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Welcome Back!   Leave a comment

For the past week, my happy, content little girl has been replaced by a whiny, sick baby. Millie’s regular giggles and squeals and smiles have been replaced by cries, screams, and frowns.

It has been miserable. Millie hates to have her nose wiped, so she ends up crying when we have to do it… which makes her nose run even more…

Nate stayed home with her last Thursday and took her to the doctor. She’s been on an antibiotic and eye drop ever since, and, while her congestion has improved, she still wasn’t back to her happy, normal self… until today. When I got off the bus after work, I started walking toward home and I saw Nate and Millie walking toward me off in the distance (let me clarify, Nate was walking; Millie was being held). I took Millie from Nate when we met on the sidewalk and, for the first time in almost a week, Millie gave me a big smile AND a squeal!! Welcome back, Millie Lou! We sure missed you.

Ok, she wouldn't smile for the camera, but at least she stopped crying!!



Posted November 9, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Julie, Medical, Millie, Nathaniel

A Special Visit, a Millie-Update and The Bathroom Project   Leave a comment

Wondering what’s been going on in the lives of the Keyse family? You’ve come to the right place! Here is a quick update:

Jen and Tony came to visit!!! We love when they are in town. Nate and I always enjoy spending time with them (can someone please remind me why we don’t live next door to one another??) and now that Millie is here, visits seem even more special. Tony and Jen are so fun to be around and we had a wonderful time together.  This was Jen’s second time seeing Millie and Tony’s first time meeting his niece. Millie (and her parents) loved having them here.

Uncle Tony and Millie

Aunt Sister (Millie's special name for Jen) and Millie

 Millie is now 2 months old! I can hardly believe it. The past two months have been wonderful. Millie is such a sweet, charming baby. Here is her 2 month update:

  • Millie is 10 lbs 9 oz, 23 inches long with a head circumference of 14 & 3/4 inches—- all of the measurements are right about the 50th percentile
  • Our pediatrician thinks Millie’s beautiful blue eyes are here to stay (quite a surprise since my eyes are brown and Nate’s are hazel, but we think her blue eyes are perfect and suit her well)
  • Millie is sleeping through the night (she has since 5 weeks old!) and usually sleeps 8-9 consecutive hours in her own crib.
  • Millie is soft-spoken (so far). Her coos are barely louder than a whisper (in other words, she is not taking after Mom in this regard)
  • Millie LOVES to hang out in her pack-n-play and look at the toy giraffes on her toy bar. This is one of her favorite activities!

    2 months old on June 29th!

So far, Millie has been a such a sweet and easy baby. We love having her as part of the family. I overheard Jennifer tell her that “Jesus made you so sweet for your Mommy” and I am so thankful that He did! I have a few more weeks left of maternity leave and am excited that I get to enjoy the rest of this time off with such a good girl.

In other news, The Bathroom Project (yes, I am capitalizing the title to emphasize the scope of this thing) is going well. Nate and I know there’s no going back now. Phase 1 is complete— all of the old pink tiles are gone! We are working on Phase 2 (removing the old vanity and medicine cabinet, preparing the walls for new tile and paint) this weekend and we hope to begin Phase 3 (install new tiling) as early as Monday (we’ll celebrate the 4th of July with some shiny new subway tiles instead of fireworks). Then all we’ll have left to do is grout and seal the tiles, paint the walls, install the new pedestal sink/ mirror/ cabinet… ok, I guess I’m getting ahead of myself. There’s a lot left to do, but we’re on our way! Nate and I are enjoying the project so far. We’re sure that after tackling this, we’ll feel more confident in taking on ANY future home improvement projects.

the first tile we removed!

Phase 1 has been completed!

The rest of the summer is quite busy for our family. We are looking forward to the continuation and eventual completion of The Bathroom Project, a quick trip to Las Vegas where Millie will get to meet her Great-Great Grandmother (that’s right, 2 greats!), and I go back to work (sniff, sniff). We’ll keep you updated about all these exciting events as they unfold. But for now, allow me to leave you with one last oh-so-adorable picture of Baby Millie (I know she’s the one you really want to hear about!)…

Posted June 30, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Home Improvement, Julie, Medical, Millie, Nathaniel

1 Month Old   4 comments

1 day old

1 month old

 Millie is one month old! She has grown so much over the past month (check out the pictures above!) and we are getting to know and love her sweet personality more each day. Today was her 1 month check up with the pediatrician. Here are her stats:

  • Weight- 9 lbs 4 oz (her weight is average— I can’t wait for her to fill out and get some rolls)
  • Head circumference- 14 and 1/8 inches (25th percentile— such a small head)
  • Length- 21 and 3/8 inches (75th percentile— long and skinny)

Millie is eating every 3 hours during the day and she will go 4 (today she actually went 5!)  hours between her middle of the night feeding and her first morning feeding. She goes right to sleep after her middle of the night feeding, which makes Mom and Dad very happy! She has taken a bottle a few times and done really well with it (Millie is overall a GREAT eater— she makes the cutest squeaking noises when she eats!). She smiles a lot and has recently started sticking out her tongue and making new mouth movements. Millie still loves to have her hair washed and she loves being outside (even in the 90-degree heat!).  She likes going on walks (either in her Moby wrap or in her stroller) and she likes being in her pack-n-play. She doesn’t cry very much but she does have a fussy time in the evening, usually between 9 and 11 pm. She is usually just fighting sleep at this time and boy does she fight hard! Millie has outgrown some of her newborn clothes but 0-3 months is still a bit big on her. She is also in-between sizes in diapers— newborn is just a bit too small and size 1 is just a bit big. She is wearing size 1 diapers, mainly because that’s what we have on hand. She is a wonderful, charming baby and we are thrilled to have her in our family.



