Friday, July 31, 2009

The Baby Files

The Baby Files from hollandnm on Vimeo.

Here are a bunch of videos I've taken over the past couple of months. I hereby absolve myself of all liability if you just plain old keel over and die from the preciousness. :)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Day 75

Mema and Andrea threw me a surprise birthday lunch today! I haven't had a surprise party since I turned 16. We had cupcakes and candles and the whole shebang. It really made my whole week and I can't thank them enough.

We're done!!!!

No more lectures! No more Barbri! No more studying! YIPEE!

Day 74

Griffin was an amazing travel companion on his first road trip ever. He slept most of the time and really only cried when Papa Ron deigned to stop at stop lights. (Silly Papa Ron!)

Here he is getting a bottle on the go.

Day 73

We went out to Lynn's Paradise Cafe for my birthday after the first day of the Bar. It was great to spend the evening with our close friends and the food was great. If only, I didn't have to take 200 multiple choice questions the next day.

Day 72

Today was a big day for Griffin. He got to meet our dear friends Annie and Kyle along with their baby Collin. Annie and I got pregnant about 10 weeks apart and it's been so wonderful to share such a life changing event with two people we love so much.

So, pretty much Collin and Griffin have to be best friends forever. They don't have a choice :)

They both seemed very excited to see each other. So much so they both promptly feel asleep. :)

P.S. Below is photographic evidence of what happens when you decide to clone your husband as opposed to reproducing like normal people. ;)

I mean COME ON!

Day 71

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Day 69


As you can see, Maggie got a haircut today. I don't know what it is but I think it's the best haircut she's ever gotten. Something about how they layered the hair on her ears makes her look super spunky and cute. Usually, she comes back looking a little masculine but this cut fits her personality perfectly.

Day 68

Ok, so, here's what happened. Somebody has such a huge head that I'm afraid he's going to outgrow all his hats before the temperature ever drops below 60. His dad was changing his diaper and I was expressing my concern about this issue. We decided to see if it was already too late for some of the hats.

And that is how my baby ended up in a diaper and winter hat in the middle of July :)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Day 64

He really was Captain Adorable today. There was no way to pick just one picture.

Sunday morning

If this isn't the making of a perfect Sunday morning, I don't know what is.

Lovely Evening

Last night we went to the Paducah Photo 09, where my photo was exhibited. It was really exciting to see it up on the wall. The juror even mentioned it in his opening remarks, although I didn't win any awards. Griffin found the whole thing terribly exciting and slept the entire time.

We also went to the Country Club for the first time for a Clam Bake. We had a lot of fun and met some really nice people. Griffin was the only baby there and got passed around a little bit. He seemed to take it all reasonably well.

Day 63

Bath time!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Day 62

Today was a big day. Griffin went for his two month check-up. He weighed in at a whopping 12 pounds 15 ounces. Not that I guess it should be that surprising. He's in the 75th percentile for weight and 90th percentile for height. The doctor said he had above average head and trunk control, which we definitely already knew. We also got an official diagnosis of red hair!

He also got his first shot, which I was not looking forward to. I understand that immunizations are necessary but that doesn't make them any less scary. He's on Dr. Sears Alternative Schedule though so he only got one shot and one by mouth (as opposed to the FIVE he would regularly get). He definitely cried out during the shot itself but he settled down pretty quickly.

The doctor said he was absolutely perfect and exactly where he needed to be, at which point I exclaimed, "DUH! Tell me something I didn't already know!" No, just kidding, I actually just stood there and beamed next to his proud papa.

Day 61

Thursday, July 16, 2009

16 and Pregnant

I love this show. I'm not trying to lie. I've decided to blog the season finale.

