Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Here are the Pless boys getting ready to watch the monday night Patriots game. It is Emory's first football game! Gabe said he wasn't even nervous about the game because he knew they had to win.

Today, I learned how to use the baby sling. It is very very nice and now Emory and I can easily walk around the house.

I feel like I should be at school working, but I have to say I like being with Emory a little better right now! I suppose my students and grading will still be there in January.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Is Emory already trying out for the Blue man group? Is he trying to catch up on his summer tan?

Right before we left the hospital, I turned to the nurse and said, "Is my baby yellow?" Yes, he was. He had a small case of jaundice and he needed to be under the lights for a while. This was very traumatic for us. For the first hour he hated it and cried and then I cried. But with a lot of help from Gabe and my mom, we got through it. After 15 hours under the lights, his levels are good and he can now be a regular baby again. And we can all go to sleep for a couple of hours!

Tomorrow, we conquer the rest of the world! Or maybe we just learn how to use the baby sling.

Here is my mom and Emory. We were just about to be discharged from the hospital, a process that takes for ever! It seems like you are sitting around and waiting forever and then suddenly someone hands you a baby and says, "Ok, see you later!" I feel very excited about going home and yet terrified at that idea of keeping this little guy alive without my nurses, aids, midwives, doctors, and room service people. The woman who whelled me out of the hospital while gabe was getting the car told me that she had 10 month old twins and assured me that in a few days I would at least feel like I know how to do this.

Friday, October 27, 2006

We had a visit from Uncle Shanti, Aunt Aimee and cousin Shilah today and it was very exciting. Aimee brought us some dinner and hung out with us. We also had visits from some other friends today; Michelle who teaches with Andrea; Deb and her mom also came to visit; Harold and Lauren stopped by to give us their support and Emory's grandfather Charlie also came by to see his new grandson. We are very lucky to have such great friends and family and appreciate it very much!

Day 1 is complete and everyone is doing very well. Andrea is doing so well and I am very impressed with her natural ability as a mom. Little Emory is learning how to eat, sleep and go to the bathroom, and is doing very well for his first day. We are so excited and love the little guy very much!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Here are a couple more pictures of the little guy with his family. We are relieved that he is here safe and look forward to being able to take him home. It looks like we will stay in the hospital until Sunday 10/29, and then we get to bring him to his new home!

Let me introduce Emerson (Emory) Darwin Pless. Emory is less than 2 hours old in the pictures below, and he is doing very well. He was 3 weeks early, but still weighed 6lbs, 4ozs and was 20 inches long. Andrea spent a day and a half (36 hours in labor) trying to get him out, and finally she had a C-Section. He was born at 1:46pm on 10/26/2006. Andrea is doing well and is recovering nicely and is happy to be able to eat and sleep again. We are very happy that Emory is safe and healthy.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

We just celebrated our 1st anniversary! We went and visited our special wedding spot, a tradition that we are going to continue each year. Andrea wanted to wear her wedding dress, but it is at the cleaners. We had a very enjoyable and event-filled first year together and are looking forward to the rest. Gabe is featured in his brand new red sox jersey, which Andrea gave me as a anniversary gift (Very cool wife). Andrea is featured with a large belly, which she is looking forward to getting rid of within the next 6 weeks. We are doing very well and having lots of fun.

Brandon and Mike came out to go to the Great American Beer Festival and to visit us. While here, we went camping and saw Mt. Bierstadt (pictured behind them), a Colorado 14,000+ mountain. It was not all fun and drinking though, we put them to work fixing our deck and working on the back yard for no money, just beer. We had a great time with them and invite everyone else to come visit us.