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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Passport Photos

Chances are that, unless you live abroad with your off-spring, you probably haven't had the pleasure of getting your newborn baby a passport. You likely aren't that crazy (i.e. stupid) to plan international travel with a new baby if you don't live abroad anyway. However, if you live abroad, you must get your baby a passport within 42 days of his/her birth. Otherwise he/she will be stateless. And illegal, for that matter. The former just sounds scary and the latter comes with a possible $2000 fine and/or 6-months jail time (for you or the baby? Because if you have a colicky one, you may just send them along for a few months reprieve). Also terrifying, without a passport your child will be unable to travel across boarders. So in the unlikely event that the US Embassy needs to evacuate you suddenly or in the more likely event that you are dying to soak up some rays while laying on a white sandy beach and drinking mai tais, you would not want to be in the predicament of having one of your children ineligible for travel.

Now there are rules to everyone's passport photo, which you may or may not be aware of. For example, these rules include:
  • 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. 
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
These are pretty simple rules for anyone over a couple years of age. However, applying the "full-face view directly facing the camera" with "both eyes open" to a newborn photo is.....challenging, to say the least. Like, labor might be faster and less painful than getting this done. It is also mentioned that for newborns, neither your hands nor their hands can be in the picture. Which is tricky because you are trying to hold their head straight and they are twitching their arms all over. Also because newborns sleep for 80% of the day. Of their awake time, 80% of that is at some ungodly hour of the night during which the only thing you are doing is trying to coax them back to sleep. That leaves about 15 minutes of daytime when your baby is awake and you are willing to wield a camera in attempt of a photo that meets the above criteria. 

Now I had booked my appointment at the US embassy for Nate's passport application to allow myself a full week to get a good photo. For me, I chose to attempt this challenge every day post-bath so Nate is awake and alert. There are usually at least a few minutes where he is satisfied and looking around, before he becomes so content that he falls asleep or becomes so starving that he is screaming for food. However, after day 6 of repeated photo failures, I had to cancel that embassy appointment and rebook for a week later. Considering that Nate spent 11 days in the hospital and it takes two weeks to obtain a new passport, we were getting dangerously close to our 42 day limit immigration buffer period. Yet still, most of our photo shoots ended up something like this:

Not looking at camera, hands in photo
Not looking directly at camera
looking at camera but moving, head probably too small
Top of head cut off, not looking at camera

Finally, 2 days before our second Embassy appointment, I got a picture that I was pretty sure would work. I spent large portions of that day patting myself on the back at my success. Eyes open: check! Head facing forward: check! No hands: check! White boarder all around head: check! So you can imagine my consternation when I proudly showed it to Regis and he was like, 'We can't use that photo!' 
Me: What? Why not?
Regis: He looks like he had a rough night at a frat party the night before! Look at that hair and that baby acne and the hoodie?!  Also he has more chins than a chinese phonebook! (This is one of my husband's favorite jokes....You see what I put up with on a regular basis?)
At which point I promptly told him where he could shove it. 
Just kidding. I told him that I would love to have him submit some alternate photos and we could choose the best one. We went with my photo, shown below. Because there were no alternate photos. Nate will just have to spend the next 5 years looking like a party animal frat boy. We'll be sure to save it to compare to the photo he takes in his college years.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Stage Fright

This past Friday, Adrienne had her end-of-the-year party at her school. This was celebrated by a pot-luck reception with the parents, where the kids perform a song and dance and receive their certificates of completion. Regis and I were both a little bit excited to see Adrienne with her class because 1. She is a bit of a ham on a day-to-day basis and 2. We could see her 'practicing' songs and dances from school and wanted to know what these were. So when the big day arrived, the teachers escorted the parents to chairs on one half of the room facing the kid's chairs on the other side of the room. Adrienne was only separated from us for mere moments before you could see the stage fright kicking in. I can't hardly blame her for being nervous considering what the parent's side of the room must have looked like. I mean, there were more cameras and flashes going off  and people shouting 'Hey (insert child's name here), look over here!' than at a live news conference. It must be intimidating to stare into that wall of lenses and frantically waving, attention seeking parents. Needless to say, Adrienne didn't even so much as flub her performance as she did outright fail. There were some tears and a mad dash to daddy's arms and that was the end of it. The more Regis encouraged her to join her classmates, the louder she cried and harder she hugged on to him. Not to worry, however, because Adrienne made a swift recovery once the announcement came that we could hit the food table. At this point, she promptly ditched us and found other non-suspecting adults that are much easier to persuade using her big-blue-eyed coy-faced request for "More cookies, please?" We did manage to get one photo of Adrienne and her class-mates. I am definitely thinking this is one for the photo albums, no?

Thursday, 24 November 2011


Seeing as I am in a bit of a turkey coma, I will keep this post brief. This Thanksgiving, I am very grateful for having these three in my life, even if they do drive me a little crazy by never opening their eyes for photos...

I am extra thankful this year for my daughter, who turned 2 this thanksgiving. She has a big personality, an even bigger heart, and makes me laugh every day. I believe she thought that the Thanksgiving dinner we went to was in honor of her birthday and she likely ate her weight in dessert today. So definitely her best birthday yet!

Finally, we are thankful for all the wonderful people in our lives and hope you have a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

In the line of fire

I find that I get the most interesting questions being a mommy here in Singapore. Granted I haven't been a mommy in the USA, so maybe these are typical questions every mommy gets while going about their business. I'll let you decide:

The first question, which I think I have mentioned before, is almost always the ice-breaker to conversation when someone approaches you and your baby: Girl/Boy? Now, actually, I don't mind this question so much when babies are like Nate's age. It is hard to tell if newborn babies are girls or boys by their looks. Actually, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that it's a legitimate question for the first 6 months of a baby's life. It IS embarrassing to get stuck in that, 'Oh, my, what a beautiful girl!' and have the parent's respond, 'He's a boy.' But really, after 6 months or so, most babies seem to take on observable gender-defining qualities. When in doubt, take 5-10 seconds to consider the clothing baby-in-question is wearing. You should probably be able to figure it out. People still ask me if Adrienne is a girl or a boy and she is an adorable and girlish 2 years old. However, maybe there is something genuine (although stupid) to this question from the person asking. I was actually out at the park today with both Adrienne and Nate when some Auntie stopped to ask if Nate was a boy or a girl. I responded with 'He's a boy' and she replied, 'Oh, how nice that you have 2 boys!' while gesturing at Adrienne and Nate. And, unlike yesterday, Adrienne was wearing her own clothes (a purple butterfly shirt, in this instance) and not the future clothes of her little brother. It makes me wonder how two people can stare at the same thing and see it so differently....

Another question that I get frequently is, 'Are you breastfeeding/Is the baby breast-fed?' OK, yes, I do breastfeed my babies and I am not particularly shy about it. I think it is natural and healthy, and frankly I am WAY to lazy to have to organize sterile and temperature-appropriate bottles at all hours of the day. However, for some reason this seems like a bit of a personal question for strangers to be asking when they are looking at your baby. Whether you do or don't breastfeed your babies, you have reasons for your decision that you may not want to share with every stranger that you run into on the street. 

My absolute favorite question I got yesterday while poking around our building with the babes. An elderly auntie stopped us to look at Nate, then looked at Adrienne, and back at Nate. 'Same father?' She asks me skeptically, pointing back and forth between the two. Let me repeat it for emphasis: SAME FATHER?? What kind of question is that?? I was so caught off guard that I lamely replied with an 'Ahhh....Yeah'. But now I have thought of all the better and snarky ways I could have answered, like: Ya, I think so.... or Hmmm, I'm not really sure who either of their daddy's are.... Lets be clear about something: if breastfeeding hovers on the grey area of being too personal, certainly strangers inquiring of the paternal heritage of your children leaps across the line of appropriateness. 

Anyway, I was looking at old pictures and I really think there should be no question that these two babies are made from the same gene pools.  The first is a picture of Adrienne at around 4 weeks sitting on my lap. The second is Nate at the same age sitting on my lap. What do you think, see any similarities??

Friday, 18 November 2011

Love Bug

I swear, this guy can do this all day long. What a little love bug!!

Thursday, 17 November 2011


Adrienne is quite the cheeky one. We sort of knew she was going to be spirited all along, but it's really coming out now that she is more-fully developing her language. And, boy, does she love using certain words. Like 'NO!' for instance. She probably got this from her father, but she basically says 'NO!' to anything you think she should be doing. For example, the other day I was giving her a bath and saying,
Adrienne, can I soap your hair?  'NO!' Your arms? 'NO!' Your back? 'NO!' Your feet? 'NO!'
Seeing as this conversation was going nowhere quickly, I decided to change it up a little.
Adrienne, what's your favorite word? (thinking it would be 'NO!') And without missing a beat, she yells, 'ICE CREAM!'  Well, at least she is still actually listening at this point and she definitely gets that sentiment from her mother!

