Say Hello To Joshua James

September 21st, 2008

So I always wondered what took my friends so long to send out pictures of their newborns.  I always wondered what could be keeping them?  Now I know!

Josh was born on Tuesday at 8:29 am.  He was 8 pounds 7 ounces and 20 3/4 inches long.

Our five day old is doing very well.  He’s nursing well and sleeping a lot.  Crisi is still experiencing pains from the c-section, but is otherwise doing pretty well.

So without further delay, here he is – Joshua James!

39 Weeks and expecting a Big Ole Boy!

September 12th, 2008

It’s Friday, September 12 and I am a round and ripe 39 weeks pregnant!  We had an appointment at the specialist’s office yesterday to do what they call a Growth Scan, which is an ultrasound where they do all sorts of measurements of the baby’s head, belly, thigh bone and arm bones to determine an approximate size and weight.  Josh is coming in hot at 8 pounds, 6 ounces, with a margin of error close to half a pound.  So, it looks like when he comes out, he’ll be somewhere between 8 and 9 pounds.  No sweat!

I’m still out and about almost everyday…driving to doctor’s appointments , going to the grocery store, shopping and walking around.  My feet swell pretty bad and I don’t move super fast, but I’m getting around, which keeps me in good spirits.

Travis took me on our last fancy dinner date on Sunday.  We got dressed up and went out to the TPC Sawgrass and had a fantastic dinner.  I was able to stick pretty well within my diet, with the exception of a delicious piece of chocolate pie that we split.  It was so great to get out and just feel like a married couple again and not scared expectant parents. Travis has some pictures we took that night posted below.

We hope you are all enjoying life as summer winds down, college football season gets geared up and the weather (hopefully) starts cooling off a bit.  Please keep us in your prayers.  We are hopeful that Josh will come on his own accord in the next few days.  If not, the doctors will schedule an induction or C-section by next Thursday, the 18th, which is his due date and we’d sure rather go the natural route.

Love to you all.  Crisi

37 weeks and ITCHING for delivery!

August 28th, 2008

It is Thursday, August 28 and today marks Joshua reaching full term, meaning that he can safely come any time now.  Crisi feels pretty confident that he is a “September baby” and won’t be making his appearance until after Labor Day, but there are certainly skeptics among our family and friends.   They might be right if she keeps pushing herself like she has been.  For instance, she mowed the lawn yesterday in the 85 degree heat.  I’m pretty sure all the neighbors think I’m quite a slave driver after seeing her out there.

We’re very anxious to meet the Jellybean and Crisi is literally ITCHING to have him out of her.  Her belly itches all the time as her skin is stretching to accomodate his growing size and movement into the birth canal.  She’s using every lotion, oil, body butter and cold pack she can get her hands on to try to alleviate the itch, but sometimes it just seems like a losing battle.  But that appears to be the most major complaint, so I think we’re in good shape.

The tests they do at the specialist’s office twice a week are all consistently coming back perfect and he looks like a healthy, active baby.

As we get down to these last few days and weeks, we’re getting the camera out more and more.  I’ve posted some pictures of our recent day trip around some of our favorite haunts in Saint Augustine, as well as a couple of Crisi’s belly around the house.

We hope you all are doing fantastic and we’ll continue to update more frequently as we get closer to the big day!


Eight Weeks To Go!!!

July 24th, 2008

Today is Thursday, July 24 – Week 32.   In the last couple of weeks Cris’ belly has been getting bigger and she’s looking great.  Everything has been going well with one exception.  We found out that Cris had Gestational Diabetes.  Basically, her body is processing sugars slower than normal due to the extra high level of hormones flowing through her body.  She is on a special diet now and that has brought her sugar levels back to normal.

After the baby is born, the gestational diabetes goes away immediately.  And fortunately, it shouldn’t affect the baby now that her sugar levels are back to normal.

I’ve included some recent pictures.  The first two are from Mike & Elizabeth Dwyer’s wedding.  The rest are from Crisi’s Baby Shower.  We hope you are all doing well!