Archive for February 2011

A Party for Millie   2 comments

Nate here to talk a little bit about the wonderful tradition of baby showers. As a soon-to-be-father, I take my role rather seriously. I would like to be a very involved father; one who takes an interest in every facet of his daughter’s life. Perhaps that is why, when Julie asked if I would like to attend last weekend’s baby shower, I readily agreed.

This may have been my first great lesson of Fatherhood. Maybe I don’t need to be involved in everything. I am not saying the baby shower was an awful experience. The food was good, Millie got some good books I was able to flip through and look at the pictures, and it was very touching, and almost overwhelming to see how generous everyone has been. That being said, I just can’t work up the appropriate level of excitement over tiny pants with ruffles on the butt, and I can’t unwrap a package, hold up a box, and boldly declare, ‘It’s our(?) breast-pump’ without experiencing at least some amount of discomfort.

Not to say I won’t be willing to occasionally put aside my manhood to drink fake tea from a plastic teacup, my pinky proudly out. Or sing along to some awful song by the next incarnations of Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.

I’ve simply come to the realization that there will be some activities that Julie will take more pleasure in (i.e. wearing makeup and practicing cheerleading), just as there will be activities that will be a lot more fun for dad (i.e. learning to cook over a fire and equestrianism (Notice how much more awesome my stuff is)).

Looking back I suppose the shower was like Spiderman 3. I guess I’m glad I experienced it, but I have no desire to ever again.

It could have been worse. Some Latin American cultures still adhere to the tradition of the mother-to-be sitting in a tub for the duration of the shower while literally being showered to rid the baby of its evil.

It could have been better. In Germany the men have a traditional drinking party to celebrate the coming child. Because the beer looks a bit like urine they sometimes refer to these parties as babypinkel (baby pee) parties. Good one Germany.



Posted February 20, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Educational, Julie, Millie, Nathaniel

Baby Book   6 comments

Typically we do not disclose who the author of a particular blog entry is. Today, I am breaking the rules (this is Julie, by the way) because I am going to go super geeky and talk about a blog that I love (and I’d hate for people to think Nate was the blog-geek). If you haven’t checked out before, DO IT. It is a magical world full of DIY projects, decorating ideas, and other good stuff. John and Sherry are the bloggers (you know, John and Sherry— I talk about them all the time at home and Nate’s like “the people from the blog?”) and I love their style, their resolve (they start something and actually finish it!) and their typically reasonable budgets. John and Sherry (yep, I talk about them like I know them) had a baby girl last spring (I love to copy them) and made a DIY baby book to record all of their daughter’s firsts. I loved the idea and used as inspiration to make a baby book for Millie Lou. First, I picked up a cute scrapbook…

this was just $4 after a 50% off sale and 40% coupon!

Then I filled it with fun, colorful scrapbook paper…
And now I have a place to record all of Millie’s firsts! We also have a page dedicated to the pregnancy, one page for each month of Millie’s first year, and we even have a place where Nate and I each made predictions about Millie. For example, we each guessed when she will be born (Julie said April 28th at 9:30 am and Nate said April 24th at 1:32 pm) and what her first word will be (Julie said “doggy” and Nate said “Major”). Our neice Gracie loves looking at her baby pictures (she excitedly points and says “pictures of Baby Gracie!”) so we’re hoping Millie will enjoy this special book that’s all about her. Of course, I have a feeling it’s something Nate and I will cherish regardless of how Millie feels about it.

Posted February 6, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized

Bird Baby?   3 comments

Every parent thinks his or her child is beautiful, right? Well, we’re beginning to have doubts about that. It all goes back to our 20 week ultrasound which was done back at the beginning of December. We were thrilled to find out during the ultrasound that our baby is a girl and a healthy girl— all of her major organs were developing appropriately and her heart beat was nice and strong. However, we must admit that we were a bit terrified by one particular view of our baby girl. Check it out…

The ultrasound technician was saying “She’s curled up into the shape of a ‘c’. Here’s her body, oh and here is her face. Can you see  her eyes?” Ummm… yeah, we see them… she’s staring creepily right at us! And, excuse me, but is that a BEAK in the middle of her face??? Of course, we didn’t say any of that; we just ‘oohhhed’ and ‘ahhhhed” like good expectant parents should. And the rest of the ultrasound pictures weren’t nearly so creepy. We got a great shot of her feet (which resemble human feet as opposed to, say, bird talons)…

And this side view where she looks pretty darn adorable…

But, man, is it hard to get the “Is our baby going to be born with a beak?” question out of our minds! Oh well… we’ve come to the conclusion that we really don’t care if our baby is cute or not. Honestly, it doesn’t make a difference. We love her and can’t wait to meet her. Of course, as soon as she is born, before we count fingers and toes, we want a look at the face… just to make sure it’s human…

(Disclaimer— we don’t REALLY think our baby is ugly.)

Posted February 3, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Uncategorized