Tuesday, January 29, 2008
On a totally separate note, today was the little dude's first real bath. Up until now, we've been giving him sponge baths. Today he went in the drink. He only fussed a little, so I guess he enjoyed it. Now, Olivia made me promise not to post any indecent pictures of the boy. So after a few minutes of photo editing and some help from Margaret Thatcher... presto! Thanks for the assist, Maggie! Notice the tub he's in. It's baby size and has a little hammock to hold him in. Is that cool or what? I would take more baths if I had a hammock in there to sit in. All in all, the bath went pretty well. He didn't really start fussing until we took him out and he got cold. Mom's hooded towels to the rescue... I have no idea what kind of creature that is on his head, but hey, it's cute.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Why do kids sleep like this? I've never known an adult to sleep with their butt up in the air, but it seems a lot of kids do. What is it that makes them do it and at what point do we get too old to want to relax this way anymore. I'm not saying I want to sleep this way, I'm just curious. After all the exploitive pictures of Nathan I've posted, I believe that today's bib may be a bit prophetic of him... I'm guessing his revenge will be in about 16 years when he's eating enough food to feed a family of six. He'll stick it to his old man with food bills roughly equal to the gross domestic product of Albania.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Once the pushing starts, his forehead starts to redden ever so slightly.
Next, he gets what I call his racing stripes. Two beat red stripes right down the middle of the forehead. The eyes start to redden just a bit and the lips begin to purse together as well.
Finally, the racing stripes reach their darkest as the whole head turns a deep shade of red. Under the eyes is also dark red and the lips are still clenched, holding his breath. All he lacks is a few little horns and a double-bladed light saber and presto... Darth Maul.
Disturbing, no? What's even more disturbing is the rumble and stench that follows this sequence. I didn't even realize I captured all the phases of his transformation until I loaded the pictures on my computer. I was really just trying to get a good shot of the racing stripes and got lucky. Rest assured, Nate quickly returns to his relaxed self soon after his Incredible Hulk-like metamorphosis. If Bruce Banner's catch phrase is "You wouldn't like me when I'm angry", I guess Nate's would be "You wouldn't like me when I'm gassy." I'll end this disturbing post with a much nicer picture of mom's boys ready for bed.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Judging by the size of his eyeballs, he was having a tough time taking it all in. All in all, the reception was great and we wish Todd and Hannah all the best. The real problem started after we left.
We left the reception around 9:30, which wasn't very late up until a couple weeks ago. At one point on the way home, all 3 of us yawned in unison. It was 11 before we got home and got everyone to bed. Here's where the trouble started. We don't really have Nathan on "a schedule" yet, but he usually is able to keep his nights and days sorta straight. Not last night. Whatever framework of a "schedule" that we had went right out the window. He was crying at least every 2 hours all night. I think his mother was about to go out the window as well. Needless to say, I think we'll be a bit more conservative next time we decide to socialize outside the home.
So, today has been guy's day so far. I thawed out some of Olivia's frozen milk and we boys are hanging out downstairs while mom catches up on some sleep. I've managed one feeding and one diaper change all by myself so far and I'm feeling rather proud of myself. I've got enough milk for one more meal and football will be starting shortly, so hopefully we'll both be content for a bit longer. After feeding the boy his lunch, I was able to fix my own and also snap a shot of today's bib...
Saturday, January 19, 2008
This video is a pretty accurate account of all the yawning, stretching, frowning, flopping, and whining that we see every time we have to wake Nathan up...
