Thursday, August 5, 2010

Another Encounter

It has been a while since our last update, and this time that is not due to lack of events!

I will unfortunately have to keep this short, due mostly to time constraints and a burned-out ability to focus on one thing at a time (something I will need to get back before September, if only to burn it out again).

Things are progressing smoothly, and everyone is healthy as a horse. In Veronica's case this is a mixed blessing, as the baby has taken to some rather forceful movements that catch her off-guard pretty often. On more than one occasion I've jumped up out of my chair with worry over a sharp sound from the other room only to have her tell me, "No, it's ok, it's just your son kicking me in the ribs."

Good times.

We did have a minor scare last week, when Veronica's Braxton Hicks contractions got somewhat more frequent and a bit stronger. After trying a few ideas for fixing it we called our birth class instructor as a last effort before calling the doctor's office, and she recommended trying a magnesium supplement first. Veronica tried that out and within an hour was back to feeling fine, and has been taking one every day or so just to make sure it doesn't start up again.

In other news, was some looting of local baby clothes stores a week or two ago, with good results!

Baby Clothes Strike Again

A friend commented that he was certainly going to have a certain cute preppy look to him, to which I could only shrug and motion sheepishly to my own black polo shirt and docksider shoes. What can I say?

Moving on!

This weekend is our baby shower, and I'm personally very excited for Veronica to have some girly her-focused time with some of our local friends along with my Aunt Mary-Charlotte and Tutu (grandmother). There will be gifts and some food and a good deal of fun.

We already got an early present that was just too big to hide until then.

Baby Stroller/Car Seat

It's one of those car-seat/stroller/carrier combos that can be folded and unfolded with one hand. Which is likely going to prove very very useful. I already put the car-seat base in the back of my car just to see if it would hook up correctly, and while I am going to be glad that a professional might give it a glance at some point I think I did a very good job.

For those interested, you can go look at the baby's registry by clicking on these words. Totally worth it.

Other than that we've just finished our birth classes and Veronica's going to be looking at some frequent check-ins with the doctor's office as we approach the due-date. I'm apparently supposed to be packing the hospital bag, with perhaps more forethought than the one I hastily assembled when I was worried about last Thursday.

Lastly, I've been watching the Penny Arcade TV short episodes for a little while now, and the "season finale" of the show was something I thought I'd share. For those who don't know, Penny Arcade is a popular video-game (and other similar pursuits) related online comic strip that's updated three times a week and they recently had a production company approach them about a "behind the scenes" reality series. As the website has created a charity and two major yearly conventions in the last few years this is somewhat more entertaining than it might seem at first glance.

Anyway, the last episode was in large part about the families of the two creators and was something I felt even people not into all that could perhaps appreciate. Here it is, and if you want to watch some of the other ones (they're pretty good) you can click here.

I'll just warn that there is occasional profanity in the main episodes, and the ones marked "4th Panel" (which are about the creation of individual comic strips) can get a little crazy.

Will post again soon!