Feelings on the Avalanche's Season

I think this picture says it all, from one Avalanche fan, to everybody else, how the season is going:

How he feels about the Avalanche season

Last Christmas...I Gave You My Heart

For me it's just not the holidays unless I hear "Last Christmas" by Wham on the radio.  Last year I think I hit an all new record for the number of times I heard it, and I don't even listen to the all-Christmas stations - I hit them as I flip by them on my radio presets.  This year with several stations starting their Christmas music around Halloween, I thought I'd top that record, so imagine my surprise when last week was the first time I heard that song.  Granted, not only did I hear it twice in a 5 minute period, but the first one was driving in the car, and the country remake came on.  5 minutes later when I pulled into the Quiznos parking lot and went inside to get a sandwich, I heard the Wham version playing on their speaker.


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Masters of Nighttime TV

Feeding a baby, even from a bottle, gets immensely boring and repetitive over time, especially at night when you're tired.  To help pass the time, we've been watching a lot of late night TV. There's usually *something* on that we can find, even though once you start getting in the 2-5am hours it's mostly crappy infomercials.  I've been DVR'ing stuff to watch, however my brain isn't highly functioning late at night, so I tend to save that for the daytime feedings.

Depending on when Peter is being fed, here's what I've/we've been watching.  Remember btw, we're on Mountain Time, so all the talk shows are on an hour earlier, hence the weird times. Note also I'm skipping certain times since we've rarely fed him at those particular times.

10:30pm - The Tonight Show
11:00pm - The Daily Show
11:30pm - Conan or The Colbert Report, depending on if I remember if it's on or not.
12:30pm - Last Call with Carson Daly
1-2am - Punk'd
3-4am - Fresh Prince reruns or Dawson's Creek
4-6am - Angel if it's a good episode, otherwise I'll flip until I find something.

Note that if Leif is doing the 3-6am feeding time, he'll pick either "Seconds from Disaster" or "Destroyed in Seconds", or whatever happens to be on the Military Channel, History Channel, Science Channel, or NGC, if it's not an infomercial.  Discovery has nothing but infomercials at this time. The reason I don't like this stuff is although the historical stuff can be interesting, at 3am hearing some guy's droning voice doesn't help me stay up.

6am - 9 News at 6am
7am - Today
9:30-10:30am - Little People Big World (I've gotten strangely addicted to this show, and that was well before I discovered someone I went to summer camp with is the brother of Amy (I discovered this because he was on one of the episodes and I recognized him)).

Then we start getting into the daytime where my brain tends to function better, so I'll either watch something I've recorded, or watch an episode of Stargate SG-1 on DVD.

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At the Month Mark

Today Peter is 1 month old, and it's definitely been an interesting month.  I mean, technically my "real" due date was yesterday, but I'm not horribly upset he came a month early.  The timing just worked out really well.  My parents were always due to come out to visit for Thanksgiving, and having the baby the week before that meant that not only could they see him, but we had some sort of schedule established (slightly), and were a little better organized.

In any case, my maternal instinct has fully kicked in, and I love the little guy, even when he's all fussy. My favorite thing honestly is when he's being fussy, and I pick him up and he quiets down. It's like some sort of power to get him to do that. :)  Leif has been extremely helpful, like there's no possible way I'd be able to do this without him.  The fact that he takes over some of the feedings and diaper changes means I get to keep my sanity a little bit more.

Like all new parents, we've taken about a billion pictures, and when Stacy's Library of Memories class starts in February, I'll be all set for it (for about the 4th time, but each time I get further along!).  One thing I've discovered is that it's really hard to type anything on the computer with 1 hand holding the baby, but it is very possible to keyword tag photos, which is something that I've been trying to get better at.

Peter is starting to smile a bit, but just seems to be random, or gas related. It's really cute when he does it, so I can't wait until he's doing it in response to something.  He does stare at you when you're feeding or holding him, which is also another cool thing to see.  I am enjoying being a parent so far, even if right now all he does it eat, sleep, and poop.  I mean, there's this little baby that's completely dependant on us for everything - it's just weird to think about that.

