Thursday, October 29, 2009


Introducing baby McMillin! Our healthy and happy baby bundle arrived at 6:04 am on the 29th of October. That was 2:04 pm on Wednesday the 28th, Minnesota time. He weighed in at 8 lbs 10 oz and is 20.5 inches long. Birth was somewhat more difficult than imagined as bub was posterior and face up and therefore stuck in the birth canal - forceps assisted in the end so you'll notice the cone head in the front and some serious bruising. Going down already.

Here are some highlights...more to come after I get home and have my camera cable and both of my hands available :)

My incredible birth team: midwife Natasha, Brian and his sister Heather.

Very alert and content!

Name negotiations in progress :) Thanks for all your good wishes!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

38 weeks

I've been on maternity leave for just over two weeks now and I've managed to stay away from the office for all but about one full day. I had to go in on Monday to interview for my replacement. After three rounds of applications, we finally got several good candidates so that's encouraging.

I'm still feeling really good for the most part though I'm starting to understand the waddling that inevitably plagues pregnant women. Not only do your hips start to do something pretty uncomfortable, you actually lose the ability to use your abdominal muscles so movement in general becomes awkward at best.

Baby is moving around like crazy and clearly getting stronger and bigger every day. Brian is so excited for him to arrive that he keeps telling him to come out and play. I tell him not to listen to his daddy (just this once) and to stay in there for another couple weeks. I'm really enjoying the time to myself and Heather doesn't arrive for about a week.

I realize I haven't posted belly photos for a couple of weeks. Here I am at 38 weeks just before going out to dinner with all of my workmates and their partners at a nearby Vietnamese restaurant. What a terrific evening! I so love my team and am already sad to not see all of them every day.

I've been keeping myself busy power cleaning the house, shopping, cooking nice food and doing loads of baby laundry. It's been raining off and on for weeks so today I finally had the chance to get everything out on the line. How cute are all of these little itty bitty things?

And now for the best part of being on maternity leave - afternoon napping!