Saturday, November 22, 2014

Photo Fridays: Week 59 [baby edition!]


Only 12 days past her due date, we finally got to hold our little girl yesterday.  Yes, you heard that right - a GIRL!  (Brian told me when she was born but I made him double-check to be sure, because I didn't believe it...)

Kate Olivia  - born Nov 20
8lbs 10oz, 19in 

I had been having a frustrating start and stop early labor for several days.  There were at least two times when I was convinced that we'd be heading to the hospital that day, but little Kate always seemed to decide around bedtime that she wasn't ready after all, and contractions would stop.

My doc wanted to induce labor earlier, but kept pushing back the date, because baby was so darn healthy in there and showed absolutely no signs of distress, so it seemed a shame to force her out.  Finally we went in for induction yesterday.  It didn't take much though, as I was already on the brink of active labor (had been for a few days!).

Brian is a very supportive and attentive birth partner, as you can see here.  (Obviously this photo was taken early on, when I was still in a mood to joke about such things...)

Five hours later, we had a very healthy little girl!

There were no complications in the birth itself, and we spent a nice quiet two hours afterwards with just the three of us (and the doctor and nurses of course...)  But then, just as a large group of family arrived to meet her, the nurses discovered that I was bleeding heavily.  So, Brian took Kate to another room and I missed out on our boys and the grandparents and others meeting her for the first time.  I got to spend a painful and anxious hour or two as they tried to stop the bleeding.  There was talk of a visit to the operating room and things were starting to get a bit tense (poor Brian was running back and forth between the happy relatives and the bustling, tense room where he wasn't quite sure what was going on with his wife or how serious it was), but thankfully they were able to get the bleeding to stop without critical blood loss.

 We're bringing her home this evening.  Greg is pretty excited, but this guy isn't too sure.  She's fun and all, but Caleb told us that we didn't need to bring her home.  Pray for a smooth adjustment to being a family of five!


Until next week!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Photo Fridays: Week 58

Still no baby.

I know, I'm as disappointed as you.  But it will come... one of these days.
In the meantime, here are a few photos from our week:

(The internet was out at our house most of the day yesterday, which is why I'm posting this a day late.)

The boys got matching Carhartt hoodies this week.

 These are the black boxes that the dahlia tubers are put into when we dig/wash them.  Caleb spends a lot of time carrying them around from place to place.  I'm not sure what his logic is, but he seems to know where they ought to go.

He fell asleep while riding the riding lawnmower with grandpa.  Grandma just laid him down on the floor of the greenhouse and he had a nice nap.

 Watching cartoons with his hard hat on.

 And finally, a video of Caleb.  He's been really into licking things lately.  I actually went for the camera because he was dancing and singing Jesus Loves Me in a very adorable manner, but by the time I returned this was all I was able to capture.

Until next week!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Photo Fridays: Week 57

Let me just apologize up front for the lack of photos.  I really didn't get my camera out much this week.  I honestly thought that this baby was going to come early (due date is tomorrow) and that I would do a post with cute newborn photos, and so I didn't bother taking pictures of anything else.  But, I am still pregnant, so you're stuck with the few photos I was able to dig up: 

This has been a large part of the week - digging dahlias.  Yes, that's me driving the tractor with all my boys on the trailer (don't worry - the little guys are safely anchored in some of those black boxes so they don't fall off the trailer)

Caleb sitting in the mud with a bucket of worms he and Greg have picked up while following the tractor.  (Lots of laundry around here lately!)

Greg thinks farming is fun!

 Chilly weather!  You'd think it was November or something...

 And one last Greg smile.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Photo Fridays: Week 56

Happy Halloween (to those of you in the U.S. where it is celebrated, that is). 
 Here is a look at our week:

 We carved Jack-O-Lanterns.  Caleb was in a lousy mood that night after missing his afternoon nap, so we gave his a sad face.  (He was actually pretty happy that it was sad, if that makes sense!)

Greg actually remembers Halloween (a holiday that isn't celebrated in Papua New Guinea), and so he is very much looking forward to trick-or-treating tonight.

As you can see, our little raccoon is not as thrilled about his costume as big brother fireman is.  I bet he'll warm up once he starts getting some candy though.

In other news, we started digging up the dahlias this week. 

Brian driving the tractor with the digger behind.

After the tubers are dug, they need to be washed - a wet, often very cold job.  Here's the dahlia lady herself, hard at work.

There is a tent set up with stations for up to six people to be washing at the same time.  I have always managed to be very pregnant or to have a newborn when we've visited at digging time, and so I've always gotten out of this job...

...but I'm not off the hook entirely.  I've been working at the much drier and easier job of sorting the washed tubers into their respective boxes (over 200 varieties!) in the barn where they will spend the winter.