My new favorite picture.  My parents will not appreciate this at all, but I don't think they even read my blog, so not a big deal:

Leif teaching Peter bad habits already


This is a cute one too. He's gotten so much chubbier than he was, probably because he's eating like a horse! 

3 Weeks and 2 Days


Finally, here's one of Loki that we took the other day when it snowed a bunch.  My snow puppies loved being in the snow!

Loki the Snow Puppy


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And Then, It Was Time

Thursday, November 20, 2008 started out like any other normal day.  I was really uncomfortable trying to sleep, had to wake up often to pee, and counting the days until the pregnancy part would be over (still another 4 weeks).  Leif had just come back inside with the dogs from their morning feeding, and we both were just lying in bed listening to them play.  At around 7:45am, I felt a jolt inside (almost like a kick), and then felt a bunch of water running down my legs.  I knew immediately what had happened, but kind of didn't believe it, since I wasn't due yet for another month.  While I called the doctor and confirmed that I should indeed come to the hospital at that moment (the contractions didn't start for another 15 minutes), Leif called Camp Bow Wow to secure places for the dogs. Fortunately it was the week before Thanksgiving, so they had ample space to take them at the last minute.

A very very quick hospital bag was packed (would you believe that was actually on my todo list for that day?), and then we were off to the hospital!  We quickly dropped the dogs off, then headed for a day chock full of fun.  I was busy timing my contractions (which had barely started), and decided that they totally sucked, but I still managed about 4 hours before I decided to get the epidural. They were still kind of tolerable, but I was tired of dealing with them.  I have to say, that the person who invented the epidural should have won some sort of award or something because once it was administered, the pain completely went away.  Of course, I had to stay in bed, and everything from the waist down felt like it was asleep, but instead of having pain, I just felt pressure during each contraction.   Once I wasn't gripping the side of the hospital bed in pain, all that was left to do was wait.  When I got to the hospital at about 8:45am, I was dilated to a 3.  At noon I was dilated to about a 3.5, so they started pumping Pitocin into my IV to get the contractions stronger and more regular.  Thankfully the epidural took care of any pain that I might feel.  With the absence of pain, that just left a lot of waiting to happen.  For pretty much the rest of the day, I had my iPhone out and was texting, emailing, and updating my Facebook status.  A lot of people couldn't believe I was doing that, but honestly there really wasn't anything else for me to do.  Leif was sitting in the big, comfy chair next to my bed on his laptop the whole day. Kudos to Swedish Medical Center for having free WiFi so we had no problems getting on the network.

Even though I was scared to death of the whole labor and delivery part, I think I got off pretty easy in most respects.  My water broke at 7:45am. By 5pm I was dilated to 8cm, and by 8pm I was dilated to a full 10cm.  I only spent 20 minutes pushing.  So by all accounts, I was only in labor for 12 1/2 hours.  For a first kid, that's pretty good honestly, and I'm glad I didn't go through any more issues or problems.

In any case, at 8:27pm on November 20, 2008, Peter Robert Hedstrom was born at 5 pounds, 10 ounces, and 18 inches long.  Even though he was 4 weeks early, they deemed him ok enough to go to the regular nursery instead of the NICU.  I was wheeled off to the recovery room (private room, with 2 beds so Leif could stay over), and brought the best turkey sandwich I'd ever eaten (I hadn't eaten since 7pm the night before).

Leif and I were ecstatic, and we stayed up talking until 2am since we were so completely wired.  After a couple days in the hospital learning how to take care of a newborn (since neither of us had a clue), they let us take him home on Saturday night.

The baby is tired after birth.

Tired baby after birth

Going Home From the Hospital

Going Home From the Hospital

Mom and Baby

Mommy and Peter a few days after being home

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I Know the Best People

I have a confession to make.  From the moment I was a little kid, I was a tomboy.  Not only was I (and still am) a sports fanatic, but I'm one of those who just always got along better with the boys than I did with the girls.  I hate shopping, I hate makeup, I don't feel like spending hours getting ready for something, I'd much rather talk about who's going to win the Stanley Cup than Paris Hilton's lack of talent.  In any case, my best friend (besides Leif) is a guy, and that's ok.  I definitely have female friends, but I've never felt like I "fit in" properly with any of them, but again, that's ok.  I still consider some of them good friends, but I'm definitely not going to be the first one on anyone's call list for stuff.

