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It's Markus' first birthday!  I can't believe how much he's changed in the last year.  Witness:




Markus, in the hospital November 12, 2008 - the hospital released him from the NICU 2 days after he was born.




Markus at home November 10, 2009 - about to blow out his birthday candle. 

What a difference a year makes!  God bless you, Markus, and may you continue to grow healthy and strong.  We love you!


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Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone.  I've thoroughly enjoyed all the Ireland coverage on the Today show the past days.  I've wanted to visit Ireland for years, and this really, really makes me want to go! 

It's also the anniversary of the day I found out I was pregnant with Markus!  I came home from work barely able to wait to take that pregnancy test.  I can still remember the excitement when a second line came up!  It was a Monday, and the previous Friday night Raph had told me he had a "feeling" I was pregnant.  On Sunday, I had soreness in my abs, as if I'd done 10000 crunches (which, let's face it, I did not and would not do), a sensation which would be repeated several times throughout the pregnancy when my muscles were moving, making room for my growing uterus. 
Here's a picture of that very happy test )

And a picture of the very, very happy result )
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Markus )
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Just wanted to share a picture of our happy family on Thanksgiving Day.  I've never had more wonderful things to be grateful for.  :)

And yes, this entry is a week late.  I have a 3 week old, the computer time is short!  

Markus's 1st Thanksgiving )

Thanks!

Nov. 22nd, 2008 05:06 pm
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Thanks to all of you who wished me and my family well upon the birth of Markus! He's so awesome. We took him to the pediatrician this morning and he's regained the weight he lost right after birth and added 5 ounces! He's now 7 lbs, 4 oz. Our little guy!

Here's a picture from his first Giants game with daddy )

Thanks also for the birthday wishes. It was super low-key...I spent the day mostly with Markus and my mom in the morning while Raph slept in. He's been taking the night shift, bless him, so we're extra nice to him in the mornings. In the evening we watched Top Chef for a couple of hours. The most birthday-like I felt was when my mom brought me a bunch of balloons. No gifts or cards this year - who has time, and with Markus arriving a little over a week before my birthday, who needs more? :)

He's Here

Nov. 17th, 2008 05:59 pm
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My darling son, Markus, was born on November 10, 2008.  He was a little early, due to my having preeclampsia (high blood pressure in pregnancy + a few other factors).  I went in for a routine check-up and was told to go home and get my bags because they'd be delivering that day!

Markus was born 2 days later via c-section.  The birth experience was an absolute nightmare that I won't go into now, because I don't want to spoil the joy that is my little boy.  I love him more than I can say, and he is so, so perfect.  We've been home since last Thursday, at my parents' home because our kitchen is being remodeled and we don't want the baby breathing in all that dust.

We are completely in love with this little boy and just sit there and watch him breathe.  He is our firstborn, and is so special.  There are no words to describe what I feel when I look at him.  We are so happy!  :) 
 
Baby Markus at 4 days old )

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