Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Be the first to know!

Do you want to the first to know when we are on our way to the hospital?
Do you want to be first to know all the gory details about the little one when he/she arrives?

Of course you do!

Well, if you have a cell phone and don't mind getting the information via text message then sign up to the Don't Eat The Baby text message list in the widget bellow. (It will also live permanently in column to the left).

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It is going to be really hard for me to communicate with each one of you individually. This tool will allow me to be in contact with all of you without having to make a million calls. Thanks. BND

Pregnancy Perks

This last week we learned of all the perks associated with having a nine months pregnant lady around with you. Last Tuesday was my birthday so on Thursday night Preggers, Food and Blode and I went out to see a little music. The Bad Plus to be exact. Preggers had called the venue and told them that she was highly pregnant and they assured her that they would have a chair available for her. Well we got there and for a moment it looked pretty grim. We asked the guy at the door and he said he didn't know anything about that. We asked the girl behind the bar and she just looked up and said "there are plenty of chairs out there". Yeah, that may be true but by this point we were half way through the opening act and they were all filled with asses. Finally the guy from the door came back and told us to follow him. He grabbed a folding chair and lead us around, backstage to the far corner of the stage right at the feet of the drummer. The best seat in the house in my opinion! So cool!
Again, stole this from Flickr. Meet David King, drummer extraordinaire for The Bad Plus. (Yes, he is in fact playing his drums with a talking ET doll.) We were about this close.

Here is a sample of their music. The Bad Plus are known for their kooky covers.

But wait, that's not all! On Saturday, we went to see Cirque du Soleil's Cortico. Of course it was an amazing show. Preggers totally geeked out on the physical abilities of the performers and tried to imagine them all doing pilates. Anyway, Cirque is located in the middle of a huge park outside of town here and there is a massive parking lot way far away that they cram everybody into. But not us! As we were rolling in an attendant looked in the window and saw Preggers in the car looking all huge and told us to put on our blinkers and tell the next attendant we were "special needs". We were escorted to a special lot steps away from the big tent and even closer than the Handycapable parking spots!! Good thing too. I think Preggers may have tinkled on her shoes if she had to do that long walk after 30 minutes in the car!

Her is a clip of Cirque du Soleil's Cortico.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hippy Baby

I know that I have been remiss in posting lately. Sorry. But there is just too much to do. And today, after running errands and doing chores, the weather was just too nice to sit inside and blog. Instead Preggers and I went down and had lunch on the deck at Ray's. Now that is some serious living! Amazing views, fresh seafood, cold beer (beer for me, spritzer for Preggers), and lots and lots of sun! Ah sun! It's like a drug.

I stole this shot off Flickr just to give you a taste of the view. Although we were there in late afternoon, not sunset, but you can get the gist.Tonight Preggers and I are off to see Cirque du Soleil and continue our theme of doing "adult things" until the baby comes. In the mean time, I will leave you with some awesome examples of the fine work the ladies did last weekend.

Yes, this baby will be fully hippified.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sunny Saturday Events

Saturday was not only the nicest day Seattle has seen for 9 months, it was also a day full of events. Preggers had a bunch of her girlfriends over for a baby shower. From what I hear they did all kinds of girlie things. The main focus of the event was tie-dying. Lots of brightly colored, gender neutral onsies in our future!
Preggers got lots of sun! Bringing out a bunch of new freckles! I love them!

On top of all the cool clothes we got some great gifts too! Thank you all!

Looks like fun, ladies!

Meanwhile I spent the afternoon out my dad enjoying a little of the glorious sun. Then I met up with a couple of the guys who got me good and drunk at the M's game.
I think Safeco field is one of the coolest places on earth. VRT secured us Terrace Club seats from a scalper at almost half price. I've never been up in those fancy seats before. Pretty sweet. Hard liquor, waiter service, leather seats, air conditioned bar, private bathroom. Fricking high life right!? We were easily the drunkest ones there. We didn't seem to bother anyone too much though. At least on this occasion we were well behaved drunks. Oh yeah, and the Mariners won too. It was a great game.

Plus any day that includes garlic fries is a good day.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

It's a boy! It's a girl! It's SUPER BABY!

Where Babies Come From

Following on the joy I took in my last post which included an odd image, here is an even better one pulled from the the fantastic Danish sex ed book The true story of how babies are made, by Per Holm Knudsen. I originally found a German edition of this scanned and floating around the net. Here is a link. Best of all it contains the marvelous Deutsch words scheide and mutterkuchen. Which both fall under the "you really shouldn't google them" category.

Anyway, I love the picture of the baby emerging from the scheide like it is heading down a runway for takeoff! And the grotesque looks on the father and doctor's faces! Too funny! There isn't a picture of the mutterkuchen which is probably for the best but I did figure out that it translates to mother-cake(!?!). I'll just leave you with that.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Ready, set, BABY!!!

Everybody keeps asking if we are ready. How am I supposed to answer that? Are they asking if we have the crib set up? Or if I am prepared never to sleep again? Is the point of the question to infer my that my ability to be a capable parent is lacking? Is it an invitation to ask for help?

We are doing pretty good so far in getting the house ready. Sure, there is a lot of cleaning to do and a couple of key pieces of baby gear that still need to be purchased but theoretically the baby could come today and we wouldn't be too far behind the ball. We have a bassinet, and the car-seat is installed (thanks Max).

As far as my psychological state, I'm thinking that I am pretty ready. Ready as I'm gonna be at least. Although I am a firm believer that you are never totally ready, you just make do with what you have when life presents itself.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Badass Dad

Ok, time to give credit where credit is due.

Badass Dad is kind of a role model for me. I stumbled upon his blog in the early days of the pregnancy and have been reading it consistently ever since. His positivity, enthusiasm, and honesty inspired me. It inspired me both to trust my own badassness as well as to chronicle it. His approach is much more serious and he writes considerably more than I do, but there is some good stuff there.

Thank you Badass Dad.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

An Escape

Sorry, eager readers, that I haven't gotten around to posting anything for a while. Preggers and I took last weekend and ran away together to spend a quiet weekend alone, just the two of us, without any of the distractions of home. We found a cozy little cabin out on Whidbey Island where we could snuggle by the fire, soak in a giant tub, and listen to the gentle sounds of the country.
We cooked a little, we read a lot, Preggers worked on the baby blanket, we snuggled and napped.
It was wonderful! There was a little baby bunny rabbit that sat alone in the little patch of grass outside our window (in the picture bellow) and nibbled and munched on tender spring shoots. He became my little bunny buddy and I really enjoyed watching him. There were humming birds that buzzed through the trees and frogs that would chorus around the pond. And best of all the view of the sound from every room. This is the view out the bedroom and livingroom window. Heaven.