Saturday, May 31, 2008

About Kaitlin

We don't have a real good feel for her personality yet, but we do know some things about her already. She has great lungs.
When she gets really ticked off, she snorts in between cries. I'll have to get that on video. Its pretty funny. I've started calling her piglet since her snorts sound like a little pig. She has been sleeping a lot. She is getting cuter every day.
She likes to sleep with her arms up. Its like she's saying "Touchdown Patriots/Jaguars/Gators/Tigers" already.
Sheila (Chrissy's Mom) is still staying with us, which has been a great help. Especially for me. My Dad came up last night for another visit. Its nice to have family around.
When I was in Walmart a couple days ago, my mind drifted back to when my nephew Noah was about one year old. I remember watching his Dad Jason wipe a booger off of his lip and wipe it on his pants leg. I told him that was disgusting. His reply; "When your a Dad, you have no shame". I remember thinking that I'd never do stuff like that. The reason that memory came up in Walmart was because I had just asked the lady in the clothing section where the nursing bras were. Yep, when you're a Dad, you have no more shame.

On to the pictures!!!
Touchdown Kaitlin!
Me and My Girls
Cousin Zoey hanging out in the nursery
Shee Shee
Cute When She's Asleep
Cute When She's Awake
Her First Birthday Cake
Sucking My Thumb
Sleeping to the Gator Fight Song
My Dad Thought it would be funny to take this picture. Can you see me under the brown side walking down the road? The day after she was born, we went looking for a photo center to make some pictures he could carry home to Florida. We were on the interstate when he decided to tell me we were running low on gas. About 5 seconds later, the car shut off. So I had to walk 2 miles in the heat of the day to buy a gas can and fill it up with gas. Yeah, he got a lot of laughs out of taking this picture. He also told me not to tell anybody. Whoops.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

More from Kaitlin's first days

I'm at work right now, so I don't have time to write much, but I wanted to let everyone know that Chrissy and Kaitlin are doing fine. Chrissy's mom is staying with us for a few days/weeks to help with the um... transition. I did find a couple more pictures I wanted to share. Maybe Chrissy will write some day and talk about her experience.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

She's Here!!!!

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 3:19 PM, Kaitlin Jane McLeod graced us with her presence. She weighed 7 lbs, 9 oz. She is 19.5 inches long. She is what the nurses call a "good crier". They also said thats a good thing though I'm not so sure. She has reddish-blond hair. And she looks like her daddy. Now enough of me writing. On with the important stuff. The pictures!!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Not Yet

3 Centimeters. Not many contractions. No baby yet. Some discomfort. The Doctor said she could come any day now. She also said it could be another couple of weeks. I'll let you all know as soon as anything happens.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Any Day Now

The baby could come any day now. Chrissy and I both guess it will be May 26. The due date is the 24th. Chrissy just wants it to be in May. She is doing surprisingly well. We went to the hospital Monday night thinking it was time. Too bad it was false labor. Her contractions were 3 minutes apart for over 8 hours. Matilda was just teasing us.

Chrissy's mom came to visit us for a few days. She brought their new dog Zoey. Zoey is a boxer puppy. She plays hard, and she sleeps hard.
Chrissy didn't feel like getting her picture taken today, but Zoey did.

A Gift from Aunt Jeannette

My Aunt Jeannette blessed us with a quilt she made. It is so beautiful. How lucky we are to have family like her. Take a look.
Look at the inscription on the back. I know Matilda will not be her real name (much to my dismay), but at least it will be a nickname.
Thank you Aunt Jeannette.
As you can see, the baby should be here any day now!!!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Fort Knox Continued

The next day at Knox, we got to have a little fun. This is a simulator for a Stryker vehicle.This is the interior. If you think about top gun where they had flight simulators, its kind of the same thing except its for ground vehicles. I went through a couple of the scenarios, and not to sound too high on myself, but they say I was a natural. Maybe if this engineering thing doesn't work out, I've got a future in Stryker driving.

Some of the things they do looks like big video games. The reason the army is going digital in training is because its so expensive to fire the real thing. This is a 50 caliber semi-automatic like the ones used on top of a hummer. I didn't get to fire one of these. Maybe next time.
We watched these M-l Abrams firing from about 100 yards. I didn't know it was coming so I almost jumped out of my skin. It got a good chuckle out of the rest of the group watching.

I got to sit in one of them as well. Took a little drive in a Bradley as well.