I say all this just to put things in perspective, and also to say that my becoming pregnant has given me more in common with my female friends than I ever had before. Even though I still refuse to go on pedicure runs with them, they've all (and I'll add that "they all" includes all my neighbors including those I am not necessarily very close with) made themselves available should I have any questions on babies or pregnancy, they've given me very much solicited advice, and have generally made me feel like I fit in somewhat. :)

Cool package I received...2 things have happened recently to make me realize more than ever that it's the quality of the people you know, and definitely not the quantity.  First, today was a random, ordinary day - nothing exciting was going on, and I was counting the days (2 months) until the baby would arrive.  Suddenly, the doorbell rings, and it's the postman with a package from Big Picture Scrapbooking.  As I do the tech support for them, sometimes I'll get random things in the mail, but I definitely wasn't expecting anything.  Imagine my very pleasant surprise when I opened the box, and found a load of baby stuff in it!  Washcloths, onesides, burp cloths, an outfit, hats, socks, hooded towels, and a really soft blanket.  Paula, Kayce, and Stacy, you guys are the best, and it was so cool of you to send this to us!

The second thing hasn't technically happened yet, but I still feel very grateful.  A few months ago, I was talking to one of my neighbors, Mariela, who informed me that I absolutely had to have a baby shower.  I really didn't give it a whole lot of thought, until later on she informed me that not only did I have to have a baby shower, but that she was going to put it together for me.  Honestly I didn't know what to say.  Not only did she handmake all the invitations (with stamps, scrapbooking, and ribbon!), but apparently she's going overboard in decorating her house (which she won't let me see until Sunday), and several other neighbors (we invited the whole cul-de-sac) have volunteered to bring various food dishes (all homemade), and help decorate.  For these people to do this for me, the local tomboy who's never really had any close female friends, is just fantastic, and words just can't describe how much I appreciate having these people in my life who will go above and beyond for me.  

These aren't the only people who've helped out a lot during this pregnancy. As an example, Brien and Beth Wankel sent us a whole box of baby clothes that their kid grew out of. Granted a lot of them are for the summer, but there's definitely a bunch I can use as well!

So yeah, I'm probably doing a "hormonal rambling" on this post, but it's ok, I'm allowed to, I'm pregnant, dammit. :)

New Baby Post

Redesigning My Site

I decided to spend part of the day migrating my site from Wordpress over to Drupal. All of our other sites are on Drupal, and mine was the only one that wasn't, so figured now was as good a time as any. I've been playing with it a bunch, so had a pretty good handle on things, and what made it tons easier was finding the Wordpress Import Plugin which imported all my tags, comments, stories, pictures, and pretty much everything I needed from my old site. Everything from the old site will redirect to the home page of this site (same URL for the main page) since Wordpress links are different than for Drupal. I like the theme I picked too much better, and think the site looks nicer.

I also messed around with setting up a Baby Blog, which looks nice and is, again, a pre-made theme, even though I changed a bunch of it.

Design Your Life!

I have several favorite scrapbookers besides Stacy Julian, and Cathy Zielske happens to be one of those at the top of my list. I love her clean style, and I always look at her layouts thinking "wow, that looks really nice and simple, yet I love it". She started teaching a class over at Big Picture Scrapbooking called Design Your Life, all about becoming a better scrapbooking layout designer. Although I do tech support for BPS, I haven't really taken a lot of classes (I peek in at a bunch though) since I haven't had the time, but this is one that I'm jumping at the chance to do. I figure I can attempt to keep up with it at least until the baby arrives, and then I'll have to finish the assignments sometime next year. :)

In any case so far I'm doing pretty well. The first assignment came out today about balance and symmetry, and I've already completed the first layout.

