S: The Start of Our Family
BC: Welcome to the world Dylan we love you with all of our hearts
FC: The Start of Our Family
1: It all began one wonderful summer evening all because two people fell in love.
2: Our First Announcement on Facebook: Rob and Kalen are surprised, happy and proud after 10 weeks, to finally share with their friends that together with love forever the expectant birth of our first child on or about January 29th. Enjoy and go take it easy on the new daddy n mommy.
3: Rob n Kalen about to start their 2nd trimester on Monday... All is great so far, especially because it's been 4 days and no vomit (on me particularly)... Although the grocery list has tripled....Ugh
4: Rob n Kalen are at 14 weeks today and life is good.. Although, the baby's thyroid is developing which apparently causes SERIOUS HORMONAL IMBALANCES and mood swings. WTH!! Why wasn't I warned about this?? OMG! WOW!! If I survive the split personalities all indications are it may be a girl. UGH! Now there will be two of them.
5: So as a man you reconcile that an epic bachelor life has come to an end. Happy in love and 18 weeks expecting..side stepping hormonal land mines thinking you have a handle on things. Then she comes home from maternity clothes shopping (which you clearly state how thin and pretty she still is) and asks me to endure a 15 minute fashion show of her purchases. Then it hits me. WOW. I am in it deep now!! :D
6: Oh boy... Off to the doctor for a sonogram to find out Pink or Blue. Hopefully it is not a shy baby so we can find out...Wow--->this is really happening! It really is!! :D | At 20 weeks and a few pictures before we go to the doctor. Today we get to find out which way to decorate the babies room.
7: Fuggedaboutit!! I am tucking in and going back to sleep. You two will pay heavily for this later on tonight right after you fall in to a deep sleep! | I am very comfortable sleeping right now! I am all tucked in. What is all of this noise going on around me? | IT'S A | BOY!
8: The "Moratorium Phase"- A man intellectually knows we are pregnant, but it STILL does not seem REAL. We just had "The sonogram" appt --> a 30 minute viewing of life itself that I have never experienced before. IT'S A BOY-> I have officially hit the wall hard.
9: REALLY...Is this what I am doing now? YES! We found this fine automobile and riding gear today. Rob and Kalen's baby boy's first car with proper attire for when he is about 4 months old. OMG what is happening to me..lol..ugh!
10: 9/14: It is AMAZING-> even after 5 months expecting while experiencing the "I'm getting so big blues", the hormonally charged "NEEDS" of the mom(s) 2 be.. continue advancing to higher levels and frequency. Wow! I feel like an on call fireman. Got Gatorade? | 9/15: A very busy morning is complete..life is moving forward as our life plan to ramp up is in effect. All things positive and the outlook is good-> next up, a little work on baby boy's room. All is true in the color blue for the underwater sea creatures theme! | 9/18: Life IS Changing. Man Card slipping away? A full day ahead with Kalen and my "FUTURE" inlaws" (yes, I said it)-> together..shopping! Baby's R Us and the like all day together, small talking and shopping->together! Me..a man. Yes..this IS real!
11: Baby on the brain..... invading the mancave! | 9/27: Stage 1 of baby boy's room is complete.. Kalen's parents are safely on their way back home to PA. All registry, birth planning and pertinent information is gathered to rectification standards at this point. Next up-> Dinner and the Packers Game!! :D
12: BIG FISHING DAY FOR THE GUYS! | Big Game fisherman definitely had a fight on his hand with this fish! | Stupid Crab stole my bait!!! Blair is laughing on the inside and Harry(in back) can barely even look at the humiliation!
13: 23 weeks expecting official as of today. Each new day brings a new experience and the realization of what is happening in our lives together. I am humbled by Kalen each and every day..Next up-> baby registries and a romantic dinner by water
14: Rob and Kalen at dinner... a man on a mission!!:D | Right After dinner!!This guy looks worried and she has no idea what is about to happen..lol
15: I dropped to my knee and she was totally surprised!!! Lucky I told some people standing near us what I was about to do and gave them the camera, The couple taking pictures cried!! :D | I am very lucky she said yes otherwise it would have been quite a situation!! Rising from knee before I needed anymore help getting up!! :D | Relationship Status Update: Engaged!!! :D
16: Approaching 24 wks expecting, engaged and feeling Manly! Then Baby Boy's crib was delivered. Upon completion of assembling my emotions got the best of me. At this pace I will be a puddle of mush by the time he arrives. Wth is going on? ugh!! :D | A crib being constructed.. ultimately leading to my moment of emotional joy. Thank you all for sharing your comments on my status update!! :D | Really? I have to actually read the directions?? :(
17: Kalen in Baby Jail! She was a great little helper. Someone had to read the directions. :D | The Game room/ extra Mancave is no more!! Baby Boy is taking over! | Complete and no extra parts left over! :D Wow..a crib has just been built... there really is a baby on the way! :O | Baby crib all set up... All we need now is Dylan!
18: Approaching 25 weeks.. upon Kalen's request->I touched her tummy at bed time and spoke to our son. I talked of our life and love for him..my fears about how clueless I really am..I then felt him kick me for the FIRST time..Maybe and hopefully to assure me everything will be alright. I will never be the same man again!! :D | Stage 2 of the baby room.... Complete! I think! :D
19: Baby Status Updates! | Approaching 26 weeks expecting and all is looking good. The tasks of the week are complete with a very busy weekend ahead. All of the future in-laws are in town as I am meeting Kalen's brother and wife for the first time! Wish me luck!! Have a great weekend everyone. :D | An Awesome weekend of fishing, fun and quality time with Kalen's family-> including meeting her brother Doug for the first time is complete. Now home again in time to watch the Packers game and then sleep. Then back to business in the morning!! :D | Approaching 27 weeks: Glucose test in the AM, Childbirth prep and Breast feeding classes booked all while ramping a career upgrade with the in-laws in town. Survived a Bridezilla/zilla in-law war and the mind numbing aftermath amongst all other tasks. In perpetual motion, but I feel like I'm standing still. A hard week being a Man!!! :O