Sunday, May 31, 2009

Trying to adjust

There are so many things to try and look at, smell, listen to, and touch that sometimes it might be a little overwhelming. Chris and I are also taking a while to adjust to this new life, caring for a tiny being that takes up absolutely all of our time. We love him so much it's hard to believe, and I worry about every little noise he makes in his sleep, and color his skin turns when he's awake. I have to get over that, because it's exhausting. I'm trying to keep the overwhelming world at bay as much as I can to give Noah time to adjust, especially for these first couple of weeks, but it's hard sometimes when there are so many things going on.

It's hard to see how he changing, since I see him so much of the day. He sleeps quite a bit, and when he's not sleeping it's seems like he's almost ALWAYS nursing. I didn't sleep very well last night, not because Noah didn't sleep. Maybe because he sleeps so well. Anyway, I think I'm sounding a little crazy so I should stop blogging for today. Things are going really well for new parents and a new baby. Oh, I forgot to mention that Noah's umbilical cord fell off on Friday, about 8 days after his birth. Maybe I'll post a photo of it :)
Another Grandma visiting this weekend, Grandma Patti (Chris' mom), with nice southwest colors and a nice desert backdrop.

Some time sitting in the backyard today felt good. I haven't been outside as much as I need to be. We watched this cactus flower go from a bud to this bloom in just a few hours.

No matter how many of these we see, they still amaze me every time.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Long Toes

Toes. We all have different shapes and sizes of toes, but Noah and I share something that comes from our Edwards genes: Length. Our toes are much longer than most.

When I told my dad that Noah had long toes like most of the Edwards clan, he said,"Nobody has longer toes than Gaelen" (my "little" brother).

Thursday, May 28, 2009

1-2-3 NOT IT

Picture this:

New mom and dad sitting tiredly (but happily) at the table this morning eating a delicious (and nutritious) piece of coconut cream pie for breakfast (again, thanks Juliana); Dad using one foot to keep the baby bouncer in motion as he enjoys the pie...

... all of a sudden a loud ppffffftttttttoooootttt (loud juicy fart noise, definitely accompanied by a full diaper) comes from baby, along with a little smile.

then Dad says calmly, and oh so maturely,

"1-2-3 NOT IT"

We actually had a good night's sleep last night, despite having to wake the baby up for food every few hours (I know, it sounds a little backward right?). He's really enjoying the baby hammock, which means we LOVE it. These photos are just a few little Noah Kai details from this morning. He changes a little every day so I want to make sure I can remember as much as possible.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Visit from a Friend

My good friend Juliana came through town today and brought me lunch and dinner and spent the afternoon hanging out with Noah and I, catching up, which was wonderful. She even took a picture of me that I thought was decent enough to post :)

Anyway, I can hear a little baby crying for me now, so I won't write much. I know you're mostly here for the photos anyway though. I'll try to say more tomorrow (or sometime soon).

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A day by myself

Chris had to go back to work today. Luckily it was only for today and tomorrow because I don't know how anyone can take care of a tiny baby and themselves for longer than that. It wasn't terrible, especially since Chris came home for lunch so I got to take a shower, but wow was it a challenge to do anything besides be in bed. I miss my mom a lot already.

Obviously, she loves being grandma and I bet she misses us too:)

Mostly what we've been doing is trying to get enough sleep to avoid looking like zombies. It's hard to want to sleep though, because I almost feel like I'll miss something. So, this is a short post because I'm already tired of sitting up. Hopefully soon we'll feel up to having visitors a little more often, and we'll get to see more of you!

I didn't post any photos of myself because I just so tired.

P.S. For more photos, click on my flickr badge on the right.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Day Three

Things are going really great so far. We couldn't love this baby more. As you can see, we can't resist taking pictures of all his little parts and sleep positions. I especially love his feet, and his very long toes. Someday soon I'll have to post a photo of my toes beside his so you can see where the ridiculously long toes probably came from.

Today he's just a little jaundiced so we've been told to get him in the sun a little bit. Otherwise, the world now revolves around nursing, napping, and changing diapers. It has been a little easier than we expected so far, I think mostly because my mom has been so wonderful, bringing us meals and cleaning the house. It would be ten times harder without her! Moms are really a great thing. She definitely seems to love being Grandma (or Grammy, or Nana, or whatever she turns out to be) also.

Today we also attempted to give Noah his first bath (I know some of you are thinking, "first bath? on day three!?" But yes, he just doesn't seem all that dirty). He didn't love it, but I think our bath setup needs a little improvement so he's not squished down at the bottom.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Baby!

