A week in the life…

A few more photos of Noah, now 9 days old. He’s starting to be more alert when he’s awake, letting us get a good look at his big hazel eyes. He met his Uncle Nate and Aunt Taryn this weekend and is looking forward to meeting some relatives from his Dad’s side this coming weekend – he’s very content to accept the adoration of everyone who sees him.
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Welcome Noah

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Noah Lyle Sitkoff, on June 2, 2007 at 1:22pm. At birth, he measured 21.5 inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Everyone involved is healthy, happy, and thrilled to be home and together as a family. More details to come, but for now, a few photos:

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Of lasts…

There are a lot of last moments around here lately, most happy, some bittersweet. We’ve taken some last solo trips to some favorite local haunts, had a last week of sleeping in late, and when the baby moves, I sometimes wonder if this is one of the last days I’ll feel him inside me.

In a last that is entirely good news, we took what I hope are the last pictures of me at nine months pregnant. Hopefully, we’ll be posting photos of someone much cuter within a few weeks.

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Preparations

I wouldn’t say we are done with work on the baby’s room, but we’ve made a lot of progress. The screen door is now installed, resulting in three unhappy cats can’t play in the crib anymore. The walls are done, and most impressively, the light fixture is installed and works – Nathan even included a dimmer! There are diapers in the closet and very small hats in the dresser – almost like this might be a room a baby is actually going to live in. We still need to put some shelving in the closet, replace the rug and curtains and relocate the dresser to a part of the room with a higher ceiling, but I think there’s a chance we might actually finish this project on schedule.

A glimpse

We brought the camera along to Roger Williams Zoo today, and although I’m not usually big on photos of myself, I thought I’d share how I look at 7 months pregnant. All of the zoo photos are up in the gallery, if anyone wants to see animals!

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Another look

We had another sneak peek at the baby this morning, and we are now done with gender neutral pronouns! This baby seems to be a boy, although a very sleepy boy, who held his hands in front of his face for most of the ultrasound.  He shows all signs of being healthy, exactly the right size for his age, and generally perfect.  Unless somethings comes up requiring another ultrasound, the next time we see this little face, he’ll be out here in the world with us!
(Click on the thumbnail for photos – like all ultrasound photos, it is possible that you had to be there to appreciate these…)

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I’ve looked at other parents-to-be’s ultrasound photos many times, with a puzzled smile.  What could there be to be excited about in these fuzzy gray blobs?  Were these people even sure that was a baby?

Then, last Friday, it was my turn to lie on a table watching this tiny person move around the screen, putting a tiny fist to its tiny mouth, using the side of the womb as a surface to kick of off, somehow without my feeling it.  When I laughed, I could see how my laughter bounced it around its watery home – further proof that we really were looking at something that lives inside of me.

These blurry photos can’t possible convey the awe we felt on Friday, but they are our first look at a miracle that we won’t get to meet until May, and for that, I treasure them.

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Summer

Just a quick note to share what I’ve been doing with all this summer leisure time. We started summer vacation with a trip to see Nathan’s family. One of the highlights (as always) was some time spent with our fantastic nieces and nephews who we don’t see nearly enough of.

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Since our return, I’ve been enjoying the downtime before my on campus summer course at Lesley starts next week. Downtime at home is always cause for gratuitous cat photos, of course.
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Happy summer to all!

Passover

Our seder was just the two of us this year.  Two people, anyway, plus a few interested feline onlookers.

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We cooked together, and things turned out better than expected.  The potato kugel, sadly, was disposed of.  Ripe potatoes are not supposed to be green.  However, we had matza ball soup, sweet potato and apple kugel, carrot tzimmes, mushroom and asparagus frittatta, and a honeycake, so there was no shortage of food.

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Nathan led our little seder of two, and we got to use our seder plate and cup of Elijah!  We’re usually away for Passover, so they’ve been in the attic for years.

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This was a lot of fun, although in future years, I’d love to plan ahead enough to have friends around the table.