During this photo shoot, we also managed to capture more photo evidence of "the Touchdown Pose" (see "My Son the Alien", Jan. 13, 2008).After yesterday's bib posting, Nathan's aunt to be, Megan, commented that she'd better see the bib she gave him on here soon. She sounded like she meant business, so I made a special effort to find it for today. Unfortunately, it fit him more like a poncho than a bib. So we'll probably put that one back into the drawer until he grows into it a bit more. I went ahead and snapped a picture first, though. The bib is one of my favorites!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Nate had another busy day making the rounds on Sunday. His Aunt Rachel came over to see him. We didn't get a picture of him with Rachel in the hospital, so we had to snap a few Sunday.I believe they were discussing the upcoming presidential election when I took this one. After Aunt Rachel left we headed North to Menard County for dinner at Grandma and Grandpa Dudley's and to visit Nathan's adoptive Aunt Gloria and Uncle Norm Claussen. As you'll recall, Gloria is the family friend/maternity nurse that helped us during the birth and also snapped all of the pictures from Nate's first half hour in the world (see "We're Home", Jan. 5th, 2008). We didn't manage to get any pictures of Gloria with the little guy while in the hospital, so we made sure to take the camera with us for our visit Sunday.Gloria is the sweetest person you'll ever meet and she has an amazing ability to sooth babies. Notice how relaxed Nathan is. Uncle Norm also got a chance to hold the little tyke. He looked a little out of practice when he picked Nathan up, but I think he was having a good time... We enjoyed seeing Norm and Gloria and I want to say thanks again to Gloria for all her help in the hospital. Next, it was on to G & G Dudley's for dinner and mom and dad's baby fix. We were all curious what Claire's (mom's dog) reaction would be to the little critter. Mom said she perks up when she hears a baby cry on TV. Initially she was un-impressed. Dad was holding Nate, eating ice cream and brownies and watching football... again. Nate was quiet so Claire just kinda sniffed his feet and moved on. Later, when he got hungry and started squawking, Claire was on high alert. She got as close as she possibly could without getting in trouble. She couldn't be distracted at all. I laid down on the floor next to her, which usually means she will be perched on my chest within 1.3 seconds. She just walked over to me, thought about it for a second, and returned to guard duty. It was all pretty cute. Later on in the evening, we also managed to get Nathan to kinda do the touchdown pose too (see "My Son the Alien", Jan. 13, 2008). He was really more or less laying down this time, so it wasn't as amazing as the first go around. Still funny though!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
The picture isn't the greatest since the statue is so shiny. It's a sailboat with Jeremiah 29:11 inscribed on the main sail. The base plate says "Nathan Wyatt Dudley, 1-3-08, from Great Grandma and Grandad Dudley." It's really nice and it's the kind of gesture that's typical of Nathan's super Great Grandparents. I know he won't really appreciate it for a few years, but this is the kind of thing that he will hold onto forever. Thanks again, G & G Dudley!
Soon after the grandparents left, Olivia's Aunt Laura and Uncle Rob showed up with their 3 kids. They brought us dinner (thanks!) and posed for some pictures with Nate. Here's their 2 girls, Morgan and Kelly, with him...The 2 girls really love kids and they both seemed really happy to get a chance to cuddle the little guy. Nathan seemed a bit more unsure about the whole situation as he tried to box Morgan's nose...Later in the evening as we were getting ready for bed, I was sitting in bed with Nate in my lap. Liv told me to wake him up because he needed to eat again before sleepy time. This is where we learned another of his cute little oddities that almost made us roll out of the bed with laughter. I was reclining against a pile of pillows with my legs up at about a 45 degree angle. Nathan was about 2/3 asleep, laying on his back on my inclined legs. When Olivia tells me to wake him up, I usually just look for some way to agitate him because that's about the only way to get a response. I guess I was inspired by the football game I just turned off, because I grabbed his arms and raised them both in the "touchdown" position. The funny thing was, when I let go he held them there! Eyes closed and arms outstretched, he held the pose for about 5 seconds before letting his arms down. This was so humorous to me that I did it again and got the same result. I guess the funny thing was that he wasn't resting them on anything. He was asleep and holding them up there. I couldn't stop myself and repeated this sequence 4 or 5 times before his mother rescued him from my clutches. By then we were both beet red with laughter and I believe she called us bad parents too.
Fast forward to this morning. Due to an extraordinarily poopy diaper, we were forced to give Nathan his bath a day early. He has these neat little towels that have a noggin sized pocket on one corner to keep his little melon warm while you dry him off. After his bath, Liv had him wrapped up in one of his towels and it struck me... My son looks like E.T. !Apparently E.T. was hungry too because he was also attempting to eat a kleenex that his mother was using to wipe his chin with. I was lucky enough to catch it on video..
Friday, January 11, 2008
I made this one black and white and it turned out really nice...I really like that picture. Anyway, after a whole week of fatherhood, I've picked up on a few things. I'm certainly not an expert yet, but I am a fast learner. So, here's my top 5 list of things I've learned after a week of being called Dad.
5. Everything babies do is cute. I don't know why or how, but it is. Somehow burping, spitting up, pooping, flailing around for no reason, or even just sleeping takes on a whole new level of excitement that doesn't make any sense. I doubt anyone would enjoy watching me do any of those things, but I think I could sell tickets when Nathan does any of that.
4. Whoever invented the pacifier (the soothing tool, not the Vin Diesel movie) should receive a Nobel Peace Prize. I guarantee that whoever invented that clever little tool has brought more peace to the world than Al Gore's stupid global warming movie ever will.
3. With a baby resting on your belly, a Marfan syndrome-like chest indentation is the perfect place to rest his head to keep it from rolling off to one side. (Aunt Shauna may be the only one to get that reference.)
2. Only about 50% of a baby's pee actually winds up in the diaper. The other 50% winds up on the changing table, the clean diaper, the adjacent baby care products, and the baby changing personnel when the baby cuts loose in the middle of a diaper change. Nathan may actually get less than 50% in his diaper because I think he saves most of his for changing time. Just ask Great-Grandma Dudley. Sorry Grandma! Anymore I just crack open the diaper, blow a cool breeze in there, and close it back up for a second. Once he loses the "pure relaxation" face, it's usually safe to proceed.
1. A few weeks back, I was talking with Dave Anderson at church about fatherhood. Nathan still hadn't been born yet and Dave was preparing me for what to expect. I don't remember exactly what he said, but he made the point that if a grizzly bear was threatening your baby you'd rush in to protect it. You'd know it wouldn't really do any good, but you'd get in there and have a go with Smokey all the same. Luckily there haven't been any grizzlies spotted in New Berlin recently, but I now know how right Dave was.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Here's one final early shot that I thought was good.I can't wait until he starts dating and I can break out the picture of him in the Babytherm 8000 to show his girlfriend. Ah, the rewards of fatherhood!
Once the delivery circus settled down, it was time to start having visitors. Two of the first were my Grandma and Grandad Dudley. My cousin had a little boy just over a year ago, but he's a Slater. Nathan is the first great-grandchild to carry on the Dudley name. To honor Grandad Dudley, we gave Nathan the middle name Wyatt. That's granddad's first name. Grandad and grandma are truly awesome grandparents. They are the kindest, gentlest people you could ever meet and we are truly blessed to be part of their family. They have been the best role models of faith, family, love, compassion, generosity, and joy. I am tickled that I was able to honor them while naming my son. I only pray that Nathan gets a chance know them before they are gone and that he is able to uphold the standards they have set for the Dudley name. Here's a good picture of Grandma Dudley with her 2 Wyatt's.
They're getting married in June and they'll both still have 2 years of school left. But judging by her cheshire grin, she's already got plans beyond that.
Let's not forget the new grandparents...Dad has already bought the boy a camouflage onesie, John Deere boots, and a John Deere vibrating ear of corn teething toy. If this level of spoilage continues, grandma and grandpa will soon be Nate's most favorite people in the whole world. Olivia's sister, Rachel, stopped in for a visit Thursday night as well, but we somehow managed to not get a picture of her either. Sorry Rachel!
Day 2 - After a mostly sleepless night for Olivia and a so-so night of sleep for me, we entered Friday tired but happy. Nothing too eventful happened. Friday's visitors included Gloria and her husband Norm, Olivia's Aunt Pat, Jason and Sadie Jones (friends from work), Marshall Metcalf (another friend from work), Wade and Nicole Blakeman (more friends of ours), and ma and pa Dudley again. If I left anyone else out, sorry. I was tired. Here's a good one from Friday's visit...
Nate was looking much cuter and less alien-like by Friday.
Day 3 - After another night in the hospital, we began to get ready to go home on Saturday. After a seemingly endless series of checkups, shots, procedures, Dr visits, more checkups, and more shots we finally made it out and back home. That's where I started this whole blog entry. So that's Nate's life this far, but I have a couple more pictures from this evening that need to be on here as well. First is Nathan trying on the Elmer Fudd hat that his Aunt Shauna made him for Christmas. Unfortunately, Nate didn't arrive during the week that she and my brother-in-law, Tom, were here for the holidays. They live in Iowa, but they'll get to meet Nate in the coming months. Until then, he'll just have to work on growing into his awesome new hat.
She says she used the extra small toddler pattern to make the hat. If that's an extra small, I'd hate to meet the toddler who fits in the extra large. Whoa. A cool hat nonetheless, and you have to love the state-worker-orange as well.
And finally here's me and Nate deciding which pictures to post on here tonight... I'm sure you've noticed there's no pictures of Olivia on here. There are pictures of her and she looks beautiful in every one of them. However, I think she only got about 4 hours of sleep over the past 3 days, so she didn't feel too beautiful. She didn't tell me not to post her pictures, but I held back for her sake. We'll get her all rested up and I'll get some pictures of her with the boy that she can be proud of. I'm super proud of her for all she's gone through and what a great mother she's shaping up to be already. I love you, honey!
So that's things so far. I'm still getting used to this whole fatherhood thing, so I'm sure I will have many posts dealing with that over the coming days and weeks. Plus, I'm sure Nate will only get cuter as he grows up. So check in here often for updates and new pictures. Thanks to everyone for your thoughts, prayers, gifts, time, and love. Olivia and I are both very grateful for the family and friends we have been blessed with. You all make a great environment to bring our precious baby up in. Thanks again!