Thursday, July 31, 2008


Here's something we used to enjoy...sleeping. Actually, we're pretty fortunate because Jake seems to enjoy it as well...just for much shorter intervals than we're used to. He appears to try to stave of sleep with everything he's got (even when tightly swaddled) as evidenced in the short video below. Truth be told, he could be waking up here, rather than falling asleep, but mainly we just wanted to share how cute his little facial expressions can be.

He'll probably sleep pretty well today since he endured the awful "heel stick" business at the pediatrician's. But Dr. Pete said that little JD is looking good and can continue to live with us rather than go to a foster home. So all in all, a good day.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Jake's fan club and paparazzi

Well, Jake has quite a fan club. To be fair, the main contributors to his fan club are his parents and grandparents, but we are really big fans.
Here are a few shots from Jake's first week home (he'll be a week old tonight).

Luther standing guard

Mom and Jake

Dad and Jake

Grandpa and Jake

Grandma and Jake

Jake's first walk (don't worry, we'll strap him in!)

The Whitmans and Jake (thanks so much for stopping by and for the sweet gifts, guys!)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Introducing Jacob Douglas!

Jacob Douglas has arrived!!! Although we don't have all of our pictures up yet, we're hoping to finish them tomorrow. His story is documented by his father.

Amy woke up at around 5am on Saturday morning with some minor contractions...fortunately she didn't wake Kevin up until 8am.
Amy did a great job focusing on her breathing and reducing the pain while Kevin wrote down the time she was having her contractions. Amy's biggest concern was that these were 'fake' contractions and that if we went to the hospital she would be sent home :(
Here is Amy before we went to the hospital. Obviously this picture was taken in between contractions.
We arrived at the hospital around 12:30pm on Saturday afternoon and were admitted pretty quickly. The room was very spacious and comfortable. Amy did a great job in handling the contractions until 3:30pm when they just were out of control. Kevin was told to 'keep his distance' and was smart enough to stay out of her reach. His jokes were met with sharp dagger eyes and he was amazed at how his wife had transformed into some jungle beast. For the sake of humanity (and Kevin's fear for his own life) there are no pictures recalling this horrible, horrible time...
Fortunately, there is such a thing called an epidural. Amy took the epidural at 3:30'ish and quickly turned back into the wonderful woman Kevin married. Magic! Seriously, over and over Amy commented on how great it was and was very thankful it existed. Below is a picture of Amy after she got the wonderful needle o' fun!
Shortly after that, Grandmom and Grandpop arrived from Langhorne Manor (go Eagles!) despite the treacherous and construction-ridden I-95. We were very excited to see them as it really was good to have their support! Thanks Mom and Dad!
At 7:30pm more wonderful family support arrived, only this time it was our Ohio family, Grandma and Grandpa from Mentor (go Browns!). They were able to stop and let Luther out on their way! Thanks! Even if there were no baby to be born, one thing was for sure - the grandparents were going to have a great time anyway!

Now that everyone had arrived, it was time to get the show on the road! At 9:45pm Amy started to push. While we watched King Kong on TV.
1 and 1/2 hours later, at 11:13pm, a beautiful baby boy was born!!!
We had originally agreed that if we had a boy we would name him 'Jacob Douglas.' We like the name Jacob and stole the Douglas from Kevin's brother Brian's middle name. If Jacob had come out as a girl, we weren't sure if we were going to make the poor girl suffer through life being called 'Jacob' or go with something else (Jillian, Jenna, Grace, Megan, etc.).
Sunday started with a great time because the grandparents were all there to see their beautiful grandson!And much to our surprise, the fun was just beginning! Jim and Lorraine (let's go Penn State!) stopped by to see Jake and brought wonderful gifts for him, too! In fact, we were most excited to have some 'boy' clothes for the baby (in addition to all of the green stuff we have)! Thanks Jim and Lorraine!
Next we were surprised by a visit from Glen, who was generous in giving Jake his first Teddy Bear in real life! Thanks Glen! The night of visitors rounded out with a dinner from Noodles with Grandma and Grandpa McHenry (Grandom and Pop Pop Vile had already returned to Philly). Amy and Kevin both stayed at the hospital and were able to spend time with wonderful Jacob on several occassions (11pm, 2am, 5am, 8am) - we were thrilled to see our little JD each time! And when we say we both stayed...we mean that Kevin even had his own bed...seriously!!! The next day Jacob was ready to leave the self-contained baby community known as Howard County General Hospital and get ready to venture into the real world, where he hopes to see ALL OF YOU SOON!

Pictures from Jake's transition into life at home coming soon...whenever we can get him to stop crying for a minute or two...!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

From poppy seed to pumpkin...

Today, we've officially achieved Pumpkin.

Meaning that the baby has graduated from watermelon size, to pumpkin size. At least according to one popular website.
And we've also achieved seeing the "you have 0 days to go" mark from another popular website.
But when will this Panda arrive? It's still anyone's guess.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Getting ready to be a big brother

Luther is gearing up for his responsibilities as big brother. He has been testing out a few of the baby's toys, he has been waking us up in the middle of the night (barking, moving around in bed, etc), and seems to enjoy the music that the Pack and Play emits. I think we might try swaddling him tonight, just to see how it goes.
Anyway, since our pictures in the near future will likely be of the baby more than anything else, here are a few of Luther's best shots (as Tyra Banks of America's Next Top Model would say). We love him like he's our baby and welcome any ideas/success stories for making his transition into big brotherhood a good one.
Oh...and we would have posted all about how great our 4th of July was, but we didn't do anything. At all. We planned to go see the Baltimore Symphony at a local park, but every evening of this weekend got rained out. So instead we watched Dan in Real Life and Charlie Wilson's War. We also weeded the yard and spent a lot of time at the Home Depot. Kevin's new workbench is well underway and is looking fantastic! Pictures will be posted when Kevin (aka Bob Vila) finally feels that the garage is presentable.