Sunday, December 09, 2007

VanOort Family Christmas Tree

Yesturday we went out to Kelly's Tree Farm just South of Tipton and got our Christmas Tree! It was too cold for Clancey and Jen to come with this year so Marshall and I were left with the task of picking the perfect Christmas Tree.

For those of you who have never been there if it's snowy they give you a sled to haul your tree back with but since Kelly's Tree Fram sits on a hill you can use the sled to quickly get down the hill to the trees. Of course the first thing Marshall and I did was find the perfect sled and charge down the hill. Once we were down the hill we started our hunt for the perfect tree. After looking for a few minutes I realized we forgot to grab a saw, doh!! So Marsh and I trudged back up the hill, i.e. Marshall sat in the sled while I pulled him up the hill ;) Once we got to the top and got a saw we were able to sled down the hill for a second time on our search for the perfect Christmas tree.

Searching for a the perfect tree is hard. Unlike at the store where all the fake tree's are perfectly green, full, and symetric most live trees are not like this. Another hard part about finding the perfect tree is a tree that looks small at the farm can look huge in your livingroom. For instance, one year Jen and I picked out a tree that was so big I had to but part of it off just so it would fit! Well anyways after and exhastive search Marsh and I finally found out perfect tree. We put it on our sled and I made Marshall pull it up the hill, just kidding ;) I will say though that Marshall did pull it probably for a good 20 feet before he got tired and asked me to do it.

When we finally got to the top of the hill, they shook the excess needles out and we paid. $25 which is a great deal for a live tree. While we were paying Marshall got to hold a bunny which he really enjoyed, although the picture may not show it. I've included pictures of the day so you can see all the fun we had :)

Way Behind On Updates

Wow!!! It's been a long time since I've updated my blog. I can't believe that Clancey is 6 weeks old and Christmas is only 2 weeks away. Seems like just yesturday that it was Thanksgiving. Well I'll tell you what I'm looking forward to being able to take 2 weeks off from work! The great part about Christmas is unlike any other vacation nobody at Rockwell is working so no work stacks up. I can just lay around eat food and enjoy the holidays without worry about work at all.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Preschool Program

The preschool program just got over. It was great! I have to say there is nothing cuter than a bunch or 3 and 4 year olds singing songs. Marshall was front and center and he did great. All the kids did a good job and none of them did anything to embarass themselves years down the road ;) Of course my batteries on my digitial camera decided to give up about 2 minutes into the program so I didn't get very many pictures but here is one I managed to get.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Tommorrow is Marshall's First Program

Tomorrow night is the big night, Marshall's first singing program. It's the preschool singing program and it's going to be held at the St. Johns church here in Clarence. I'm sure it's going to be quite the affair with many kids doing things to both embarrass and amuse their parents. I will be sure to get pictures and a written account of the event online a quick as possible. I'm sure there will be plenty of funny tales!

Kids Are like Little Sponges

Well I've had my first public lesson in having to watch what I say around Marshall. Today Jen, Clancey, Marshall, and I all went into Cedar Rapids for our weekly shopping trip. We were on our last stop of the day at Aldi's. I had decided to stay in the car with Clancey while Jen and Marshall went into to the store to do the shopping. While they were in the store Marshall saw an elderly woman pushing a cart and remarked "Watch out mommy! Old people don't drive very well."
Well those of you that know me, know that I'm a firm believer that old people shouldn't have licenses and, from time to time, have been know to say things of that nature. Well anyways Jen was horrified that Marshall said that and tried to correct him by saying "Everyone is a bad driver sometimes."
Marshall retorts "Yes everyone is a bad driver sometimes but old people don't know how to drive."
Jen, now certain that I must have been the culprit that put this in Marshall's head and trying to ease the tension between the elderly woman and herself states "Well your daddy is a bad driver sometimes."
Once again Marshall retorts "Yeah daddy is a bad driver sometimes but old people don't know how to drive!"
Well at this point Jen realized that Marshall was not going to correct what he said. So in an effort to prevent further embarrassment she moved on!

It appears I'm going to have to start watching what I say in front of my little guy or I'm going to constantly be in trouble with my wife!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Updated Clancey Pictures

My blog has been a little light on Clancey updates lately so I thought I would post some updated pictures for everyone. Otherwise there really isn't anything new on the Clancey front. He pretty much eats, sleeps, poops, and crys just like most other 2 weeks olds. I do have to say he is a really good baby though. For the most part he really doesn't cry all that much and sleeps way better then Marshall did at this age.

Marshall and My Fall Fun

Nothing like spending a nice warm fall day raking leaves and then jumping into them. I think this is the first year that Marshall has really got to do that and let me tell you he had a really great time. I've posted some pictures of our day.

Friday, November 09, 2007

I might be working too much

The other day Marshall and I were boxing in the den when he stopped me to ask "Daddy to you have a bed at Rockwell Collins?" I told him no that my bed is here at the house. So he then asked "Daddy where do you sleep?". Once again I told him that I sleep at the house. So finally he asks "Daddy where do you live?". I tell him that I live here in Clarence.

