Thursday, December 27, 2007

New Xmas Pictures

You can see more here

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Six Months

So I am a little behind on this post but here it goes.

Mom and I were sick for nearly three weeks after Thanksgiving so our Holiday season seemed to be very fragmented. We couldn't believe that it has been (over) four weeks already, this month has flown by. I know I have said that your development has been unbelievable before, but this month it is like none other. You are an entirely new baby.

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You got a double ear infection, but after we figured out what it was and the antibiotics kicked in, you have been like a new baby. You are talking like crazy and you still just want to stand up all the time. You are starting to reach for everything, EVERYTHING, especially when mom and I are eating. Which is rather funny because you still won't eat the food that your mother has been making, not even the apple sauce!

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We have started giving you water out of a "big boy" glass and you love it. Watching your face is priceless, you get really excited and your arms flutter and if the glass has ice in it, your face gets a shocked look on it once the ice hits your mouth.

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We had Christmas at Great Grandma and Grandpa's and you held center stage. You were all about talking and showing of your new found drinking skills. We had a ton of fun, despite your sleep patterns nearly giving mom an ulcer.

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You are fascinated by anything and everything that moves. You literally get excited by everything from the dog and his collar to the ceiling fan. I wish that I had your sense of wonder, it is such fun watching your arms flutter and your eyes get huge every time you see something that moves or shines.

I could probably go on and on, but I just want to say that if you are this much fun now, I cannot wait to see what the next few months hold...now, only if you would eat your food so we could cut back on these feedings, but hey, your still so damn cute that we can't help but laugh.

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Saturday, December 15, 2007

A Sure Sign of Trouble

"So when do you want to have our next baby"

"Uh, why don't we get through this whole teething thing first, then we can talk about it...in like 16 months"

"But we make such cute babies"

"We made A cute baby, what if he got all the good genes? The next one is screwed"

Friday, December 14, 2007

A Digression

When I started this, I wanted to of course keep everyone updated on Harrison, his development, his life, and of course our life as a family. However, I also wanted to be able to provide context for his life. Provide snapshots of the times in which he was raised and what was important, defining etc. All that to say that this is one of those context posts, one in which has little to do with Harrison but rather the "news" of the day. A little rant/digression to get my writing fix in, so indulge me a little if you a will.

The Mitchell Report, a report detailing the extent of steroid use in baseball, came out yesterday and it has been greeted with great surprise, evaluation, summarization, explanation, etc. The Mitchell Report, as the former Commissioner of Baseball Fay Vincent has noted, may be the biggest "scandal" since the Black Sox scandal of 1919. I use the word "scandal" in quotes, because for a scandal this sure has taken its sweet time to develop. The report has been 20 months in the making and probably a decade or longer in actual development.

The big news has been the names of players implicated in the steroids probe, most notably Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte. Clemens being one of the premier pitchers of his or any other time. A multiple Cy Young winner and one the game's highest profile players is one of the named players who stands to lose the most.

The report, in my humble opinion will have little effect on the way die hard or casual fans view the game. I say this because I think in many ways fans are apathetic to this type of news. We have seen grown men continue to grow when all of science says that they should have stopped. We have seen middle age men hit their peaks when many before them were contemplating retirement. Fans have been suspicious but we have watched because as fans, that's what we do. Momentary suspension of belief is critical as a fan, the opportunity to see seemingly ordinary men accomplish un-ordinary feats is part of being a fan, the specialness of sports. So as fans we have turned an eye, knowing that something wasn't quite right, but knowing that we were loving what we were seeing.

The owners, the Commissioner, the players, the union, everyone is complicit in this scandal. Everyone knew that money, and big money was to be made by closing their eyes and pretending that everything was normal, that drugs in baseball didn't exist. And that is why this report as a revelation is hard to swallow. Everyone knew about the problems, but everyone pretended not to know. Nobody wanted to know, nobody, not owners who were selling seats, not players who were making huge contracts, not fans who were witnessing history, and not the Commissioner, who was expanding the game nationally and internationally, wanted to know the truth.

The Mitchell report will serve a purpose. It will force everyone from underneath their eyelids and make them see the world as it really is. It will make fans suspect everything, it will make the parties involved implement policies to help "rid" the sport of illegal drugs, but it will be done in a false light. A light that should have been forced many years ago when the problem was at its peak.

As a parent and as a fan my views of baseball will change little. I will still extol the virtues of America's pastime, explain to Harrison that baseball, in its purest form is a great game, a game that is splendid because of its simplicity. A man with a bat, facing another man with a ball. Nine men playing a game for pay, that you or I would play for free. And yeah, something rotten once happened to the game and many players took advantage of a don't ask don't tell policy, but the game - THE GAME, is still a great game, and one that will continue to grow and prosper, despite what these men tried to do to it.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Santa Baby

Ever wonder what would happen if you left a new mother home alone with a six month old baby and a Santa costume? Here are the results

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Monday, December 10, 2007

No Mas!

We have been trying to get Harrison to eat rice cereal, then we moved on to oatmeal, and now we are trying real food. We wanted to try and make our own baby food mainly because we thought it would be good for him to eat "real" food and not the processed baby food, but also we thought the real textures of the foods would maybe help him develop a less choosy palate. Unfortunately the little man likes his new foods as much as a stick to the eye. We first tried squash and now pears.

The little monster ( I use the term lovingly) will actually close his mouth and shake his head and scream until we give up. Sunday mom was at work and got a piece of advice from a coworker to let him try and eat it himself. So I tried it...and as the video below will show you, it didn't quite work out. But what you can't see, because of my sweet camera skills, is that that he actually makes himself gag, not because he actually tried it, no, but because he just looked at it. If it weren't so funny it would be maddening.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Oh Christmas Tree

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Yesterday we went and picked out our Christmas Tree with Harrison. It was a cold and rainy day, fortunately the rain held off until we we were done. Harrison wasn't a huge fan of being in his snow suit and more importantly being in his snow suit and his car seat at the same time. Santa happened to be making an appearance at the nursery so we were able to take a photo with Harrison sitting on Santa's lap. It was actually pretty cute we weren't sure how he would react, especially since he had been fussy the whole time we were there, but he just sat there, almost in a daze, I am not sure if he was scared or confused at the big man holding him. Either way we got a pretty good picture of his first Santa visit.

I have put up some pictures here with shots from getting the tree and decorating it.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Quotes

I won't name names but I received this in an email after posting pictures of Harrison:

"Not because I'm his favorite aunt or anything, but I think he's a really beautiful baby."

On our way to do our Christmas Shopping:

Liz: "This is like a date" Me: "I hardly call going to the grocery/Target a date" Liz: Considering our social life the last 5 months I would call this a date!"

Monday, December 03, 2007

Sunday, December 02, 2007

I Only Hope

This week is Jimmy V week on all ESPN outlets. Liz and I were talking about Jimmy V yesterday as we were watching college football and she asked me who he was. Most people know him as the coach of the NC State team that made a run in the NCAA's and won a National Championship in 1983. So, as I told her about this, I googled his speech at the ESPY's and found it on YouTube. As we watched and I laughed and cried, we got to the end and simply said, That is Jim Valvano.

I kept thinking about the video throughout the day and just thought that I can only hope that Harrison is able to live his life this way. To be able to live with passion and how to live with love. If he can find a way to live this way, then no matter what, his life will be a success.

Take a moment and watch the video, watch all the way to end, and visit the V foundation...and if we can live our lives to Laugh, Think and Cry everyday, we will have full life.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Five Months

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Five months, your mother and I were talking on our first date since you were born tonight, and she told me that she looked at you today in the rear view mirror and saw a little boy, not a baby, and that made her sad. I must admit I am sad too, but also very excited to see you grow into a little man.

You are becoming more aware of touch now. You like your Fuzzy Fuzzy Fuzzy book and others that allow you to touch and feel things. You love petting Riley and grabbing his fur, which being the good dog that he is, he just sits there and lets you tug at him. You and he seem to be getting along much better now. You are completely aware of where he is, and trying to feed you as he walks around your room is just one of our new challenges as you are starting to become more active. Riley still thinks you are a big lollipop that he can lick at will and still seems to think you are a big toy, especially when you are on the floor kicking. Along with your new found love of petting your dog, you like to grab our faces. It is one of the best things when you stand up after eating and look at us and just pet or grab our cheeks like they exist only for your amusement.

Another interesting thing about month five is that you are starting to figure out to scream. You just sit in your crib and talk and then let out piercing screams, when we walk in you just look at us and giggle like you were testing us.

One of the strangest things is that you love to stand up, but you still don't like to be on your stomach. You seem to have forgotten how to roll over on your own and you are more interested in sucking on your hands than you are pushing yourself over.

Finally, we have started you on Rice cereal, and it is good to see that you inherited your mother's and my stubbornness. For the first few times you loved the stuff, now you purse your lips and won't open them until you finally scream and we are able to sneak a spoonful into your mouth, between breaths and screams. We keep trying and you keep resisting, it's pretty much how I imagine you being a teenager will be like.

We are excited more and more as we see your skills coming along, I still think I can get you on skates by 18 months, but your mom thinks I may be a little crazy! Either way we are having a wonderful time watching you develop and even though you are slowly becoming a little boy with each day, you will always be our little baby.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Who are You

One of my favorite TV shows is Scrubs, and the episode tonight was talking about knowing who you are and knowing your heritage. One of the characters is a Latina women who has had a child and is worried about passing along her heritage to her daughter.

This is something that has been an issue for me personally for a while. If anyone who is reading this isn't family (there might be a few right :) I was adopted from South America when I was a young child. Unfortunately, mostly due to my own neglect, I haven't done a good job of keeping a firm understanding of my heritage and background. For many reasons I was fine with that when I was growing up, but now that I have a child I feel like I have failed. Not that I am failing, or will fail, Harrison, though I feel that I am, but mostly that I have failed my birth parents. I don't remember anything about them, and that hurts, but the fact that I don't know anything them, about where I come from, and can't share that with my son so he can pass it on, hurts the most.

The answer is probably easy, study, learn, speak Spanish, but for some reason reading Este No Es Mi Dinosaurio, doesn't seem to cut it. So how do we pass along our heritage to our kids. How do we learn to appreciate who we are, while letting our kids learn and appreciate it on their own so they take pride and at least know where they come from?

Friday, November 09, 2007

Team Work

It is kind of funny that I am writing this post tonight, because when Liz gets home tonight, I am going to hear about how I might have done Harrison irreparable harm because I failed to follow the schedule that she has painstakingly got him on over the last week. But anyhow, one of the coolest things that I have seen as we have become parents is that we are becoming a better team. We still have our "moments" but being a parent has brought us closer.

It is fun coming home from work and playing on the floor and getting set up for bed and bath time. It is fun heading to lunch, one carrying the baby, the other the diaper bag, or going for a walk, one with a stroller and one with a leash. Liz still does the lion's share of the work, but when we click, we click, and that is what has made this whole experience fun. Our ability to enjoy each other more as we enjoy watching Harrison grow up.

Now, talk to me tomorrow after our "discussion" tonight! :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Friday, October 26, 2007

This Kid is Going to be Just Fine

When I picked up H from his sitters he was giggling and laughing when I first put him in his seat, but once I started driving he started crying and screaming. So, I did what I normally do, I sang to him, tried talking to him, even blew bubble sounds, and got nothing. Well, going down a wet highway with a screaming baby is about the last thing on my fun list, so I finally dipped into the iPod. I threw the first thing on which happened to be Wilco. He stopped crying right away. I thought he was asleep but when we got home little man was just hanging out in the backseat, listening to music.

First Jack Johnson and Ben Harper, now Wilco. Yup, little man will be just fine!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Milk Breath Moments

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On the days that Liz works H and I are usually in survival mode. In the mornings it is a race to get out the door, backpack, computer bag, and milk cooler in tow. In the evening it is a race against traffic and time to get home so we can have a few minutes before bath and bedtime to hang out. Usually it is a hurried ten minutes as I get everything out and ready, as we talk and tell each other about our respective days. For some reason his always sound better than mine! Usually, I feed him and spend a quite minute or two as he falls asleep, rocking in the chair, then I put him down and go play a little NCAA Football, check email, or catch up on news and PTI, trying to get a few quite moments before Liz gets home.

I don't know if it was the cold, damp, Indiana fall day, the lack of sleep from last night, or what, but tonight we just sat and rocked away for much longer than usual. I couldn't put him down. I just sat there holding him, his arm splayed across my chest, his deep baby breaths, Mozart playing softly in the room, and we just sat there. The quite house, dark, heating up as the furnace kicked in for one of the first times this fall, and his sweet milk breath, warming my neck.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Four Months

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We can probably say with certainty that this last month has been the best yet, well, until the last week or so anyway. I made the comment to mommy a few weeks ago that you are starting to be fun! Don't get me wrong, the first few months were good, but I equate them more to survival than anything else. Now, you are starting to laugh and giggle so much more. You know who we are and you smile all the time. You also laugh great big belly laughs when you are a happy boy. You can pick things up and hold them in your hands, not for very long, but you are getting better with each day. We are still finding out how to soothe you, but mommy knows that you like it when she "eats little baby belly's"! You also have a new cry now, which we haven't heard until the last few weeks. It is almost like a laugh and a cry. You pucker your little mouth like you are saying "ma ma" and you make a funny little noise, almost like a moose call or something. It is quickly followed by a whine. It is funny and momma is convinced you are calling out for her specifically.

The last week or so has been a little bit of a test. You are starting to teeth and you seem to be the crankiest little thing you have ever been. It is not your fault of course, but you seem to not know whether you are tired, hungry, or both. The good news is the doctor thinks you are ready to get started on baby cereal, and mom is convinced that this weekend will be your first shot, especially if you are still as cranky as you have been the last few days.

You went to the doctor this week and you are certainly growing, though it seems you are growing up and not out. You are only 13 lbs and 6 oz, which is the 25th percentile for weight, but you are 25.5 inches which is the 75th percentile for height.

All in all this has been a great fourth month. Mommy and I are so lucky to have you and are really getting excited for the holidays to come so we can spend them with our little man!

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Our new pictures are up and you can see them here

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Some of the Best Things

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- The way you sleep, kind of like you are signaling a touchdown
- The way your arms flutter like a bird when you get excited
- The way you make Loon noises when you are sleepy
- Your little giggle when you see mommy
- That you like to be naked when you get ready for your bath, and that you cry when we try to get you dressed again
- The way you blow bubbles
- Your little smile when we walk in to get you out of bed
- Your slobbery baby kisses
- That you open your mouth when mommy and I kiss your cheek

New pictures up on Flickr

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Parenting

After an early morning feeding:

"Do you think we will EVER be able to sleep in?"
"I hope not, I love being tired all the time!"

After the dog climbs in bed at 4:00 AM:

"We really have to be more consistent with Harrison than we are with the dog."

Nap Time:

"Babe, I think we broke the Nap Rebellion...you know, instead of the Boxer Rebellion."


Friday, September 28, 2007

Learning to Love America

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I heard this poem on NPR's Writer's Almanac, and maybe it was Garrison Keillor's soothing tone, or maybe it was just the wonderfully written words, but I couldn't help but listen and feel a sort of connection to it. I am not an English major, nor smart enough to pull all of the meaning from it, but I couldn't get these lines out of my head:

because he is a strong American boy
because I have seen his eyes redden when he is asked who he is
because he answers I don’t know

because to have a son is to have a country
because my son will bury me here
because countries are in our blood and we bleed them


I know that Harrison will have a country and I know that he will love the opportunities given to him, just like we appreciate the opportunities given us, and I hope that he gets to experience the beauty of this land (and others too) and appreciates that his life, is shaped not by others, but by his aspirations and dreams alone.

Monday, September 24, 2007

3 Months!

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OK, so Harrison is three months and one week but close enough, right? It seems like the last few weeks have been a blur and we see little changes almost daily. Harrison has obviously grown so much, but its the little things, like rolling over, kicking his feet up and grabbing his toes, grabbing things, all make for fun "did you see that" moments.

Liz has started back at work and while it has been tough for her, little man has adjusted pretty well to day care. He is still alive and seems to have no ill effects from his two days away from home. :)
The same can't be said for his daddy who enjoyed his first weekend alone with Harrison, I now have a new found respect for mommy especially as we try to get him into his nap schedule!

I have posted some more photos - really does anyone get tired of looking at him? We don't :)!

You can see the photos here!


Sunday, September 09, 2007

Touchdown!

If you are a college football fan nothing beats the start of September, unless of course, you are a Michigan or Notre Dame fan :)! Seeing as it was Purdue's home opener (even though it was against Eastern Illinois) we had to get Harrison ready for the upcoming season. We have posted some pics here. You can also watch a quick video of Harrison and mom as they were getting ready for the game on Saturday - just click on the video and it should play.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

A Visit from Aunt Laura and More!

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Sorry for the delay in posting. We have had so much going on and as it seems less time to do everything we want. We have so much to tell and share - Harrison WAS sleeping through the night. I say was because for about a week he was going down and sleeping until at least 6:00 ish each morning. These last couple of days he has decided that he wants to get up during the middle of the night and test mommy and daddy again.

He is such a little man now. He is growing quickly and starting to learn new skills each day. He can now stick out his tongue to random people at the Post Office (ask Liz, she can tell you the whole story.) He is giggling and laughing and even can endure tummy time for about five minutes until he starts screaming!

We had a great time with Aunt Laura who flew in from Sacramento for Labor Day weekend. It was the first time she met Harrison, she has three beautiful young children of her own but seemed to cherish her time with a baby again. We were able to take in Rib Fest in downtown Indy. We also headed to Bub's Burgers - I seem to take all my family there but it is the best burger you can get (seriously, come visit and we will take you - no better excuse than a burger and beer on a sunny summer afternoon)!

I have posted pictures from the last couple of weeks here there are some cute ones of Harrison with Laura and Mom- I will be trying to post a little more frequently so stay tuned!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Lake Norris and Week 7&8 Pics Now Up

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We spent last week at beautiful Lake Norris in Tennessee. We had a great time and got some great photos. I have posted some pictures on Flickr from the lake as well as some very cute shots of Harrison from the last couple of weeks. I will have another post tomorrow on Harrison's first two months.

There are two folders called Week 7 & 8 and Lake Norris. Check out all the pictures here.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

How Will He See It?

For those of you who might have not heard Barry Bonds broke the home run record last night. He broke the great Hank Aaron's record of 755 home runs. As I was thinking about the record I kept remembering when I first starting liking, rather, loving sports and I couldn't help thinking about Harrison and how he will view sports stars of his day, and if he will get the chance to experience sports like I experienced them.

I remember it was about fourth grade when I discovered the beauty of sports. That was the year I read In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson and I Had a Hammer, learning about the greats and appreciating the history of sports and sports figures. That was also about the time when I started watching the NBA. I remember sitting in our kitchen in front of our little gray TV watching the Lakers and Show Time! Magic running the show. I remember the Lakers and Pistons going back and forth and I remember heading out to the driveway to emulate Magic as best I could. I still remember sitting in my dorm room, crying, yes crying as Gretzky took his last skate around the Garden, his 99 painted in his office, behind the net, where he made so many great plays that always made me sit with my mouth open. My childhood idols will always loom large in my mind, heck I still tuck the right side of my jersey just like The Great One used to do. They will forever be ingrained in my head, somewhere between idols and heroes.

So as I sat there thinking about Bonds and his record I wondered if Harrison will get to experience his idols. Will sports still be a pure endeavor where a child can watch on TV and still go outside and play in fascination and amazement at what they just saw on TV. Will he still get goosebumps when he is at his first hockey game and the lights go black and the spotlights come on at center ice right before the line ups are announced? Or have the likes of Bonds, Vick, and $250 million dollar contracts ruined the mystique? I for one will encourage Harrison to dream and see the beauty in sports, to be mystified at what sports can do and what dreams can be. But part of me will also (when he is old enough) help him understand that true hero's aren't the ones who put on uniforms and hit home runs, but the ones who put on regular clothes everyday and do things seemingly ordinary that truly do make a difference...but I will still be standing next to him as we watch the "next" Gretzky make an amazing play, hopefully our mouths open and goosebumps running down our arms.

So what do you think? Will children like Harrison get to experience sports like we did?


Monday, July 30, 2007

Changes

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It is amazing how fast Harrison seems to be changing. We have started giving him bottles every couple of days and as I fed him this evening I was amazed at how he would push the bottle away when he was fussy and how he would grab a hold of it to soothe himself. I can understand why mom and baby create such a bond when they breast feed. As I sat there feeding him he just stared and gazed at me for the first few minutes, looking at me as if he knew that I was his daddy and that we were sharing a moment.

I hope that he always looks at me with such amazement and love.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

What it all Means

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This weekend I had a great opportunity to head up to Northern Wisconsin to my brother's cottage in Hayward. I originally wasn't going to be able to go up but some last minute arrangements allowed me to surprise my grandfather who had flown in from Vancouver Washington to spend a weekend fishing and boating with my brother and father.

