Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It's been a while...

Hi Friends,

I am sorry I have been MIA for a few weeks, but I have been very busy. I am still in Chicago visiting family and new friends. This trip has been memorable; I flew on a plane again, Mom and I got the stomach flu (BOO! -not fun), I was baptized with my cousin Tierney, I enjoyed my first Christmas, I made my first visit to Wrigley Field, and I met a new friend, Madelyn. Overall my trip has been great, but I have learned a few things: the Bears need new defensive backs, Portillo's Italian Beef smells really good and I can't wait to taste it, ridiculously cold weather causes potholes on the highways in Chicago, throwing up is not fun, and my cousins are a lot of fun.

Before I flew to Chicago, I had my two month check up. All is good and I am healthy. I weighed 13.12 lbs, 25 inches long and have a very large head - not too large, though. I survived one shot in each of my thighs - ouch!

Here are some pics of my adventures. I am excited to get back to Maryland so I can meet my new babysitter and enjoy some warmer weather. I can't wait to eat some crab cakes and take walks to Fort McHenry. 

Where the heck did Mom and Dad put the rest of my Santa

Too Much EggNog!! 

I'm just hanging out with Uncle Dave on Christmas.

A very special baptism with my cousin Tierney - she was born the day after me. Here is a picture of me with my Godmother - Aunt Debbie and my Godfather- Uncle Dave.

Madelyn King and Me - having fun with our moms!    

My first trip to Wrigley. I wish my dad was cool enough to buy us tickets to the Winter Classic, but he blew it. I can't wait for my first Cubs game!  

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My first cold :(

I think all the excitement from my first trip to Chicago finally caught up with my mom and me. We are both sick and boy this is not fun. I don't like the way I feel with all this gunk in my throat and nose. My mom keeps sticking this thing up my nose to try to suck it out but all it does is annoy me. Then she sprays some stuff up there and it makes me cry even harder! I hope this goes away soon. I'm heading back to Chi-town next week and on my second airplane ride. Fingers crossed! 

On another note, I am two months old today. I better have my mom take a picture since she doesn't have one from the day I turned 1 month old. Stay tuned!

Friday, December 5, 2008

My first trip to Chicago

Unfortunately my busy travel schedule didn't leave me much time to blog. I barely got enough sleep while I was in Chicago! But, I had a great time meeting all my relatives. They all took turns holding me and I was on my best behavior and didn't do any major damage to any of their clothes. I can't help it if a little spit up comes up! 

A lot has happened in the past couple of weeks. I took my first road trip to Chicago with mom and dad and saw snow for the first time. I also did my first "Turkey Trot" but I was so tired I slept through the whole thing. Here is a pic at the finish...I am bundled up so you can't see me but I am in there! 

Then I went to Grandma and Grandpa Doyle's house and met all my cousins. There are so many of them I am having a hard time remembering who's who.

I went to my first big event - Uncle Pat and Aunt Amy's wedding. I didn't get to show off my dance moves because Opa and Gege took me home before I could bust them out. Oh well...next time. 

I also got to meet my cousins on the Polkow side and also my Godfather and Uncle Dave and my Aunt Katie. We had fun!

To top off a great week, I took my first airplane ride! 

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Tummy TIme

I spent a few minutes on my tummy this morning. I know its early, but I can't wait to start crawling, walking and climbing - it's hard work, daddy needs to back off and learn how to hold the camera steady.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I am 4 weeks old (that's one month)

I went to Dad's work and got fitted for a kayak. I can't wait to get on the water, but it might be a few months. I saw his office and got to meet all of his student workers - I can't wait to climb the wall. Everyone was so nice. Go Terps! (I'm actually a CSU fan, but dont tell anyone in MD).

I have also been busy meeting new friends and soiling diapers.

Here is a picture of Isla, my new friend who is only two weeks old. Erin gave birth to Isla on October 31st (Halloween). I'm a bit tired and cranky, but she looks great...

I have had a busy week. Mom's friend Donna from the neighborhood (we're talking old school) came to visit and she was amazing. She flipped me on my tummy and rubbed my back - its a great technique that I hope Mom and Dad use because it helped me relax and pass some gas... AHHH!

As you might remember, Grandpa Polkow, aka Opa, made a surprise visit the day after I was born. He drove all day with my Uncle Alex to visit me, but he was so sick with a cold that we couldn't hang out much. But, he actually had to come back to Maryland for work and was able to spend the night at my house - I WAS SO HAPPY to see him again. Here is a pic of him holding me. I get to see him again in a few weeks...

