Some Pictures of Maxwell

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

Daddy here.  In many respects, we’re finding it difficult to believe that nearly a week has already gone by since Maxwell made his Grand Entrance into our lives.  In other ways (sleep for Keri), a week is very easily believable.  Keri is and has been amazing over this past week.  She is tired and freely admits it, but has always had a smile on her face.  We have been incredibly lucky to have Barb, Keri’s Mom, stay with us several days and a few nights to help out with errands, groceries, meals and everything else.  We cannot begin to express our gratitude to her for the numerous ways in which that has helped us.  We know her actions are not entirely selfless, as this is her first grandchild, but we thank her wholeheartedly nonetheless!

And now, on to some pictures!

At the Hospital
Brand new fingers taste the best!

Barb, Keri and Alyssa (our doula)

And now, we’re all Home!
A break during dinner…


Maxwell and Grandma

Changing Time and “Who, me?”

Just being cute and sleeping…

The Baby Burrito!
(Apologies to my incredible wife, who may not be thrilled that I posted a picture of her in the Exhausted State
that she’s now constantly experiencing.  But, I’ve heard that some people want to see us, too…)

Mommy and Maxwell

Well, that’s a lot of what we have up to now.  Of course we will keep trying to get more pictures and stories of Maxwell up here for you to see and read.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Jeffrey, Keri and Maxwell

The Hiccups

Hello all!
Daddy here.  As I’m sure you’ve guessed, Keri and I have been somewhat busy over the past few days!  We had this whole “Labor Thing”, and now have the joys that that resulted in.  We will be trying to post more pictures soon, as we know they’re eagerly anticipated.  Keri and I will try to get the pictures uploaded soon!  There probably won’t be that much to read, but you’re not interested in reading about Maxwell yet, are you? 

In the meantime, I took this video on Friday, the day after Maxwell was born.  Sorry about the lack of sound… Had an ID 10 T error…

Maxwell and his Amazing Hiccups

Thank you and stay tuned!

39 Weeks

It’s hard to believe I am 39 weeks pregnant! We are very eager to meet our son. Any guesses as to when he will arrive? I was nearly two weeks late and Jeff was three weeks early, so I’m hoping maybe that averages out to an on-time arrival. I haven’t felt any Braxton-Hicks contractions yet, but it is possible to have them and not feel them, so I’m hoping that is the case. I’m still getting poked in the ribs and head-butted in the bladder, but am thankful to overall feel very good. The weather here has continued to be crazy, with several inches of snow falling last week, and some snow/rain mix on Sunday. Jeff and I may have tempted fate, because when we had all that snow in December, we were talking about how great it was that we wouldn’t have to worry about any of that when our baby’s due date rolled around. Thankfully the forecast is pretty much calling for rain for the next week, so hopefully the temperature will stay above freezing. I am most definitely ready for Spring!

I am so ready to see our boy! I can’t wait to have him here for us to hold, it is really amazing that there is actually a person inside me that we will soon be meeting. Thank you all for sharing in our excitement and our love for him!

Here is the 39 week belly:

38 Weeks

It’s hard to believe we are at 38 weeks! Actually coming up on 39 since I am a little late in posting this. Baby Boy Moore is now the length of a leek! He weighs close to 7 pounds and is about 19 1/2 inches long, though we’re guessing maybe a little longer. At my last appointment the OB was feeling his position in there (still head down, thankfully) and she said “This feels like a long baby!” Wouldn’t be too surprising, with a mom who is 5 foott 10 and a dad who is 6 foot 3! We are just waiting now, I think my coworkers are curious each day to see if I show up, and whenever Jeff or I call friends or family, we usually begin the conversation with “No news” or “Keri’s not in labor.”  I am planning to work as long as I can, I figure if I am overdue, I might as well be impatient at work. Since a good chunk of my maternity leave will be unpaid, I want to get in as many work days as I can until he arrives.

I certainly look very pregnant at this point…the other day someone asked me if I was having twins! Um, no, just 9 months pregnant, thanks. It didn’t bother me really though, I think on the whole I’m a good size for being full term. Being tall has definitely helped, I don’t stick out as far since there is more room in there for him, and I haven’t had problems with feeling short of breath like a lot of women I know.

Here’s the official 38 week shot. I’m sure you’ll recognize the trusty black maternity pants, as one of two pairs of maternity work pants they are in heavy rotation:

On Sunday I staged a belly photo shoot, Jeff took some pictures of the baby belly, and then we used the self-timer to take a few of both of us. Here’s one:

Full Term!

We have reached 37 weeks, which is officially full term! It is definitely reassuring to know that The Boy can come any time now without major concern. Of course we ideally want him to stay in another couple weeks to finish cooking. He now weighs about 6 1/3 pounds and is about 19 inches long. For those of you following the produce comparisons, that’s about the length of a stalk of Swiss chard. I can tell he’s taking up a bit more room in there as I get poked in the ribs every so often. Overall I still feel really good, some back ache still but in general I really have felt great. The belly does get in the way sometimes, not being able to bend over like I used to took some getting used to. Some of my shoes are getting tight, so I have been wearing my tennis shoes a lot. They are very comfy but getting them tied is a bit of a challenge! Jeff and I took Infant CPR on Saturday…those are skills we hope we never have to use, but it was good to practice just in case.

37 week belly shot:

And one of Jeff and me, this is taken in front of our house, the area behind us is what you see from our front porch: