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Sawyer is now a little over two weeks old. His latest tricks are peeing on his hair during diaper changes, staring into space (or just past yours eyes) while awake in your arms, crying (actually screaming) in his car seat during each car ride, curling up in the fetal position in my sling (so adorable!), and not going to sleep until 1:30 a.m., and crossing his eyes. So….pretty much exactly what he was doing this time last week, and perhaps the week before. He’s growing by leaps and bounds. Rowan…read more

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FOOD

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There are many, many reasons we love our [link(http://www.ascensionpittsburgh.org/cota/)]church[/link]. It’s a place where we can worship using traditional liturgy. It’s a place where we feel a part of a family. It has a great, big pipe organ that Kenny gets to play every once in a while. We’ve enjoyed great spiritual leadership in the clergy of Ascension, both past and present. And when you have a baby, they provide some kick-butt meals for you. Since we’ve brought Sawyer home, we’ve been set up with meals from members of the housegroup…read more

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Magnificat

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Today at church we had the thanksgiving for the birth of Sawyer Cole. Language is often so inadequate in expressing our joy and thanks for such blessings, but the Book of Common Prayer does a pretty good job: O God, you have taught us through your blessed Son thatwhoever receives a little child in the name of Christ receivesChrist himself: We give thanks for the blessing you havebestowed upon this family in giving them a child. Confirmtheir joy by a lively sense of your presence with them, andgive them calm…read more

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Sawyer’s Name

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So far, we’ve had several people ask how to pronounce Sawyer. We didn’t realize how difficult it would be for people to pronounce a common-sounding name (granted, it’s more common as a last name than a first name. But hey…Steven Spielberg named his son Sawyer too!). Kenny and I pronounce Sawyer the same way we pronounce “lawyer.” Okay, I know that doesn’t help much. We pronounce it the way it’s written: “saw” (as in, an instrument to cut wood) and “yer” (as in, the last three letters of his name)….read more

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After Five Days

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Some hope for the freshman parents out there: number 2 isn’t all that bad. It’s funny how much you learn from the first go around. We spent hours with Rowan diagnosing every whimper, every grunt, every dirty or dry diaper. We kept ourselves up half the night trying to determine what the little scowl on his face meant during his bowel movement. We occasionally put our ears to his tummy to listen for a disconcerting gurgle. I remember the 3am conversations: I think he’s gassy.Maybe he ate too much?No, I…read more

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Sawyer Cole Smith

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We’re home! After the day and a half of laboring-contractions at home, we got to the hospital on Friday night around 10:30 (my water broke just a few minutes after my last post!), and he was born by 4:41 a.m. weighing in at 7 pounds, 12 ounces, 20 inches long. Sawyer is amazing, and Rowan is very curious about him…actually showing some interest in him. Here are pictures from Sawyer’s first two days in the world as we know it. Daddy is doing great – beaming and proud of his…read more

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What’s Going On??

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I think I’ve been in labor now for about 36 hours. It all started after yesterday’s doctor’s appointment at 9:15. I had Braxton Hicks contractions all afternoon that turned into painful contractions overnight that were sometimes 5, 6, 20, sometimes or 15 minutes apart. I didn’t sleep from midnight until 9:30. They hurt. By 9:30, they subsided a bit, and I slept for 2 hours while mom (Nana) came over and watched Rowan. Kenny went to work because it seemed like nothing urgent was happening anymore. By 11:30, I was…read more

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In Defense of the Common North American Raccoon

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Liz and I agree about most things, particulary in relation to our child-rearing philosophy. We’re firm believers in [link(http://www.smithical.com/pics/sept_04/dad_read.jpg)]education[/link], [link(http://www.smithical.com/pics/sept_04/elmo.jpg)]limited tv[/link], and [link(http://www.smithical.com/pics/august_04/peek2.JPG)]really cute kids[/link]. And we respect each other’s differences in opinion. But I cannot allow her to so publicly decry and disparage the good reputation of one of the most respected and honorable members of [I]animalia mammalia carnivora[/I], the raccoon.[pic(http://bss.sfsu.edu:224/courses/Fall00Projects/raccoonfig1.jpg)]It’s hard to say when first I discovered the jollity of its ringed bushy tail or its curious pointy nose; I still have the first book I remember reading,…read more

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This Week in Pictures

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Rowan had a boo-boo. We tried to ice it, but he was only interested in sucking on the ice.[link(pics/sept_04/ice2.jpg)][thumb]pics/sept_04/ice2.jpg[/thumb][/link] [link(pics/sept_04/ice1.jpg)][thumb]pics/sept_04/ice1.jpg[/thumb][/link] [link(pics/sept_04/boo_boo.jpg)][thumb]pics/sept_04/boo_boo.jpg[/thumb][/link] Rowan is wondering about all the “new” baby stuff in the house. Here he is trying out his new seat in the new double-stroller. By the way…this double stroller was a STEAL. It’s a brand new, never been used Eddie Bauer double stroller that I picked up at a garage sale this spring for $15.00! It retails around $200.[link(pics/sept_04/side_stroller.jpg)][thumb]pics/sept_04/side_stroller.jpg[/thumb][/link] The bouncy seat is his new favorite. For comparison, here…read more

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Why My Baby Needs Potted Mums in our Window Boxes or The Nesting Instinct

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So today was Labor day. Not MY labor day, though. Instead of breathing through contractions, I put Kenny and myself to work. Fober needs a clean front porch before he comes home. And one that is seasonal. So…out with the old, summery flowers, and in with the new autumnal ones. Afterall, Fober demands it. I really can’t explain it, but the whole “nesting instinct” has overcome me. So I’ll let an internet search describe this phenomenom for me: The Nesting InstinctMany pregnant women experience the nesting instinct, a powerful urge…read more

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