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Our phones.

Posted April 18th, 2008 at 7:34 pm by Ashley

9 months, 16 days, 12 hours, 45 minutes old

Two in case you haven’t noticed[s].

  1. I have a LOT of odds and ends posts that I’ve been saving, haven’t gotten around too, or have been otherwise held up on and am getting to them in fits and bursts. Is that a saying?
  2. I recently uploaded pics from both Tony’s phone and mine. Like, a year and a half worth of pics. I’ll start with Tony’s. View his full collection here.

n690961550 763656 2723 Our phones.

I was in early labor!

n690961550 763659 3838 Our phones.

Remember this?!?!

n690961550 763660 4248 Our phones.


n690961550 763654 1356 Our phones.

At Off Our Rocker in January.

n690961550 763682 2188 Our phones.

Jordan and Becky outside of his new apartment.

n690961550 763683 2497 Our phones.

The view from his balcony.

n690961550 763686 3534 Our phones.

On Easter Sunday….fell asleep during service.

n690961550 763688 4163 Our phones.

Just last week.

…to be continued with my phone. Probably later tonight.


One week down.

Posted July 10th, 2007 at 12:31 pm by Ashley

7 days, 5 hours, 42 minutes old

Ali was one week old at 6:49 this morning. We have, are, and will continue to survive. That’s good to know :)

 One week down.

Catching flies at six days old.

 One week down.

Daddy bought this onesie for Christmas…Ali’s first present!

 One week down.

 One week down.

 One week down.

She LOVES her fingers. And yesterday I caught her sucking her thumb.*

 One week down.

This is where she looks just like daddy, it’s all in the one-eyed squint.

feeding(1) One week down.

Conked out after feeding.

 One week down.

Sleeping angel.

sleepy1(2) One week down.

Last night her umbilical cord fell off. The remaining belly looks so painful, but I guess that’s the way life goes. Pics to come, probably.

* I sucked my thumb until I was twelve years old. Which is very embarrassing to admit! I only stopped when I got a herbst (a lovely piece of orthodontia that involves top and bottom retainers hinged together with a key to screw the top one further apart every week and widen the roof of one’s mouth) and could no longer fit my thumb in. I’d prefer Ali suck something that can be taken away…like a pacifier.


Chubby cheeks (or getting there).

Posted July 8th, 2007 at 1:36 pm by Ashley

5 days, 6 hours, 47 minutes old

Yesterday Grandmere came to see Ali, the first she’s been able to since Tuesday. Since then Billie’s been both up to San Juan Island and down to do a talk in Oregon. That after she just returned from two plus weeks in Paris and London on Sunday. With her was a package of the cutest stuff from Ali’s Great Aunt Mary. Notice the giraffe in the pic below. It plays music and Ali loves it. You can almost see how entranced she was!

 Chubby cheeks (or getting there).

We’ve been four nights home now and it really hasn’t been so bad. Note to Cynthia: No, she’s definitely not one of those that sleeps through the night straight off and I don’t haveto wake her up to feed. She does that just fine! Nursing puts her right to sleep though, which is good and bad. On one hand she’s out like a light, on the other she’s up and hungry again 90 minutes to two hours later. But I think that’s how it’s supposed to be, so I have no complaints. The hardest time for me so far has been evenings and early night. That’s when I am just absolutely beat (I haven’t yet managed a nap during the day, even though she seems to sleep almost non-stop through the afternoon), so Tony has been doinghisbest to get me a couple hours from nine to midnight or so and then I do the rest of the night. Which really just means a change and a feed (or maybe cleaning up a blow out) two of three times. I am so glad she’s a summer baby. By four-thirty the sun is up and it feels like we’ve made it. I can’t imagine it being dark until seven…and then getting dark again at four-thirty!

These are a couple pictures I snapped about an hour ago. She looks so much older already, with her cheeks beginning to fill out. Too bad I didn’t use the flash in all of them, please excuse the darkness and lack of clarity.

 Chubby cheeks (or getting there).

 Chubby cheeks (or getting there).

 Chubby cheeks (or getting there).

 Chubby cheeks (or getting there).

Now to start thinking about getting dressed. Or showered. Or lunch. Where to begin?


Here’s what’s up…

Posted July 8th, 2007 at 1:06 pm by Ashley

5 days, 6 hours, 17 minutes old

Some pictures of….Friday? I don’t know they’re all starting to run together. The first couple may be Thursday (three days old) and I knowthe last two are Friday at her first doctor’s appointment. Tony’s been working, more or less, non-stop (between changing, holding, and attempting sleep). No time off for this daddy. Luckily he’s a good multi-tasker [see below].

 Heres whats up...

 Heres whats up...

 Heres whats up...

 Heres whats up...

 Heres whats up...

 Heres whats up...




Posted July 7th, 2007 at 6:07 am by Ashley

4 days, 23 hours, 18 minutes old

I’m breaking that whole "sleep while your baby is sleeping rule." I’m finding that a hard one to follow at times. More on that at a later date. I also hope to write a bit about labor and Ali’s birth. I guess when I get a chance. Until then, stay tuned. Also, thank you so much, to everyone, for all your supprt, words of encouragment, congratulations, exclamations (she is the cutest!), and general contact. So many of you live far away and it helps us immensely to feel connected.

On a side note: we had our first doctor’s appointment yesterday. We’ve decided to use the family practitioner Tony began seeing this year. The appointment went well and was pretty routine. We hovered and attempted comforting like the nervous newbies we are. Ali’s doing great, she weighed in at 6lbs. 15oz. Only three ounces less than her birth weight, so not much ground to make up at this point. My milk has been coming in over the last few days, and has not been anywhere near as bad as anticipated. Mostly I just feel like I got a couple bean bags, or rocks, or something strapped to the front of me. Breastfeeding is another topic I hope to touch on more soon.

So without further adieu, here are some photos of Ali coming home from the hospital. The non-bobblehead editions.







Flashback: Just Home

Posted July 6th, 2007 at 9:27 am by Anthony

3 days, 2 hours, 38 minutes old

We were looking through a bunch of pictures this morning and found these funny couple of pictures from right when we arrived home. Kathy brought up Jordan’s new camera which has one of these modes where it snaps pictures right after the other, all paparazzi style. So without further adieu, bobblehead me:


coming home ani Flashback: Just Home


The waking up process.

Posted July 5th, 2007 at 9:25 pm by Ashley

3 days, 14 hours, 36 minutes old

She has the funniest, longest, stretchiest phase she goes through before waking up. It involves some cranky faces, some yawns, nose wrinkles, eyebrow raises, and looking like she knows a funny joke you don’t know!



28 Pictures to Change the World

Posted July 4th, 2007 at 9:53 am by Anthony

1 day, 3 hours, 4 minutes old

Both Ali and Ashley have been thoroughly checked over by their respective doctors and given the go-ahead for discharge. There are a few shots left to give and one more form to be signed in the presence of the resident notary (saying I’m the daddy!) and then I believe we are ready for the longest drive of my life. I promise you’ll get more details once we get home and settled, but for now, here’s Ali’s first day of life in pictures (chronologically arranged).

01 prepush 28 Pictures to Change the World

02 pushing 28 Pictures to Change the World


07 cord 28 Pictures to Change the World

08 flip 28 Pictures to Change the World

09 family 28 Pictures to Change the World

10 physical 28 Pictures to Change the World

11 done 28 Pictures to Change the World

12 cantbelieveit 28 Pictures to Change the World

13 sweetestgirl 28 Pictures to Change the World

14 hi 28 Pictures to Change the World

15 mygirl 28 Pictures to Change the World

16 loveyou 28 Pictures to Change the World

17 gramma 28 Pictures to Change the World

18 lewisladies 28 Pictures to Change the World

19 grandmere 28 Pictures to Change the World

20 grandmerepapafeet 28 Pictures to Change the World

21 sleeping 28 Pictures to Change the World

22 ducky 28 Pictures to Change the World

23 birthingsuite 28 Pictures to Change the World

24 exhausted 28 Pictures to Change the World

25 welldeservedrest 28 Pictures to Change the World

26 uncledave 28 Pictures to Change the World

27 feeding 28 Pictures to Change the World

28 happyfeeding 28 Pictures to Change the World

29 uncleshpang 28 Pictures to Change the World

30 kris 28 Pictures to Change the World

31 firstnight 28 Pictures to Change the World

32 24hoursold 28 Pictures to Change the World



Posted July 3rd, 2007 at 1:40 pm by Anthony

6 hours, 51 minutes old



Posted July 3rd, 2007 at 7:35 am by Anthony

46 minutes old

meet alizabeth shirlie carroll…. 19.5 inches…. 7.2 pounds… july 3, 2007…. 6:49 am


Okay, so in all the hubbub I misspelled my daughter’s middle name. The corrected is above — "shirlie".