If 'Ice cream' is her favorite word, her second favorite word is something along the lines of 'Bubba'. We in the Covey household know that she means 'Peppa' (as in Peppa Pig). She wakes up asking for Peppa and proceeds to ask for her continuously at regular intervals throughout the day. No matter what you are doing, she has 'Bubba' in the back of her mind. Like we might take her swimming, and in the middle of splashing and frolicking in the water, it's 'Bubba? Bubba?'. I wonder if this is a question like, 'Remember that episode that Peppa went swimming?' (Of course I remember, I've seen it like 500 times!) or a question like 'Can we please leave the swimming pool immediately even though I am having a great time so I can watch an episode of Peppa?'. Anyway, when we watch Peppa Pig, I always warn Adrienne when it's the last episode in a weak attempt to avoid the inevitable meltdown that will follow. So I tell Adrienne, 'Ok, this is the LAST one. Only ONE more. (Holding up my finger here to demonstrate a ONE). ONE more.... Adrienne, how many more are we going to watch?' Then she'll look up at me with her big blue eyes and reply cheekily, 'TWO!!'. 

Speaking of two, Adrienne's second birthday is next week. Thanksgiving day, to be exact. I've been trying to teach her how to hold up 2 fingers for her second birthday. She can do this with help, but if you ask her unassisted, she will always hold up 3 fingers. And not the first 3 fingers but the A-OK hand symbol (you know, pinkie, ring, middle fingers up, pointer and thumb in O shape). So, our little cheeky monkey, I guess you'll just have to verbalize the "TWO!" and that will have to be A-OK for us.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Bad design makes bad neighbors

Apartment living is interesting in so many ways. I sort of thought by now I would be beyond apartment living. Although, I also never thought I would be living in Singapore. Plus I don't have a spare 8-10K a month that it would cost me to live in a house around here. So apartment living it is. Which is not all bad, really. For example, we get security at the entrance to our building, the availability without maintenance of a pool, no grass to mow... We also lucked out and got a top floor apartment, which means you can't have crazy loud neighbors pounding around over-head (I sort of suspect WE might be those neighbors to the floor below us). But the architectural design of our building is...unusual. For example, the designer's managed to create a building where 90% of the apartments get full-on afternoon sun blaring into their apartment. Have I mentioned it's hot here? Every. Single. Day. I guess the joke is on us since we moved into the building called SUN Plaza.

Another fun design about our particular unit is that our bedroom windows look directly onto the patio of the floor below us. Which is interesting because you could be changing into your pajamas and they could be having a dinner party on the patio and all of a sudden they have new party entertainment. This is hypothetical; it has NEVER happened. Seriously. But only because they are not the dinner-party-throwing type. Curtains can be utilized to avoid the Peeping Tom affect, but keeping your curtains closed all day is a little too hermit-esk for us. So as an additional measure, we thought it would be nice to plant some trees in the bays outside our window. That way our windows are sort of covered and we can open the curtains to enjoy the daylight. Being in Asia and because they are so eco-friendly, we opted for bamboo trees to fill the space. They look quiet lovely, right?

A few weeks after planting the bamboo trees, we had a visit from our downstairs neighbor who was complaining that large amounts of leaves were being shed onto his patio. Would we mind getting rid of the trees and replacing them with something else? A few points to remind you of before you think we are terrible neighbors. 1. We had just invested a not-insignificant monetary amount to buy our trees 2. We had also invested some time and energy in planting and caring for the trees and 3. We really liked the way they looked outside our window. But not wanting to be completely disagreeable, we offered to move the trees so long as our neighbor would buy us replacement plants of equal value. This offer was met with a scowl and a huff and a rapid retreat back to his apartment. A few weeks later, our neighbor returned for a similar conversation. To which he gave the same complaints and we gave him the same offer of moving the plants if he bought replacement trees for us. We thought the issue was likely over  once he again refused to pay for replacement plants. 

