instant gramming

April 28, 2010


Got back early yesterday and, as if my luck had turned 180-degrees, I was able to go to lunch with my wife, baby, parents-in-law, and sister- and brother-in-law, at one of my new favorite restaurants. With the rest of the afternoon off, we ran some baby errands and hung out. To add to the list of visitors, my stepbrother and stepsister stopped by on their way through town. That wasn't enough, so our "free cable preview" channel decided to broadcast the Cavs v. Bulls playoff game in which the Cavs won and clinched the series. Daaag. The last bit of luck came when Ellie decided to sleep pretty well through the night. It's great to be home.

April 26, 2010


It's day 19 of "100 Days of Ellie" and, while I was able to give her a kiss goodbye this morning, I am now in a land, far, far away, stuck in the buisness center of a Holiday Inn, with a churning stomach, aching over pictures of my baby from the past 18. Trying to make the best of being out of town, but I was furious when I was put on the spot just a couple days ago, to say yes to going on this trip.

Anyway, I feel terrible to be away, leaving the burden on C and my mom who has more generosity than you could ever imagine and who called off work and left town to spend the night at our house and help relieve C of all the responsibility...

This sucks. More Ellie to come soon

April 21, 2010

100 Days of Ellie: Day 13

100 Days of Ellie: Day 12

100 Days of Ellie: Day 11

Ellie's first mail:

100 Days of Ellie: Day 10

100 Days of Ellie: Day 9

100 Days of Ellie: Day 8

100 Days of Ellie: Day 7

100 Days of Ellie: Day 5 & 6

Day 5: Ellie's first cross-town trip to Babies R Us and Einstein Bro Bagels

Day 6:
photo: jess love (

100 Days of Ellie: Day 4

100 Days of Ellie: Day 3

100 Days of Ellie: Day 2

100 Days of Ellie: Day 1

April 19, 2010

Great Monday

Things are amazing. I was planning on going back to work, but with the support of my boss, I'm taking more time off this week. Just in time, too, as Ellie has become more interested in the "witching hours" between 11pm and 4am. So, nights have been a little rough--but nothing that can't be remedied by a couple large cups of home-brewed coffee.

It's a beautiful day wherein I'm planning on giving Alden a bath, planting the rest of my seedlings, sowing some other seeds, showering, shaving, and writing/addressing/mailing the birth announcements we're expecting to be delivered today. So far, Ellie received her first piece of mail (her Social Security card!) and I received a free pair of shoes; plus I am uploading a video of Ellie waking up on Day 4 of her life. It's 2 minutes and 22 seconds of pure Adorable.

I feel so busy! But it's all good stuff, including a majority of staring at a beautiful sleeping baby.

April 13, 2010


This blog might be changing up hardcore. Ms. Ellise Clementine was born last week and I think my focus is going to be about our family and not just me and bikes and maintaining arguments with antagonistic people.

I haven't even made time to write up our birth experience, let alone the cute things Ellie does, or the fact that I just put some kale in the ground and that our basement is almost finished thanks to our dad; so enjoy a photo for now and hope that I can pick this back up.

If nothing else, this might be completely gutted and turned into my journal about being a dad and all the cool stuff we're doing.

Peace and love

April 12, 2010

Seriously, she's here.

Meet Ellise "Ellie" Clementine Love Strong. Born on April 8, 2010, at 12:29 am after an unexpected induction the morning before. A perfect 7 pounds 11 ounces; 19.5 inches long.

On Wednesday, C and I showed up to what we hoped might be our last OB-GYN check up. C's blood pressure had measured high at the beginning of the previous three appointments and we weren't surprised that this visit was the same. Oddly, this time around her blood pressure stayed up. Our doctor sent us down the hall for a non-stress test. Thirty minutes later C's only thought was how late she would be for a meeting she had scheduled at work. After a third high blood pressure measurement our doctor came in to point out that our baby's heart rate dropped slightly after a mild contraction. This was enough to convince her to order us to labor and delivery. She realized how panicked we looked and asked if we were packed. Nope! She told us to go home, pack, eat something, and check into the hospital as quickly as possible...
(to be continued)

April 5, 2010

Family Time

Picked this up at the library--just what I was looking for; more or less a reggae album for kids. Ziggy Marley's Family Time. So far so good--too excited, I couldn't wait to get through the whole album before posting about it. The album features other Marley siblings, Jack Johnson, Toots (Hibbert), Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, and others. Very mello and upbeat, not far from the great Bob Marley, but with tunes that really focus on family. So great! Can't wait to rock this while dancing with Ms. Baby, enjoying a warm and sunny day, or brightening up a gloomy one. Enjoy!

April 3, 2010


We have 8 days left until Ms. Baby is expected to arrive, in theory. Looking ahead to what might amount to chaos (or at least total exhaustion), C is in the middle of preparing 4 casseroles to freeze. Last week she made a large lasagna and froze all that we didn't eat. It's pretty awesome, 'cause C is a good cook and has some impressive instincts when it comes to personalizing a recipe to make it even better.
Meanwhile, working on the last of the baby laundry which is mostly flannel receiving blankets, sheets, and miscellaneous fitted covers for stuff... Need to finish up some art and might even go to a nearby antique store for extra decor... I promise, nursery photos will be up soon.

April 1, 2010

She's here!

Our baby has arrived! April Fool's, I keed, I keed.

But April has arrived; the month of the birth of Ms. Baby. C is getting anxious and I don't blame her. Sleep has become hard to keep straight for her. The doctor keeps saying she's not yet dilated. What the d? But things are great though. Slowly but surely the nursery is getting finished up. On this beautiful, sunny, 79-degree day I unwrapped our crib mattress and have it propped up outside to air-out per the recommendations of others. Just need to finish up some art projects for the room and we'll be rollin.

Lots of love