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7.22.2017

Father's Day

I wanted Tyler's first Father's day to memorable. The most obvious and best way to do that was to take ourselves and our 2 month-old baby camping, obviously. It was a surprise and probably the best one I've pulled off in our relationship. When I want to surprise Tyler I usually get too excited and start giving hints and make a face like the emoji that looks like it's showing it's teeth to it's BFF to check for food. You know the one. But this time I kept it hidden till the night before.

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IMG_6805The bean did well her first night away from home. Her high-waisted sweats probably helped.

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IMG_6818We wandered around the lake and the forest and cuddled by the fire.

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Just showing his girl the great outdoors.

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This was breakfast. After several egg casualties and some poor planning on my part this is what we ended up eating. In case you're concerned for Tyler's health (and Alice's), don't be. I'm very good at getting take out. There just isn't much take out in the wilderness.

IMG_6856Shiny faces and smoky-smelling clothes before we left.

7.08.2017

9 Real Thoughts, 1 Week Postpartum

I don't think I need to go into detail about what a convoluted experience it is to have a baby. I think trying to explain the emotional part of it is something I would be terrible at.

Instead, I wrote down some real thoughts that either traveled through my real brain or really came out of my mouth the first week after Alice was born. Before I had a baby, I didn't think a list like this would be that interesting. However, I myself was shocked at the things I thought and said during that first week. And I'd like you all to be shocked with me.

"I feel like I've lost an appendage to my body. And now that appendage is mad at me for cutting it off."

"Why don't they make you take some sort of stamina or capability test before you're allowed to reproduce?"

"How in the name of yellow poo does everyone have at least one person that kept them alive long enough to be semi-independent?"

"Why don't more people just give up on parenting?" 

"What is motivating me to keep this baby alive and relatively content?" 

"Am I still alive?" 

"Will this baby wet their pants more in their entire life than I have in the last two weeks? Doubt it."

"I don't think time is moving. I'm 90% certain that we are in some weird time warp/continuum thing and it is standing still in this time and we just happened to have a baby right before time stopped and now we're stuck here. Forever."

"Whoa, that's a cute baby. Maybe they should've DNA tested to make sure she was ours before we left the hospital. No, she's probably ours."

Ya. I know--crazy. I think we use the word crazy pretty lightly nowadays but this is a time when it is not being used lightly. Crazy.

Here are a couple pictures of that cute baby, and two very tired parents.