in the womb. 

At this point in the pregnancy, our baby is just over 1/2 inch long.  It's tiny heart is beating at 140-150 beats a minute!  The eyes, nose, and mouth started forming last week.  The arms and legs are still short, but the hands and feet are starting to take shape.

Last Wednesday, we had our first appointment with the Doctor.  After a lot of research, we decided that a home birth would be best for us.  Most of the midwives in the Chicago area work on the north side, and since we live in a southern suburb, we were nervous they wouldn’t make it here in time.  Luckily, we found a doctor who makes house calls, and has an office just 2 miles away.  Dr. Zumhagen has been delivering babies in homes for the past 20 years.  He also has a lot of personal experience with 9 children of his own with 7 of them being born at home.

This will be a long journey.  Please keep us in your prayers.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

We are having a baby!!!!


Susan and I are having a baby in early September!

She took the test on Christmas morning, and the result was the best Christmas gift ever. Unfortunately, while on the train back to Chicago, and ever since, Susan has had quite a case of morning sickness. But, according to the books, morning sickness is supposed to end at the end of the first trimester. We hope that March will bring some relief.

In other news, our remodeling project is progressing nicely. When we purchased the condo, it looked like the prior owners maybe owned their own paint sprayer and had some old paint lying around which they sprayed on. The problem with that is that there were drip marks everywhere, they didn’t bother masking anything, all the outlets were just sprayed over, and absolutely every wall and ceiling in the place was the same “prison off-white”. So before we left for Oregon, we spent many days prepping, and once we returned, the condo was ready for paint.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be installing laminate flooring in our kitchen, living room, and dining room. Unfortunately, Home Depot doesn’t have the stuff we like anymore. We had decided on a beautiful oak laminate, but we waited too long to purchase it…

Anyways, this is our new blog. My goal is to have regular baby updates!