However, not too long after that second conversation, we started hearing loud construction and drilling outside our bedroom window. We started to peek down at what was going on with curiosity. Is he building a roof for this patio? Sure enough, up went an awning that covered from our bedroom windows to about mid-way over his patio. I guess an alternate solution to us getting rid of the trees is for him to cover the patio. As is turned out, the awning did little for relieving the falling-leaf-on-patio problem. The leaves would drop onto the awning until the slightest breeze would come up, at which point they would be blown off onto the second half of his patio. Truthfully we thought very little about this as it was occurring since it wasn't really a problem for us. We did get the general feeling that he didn't like us, because occasionally we would end up on the same elevator and he would either give us a death-glare or just pretend we didn't exist. But, given what I know now, I sort of imagine these leaves driving our neighbor mad. You know, like, he walks out to his patio and a shedding leaf floats down into his unkept hair and he nearly goes apoplectic. Or the sound of walking on dry leaves during his evening smoke break makes him want to burn his ears off. This sort of crazy.

I say this because, after several years, he has finally enacted his revenge. This first started the week that we brought Nate home. We noticed construction noises and loud drilling. From around noonish until 3 pm. Which happens to directly span our daughter's naptime. Such that during our most fragile transition to a family of four and extreme lack of sleep, our daughter was unable to take her much-need nap and we were unable to have the couple hours of daytime reprieve. You may think this is a coincidence but I tell you that working from noon-3pm is the WORST time to work in Singapore and most construction halts for siesta. Point 1 for neighbor. Then, when we saw what he was building, we were even more appalled. He was adding an extention to the previous awning so that there are no cracks over his patio for the much loathed leaves to fall through. But instead of starting completely over and doing a nice roof, he just threw together the second half complete with different materials and color. So the upshot is a very unsightly, ghetto-looking awning that we stare down on from our bedroom window. Point 2 for neighbor. And finally, the added twist to the revenge plot we didn't discover until the next rainstorm. Rain hitting that new awning is loud. Really loud. It sounds like a thousand tin drums playing outside our window. What an evil genius! Point 3 for neighbor.

Finally, I would just like to say that, although we are losing this battle at the moment, we may get the last laugh after all. Which is, of course, that we are mere renters and will hopefully be leaving in the not too distant future. The trees will probably go with our departing, but he will be stuck with a mis-matched covering that can't be any quieter from the other side of the awning. 

Monday, 14 November 2011

Newborn activity

Having your first baby is such an amazing and overwhelming experience. You have no idea what to expect. You spend hours reading everything you can about babies, what to expect from your baby, what type of parenting model to follow. However even after all of that, you have NO IDEA what you are getting yourself into. So of course by the time your second one is coming, you do actually have an idea of what is coming. You are a seasoned parent and can take this in stride! Right? For us, we are a mere 23 months out from doing our first round of newborn duty...and I can't believe all the things I had forgotten about newborns.  For example: Newborns eat ALOT. Maybe you just don't notice as much with your firstborn, since you have only one job in the world to do which is to feed that baby. But it seems that every time Nate open's his eyes, he's looking for his next meal. Of course, as a consequence of this massive intake, they also poop alot. I mean, ALOT. I swear we went through 2 packs of diapers and a whole container of wipes in 3 days. Plus all of the spitting up that they do! For something so small in size and who does so little in activity, there is a whole lot going into and coming out of these babies. I also forgot one of the best parts about having a newborn: how squishy-cuddly they are. This snuggly time is my favorite! They don't do this for long, so its absolutely imperative to make time to enjoy it between all the feeds and diaper changes, even if it does come with a little spit up or two. 

Thursday, 10 November 2011

We may be THOSE parents

Today marks Nate's 3 week birthday. Thankfully the second half of those 3 weeks since Nate has been home have gone much faster than the stressful first half. However, now that we should be second-time seasoned pros, we are more like acutely concerned, hyper-aware, bordering-on-paranoia first-time parents. Poor Nate yawns and stretches and this elicits a 5-minute scrutiny and discussion of said behavior, followed by rapid google-searching about whether this is normal for a newborn or not. We sort of have one eye constantly glued to his chest for confirmation of movement. Regis was wondering if we can rent an oxygen saturation monitor from the hospital. If he knew what they were called or how to properly use one, I suspect he would be already scourging ebay to see if we could pick one up. This has all been amplified by the fact that I have had time to google search things about Nate's birth condition. Severe Infant Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Did you know that this is the #1 cause of infant mortality in first world countries?! Thank God, another small miracle, I wasn't doing these investigations while Nate was at the hospital. 

