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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Holy videos, batman!

Ok - so we've been really slow in getting videos on the web. Needless to say, things are pretty crazy with two little ones, and Kelly is now back at work - yikes!

I got some time a little while ago, so I've posted several months worth of videos (50+ total!). I won't bother to describe them all, but they are up on our youtube channel for your enjoyment. The first video is "Kathryn and Megan Play" (from back in March!), and the last video is "Kathryn shovels sand", taken on labor day at OMSI when grandma Lerch visited the family.

Some other videos, taken by Paul, are up on qik.com: http://qik.com/belbo

Lots of pictures have been posted on our shutterfly site, with more to come. There are now some more July pictures, as well as some of the professional pictures that were taken at the Rose Garden.

Paul also has more pictures on his picassa site.

There are more photos still in my email/hard drive waiting to be posted, so stay tuned!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Wow it's time for an update!

So to say it's been a while since the Lerch family has posted to the blog is an understatement. In our defense though having two kids under the age of two (which was the case until recently) is just a bit on the busy side. :-)

Kathryn is currently 2 years and 1 month old! She had a great little pool party to celebrate her birthday on June 28th. Her friends Zach, Maren, and Megan were in attendance and we all ate the cake I made. This was very low key and lots of fun!

Kathryn weighs 28 lbs 10 oz and is 2 feet 10 inches high. This puts her in about the 50% for both weight and height. To quote the doctor "it's so average it's not even worth talking about."

Kathryn knows *tons* of words now and is into parroting things folks say. A common stream of words heard is "Daddy...work...car...money...food". This means "Daddy is at work and he took the car. He is working to make money to buy food." She says this every weekday morning. Kathryn isn't speaking in full sentences yet, but that is likely just around the corner.

Without a doubt her favorite thing is to go to the park. She loves to swing and slide down the slide. She also really likes planes - pointing them out as they fly overhead and saying "bye, bye plane." She also often speaks of the beach and the waves. She learned aboout these in Hawaii in June. She tells them to "come on" and wash over her. Her favorite toy is her baby doll. She pushes it in the stroller, feeds it in Jack's swing, and rocks it in the cradle. "Baby" provides lots of entertainment. :-) Mom and Dad love Baby.

Probably the most fun thing about Kathryn is her big crazy laugh. She gets so excited about things - espeically all things with water - she just laughes and laughes. She turns heads with her excitement!

As for Jack - he's gigantic!! Jack is now 7 months old. At his 6 month appointment he weighed 20 lbs and was 29.5" long. This puts him the 90% for weight and the 97% for height. He's a big boy! Jack just had a big weekend recently. On July 12th he got his two bottom teeth and officially mastered sitting up!

Jack is a really easy going wonderful baby. He's always been a great sleeper - yet he still doesn't make it through the night consistenly like his sister did at this age. He currently goes down arouond 7:00 PM and wakes for a 3:30 AM feeding. When Jack does wake up...wow...you'll know it because he has some lungs on him! However, most of the time he is just a super smiley easy going baby.

It should be noted that of course Jack has presented us with some challenges over the last 7 months. When he was very little he liked to be swaddled *tight* or else he would hit himself in the head with his left hand and wake up (queue screaming). Jack also likes to eat. He decided that breastfeeding was to slow for him so at 4 months, on a plane flight to Chicago, he threw in the towel. (Luckily I did have a backup bottle and formula with me as I feared this could happen.) I'm serious about the towel throwing...his favorite item in the world is a blue and white burb cloth that he snuggles with every night. Any piece of fabric will work for him, but the cloth is his favorite.

So a common question I hear is how are Kathryn and Jack doing together? Overall I would say great. Kathryn does have her jealous moments. For some reason when I change Jack's diaper she can get upset. But in general Kathryn loves her "Jacky". Sometimes, a bit too much, as she also enjoys trying to give him the bottle, put the pacifier in his mouth, and nuzzle him. "Gentle, Kathryn" is heard a lot in the Lerch home.

In general I would say March was one of the hardest months for our family. Jack was still very little, Emil had started a new job, my parents had returned to Chicago after months of much appreciated help, and Kathryn hit a real defiant streak. Since then things have only gotten better. I think we are on easy street at the moment actually as the kids have the same afternoon nap time (2 hours!) and now that Jack can sit up but can't go anywhere!

I have returned to work after a 7 month leave. This transition has been made much easier due to our nanny! She is wonderful!

