Thursday, April 29, 2010


Jake is getting into a routine. I am happy for uneventful days with Jakie. I shouldnt say uneventful. If you saw his first real poop you would call that an event. It could be described by weight.

My first time changing his diaper I was introduced to his pee sprinkler.

Good times.

The best though was before he was 24 hours I got to blame my first fart on him. I did the ol' rip one and when Amy gave me a dirty look I pointed at him. It wasnt fair to him but thats what dads do, and it came so natural.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Half Grey Will Soon Be Full Grey

Now that I have time...

To say Jake had a difficult time coming into this world would be an understatement. He was overdue 4 days. Amy was induced at 8am. He still didn't want to come out. Her water finally broke at 2pm. No action except for his heart rate was doing funny things. Dr. came in and said a couple "uh..hmmm... I don't like this.... this isn't good... hmmm." Then looked at us and said, "If something doesn't change soon we have to get him out right away." Uhh, what??????????

Then his HR stabilized but only if Amy was on her right side. So there she stayed the next 8hrs. As time got close his HR started to go funny again. I don't mean funny, more like half of what it is supposed to be during a contraction and not coming back, not funny at all. Dr says, make a decision quick, we can try pushing but we got to get him out and soon. We said try pushing but the Dr. kept everyone on stand by. The anesthesiologist, the OR, everyone waiting to jump in. Jake started coming and it looked like all was well. Then he got stuck. For a while. Dr was concerned, when his head started to poke thru he grabbed it and pulled him out. The cord was wrapped around his neck and holding him back. I couldn't tell you what came next but there was a blur of action and next thing I knew they said it was a boy and he was Amys belly. Whew! A boy!!! Then he wouldn't cry and his breathing was labored. They took him for the rest of night and by morning all was well.

Is your heart beating right now? Mine is thinking of all that again.

He came home Sunday. He went to meet his pediatrician Monday. She listened to his heart beat and said "hmmmm... this concerns me a little, go to children's hospital right now and get an EKG." OK. Off we go. Get his EKG and they say they will get back in a couple days with results. That was yesterday. Today at 11am I get a call, "Can you come back to children's to see the cardiologist. Can you come now? Can you come ASAP?" Uhhhh... "Amy get dressed we gotta go now!" Off we go. He didn't have to wait when we got there. For a drop in that seemed unusual. Off we go, they want to do a sonogram and get pics of all the chambers of his heart. That lasts 45 minutes and then another EKG. Dr comes in and asks "Did he have stressful delivery? Was the cord wrapped around him?" Uhh, yeah why do you ask?

Dr. never knew the person behind the EKG from Monday. When he saw it, it was just a strip with lines. What he saw was a damaged/defective heart. He came prepared to give us bad news. Now he was relieved. There were 2 possibilities. One a severely damaged heart, or an infant in recovery from a distressed labor. We were the later. The later is the better of the two. By better of the two, meaning something to monitor and should be fine. His rhythm strip from Monday to Tuesday even showed improvement. He said due the cord being pinched and wrapped the supply of oxygen was cut off to the heart and he basically had a little heart attack. He said a bunch of other fancy stuff to explain that other things between the two EKG's that were positive but all I heard was "He should be fine." I didn't need to hear anymore than that. He finished with "this is the best part of my day being able to tell you he is OK and I am not concerned. What I expected when I saw this and having you coming in was not going to be good."

And we were off.

Is your heart beating right now? Mine is thinking of all that again. That was our day today.

Now we are home again. Everything seems fine.

In his four days of life he taken us on emergency trips to children's hospital twice. If I am not fully grey when you see me next I should be close.

Jake's Not Little

His crib is HUGE!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Look What I Made

Well... Amy helped.

Jacob Jeremy
22 inches
7 lb 8 oz
April 23, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Nothing yet.

Due date was Tuesday and now we are well over. By "we" I should just say Amy.

Friday is the day if nothing happens tonight.

Tommorow I am a dad!

Monday, April 19, 2010


Still waiting.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Return to sender

The other day Amy got a baby shower in a box from our good friends Laura and Shawn in AK.

There was so much stuff in the box it took Amy forever to get through it.

Unforunately Max was feeling a bit left out. He normally gets all the attention but this box of loot was cramping his style. So he went to the kitchen to pout.

We said "Maxie come over here and be part of the family." He was happy to come over and help.

After he saw all the awesome stuff "baby" got he thought that AK was the place to be... it is where all the cool stuff comes from. He thought he could try and sneak there. I caught him before he had a chance.

Little rascal that one...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

2 for 1

Last night I cooked steaks for Amy and I.

One for her, one for me, and one for me to nibble little bits off while I was grilling.

Then I thought that my 2 for 1 wasnt such a big deal when I got this 2 for 1 deal going on.

Almost here...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wisco In April

Two days ago I rode in a short sleeve jersey. Today it is snowing sideways and the ground is covered in white.

Played with the Basher for a while tonight. Got the brakes dialed. New wheels on with 2.4's front and rear. Its more like a monster truck now. I like it. I love the sound of a SS hub. Its like a hive of bees chasing you.

A couple rides in on the mtb. Riding rigid is going to take some getting used to but I like it. It doesnt help that its my first few rides of the year were on a new fork so the handling is way off. I went out with a new fork, new wheels, new brakes, and new tires. It took all of 4 minutes on the trail before I went over the bars with a nice thud. One of those where I didnt get my hands out in front of me on time. Sack of potatos.

Legs are not spinning at a respectable cadence but that is undestandable. It will come around. I think my debut will be wors cup. Iola is too close to the big event. Rhinelander is too far to go after the big event. I dont know what else then Nordic. So that is my goal. I am going to try and do the 2 Kettle races, Muir and Greenbush. Gotta at least be there to throw sticks at Ronnie.

Max is crazy. Nothing new there.

Good luck to the boys in AZ.


Saturday, April 3, 2010


New Patio
Hit the Dirt