Tuesday, January 30, 2007

An Eventful Afternoon

Sunday started out as one of Evan's best days. He slept for 4 hours straight during the night and was generally in a good mood all morning. He didn't even fuss during tummy time.

We should have known things were going too well...

I was changing his diaper at the halfway point of his afternoon snack. I had all the necessary parts "covered" so I didn't get a shower, cleaned him up, then went to close up his diaper. That's when I noticed somehow he peed everywhere. It was on his clothes, soaked through the blanket he was laying on, on his back, etc. Rick and I decided we may as well give him a bath at this point, since he was due for one that night anyways. We brought him upstairs and realized all of his hooded towels were dirty, and the load had just been put in the washing machine. So, we pulled out his little robe figuring that will do the job just as well. We had everything ready, and the bathtub was filled, and Evan went into the water. I started to wash his hair, when suddenly we had a little fountain coming from Evan going into the tub. We had to then drain the water and refill the tub (while he was screaming and crying - bath time is not a happy time for him). Finally, Evan was cleaned up and dried off.

Evan then finished his snack and took a nice long nap.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Da Bears!

Chicago Bears are the NFC Champs! Go Bears!! They're headed to the Superbowl on February 4 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Of course we have to reminisce back to 1985 and enjoy a little Superbowl Shuffle...

The Superbowl Shuffle

1985 Chicago Bears doing the Superbowl Shuffle


Rick's mom came and stayed with us all of last week. She helped out tremendously since Rick went back to work. Rick's dad and brother, Jeff, visited over the weekend too. They were all so excited to spend time with Evan! They had a hard time leaving, but I'm sure we'll see them again soon!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Our First Two Weeks

We've survived the first two weeks of parenthood, which I have heard are the most difficult. Besides the obvious lack of sleep, things are going really well. For the most part, Evan spends his days and nights sleeping and eating. The past two days he has become much more alert during the day, which is pretty exciting! We're hoping it's the start to a good sleep schedule!

Here's all the exciting things that have happened so far with Evan:
  • his first bath, which he cried through

  • first (and second) doctor's appointment - he was a very good boy for these!

  • he found his hand, but hasn't discovered his individual fingers yet

  • hiccups several times a day that sometimes last for 30 minutes - Evan gets pretty grumpy when this happens

Our female cat, Casey, has adjusted well to the new addition in our home. She even napped next to Evan the other afternoon (with lots of supervision of course). Our male cat, Harley, is currently in hiding. No big surprise for those of you who know him (or know of him). He is the definition of the phrase "scaredy cat". Hopefully he learns to adjust sometime soon.

Friday, January 12, 2007

A Baby Story

Here's the Campbell's Soup version of the birth, if you're interested...

I was scheduled to be induced Thursday night, and Rick and I eagerly awaited the phone call from the hospital to tell me it was time to come in. As we were waiting at home, I started to have very strong contractions and was pretty sure I was in labor anyways. Since they were still not close enough together, we waited for the phone call and headed to the hospital around 9 PM. Turns out that an induction would not be necessary and the contractions were the real thing - I was 1 cm dilated.

They hooked me up with some Pitocin to get things going a little quicker. Within a few hours the contractions were INTENSE and I was 4 cm dilated, so I eagerly requested an epidural (the good drug that makes the pain go away if you're not familiar with labor terms). This is when things got scary. They also increased the Pitocin at this time, which sent me into one long contraction. This caused the baby's heartbeat to drop dramatically, and I was rushed into the OR in case an emergency C-section was necessary. Luckily, they were able to stop the contraction and baby's heartbeat returned to normal.

Things progressed quickly after that, and by 7:30 AM I was pushing. About an hour later, a beautiful boy with a full head of dark hair was born. It was amazing!! Words cannot come close to expressing how you feel once you see your baby for the first time.

Introducing Evan Nicholas

Evan Nicholas Repking was born on Friday, January 5 at 8:46 am. He weighed 7.0 lbs and was 19.5 inches long.