Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Monday, October 29, 2007

Are you ready for Halloween?

We are...
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Lily is sick of the camera already...

Actually, she was sleeping off a milk coma...
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Higgy and Owen go to the diner...

and let Mom sleep in.
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Owen is going as a dragon for Halloween.

But he's less than thrilled by the outfit - fits Dad just fine though!
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No picture updates for a week makes us sad...

So let's change that!
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The differences being number 2 brings...

Higgy and I have been working on what to post about the differences between bringing Owen home and Lily's arrival. That's difference number one - the first time Higgy would just send up a post and I would read it hours or days later. On Higgy's list are the following items:

1. When Lily's umbilical cord stump fell off, he didn't immediately move to preserve it in a scrapbook (no, he didn't actually save Owen's, but I did have to talk him out of it...)

2. He's taken fewer pictures (gee, didn't everyone see this coming???) Of course, I think it is just because he has his hands full watching Owen, he can't hold a camera at the same time. I also think he has done a better job of getting good shots not just a large number of them.

3. It's not really that Lily is different than Owen, it's that we are different and more relaxed as parents.

On my list:

1. Lily has her eyes open and is awake so much more than Owen was - I guess that's the difference between being born at 35 weeks and 38 weeks.

2. Lily actually breastfeeds - Owen wanted a bottle and it was a battle to get him on the breast.

3. I don't sleep when Lily sleeps - I actually get things done. This goes back to the fact that I wasn't as sick this time. Last time it was weeks before I wanted to leave the house, this time is was only a day or two.

4. Lily sleeps for hours at at time - 3 or 4 even, not just 2 hours. When Owen came home, he started of with eating every 4 hours but quickly moved to 2 - 3 hours. I am actually able to get enough sleep at night that #3 above is possible.

And now we at least have a post about this after talking about it for weeks.... I'm sure there will be more in the days or weeks or months ahead.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Owen and his sticks

One of these days I'll learn how to embed the video...

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Owen and Lily

reading stories before bedtime with Mom!
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Sleeping away...

Picture says it all.
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So I'll pay for this with years of therapy...

but potty training is going well...
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Well, ok - he's actually pretty excited.

Can you tell?
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Owen's pretty relaxed about the whole sister thing...

as he chills out in the backyard.
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Do you think they're related?

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Because Sly poked me...

and I've been a busy guy - here's a few more shots of Lili and family!
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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Things we've learned in the last 42 hours or so...

1. "Water breaking" is exactly that. A darn good sign it's time to go to the hospital.
2. My new hero is Lisa's Mom. She made us 2 huge pots of food (stew and chili) this week - some of which got frozen, some of which got eaten and some of which is yet to be eaten. She came and stayed with Owen on Wednesday night - took care of him all day Thursday, and stayed over again Thursday night in case anything went wrong and I had to go back to the hospital. She made this whole thing utterly easy for us and we're unbelievably thankful for her and all her efforts. MOM ROCKS!
3. They never mention about cleaning up the broken water. Someone should call this out.
4. Shared recovery rooms in a hospital SUCK! That's one of the reasons we're so happy to be home.
5. Although, they are good for some humor. Overheard today from the other side of the thin curtain acting as a room divider:
Nurse to First-time-mother-Polish-native-who-is-desperately-following-along-in-English (FTMPNWIDFAIE for short): "So, you've heard of Shaken Baby Syndrome?"
FTMPNWIDFAIE to Nurse: (eagerly, since it was a short sentence and she could understand it) "YES! Yes, I Have!"
Nurse to FTMPNWIDFAIE: "Yeah, you don't want to do that."

The muffled snorking sounds of Lisa and I trying hard not to wet ourselves laughing on the other side of the curtain were clearly audible 3 rooms down the hall.
6. Because it's been a while since I've discussed my genitalia, time to correct that - I'll be off to the vet's shortly. We're not going through this again. CORRECTION: I'M not putting Lisa through this again. Her pregnancy was 8.5 months of sheer pain and the labor (as short as it was) was hell.
7. Speaking of short labors - if that had been any quicker, I'd have needed a catcher's mitt. Yes, I know I already said that, but it deserved being said again. I'll post another entry about the actual birth. People with second babies beware - it's like a slip-n-slide!
8. The cat is freaked out - AGAIN.
9. Only took 99 pictures yesterday, and so far today only 37. Definitely not Owen-scale. Poor second kids - get virtually ignored.
10. It's distinctly odd being home so soon after the birth. Last time, we had a week to wait before we could bring the little guy back - and now here we are. Well, I'm off to get Owen from school - should be interesting to see how his first HOME meeting with the sister goes!

If anyone remembers THIS shot

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Ready for the car ride.

Yup, sound asleep.
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Holding Dad's hand...

well, holding the little finger, anyway.
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Yawning, screaming or hungy?

You be the judge. The real answer? All 3.

Just kidding - she's been a sleepy little doll since she was born.
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Napping at the hospital.

Looking good for 24 hours old!
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So, Owen - what do you think about having a new baby sister?

(To tell the truth, he was chewing his toast. I just thought it was too good a facial expression to pass up.)
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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Oh, ok - one shot to make you all happy....

Welcome, Lili!
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For those of you in the know...

we were expecting our daughter on October 15th, 2007. Well, good plans never survive all the way to fruition. We are happy to announce the arrival of Liliana Jean Harnett to the family as of 7:44am on October 3rd, 2007! 6 lbs, 13 oz and 19.5 inches long. If she came out any quicker, I'd have needed a catcher's mitt!

Both Lisa and Lili are healthy and doing fine - although a tad exhausted. Pics to follow shortly.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Having fun in the tub...

and playing peekaboo with Mom...
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Monday, October 01, 2007

Owen at school

Plays with these Magnetix sets in the morning. He gets so engrossed, he doesn't even notice I've gone!
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Grey hair moment

This car was about 2 feet from the pool! I was hovering like a vulture over a roadkill making sure he didn't go for an impromptu swim!
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This is still a family blog...

Here Joe "helps" Linda get onto the couch. Yeah, let's not walk AROUND the couch, let's faceplant her right into it!
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Who said Leisure Suits were out of style?

He also now has one in Blue....
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Good news - Owen's becoming more independent.

Here he is walking ahead of me on our block.

Bad news - He's becoming more independent....
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