He's here! We named him Noah Kai Eaves, and he is a perfect, beautiful baby.
He was born yesterday morning at 10:03 at the Birth Center. We arrived there at 1:45 AM, and it was hard but turned out well, as you can see from the photos. We're all doing well. Going on very little sleep the past two nights and definitely behind on making phone calls as we try to figure out how to do so many new things.

It will definitely take us a little time to adjust, especially this baby who is experiencing the whole world for the first time, but we very much appreciate all the support and offers of help from all of you. We'll take you up on it very soon, and can't wait to introduce this beautiful baby!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Counting up: +4

First of all, for a very excellent update on things, read Chris' blog post from yesterday (here).

I think now I have run out of photos of Chris and I. It's been fun to post them all here in succession and celebrate how much fun we've had together so far.
Today I'm feeling a little down, impatient, and discouraged. I'm disappointed in myself for my lack of patience.

I thought I would post a photo of a little altar that I made to sit in front of and appreciate this pregnancy, however, long, and to try to release any fears and negative thoughts before Sesame arrives. The cord is all the blessings from people at my shower. The little basket is full of tiny trinkets that have meaning from throughout my life (my first dangly earrings that my mom made, and things like that). The candle is one that Tasha decorated (the design for the alter is also very much like one that she made).
On the candle there is a little proverb that says:

Rather light a candle than complain about darkness

The purple ribbon is part of a visualization from our hypnobirthing class. My wedding ring, which doesn't fit, is also there to symbolize the love in our little family. The idea for this birth altar came from my dad's partner, Melissa, who has been a wonderful help through this whole process, being a very experienced home-birth midwife (who unfortunately lives in Vermont).
Anyway, I truly hope this is my last pre-baby post, but if I'm back here tomorrow it's because writing this blog often uplifts me, and knowing that so many of my friends and family care to read it gives me a little purpose every day. So Thank you!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A few more

I thought I had posted most of the good photos of Chris and I that I had, but then I found a few more really great ones. Since I'm very tired of being patient about things at this moment, I decided not to be patient about posting them, and here they are. Also, the post this morning was my 200th, which I think is a milestone!

Vermont, Christmas 2005

Renaissance festival, Phoenix: Spring 2006
(This one, although not nearly as funny, reminds me of a great one (here, at the bottom of the post) that Amy posted recently of she and Adam)

Flagstaff Adult Prom, last year

Beaver Creek with Adam and Amy: Fall 08

Counting up: +3

I'm running out of photos for this countdown (and up) so I hope it doesn't last too much longer. This one was from our engagement session with our wedding photographer, which we didn't end up getting any prints from. This was one of the few that I liked, but we probably should have gotten at least one of them. Oh well.

I'm still feeling good, although incredible antsy. This waiting thing is tiring.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Counting up: +2

This photo was taken by Tasha on the first day that Chris and I started telling people about Sesame. We were on a little road trip out to the Gila Box Wilderness.

Chris is headed back to work today. Hopefully he'll get to take some time off really soon.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Yep, Counting back up: +1

Having my mom here this week has been awesome. Swimming and hanging out up at "her house" has been almost like a little vacation for me, which was definitely welcome. This photo is from yesterday. The water does some interesting things with making the belly look a little funny, but just ignore that. Today we have lots of errands to do somehow, but sometimes it's fun to run around town getting things done.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Due Date

This is another photo that was taken on the day we did a photo shoot with Amy and Adam. Today is Sesame's due date, which we've been waiting and waiting for. So far this morning though, it looks like we'll be waiting some more. I'll probably be counting up tomorrow :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Counting down: 1 more day

I love this photo from our wedding. It shows the incredible sunset that came after it sprinkled just a little on us as we walked down the aisle away from the ceremony. As soon as we went inside for dinner it started to pour, and hard enough to leak through the roof in some places! We could hardly see this kind of rain in the desert as anything but a blessing. Yesterday I heard that they are predicting some rain this weekend. What a blessing that would be as well.

Yesterday evening Chris and I went out for a Mexican dinner together. We thought it would be nice to go on a little date. My feet have been much less swollen with all the swimming, so I'm feeling really great. I also started and finished a good-sized novel in the last few days. It's certainly not something I've ever experienced before to just be waiting. I'm trying not to make too many plans, because my schedule's been feeling so full that past couple of weeks that I started to wonder if it might be causing some tension that I don't want to feel.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Still counting down: 2 days

August 2008

There are lots of nice portraits from our wedding, especially with the incredible sunset as a backdrop, but I like the emotion in this one. We were having such a good time.

