Newsletter: July 2003 Archives

07/28/2003 Newsletter



This is going to be a quick announcement today. I will probably just keep a log type of entry for the next few days, so check back here to see the latest pictures and information.

Today was definately a full day. We went to the hospital this morning at 7:30 for a proceedure to try and turn the baby around (he was sitting breech and the doctor wasn't going to allow Miekka to deliver that way). The doctors tugged on Miekka's belly for a few minutes and decided that the baby wasn't budging. The check Seths heart rate and it was really low. The next few minutes were a little tense with nurses flying every which way in and out of our room. Seths heart rate climbed back up into a normal level, but the doctor decided that he wasn't going to let us go home with out the baby. At 10:11 AM on july 28 2003 Seth was born. He was 6 pounds 9 ounces, and was 18 and half inches long.

Both the baby and mother are doing well. We will be at the hospital until at least Thursday.

In addition to the pictures I have a few video clips: clip 1 clip 2 clip 3 clip 4


There isn't alot to add at this point in time. I think all of us had a fairly sleepless night. Seth hasn't quite got the hang of nursing yet; he tends to either fall asleep while nursing or get really angry. Miekka is starting to feel the effects of the C-section and is both tired and hurting... yay for pain killers! I don't have any new visual offerings at this point. I may come home again for a bit this evening, otherwise I will load any new pictures and video tomorrow.


I think the biggest news at this point is that Miekka is shuffling around now. She gets up and we walk a lap around the nursery every few hours. She is fairly stiff and in pain... we try to time the walks during the peak of the pain killers effectiveness. Little Seth is getting better at feeding, but still manages to fall asleep after a few tries, so we spend the bulk of our time waking up Seth and trying to get him to eat. Unless something happens Miekka and Seth will be discharged from the hospital Thursday morning.

At the home front things are shaping up in the baby's room. I came home around noon to find Grandma Henderson and Grandma Lance busy cleaning the house and painting and stenciling in the baby's room. We are very grateful for all the help and support that we have recieved!

There are a few more pictures to view today. You can see them here.


Things are starting to settle into a workable pattern. Seth eats every two hours or so and we have arranged everything around that. Miekka is starting to feel alot better. She has been getting out of bed more and more. She is getting stir crazy, but there isn't much help for that right now.

We want to thank everyone again for all the help / food / cleaning etc that has been done for us for the last week.

There are more pictures up. You can see them here

We hope everyone is doing well and love you all!

Love, Miekka and James


07/17/2003 Newsletter

finished office
The office is done, and being used...
Miekka opening gifts
Miekka being showered... boy she needed it...
View more pictures from the office remodel
View pictures from Miekka's baby shower


Hoorah! The office is finished... After much tribulation with our first taping and mudding experience, we were able to get the walls relatively smooth enough for painting. James has decided that mudding and taping is definitely not his favorite thing to do. I think it ranks up there with his hatred of plumbing... We painted the office and wired up all the outlets last week. On Thursday we had carpet installed and we moved all the furniture downstairs yesterday. James is so excited to have all the extra desk space. Now all he needs is another computer monitor and his dream office will be complete. Too bad we are out of money! I'm glad to be able to get working on the baby's room now. The due date is sneaking up on us quickly and we still have a lot to do. We should have the baby's room all painted by the end of this week, and that's really the biggest thing we have to do in the room itself. Then I have to refinish the crib my mom found at the DI and that will be a project in and of it's self. The crib might not get done until after the baby is born, but it's ok because we are borrowing my sister's cradle for the first few months anyway.

I had my baby shower on the 1st of this month. It was great to have all my friends and family gathered around me. (Thanks to all those who came or sent gifts). Jenni was the ringleader in charge of games and grossed everyone out with a diaper game. She melted different kinds of candy bars into diapers and then the participants had to look at and smell the diapers to figure out what kind of candy bar it was. Several people were so grossed out that they couldn't even look at the diapers. It was pretty funny. Look at the pictures of the shower for some of their reactions. I was loaded down with some great gifts for the baby. He will definitely have enough to wear for the first little while!

The 4th of July was spent with my family. We went to the parade in Kaysville again this year. Their parade starts out pretty boring, but at the end they basically have a community water fight. Marrisse and Aaron provided us with water balloons and my mom brought some little water guns. We kept ourselves cool by squirting each other throughout the parade. James, John and Aaron got completely soaked when a water truck went by and opened it's sprayers to full blast on them. After the parade we ate a light lunch at Marrisse's house and enjoyed her shady back yard. We had dinner of grilled hamburgers at our house later that evening and went to Murray Park to watch the fireworks. We finished off the day by lighting sparklers in our front yard.

Sunday the 6th was Sophia's blessing day. Marrisse and Aaron's church starts at 8:30 in the morning, so there was no sleeping in for us that day. The blessing was nice and Sophie was so adorable in her blessing dress. Sophie has the nickname of Sophie Sue (to follow her sister's nicknames Hannah Boo and Maggie Moo), so when Aaron gave her the name Sophia Nell Abbott, 4 year old Hannah was very concerned that he had given her the wrong name. Amy had to explain to Hannah that Sophie's middle name really was Nell and not Sue. We had a wonderful breakfast after the blessing and spent a few more hours lounging around in the shade of Marrisse's backyard. That evening we went up to Logan for Dinner at Gma and Gpa Baerwaldt's. Dinner was yummy and the company was nice.

With the office finally done, I am feeling much less stressed about the baby coming and not having a place to put him. The only necessity that we are missing is a car seat, but that should be taken care of this coming week. (It's an important piece of equipment since they won't let you take the baby home without one). I'm about ready for the baby to come too, I'm getting pretty tired of my belly sticking way out and my legs aching every time I move from a sitting to a standing position or vice versa. We are hoping the baby decides to come a little early so that James' mom will be able to see him while she is here on vacation, but we'll have to wait and see. I have been strictly forbidden to have the baby on the 4th of August because my cousin is getting married that day, so according to Murphy's Law I will have the baby on the 4th. We'll keep you all posted and I'm sure there will be pictures here on the website on the day the baby is born for all of you to see.

We hope everyone is doing well and love you all!

Love, Miekka and James