Friday, August 29, 2008

He Is HERE!

At 12:57AM on August 28, 2008, Quinn Saunders Mitchell was born! He weighed 7 lbs 8 oz and was 20.5 inches long. 10 fingers 10 toes. 100 % perfect!

Amanda is doing great and so is Quinn. Kudos to Dr. Anding and the entire staff of Texas Women's for doing a fantastic job.

If you're wondering what he looks like, check out the pictures below! I think he's handsome, but I'm more than just a little bit biased.

--Ben







Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Last Visit

I just KNEW Dr. Anding would admit me today! But no such luck. So we will be induced on Wednesday. He was, however, very surprised that I am still pregnant. I am 90% effaced but only 2 cm dilated. He said he can't remember seeing a baby SO low and ready and asked if it felt like I was carrying the baby down by my knees. Nonetheless, he sent my home and told me to get some rest for the big day tomorrow. So I'll walk around the block a few times and then sit on the birthing ball and then hit the sack. Who knows....maybe Quinn will be here by this time tomorrow!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Perspective

Last night, Ben and I were lounging on the sofa watching Widespread Panic on Austin City Limits (on Texas Public TV) and noticed all the "30-40 somethings" in the audience that could be our twins.

Then we remembered....

Fifteen years ago on a Saturday night when we were standing (sometimes on coolers) in a crowd watching Widespread Panic at the Locker Room or Webster's Lake or The Supper Club with all the other "20 somethings" drunker than Cooter Brown!

Oh, how the times have changed!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

38 Weeks and Look Who's Nesting!

I'm 38 weeks today! And you people better vote for Quinn's arrival BEFORE Wednesday! I don't know how much longer I can take! This is "dolled-up" for me and as you can see, it ain't that pretty!




As soon as we got home from the grocery store, Ben's body was taken over by an alien being that shares human tendencies of nesting! He started by vacuuming the entire house (AND emptying the filter), then dusting, then....wait for it....cleaning the bathroom! Too bad I missed the picture of him laying on the floor vacuuming under the bed!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Timeline

If Quinn isn't here before Wednesday, August 27, Dr. Anding is going to induce me! Today, I am 80% effaced but only 1.5 cm dilated! I thought for sure he would say I was 3-4 cm! No use is over-achieving at this point in the game, I guess.

Could this be it?

It's 12:16 am and Ben & I have been up counting contractions for about half an hour. We only started counting at 11:50 pm but I've been contracting and cramping most of the day...just nothing really consistent. Since I have an appointment at 9 am, we're trying to hold off on calling the doctor. I've checked my email, checked Facebook, checked every one's blog, and now I'm thinking I may try to go to sleep. Hold on......can't tell if that's a contraction or Quinn moving around! What the heck?

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Who's Excited About Quinn?

Baker can't wait!
Ruby...not so much!

All Systems Go...

At the doctor's visit on Friday, we found out that Quinn has started his preparation for arrival! At 37 weeks, I am effaced and 1 cm dilated. Quinn has "dropped" and is hanging out in the birth canal aka the pelvic opening! As you can see from the photo, I pretty much hang out in Ben's pajama bottoms and t-shirts now. Not much else fits. I can't even wear shoes- other than flip-flops! Dr. Anding doesn't think I'll make it to Sept 6, but told me to "wait" until after this coming Tuesday cause he's out of town. Isn't he sweet to think of me like that? My appointments are now weekly so I'll see Dr. Anding again on Friday- if Quinn doesn't get in early!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Quinn's Houston Party

Today we attended Quinn's final party! Ben's "team" at the firm showered us with great gifts and a good time! Funny side story...

The couple that co-hosted the party, Darryl and Christie, hosted another Fulbright Baby shower back in December for Carlos & Nikki - and Ben & I attended. A few weeks later, we found out about Quinn!

So bets are now on as to which couple in attendance today is next! Annie & Leon? Darryl & Christie? Or maybe Carlos & Nikki again? We can't rule out Mary Beth, the other co-host! And just because Aaron will soon be newly wed doesn't mean he's out (although a baby seat doesn't fit in a Porsche to well).

So that's it for the parties, classes, and hoopla. Now all that's left to do is WAIT...




36 Weeks!

If this lady isn't one sexy, shapely woman, I don't know who is!
And no, that's not a ball under my dress...it's real!

Oh yeah, check out the look on my face in this picture... Contraction!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Something to consider...

You know....not in ONE book or on ONE video does anyone EVER mention how much toilet paper you'll go through when you're pregnant. I think I've used three rolls just this week. I know we've bought more tp in the last 8 months than we have our entire 8 years of marriage....maybe.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Baker Loves Quinn



Baker's interest in the goings-on in Amanda's belly has been really interesting lately. Apparently, he just *knows* there's a baby in the belly. He pays tons of attention to her and sometimes he just puts his head on her belly and *hugs*. I think he even fell asleep the other day with his head on her "pillow." He sniffs her belly, watches it, rests on it...always protecting her and always aware of where she is.

He's going to be a most excellent dog for this little boy...

Monday, August 4, 2008

A Little Background on The Mighty Quinn

Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)" is a 1967 folk-rock song written and first recorded by Bob Dylan during The Basement Tapes sessions. The song is a tale with vaguely psychedelic lyrics. The subject of the song is the arrival of the mighty Quinn (an eskimo), who changes despair into joy and chaos into rest, and attracts attention from the animals. The metaphorical lyrics have prompted suggestions that Quinn is God, a drug dealer, or simply a village elder. Dylan himself has said that the title character refers to actor Anthony Quinn's role as an Eskimo in the 1959 movie The Savage Innocents. Dylan has also been quoted as saying that the song was nothing more than a "simple nursery rhyme".


More recently, Dylan in his autobiography Chronicles Volume One (published 2004), makes further reference to the song: "On the way back to the house I passed the local movie theater on Prytania Street, where The Mighty Quinn was showing. Years earlier I had written a song called "The Mighty Quinn" which was a hit in England, and I wondered what the movie was about. Eventually I'd sneak off and go there to see it. It was a mystery, suspense, Jamaican thriller with Denzel Washington as the Mighty Xavier Quinn a detective who solves crimes. Funny, that's just the way I imagined him when I wrote the song The Mighty Quinn, Denzel Washington". You gotta love Dylan humor!


Initially unreleased by Dylan, it was picked up and recorded by the British band Manfred Mann, who released their version under the title "Mighty Quinn." The Manfred Mann version reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart for the week of February 14, 1968.

The first time Bob Dylan himself released his own version of the song was when a live version from the Isle of Wight Festival of the song was included on his Self Portrait album in 1970. He didn't play the song live again until 2002.

The Brothers and the Sisters recorded a gospel version. A live version by the Grateful Dead was released in 2000 on Dick's Picks, Volume 17, from a 1991 performance in Boston. Another live version by Phish was released in 1999 on Hampton Comes Alive, which was recorded on November 20 & 21, 1998 in Hampton, Virginia.

One Month?

That's all that's left.

Wow.

Amanda and I finished up our (her?) childbirth class yesterday. It was a little scary, but also really interesting. As I've said for a long time, women's bodies are pretty amazing...Seriously.

Amanda and I are excited. I cannot wait until the birth when I get to hold him and introduce him to people, "This is my son, Quinn." That just might be the greatest day ever. Better than Auburn beating Alabama...(again).

Anyway, I don't post to the blog much, but I wanted all of our friends and family to know it's coming soon! Amanda and I are both still nervous about everything, so if you want to send an extra thought or prayer our way, we'll take it.

Love,

Ben

Saturday, August 2, 2008

A Parent's Prayer

Dear Lord,

Help me give my children the best... not of trappings or toys,
but of myself, cherishing them on good days and bad, theirs and mine.
Teach me to accept them for who they are, not for what they do;
to listen to what they say, if only so they will listen to me;
to encourage their goals, not mine;
and please, let me laugh with them and be silly.

Let me give them a home where respect is
the cornerstone, integrity the foundation, and
there is enough happiness to raise the roof. May I give
them the courage to be true to themselves;
the independence to take care of
themselves and the faith
to believe in a power much greater
than their own.

See that I discipline my children without
demeaning them, demand good manners without
forgetting my own, and let them know they have
limitless love, no matter what they do.
Let me feed them properly, clothe
them adequately and have enough to give
them small allowances... not for the work they do but
the pleasure they bring. And let me be
moderate in all these things,
so the joy of getting will help them
discover the joy of giving.

See that their responsibilities are real but not burdensome,
that my expectations are high but not overwhelming
and that my thanks and praise are thoughtful
and given when they're due.

Help me teach them that excellence is work's real reward,
and not the glory it brings. But when it comes.. and it will.. let me
revel in each honor, however small, without once pretending
that it's mine; my children are glories enough.

Above all, let me ground these children so well that I can
dare to let them go. And may they be so blessed.

by Marguerite Kelly