It’s amazing how much she changed in the first month, from a scrunch-faced little nugget to a big-eyed wee person. … Read More 2009: First month with Pumpkin.
Leaving the hospital with our daughter was legitimately one of the scariest moments of my life. The enormity of responsibility that we’d just undertaken didn’t really hit me while we were in the hospital — we were taken care of so well by the staff at Carolinas Medical Center, everything was very structured and organized.… Read More 2009: Going home with our girl.
Day two with our baby girl, a surprise visit from Aunt T and Uncle M from Ohio, and cousins meeting for the first time.… Read More 2009: Day two with Pumpkin.
Our little Pumpkin arrived at 7:32 pm on Thursday, September 24th! She weighed 8 pounds and 14 ounces, and measured 20 and 3/4 inches long. She is incredibly strong, bright-eyed, and positively beautiful, with a head full of silky dark hair. She looks just like her daddy. I was exactly a week “overdue”, and had… Read More 2009: September 24, Pumpkin’s birth.
The Captain used his woodworking savvy to build Pumpkin’s crib (which was then Peanut’s, then Panda’s, and will likely be our grandchildren’s), starting with a pile of beautiful raw Brazilian cherry. I wish I’d taken more photos of the progress — I can’t find any that I’d taken before he had it mostly assembled. This… Read More 2009: Pumpkin’s crib and nursery.
A few months after we got the fence, Casey had taken to jumping over it to chase squirrels. Having to run after her being massively pregnant was not only physically difficult, it was emotionally stressful. Our old house backed up to the main road entering the neighborhood, and she could have very easily been hit… Read More 2009: The Bubbas
When I found out I was pregnant in January, I looked forward to the belly. I’m not a small person — 5’11 with bare feet — and I assumed that with pregnancy, my frame would expand accordingly, and quickly. I was ready for it. It didn’t happen. I didn’t really begin to show until I… Read More 2009: The belly grows.