Spencer’s first bath

Warming Spencer up after his bath
Warming Spencer up after his bath

Warming Spencer up after his bath

Today we gave Spencer his first bath (except for the one the nurse gave him at the hospital). We have to be very careful to keep his cord dry until it falls off, so right now bathing is pretty much a sponge bath. As expected, he did not like it much very much, but he was pretty good for the most part.

Giving Spencer a bath

Giving Spencer a bath

We were also very pleased to find his first real poop (not meconium) right before the bath. I’m sure other parents can relate about how happy poop and pee makes us.

Clare and Rob give Spencer a bath

Clare and Rob give Spencer a bath
Rob puts a new diaper on Spencer after his first bath

Rob puts a new diaper on Spencer after his first bath

Bundle of Joy

Our little bundle of joy
Bundle of Joy

Our little bundle of joy

Just wanted to share a few more pictures with the world. I caught Spencer this morning in one of those rare quiet wakeful moments this morning, and snapped up some pictures really quickly with my 50mm fixed focal length lens. In these photos he is wrapped in the quilt that Dorene Grekowicz made for us. Thanks Dorene! He seems to like it!

This afternoon Clare and I were watching Spencer and crying a little bit. It is the first time in my life I have ever had tears of joy. What an incredible feeling this whole parenthood thing is. click for more pictures

Spencer’s first walk

Clare, Rob, and Spencer by the duck pond by their house
Clare, Rob, and Spencer by the duck pond by their house

Clare, Rob, and Spencer by the duck pond by their house

Since the weather was so beautiful today (65 and sunny), we decided to take Spencer for a walk. It was nice for us to get outside of the house, and we wanted him to get a little sunlight to try to get rid of his slight jaundice. We wrapped him up tight like a burrito using some of the receiving blankets we received from friends and family, and then Rob carried him around, while we showed Grandma and Grandpa Felty the neighborhood, the walking path, and the park all right by our house.

Clare, Rob, and Spencer take their first walk together

Clare, Rob, and Spencer take their first walk together

Spencer was really good and slept most of the time. Rob is already starting to realize that his promise of carrying Spencer around for 10 months might be harder than he thought. But hopefully his back muscles will get stronger soon!

Home sweet home Spencer! (after his first walk)

Home sweet home Spencer! (after his first walk)

Grandma and Grandpa Felty come to meet Spencer

Grandma and Grandpa Felty meet Spencer
Grandma and Grandpa Felty meet Spencer

Grandma and Grandpa Felty meet Spencer

Grandma and Grandpa Felty arrived this afternoon to meet Spencer and escape the cold midwestern weather. The high in Michigan was 30 something today. The low in Denver tonight will be about 36, and it got up to about 65 today.

Grandma Felty and Spencer

Grandma Felty and Spencer

Grandpa Felty seems to have a bit of a cold right now, so he is being nice and not getting too close to Spencer, but Grandma Felty was very happy to hold him. Rob and Clare are happy to have the grandparents here so they can get a bit more sleep. Grandma and Grandpa Dibble will be visiting next week.

Grandma Felty likes Spencer (and vice-versa)

Grandma Felty likes Spencer (and vice-versa)

Welcome home Spencer

Spencer's first car ride
Spencer's first car ride

Spencer's first car ride

Clare, Rob, and Spencer came home today around 1:30 p.m., after all the nurses agreed that mother and baby were doing fine. It feels nice to be home. Spencer wasn’t too happy about being in the car seat at first, but quieted down after a few minutes. This seems to be his modus operandi. Every time you move him, he gets a little upset, but then he becomes content again after a few minutes. He must be just trying out his lungs and vocal chords.

Peek a boo!

Peek a boo!

Once we got home, we called a few more people to share our wonderful news. We are really happy that he is finally here!

Clare and Spencer talk to Grandma and Grandpa Dibble

Clare and Spencer talk to Grandma and Grandpa Dibble

Welcome Spencer Clark Dibble-Felty

Jackpot! He weighed exactly 7 pounds and 7.7 ounces.
Jackpot!

Jackpot! He weighed exactly 7 pounds and 7.7 ounces.

We are very happy to announce the arrival of Spencer Clark Dibble-Felty.
The new Fedibblety team member arrived at
21:49 on Saturday, Feb. 21st (mountain time)
weighing 7 lbs, 7.7 ounces
and measuring 20.5 inches
Everyone is doing well.

Rob is very happy to meet his son

Rob is very happy to meet his son

Before things really got going, Rob read some of Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You Mr. Rosewater. We particularly like this passage:

“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’ ”

Clare is also happy to meet her son

Clare is also happy to meet her son
All wrapped up!

All wrapped up!

New kitchen cabinets, part three

New kitchen!
New kitchen!

New kitchen!

The final step in finishing the kitchen project was to put a new counter top on the cabinets. We ended up buying Roman Stone Noce porcelain tile. It is manufactured, but is designed to have a natural look, so there is some variation in it, which gives it a nice texture. Once I had the plywood and cement board attached to the cabinets, I had a solid foundation for the tile, and was ready to start tiling.

The trickiest cut was the mitre cut in the v-cap on the inside corner. It took me over an hour, but turned out pretty well. The tile saw I bought can do mitre cuts by angling the base

The trickiest cut was the mitre cut in the v-cap on the inside corner.

On Monday I started off by cutting a few tiles before I actually started laying tile. I knew that there would be a couple tricky cuts, particularly the inside corner of the v-cap by the stove. As it turns out, it took me more than an hour to get the miter cut to my satisfaction. I used the tile saw I had just bought to do the cutting. I went with the second cheapest option on the tile saw, which turned out to be pretty good. The saw had the option of tilting the table, so I could do miter cuts. Unfortunately, after tilting the table, the saw was no longer tall enough to cut totally through the v-cap. So I fiddled around until I got it right. I also tried to cut a few tiles with the new tile snapper I had bought. I found out it doesn’t seem to work for porcelain tile, which is quite a bit harder than ceramic tile. So I ended up having to use the tile saw for all my cuts, even the straight ones.
Continue reading “New kitchen cabinets, part three”

The waiting is the hardest part

Clare between 38 and 39 weeks
Clare between 38 and 39 weeks

Clare between 38 and 39 weeks

So, with any luck, I am nearing the end of pregnancy. We are excited to meet the kid. With the passing of the 38th week milestone comes the anticipation of when labor will actually begin. The “official” due date based on the fetus size at the first ultrasound is 2/8. However, a study of “The Length of Uncomplicated Human Gestation.”, published in 1990 indicates that as a first time white mom with health insurance, my kid is more likely to emerge around Valentine’s day. The study only has 31 first time births, so hard to say how much weight to place on it. But it’s main point it that it is significantly longer than the due date predicted by Naegele’s rule (2/1 for me). According to Rob’s calculations, there is a 50% chance the kid will be here by 2/9. I wish the confidence intervals on this kind of thing were easier to find. It’s hard to mentally prepare for labor and work at the same time.

My love of data and numbers, incidentally, is why I don’t like pain scales. There are lots of resources for pain management techniques for labor, but nothing that is really concrete about what to expect as it does not seem to translate very well from one person to another. One thing I attribute this to is lack of definition or consistency in measuring pain between induhviduals. When a nurse asks you how much pain you are in on a scale from 1 – 10, what does that mean? Is it linear? Logarithmic? That is, is a 4 twice as much pain as a 2 or an 8 10 times as much pain as a 7? Is anything less than a 5 something that you can handle with your daily business? Does acute pain count differently than chronic pain? Do they have a fixed point like a 2 is always how much pain a cloths pin on your ear
causes? No one can ever answer these questions.