Monday, December 28, 2009

Yes, pictures

I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and that the holiday kept you busy enough that you weren't checking my blog 17 times a day waiting for pictures. (Although I'm pretty sure nobody checks my blog 17 times a day, even in anticipation of seeing a new baby.) Anyway, here you go.

Brand new! And still a little gross.

Now a father of 2. Crazy.

Getting ready to go home. I know you can't see it in this picture, but that adorable green sleeper says "Santa's helper" and has reindeer on the feet.

I keep feeling like we didn't take enough pictures of him in the hospital because we have SO MANY of Kalena there, but then I realize that's because we were in the hospital for 5 days with Kalena and barely 24 hours with him. Anyway, more soon.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Today at 10:49 am there was a new addition to the van de Boogaard family, Brian and Elsha chapter. William Henry van de Boogaard was born at 8 lbs 1 oz and 19 1/2 inches long. Both mother and child are resting and doing well.

Future post to come, I am sure.


Monday, December 21, 2009


I'm calling this labor. After contractions waking me up Saturday night, contractions most of the day yesterday, contractions waking me up last night and contractions ALL DAY today I think it's safe to say this baby is coming soon.

As of now I am exhausted. I haven't had a good night's sleep since Thursday and the only way I've been able to sleep at all today is leaned forward over a pile of pillows in my lap. And that was only for the 3-5 minute increments between contractions. Fun times, I'll tell you what. I suppose we'll be leaving for the hospital relatively soon. We only live like 2 minutes away (the hospital is literally less than a mile from my neighborhood) and I'm not in a hurry to get there.

I'll try not to torture you all with waiting on the birth announcement, so if I can't get the blog updated SOMEBODY will. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

No news

Turns out they didn't do a cervical check on Monday so I have no idea how things are going yet. I'm getting a little antsy to have this baby, not because I'm uncomfortable, just because I'd REALLY like to have him a reasonable amount of time before Christmas. (For those of you saying, "Maybe you should have thought about that last March..." I KNOW.)

Of course, wanting to have the baby is not (apparently) motivator enough to make me get things done. I'm done Christmas shopping for Kalena, and that's it. (Okay, I have ONE thing for Brian.) Parents? Siblings? Anyone else? Nope. Mailed the Christmas cards? Nope. Written the Christmas cards? NOPE. Finished the receiving blankets or Kalena's baby book, both of which I SWORE I'd have done by the end of the year? Nope and nope. I keep thinking, yeah yeah, I'll get to it. And then I realize today is the 9th already and I freak out a little bit. So. Anyone want to watch Kalena for the next week or so so I have time to get things done?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

See, all I had to do was write that blog!

Today Grand Junction had a snow day. HA! Seriously. Not that it affects me personally seeing as I'm not in school and I don't have school age children, but it did mean my mom (a high school teacher) got the day off so that was nice. Brian, on the other hand, got his car stuck 3 times between the house and his office. It took him about an hour and a half to make what should be a 10 minute drive. Anyway, it snowed most of the day, but we did take a few of the clear moments to let Kalena enjoy this first big snow (about 8 inches) of her life.

A small section of sidewalk in need of shoveling.

Hanging out on the driveway. (Where she could actually walk around.)

In the snow next to the driveway, where she could definitely not walk around. She thought it was pretty fun anyway.

Maybe now I should write a post about how I'll never win the lottery?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

It makes me laugh

One of my Texas friends posted about the snow in Midland yesterday and the subsequent canceling of school for a snow day. That reminded me that while we lived in Texas Brian got at least 3 snow days. I know that the real reason for snow days in Texas is not actually the snow, it's the lack of any way to deal with it. There are no snow plows, roads aren't salted, and no one knows how to drive in the stuff so it's better for everyone if people just stay home. (By the way, just a side note here to the city of Midland-- having trucks sprinkle gravel on the loop is not even close to a good way to deal with ice.) Colorado, on the other hand, is always prepared for the snow which makes snow days MUCH more rare.

What I think is funny though is the comparison of what warrants a snow day in Texas versus what warrants one in Colorado. Take my experiences for example:

In Texas:
At least 3 snow days in 2 years of school. There was never more than an inch of snow, and one of the days school was cancelled just because it was SUPPOSED to snow. (It did NOT.)

In Colorado:
Going to school kindergarden-12 as well as 4 years of college in Colorado got me one single snow day ever. ONE. And that one doesn't even really count because it actually happened in college over spring break. (They did send out an e-mail announcing that all buildings on campus would be closed for the day, but obviously spring break meant no classes had to be cancelled.) Do you want to know how much snow it took to get us that snow day? 60 inches. That's SIXTY. As in FIVE WHOLE FEET of snow.

We always hoped for snow days growing up. If only I'd know that to get them I just needed to move to Texas...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It's getting a little old

This may come as a shock to some of you readers who haven't ever been to Colorado, but not all of Colorado looks like this all winter:

I know, it's sad and a little disappointing to learn that, but it's true. Grand Junction doesn't get a whole lot of snow. In fact, climate-wise, I'm living in a desert. (For all my friends in Midland who are wondering, Midland gets almost 5 full inches of precipitation a year MORE than Grand Junction.) The thing is, in the winter Grand Junction gets cold. Plenty cold enough for snow. Growing up I always thought it was sort of the worst of both worlds, all the cold and none of the snow. I felt like if it had to be cold we should at least get snow to make up for it.

And that my friends, is how I'm starting to feel about this pregnancy. I feel like if I'm going to have all these contractions, I ought to at LEAST get to go into labor! But no. Instead I get to spend all day thinking, "Man, I really wish these contractions would do SOMETHING." I am glad that at least my body seems to be gearing up for labor (something that really never happened last time.) On Monday I get to start the cervical checks (fun right?) I'm hoping I don't have to come out of that appointment extremely disappointed. Anyway, I'm sure I'll post when I do finally go into labor, so don't get all antsy if I don't post, thinking I'm off having a baby somewhere.

P.S. That picture is taken in Boulder and I got it from here.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Maybe it's just preparing me?

Over the last few days around here there has been LOTS of crying and little sleep. Why? We took away the bottle. We warned Kalena that when we came back after Thanksgiving that she wouldn't be getting a bottle anymore. You would think that two bottles a day wouldn't be such a hard habit to break. WRONG. She is fine when you go to put her down, right up until she realizes you're going to leave her in her crib with nothing but a stuffed tiger to comfort her. (Aren't we just cruel?) As hard as it is to listen to her cry, and as much of a pain as it is that it now takes her FOREVER to go to sleep, I'm not giving in. Actually, one of my BIG worries about this whole thing is that I will have this new baby before Kalena adjusts to not getting a bottle and then someone (BRIAN) will give her one while I'm in the hospital and I'll have to start all over later. Anyway, lots of crying and no sleep? I guess I should get used to that.