Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cell Phone Photos

These three pictures were taken with cell phones. Not my cell phone, though!

James really likes it when Papaw holds him:

Luke took these two:

The big sisters have been hanging out together:

Monday, September 24, 2012

Professional Photos

The peerless Rhiannon Trask of Lollipop Photography came to the hospital on Saturday night to take James's newborn photos.

Our friend Shauna took Amelie to the heritage fest in the morning, then Amelie took a very late nap and my mom brought her to the hospital afterward, so she was still visiting. (They also brought our supper and James got a little choked while she was there, so it was a more hectic photo session than she had anticipated, I think.)

Can you believe James is only about 16 hours old in these?

He looked like a grumpy old man for most of the first day.  

Father & Son

I was surprised that his eyes were open in so many of the pictures.

If you are on Facebook, you can see the album here.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Gratuitous Baby Pictures

3 days old and looking mischievous. The soft white blanket was a present from Grandma Pat, and the boppy pillow was a gift from Aunt Juli -- she gave us a giant tote of useful baby things that Rylee had outgrown right before Amelie was born. . . 

4 days old and smiling :) It may just be gas, but it sure is sweet.

5 days old, and James is starting to look a little chubbier! His legs are still super skinny, though. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Amelie anticipates what it will be like when James arrives

I recorded a video of Amelie talking about her brother a few days before he was born. (He does have a pink bed, since he's using the same bassinet Amelie did, and it has pink fabric.)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It's still hard to believe we had a(nother) baby!

The big bruise on the back of James's head is gone:

Our monkey having bananas, peanuts, raisins, and string cheese. Breakfast of champions!

I don't remember what they were talking about here, but I think it must be something little bitty.

Thank you to Luke, Barb, and Ellie for the cheerful flowers from their farm share :)

Grandma Mary finally gets to see Baby James while he's awake and alert.

So that's what's going on with us lately!

Everyone has been enormously helpful as we get adjusted to being a family of four -- thanks again to Holly and Grandma Mary and Shauna and Barb, who've helped out with meals and snacks and the house and wrangling Amelie. Plus a HUGE thanks to Nana Jana, who I'm sure did not expect such an exciting weekend! Thanks also for just letting us  hang out at home and settle in. We appreciate you!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

First Days

Amelie got to meet James later in the day on Saturday. She looks suspicious here.

She got excited pretty quickly, though.

Due to his rapid entrance, James had a pretty incredible bruise on the back of his head at first. It looks to be totally gone today, thankfully.

I was ready to go home from the hospital by about 8am on Sunday. We had to wait around until nearly 11 to be discharged, though. Here we are, waiting.

James was none too thrilled about his first car ride. I had a pacifier ready just in case, but he slept the whole way so we haven't used it yet. (Amelie cried a tiny bit, but she was more than ready for her nap.)

We had to turn around and go back to the doctor on Monday to check his bilirubin levels. They're warming up his right foot for the heel stick here. 

He was just a tiny bit jaundiced, but Dr. Swofford said just to keep an eye on nursing and that we didn't need to do anything special. His color looks great today.

Two days old:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sweet Baby James is here!

James Robert Buffaloe is here!

He was born quite dramatically at 2:14 am on Saturday, September 15th, weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring 19 and 1/4 inches long. 

Crystal's version of the story:

I started having contractions about 9:30 pm, but they were only up front and not lasting very long, so Sam and I stayed up for about an hour timing them. They weren't in a very regular pattern, and it seemed dumb to be up wasting a bunch of energy when this might not be the real thing, and even if it was, we probably had many, many hours to go. We were both able to go to sleep, and I could sleep between contractions with a heating pad. A little after midnight, I couldn't sleep any more, so I decided to get in the tub to see if that helped, and the contractions spaced way out again (about 15 minutes apart). When I got out of the tub around 1am, I  woke Sam up. I felt a little foolish (compared with my labor with Amelie, I still thought we had a long way to go), but I called my doula at 1:28am and told her not to speed over, saying "nothing is imminent." 

