Monday, April 21, 2008

Superman, not yet super-sleeper

It's been an amazing first couple of weeks since the little-man arrived; a lot of staring at his funny expressions, sleep deprivation, honing diaper changing skills, fun evening walks (Janay's only time to escape the house), and sneaking naps whenever possible. Now that the playoffs have started, Aricin wants to watch all the games (apparently he's a huge Lakers fan). Thankfully he is healthy and gaining weight (just over 6lbs 6oz at the last appointment).

As a family, we have finally made a decision about next year - we're heading to Colorado. Aaron will be teaching Philosophy, Ethics, Logic, and Worldviews at Valor Christian High. We are getting super excited about the move, and looking forward to a change of pace now that school is winding down and Aricin is here. We will be in Visalia for the most of the summer, and will head into the Rockies around the beginning of August.

Here are some fun pictures of Aricin: with mom and uncle jon-jon, sporting a new faux-hawk, thinking, and just hanging around.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Baby Aricin has arrived!

On Thursday, April 3, 2008 we went in for a normal doctor's appointment and were told that we were already 4cm dialated, over 80% effaced, and contractions had set in. Our doctor advised us to head across the street to the hospital. At 12pm he broke my water and started us on Pitocin to intensify the contractions. When things got really uncomfortable i requested an Epidural. Unfortunately the Epidural did nothing except make me sleepy. I was in back labor and apparently when your in Back Labor there's nothing they can do to lessen the pain. I spent the last few hours of labor on all fours, trying to lessen the back pain and trying to get our little one to turn around. He eventually complied and at 7:22pm he came into the world.

He weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. We named him Aricin Riley Marshall, which means courageous son of the eternal king. (it's pronounced "Arrison") He is one of a long line of A. Marshall men.
It's been a bit of an adjustment taking our little guy home. He's so fun to look at and we are having fun with the new addition. Night time has been a challenge as he is wide eyed and ready to party from 3 to 5am. We are getting closer to deciding our plans for next Fall, and should have some conclusions in the next week or so.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Our last trip to the beach... for a while

37 weeks preggers at Huntington Beach