After that exchange I'm beginning to think I may spend a little too much time at work!

Clancey is growing like a weed

Yesturday Clancey had his first doctors appointment and he weighed 8lbs 11oz that is one pound more then when he was born. I guess all of his eating is paying off because they generally say they like the baby's to be back to birth weight by now so he is doing a good job.

We did notice that he is starting to get his baby pimples just like Marshall did but they should go away quickly. Other then that I really don't have too much new to report on the family front.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Daddy's First Diaper Incident

On Saturday we decided to take the whole family on a trip to Cedar Rapids to do some shopping. Up to this point I have not actually changed one of Clancey's diapers but finally on Saturday, while we were shopping, I took on the challenge and let's just say it didn't go so well.

We we're on our last stop of the day at Aldi's and Jen decided that just her and Marshall would go in and she let me in charge of Clancey out in the Durango with the task of changing his diaper. I told her I was up to the task and decided I would open up the back hatch and change him there. So I took Clancey's diaper off, cleaned him up with a wet wipe and started digging through the diaper bag for a diaper, all the while Clancey is laying there diaperless. All of a sudden out of nowhere I see this little fountain of pee and at first I had absolutely no idea what was going on. Suddenly I realize that, oh crap, it's Clancey and he is peeing everywhere. I had forgotten to cover him up with something to prevent things like this. By the time it was all over Clancey and managed to pee all over himself and dad had learned a lesson about changing diapers. :)

Friday, November 02, 2007

First Day back at work

Yesturday was my first day back to work after Clancey was born. Jen was a little nervous to have to handle Clancey and try to get Marshall off to preschool before 8:30 but, of course, Jen handled it with ease. Marshall woke up in a good mood, helped get his clothes on and was out the door. Jen packed Clancey in the Baby Bjorne and walked Marsh up to preschool. Things went well which makes me happy.

On a side note I do have to comment on how good of baby Clancey has been so far. The only time he crys is when he gets his diaper changed, is hungry, or takes a bath. Otherwise he is sleeping or just looking around trying to take the world in. Just like Marshall he is a very aware baby and really likes to study things.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Trick or Treating

Marshall and I just got back from Marshall's first official trick or treating night. We've went in the past but we had only gone out for a few minutes and Marshall wanted to come back. In fact last year we couldn't even get Marshall to put his costume on. This year though, Marshall had a really great time. We were out for the whole time, an hour and a half, and Marshall got a huge bag of candy. The Chicken outfit was a huge hit too. Everyone we passed commented on how cute it was and at a few houses Marshall got a handful of candy because they said he had the best costume of the night. It's going to be hard to match the chicken outfit next year but I'm sure Jen is up to the challenge!


Marshall and I just got done making our Jack-O-Lanterns for trick-or-treating tonight. Yes I know, we did wait until the last minute to get it done but we did get it done. Anyways, Marshall drew a happy face on his and I made a sick face on mine.

Clancey's First Bath

Last night Clancey took his first bath or at least his first bath since he's be home. Clancey really enjoys getting his hair washed but he is not a big fan of being submerged in the tub and getting his body washed. To tell you the truth neither was Marshall, at least the first few times, but once he got used to it he did better. Hopefully, with an luck, Clancey will start to like his baths a little more and not cry like we are trying to drown him in the future.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Marshall Preschool Halloween Party

Today was the big preschool Halloween party. Marshall went dressed as probably the cutest chicken in the world. I have to say that I think that Marshall had the best Halloween costume out of the bunch. Truth be told the chicken outfit was supposed to be his Halloween costume last year but we couldn't convince him to actually put in on and trick or treat, hence why it is this years costume. I'm glad he got to use it because Jen went to a lot of work hand making the costume and she was disappointed when he wouldn't wear it last year. I suspect when Clancey gets to be about 3 he will be a chicken also ;)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Clancey is home

Jen and I have Clancey home and we've survired our first night. I will say it is a bit easier this time then it was last time. Not that Jen and I are experts by any means but we certainly aren't near as scared and clueless as we were with Marshall. Clancey isn't really much of a night time sleeper yet. He is a bit better then Marshall was but he did keep Jen up for most of the night. Both her and Clancey are sleeping right now in preparation for another long night.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

My 2 Boys

Here is a picture I really like of me with my boys :)

Headed home

Well looks like we get to head home today. They plan on discharging us around 12:00 today and Clancey gets to go home for the first time. Marshall is really excited to have his new little brother at home. While I'm looking forward to getting home it sure was nice to have nurses to had the baby off too at night. Tonight will be our first night on our own and just like with Marshall I expect it to be tiring.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Friday, October 26, 2007

Update on Mom

Well after just over 7 hours Jen had her second baby. She is doing fine. The labor was a little rough she went from 5 cm to 10 cm in 30 minutes. She also managed to do it all with out an epideral which, being a man, seems insane to me. She only pushed for about 10 minutes about 4 times from what I can remember. Clancey is also doing very well waiting on his baby test results right now. I'll update you when I get them.