Things got imminent really, really soon after that and I yelled "HELP!" from the bathroom at 1:45 am and told Sam to call 911. The ambulance and fire truck arrived with lights flashing, and four big EMTs crowded into the bathroom and somehow got me up onto the gurney and halfway strapped in ("Ma'am -- we need to secure you in order to transport you safely. Ma'am, can you please lie down."). Sam couldn't ride with us in the ambulance (he wouldn't have fit -- there was an EMT for me and one for the baby and it was crowded). We got out onto West Blvd. (about 3 blocks from our house) and I said the baby was coming. They stopped the ambulance so James could be born. They only told me when we got to the hospital that it was the first delivery for both of the EMTs in the back with me -- this was the first baby for one after 19 years on the job and he bragged about it to everyone in the elevator and L&D room. His exuberance was pretty understandable -- I felt fantastic and was also pretty proud of myself!

Sam's version of the story: 

I remember Crystal starting to get something like cramps at about 9:30 on Friday night. Her back hurt around the same time on Thursday night, and that turned out to be nothing. I remember Crystal leaning towards the conclusion that she was not in fact having contractions, but what she was saying seemed to match the descriptions given at WebMD and the Mayo Clinic website. We used the "contraction master" tool on-line for about an hour, and the contractions did not seem to be getting any closer together or longer, so we decided that we should try to get some sleep. We did pack a preliminary bag, and I figured I could easily pack everything else in under a minute before we left for the hospital (this sounds a little like foreshadowing, I guess). I slept until Crystal woke me up, telling me that she wasn't sure what I could do, but that she wanted me up with her. She told me that her contractions weren't any closer together, and in fact, she wasn't sure if she should even call the doula.

After what seems like a very short period of time, Crystal yelled "HELP" from the bathtub. She told me that she thought the baby was coming, and that I should call 9-1-1. I called, hoping that our cheap cell phones were actually capable of calling it. The dispatcher seemed a little doubtful that Crystal was in fact about to have the baby. The conversation seemed to mostly be about what part of the baby I could see coming (I couldn't see anything). It seemed like the EMTs took a long time to come inside the house once they arrived on our street. This might be because I didn't turn the porch light on until after they were already here. They had a very difficult time putting Crystal on the gurney, and I remember thinking that they probably had a requirement to use the straps even though it was clear the straps were doing absolutely no good the way Crystal was positioned. The EMTs told me that I couldn't ride in the ambulance, and I had forgotten that Jana's (borrowed) car was behind mine, so I had to quickly get her keys. I luckily remembered to grab my wife's phone and the bag which we had only roughly packed before leaving.

I pulled behind the emergency vehicles, and was surprised when we stopped at West Blvd., which was just around the corner from our house. I remember getting out of my car to ask what was going on. I also remember thinking that they wouldn't like that I was out of my car, so I made sure to stay on the passenger side of the vehicles. The driver of the ambulance said "Sir, I need for you to return to your vehicle." I asked her if she could tell me what was going on, but she just repeated that I needed to get back into my vehicle. I kept my windshield rolled down, but I couldn't hear anything. After what seemed like just a couple of minutes, the ambulance and an emergency vehicle behind it left with their lights on. The firetruck behind them also left, but it didn't have its lights on. The ambulance quickly sped far ahead of us. The firetruck was going under the speed limit, and it didn't have its lights on, so I assumed it was no longer traveling with us, and I passed it on Stadium. I turned on College to go to Boone hospital (where we had planned to deliver the baby, and where we told the EMTs to take us). I knew that there was a shortcut to the emergency room, so I traveled down University to Williams, which led to the hospital. Unfortunately, I saw the firetruck following behind me on what are very narrow, cobblestone streets. I didn't see an ambulance at the emergency room, and the driver of the firetruck told me that they had gone to Women's and Children's hospital on the other side of town. They told me to follow them there, and as soon as we pulled onto Broadway, I saw flashing lights. I took off my seat belt, assuming it was Crystal, but it turned out to be a sobriety checkpoint. I also realized right before rolling down the window that I didn't have my wallet, was in a borrowed car (which has a radar detector), and was wearing a pair of swim trunks. Luckily, they believed me that my wife was on the way to the emergency room to deliver our baby and let me go without performing the field sobriety tests,