Posted May 31, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Medical, Millie

Hospital Tour   2 comments

Since our last blog post, we have been doing lots to prepare for Millie’s upcoming arrival (the due date is 7 weeks and 5 days away!). On Sunday, we went to Good Samaritan Hospital for the maternity tour. We joined 5 other couples and toured the Labor/Delivery  and Mom/Baby floors of the hospital. It was a very practical tour; we found out where we should park and got a peek at the accommodations we will enjoy during our first few days as a family of 3. It was fun to think that the next time we go to the hospital, we’ll be leaving with our newborn.

Labor/Delivery Room

Today, Julie had her 32 week check up. Everything is going well. Julie’s blood pressure is excellent, Millie’s heartbeat is strong and she is measuring right in line with her due date. So hopefully everything will go according to plan and Millie Louise will make her debut sometime between April 20 (Julie has a BIG test at work on April 19 so she cannot come sooner than that!) and April 28 (Julie doesn’t want to go more than a few days past her due date). Babies are good at coming when they are supposed to, right? Well, whenever she comes, we’ll be ready. We’ve got the car seat, onesies and some newborn diapers ready to go. Plus, now we know where to park at the hospital.

Posted March 3, 2011 by Nate and Julie in Julie, Medical, Millie, Nathaniel

Shot to the Heart, er– Stomach!   1 comment

Stab, stab, stab.

A few years ago (some of you family and friends may remember), Julie was hospitalized for the treatment of a MASSIVE blood clot in her left leg and 3 in her lungs. After recovering, she learned that she has a blood disorder that causes her to hypercoagulate. The risk of clotting is increased by certain triggers such as prolonged inactivity (like on a long plane trip), the use of birth control pills, and— here’s where this gets interesting— pregnancy. Shortly after the home pregnancy test revealed that our family would be expanding, Julie’s doctor prescribed an injectable blood thinner to help prevent the occurrence of a dreaded clot. So, for the entirety of the pregnancy and the first six weeks following the delivery of Lil Person, Julie gets to give herself shots in the stomach. She was nervous about the injections at first, but it turns out they’re not too bad. We’re all just hoping that these shots will be sufficient to prevent a blood clot that could be dangerous to both Julie and the baby (and it sure would be nice if they had some additional benefit— like ensuring that Lil Person is born already sleeping through the night!). In general, the pregnancy is going well (and finally, now that Julie is 14 weeks and 5 days along, the nausea is starting to let up) and Lil Person is healthy and growing. We hope things continue to go well and look forward to giving you all more updates along the way. Stay tuned!

Posted October 30, 2010 by Nate and Julie in Julie, L'il Person, Medical

Heartbeat, It’s a Love Beat   Leave a comment

This morning, Julie had an appointment to hear L’il Person’s heartbeat. Nate did not go because he has been under the weather and was afraid of spreading illness to expectant mothers.

The heartbeat is strong, in the 150bpm neighborhood. Grownup heartbeats sound like this: THUM-BUMP      THUM-BUMP     THUM-BUMP.

L’il Person’s heart sounds like this: lubdublubdublubdublubdub. It’s fast and really cute. When Julie got home she got on the internet to see if we could guess a gender from the heartbeat. Old wives say we are having a girl based on the b(s)pm. Younger wives say the old wives are full of crap.

We’re very anxious to know what we are having, but it looks like we’ll just have to wait until science joins our team in December. All we have right now is our best guess, which is just about fifty-fifty.

Posted October 23, 2010 by Nate and Julie in L'il Person, Medical

It’s a baby!   4 comments

Several weeks ago we found out we are having a baby, which means that soon we will have a child that will do things that every child does, but we will find these things to be monumentally important and mindblowingly adorable. While we don’t expect ‘John Q Blogreader’ to appreciate every giggle and burp that comes from our offspring, this baby has friends and family scattered throughout the contiguous United States. Therefore this is our blog; the purpose of which to keep family and friends informed of the goings on of our growing family.

Here’s what you need to know so far: 1) We are due April 25th, 2011. 2) The sex of our baby, hereafter known as “L’il Person”, will remain unknown until late November/early December. 3) L’il Person makes Julie very sick unless Julie can get McDonald’s Breakfast. 4) We had an early ultrasound a few weeks ago (see below), and L’il Person, at the time, had little arm and leg buds and a little, yet strong heartbeat.

See the leg buds!?!

More to follow! Stay tuned!

Posted October 16, 2010 by Nate and Julie in L'il Person, Medical