There are tons of pics to check out! We consolidated our pictures at http://thelerchs.shutterfly.com

Also, videos on YouTube are up to date as of February. We'll be posting more videos shortly!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

More pictures of Jack

Photos from the Hospital

First set of new Shutterfly pictures: http://jackemil.shutterfly.com/action/pictures?a=67b0de21b358b22f2582

Jack's new Shutterfly site: http://jackemil.shutterfly.com

An update on our progress:
Kelly pushed for all of 16 minutes. Half of that was spent waiting for the Dr to arrive! We were discharged 30 hours after arriving. This was an induced labor...with Kelly at 6-7cm for 2 weeks the Dr. was worried we wouldn't make it to the hospital. We think it was the right call.

After we got home, though, things did not go so smoothly. Saturday morning Emil jumped in the car as early as possible and went to urgent care because a persistent sore throat. They thought it was a cold, but ran a test for strep throat just to be sure. Ten minutes later, the doctor comes into the room with a prescription in hand for Amoxocillin and says not to go anywhere near the kids for 48 hours...I had strep throat.

Kelly called the pediatrician to find out what to do, and the pediatrician counteracts the instructions a bit. It turns out the real problem with strep in kids is the possibility of rheumatic fever, and they don't get that until age 3, so they should be safe should they get the bacteria. Of course, it still wouldn't be fun, so stay very, very clean for the next 24 hours.

Well, Kelly and her mom have also been feeling miserable, and Kathryn has had a cold for what seems like forever, so Saturday was spent taking everyone except Jack to the doctor. Bottom line is that Kelly has a cold, Kelly's mom and Emil both have strep throat, and Kathryn has a cold but it's triggered an ear infection. Three out of the 5 of us are now taking Amoxocillin. Kelly's mom and I are both feeling a *TON* better, although she has something else on top of the strep, so I'm feeling the best right now. Kelly should be over her cold soon, although she still thinks there's a possibility of her having strep (and she does have some symptoms which could point to cold or strep, and they only did the fast anitbody test at urgent care...they don't do the slower test). Jack still seems fine, and Kathryn has always seemed normal, just a very drippy nose and a cough, but I'm sure she's on the mend too.

What a weekend! We've been using this alcohol-based hand sanitizer before touching Kathryn or Jack or handling anything that might make it to their mouths.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Baby Lerch is here!!!




It's a BOY!!!

John Emil Lerch born 11:36AM December 20, 2007

19.75" long
9lbs
APGAR 9-9

We will be calling him Jack.

Everyone is doing great!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Baby #2 Game!

Well, we are getting into the final countdown for Baby Lerch #2! Emil and I are both excited and still in a state of disbelief/denial that there are going to be two babies to care for now. What a big job - yikes!

Emil has decided to run the stats game again - so please do visit our website at http://www.lerch.org/baby and input your guesses for gender/weight/length and date of birth. You do not need to register, but do need to provide a phone number so we can call you! For additional fun Emil has decided to let folks enter in a name they would like to suggest for the baby. We could pick your name since we still haven't decided!

To give everyone an even playing field on which to base their guess I'll provide a few facts about this pregnancy:

It's pretty much the same as when I was pregnant with Kathryn except for me hurting my back (I'm much better now!) I still crave ice cream like before. The only new thing is an addiction to root beer. I would say I was a bit more nausous in the begining with this one.

The heart rate is slower at around 136 beats per minute than Kathryn's was in utero.

This baby moves significantly less than Kathryn did.

I think I am carrying the baby the same as before.

Regarding the due date - when I was pregnant with Kathryn I was in labor for a grand total of 8 hours (very fast for first pregnancy) and I was 4 cm for about a week before her estimated due date. With this pregnancy I am at 4 cm right now! Seeing as Kathryn was 1 day early and I'm already progressing the doctor does not think I'll deliver after December 19th. That being said she has been wrong with my friend twice! :-) Regardless of due date there doesn't seem to be any debate that this labor will be very fast!

Happy guessing!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Even more pictures/videos

In the last update, I missed a few items:
Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

New pictures and videos now posted

Kathryn is now standing on her own, and on August 13th, she decided to start walking on her own. She usually does just a few steps on her own right now, but any day she'll be running around like crazy. With any luck, she'll be running through the fountain near our house before the summer ends.

I've just uploaded a ton of pictures and videos at kathrynmarie.shutterfly.com and youtube.com/lerchfamily. Here's a brief summary:

Pictures:
  • July pictures:

    Kathryn starts to stand on her own. She also enjoyed a visit from grandma.

  • Birthday pictures:

    Pictures from Kathryn's first birthday. She had a blast, and got her very own chair!

  • June pictures:

    Just a few pictures from June, (outside her birthday pictures). We had some serious food fun!

  • May pictures:

    May included a weekend away with our friends the Northams, including a bike ride to the beach. Lots of crawling, and some fun times with Kathryn's friend Abby.

  • Visit from grandpop Lerch:

    Emil's dad visited for some time in April and got to see Kathryn. Here are a few pictures from the trip.
Videos: