Friday, November 26, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving!

From the Gaston Family

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Dropped of the face of the planet there

Sorry about that. Sort-of got lost there for a while. Just got busy. And I'll be busy through early next week with family and everything for Thanksgiving, so I'm not sure how much I'll be able to blog between now and then. I assure you there will be *tons* of pictures from the holidays, if you're interested.

And I want to say hi to everyone who was at the GSFL get-together on Saturday. It was so great to see everyone and introduce you all to Luke. And to be around adults again having adult conversation, even mostly about children, was wonderful! I'll be coming to as many of the future GTGs as possible. The mental break is good for me. Seeing all of your finished and in progress pieces has really inspired me to at least try to start stitching again. Thank you all so much! You have no idea how much you all mean to me.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Miracles do happen (or, I saw The Incredibles last night)

Yes, believe it or not, DH and I went to the movies last night. First time (besides going to the Fox for the summer film festival) since mid-July! Oh, I have missed it so!!! Since DH was off today, we decided to try the last showing of The Incredibles with Luke, hoping (quite frankly) that no one else would be there. One other couple did show up, but that was it. I saw all of the previews (including Star Wars Episode III), missed the Pixar short (thank you, starving baby), and got to see all of the movie (thank you, wonderful DH who fed and walked him at the 30 minute mark).

And it was so worth it! The Incredibles is just that, an incredible film. I enjoyed it so much (and no, not just because it's the first new movie I've seen since August). It truly was an excellent movie, in and of itself. Add in amazing visuals, great homages to other action hero and spy-type films, and some fabulous humor, and you have one fantastic flick. GO SEE IT!!! Full Movie Musings here.

Monday, November 08, 2004

One month old!

Aren't I just the most adorable thing in the world?

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Exciting Luke news (to me, at least), and a cat quiz

Even since Luke was a couple of days old, he's been holding his head up a bit, and it has progressed more and more each day. He's now holding it up more than not when he's being held, assuming he's not laying down. But the exciting news? He is finally consistently tracking things with his eyes! He would do it a little, but not for very long, for a while now, but he followed an elephant back and forth and back and forth yesterday. :-) Okay, so it's one of those little things that only a parent gets excited about, but I'm just thrilled to finally see it.

In other news, I found this quiz at Stacey's blog. Fun!

You are a Ragdoll! You are known for your laid
back attitude. You are the ultimate in
low-maintenance. You'd rather hang out around
the house all day than seek adventure.

What breed of cat are you?
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Friday, November 05, 2004

I did it! I did it!!!

I took a shower today, and DH wasn't even home! I thought this day would never come. Now if we can only repeat it at some (or several) points in the future....

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Chronicles of Luke - October 2004

Greetings family and friends!

Welcome to your first "Chronicles of Luke" newsletter. I'm open to other names, BTW, if you have any suggestions. This is the best I can do under the current circumstances! LOL

So, it has officially been four weeks. Wow, has it really been that long? Some days it seems like just yesterday that he arrived; other days, it's hard to remember life BL (before Luke). Things are finally going really well. They say the first week is the hardest, and they're right, but I need to write a thank you note to the nurse who told me that things don't really start to "click" until day 10 or so. She was so right! Things took about that long to not feel like we were surviving moment to moment. But, we are now starting to fall into some kind of routine, breast feeding is going well, everyone is getting sleep (whether it is enough sleep depends on the day and the mood of the little one). If I can just get the hang of cooking dinner and getting a shower every day again, life will be beautiful!

Luke's first doctor's visit went very well. He went in on his 2-week birthday, and has he ever grown! At that point, he had gained 1 lb 11 oz from his lowest weight, and he had grown 2.75 inches. No wonder he was eating like he had a black hole for a stomach!!! Official weight (at two weeks): 9 lbs 4 oz; Official length (at two weeks): 21 3/4 inches. No idea where he stands now, though I can tell you that he is at least a little longer and quite a bit heavier. Everything else checked out, and I quote, "perfect." His next visit will be December 7.

We've had lots of visitors in the last four weeks. In fact, we have yet to be alone over a weekend (this upcoming one will be our first; no idea what we'll do with ourselves, LOL). Mom, I mean Nana :p, was here for the first 10 days or so of his life. THANK YOU! We never would have made it without you. Her last weekend here, Dad, er, Papa came for his first visit. That same Saturday, Este Mom (my mother's mother) and Great-Uncle Alan (my mother's brother) came for their first personal view of their first great-grandchild and great-nephew (respectively). The next week, Steve was still home with me, except for one day that he needed to attend a class. Special thanks to Valerie for coming to stay with me during that day, since I was still not allowed to drive. Steve's mother, a.k.a. Grandmama, came for her first visit that weekend. The next week was our first "alone," as Steve returned to work. Things went remarkably well, except that I was *exhausted* by the weekend! Thank goodness Uncle Jacob came for his first visit, accompanied by Nana and Papa, and everyone was more than willing to pitch in and help while I tried to get some rest. That brings us to the current week, which except for Tuesday (when Luke was super-fussy), things have been great.

I'm doing pretty well, too. I have officially lost 25 pounds of what I gained. (And no, we won't mention how much that leaves me.) Took about two weeks for more than "just baby" weight (baby, amniotic fluid, placenta, etc) to go, which is longer than I thought, but once my ankles reappeared, I felt significantly better. My incision is hardly bothering me now (the staples were killing me), I can go up and down stairs easily (carrying Luke even!), and just in the last few days, my back where they administered the spinal has FINALLY stopped killing me. (I was starting to think I might have to live with that pain forever.) Give me a couple more weeks, and Luke and I will be going on adventures of our own *outside* the house! ::shock, gasp::

As always, there are pictures available at (the newly upgraded, thus can hold more photos) There are currently two pages worth of albums, ranked in descending chronological order (I hope to do some consolidation soon, though), so if you really want to see everything, don't miss the (older) albums on page two. Several of the albums also include multiple pages of photos, so don't miss those either. I upload as I have time and new pictures. We will take a couple today (4 weeks) and a few on Saturday (1 month), so check back soon, probably sometime Sunday or Monday.

Okay, that's probably way more than you wanted to know about stuff that's not very interesting! LOL I'm having a hard time even thinking linearly, much less rationally and creatively. I hope you got something worthwhile out of this. Hopefully, these newsletters will improve with time and sleep. Until next month!

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Hope you had a Happy Halloween!

We sure did. Uncle Jacob came for his first ever visit with Luke, and I think he thinks Luke is a keeper. He didn't specifically say so, but he sure didn't want to put him down. :-) Spoiled him rotten, too, between Uncle Jacob and Nana, since he now thinks he should be carried or held *all* the time. LOL You can see pictures here, but here's a little taste:

What file extension are you?

I got this from Kerry's blog, and it really made me laugh.

You are .exe When given proper orders, you execute them flawlessly.  You're familiar to most, and useful to all.
Which File Extension are You?