Monday, August 27, 2007

New title: The Schneller Teller

Thanks for all the votes and congrats to Gary Long for coming up with the most popular blog title. We agree that The Schneller Teller will keep Jackson's future siblings out of therapy (Natalie, thank you for alerting us that Jackson's Action could technically represent favoritism).

We'll get some more pics up soon.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

And baby makes 8

Most of you know that we Aberle girls like to have children. I already thought I had some catching up to do with Laurie having 4 kids and Natty having 2. Well. . .now I am REALLY behind. Natalie and Michael have No. 3 coming on St. Patrick's Day!!! We are so happy for them and can't wait for Jackson to meet his new playmate.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sir Smiles-A-Lot

So I know it's probably just gas (that's sexy), but for someone who doesn't technically "know" how to smile, Jackson sure has given us some good ones.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

In Case of Emergency, Breakdance

A good friend with two kids recently told me that life gets really interesting when your kid doesn't stay where you put him.

Jackson has already figured out how to do the worm. Those of you at our wedding will remember that Missy did the worm in her wedding dress on the dance floor. Jackson may look more like me, but he got Mom's dance moves. The picture below is of our little breakdancer, who shimmied his booty from the left side of the blanket below and turned 90 degrees to end up on the other side.

Work it, J-dog.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Blog Title

We weren't happy with our original blog title "Jackson's Parents Blog". It was sorta just a place holder. Missy came up with Jackson's Action, which I really like. That said, we're open to suggestions. Leave a comment if you have a good idea - it doesn't have to have "Jackson" in the title necessarily. Try to get creative folks. I'll narrow it down to a few and we'll post a poll to settle this democratically. Thanks.

Nipple Confusion

Hi everyone- thank you to all of you who posted comments over the past few days. They were all so fun to read and it made us feel so good to know you were checking in on us!

Jackson is 6 days old today and he's just awesome. Basically I just stare at him all day and then at 5:00, I wonder why I haven't gotten anything done. I love it.

You're probably wondering what the title of this post means. This picture should explain everything:
I put Jackson in bed with Cas yesterday morning and this is how he chose to awaken his sleeping father. Cas didn't seem to mind, so I might have to try it sometime.

We have been having a ton of fun this week and are learning a ton about our new little boy. I think the biggest challenge so far has been timing the diaper changes to avoid a certain spraying from a certain body part. We learned our lesson the hard way on Monday when Jackson sprayed Cas, his own face, the changing table and half of the nursery with Number 1 (I have to use mom words now). I thought that stuff only happened in the movies. Whoever invented that Peepee Teepee thingy is a genius and will be receiving a donation from us via our local Babies 'R Us very soon.

Here are the Day 5 photos.
And here are the Day 6 photos.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Class of 2029

Cathie and Jim left today and we were all sad to see them go. Tonight will truly be our first night on our own with Jack. Missy and I got up about 3 times more than we needed to last night "just to check". Yes, we are those psycho parents. I think we'll chill out pretty soon.

We took Jack to his first appointment today with the pediatrician. All was fine, we got him checked again for jaundice but his levels are in a safe range.

The creative juices aren't flowing today, so I'll leave it at that. Days 3 & 4 pics are here.

Our future domer...

This has nothing to do with the baby, but here's a cool picture we took in Brac, Croatia last summer. Just saw it again today, and I really like it.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Wall Street

This man has a haircut that says "let's do deals." A cut that's traditional, yet surprisingly bold. His style tells us that he's as comfortable in a Board meeting as he is in a swanky piano bar. A young Gordon Gekko you might say.*

*Styling courtesy of Cathie, Missy's mom.

Day 2 has been loads of fun. Jackson was snipped today so that's two traumatic experiences in two days. He's probably wondering what the hell is going on. For 9 months he lounged in peace and now BAM reality check! I had a little father-son chat with him to explain a few things. Like how he'll also have to pay taxes and take out the garbage on Sundays among other harsh realities of living outside the womb. But I reassured him that he's our little "long term investment". We got a onesie from my assistant with that slogan and it's my favorite.

Day 2 pics here.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Jackson Paul Schneller

We've finally named the little guy. We thought Jack sounded like a very serious name and already Jack looks like he is constantly thinking about something with his little furrowed brow. Check out that thick dark hair! We love him.

All the pictures from Day 1 are here.

Who does he look like?

Going for the David Beckham look

Proud mama and papa

It's a BOY!

Baby was born at 6:36 am, 8 pounds 2 ounces, 21.5 inches. Lots of dark hair. Missy did absolutely great and both she and baby are healthy. I'm so thrilled I can barely tap out these letters on my blackberry.

Pictures to come...

9.5 cm and counting

Missy is moving along faster than average. She went from 4 cm to 9.5 cm in the last two hours. This baby doesn't want to wait until sunrise.

The real pushing begins within the hour. For now, Missy is just resting. Thanks to the epidural she is pretty relaxed and feels pressure but no pain. I'm wide awake now. I have a slight headache, but I think I'll pull through for those concerned about dad. Hey I'm doing this all natural people (no advil).

If anyone is actually reading this right now, please prove your commitment with a time stamped comment. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

It's peanut butter jelly time!

(click me) Finally, we've made it into the hospital! After a bunch of delays we made it in around 7pm tonight. Missy has started her pitocin and the contractions should be starting soon. We have a really nice nurse which makes this a lot easier. Missy reminded me that I can keep making jokes to lighten the mood until the contractions hurt too much. Then, I have to be all business. Roger that.
Thanks to all for the support we've been getting. Hopefully the next update is a baby announcement.

Monday, August 6, 2007

The girl who cried wolf

Okay our credibility around here is shot. Probably not going in tonight either. Obviously not what we wanted to hear, but apparently there are some 41 week-ers that "have priority." Whatever.

Cathie (Missy's mom) is here and we've been trying to convince Missy that she is having contractions but Missy keeps mumbling something about ethics and honesty. I just want to get her into one of those valuable slots in the maternity ward. So maybe she'll get there the old fashioned way, through natural labor.

We really don't know when she'll get in for her inducement. I'll update the blog once we know more but it could be a while (days?). We're both really excited and frankly it was pretty hard to hear Sunday night was the night and now we're waiting some more. Jeez, if this keeps up, I'm renting Sicko. Nothing we can really do though, EXCEPT THREATEN TO CALL MICHAEL MOORE. Hahahahahaha. See how they like that. Three words: Ex-po-zay

Unless something happens tonight I'm back to work tomorrow to keep myself busy.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

No Dice

Crap. Just called the hospital and they are too busy to take me tonight. Given that I'm just past my due date and not having any complications, they have rescheduled me for tomorrow night at 6.

We'll keep you all posted. . .

Getting Ready to Go

Thanks to everyone who wrote over the weekend, wishing us luck! We are just getting organized right now. I have to call the hospital at 8 (3 hrs from now) to make sure they've got room for us to come tonight at 9. I don't anticipate any problems, but I'm trying to hold back my excitement until we know for sure that we're in.

I was having a few contractions last night, but they sort of dwindled off after we went to bed. The baby seems to be in a different position even just from yesterday, so hopefully it won't take too much coaching (a.k.a. drugs) tonight to get the little bugger out! Edie and I were joking today that it (I can't wait to stop saying that) has probably just braced itself on all sides of my body because it doesn't want to come out. Let's hope not. . .

Anyway, thanks again to everyone. We will definitely send an update as soon as we are able tomorrow. We are so excited!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Wire

It's a slow day today so I thought I'd make a TV show recommendation. As Missy's gotten bigger, we've spent more time taking it easy in front of the TV (twist my arm...). We've had a chance to make it through the first four seasons of The Wire, an HBO show. This is the best TV show I've ever seen by a mile, and I say that with Sopranos in mind, as well as Bev Niner. Yea, this is serious. I'll pause while you catch your breath.

The show depicts the Baltimore drug scene from the perspective of the law, the street and the government. It's not an easy show to watch. Not because of graphic content (although it can be a little rough) but because the story is complex and subtle. Each season's story is like a novel with a story arc that develops over the course of the whole season. To appreciate the show, you've gotta start with episode 1 and really pay attention. The payoff is awesome though. Unlike most TV shows that are made to be consumed in small standalone chunks, this show contains lots of detail that might be left alone for episodes at a time only to resurface as a main story line later on. Minor characters end up coming to the forefront; major characters die off or fade away. It's a lot different than anything that's out there. This is not a crime drama with good guys and bad guys. In fact, half the time you find yourself sympathizing with drug dealers, not cops. It also does not attempt to provide solutions to the drug problem and poverty in America. Preachy shows annoy me and this isn't one. In fact, it drives home the point that cities are messed up and any solution will also have consequences. A cynic like me appreciates that sort of realism. If there were easy answers, there wouldn't still be a problem.

Briefly, Season 1 focuses on the drug trade (gangs mimic businesses more than you think, complete with management hierarchy and "corporate" stress), Season 2 on the ports (unions, death of the middle class), Season 3 on reform (policing, politics, more focus on drug trade), Season 4 on education and politics (mayors race, kids making the street vs school decision) and Season 5, which isn't released yet, on the media's role in all of this.

Why is it called The Wire? One of the central themes throughout all the seasons is wire-tapping and using technology to police the drug trade.

The best endorsement I can give is that we've both been left speechless after heavy episodes.

Missy might be a bigger fan than I am. One of the best parts of the show we didn't even realize is that we both have a new vocabulary. For example, hoppers are young kids that take drug orders. Mos def means most definitely. "He got got" means he got killed. Go buy The Wire, you will love it too.

The picture is of Stringer Bell, one of our favorite characters for those who already watch. Bill Simmons points out that he looks like Alonzo Mourning. Good call.

If you need independent confirmation, here are some other reviews of the show:
Bill Simmons, the SportsGuy (go to the bottom of the article)
NY Times on Season 4
Tim Goodman, SF Chronicle. By the way, I'd bookmark his blog - he writes excellent reviews of all kinds of shows