crazy legs: the blog

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Crazy Legs......almost here!

So, we'll soon have a baby!!!

Colin is the ultimate party crasher, having come 4 weeks early. But if he hadn't come until his original due date (tomorrow, Oct. 31), just think of all the stuff we'd have missed out on.

  • Waking up at all hours of the night

  • Cleaning up interesting colored poop

  • Losing our hearing when he wails

  • Getting peed on

  • Losing all feeling in your arms after holding him for 4 hours straight

  • Feeling like we're doing every single thing incorrectly, and therefore, breaking the baby

  • Of course, there's a whole bunch more good stuff:

    Introducing him to new friends

    Taking him for a stroll

    Dressing him up in fun clothes (His shirt says "I love my Mummy")

    Introducing him to the whole famn damily.

    Freaking out when we realize "Hey, we're someone's parents!"

    Enjoying the general weirdness that is babydom.

    And, occasionally, being completely floored with overwhelming cuteness.

    Yeah, Colin/Crazy Legs, it's not always a picnic. It's hard sometimes to imagine our lives have forever changed with your arrival, but it's worth it. I'll try to remember that the next time you leave me a nice present in your diaper.

    Friday, October 29, 2004

    Happy Halloween, everybody!

    Wednesday, October 27, 2004

    Dads and sons

    Wow, how's about this crazy picture, courtesy of Daddy Types.

    I've never loved Harvard more.

    It's George Bush, Sr. and George W. Bush in matching Yale sweatshirts. Don't know why, but this alternately makes me smile and shudder. It's something Heidi and I should think about before blindly dressing Colin up in Cubbie blue.

    But, in all seriousness: please vote! It's one of the best parts of democracy.

    Also, a rather appropriate Calvin and Hobbes cartoon about fatherhood, courtesy of fellow parent Mark C. Can't post it, but here's the link.

    Tuesday, October 26, 2004

    The Frankie Factor

    Since Frankie was pretty much considered my first child before Colin came around, many have asked how he is handling the new arrival. The answer, surprisingly, is with indifference. Frankie will sniff Colin's head when I'm holding him or when he's in his bouncy seat. He'll also pin his ears back should Colin let out with an eardrum piercing scream. Other than that, he hasn't had much of a reaction - you know, like a cat, if it doesn't really affect him directly then he doesn't really care that much. Frankie's main concerns revolve around him getting fed when he's supposed to and the occasional scratch on the head - nothing more, nothing less.

    For giggles, I wanted to get a photo of the two side by side. To my horror, indeed, I see that Colin is really only about 1/2 the size of Frankie. Yes, everyone, my cat is huge. There. I said it. Let's move on.

    Thursday, October 21, 2004

    Leaving Home

    Well, you knew it would happen. Being selfish and obviously deranged, Heidi and I decided that we might want to take Colin out of the house. Heidi has been bouncing off the walls with cabin fever, and I really wanted to try out our new car seat. We really should have consulted the boss, however.

    We planned to make two stops: one at Costco to pick up some pictures and one at Michael's for some acrylic paints to decorate the Colin-monster's room. Both stops would be about 10 minutes at the most. We prepped Colin for about 45 minutes before daring to step outside the four walls.

    When we did, it started out smoothly. He fell asleep in his car seat on the way to Costco. Heidi stayed in the car with him while I ran in to grab the birth announcements we had ordered. Upon my return, however, I opened the door to find Colin SCREAMING his LUNGS out, and Heidi comforting him to no avail. He was strapped in his car seat and Heidi didn't want to take him out. We were in serious trouble!

    So, being the good father I am, I quickly revved the engine and started driving like a bat out of Hades, risking all of our lives in order to stop the screaming.

    Actually, this is just a yawn.
    The face of fear.

    Colin promptly fell asleep again before we left the parking lot.

    We were a bit shaken by the experience and considered ditching the second stop altogether. Instead I drove around an extra 20 minutes just to ensure he was deep in sleep, and then we took a deep breath and sprinted into Michael's. All the time, I held him in his car seat, trying to rock him gently without jarring him too much, and scanned his face for the slightest tic, eye flutter or scowl. In case of infant eruption, I was prepared to cut and weave like Barry Sanders through the aisles and out of the store, shouting apologies over my shoulder until I hit the door.