9:01 Whoa, these kids are stepbrother and sister!!!
9:02 Condoms washed in the washing machine spell disaster. Who knew? Makes sense I guess.
9:03 What kind of person doesn't "believe" in adoption!?!? Especially if that person happens to be a parent of a pregnant 16-year-old. Are you freaking kidding me!?!
9:04 This total and complete disgusting excuse for a father just told his 16-year-old son that he didn't "man up" because he's giving his baby up for adoption. There are no words.
9:05 I think giving up a baby for adoption would be so difficult under the best circumstances but to do it at 16 without the support of your family. These kids deserve some type of award.
9:10 "Can you imagine if we kept her? How screwed up that baby would be?" This kid is brilliant.
9:10 "I would get an abortion I'm telling you right now." Decisive that one.
9:11 I'm a little disturbed that they're not mature enough to have a baby but they're mature enough to pick the parents from a scrapbook.
9:12 "He's a financial planner. I don't even know what that is." Nicholas: "That's the most descriptive job in the world. It's like banker. How can he not know what that is?!?"
9:12 "No, that's not all a baby needs is love Dad!" This kid is worth all the depressing moments in previous 16 and Pregnant.
9:13 Don't get immediate contact with the baby! Smart girl.
9:17 WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH THESE PARENTS!?!?! Are you freaking kidding me?!?! She bought a bassinet for her daughter who is giving up the baby for adoption!!! "You still have time to change your mind." I'm going to punch this woman.
9:19 Brandon and Theresa are great adoptive parent names.
9:20 Wow, if she holds a cat like that. I'm concerned for the baby.
9:21 Heartwarming hug between her and the adoptive mother. Tearing up.
9:22 "I don't really have a good, stable household...I just want her to have better than I had." I want to hug this girl. Maybe they could just adopt her too.
9:28 No! Don't let them induce you!
9:29 She's now comforting her own mother about the adoption. Seriously, somebody get this girl a college fund.
9:30 My cousin: "You know she's already made enough smart decisions. You can't expect her to have a home birth too." HA!
9:34 Here comes the pitocin...epidural can't be far behind.
9:35 Watching the girls on this show suffer so unnecessarily is so freaking frustrating.
9:36 And here comes the epidural.
9:38 The doctor looks like an extra from Outbreak.
9:39 The dad looks a little traumatized.
9:40 "Fresh from God." Did she really just say that?
9:41 This is so brutal. The baby needs to go to someone who can hold it and bond with it. I don't care who it is.
9:44 I've changed my mind. She should see the baby.
9:45 These adoptive parents are so nervous. It's so sad.
9:46 These two 16 year olds are braver than I could ever be. I can barely make it through this episode much less giving it up myself.
9:47 "5 hours out from delivery." Oh my gosh I bet those adoptive parents are freaking out.
9:48 The joy on the adoptive mother's face is priceless.
9:49 Oh my god matching jewelry! I'm dying! ... "We can't thank you enough." I'm sobbing now.
9:52 Seriously, the 16 year old's mom wouldn't sign the adoption papers. Just when you thought she couldn't get worse.
9:53 This is so excruciating.
9:54 He kept her blanket.
9:55 I hate this girl's mother. I hate her.
9:56 "I'm at peace with my decision."
9:57 OH MY GOD! Follow up with Dr. Drew!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Day 59

My cousin Taylor has been here helping us for the week while we got into super-study mode for the Bar. Her and Griffin are getting along swimmingly. It has been so awesome having her here and we'd really like to keep her forever. Apparently, she has to go back to school or some such nonsense.

Exciting Night

This baby is a sleeping rock star. I mean I just put him on the ottoman to swaddle him and he fell sleep right there. Of course it was a pretty exciting night because Nicholas was boiling a pacifier to sterilize it and then sort of forgot about it. A house filled with stinking toxic fumes came next and hilarity ensued! Actually not that much hilarity as us hanging out outside with the mosquitoes but whatcha going to do.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

I mean come on!

This baby does SO look like me!!! Give us your take in the comments.

Day 55

You can be jealous of my kickin outfit and matching socks. It's ok.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Day 50

Griffin had a big fourth of July. We went to the lake early Saturday morning and spent all day with my family, which means he spent all day being passed around. That night we went to two parties thrown by Nicholas's clients, both of which were fabulous. Griffin also witnessed his very first fireworks. Nicholas covered his ears so he didn't get scared by the noise, but he really seemed to enjoy the lights. That night was his first night away from home and I have to say it went beautifully. He fell asleep on the drive home around 10pm and we just left him in there and let him sleep. Well, sleep he did - all the way until 5am the next morning! He also took a four hour nap yesterday and then slept all night except for one short feeding.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Day 48

Papi is now my official favorite person EVER for capturing these amazing smiles.