Archive for November, 2006


Saturday, November 25th, 2006

Sometimes I wish that Evan had been born a couple of weeks earlier. Then I could have dressed as Kuato for Halloween. Seriously, the child is a dead ringer for the Total Recall character sometimes.

Two Week Update

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

We took Evan to the doctor for his two week checkup today, which unfortunately included his first shot. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that he is now up over 8 pounds, well over his original birth weight, and a weight gain of 17 ounces in about 10 days! I guess the kid is an eater. He definitely eats better than Ellie ever did, and he also sleeps better, not nearly as fitfully as Ellie. So those two things combined lead to a good weight gain, and also an additional inch of length! He cried only for about 10 seconds after his shot, and once we picked him up, he stopped and was fine.

Our two kids couldn't be more different. Evan eats like crazy, Ellie had trouble, and spit up a lot. Evan sleeps a lot, Ellie would fall asleep in your arms, but then jolt awake if you tried to lay her down in her crib, or at any other noises. Ellie did not make it back up to her birth weight for a good long time after she was born, and was constantly falling behind the growth curve. Evan, even at 3 weeks early, is at the 50th percentile for weight, and 25th for length. Ellie cried and cried after her shots, Evan cried for 10 seconds. Ellie would suck on the pacifier all day, Evan spits it right back out if you try to offer it to him.

Here are the latest pictures:

The obligatory stork, with Ellie looking contemplative in the background.

Evan next to his birth sign.

Once again, our kids seem to be into flashing gang signs.

Ellie reading "Goodnight Moon" to her little brother. I think she actually knows all the words to that book, even though she can't read yet. Hopefully she will be a good reader when she gets a little bigger.

Way too close closeup. You can see his teeny cleft chin, which apparently he gets from Lisa's side (you just can't tell because Bumpa has had a beard for so many years).

Baby Pool Results

Friday, November 17th, 2006

In a thin field of only 13 entries, Aunt Wendy Ratkowski once again took home the crown in the baby pool (of course, the odds were good, with the Ratkowskis accounting for nearly half the entries). Coming in a close second was Grandpa Dauernheim. The official stats were: November 7, 2006, 3:53 am; 7 pounds, 10 ounces; 19.5 inches long.
Thanks to everyone who participated, especially Wendy, who once again donated her winnings to Evan's college fund, giving us $65 for our little man. With some other kind post-deadline baby pool entry fees, we will also donate some cash to get Evan to an even start with Ellie for a total of $225 to start in his college fund. Anyone else who didn't get their entry in but still wants to donate $5 (or more), you know where we live.

Bath Time

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

I'd post more pictures, but this kid sleeps all day long, there's not much to see. Not that I'm complaining, at least not yet. But if he doesn't spend more time awake, we are going to start worrying. For now, we're chalking it up to him being three weeks early.

One quick shot of baby Evan's first bath. Obviously, he's not a fan, but Lisa said his head was starting to smell funny.

More Pictures

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Dumping some of the latest pictures to appease the masses.

Weighing the new baby, the midwives' way.

It wouldn't be a birth without naked baby pictures!

First diaper with the new baby. I'm pretty sure I remember how to do it. Of course, he nailed me with the stream on the second freakin' diaper change. We're more careful about that since then, but he already got Lisa once too.

Evan and her big sister Ellie. We had to get the doctor to tell her to back off and let Evan sleep sometimes, but she's still trying to be the good "helper" sister.

First family portrait.

We celebrated last night in true Dauernheim fashion: with champagne and pizza!

Middle Name

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

We finally decided to call him Evan William. Apparently there's a Kentucky Bourbon named Evan Williams, but he'll just have to live with it.
This kid is so awesome. He had to get a Vitamin K shot about 2 hours into his life, and he didn't flinch. Seriously. And when we took him to the pediatrician, he barely even noticed the doctor trying to find his testicle (yes, poor kid, only one nut. Hopefully the second one "descends" soon). The only time he's cried so far was when the doc jammed the tongue depressor down his throat, and even then, he stopped almost right away. Yes, I am knocking on wood right now.
Cute things so far: Ellie kissing him every chance she gets (unfortunately, that's an awful lot, and the poor kid needs his space), his high-pitched buzz saw snoring, his tiny little cleft chin (where'd he get that from?!?!?!).
OK, seriously time for some sleep now.

Welcome Evan!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Evan Dauernheim was born at home today, November 7 at 3:53 am. Yeah, I know, that messes up the baby pool something awful. There was some concern about some liver tests that they did based on Lisa itching a lot, and they decided to induce early to avoid any complications that could have affected the baby's health. The good news is, it worked! Midwife Susan broke Lisa's water at 8:15pm, and Lisa started feeling some contractions about an hour later. We all tried to take a short nap before the heavy stuff started. Lisa didn't get much rest, and woke me up around 1:30am having some pretty steady contractions. The noise eventually woke Ellie up around 3am. She was really good through the whole thing, and only freaked out a little bit when Mom was screaming really loud. After some good pushing, baby's head came out nice and slow, and Mom got to hold the baby immediately after lying down in her own bed. Home birth was everything we had hoped it would be. Ellie even helped me cut the cord. I'm exhausted right now, so it's off to bed for me. Here's some pictures for now.

Early on, just after being induced. Looking sorta happy that the itchiness will be over soon.

Laboring a bit. Trust me, it got more intense.

Our stellar team of helpers, starting with Margaret, our doula who was at both births.

Best friend ever, Mary Beth, who got Ellie to sleep until 3am. She also distracted Ellie through the hardest parts.

Birth assistant Lori, and midwife Susan, hard at work.

Baby Evan's first picture! I'll be sure to take plenty more, like when it's actually light outside.

Evan and mom. Aren't they the cutest? Evan latched right on to mom, and has been eating like a champ. That birth thing is hard!

So, officially, you can still enter the baby pool. We're throwing out the date/time since it came before the entries were due, but we will still judge on length and weight. If you think you can guess based on those pictures, feel free to send in extra entries. Mom and baby are doing well and resting, unlike Ellie, who is keeping me up all day apparently.


Monday, November 6th, 2006

Don't forget to get your baby pool entries in by Wednesday. Anything postmarked after November 8 may be considered a direct donation to the college fund. So fill out the form, and send it in today. Trust me, you'll want to do it sooner rather than later.