Sunday, December 31, 2006

Bath and Brad

Anne's first bath, with Grandma. The poor thing is wearing a "thank heaven for little boys" towel!

Brad's consolation prize (as in, sorry we won't be spending any more time with you now that you have a sister) was a train set that I knew he would love. I gave it to him this morning and he spent the entire day playing with it. I've never seen him concentrate so hard on one thing for so long. It's the best investment I've made in a long time!

Yet more pictures...

Brad is just fascinated with "Baby Anne." He gets upset when he's not allowed to hold Anne or when she has to take a nap. He loves to point out all of her parts: "nose" "eye" "hair." And he likes to give her kisses because he gets lots of applause from us when he does.

Friday, December 29, 2006

She's here!!

Just a quick post (yes, I'm writing this from my hospital bed using wireless internet!) to let you know that Barbara Anne Baker has arrived. Anne was born at 2:52pm on 12/28/06 via emergency c-section after almost 24 hours of labor. She weighed in at 9 pounds even and is 20.4 inches long.

Daddy and Anne just after her birth.

Doug and his daughter.

Grandma Ludovici with Anne.

Brad says "I hold" and squeezes Anne.

Kisses for Anne.

Brad wants to put Anne on the floor to play, but mean Grandma and Grandpa say no.

Big brother, little sister.

Grandma, Grandpa, Brad, and Anne.

Grandma reads to Brad.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


I have finally been given an induction date of December 27th, one week from today. You would not believe what I went through to get scheduled, even though three different doctors told me it would be "no problem" to schedule me for the 26th. And apparently the hospital schedules seven inductions but only actually does four--I'll get a call the day before letting me know if I've made the cut! Oh well--at this point, I'm just grateful to be scheduled, though I'm still hoping to go into labor on my own.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Waiting for Godot

Carseats professionally installed...check
Prepared dinners in freezer...check
Work projects finished (new 401(k) set up; FSA plan in place)...check
Oil changed in Nissan...check
Chrysler registered and titled...check
Baby book bought and ready for hospital footprints...check
Bag packed...check

Ever since the doctor practically promised me on Tuesday that she'd see me in the hospital imminently, I've been on pins and needles, pointlessly, as it turns out, since you can see it's Saturday and I'm still here posting blog entries.

Where is this child?!

The best thing that's all done is Doug's classes at Johns Hopkins. He finished his last paper of the semester last night. The only coursework he has left is his thesis next semester, which, if you know Doug, you know will be a breeze for him to put together. It's very exciting that he's so close to the finish line. I'm not sure which ceremony we'll go to (there is one large one and one the next day where you walk across the stage--I'm guessing we'll go to that one), but we'll definitely be there May 17th and 18th--if you're in town that weekend let us know!

In the meantime, while you wait for a picture of Anne, here's one of Doug and Brad. Brad's new thing is "Ear?" which means he wants Doug to pretend to eat his ear.

Bedtime antics

Brad "marches" to a song

Brad hugs Jenny

Brad puts cars on his head and lets them fall off

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

I love my job!

I think I post this about once a year: I love my job! It's not a great idea to post about your job on the internet, so let's just say I enjoy what I do and I have a great boss. I couldn't ask for a better work situation for this season of my life.

Oh, and I'm still having the Braxton-Hicks contractions and I'm still miserable. So nothing new on the pregnancy front.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

My guys

I haven't posted in awhile for a number of reasons: I've been sick, I've been trying to finish up end of the year stuff at work, and today in particular I've had a LOT of Braxton-Hicks contractions. Very distracting. I probably won't update very much until Anne is born.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Breakfast and Lunch

Brad has been away visiting my family in New York this past week, and we're very happy to have him back! He seems so much bigger and more grown-up. It was a good week for him to be away because both Doug and I were sick the entire week and are still recovering. Not only that, our van died! It's a funny-in-retrospect story that involves Doug spending the night in Pennsylvania and me driving up to meet him with the title to the van, and us driving home in a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country Limited. But I don't want to bore you with the details.

This car will do everything but make your breakfast...and I'm pretty sure there are instructions for that in the manual somewhere. I'm absolutely appalled that it has a DVD player in it--for me that's a drawback, not a selling point--and I told the salesman that. In fact, I got a little carried away with telling the salesman how evil television is for children under two, and about the ensuing neurological damage that results, that Doug had to take the him aside and tell him that I wasn't crazy, just passionate. Anyway, it's a nice's hoping I don't wreck it!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Pregnancy Update

No picture (of me) this time because even though I'm not even gaining weight, my face is getter larger and my nose, especially, is getter bigger. It's not pretty--trust me.

I had an OB appointment today: I'm 35 weeks along, and I lost a pound in the past two weeks, making my total pregnancy weight gain 8 pounds so far...I think with Brad I was at 30-something at this point. I guess no two pregnancies are the same!

Anyway, even though I didn't gain weight, Anne had, and my stomach was 3cm larger than the last time, a big enough gain to concern the doctor. That and the fact that she wasn't sure where Anne's head was caused her to send me downstairs for a sonogram, where they confirmed that:
1. Anne's head is down, just as it should be,
2. There is plenty of amniotic fluid, and
3. They think she weighs 6.5 pounds right now, which is incredibly large given that I have five more weeks left and babies tend to gain .5 pounds a week in the last weeks...I could end up with a 9 pound baby! The doctor kept saying, in an odd voice, "well, she's still in the normal range, so that's good," which I think he intended to be reassuring, but in fact just made me more close to the out-of-normal range is she?! I was afraid to ask.

So I think they're going to watch me and if Anne keeps getting bigger my guess would either be an induction pre-due date or a scheduled c-section. I would go with the induction...I'm ready to meet Anne! So, all in all, a good visit today--Anne will be here soon!

I see the doctor again next week and I'll keep you all updated.

In the meantime, here's a picture of Brad with his aunts (he's on a little vacation in New York with my parents right now):

Thursday, November 09, 2006

How to tell your child is tired

You say: Time for bed! (Very enthusiastically, anticipating that you will spend the next fifteen minutes reading books, fetching water, and rocking before coaxing the child into bed)

His response: He sticks his fingers in his mouth, his hand in his hair, and toddles off to the bedroom, where he climbs into bed, grabs puppy, and waits for you to pull the covers over him. You follow him, cover him up, kiss him, turn off the light, and leave. When you check on him five minutes later, he's sound asleep.

Your response: You leave quietly, feeling a little disappointed you didn't get to rock him, because, after all, that's the best part of the day with him.

Friday, November 03, 2006


I don't actually have any zoo pictures, but I do have a picture of Brad in a pea coat that we bought for him last year on sale. We got such a great deal--it was $10, marked down from $50!

Anyway, we did go to the zoo today for our first Jig-a-Long Zoo class. It was lots of fun, and definitely worth the money. The teacher had four different 'stations' set up for the kids and Brad ended up doing four crafts. I had to drag him away from the 'get-the-shells-out-of-the-sand-with-a-spoon' station because he was having more fun spooning out the sand, but other than that we had a great time. Brad saw a zebra and a cheetah and kept repeating those two names over and over. We have four more classes, and maybe one day I'll remember to bring the camera.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


I was making shrimp pad thai for dinner tonight, one of my favorite dishes, and Brad was a little hungry before it was ready (when is this child NOT hungry, I ask you?), so I gave him a shrimp, thinking he'd be grossed out. Just my luck--the child is a shrimp lover and ate half the shrimp before I had a chance to put it in the dinner.