It was a perfect man's weekend filled with steak, beer and even a few actual fish. It was an incredible time, three generations of Lucas men sharing old stories of visiting grandpa, hearing stories of when my grandfather was young, and stories about my dad and his brother as kids.

The whole weekend I kept thinking of my own son and how I couldn't wait to share events like this with him when he grows up. How I hoped that he would be able to share in such moments with his grandfather, uncle, and myself. The weekend made me appreciate what life is all about...the little moments with those that you love and love you. Family is what makes you and I can only hope that Liz and I will provide as wonderful a family that our parents and grandparents have provided for us.

So we go back to our daily struggles, but refreshed with the true meaning of family, and what it means to be part of a unit that no matter what happens, you know, will always love and care for you.

You can see some pictures from the weekend here

Sunday, July 15, 2007

One Month

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Harrison was officially one month old yesterday. Four weeks feels like four days, yet it is truly amazing at how fast he has grown and how many changes we have already noticed. Every day truly is a blessing and a learning experience. Below are some of the things that I have learned through these first four weeks - enjoy!
  • Whoever said "sleep is overrated" never had a newborn
  • Little boys really do "spray" and the little pee blockers don't work!
  • Dressing a baby is like trying to dress a snake
  • 40 diapers in a week, seriously!
  • Baby monitors are a blessing and a curse
  • There are no such things as "plans"
  • Mothers are saints - especially breastfeeding moms.
  • Seeing your little boy when you come home from a busy day puts all your day's worries into perspective
  • A baby sleeping on your chest on a Sunday afternoon is as good as it gets
  • Hearing your child cry and not being able to do anything can break your heart
  • Looking into his eyes and seeing an All-American or First Round Draft Pick is inevitable, remembering he has your athletic genes is reality
  • As cliche as it is, fatherhood is truly the greatest and scariest experience all rolled into one...and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Technical Difficulties

I have been having some issues lately with our home computer. We are having trouble getting online and posting pictures, etc. I will hopefully have it figured out shortly (yes, I have re-booted and turned off my router :)). I have a few posts I want to write and some updates but need to get the issue resolved first.

Meanwhile, there are few more pictures up on flickr.

Monday, June 25, 2007

One week

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I am pretty sure we are parents now. Harrison was one week old on Saturday and already we have experienced so many things like flying poop, leaky pee, and fussy nights. Yet everytime we look at our little man we can't help but think he is perfect.

We went to the doctor's today for Harrison's first check up. Harrison has gained good weight and is now 7 lbs 12 oz. He doesn't need to go back for a month now - which was good to hear. He is in the 50th percentile for weight, 75th for length and 25th for head size.

I am uploading more pictures on my flickr page.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Home Sweet Home

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We are Home! More to come but we need to catch up on some sleep and get everyone adjusted. I have uploaded some more photos on Flickr.

I am working on getting some video off of our video camera of us coming home - stay tuned. Hopefully I will have some more time to share some of our experiences in more detail as well.

Thanks for all the well wishes!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Happy Birthday Harrison

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June 16th, 7:30 AM Eastern we welcomed Harrison into the world. It was a crazy night. Liz's water broke at 1:00 AM, thirty minutes after I went to bed and about an hour and half after she did. The pregnancy progressed very quickly and smoothly with Liz doing a great job! We will be in the hospital until Monday morning, we do have a hospital phone number but it might be best to call our cell phones the next few days.

I have posted some pictures on my flickr page from this morning and will continue to post more the next couple of days. I will also try to post some video for everyone to see.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

More Updates

We had an appointment today and not much has happened since last week. After speaking with the doctor we have set a date to induce labor. We are going in on Monday to monitor Liz and her contractions. Tuesday evening we will go into the hospital to start the process and they will induce labor on Wednesday. It wasn't the news we were hoping for but at least we have a few days to see if Mother Nature will do her thing.

Obviously if anything happens in the next few days we will let everyone know but at least we have a path now.

More later.....

Sunday, June 10, 2007

39 Weeks, 6 Days, and Still Waiting

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Apparently young Harrison is pretty comfortable in his mommy! We are still waiting and while we wait we are having our fair share of excitement. We finally caught our furry racoon friend, which Riley has been stalking for months - at one point barking him up the roof in broad daylight!