I finally arrived at the hospital, and they asked at the emergency room if I was the father. I told them "maybe" (meaning I didn't know if James had been born or if they were even talking about Crystal), and I asked what had happened. They told me that Crystal had given birth in the ambulance and that James was being examined in the emergency room, and that I could go see him. It took Amelie several minutes after being born to cry and to look healthy and pink, so I didn't want to get in the doctors' way. They told me that James was doing great, though, and that I could accompany him to the nursery. I was sad to have missed his birth, but relieved that he was doing so well.

Three funny thoughts: 1) I remember that several people asked me what the time of birth was, and seemed to be taken aback that no one could tell them; 2) no one asked for either of our IDs or insurance information the entire time we were at the hospital, even though we had pre-registered at the other hospital, and 3) Luke told me that he has no idea how they're going to bill us for the delivery.

Because we left so quickly, the only pictures we have right after James was born came from our doula's phone.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Baby Bump, take 2, take 2

Even more pictures of the baby bump for those of you who are interested. If you want to see the first set  (weeks 18-26) click here.

28 weeks and happy to be entering the 3rd trimester:

 31 weeks along:

At 34 weeks, James flipped breech, but just briefly.

36 weeks -- I thought we had about a month left to go:

38 weeks -- full term! We had maternity photos made this week (and should be able to post more photos soon).

I'll count this as the 39 week photo: :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Amelie started her first day of preschool today. Here's a picture of her with Amy & Kathy, the two teachers in the two-year-old room. She's going to La Petite Ecole on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. It's the French immersion school, so all of the staff will speak French to the kids.

She seemed just a little hesitant at drop-off. I'll post an update after I pick her up at noon.

UPDATE: I went about 10 minutes early (apparently a no-no) and watched the kids playing on the playground. I didn't think Amelie saw me at first, but then I guess she did and decided to keep playing. Two of the other girls ran to the fence, though, and one got upset that her mom wasn't there (I guess that's why I'm not supposed to come early!) Amy said she did well. They had a snack and finger-painted. We came home and ate lunch and then Amelie asked to take a nap ... but so far she's still awake in her bed.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Madison Trip

Another somewhat delayed post (and I have a feeling this is a problem that's just going to get worse).

Amelie and I took a trip up to Madison, Wisconsin to visit my good friend Cabell and meet her baby AJ. This was basically immediately after Amelie discovered she could climb out of the crib, but she did really well except for one night. The plan was to help them unpack some, but shockingly we were not the most efficient move-in team.

Anyway, we hung out and did some fun stuff, like go to the butterfly conservatory.

Cabell looks lovely, but AJ looks just a tad disgruntled.

Amelie contemplating the butterflies from a respectful distance.

Baby AJ maintained a respectful distance, too.

Ooops! Going in! "Just look, don't touch," didn't seem to stick, but with minimal wrangling, she didn't manage to get within poking range of any butterflies.

She also really liked the stripy ones (zebra butterflies) and the koi and the frog (not pictured).

We hung out in the backyard. AJ also enjoyed the big back deck. 
And her toes.

While Amelie searched for pine cones.

And climbed.

And chatted on the cell phone, sporting her sushi skirt from Uncle Joe.

We went to the park.


Cabell took some pictures, too. (Well, I suppose I took this one, but it was with Cabell's camera.) Everyone seems pretty skeptical of baby AJ's preferred method of swinging.

Amelie was a big fan of the cat tree, and also of running around in her underwear. My original thought was that at 26 pounds, she surely weighs less than the four cats that use the cat tree, but that logic doesn't hold up if she wants to climb on it while the cats are using it.

Amelie and AJ surveying one another from a respectful distance. I'm afraid that Amelie thought her new cousin Ben would be more like this six-month-old and less like a brand-new baby.

Here's the link to Cabell's Flickr photos from the trip.

Thanks again for being such great hosts!