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Evelyn Pictures

Here are a few pictures. I think I’ll tell the whole story in another post, but here’s a quick visual overview.

Here’s little Evelyn just after being born. She came quick and was 6 lb. 10 oz. and 19 in. long.

Here she is in the NICU. She quit breathing when she was only a couple hours old, so they sent her to Neonatal Intensive Care for a day to be watched a little more carefully. She’s holding her Grandpa’s finger and has a little tiny IV board on her right arm. She’s pretty cute, even in intensive care.

Grandma, Grandpa, Avery and all the aunts and uncles came to visit in the hospital when she came back to the newborn nursery. Avery was soooooo excited!

Kisses from Avery

We came home from the hospital on Monday. Evelyn was almost too small for the car seat. We tightened the straps as small as they went and they were still a little loose. The hat we added at home. Aunt Linden crocheted it and sent it in the mail.

Avery loves to give Evelyn hugs and kisses. She says “hode er?” and wants to hold her all the time.

Here’s a picture of how she looks most of the day – sleeping in her bouncer. She’s a sleepy baby and we think she’s pretty adorable.

So there you go. Five days of life in pictures. I’ll have more details later, but for now the important part is done right?

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Another Baby Chick

I don’t have many details, and since I’m half way across the world I can’t verify it, but my wife claims to have given birth at 1:29 a.m. to a 6 lb. 10 oz. and 19 in. little girl. Apparently the doctor barely made it there in time. I’ll save the play-by-play for Rachel since she knows the details, but we wanted to let people know.
This means that for the next few days until I go home it’s going to be harder than anticipated to finish the last little bit of school (namely a thesis proposal).
We still haven’t decided on a name, so it’s not too late to pitch us your favorite.

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Growing, Growing

Avery’s new favorite word is “bean.” Easter is to blame for this new development as it was the cause of the introduction of jellybeans into Avery’s little world. She also learned “candy” which she used to call “nanu,” but now comes out “nany.” Interestingly, all Easter candy is “nany” while the old stand-by candies she still calls “nanu.” Easter is also to blame for the cute little dress which we took off and put on all day so she wouldn’t get waffle or ham all over it.

She’s becoming quite the little talker. She’s started stringing multiple words together to make sentences. The other day she said “Momma, bite, nanna?” which meant “Momma’s bite of banana?” About a week ago she was sitting on Grandma’s lap and patting Grandma’s tummy. Grandma said “There’s no baby in there, sorry.” To which Avery replied “uh-oh…” and then put her hands up in the air and said “Wha happen?” It was pretty funny.

She has a bunch of games that she likes and they all have names. “Cake” means patty cake, which she adores, especially the part where you say “B” in “mark it with ‘B'” which she squeals at the top of her lungs most of the time. If she says “name” it means she wants to spell her name… I say the letters and she repeats them. She really likes that game and we’ve moved on to spelling mommy and daddy recently too.  She also really likes story time at the library. She was pretty hesitant at first, but after 3 or 4 trips she’s pretty happy about it. She really likes the “turn around” song and asked to sing it at home today, which was a first. She’s still also very fond of her bellybutton and you can hear her all over the house saying “button!” when she rediscovers it for the 5th or 6th time that day.

Her favorite things are going on car rides and walks in the “loller” (stroller). We usually stop at the playground on walks too, so that helps. There’s an awesome playground down the road from us that’s just her size. Everything is about three feet off the ground so the slides are short enough that she can go down there by herself and there’s two little baby swings. She loves it there and I love that I don’t have to help her around everything. Way to go Parks and Rec.

She’s also got names for everyone in my family. It took her a while to get my brothers down but here are the names we have. The exception would be Nathan. I haven’t heard a name for Nathan, yet, but she was only ever around him for a couple weeks, so maybe when he comes home this Spring that will change. Here are all our names: Mamma, Bapa, Ninnen, Nani, Jenum, and Cair. She’s funny, she knows whose shoes and clothes belong to whom, so while I’m doing laundry she says the name of the person who owns the particular article of clothing I’m folding. It’s pretty impressive how much of it she remembers.

We’re having an adjustment period of some kind when it comes to sleeping. She doesn’t wake up in the middle of the night anymore like she did last month (Two little teeth poking out one day finally explained that particularly fun period of time.) but she won’t go to bed at night and I’ve had to let her cry herself to sleep a lot recently. Then she’s exhausted in the mornings and falls asleep in her high chair at lunch. My bed is getting a little messy with all the sandwich crumbs she tracks in there as I transfer her from highchair to bed. It’s pretty cute, though, and it’s easier than our usual naptime routine.

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The main cupola at Szent István

The post I originally tried to write today ended up too whiny and pretentious even for me, so instead you get a few pictures of what I did instead of watching conference. They actually turned out much better than I expected.

The cupola above the alter at Szent István

I went to Ünnepi Szentmise (high mass) at Szent István Bazilika. It was quite interesting despite the fact that I understood about 3 words: Jesus Christ, Peter and “he said”. I’d only been to mass once, and never to a holiday mass. It was a valuable experience for me and I think everyone should go, at least if you are from a western christian background. It wasn’t all beer and skittles though. For one thing there was no place for me to sit (since I was a tourist) and you wouldn’t believe what standing for an hour and a half does to a man my age.

The alter of Szent István Bazilika

In some ways I think I learned more by going to mass then I would have watching conference simply because it was so different. Here are a few things that the Mormon church could learn from Catholics with regards to Easter worship (in no particular order).

  • Have a special program. It should be a big deal. General Conference doesn’t count considering it has nothing to do with Easter.
  • More symbolic ritualistic clothing. A dark suit and tie is rather boring.
  • Handel’s Messiah. I felt a real sense of majesty and of Christ as Conqueror something I had never really contemplated before—this also had to do with the church itself.
  • Better decorations in case you get bored and have to stare at the ceiling fans.
  • Incense. The symbolism is rich and beautiful.
  • Call and Response-especially Gregorian style. It sounds neat and gets people involved. This one could be for more than just Easter.
  • One hour. Especially in today’s short attention span society 10 hours is just two much. Particularly for those who only come once a year. :)

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