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August 28, 2003

Kate's Shower Pictures

For those of you who regularly check in to see what's going on with Kate I know you must think Jean-Marie and I have been slacking this week. Quite the contrary. Slowly but surely we've been populating Kate's Photo Album (see it under Links in the left navigation bar) with pictures from Kate's Baby Shower. We're up to 83 pictures right now. More may be added if any more disposable cameras suddenly appear, which is likely. If you've already seen some of the pictures, the new ones have been added to the back end of the gallery. So it might be a good idea to start with the last picture and move backwards.

Jean-Marie had such a wonderful time at the shower, although at times she admitted to feeling a little overwhelmed. Not only is it hard for either of us to understand how a teeny weenie baby would need so much stuff, but the pre-birth celebration and the many gifts really brought the point home that we're having a baby...a little girl...Kate... in about 6 weeks...and we'll be parents...Kate's parents...and she'll depend on us for everything....in about 6 weeks.

A BIG BIG BIG thank you goes to Christina for pulling off such a marvelous celebration and making Jean-Marie feel so special about her upcoming role as mother...to Kate...our beautiful baby girl...due to make her appearance in about 6 weeks. :-) Enjoy the pictures from the shower!
Posted by Ken at 10:46 PM

August 18, 2003

Guess Kate's Height, Weight and Birth Date

After Ken's Trick-or-Treat? post, my girlfriend Christina suggested something horrible: "What if Kate doesn't arrive in time for Halloween?" Certainly Kate could be a *little* late, but 18 days late? That would just be a cruel, cruel joke on this large-bellied pregnant woman.

Everywhere we go lately people are amazed that we still have 8 weeks to go. Everyone's guess is that Kate will definitely come early. Maybe it's because I'm a shorty and my belly just appears to look really big; or perhap it's because Kate's going to take after her very tall dad. Either way I just hope she comes out strong and healthy. And by the strength of her kung-fu kicks, I don't think we need to worry much about the strong part.

With that said, on Christina's suggestion we have set up a page where everyone can Guess Kate's Height, Weight and Birth Date. Just remember to be kind to this mother-to-be. The smaller, the sooner, the better. :-)
Posted by Jean-Marie at 03:41 PM

August 12, 2003

Kate's Favorite Book

Okay, so maybe Oh, Baby, the Places You'll Go! A Book to Be Read in Utero is Kate's ONLY book so far; but if her activity level is any indication of her satisfaction with this book being read to her, then she loves it. Dad has been regularly reading it to us at bedtime for about a month or two.

Of course no one can ever really determine what's going on in there, but it seems that as soon as Kate recognizes the volume of dad's voice and the rhythm of the verse, she jiggers around to get comfortable for her bedtime story. Once she's in place she'll give a poke or kick every once in a while to let us know she's listening and enjoying story time. Who knows. She might even be giving dad a little giggle while he reads.

If you're not familiar with this short book, it is adapted by Tish Rabe from the works of Dr. Seuss and introduces baby to the many Dr. Seuss characters that she will soon meet. What we enjoy most about the book, though, is that it lets us speak directly to Kate (in clever rhyme) right up to the very last line: It's a scrumptulous world and it's ready to greet you. And as for myself...well...I can't wait to meet you!

August 07, 2003

Trick-or-Treat?

Mom found very cute baby Halloween costumes on the babystyle.com web site. These outfits are absolutely adorable! The "Sweet Peas in a Pod" is our favorite. Kate will only be 2-3 weeks old by the time Halloween arrives, but perhaps she'll sit still long enough so we can snap a few photos of her in one of these outfits ;-)
Posted by Ken at 11:32 AM

August 06, 2003

Watching The Paint Dry

Now that we're in the final 10 week countdown, preparing for Kate can oftentimes feel like watching the paint dry. Only in our world, we watch the paint dry and a month flies by. Time is moving much faster than we are, or so it seems.

We still have so much that needs to be done but here's a shot of what we've accomplished so far: paint on the walls, wall art to be hung and a place for Kate to count some sheep. Like I said, time is ticking MUCH faster than we are; but ready or not a new little family addition will be here soon.
Posted by Jean-Marie at 12:02 AM

August 03, 2003

Pretty Pink Walls for Princess Kate



"They" say that the color pink has a calming and pleasing effect on prisoners. Looking at this first picture of Ken painting Kate's walls, I think they may be right. Let's hope Kate enjoys the color as much as her dad does.

By the way dad, good job!

August 01, 2003

Kate Maier, Womb Raider


Ken and I enjoy movies. Going to a weekend showing has become our biggest source of entertainment, especially now that we're in the dead of summer and pregnancy and the Florida heat just don't mix. We try to get to a movie at least once a week. Last one we saw was Lara Croft Tomb Raider on Ken's birthday last Friday.

As Kate develops more and more each week, we've started to notice a strange celluloid phenomenon. She has decided that those two hours of weekend flick watching have become her hours of heightened activity. From Charlie's Angels 2 and Legally Blonde 2, to T3 and 2 Fast 2 Furious, there's no summer movie that has stopped her in her tracks yet. Kate kicks, pokes and turns the entire time.

We still can't decide what makes her little limbs move. Does she hate the movie? Is she giving it two baby toes up? Is she emulating Lara Croft stunts in her fetal playground? Is she banging on her apartment walls to tell us to turn that gosh darn noise down? Fearing that it may be the latter, I've actually wrapped a sweater around my belly to try to muffle the sound. Although I sat there sweating, it appeared to have no influence on her liveliness whatsoever.

I tried to do some research on the Internet to see if other women had experienced this same occurrence. I only found one article written by Pop Music Critic Evelyn McDonnell at The Miami Herald: Music Gives Mom-To-Be Real Kicks.

Like me, she experienced the same fetal movement. Only her child got kicky at music concerts. No matter what the music, from Belafonte to Veloso, her little one shook, rattled and rolled. She did get the impression though that her baby disliked the Shakira concert as much as she did. My guess is that if I dragged my little womb raider to Dumb and Dumberer she might be giving me that same "get me the heck out of here" vibe. Don't worry Kate. I promise that dad and I will never get that desperate for entertainment.