And what do the boys do while we are working?  They put on their boots and get muddy of course!  Greg had a blast following behind the tractor and gathering up all of the worms that we turned up.  Caleb dutifully followed Greg around and copied whatever he did.

For the last week or two Greg has been collecting "raskol bugs" in this jar.  His favorite pastime has been to go down to where the dahlias are planted and to search for these little beetles.  He's caught well over a hundred.  I stopped counting.  I made him empty out his jar one day because it was so full I couldn't put any new bugs in without five escaping.  He took his empty jar out to the flowers and promptly caught 25 more.

A "raskol bug" in it's native environment.

Brian has been spending almost every spare hour out in the shop trying to fix up his parents' flatbed truck.  It has been a frustrating project and has taken much longer than he suspected.  He says he'll finish today.  Hopefully!

Daddy invited the boys and I to come with him on an early-morning run to the parts store in town.  Surprise! - it happens to be next to the local doughnut shop.  The boys were very happy with their breakfast treat.

We had one of those "oh yeah, we have third-culture kids" moments when we realized that neither of our boys had any clue what the  little cardboard milk carton contained or how to go about opening and drinking it.

 Still waiting on baby Frey.  Here's a pic of me this morning at 39 weeks.  I feel tired and very, well, stretched out, but otherwise fine.   Maybe some news for you all next week?  We shall shall see!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Photo Fridays: Week 55

It's been a fairly quiet and wet week here in Oregon.  Here are a few photos for you:

Rainy days keep us inside more, but at least Grandma had these fun hats for the boys to play with.  Caleb loves taking them off and on.

He makes us wear them too.  There is one hat that looks like the Cat in the Hat's hat, but orange.  Someone always has to wear that one when we read the book.

Sunday was actually lovely weather, and we enjoyed a cider-pressing party with the church.

 A nice seat Greg and I discovered one day while exploring a park in Salem.

 Sometimes you just can't let the rain stop you from playing outside!

 This book was one of Greg's favorites last time we visited Oregon - now Caleb loves it too.  (Thanks Great-grandma Simmons!)

 I miss seeing this in Papua New Guinea.

Until next week...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Photo Fridays: Week 54

A lot of photos for you this week - it's been a busy one.  No photos of the practical things we've been doing, such as doctors appointments, touring the hospital birth center, and sorting out paperwork and things that have been piling up.  No - we just took photos of the fun stuff. 

Another birthday party for these guys?  The Oregon family wanted to have a party for Caleb and Brian as well.  It was a good time with some family we haven't seen in quite a while.  Caleb is now so used to having leftover cake in the house (from birthdays and weddings) that he will request "just cake" for lunch.

Greg loves being a help around the farm.  Here he is moving irrigation pipe with Grandma.  He has also been very "helpful" in the dahlia field and in the garden.

We spent a lot of time at the coast this week.  On Saturday we went crabbing at Netarts.  we had heard rumor that the crabbing was awesome... wasn't.  At first our pots were pretty full, but unfortunately none of the them were big enough to be keepers.  Our daily total: Zero crabs.

We had uncle Tim along to help us.

Greg still enjoyed riding around in the boat.  His official job was to measure any crabs we thought might be big enough.  (He wasn't very busy).

Caleb was a little less impressed with the whole process.  (He was more concerned with picking all the M&M's and pretzels out of the bowl of trail mix you see behind him there.)

As you can see, it didn't take Brian long to find some engines to work on.  He helped his brother with his truck, and has a few more projects in mind.

Caleb was happy to find that his legs are long enough to ride grandpa's old tricycle, unlike the bigger one we have in PNG.

Brian and I were able to take a trip to the northern Oregon coast without the kids for two nights.  I had never been north of Tillamook, and Brian has always been talking about places up near Astoria that he wanted to show me.  We got a hotel on the beach in Seaside, and spent time exploring the surrounding area.

Lunch at Camp 18, a restaurant dedicated to the history of the logging industry in the Pacific Northwest.  Lots of antique logging equipment and old photos to look at.  (No wonder Brian has been talking about this place ever since I met him...) 

 Pretty fall color.

Canon Beach.  The weather was amazingly good for the typically rainy northern coast.

A replica of Fort Clatsop - the camp where the Lewis and Clark expedition spent a miserable, wet winter after finally reaching the Pacific.  Growing up in Colorado, we learned about Lewis and Clark, but it was never a huge deal (because they skipped Colorado on their journey!!!).  After marrying an Oregonian, I learned that  Lewis and Clark is a BIG deal up here  (and the whole Oregon Trail thing too... go figure!).

We did get caught out in the rain while walking through the National Park, but Oregon sure is pretty, even when it's all wet.

 The Astoria Column - again, surprisingly great weather!  Sorry the photo of me is so small - but it should still be obvious that we're about ready to welcome baby Frey.  Three weeks to go!