To top a great week off, my great Aunt Sally stopped by for a surprise visit. She lives in Rhode Island. Although she has become a Patriots fan, I was still very happy to see her. Go Bears! I am excited to go snowboarding with the Thompson's this winter.

It's Saturday night and I am tired. I am going to bed so I can rest up for the next couple of weeks. Next Friday, we are driving to Chicago and I am going to meet all of the Doyles/Clarks and Polkows. My uncle Pat is getting married so I am gearing up for some explosive dance moves at the reception. Ain't nobody seen my moves yet.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

My mom's friends Jocelyn and Andrea came over to meet me last week. I had a good time snoozing on them. They smell real good. Andrea is going to have a baby in March and I'm excited to have another little buddy!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day (a little late)

I'm not sayin'...I'm just sayin'...

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Aunt Colleen and Aunt Bridget spent the weekend with me and we had a blast. We took walks, took LOTS of pictures, went out to lunch and dinner and listened to DAD have several conversations with the people from Comcast - I wonder if we will have cable by the time I am old enough to watch Curious George.  Colleen and Bridget showed Mom and Dad a few tricks to help me settle down - Thanks. Also, Colleen just coined my new nickname, "Crab Cake." I am not sure how I feel about it yet.

I am so lucky to have such a great family. 

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I dressed up as a bumble bee this year. I pretty much slept the whole time mom and dad were handing out candy! Here are some pictures of my Halloween get-up:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Lots of Updates

Mom and Dad have been hogging the computer so I haven't gotten to update over the past few days. Lots to report - Grandma and Grandpa Doyle came to visit me and we had a great time getting to know each other. Here are some pictures:

Also, I got to meet 
some more friends including Bryan and Erin. 

Today I went to the doctor and Dr. P. told my mom that I now weigh 10 lbs, 2 oz. I could have told him that, I really like to eat! Also they measured me and I was 21 1/4 inches which i
s a big difference from what the hospital folks told my mom and dad - they said I was 19.3 inches. Probably just because I was moving around too much when they tried to measure me! 

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A great day - My first walk with BOB

My mom hasn't been outside in almost 11 days so she and dad decided to take me out for my first walk today. I got to try out my new BOB stroller (thanks Murphys!) and the ride was so smooth, I slept the whole time. Dad is already planning my transcontinental trip to see all 54 national parks. We should be done by the time I am 15. Go Griswalds! 

Here are some pictures:

To add more excitement to my day, mom and dad decided to give me a bath and boy are they funny. Dad was holding me and I thought I'd give him a taste of what mommy has been experiencing the past few days and I peed on him. Ha! I enjoyed my bath and then my mom's friend Erin came over. She is having a baby any day now and I can't wait to meet her and to have a new friend. Then, Melissa and Tom came over and brought mommy and daddy dinner. What a busy day! Signing off now, it's dinner time. I will be having milk with a side of milk and some more milk to wash it all down.

I have new friends...

Jenn and Hudson stopped by the house on Friday to say hi. They brought me a book, pajamas, and dinner for Mom and Dad - it was all great. We forgot to take their picture (dad's fault) so they will have to come back to play soon.



Melissa - she is pregnant and I am excited to have a new buddy in 4 months.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

First Day Alone With Mom

Grandma Polkow left today and Dad had to work and go to class so it was just Mom and me today. I thought I would throw her some curve balls to see how she could handle it. I thought it would be funny if I peed on her since she and Dad seem to never worry about covering me up when they change my diaper. It was so funny that I did it twice...she needed to learn a lesson! Then during my nap I was so full from eating that I wet my diaper and it got my clothes wet. Mommy got to try a lot of my new clothes out today. 

I am looking forward to spending the day with Mom and Dad tomorrow! I am going to meet some new friends too, Melissa and Lisa. Hopefully I won't pee on them.

Here is a picture of me taking a snooze today...don't I look innocent? 

Monday, October 20, 2008

Meet my friends...

Meet my friends...

Shannon, Julie and Doug!


Jonathan! (Dad's political running mate)

Melissa! (my neighbor)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Saturday Night Live!!!

Its Saturday night and we are just hangin' at home. It is so good to be home. I've been eating, sleeping and sleeping some more. I am excited to be here with my family; mom and dad, uncle Al, and grandma grandpa Polkow. 

Here is a pic of me celebrating my homecoming. It looks like I am crying, but I am actually doing an irish jig.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Holy Cow!

Surprise of the day, maybe the year... not Finn, not #3!!!! Grandpa "Opa"  and Uncle Al just walked into my hospital room to surprise mom and me. Mom melted instantly but I was too tired to wake up. I will give them smiles and funny faces as soon as I wake up. Mom and Dad are shocked and so excited to have more family out here.