I'm not 100% happy with my title - I was going to go with "Doggone Weird", but I'm trying to use up stuff in my stash, hence why it's "King of the Castle" instead. Thor does think he's the king though, even now at 11 months. He always has the "I'm so cute, so you can't be mad at me" look.

Part of first assignment

October 1st Present Moment Scrapbook

A few weeks ago I received an email from Stacy Julian. She had this great idea to do what she called a scrapbooking blog blitz. On the same day, a bunch of bloggers whom she invited would all post parts of a mini-album that they did, which she entitled Present Moment Scrapbooking. Between September 17 and October 1, you were to take 10 photos which represented your life at that exact moment in time, and then put those photos into a mini album. On October 1, write a blog post illustrating some of these photos you took and why.

I thought it was a great idea since too often as scrapbookers we're caught up in scrapping events, or people, or anything besides just what's going on at that exact moment in time. Since my life is in complete flux right now, I jumped at the chance to do this, and it will be interesting to look back on this mini album in a year to see what's changed, since I know once the baby is born in December, everything will.

Although I'm only posting a few images here, here was my hierarchy of photos. I'll go more in depth on the ones I post (the ones where the photos aren't linked directly below like the others).

Posing - picture of me
Tugging - Loki/Thor
Slugging - Odin
Waiting - ultrasound and belly picture
Caring - Linnea, Leif
Working - Yahoo, Big Picture Scrapbooking
Playing - iPhone, Rock Band

As I'm a very simple scrapbooker, and a computer geek to boot, I didn't do a whole lot with my cover. I really am missing the creativity gene, which makes it so weird that I like to scrapbook.

I chose to highlight my "Waiting" page because that's probably the biggest thing going on in my life at this exact moment. We don't have kids, weren't sure we were going to have kids, and finally made the decision to start trying, and then I got pregnant. Both of us are very active people, and it's been extraordinarily difficult for me to give up that lifestyle. Much more than I thought. No snowboarding, no scuba diving, no dirt biking, no wrestling with the dogs, etc... I've encouraged Leif to keep up with our activities, and he has gone dirt biking almost every Sunday, but I wish I could participate as well. Now that we're getting closer (2 1/2 months to go), we're both getting more and more excited, especially as we see the nursery taking shape, and especially as we not only realize that our lives are going to change (hopefully for the better), but as we realize all the cool stuff we'll be able to share with him once he gets a little older.


The second page I'll highlight is my Playing page. Although I can't be as active as I want to be, I still have found ways to keep myself entertained. My biggest saving grace has literally been my iPhone. It's so much more than a phone. I use it for music, videos, movies, surfing the web, email, todos, games, if it can do it, I probably have as well. I keep it on the nightstand next to me, and since my sleep pattern has lately consisted of "waking up every 90 minutes to go to the bathroom and not being able to fall back asleep", I've been using the iPhone to kind of help me relax again so I can fall asleep. If it angle it the right way, the light doesn't bother Leif at all, so that's been nice to have. Also when I was recently in the hospital, I was able to use it to text people, surf the web, and just generally keep in touch.

Besides the iPhone, I've really been enjoying Rock Band, and now Rock Band 2. I splurged and bought the Ion Drum Rocker for Rock Band 2, and it's so much better than the set that comes with the game. I'm hitting notes I never could before, I'm able to do the 16th notes which I usually suck at, the cymbals are fun, and I almost feel like I'm playing drums (maybe I am. :). Considering Rock Band 2 has songs like Livin' on a Prayer, and Hungry Like the Wolf (I haven't unlocked Round and Round yet), I've been having a grand ol' time with it. Even when Leif doesn't want to play in our band, I'll think nothing of booting up the Xbox 360 and practicing Livin' on a Prayer on Expert mode.


The Rock Band picture especially is interesting to me since you can completely see how pregnant I am, and I'm still not used to looking at myself like that.

There you have it, my life as of October 1, 2008. As a bonus, I'm challenging others who are reading this to create their own Present Moment Scrapbook. Take 10 photos of your life right now. Compile these photos in a really small mini album, and keep this album someplace where you can refer back to it a lot. In 1 year, create a scrapbook page about your experience, including how much things have changed or stayed the same during the past year.


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