Saturday, August 30, 2008

Welcome baby Meren!

Congratulations to Christian & Brittan Vanover, who welcomed their baby girl early this morning.

Meren Jaclyn Vanover
born August 30, 2008 at 3:08 am
8 lbs, 5 oz
20 inches long

Michigan State Fair

Josh & Evelyn
Originally uploaded by sjross

Last night we went to the State Fair with the Kelso family. Josh & Evelyn had a blast.

It's totally overpriced - $32 for our tickets & parking - but a really unique experience, and I think a quite interesting snapshot of life in Michigan, from the farm animals to the attendees...I highly recommend it.

Lots more photos in my Flickr account.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Boys @ the park

A photo Lauren took @ the park this week.

The cape is getting to be a staple around here. Nate is annoyed but I can't fault Josh too much - I wore my Wonder Woman Underoos on top of my clothes for QUITE a long time...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Life goes on...

So nothing to report here. Contractions pretty much stopped. I don't know what that was - I'm defying all my childbirth books. Braxton-Hicks shouldn't do what these contractions did, and yet they stopped, baby stayed in, and life is somewhat back to normal.

I'll keep you posted :)

Monday, August 25, 2008

And all is quiet on the (mid)western frontier...

We've had an interesting couple of days. I started having contractions Friday - they never materialized into much of anything, never got closer than 8 mins apart, and stopped overnight. Yesterday, I woke up with contractions 4 minutes apart, that within an hour were 3 minutes apart, and stayed strong and consistent most of the day. They got to be around 90 seconds long, and I thought we were headed somewhere.

Alas, no. Slowed down again, and here we are. 10 days from my due date, and I've no idea what to expect. Things were radically different with Josh because my water broke and I was subsequently induced - there's no stopping Pitocin contractions, and so he was born 4-1/2 hours after the IV went in. Last year's induction was with Cytotec - even more intense than the Pit, and nothing remotely natural about it.

I feel sort of like a first-timer, despite having already given birth twice. I don't know what my body does naturally. I had hoped I would be more of a Speedster-type laborer. I have to admit, I sort of envy my friend Megan's super-powered 5-hour intense rocket ride with Ava.

I'm starting to suspect, however, that I might just be a Putterer. So, I'm settling in for a long-ish, unpredictable interesting adventure for a super-planner.

Monday, August 18, 2008


While I haven't found it to be as accurate as Google, I have to admit, the flashiness of Cuil has me totally sucked in.

Hey - I can't help it...Marketing is my's bound to work on me. Check it out - it really is quite cool.

One year later...

Day Out with Thomas @ Crossroads Village in Flint. My how they've grown...

The rest of the photos are in a Flickr set here.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Turn baby turn!

Good news - the moxibustion, the headstands, the pulsatilla, the hanging-upside-down, the prayer...all of it, some of it, something WORKED! At my appointment yesterday, baby was head-down! Not engaged, but pointed in the right direction. I'm so encouraged...this means no Version, which means baby will come on her own time. So while we may still end up having her next week, it could also be a month from now.

For once, I'm actually enjoying uncertainty.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Light 'em up!

I picked up my moxa sticks today, so we'll be smoking some herb around here for the next week or two...cross your fingers!

**Update: Okay, so can I tell you, these things seriously smell like weed. I was slightly amused and slightly embarrassed to be sitting on our patio in a cloud of marijuana-ish funk. We'll see if it does anything - no change so far, and we're both still skeptical. If it works, it's awesome. If not, well, I've just made myself smell like I went to a Phish concert for no reason.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Welcome to the world!

Congratulations to our good friends Ryan & Megan! Ava Elizabeth Fluetsch was born this morning at 6:10. She weighed 9 lbs 7 oz and was 22 inches long.

More details and pictures are available on their blog.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Someone please wake me up...

Thank you, Kylinn. Josh is walking around singing Hannah Montana songs. That is sooooo sick & wrong.

You can stop laughing now.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Weird conversations with sexist 3 year olds.

I'm going to summarize a conversation Josh & I had last week...we were talking about babies, and he told me he's going to have 7 babies one day - 3 boys and 4 girls. I asked him who was going to be his wife, and then had to explain to him why he can't marry his grandmas or cousin.

Josh: Well, Evelyn has a bunch of baby stuff so she must want a lot of kids. I'll marry her.
Me: That's good. Do you think she wants to have 7 kids?
Josh: Yes, she does. And do you know what we'll name them?
Me: What?
Josh: My boys are Peter, John, and Michael.
Me: Cool - like Peter Pan?
Josh: Yes. And my girls are Wendy, Sadie, Charlotte, and Meagan. And mom [looking around], we're going to need a bigger car.
Me: Well Josh, when you're grown up and married, you'll buy your own car.
Josh: Actually, I'm just going to borrow a car next time daddy goes on a trip.
Me: And you'll drive all your kids around?
Josh: No, my wife will have to do it because I need to work. That's why you have a wife - to watch all your kids.

So there, from a 3 year old's perspective, is most of my adult life simplified - I'm the babysitter.

Moxibustion, anyone?

So I'm going tomorrow to an acupuncturist to pick up some moxibustion herbs & instructions. And that is without question one of the weirdest, most out-of-character things I've ever said. I swear, I'm turning into a crazy hippie. Supposedly, it has a pretty high success rate at turning breech babies.

We'll see if it works. I'm also going to start regularly making a giant ass out of myself doing headstands at the pool.

Have you ever had a breech baby? What did you do, and did it work?

Friday, August 1, 2008


Okay this is probably a little tacky but hey, we're all friends here, right? So I'm wondering if any of you have spare Michael's coupons - I'd like to get 5-6 of their 40% off coupons (which are in the paper almost every week) so I can buy some baskets for the baby's closet...let me know :)