Grandma and Grandpa Doyle will be out soon! I am so lucky to have such a great family. Good times ahead.


Newest Doyle!

Tom and Kristy gave birth to a baby girl at 2pm this afternoon. We will call her  #3 until they come up with a name. She weighs 7lbs, 7oz and is 19 inches long.


My little cousin...

Great babies come in pairs. My Aunt Kristy and Uncle Tom are in labor right now! This will be their third burrito. The holidays are going to be so much fun.

I will keep you posted.

My first night...

Good Morning,

We had a great night. I woke up at 2 for a little diaper change - Nice work Dad!, a little breast milk (or something like it, is called cholesterol? cauliflower, mmm, maybe colostrum. who knows but it was good) - Nice work Mom!, and a healthy roaring burp. I was a wee bit tired so I slept until 7:30am. I guess I have an extra tank of fuel somewhere in my belly or cheeks.

Here are some pics - Mom had sushi for her dinner, she said it tasted great, but I thought it looked funny and can't understand why anybody would want to eat anything other than "White Gold".

Dirty Diaper Change Count

Dad   2
Mom 0

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thanks to all

Hi all - this is Jen. Thanks for all your kind words and congratulations. This blog has kept me going over the last three days - my hubby is quite creative eh? We are all doing well. Finn was a big boy - 9 lbs, 10.2 oz (Shannon, he didn't weigh 10 pounds! Ha). He is a little chunk but of course we are already crazy about him. It was a long couple of days but totally worth it. We will keep you updated with photos on this site. Thanks again! Love, Jen

Here are some pics - yes, I am a biggin!

I'm Here!

6cm - 100% - we are rocking and rollin'!
Epidural is in. We have been here for 3 days, had 3 rounds of pitocin, and it took 3 shots for the doc from Pittsburgh to get the Epidural in. Jen has "special" veins and they kept getting a little too close to them. Alas, she is comfortably numb. If our string of 3's continue, Finn will join us for a 3 o'clock happy hour.

Funny story: The doc was wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers med cap and was giving Jen a hard time. He said he couldn't do the Epi until she named one player on the team. Jen's response.... 

He walked out of the room laughing. Jen is very thankful that he came back.



PROGRESS! The doctor came in and drained my swimming pool (i.e broke Jen's water). She is already feeling miserable - this is good. Mike will have to keep you updated from now on. I have some work to do. It may still be slow, but atleast we are moving!

Cool Website - www.steepandcheap.com

Warning, this website could get you in trouble. You may have noticed the little advertisement on the right side of this blog that promotes awesome sales of outdoor gear. www.steepandcheap.com is an awesome site that sells one gear item at a time and it is usually 50-70% off. Once that item sells out, they put up a new one.

Its awesome, but can be addicting. 

The Waiting!

When Jen and Mike were in high school, Jen was so hip and cool that she made Mike a mixed tape (what the heck is a "mixed tape? "). She put "The Waiting" by Tom Petty on the tape. Im not sure what she meant then, but I know what she means now. 

"You take it on faith, you take it to the heart. The waiting is the hardest part."

Here we are, waiting!

Day 3 - Full Moon Tonight.

Good morning.

No news to report from last night. Jen and I are sleeping, Mike is doing homework. I want to thank everyone who is checking up on me and sending prayers and well-wishes. I can't really explain it... I guess I have  a bit of stage fright.

This whole process is pretty amazing. I have had a lot of time to think about it over the last nine months.  I am excited to learn to walk, talk, swim and climb (stairs, chairs, and mountains). I am nervous about being and staying healthy, being with good daycare, and having to eat pureed vegetables - that just don't seem right! Who knows, by the time I get out of here I might be chewing on ribeyes and PBJ sandwiches.

I am guessing that I will grow up happy because I have 9 cousins to play with. My uncle Tom and Aunt Kristy are due any day now (he/she will be 10). Maybe I should wait to come out when their little one comes. Yes, thats it! That is what I am waiting for, I am so darn nice. I have 7 aunts and 7 uncles. I hear St. Patricks Day is a hoot - that should be a good time.

I hear that I am going to live in Baltimore a little while longer and then maybe move closer to all of those crazy people I just listed. I think I can be happy anywhere as long as my diaper is dry.

I am so lucky because all of my grandparents are going to give me way too much attention.

Okay, I am done rambling for now. I need to help Mike with his homework.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

30th Hour!

Hey Friends,

I am sorry to say that we haven't made much progress. Jen is still dialated at 2cm and is taking a break from the inducing meds for the night. She is quite the trooper and is keeping good spirits. We are running out of crappy 80's t.v. shows to watch so we may have to resort to the comedy shows now known as the nightly reports on our economy and presidential elections. I will share my thoughts on coming into the world in these crazy times on another post. I haven't quite figured it all out yet, neither has my dad.