Clancey's Vitals

Clancey Dylan VanOort

7 lbs 10 oz

21 inches

Welcome to the World Clancey Dylan VanOort

At 3:39 today Clancey Dylan VanOort was born :)

Jen's Labor Progress - 2:30

Things seem to be moving along now. Jen's contractions are a minute and half apart and she is doing a good job breathing thru them.

Jen's Labor Progress - 2:00

Not much new to report. Jen has moved from the bed to the labor ball and much to my surprise it actually does seem to be working. I asked to labor nurse, Shannon, about the next time her cervix will be check and she said it may be a while. Since Jen's water is broken and she is GB positive they will only check when doctor ordered or if something changes, so cervix updates will be few and far between at this point. Jen still seems adament to not use any pain drugs during this labor and appears to be doing a good job at it. Jen just report a contraction at 7 pain level so I think active labor has started. Right now I would guess we are 5-6 hours from birth.

Jen's Labor Progress - 1:35

The pitocin is really doings it's job now. Jen is contracting pretty hard one right after the other. They haven't checked her cervix since noon so we don't know what kind of progress is being made but I would bet we are finally getting the job done. Jen has decided against any kind of pain medication at this point and the nurse and doctor are both impressed. I guess they don't know that she is an Anderson women. On a side note Jen has just decided to try the labor ball to see if it helps. I guess we will see how that works.

Jen's Labor Progress - 12:50

Well the nurse just started the pitocin and it appeared to start doing the job right away. Jen looks to be contracting quite a bit harder already. The smiles are pretty much gone and at this point it appears we are entering into active labor. With pitocin you have to take blood pressures every half hour so Jen is hooked up to quite the contraption at this point. I will just keep trying to remind her "At least her toes feel great!"

Jen's Labor Progress - 12:35 pm

From last update the smiles have faded a bit. We were unable to walk the halls at all from last update because Jen's contractions are starting to become strong enough she has to breath through most of them. This good hopefully we will be making the move to active labor soon.

The nurse just came in for our noon cervix check. Jen has advanced just slightly to 3 cm. Since she isn't really advancing as fast as Dr. Olson would like they are going to start pitocin at 12:45. Hopefully this will really get things rolling for Jen.

The nurse just brought in a labor ball for Jen to try during her labor. We'll see how that goes. Being a man I don't know much about labor but from what I can tell it hurts like hell no matter what and a simple ball isn't really going to help. I guess well see how it goes.

Jen's Labor Progress - 11:30

Well we just got done walking again and the nurse stopped in to see how everything was going. They said they are going to check her at noon and then consult with Dr. Olson to see what she wants to do. Either continue with the walking or maybe go to pitocin. Jen's contractions are continuing to grow so hopefully when they check again she will have advanced some from the 2.5 cm she was at 8:45 this morning. Jen is still all smiles and really wants to get things going.

Jen's Labor Progress - 10:45

The nurse just left, they still haven't checked her cervix. Jen just informed me the they won't be checking her cervix again until noon. I guess I have to start listening better when the nurses come in ;) While the nurse was in the room just had a pretty strong contraction and commented to Jen "You tolerate those really well, I'm impressed."
The nurse just checked Jen's blood sugar it was 82 so they are going to give her a popsicle to eat to try and elevate it.

Jen's Labor Progress - 10:25

Well we just got back from yet another walk. This time she was having more contractions that were strong enough she had to breath through most of them. The nurse should be back in a few minutes to check her cervix and let us know if she is making any progress.

During some of her stronger contractions Jen's has adopted to saying "At least my toes feel good!"

Jen's Labor Progress - 9:45 am

Well there doesn’t seem to be any real progress so far. Her contractions are getting a little stronger but still not enough to put her into active labor. We are getting ready to walk the halls again to try and get things going.

Jen's Labor Progress - 9:00 am

Jen has had some pretty strong contractions over 80 on the scale. They are getting ready to let her start walking the halls to try to get her contractions moving along. We are going to have a push her IV pole with her because they are giving her antibiotics. They are giving her antibiotics because she is streep B positive. Well off to walk hopefully it gets things moving.

Jen's Labor Progress - 8:45 am

Here we are at the hospital, right now Jen currently has a smile on her face and is anticipating the rough day of labor ahead. At 8:35 Dr. Joy Olson came in to check on Jen and manually broke her water for her. They are going to have her try and advance her cervix on her own until noon today. If she isn’t advancing by then they will give her pitocin to start her contracting. Her contractions are slowly starting to grow she just had one the registered over 80 on the contraction scale. Jen just commented on how she enjoys being with it this time and not being drugged up like last time on sleeping pills and pain killers.