On Thursday, as we were walking, trying to move Harrison along, our neighbor caught up with us and let us know that part of our tree snapped off in the high winds. So this weekend Dad spent all Saturday and part of Sunday cutting up the fallen part and taking down the rest of the tree (with some help from two very nice neighbors). Unfortunately all the shade on the side of our house is gone, but at least we were able to take care of it before Mom goes into labor.

I have never used a chain saw, so as I am sure Liz will attest to, we are both just happy that I still have all my fingers and toes! It was actually pretty fun pretending to be a lumberjack, though I feel like a small tap on my forehead may crumble my whole body - to say I am sore is a bit of an understatement. I have put some pictures of the tree and the removal process and some more pictures of mommy and her tummy.

I know many of you are anxiously waiting for the phone to ring - we will call soon enough...hopefully!

Thursday, May 31, 2007

More Baby Updates

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We had a doctor's appointment today...and, well, not much more to report. Liz is dilated one cm, so it could be a little bit. We did go to a Mexican restaurant and for a walk after dinner, just in case.

We also made a stop at Babies R US on the way home and made a little splurge. I figured every kid has to have their own Chuck Taylor's right?

More news to come...hopefully!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Baby Watch

It is the Tuesday after Memorial Day - no news yet. We spent Sunday walking around the mall hoping to get something going but to no avail. We also took two walks yesterday, much to Riley's delight. Liz is getting a little uncomfortable and is ready to introduce Harrison to the world - though the little guy seems to want to wait for a while longer.

Hopefully we will have more updates soon but for now we are just waiting!

Friday, May 25, 2007

A Shout out to BLAST

For those who don't know exactly where I work or what I do - I work for a company called BLASTmedia , we do media relations for tech companies all over the US and the World.

We have a blog that all of our employees contribute to - what does this have to do with Harrison? Take a look and you will see.

Just two more weeks! We are getting anxious now!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Let the countdown begin

Paintings


Wow, four weeks away! we are really excited, nervous, anxious, and everything else in between. I find myself wondering more and more about what he will look like, what color of eyes he will have, will he still have my jaw line (gosh, I hope not), how will we manage our new life? Liz has been absolutely amazing these last few weeks. I know she is easily worn down with work and getting everything ready, not to mention that she is carrying what now looks like a beach ball in her tummy! She has been, as she usually is, determined and driven to get it all done and looking perfect!

We were shopping yesterday at Costco (which is quite possibly the greatest store in the world), and Liz thought she was having a contraction. Apparently, the look on my face was just too much when she told me because she couldn't stop laughing for a good two minutes...oh, well, lets just hope I can spring into action when I am really needed!

Anyway, I have posted some more belly pictures so you can all see just how far along little Harrison is. I also posted a few more pictures of the new paintings a lady in Liz's hospital made for us - they round out the room beautifully.

One final note, thanks to friends and family alike who have given us all of the wonderful gifts - our house is in full baby mode (minus the actual baby) and it is all thanks to your wonderful generosity. Thanks to MacKenzie and Cristin for hosting the shower in Chicago last weekend!
Also, thanks to Joan for coming and helping get our gardens ready, and helping Liz get some of the wash and other organizing done.

We will keep you all posted here as the time gets closer!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Nursery Pics and More

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Well, we are finally done...well almost! We were able to finish the chair rail and finished all the little touch ups on the the two different blues. The chair rail and all the little projects have been a very interesting time. We learned some new skills, Liz is now quite the master with the coping saw, and I have had a refresher course in geometry and angles. The more we do around this house the more we find out about it, like how sometimes in the fury to get these subdivision homes done they don't always do things by the book. We have learned a few tricks now like how to wire a light switch with a few extra wires and how to get chair rail to sit on an even wall!

We have uploaded some pictures from last weekend's shower, which by the way, thank you to everyone, we recieved so many great things and we are very appreciative of the great friends and family that we have in our lives. I have also uploaded new photos from the nursery and some shots of Liz and her belly - people have been asking for these.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and hope everyone is doing well. Just 10 more weeks - I have a feeling things are really going to start flying by now. You can see all of the pictures by visting my flickr page - just click here

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Sorry for the lack of Posts

I know it has been a while. We are a little crazy here. Bets is getting ready to head up to Wausau on Thursday for her first baby shower! We almost have the nursery ready - if it weren't for a little learning curve on how to install chair rail we would have everything set. I promise to post pictures of the nursery in the next few weeks.