    But we made it without another outburst. Next time, we'll reconsider before daring to venture out with Colinstein. We failed to consult him on our plans, and were subsequently and soundly punished for our sins.

    I only hope you'll someday forgive us, Sir. We should have known better.

    Colin channeling Brando
    The horror! The horror!

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    Monday, October 18, 2004

    October 5th birthdays

    Heidi and I got to thinking, in the midst of diaper-changing and sleepless nights, who other than Colin was born on his birthday. After all, I share a birthday with JFK and Bob Hope, and Heidi shares one with Jesus, so we wondered who our little guy would be celebrating with.

    What we found is that there are some heavy hitters on 10/5:

    Kate Winslet (1975)
    Guy Pearce (1967)
    Bernie Mac (1957)
    Karen Allen (1951)
    Diahann Carroll (1935)
    Donald Pleasance (1919)
    Allen Ludden (1917)
    Larry Fine (1902) Very cool, a stooge!

    Grant Hill (1972)
    Patrick Roy (1965)
    Mario Lemieux (1965) How exciting!!!
    Michael Andretti (1962)

    Bob Geldof (1954) Mr. Live Aid, himself!
    Steve Miller (1943)

    Ray Kroc (1902)

    Vaclav Havel (1936)
    Chester A. Arthur (1829) Oh well, at least he was a president.

    According to Wikipedia, October 5th is also notable for these events:

    1582 - Pope Gregory XIII announced the Gregorian calendar, which we use today.
    1910 - Portugal overthrows its monarchy, now celebrated as Republic Day.
    1953 - Earl Warren sworn into the US Supreme Court.
    1962 - The Beatles released their first hit, "Love Me Do" in Britain.
    1969 - The first broadcast of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
    1970 - PBS became a television station.

    The actual day, October 5, 2004, also marked the marriage of Tiger Woods, as well as the death of Rodney Dangerfield, who made many laugh with some immortal lines.

    We only hope Colin can make us so proud.

    Wednesday, October 13, 2004

    Time lapse photography

    Colin enjoying his bouncy seat.

    ....10 seconds later.

    More photos from the last week, Colin's first on this earth, can be found here.


    Thoughts during the 4:00 AM feeding

    Thanks to everyone for the well wishes. I promise, once we get our schedule in order, more pictures will be up very soon.

    Colin is sleeping quite fitfully at night time, costing Heidi and I (as well as Grandma McB, who's helping out this week) some much needed sleep. Seems his internal clock is a bit backward, because he sleeps extremely well during the daytime. Theories abound as to why this is, from lack of noise at night to overall chilliness to the fact that we are asking Colin to sleep in a bed - the horror!!! - instead of in someone's arms.

    Anyway, I stumbled across this little nugget from Crain's about obstetricians banning cameras during labor and delivery. It confirms what we expected when CDH told us we could not take pictures/video of the actual birth, even though we were told it was to protect the privacy of the mother. Instead, it turns out that hospitals want no pictoral evidence in the event of a malpractice suit.

    I understand it from the OB's point of view, but why lie about it? Because it would scare the dickens out of future parents? Hmmmmm, I see.

    Thursday, October 07, 2004

    Week 36: And the world turned upside down

    Herrrrrrrrrrrrrre's Crazy Legs!

    So much for Halloween!

    Say hello to Colin Thomas "Crazy Legs" Williamson, born Tuesday, October 5th, 2004 at 1:49 PM. He was 7 lbs., 6 oz. and was 20 inches in length.

    He is a very good little feller and quite adorable, so we'll probably keep him.

    I have to run back to the hospital now. Heidi's doing well; her blood pressure is finally dropping and we expect to come home on Friday sometime.

    Heidi's very excited to be coming home. I have more details if you like, but I'm already exhausted from typing this much.

    More when we come home, I promise! Happy birthday, little guy.

    "Wow, you look exhausted!"

    Sunday, October 03, 2004

    Mom Update: Week 35

    A report on the harrowing last 48 hours:

    On Thursday the 30th, a day after our 3rd wedding anniversary, Heidi and I went to her 35-week checkup with her obstetrician. She had a high-blood pressure reading, around 150/100. She has had high readings in the early stages of her pregnancy, but this was pretty high. Then they did a reading on CL, and the heart rate was 170 beats per minute, which her doctor said was very high.

