Monthly Archives: June 2008


  • 04:53 up for 4th diaper change in 2 hours. yay, new parenthood? #

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more baby video

I have posted another montage of baby Ben adorableness behind the cut.

We don’t have a video of it, but he actually does this thing where he sounds like he’s complaining just before he breaks into wails. The tone sounds like he’s saying “and then…and then….and then…”, like he’s a small child telling us all about his complaints, about to break into crying. I’m sure if he could talk it would be more like, “and then I got too hot…and then I had gas…and then you people couldn’t understand me when I tried to tell you what was wrong.”

Anyways, we compiled a few video clips into a montage, which is, as mentioned, behind the cut. More enroute, because we have grandparents to deliver these things to.
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baby photos

I am working on distributing all the photos of baby Benjamin’s first few days through all possible online channels. Many of you have already seen the photos on Facebook, but I have also posted them to Flickr, and made a montage for distribution to TiVOs, YouTube and Facebook through

Here’s the Flickr album:

And here is the montage behind the cut (with Ulrich Schnauss background music):
montage of photos


  • 09:28 hoping for baby in next few hours. OMG epidural is awesome. #
  • 15:26 just gave birth to a 9lb baby boy at 2:26pm PST. #

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  • 15:53 is having labour induced tonight at midnight – baby here tomorrow!! #

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two and a half hours until life changes

I went to the obstetrician today for a routine visit. It’s two days before my due date, and I was hoping she’d tell me I was well on my way. I actually am – I’m 2cm dilated and clearly getting ready to have the baby. And if I was having a normal size baby, the doctor would probably let me wait it out.

However, it’s pretty obvious that I’ve grown even in the ten days since my last appointment. So my doctor sent me to ultrasound, where the baby was scanned again to check an estimated weight and be sure that he’s padded by enough amniotic fluid. He’s just fine in there, but the estimated weight came back at…

[ drum roll ]


Because he’s gaining a half pound a week in there, the doctor recommended I have labor induced this week, to ensure that I have the best possible chance of delivering vaginally. I do not want a ten pound baby that may have to be removed via C-section, so I’m all for this plan. Also, I just want this guy out. He’s heavy. It hurts my lower abdominals when I move around too much, to the point where, if I’m on my feet a lot during the day, it hurts to roll over at night. He settles in an uncomfortable way when I stand up. I’m not waddling or anything, because I’m five-ten with a wide pelvis, but this baby is starting to cause pain. Time for him to get out, so I can actually put hm down.

I was still kind of shocked that labor would be induced. And so I went home, and took a nap until the scheduling lady could book me in at Cedars for induction. I got the call a little after 3pm: a slot was available at midnight tonight. And so, in two and a half hours, I will be at labor and delivery at Cedars-Sinai, getting shot up with Pitocin to induce this guy out.

Hopefully, once it starts, it’ll go fast. At least, that’s what I’m praying for right now. But now I’m looking at less than twenty-four hours until Paul and I actually have a son. By this time tomorrow, I will have added “mother” to my identity, and it’s only slightly less of a mindfuck to adjust to now than it was six months ago.

Of course, I can’t wait to meet this small person who will be such a part of our lives. This is the baby that came out of how much my husband and I truly love each other. This is the son who will always be part of us, and of the little family unit we created. But as much as I am going to love him, it is still a bit frightening, right now, with two and a half hours to go.

I’d better go make sure everything is ready – it’s time to get this baby out!


  • 10:09 is working the last day before maternity leave. it’s like the last day of school! #

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