Needless to say, nights are the worst. You know, because we are supposed to be sleeping. And if we are sleeping, who is making sure the baby is breathing? Between feedings, my own paranoia, and being awoken by my husband's crazies, our sleep is disjointed and infrequent. After 7 nights of this, we finally gave in to the paranoia. We woke a few mornings ago and I started asking, Was it just me or was Nate grunting a lot last night? And does he look kind of red? Has he always been this red? Does his tummy seem swollen? I think it looks sort of swollen and hard feeling, do you? And what about his boy-parts, is this the way they're supposed to look? This went on and on for about 10 minutes before I declared, that's it, we are going to the doctor's now. So we packed up (and by packed, I mean we put on shoes) and headed straight for our local pediatrician's office.

Upon arriving, we found the waiting room unusually packed with what I was assuming were bacterial and viral ridden children. (The type, I'm pretty sure, who do not cover their mouth when they cough). So we hovered outside, mentally calculating the risk of sitting in the waiting room versus having the doctor check out Nate's supposed redness and swollen-ness. But we did finally brave the waiting room, see the doctor, and sheepishly explain to him the reasons we were there that morning. Maybe it was the florescent light in the doctor's office or the dose of fresh air on the way there, but it didn't seem like Nate looked very red anymore. And certainly his tummy didn't look very swollen any more. And his boy parts are "Perfect" according to the pediatrician. We looked like even better parents when Nate demonstrated how to use his perfect boy parts all over the examination table and his clothes, and only then did we realize it would have been wise to pack a change of diaper and clothes. Yes, doctor, we are very worried about our son's health and well-being. Honey, would you mind putting that urine-soaked onsie back on our baby so we can go outside and bury our heads in the sand? Great. Well, a mere $60 later, we walked out with a clean bill of health, the reassurance that our guy is doing well, and some peace of mind. I'm sure the pediatrician's office was high-fiving each other and seeing dollar signs when we left. Because we exhibiting signs of becoming THOSE parents.

You know THOSE parents. The ones who bring their child in at the first sign of a sniffle. The ones who pack back-up bottles of hand sanitizer in every spare pocket of their baby gear. The ones who lysol spray the air in the room around their child. The ones who glare at you if your germ-infested child steps too close. The ones who let you look at their baby (but don't touch!) so long as you stand a safe distance away. The ones who, if they could, would put their boy in a bubble.

Which reminds me of the Paul Simon song....that I am now singing to Nate: These are the days of miracle and wonder, and don't cry, baby, don't cry, don't cry.

And some photos of our little wonder:

Monday, 7 November 2011

Adrienne's New Do

Lets just say Adrienne has always been a 'minimalist' when it comes to hair styles. This is likely due to some genetic trait that she got from her mother, who pulls her own hair back into some lazy version of a pony tail 98% of the time and who considers 'styling' her hair to consist of blowing drying it completely. I have these illusions of being a mother who would put cute braids and ponytails and accessories into my daughter's hair if she would allow it, although its probably best for both of us that she doesn't tolerate these things anyway. Truthfully, we are just lucky if we can get a brush through her hair once in awhile. As such her hair is usually some wiley version of scattered curls (not unlike the following photo). 

Being that is it hot in this country 365 days a year, I don't know how Adrienne can stand all that sweaty hair sticking to her neck. In my opinion, there are only 2 hair-styles that work here: Short or Ponytail Length. Since I am her mother and she lacks the autonomy to veto this decision (or rather, she didn't really know what we were doing and was promised candy along the way), I opted to take Adrienne for a haircut. We used the salon in our building. The suckers have a $10 haircut for children. I'm pretty sure they didn't mean 2-yr olds when they advertised this because this has to be far more work than an adult haircut. This poor guy got a 45 minute aerobic workout cutting Adrienne's hair--and all the while with a smile. We made sure to give him a good tip so he doesn't hide the next time we come strolling into the salon. 

Adrienne did pretty good during the whole haircutting process. I was a little sad to see some of the curls go--I'm not sure where she got them from nor how long they will last...But check out the final product. Super cute, right?!  OK, and that outfit was completely the little fashionist's choice. Stars for the dress, Peppa Pig wellies, and her purse. Seriously, when did she get so big, I ask you?! 