Assuming we don't have any action tonight, we will go back on the meds tomorrow and see if we can't get things moving then. 

Signing off so I can rest my body for the long journey and big debut tomorrow - FMD.

 This is John Lennon's tribute song to his son. 

Close your eyes, 
Have no fear, 
The monsters gone, 
He's on the run and your daddy's here, 

Beautiful, beautiful, 
Beautiful Boy, 

Before you go to sleep, 
Say a little prayer, 
Every day in every way, 
It's getting better and better, 

Beautiful, beautiful, 
Beautiful Boy, 

Out on the ocean sailing away, 
I can hardly wait, 
To see you to come of age, 
But I guess we'll both, 
Just have to be patient, 
Yes it's a long way to go, 
But in the meantime, 

Before you cross the street, 
Take my hand, 
Life is just what happens to you, 
While your busy making other plans, 

Beautiful, beautiful, 
Beautiful Boy, 
Darling Sean. 

Grandma P and Mike went out for lunch and a little dose of sunshine - don't tell Jen. We came back to find Jen enjoying some "beautiful" contractions, but we just haven't gotten the big ones yet.  We are still hoping for an Oct. 14 delivery. To stay fresh, Jen is now sporting an oxygen mask to "super-oxygenate" me, even though I am fine.

Mike has come to understand the printouts of each contraction. The little rolling hills remind him of Wisconsin - those aren't going to cut it. The big, long and rounded ones remind him of the Appalachians - they are nice, but aren't big enough to get excited about. Having spent time in the rockies, Mike now knows that we need steep, jagged peaks that line up right next to each other. Once we get to the rockies, its time to hit the Himalayas - then the labor process begins. Man, he can use a mountain metaphor for anything... what a dork!
The Doc just did a check and Jen is progressing slooooowly, she is dialated at 2cm and is 80% effaced - Mike just nods and smiles. That means I have a ways to go. Its all good though, Mike is doing homework, Paula and Jen are having good chats, and I'm still swimming.

Day 2 - it's a marathon

No wonder Jen has been induced, she ran the Baltimore Marathon on Saturday... well, atleast a few steps with "Out of Sight Dwight"

Okay, the pitocin party is back on now. The doc is joining us soon and plans to do a little water breaking action around 12:30pm, EST. Here's to hoping - I am getting tired of all this swimming. Jen has been catching a few naps but we are up and ready to roll... slide, crawl, whatever it takes for me to get out of this crazy little room filled. I'm squooshed, Help. 

Nurses quote:  "This boy is everywhere, how big is he?" - as she rubs Jen's belly.

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is presenin your body. You are the continuation of each of these people." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
It's 6:30 am - no news. Jen's asleep. She slept a bit through the night. I am guessing we are going to get this party started at 8am when the doc comes to visit. It will be a slow start, but I am ready to start dancing. - FMD.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Okay, Jen and I are going to bed. Mike is already asleep - we think. I'm holding out for a big debut tomorrow. We will send updates tomorrow - hopefully pics of me.  Jen feels great - she is enjoying some cervidal, no more pitocin until the morning.

 Isn't it pretty amazing that I can blog from inside a uterus? technology is pretty amazing, huh.

Signing off... FMD
Grandma Polkow is enroute from Chicago. She got a 5:20pm flight and will be here for my arrival, with plenty of time to spare.
10/13, 7pm - Jen is hanging in there. She is enjoying the Soap Network. Thanks for all of the calls, emails, texts, writings in the sky, etc. We will keep you posted about my world debut.

Here are some pics of my mom's belly. picasaweb.google.com/mdoyle923/BabyBump33Weeks02
You can also check out some other pics of my wickedly large families (doyles and polkows).

10/13, 4:15pm. We are hangin' at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, letting the Pitocin kick in. Jen is healthy and having "nice" contractions. We are playing wicked rounds of Word Twist - oh the joy! 

Jen is ordering her last meal for a while. Chicken or Chicken? hmm?

What does Mike think about all of this?  - Life is good, real good!

Jen was induced at 11am. She went in for a routine test and the docs were ready to get things started. My world debut was supposed to be OCtober 21, but I want to get out and see the world NOW! 

Here is a picture of me at 32 weeks - in the womb! Look closely and you will see my head and a closed eye on the top pick. My head is on the rightside, and my right eye is closed - I am winking for the camera. Yes, I am sucking my thumb.

Real pics to come. Stay tuned!