I know everyone is waiting now for me to miss one of the posts, so I'd better start getting up earlier to do them :) Still nothing new so far. Apparently I haven't quite convinced Sesame that when he's trying soooo hard to stretch his legs out and I'm wondering how my skin can actually stretch that far, that out here he could stretch his legs as much as he wants....
Oh well, as Mina said, good things are worth waiting for. I'm feeling great, especially since I've been able to swim every day, which makes the swelling and heat thing so much less. Keep your fingers crossed and maybe I won't have to post again tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Counting down: 3 days

Utila, Honduras: Summer 2008

This photo is kind of a classic that I know everyone has seen since we used it on our wedding favors, but I just love it so I couldn't leave it out. It's another one that I took with the self-timer. We were on a little beach called Bando Beach that was a short walk from where we were staying. The water was so warm that it felt like bathwater, so you can imagine what the air felt like! The beers were definitely a nice addition.

My mom got into town yesterday so I went up to Mina's to hang out and swim, which was sooo nice. Sesame is doing well, and he can't wait to come out and see us!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Counting down: 4 days

Utila, Honduras: Summer 2008

As I mentioned earlier in this countdown, we've gotten much better at taking self-timer photos of ourselves more regularly when on a trip (this might change with the baby, well have to see). This photo is one that I took of us with the self-timer on the balcony in front of our little room on the island of Utila, of the coast of Honduras. We went for our 'honeymoon' before our wedding last summer, and had a great time snorkeling and exploring beaches, towns, and ruins (if you want to see posts from while we were there, just search for Honduras, and you'll find a lot).

Yesterday evening we attended our group prenatal care class at the birth center for what had better be the last time. Not that it was bad, we had just hoped we might get to skip this one, but no such luck. Two of the couples from the class showed up with their babies, which should have felt encouraging, but I think in reality it just made the rest of us feel more hugely pregnant. It was fun to see those teeny babies though, of course.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Counting down: 5 days

Verde River: Spring 2008

Last Spring our friends Juliana and Mike invited us on a Verde River Duckie (those inflatable kayaks) trip. I don't think we were quite prepared for what we encountered: 59 miles in four days (which means being on the river from as soon as we could make it out in the morning until it was almost dark at night, whether it was snowing or not); a river that was flowing high enough to make some of the rapids awefully large, and many with trees on the side or in the middle (which means you get an incredible arm workout trying not to run into anything); Rapids often, more often than smooth water it felt like; Snow (oh, did I already mention that?); and finally a 7 mile reservoir that we had to paddle across, against the wind, to get back to the truck at the other side. Juliana and Mike are incredible adventurers. I'm sure you could have caught me feeling a little overwhelmed more than a few times. But what an amazing trip.

We had a good weekend, a lazy weekend. At one point I asked Chris, "what did we used to do on weekends?" when we were really out of ideas for how to get out of the house. We were at a loss. The heat, of course, makes it harder, but we did manage to go out for a hike on Saturday evening to see the sunset. We had hoped to see the moon rise also, but it came up much later than we expected. So far, Sesame seems pretty happy to stay where he is, although he does squirm around quite a bit. It must be getting a little cramped in there.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Counting down: 6 days

White Canyon Wilderness: Spring 2008

We were apparently feeling tougher at this end of this backpacking trip with Colin and Steve than I am right now. There wasn't really a trail leading into the canyon we hiked into, just some cairns that were a challenge to follow. The pretty little creek and hillsides that were brilliant orange with poppies made it definitely feel worth it though.

This morning we went out for mother's day to the B-Line and had breakfast together. Apparently I still qualify for mother's day even though my baby is staying safely inside and away from the 100 degree heat for now. My little brother Gaelen called to wish me a happy mother's day, which was so nice. He told me he's moving to Hawaii so I'm pretty excited to go for a visit sometime soon.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Counting down: 7 days

Long Trail, Vermont: Summer 2007

This photo was one of our many self-timer shots. We've gotten better and better at these, which shows in some of our Honduras shots I think (I'll post a couple of them later this week). This trip was just 3 days and 2 nights. We didn't bring any of our backpacking gear to Vermont with us, so everything we had was my dad's. We wore our low-top hiking shoes, and had a camp stove that we made out of a chock full-o-nuts coffee can and a couple of little sterno cans. You can imagine how we felt a little bit unprepared when we got out on the trail and it turns out that it must have been made before the invention of switchbacks, because this trail goes straight up, and then straight back down a series of mountains in the "short" 18 mile trip. What we thought would be leisurely turned out to be pretty hard, especially when we discovered the first night that although it wasn't raining, it had been raining a lot the past several days, and we had packed a total of 3 matches! We did it though (thanks to the sterno). We managed to have campfires and boil water for two dinners.

