Sunday, June 29, 2008

Jimmy at one month

There's not a lot of hockey news from Meissner Central until we move to Michigan in August, so here's another Jimmy update for you. Normally, I do a bit of re-writing of the emails my wife sends out, but this time I'll let her do the talking, so you won't think I'm saying all those flowery things about myself! Take it away Dear....

Can you believe it? Little Jimmy was 1 month old yesterday(Friday). He celebrated today(Saturday) by going to watch his Daddy umpire a baseball game in Kenesaw, about 45 minutes away. He had been having a bad case of the fussies since yesterday--I think it may have been gas pains--and the car ride knocked him out. He did wake up a little bit to eat but didn't even stir when I changed his diaper. He usually complains when I do that little job. He did get a little fussy toward the end of the game ("I don't wanna be put down! Hold me!) but fell asleep on the way home. We left there around 5:45 and he's still asleep. It's past his feeding time so he'll be hungry when he wakes up. We had a good time and it was nice for me to get out of the house and do something fun. The baseball wasn't very good (American Legion, teenagers) but it was still fun.

We are all doing pretty well and getting adjusted to life with a baby. I'm having a rough time right now with postpartum depression but I'm being treated for it and John is being incredibly supportive. I'll get over it in time but right now it stinks! John keeps me grounded, especially when my patience wears thin. Thank God for him. He is an amazing father to Jimmy. He just seems to know instinctively what to do with him and how to play with him. He has no problem acting silly in front of the baby whereas I am having to learn how all over again. I guess that's the advantage of having a husband who harbors an overgrown kid in that body. It's just so sweet to see the two of them together. Even though Jimmy's eyesight isn't that keen yet after the game today when John came over to the stroller and called his name, he responded to the sound of Daddy's voice. I love it when I hold him and he just stares back into my eyes. I think we're going to have a little blue eyed blond or strawberry blond. Whatever he looks like he sure is a cutie pie!

As soon as we know our new address in Michigan we'll pass it along. Only 1 month left in Nebraska! We're movin' out of Tornado Alley! Can you tell we're excited? Especially after another trip to the basement when the sirens sounded this week. That wasn't for a tornado but we had 80 mph winds in advance of a cold front. I thought the windows in the house were going to break but they didn't. Give me a hurricane any day over this crazy weather. At least with one of those you have at a minimum several hours of warning, you know how big the thing is and approximately how long it will last, you know how strong it is, and if you need to you have a chance to evacuate. I'm not saying that they're fun (because they aren't) but at least you can be better prepared for one.

Okay, time to wrap this up. That's all from the Meissner home for now.

Kim, John, Jimmy, Snoopy and Smoke

Here I am with Jimmy before the big game.

Jimmy Baseball takes in the action.

Daddy calls a strike.

Jimmy, the future umpire in his crib, signaling "safe at home!"

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Jimmy update

Jimmy had his three week check up today and he's doing very well! This new formula for sensitive tummies seems to be agreeing with him; he's gained 10 ounces in the past week! He now weighs 8 lbs. 13 oz. and is growing, well, like a baby. He still has occasional periods of being fussy but it never lasts too long.

Jimmy is 3 weeks old today and he is such a joy. We never thought we could love anything as much as we love our baby boy. We are noticing that he is more alert and wants to stay awake longer after feedings. He's lifting his head and pushing up on his arms ("baby pushups") when he's on his tummy and a couple of times he's almost managed to roll over onto his tummy from his back. That usually happens during bath time or diaper change when he is NOT happy with his parents. He doesn't like being wet and naked. He is a snuggler and would rather be held than anything so we always have a little fussing when we put him down to down to sleep. It doesn't last long and then he's usually down for a couple hours. He's now going about 4 hours between feedings and every once in a while he'll go 5 hours overnight. Yes, we're looking forward to the time when he sleeps through most of the night. But all in all, he's a very good baby and the delight of our lives.

We don't have to go back to the doctor for another month and that will be for his 2-month immunizations. We want to get that done before we move to Michigan. That is set to happen around the first of August. Keep checking Jimmy's Photobucket album for the latest pictures of the cutest baby in the world (in his parents' humble opinion!)

John, Kim, Jimmy, Snoopy and Smoke

At the doctor's office.

Having a quick snack before seeing the doctor.

Dr. Howe checks out Jimmy.

"Wanna go home Jim Jim?"

Jimmy holds Daddy's finger.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

We're regular ol' TV stars!

The 2008 Buffalo County Nebraska Relay for Life took place yesterday. I was the event's MC for the second straight year, a great honor indeed. It's always an inspiration to be with other cancer survivors. KHAS TV did a wonderful story on the event. You can find it on the list of videos on the station's main web page, The story is titled "Relay for Life gives hope to cancer victims." With everyone's efforts, we anticipate the day when we can tell our son Jimmy that cancer is a things of the past.

On stage as MC with Jimmy.

Preparing to walk with Jimmy.

On the backstretch.

"Feed me! Feed my mouth!" Mommy feeds Jimmy.

Daddy and Jimmy.