    We were told to go to the hospital that night for preeclampsia testing. I've read some of the books but I didn't really know what preeclampsia is. Here's the official word from the American Academy of Family Physicians:

    "Preeclampsia (say "pre-ee-clamp-see-ah"), which is also called toxemia, is a problem that occurs in some women during pregnancy. It can happen during the second half of pregnancy. Your doctor will look for the following signs of preeclampsia: high blood pressure, swelling that doesn't go away and large amounts of protein in your urine. Preeclampsia is more common in a woman's first pregnancy and in women whose mothers or sisters had preeclampsia. The risk of preeclampsia is higher in women carrying multiple babies, in teenage mothers and in women older than age 40. Other women at risk include those who had high blood pressure or kidney disease before they became pregnant. The cause of preeclampsia isn't known."

    There are some scary side effects of preeclampsia as well. It could result in the mom suffering from seizures or even stroke. I don't mention this to frighten, only to inform. Trust me, I'm far from thrilled about it myself.

    They put Heidi on immediate bedrest and strapped on some monitors - one for her blood pressure, one to determine if she was having contractions, and one for CL's heart rate. We didn't have a chance to get dinner beforehand and Heidi was starving - other than that, she felt fine. They gave her clear foods only (jello, popsicles, apple juice, etc.), which is what they give any pregnant woman who may undergo a C-section. The doctor on duty ordered blood tests, and also put Heidi on a 24-hour urine check. And we were basically informed in so many words that Heidi was there for the night.

    Heidi's blood pressure was rather unstable. She had a cuff put on her arm, which inflated and monitored her every 15 minutes. Her BP was jumping all over the place and we were concerned that it would affect CL. However, CL was doing fine. The baby's heart rate had come down to 120-150 BPM. Heidi was showing no signs of distress, and none of the other symptoms of preeclampsia, but the doctors were being cautious.

    Heidi was uncomfortable being hooked up to monitors, all the time worried about the possibility of having to deliver a month early. I called and upset both sets of grandparents with the news, which set off a chain reaction of further phone calls.

    We settled in for a long night. Neither one of us slept very well. At least they backed off Heidi's BP checks to every half-hour, then to every hour. It was still erratic, but everyone believed that neither she nor the baby were in any immediate danger.

    Finally, after very little sleep and some terrible real (but non-clear) hospital food, Heidi was taken off the monitors, and moved from the delivery ward to the post-delivery (mother-baby) ward, a very positive step. Around 6:45 pm Friday, she no longer had to collect urine for analysis. We felt like she had really made it over a big hurdle. We even got to take another look at CL via ultrasound and found that he/she has hair (weird!) and is close to 7 lbs already! At not quite 36 weeks!

    Unfortunately, we still had to wait for the results of continual blood tests as well as the urinalysis until Saturday morning. So, another night of unrest but with fewer interruptions, other than a crying baby or two, which was actually fairly comforting. In the nursery, I saw 4 babies, which made me sort of excited to finally meet ours.

    Heidi finally got some good news in the morning. Based on the analysis, she has a slight case of preeclampsia, and they wanted to start another round of 24-hour urinalysis, but she could be dispatched home. This made her extremely happy as she missed her own bed, not to mention Frankie the cat.

    This morning, we returned to the hospital to drop off the urine specimen (yuck) and get even more of Heidi's blood drawn. I think she's been poked at least 6 times now. Then, back home to rest, while I took care of laundry and packing the bags for real this time.

    She's got a doctor's appointment at 10:00 am tomorrow, and I'm regularly checking her BP, which has stayed pretty steady of late, although still rather high. We're thinking Heidi might be induced very soon if the BP stays high, at least in the next week or so. So for now, we'll play it by ear and hope for the best.

    Thanks to everyone who has contacted us. We really appreciate the support. And if Heidi's home for a week or so on complete bedrest, she's going to be bored to tears. So, by all means, feel free to entertain her. I'll do my best to keep everyone informed.

    Crazy Legs will most likely be a Libra, just like my dad, my sister Michele and Heidi's sister Erica. More on that to come.