Today is Saturday and I got up early to go for a walk with Tasha this morning. It was hot already, but great to get out onto the trails up at Pima Community College. Last night Chris and I went out and got some ice cream from cold stone and then wandered around a nice neighborhood where we wish we lived. We thought it was a full moon, and it sure felt nice to walk in the moonlight. When we got home though, we discovered that today is actually the full moon. Maybe we'll have to do some more walking.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Counting down: eight days

Alhambra in Granada, Spain: Christmas 2006

In this photo (taken by either Steve or Tasha) Chris and I are admiring this incredible old moorish palace in Granada, Spain, called the Alhambra. The amazing thing about the palace (aside from incredibly intricate stone and wood carving, tile work, and buildings) is that supposedly it is designed so that no matter where you are on the huge grounds or in the extensive buildings, you can hear the sound of running water.

Today is my last official day of work before I get to start my "Family Medical Leave". I can't believe how lucky I've been to have this job, especially at this particular point in my life. This is the first time I'm ever had health insurance, and wow have I been grateful for it. I've added the amazing wonders of air conditioning into my list of great things that Sesame will like when he comes out (per Tasha's suggestion), but still waiting. The full moon tonight has me feeling a little bit hopeful :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Counting down: 9 days

Palenque Ruins, Mexico: Summer 2004

Unfortunately, this sort of not too great photo seems to be the only one I have of Chris and I together on our trip to Mexico the summer we moved to Tucson. We flew in to Mexico City and took an overnight bus all the way down south to Palenque and then worked our way back up to Mexico City, visiting beaches and ruins, little towns and big cities. We had a great time.
At the moment things are going well here. The high for today is supposed to be 101, and tomorrow 103. Super fun when more heat makes my feet more swollen :)
I don't think I've ever appreciated air conditioner quite so much before. Getting into a swimming pool is the most wonderful feeling. I would just sit in one all day if I could.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Counting down: 10 days

Gunnison, CO: Fall 2004

I was thinking it might be a bad idea to continue this countdown, since it isn't really counting down to anything on a definite day. Oh well, if May 16th comes and goes I'll start counting back up.
Lots of very wise people have been telling me to try and enjoy this last little bit of time before baby as much as I can, and especially to enjoy spending time with Chris. We've been going on lots of little dates and having fun together as much as we can. Yesterday we walked down the riverpark all the way to the Oasis Raspados stand and walked back eating these delicious sort of combination snowcone/ice cream/fruit treats. Mmm. It was hot, but we're sort of getting used to that.
Anyway, I thought a nice way to celebrate Chris and I and our before baby life right now would be to post a photo every day until Sesame arrives of Chris and I, starting with earlier ones and working up to more recent.
This one is of us in Gunnison, taken when Dennis and Lisa were visiting us and I think we were exploring Ohio pass in the fall (Chris might have to correct the location, but at least I'm sure it was fall :) So, for the next however many days I'll post more of them because we've obviously been having a great time together so far.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Counting down: 11 days

I know the "due date" is really not so meaningful in determining when he might actually get here, but still, just 11 more days until the long-awaited May 16th rolls around. I would be lying if I said I wasn't getting a little impatient, but I'm trying really hard. Going for lots of walks and swimming as much as I can feels great. Sitting and typing at work doesn't feel so great, but this is my last week for a while!

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Best Furniture

A while ago I posted some magazine photos of nursery furniture and ideas that I thought were really cool (here). Well, our nursery setup look NOTHING like those. But, it is feeling pretty great to us, and we're super excited to try things out with the baby.

Our new most favorite piece of furniture in the entire house, hands down, is this reclining glider that Gram (my grandmother) generously offered to buy for us.

We got it from Tasha's good friend Leta, who said it was the best. She was right! I sat in it the first night we brought it home and thought it was the most comfortable I'd been in, hmm, I don't know, maybe four or five months? It is the best glider I've ever sat in, and I think Sesame is definitely going to appreciate it quite a bit too. I put the sarong on the back just to add some color to our room. As you can see, things are getting pretty ready for this little one to make like a baby and head out!
One other piece of furniture that I've been meaning to show is this baby Hammock that Chris' dad and Lisa gave us. It is sort of like a bassinet, and is the reason we don't have the crib set up yet. It sways when the baby moves, which is really awesome, and makes a soft little safe space for them to sleep.

We'll be sure to give you an update on how this thing works!