Monday, August 28, 2006

Belly is still growing

Usually we seem to take turns updating this, but since I like to feel helpful I'll just take the innitiative. Besides, it's the least I can do. I still love the support everyone is giving for Steph. I think she looks great. I'm trying to convince her to stop calling herself a duck. She thinks she looks like one. Even if she had webbed feet and feathers, she'd look more like a swan I think.

Thanks for the Pete suggestion, but you bring up an excellent point about peeing on the carpet. And I don't have any cowboy jerseys for the little man but I'm sure he could make one look good and probably play for their team. Still no name for the kid. Maybe thats because we're having too much fun contemplating one. Steph and I miss all of you and hope everythings good. Also, I will add that I have come to learn much about pregnancies that I never realized. Since babies are born every second of the day I use to think there just couldn't be that much to it. It's nature. Well, the more I learn about pregnancies, the dumber the look on my face becomes. I'll be fine. I'm pretty sure. But it's a little eye opening to realize how clueless I was and not even aware that I needed to get a clue. Those are the worst kind of idiots. But so far, I think things seem to be going pretty well.

Thursday, August 17, 2006


Since Steph got pregnant I've had to ask her to tone down her out of control rock star life style. But she says that music is good for the baby, and she insists on live performing along with all her crazy stage antics. So I do my best to let her have her way. I figure if she's happy, then so is the baby. I just hope the kid doesn't someday punch me for this.

On another note, I'm finding out that picking a boy's name can be pretty hard if you don't want to go with a common name. I don't want something like bill or billy or mac or buddy. But the names Steph likes aren't working either. She's keeps mentioning these crazy names like Fire, U.S., Federal, cause she thinks it goes well with the last name. She even wanted to call him Tex, or Padre like thats where his roots are. I don't even ask what names she likes anymore because it almost seems counter productive. If anyone knows any good boy names, I just thought I'd let you know I'm both listening and contemplating.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

More good news

The Doc says the kid is already potty trained and well behaved! Definately his fathers son.

Dad gets his kicks

Yes, it was the first I've felt the kid move. I have been waiting patiently to catch him when he was feeling active. I've felt children move in pregnant bellies before, but this was different. When he started kung-fuing my hand I was caught in one of those moments where you think you know what to expect but it's still stuns you a bit. I've spent so much time thinking about this kid, and now he's really letting me know he's coming. I think of him alot because he makes life seem so easy and trivial. I'm talking about days when I feel like some things aren't perfect and maybe the ball is not always in my court on every single issue. It's all becomes easy and trivial. This kid has been giving me strength since the day I knew it existed. How lucky am I to have nothing but good news everytime I hear about the baby. It's healthy, 10 fingers, 10 toes, and...IT'S A SON!!! Of course a daughter would be great, but right or wrong, the instant I found out he was a boy, I felt like a father with wisdom and advice rather than a lot of wonder. That probably is a meaningless statement, but I'm taking whatever facts I can to build my confidence in fatherhood. And for me, a boy means I have wisdom, and tons of great advice. I also want to let everyone know I appreciate the support you've been showing for Steph and sharing her excitement. I love you all for it. My idea of showing excitement might not always be in tune with what she's feeling and I think you guys really help. I will let you all know that before the baby is born I am due to travel to Columbia for work. And I am grateful she will have such great friends and family supporting her. And one more thing, belly pics to follow.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Wiggly Worm

Dan finally got to feel the baby move for the first time tonight. Our little son seems to be really active when he moves (I obviously have nothing to compare it to but) it seems like there are days that he doesn't stop moving, which has been really wonderful for me. Only recently though have I felt like the movements were strong enough for Dan to feel. I tried to let him feel the baby yesterday morning, but of course he stopped moving the second I got Dan's hand on my stomach. Granted that was probably because I woke Dan up to feel it and since he wasn't quite awake yet he put his hand down pretty firmly so the baby was probable a little startled. This time however, he put on a really good show for his daddy and kicked him square in the palm a couple of times. Dan seemed really excited about it, actually I know he loved it, he was grinning from ear to ear. Any way, hopefully he'll get a chance to write about it, it would be nice to hear what he thought. I loved it, it's so nice to be able to give him a little window into what I get the chance to experience everyday. I think it's a little sad that I get the privilege of experiencing our son all the time and Dan can only get a glimpse of it. Although I have to admit, I wouldn't want the roles to be reversed, I'm really enjoying this experience.