Lucy Weekly Picture #3

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.

Lucy Weekly Picture #2

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.


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

Lucy Weekly Picture #1

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.

December 10, 2011 – Happy Birthday, Lucy!

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

One Last Post Before Baby

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.

Big Preschool Girl

I guess I can guarantee at least two posts a year to this blog, and they’ll both come in September. Today was Mary’s first day of preschool. After watching Simon go all last year and constantly asking when she would get to go, today was the day. It’s a fun exercise to compare the kids at their various different milestones, so here’s a link to Simon’s first day of preschool. She’s so little compared to him! Requisite pictures below.

First Day of Preschool
They love each other.

Yet Another Milestone

When I was 18 and about to head off to college, 4 years seemed like an eternity. Now, four years is barely a blink. I can’t believe it’s been nearly six years since Simon was born. And now, he’s headed off to kindergarten. Yesterday was his first day of elementary school, and I couldn’t be more proud. He showed no signs of nervousness or anxiety and jumped right on the bus like it was the most natural thing in the world. He came home after a long first day happy and full of energy. I know there will be moments of anxiety and stress during his many years of schooling, but I couldn’t have hoped for a better start.

Mary might have more trouble adjusting to the loss of her playmate (or tormentor, depending on the minute). She was a little bit out of sorts yesterday and I think it’s because her older brother wasn’t around. But she starts preschool next week (don’t worry, another post to come!) so that should keep her busy for a bit.


A New Entry in a Dying Breed

Twitter and Facebook have killed the personal blog. is the perfect example. In its heyday (really back when it was, I would post here three to four times a week, and sometimes (rarely) multiple times in a day. I no longer feel the desire to write lengthy (or even short) posts detailing my thoughts about books, movies, religion, politics, my family, dog, etc. Why bother when a.) a 140 character or less tweet will suffice and b.) nobody is going to read anything longer than 140 characters anyway?

But my pessimism for the personal blog is not shared by my friend Corrie. She’s relaunching her own personal blog to write about. . . well, pretty much whatever interests her. If anybody still checks in here occasionally, you should check out Linus Hates Me. I think that you’ll find that it’s well written and updated far more frequently than this wasteland.

Oh, and here’s a gratuitous picture of my cute kids from Easter. Simon can’t be serious for more than 10 seconds at a time, which makes taking pictures challenging.

Easter Portrait Outtake