It’s A Boy!
14 April 2009

We welcomed our son, Joel Steven, into the world April 11, 2009 at 8:20am. He weighed in at 7lbs 9oz and measured 21 inches.

And so, here begins the next adventure in parenting - raising 2 children simultaneously.

This is where the parents with 3+ kids laugh and say that we have it easy.

Countdown
25 February 2009

The days are sneaking by us and here we are with but six weeks left until the arrival of our next child. This realization spurred the preparation of Abby's new room yesterday evening. The idea is to get Abby accustomed to if not, moved into her new room before the arrival of her new sibling. This way it isn't so traumatic having a strange baby stealing her crib and her room and her mom.

Abby's new room was formerly the office. The contents of the office have either been thrown out or moved downstairs. It was surprising to see how much had accumulated since we moved into the house. We gave a lot of clothes and some other unused items to thrift stores during The Great Purge. I think there will be another mini purge of items I can't find room for downstairs.

I feel better now that the bed is actually set up in the room. Now Julene can get started on moving things in. And I can assemble the Ikea dresser.

Wii Baby
22 December 2008

One of our parenting discoveries is that Abby loves the Wii. So much so, that she will pull out the controllers and ask us to play. Her favorite thing to do is to sit beside us holding her own controller while we race shouting "Go Daddy go!"

It's to the point where if she's grumpy or whining a simple question of "Do you want to play Wii?" results in Abby responding "Wiiii?!" and running to the couch. Whatever was bothering her is forgotten.

In the coming years though, she will be wanting to play herself, resulting in less game time for Dad.