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Staring Contest with Emma Grace

After 46 days in the NICU you learn some creative ways to entertain yourself. Like having staring contests with your 6-year-old daughter. Lacie laughs at us because I won’t let Emma win and so we stare at each other forever until her eyes start to water. Emma gets me this time because she starts talking smack to me and makes me bust up laughing! 

Baby Charlie: Weeks 3-6

Baby Charlie, 3/14 @ 11:30 am

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Charlie was born at home on February 27th at 5:29 p.m. You can read more about the birth here. After about 5 hours we called 911 because we noticed how much he struggled to breathe. In the Emergency Room they suctioned out a lot of fluid from his lungs, nose and mouth. Then they admitted him to the NICU where they diagnosed him with Pierre Robin sequence.

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Baby Charlie: Weeks 1-2

3/6 @ 1pm – Charlie giving me that “Dad stop taking so many pictures look!”

Charlie was born at home on February 27th at 5:29 p.m. You can read more about the birth here. After about 5 hours we called 911 because we noticed how much he struggled to breathe. In the Emergency Room they suctioned out a lot of fluid from his lungs, nose and mouth. Then they admitted him to the NICU where they diagnosed him with Pierre Robin sequence.

Pierre Robin is a set of abnormalities affecting the head and face, consisting of an underdeveloped lower jaw and a tongue placed further back than normal, which cause a blockage of the airways.

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Baby Charlie Born!

Baby Charlie born Feb 27, 2018 at 5:29 p.m. 8 lbs 10 oz and 21″ long!

Baby Charlie was born at home on Tuesday, February 27th at 5:29 p.m. He weighed 8 lbs 10 oz and was 21″ long. The birth seemed to go well for Lacie — although it seemed to go a lot faster than her other three. 

One thing that stood out to me was that he didn’t cry much right after he was born. Lacie also noticed that he wasn’t sucking at all – even after a few hours. Other then that he seemed ok. His eyes were open, he was alert and his skin color was good.

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Our New Vegetable Garden!

Our new vegetable garden!

Today was one of the best Sundays I’ve had in a long time.

My wife and I picked up some top soil today for the new vegetable garden we planted.

It’s been a long time since I’ve “played in the dirt” and it felt good. It was freeing to be away from my phone and laptop all day.

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Emma’s First Snowboarding Trip

We went to a cabin on Mt. Hood for a few days with our family, Loretta, Gunner, Chloe, Ben, Daniel, Sarah and Jake. It was so fun and I plan to post pictures of the cabin soon. But what I’m most excited about is how awesome Emma did on her first snowboard trip!

Here’s how it went…

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Date Night in Coronado!

Front of Hotel Del when we arrived.

Logan and Danielle watched the kids tonight so we could go on a date!

We left the RV Park around 4:30 and then went to Nordstrom Rack so Lacie could do some shopping. I found a cool laptop backpack while I was there. 

Then we drove to the surprise dinner place… Hotel Del Coronado! Someone told me this was “the place” to go for a nice dinner. And they were right. It was pretty awesome. 

The food was amazing and the view was beautiful. And Lacie looked gorgeous!

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Our Trip from Yacolt to San Diego (1,100 Miles. 5 Days. 3 Kids)

View of Mt Shasta from where our tire blew out on I-5

On Saturday, Aug. 27 we packed up our RV, left Yacolt, WA  and decided to see how far south we could make it on Day #1 of our big trip.

We ended up driving 155 miles (about 3 hours) and stopped at Deerwood RV Park in Eugene, OR.

When I told Emma, my co-pilot in the RV, we were in Eugene she asked, “We’re going to Flynn Ryder’s place!?” (Flynn Ryder aka Eugene Fitzherbert from Tangled).

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Day 20 in RV: Lily Gets 6 Stitches and Our Delay

 

Pic of our campsite from the hill I climbed.

Pic of our campsite from the hill I climbed.

We’re on Day #20 of living in motorhome (if you missed our last post about how we purged our stuff and moved into the RV you can read it here).

First, let me share with you where we are… after 20 days we’ve made it all the way to Yacolt, WA (for all you non-locals, Yacolt is only 45 minutes from where we were living (see photo and map below).

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Purging Our Stuff and Moving into Our RV

Lily helping pack up all the clothes!

Lily helping pack up all the clothes to donate!

It’s Saturday, July 30, 2016, and we’re finally in our motorhome!

We’ve spent the last month purging our stuff so we could move out of the home we were renting in Ridgefield and into our motorhome.

And man, talk about a PROJECT!

It’s been a ton of work. And kudos to Lacie for bearing the brunt of the work. I’ve been busy with a couple big copywriting projects this last month so Lacie has been the one doing most of the “purging.”

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