We are getting really excited - we are reading bedtime stories every night (although mom is better at it than dad), we read our first Spanish book two nights ago (thanks grandma Lis). Time is flying by so quickly - it is already mid-March -and I really can't believe this is only 12 weeks away!

Hopfully more pics after the shower this weekend, if you get any good ones feel free to email Liz - lkiburz at Yahoo.com or me - chrislucas1 at hotmail.com and we can post them here as well!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Chicago and the Baby Furniture

Chicago


This weekend we were able to get away to Chicago for the weekend...it was no Florida Keys but it was still a great weekend. We were able to go see the Cezanne to Picasso exhibit at the Art Institute, had a great dinner with Mack and Dan Saturday night, and watched a great Blackhawks game (which ended in a shootout Hawks win) with Rob and Janelle - I have put some pictures from the weekend on my flickr page.

When we got home Sunday night we had a message from USA Baby letting us know that our crib and changer were available to pick up. The look on Liz's face was great. We are picking up the furniture on Thursday! We have yet to paint the nursery but now that the furniture is here we will probably get started soon. I better get it done this weekend - especially since March Madness is just around the corner! Watch out for some pictures of the nursery and the new furniture as we start putting it all together!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Registering for Baby Harrison

I guess we are learning very quickly what it means to be parents (to be). With all the snow and our crazy schedules Liz and I had a hard time planning what to do for Valentine's Day. It was actually a very cute moment when we got home from taking Liz's car in for repairs Wednesday morning and she looked at me and told me that she hadn't purchased my card yet. Because of the snowstorm she hadn't been able to go after work, and now she couldn't go that day because she didn't have a car - I sheepishly mentioned that I hadn't bought one yet either...we both felt a little better! We hadn't really discussed what we were even doing that night. We decided that we would have a romantic dinner of Jack's Natural Rising Pizza and go register for baby stuff, hoping it would be empty and we could get registered without the crowds.

I thought registering for China was a process! Holy cow, I didn't realize how many high chairs, strollers, baby monitors existed. Graco, EvenFlo, Chicco, Fisher Price, Baby Bjorn....on and on it went. It was a lot of fun but very exhausting! We were so overwhelmed towards the end Liz actually said "just choose one, I have no idea"...fortunately she was talking about baby monitors and not breast pumps, she may have ended up with this!

We were tired and brain dead from all the decisions so we decided to skip the dessert. And I have to say that this was one of the more interesting and fun valentine's we have had...and we had so much fun we went to another store Friday and registered for more...oh goodness!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Blizzard of 2007

As you may have read we are currently having some GREAT weather. We are in a blizzard right now, unfortunately Liz is working and may not get home tonight. I just spent the last hour digging out but got some interesting pictures - you can see them below. You can click on them and see more photos on my Flickr page.

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Friday, February 09, 2007

A Little Love to Riley

I know that we have been updating everyone on Harrison (it feels so much more real now that we have a name and have started using it), but we should give a little love to Riley. Riley for those of you who do not know, is our five year old Welsh Terrier. He is more than just a little part of this family - he has been Liz's baby for quite some time now. We still aren't sure how he will react playing second fiddle when Harrison arrives though I am guessing you might hear a tale or two of chewed up toys, pouting, and overall stubborness that Terriers are known for. Liz is positive that they will become best buds - I am sure they will be, after Riley has a tantrum or two! Anyway, here are some recent pictures of the little man - just so he gets some love as well!

Let us know if you have any tips on how to make a smooth transition with Riley and Harrison!


Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Today's Ultra Sound

Well, we had our second ultra sound today and they looked at Harrison's (yes, we think we found the perfect name) heart. Everything looked great. There were no issues and the doctor told us he looked healthy. We were able to get some pictures but not on a disc. We were amazed at how full his cheeks have gotten in the last few weeks - we think he has his dad's chin and nose. We had to scan these from the printed images so they are not as clear as the last ones, we will see if we can somehow get some better quality images posted. We have a VHS of both of the appointments but I am not sure how we can get that onto a file we can use digitally - anyone with any suggestions let us know.

Anyway, we hope you enjoy these!

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