Archive for December, 2011

It’s been an eventful past couple of days for Lucy. At her two week appointment she hadn’t put on any weight since leaving the hospital. We’ve spent the weekend changing her feeding schedule, and Kate has been an absolute champ with the nursing and supplementing, so we’re hoping that her followup appointment tomorrow yields a positive trend in the weight department. With the weight stress and the (good) craziness of Christmas, it’s been an exhausting weekend! I go back to work tomorrow, and it may well be more restful than being at home! This week’s picture was taken on Christmas day.

Sleepy Baby

Simon (left) and Mary (right) at Week 3.

It’s only week 2 and already Mary has infiltrated Lucy’s weekly picture. Both Simon and Mary will probably be making frequent appearances here, if for no other reason than they always want to be holding, touching, or just NEAR (read: hovering over) the baby. Anyway, I couldn’t resist using this one. Lucy’s got one eye open as if to say “hey! what’s going on here!” and Mary is as enthusiastic as always.

Sisters!

Simon (left) and Mary (right) at Week 2.

This is the beginning of a year-long photo project. I’m going to post a weekly picture for Lucy’s first year. I did it for Mary, and Kate did the same thing for Simon during his first year.

The rules will be the same as they were for the Mary Picture of the Week project. The goal will be to post a new picture from the previous week on Sunday or Monday evening each week. The picture will preferably be taken over the weekend so the spacing between them will be similar, but I’m not going to box myself in if we get a good picture from a different day.

I’m off to a bit of a rocky start here, as I’m already behind. I figure that this is how Lucy would feel about my tardiness with her very first weekly picture.

Grumpy Face

Mary PoW - Week 1

Simon (left) and Mary (right) at Week 1.

Even though I have successfully managed to call her ‘Mary’ 85% of the time since she’s been born, I’m thrilled to announce the arrival of our second daughter, Lucy Gemma Campbell! Like her sister, Lucy decided that she simply couldn’t wait, and HOWLED (way louder than either of her siblings) her way into the world this morning. Kate was a champ for the third-time’s-a-charm c-section, and is recovering well. Pictures in a few!

Lucy Gemma Campbell

Born December 10, 2011 @6:10AM

Weight: 7lbs 1oz

Length: 19.5 inches

Despite having ‘baby’ in the title and ‘baby’ in the first sentence (twice now!), this post will have little to nothing to do with the baby (three!) that we expect any day now (the 16th, at the absolute latest). Posting here is about to increase substantially, as I’m planning on doing the same weekly photo project that I did with Mary with the new baby.

Instead, this post has to do with a little home improvement project that I took on. We’ve been looking for a computer desk that we can put in our main living area upstairs to house our old (rebuilt by me, sometime soon, I swear) computer for general family use. By design, we are placing it in a public, heavily trafficked area. This will be the general family PC, particularly for use by the kids for homework and research, etc. So Kate looked for weeks on Craigslist, hoping to find something suitable. Eventually, she stumbled upon a decent looking piece of furniture for the low price of $20. It looked to be in good shape, but had a nice spacious cabinet for CPU storage, a hideaway keyboard tray, and some drawers for all the sundry crap that inevitably invades a work space.

Since Kate is very pregnant, it fell to me to pick it up, haul it back, sand it, and paint it. Here are some before, during, and after pics of the project.

This was the desk in its original condition (hardware already removed).

The top was pretty beat up. It was worse than it looks in this picture.

The keyboard tray door shows some of the “graffiti.”

The desk after sanding with belt and finish sanders to remove some of the finish to prep for painting.

This is what happens when you’re overeager with a belt sander and particleboard. Oops, divot. Painted over it and hoped for the best.

Painting the knobs.

The finished product.

We painted the inside green to match the accent wall in the family room.