Tuesday, August 28, 2007

you can has cheezburger

A fun site to check out when you have a moment to waste. These pictures and their captions just crack me up. I think my brother-in-law started the site I swear it's his humor for sure.


Monday, August 27, 2007

Sheppito Update

Lavinia had a Dr. visit today, so we have an update for you all. This appointment follows our 1-day 8 hour Childbirth class that we took on Sunday. It was a good class and we are glad we attended. We're feeling as ready as we can be from our perspective.

Lavi wrote up a great report about the Dr. visit so I'll let her words tell it all....

"I had a growth ultrasound this morning followed by a pre-natal appointment. The ultrasound went very well. Sheppito cooperated and the technician was able to get all the head, belly, and bone measurements he needed.

After the ultrasound, I had my prenatal appt and the OB said that Sheppito is in the 90th percentile for growth. Although my pregnancy is at 34 weeks, Sheppito and his measurements put him at 36-37 weeks along. When she told me this, I must have had one worried look on my face and she reassured me that it’s not my doing. With gestational diabetes, there’s only so much that can be controlled by diet and insulin and I’ve been doing so well in that area. There are other factors out of my control, like Sheppito’s bone measurements being “ahead” of schedule and other stuff – at this point, I had kinda stopped listening and was still trying to take in the 36-37 weeks along statement.

Oh boy!

I told my OB that I was planning on starting my leave from work on October 1st and she said that I should change that to September 24th instead. She said that he’s already in the head down position and that one of three things will happen: Sheppito will come early on his own, I’ll have to get induced because he’s getting too big (in the shoulders), or she will schedule a C-section. She’s not worried about a big head or body – she’s more concerned about his shoulders being too wide, which can get stuck. Ouch!

So, for now, we’ll continue to monitor the gestational diabetes, start the internal exams (not fun), do more non-stress tests, and have one more growth ultrasound and wait.


It was nice to have the reassurance from the Dr. that things are going well. She said the reason we have these instruments to measure and get status is so we can be more prepared so this is all a good thing. She has such a great way of putting things in perspective. Makes me think she's done this before.

Aunt Char said "Wow! Well it sounds like this kid is NOT on Panama time, huh? "

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

More Baby Shower Photos

Lavinia's brother posted some more photos from the baby shower. http://picasaweb.google.com/latinyid31/LaviSBabyShower?authkey=3_xXVkjdZOc

Things to do before VH arrives in Seattle

Van Halen with David Lee Roth will be in Seattle on 12/03. There is just so much to do before the concert.

  1. Get out the aquanet and get my hair feathered
  2. Bust out the jeans that are two sizes too small
  3. Get skin graft to remove “Van Hagar” tattoo from butt
  4. Pray that Vince Neil is not opening again
  5. Finally get that "Best of VH" and the "Scirocco VH Tunes" to Deron and Neil
  6. Get ready to stand in line over night with hundreds of old people waiting to buy tickets
  7. Sell shares of Cabo Wabo
  8. Wonder how 16 year-old Wolfgang can legally drink Jack Daniels on stage like Michael Anthony
  9. Hunt down and maim Gary Cherone
  10. Buy shares in, Tiger Balm, Viagra and Back/Hip Pain medicine as Eddie, David and Alex binge on them all summer.
  11. Call Bob

Post Cali, Beam Connecticut

Yo ya'all (sounds like a Laotian harpist or something huh, I'll bet he/she rocks!)

Greetings from the East. Sorry for being lapse in posting (do I need to apologize, is anyone really upset?) Life's been fairly busy during and since the Cali trip. Gotta say that driving the F150 was a lot of fun. My inner environmentalist was screaming bloody murder, but my inner child, the one that played with Tonka trucks and Fisher Price bulldozers, was squealing with glee. I think I was able to go as fast as 20 mph in the Bay Area traffic too. Plus it was huge and a rental so the philosophy of "you're just going to have to look out for me" was in full effect.

The trip was exhausting after that. Long days followed by long evenings. The thing that is stinky about road work, at least for me, is that the folks you're visiting are really accommodating and will encourage and stay with you for 12 hour days because they really need the help. The problem is that once the work is done you have to go back and spend two hours reducing the days data and reporting to the folks at home base. The trip home my head hit the side of the plane when I sat down and I didn't wake up until we landed. That NEVER happens!

Marathon training is still going well. We did ~15+ miles this past Sunday. We were supposed to do 18, but due to my poor map reading skills, I caused us to pull up short. I knew I was feeling too good for it to be true. Major drawback to having 18 miles as your goal is that somewhere around mile 12 Skid Rows "18 and life" gets stuck in your head and is harder to dislodge than a Republican senator from Alaska. (Honestly, does that song have any parts other than the chorus?)

Also been house hunting. It's a daunting process. Especially since I'm such a clencher :) My dream of my own workshop is still the motivator, along with equity and being able to place a nail anywhere I want. We met the devil's salesman this weekend and my hand is still oily from the shake. It's such an interesting time financially to be thinking about this. I know that the *(#@ won't hit the fan until after I've signed my life away too.

That's the update from here. Hope all of you are doing well. I got my tix for Labor day weekend so I'll be seeing you soon.


-Mark "map confuser" Moran

Diamond Dave

Wow! I'm not sure if this is the seventh, eighth, or ninth sign of the apocalypse or maybe it is all three!


Monday, August 6, 2007

World Champion Baby

I can't resist showing a pic of the baby outfit Uncle Jason and Aunt Charlene bought for Sheppito. His very own World Champion Lycra skinsuit. Awesome!

You can find more here


Baby Shower photos

Here is a link to our Zenfolio account to check out the Baby Shower. Lavi's brother Ben took more and I'll post those too.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Baby Shower & a Surprise

Our good friend Jackie organized Lavinia's baby shower, which was held yesterday. Several individuals helped out actually including Julie, Charlene, Stephanie. Among them was also Lavinia's best friend who lives in Michigan, Janet. Unknown to Lavi Janet had flown into town with her mother for the event. Now Lavi is usually pretty clever and it is hard to surprise her. I'm happy to say that we pulled it off and she was very pleasantly surprised.

As you can see Lavi was delighted. You can also see Jackie's grin as she beams with the success in hosting a wonderful event for her friend.

The generosity of our friends and family was overwhelming. Lavinia and I are truly fortunate to have such caring individuals from all aspects of our lives (family, friends, childhood friends, work).

Sheppito wanted me to say Thank You to everyone for such wonderful gifts. He's looking forward to wearing all the outfits, playing with the toys, using all the spider-man accessories and causing his mother and father to have to wash them all often.

Big Thank You to Jackie for organizing the event!

Friday, August 3, 2007

New Lawn

For those that know me you know that I detest in most forms the villanous weeds in my lawn. Try as I best I can over the past 7 years I have been utterly defeated by these villans. I think at one time I counted no less than 6 distinct different kinds of weed.

Here are some pics of what my lawn looked like in their control.

No more I say. I am tired of the weeds. Lavinia and I also decided that we should be good parents and not let weeds be the first thing our child crawls on outside in the lawn. So we found someone who do the work, and may I say very well and very quickly. In two days Mr. Tran had ripped out the old lawn (front, back and side), re-soiled, sodded, created 3 raised beds for gardening, barked and laid down gravel in some areas. An amazing amount of work and we are quite happy with the new lawn.

Photoshop is scary

At a baby shower that our co-workers held for us they did some mock ups of what Sheppito may look like. I will say the photos below are disturbing and that Photoshop is a down right cool program.