Friday, 4 November 2011

I smell like vomit and have had 3 hours of sleep

In the past 24 hours, I have been spit up on countless times by Nate, who manages to spit up at regular intervals during the day and all through the night. The second I change his clothes, he spits up again. We are trying to have burp cloths every where, but he seems to manage to turn his head from the burp cloth at the very last second. I get tired of changing my shirt more than 3 times a day, and as such am smelling a bit like sour milk by the end of the day. Which was enhanced yesterday by my daughter, who projectile vomited her lunch onto my shorts. She has never once vomited in the 23 months since she was born. Nor has she ever presented with rashes (which thankfully were not chicken pox but more likely some sort of hives). We think these might be an alergic reaction to her new brother? And, in what I can assume was an effort of both of them to get attention, Nate was awake from 2-5 am last night and the second that I got him asleep, Adrienne woke up for some pre-dawn 1-on-1 time with mommy. So needless to say, I was feeling a little cranky. But then I came into this scene: really, smelling like vomit and having only 3 hours of sleep is such a small price to pay to have these 3 adorable faces to wake up with. Besides, nothing that a shower and some strong coffee can't fix, right?!   

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Heartfelt Thank-you

I just wanted to write this post as a heartfelt 'Thank-you' to all of you who have been thinking of and praying for us and baby Nate during the time he was in the NICU. It was an extremely long, stressful, and scary 11 days for us, especially at the beginning of it as things were progressively getting worse. On top of that, trying to keep your mind in a good place through the post-partum hormone drop is a challenge in and of itself. However, I truly believe that it was through a series of small miracles that resulted in getting Nate to the right care at the right time. No doubt thanks to all of you and your prayers. We also got so many messages and emails of support. I am sure I will be unable to find the words to tell you what that meant to us to know that so many people were thinking of us and praying for us. I did not have a chance to answer every message, but please know that I did read and greatly appreciate every one of them. The distance between Singapore and our families in the USA has always been hard.  I know it was particularly hard for our families being so far away and feeling like they couldn't help during this time. But rest assured that just knowing you were there for us was in fact a huge help for us. I also want to say a very special thank-you to our Singapore friends, who checked in with calls and messages, took us to lunch, entertained our daughter, lent a listening ear, brought us treats, and gave us advice. I feel both humbled and extremely blessed to have found such amazing friends in a world so far away from home. Additionally, I know a lot of you mom's went through similar things with your babies and some of you even had longer and scarier times away from your babies. My heart goes out to anyone who went or will have to go through these things. I did take comfort knowing that this too will pass and, like you all have done, we will be stronger for it. Finally, a big thank-you to my wonderful husband. It is easy to get along during the good times, but there is no one I would rather have by my side during the hard times.

Sleepy cuddle bug! Don't believe the nurses, he is a  very quiet and sweet guy.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011


Good news! After a long 11 days, Nate was given a clean bill of health and released from the care of the hospital into our excited and nervous arms. We have been hopefully anticipating this day for not only the past 11 days, but really for 9 months now. We missed not having Nate around, just showing how much of a part of the family he had already become despite the fact that he hasn't been home ex vivo until now. I found myself often telling Regis how much I missed my belly during those days that Nate was away, knowing full well that it wasn't really my belly that I was missing. The nerves started to kick in last night after we realized that it was our last night before we had a newborn and a 23-month old in the house. We were trying to do all the things that we are afraid we aren't going to be able to do for the next several months. You know, personal hygeine things like shower, shave my legs, pluck my eyebrows....sleep! Remember this when you don't see a picture of me posted herein until Nate is six months years old. Besides, the nurses have been telling me for days what a loud and strong boy Nate is. They claim he cries all night, demanding food and attention. I tell them Nate sounds like just like his daddy. Truthfully, I'm not sure I believe them because he is always so quiet and sweet when I am there, but they claim he just pipes down whenever I come around. I guess we are about to find out...

We had been telling Adrienne all day yesterday that baby Nate was coming home today. She remembered this too, because when I asked her what day it was this morning, she answered, "Baby Day!". So when Adrienne's school called this morning and asked us to pick her up because she has rashes on her body (a phone call we received while waiting at the hospital for Nate's release), you can imagine our concern. Both Adrienne's and Nate's doctors recommended trying to keep them separated for a few days. Obviously neither of them lives with a 23-month old in a 3 bedroom apartment. We managed to sneak Nate in during Adrienne's naptime. It took her approximately 17 minutes to discover Nate after her nap.  You can imagine her surprise, however, to discover a baby on Mommy and Daddy's bed. She was pretty excited! She wanted to show him her toys and share her granola bar and give 'hugs!'. So at the moment we are spraying her down with instant hand-sanitizer, trying to prevent her from touching Nate, and praying that it's not chicken pox!!

Other than that, the day has been wonderful. It has taken me approximately 4 hours plus 1 mommy-baby cuddly nap to two-finger type this post. You'll have to excuse the spelling and grammer errors--I have a snuggly baby boy in my arms that I just can't put down!