Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Welcome Dani Alexandra to the world!

Early in the morning of August 10th, 01:30 CST to be exact, my new niece, Dani Alexandra Baker, came into the world!  Erin and Steve were at the hospital all day on 8/9 as Erin was getting a trial of induction gels.  Baby Baker was 4 days late and presumably pretty big ("a good sized baby" as Erin's MD told her).  Also, Erin had been suffering from PUPPS (puritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) which was driving her nuts with itchiness.  She had been dilated about 1.5cm for a week or two.  After being at the hospital most of the morning, they sent Erin and Steve home to let the gels do their thing.  At around 4:30pm, Erin's contractions became intense and close together and they gathered their things to drive to the hospital.  Once they got there, Erin's water broke.  Things were progressing well at first.  Erin got an epidural around 7:30pm and dilated to 5cm.  Then the progression stopped.  The baby wasn't descending and her heart rate was starting to decelerate at times.  The decision was made for a c-section for the safety of baby Baker.  Finally at 01:30am on 8/10/10, Dani Alexandra arrived!

In the OR. The Baker family!

Erin and Steve were surprised to discover that Dani has blonde hair (similiar to highlights says Grandma Karen) and blue eyes.  The peroxide treatment must be what kept Dani in her mother's womb so long.

Dani weighed 9lbs, 2oz at birth, and was 20 and 3/4 inches.  Erin reports her feet are so big that they didn't fit on the foot printer.  She must take after Aunty Lo there.

Both Mama Erin and baby Dani are doing well, as is new dad Steve! Grandma Karen says Dani looks a little angel.  She sure looks like a little cherub to me with those chubby cheeks!

Congratulations to Erin and Steve on their new baby girl!  I can't wait to meet her in a week and a half.  Keep her cute in the meantime!  Also, congrats to Grandma Karen and Grandpa Alex on their first grandaugher.  Many of these pictures are courtesy of Grandpa Al.

Last of all, welcome Dani!  May your life filled with love, laughter and joy, and everything else that makes life worth living.  Love, Aunty Lo.

Celebrating our 1st!

Scott and I have had so little time together this summer, that celebrating our anniversary at a swanky NY steakhouse was a huge luxury!  We went to Del Frisco's on 49th and 6th and had David was our waiter.  (He was excellent).  The food was delectable and we even got a complimentary brownie sundae for dessert.  (I told you our waiter was excellent.)  I can't believe our wedding was over a year ago now! Still so many fond memories of that amazing day.   Here are some pics from Sunday:

Brownie Sundae w/ Raspberry Sauce. Yummo.

Here's to many many move anniversaries to come!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Six-Flags Great Adventure- Jackson, NJ

Aug 3: Scott has dreamed of getting me to this theme park ever since he visited it a couple years ago with our friends Courtney and Bruce.  Despite my complaints that I am easily motion-sick, he convinced me to go with him and we had a great time!   The day was full with roller coasters, lame water rides, guidettes (we WERE in Jersey), many Diet Cokes to settle my stomach and 90 degree weather.  Needless to say the following days Scott and I felt hung over and our bodies felt wrecked.  We are perhaps getting too old for this kind of fun....
Creepy Old Six-Flags Guy
Creepy-Old Six Flags Guy (dancing)
Scott and I were at the park for apx 10 hours, and we rode 6 rollercoasters and 2 water rides. Perhaps we should have gotten the Flash Pass....though I don't think our bodies could have handled any more.
In the cave in line for Batman
(the roller coaster)

The Batman Rollercoaster (your feet dangle).
This was one of my faves.

I peed myself after that ride....JK.  This was after Congo Rapids.
That ride was lame, as the pre-teen girl across from us
kept saying. It actually was pretty lame.

Sure looks like I peed myself though, right?

They had these cool spray stations that sprayed a mist of water
to cool you down.  They also happened to make you
look like you had been stuck in a frozen tundra for days...
King da-freaking Ka. (King da Ka). The world's
tallest and fastest roller coaster.  It was
actually my fave (but maybe cause it was so short.)
We stood in line for 3 hours to ride this one!  

This is not us. And yes, this picture is facing the right way.
This is just to show you the Superman ride, where you ride
with your stomach down, like you're flying.  Pretty sweet.

This about sums it up.
We were quite happy to be stationary at the end of the day!  

My 27th...

Aug 1: AM- Brunch at Dressler (a Michelin Star restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn).
Scott and I.  I'm vain and thought the only good picture of the two of us this day was the one in night vision.
Julia and Dan. Julia is a friend from nursing school who now works at a hospital in Brooklyn.  Dan is a PhD candidate at Columbia in Religious Studies.  They are new Brooklynites, having moved there in May.
Paul and Karen.  Karen is also a friend from nursing school. She is continuing her studies at Columbia in the Family NP program, and eventully into the Doctorate program (DNP).  Paul is an IT guy at Columbia's business school. They had a Puerta Vallertan wedding in May! Newly weds. :)
Jamie Lyn and I.  As some of you may remember, Jamie was one of my bridesmaids last year in our wedding.  She is also recently married, but her hubby is a Navy serviceman and is stationed currently in Virginia. Therefore, he was unable to attend the festivities.   She will join him there at the beginning of the New Year and will be missed in NY!

Afternoon: Karen and I continue the celebration by Zip-Car-ing it to Jersey Gardens, an outlet mall near Elizabeth, NJ.  We share a passion for shopping, and specifically, my passion effected my checking balance at Ann Taylor Loft Outlet.  Oops...

Scott with his "TNT"- tanqueray & tonic w/ blue curacao,
pinneapple and OJ.  I secretly though it was delicious.
Evening: Scott and I met up after his evening shift for dinner at Vinyl, a trendy restaurant in the 51st on 9th Ave which is a hangout of many theater people as well as many gay men.  It's always a good time.

Thanks everyone for making it a great day!
Me and my chocolate milk shake. Enough said.

What a week!

Scott and I have had more excitement in the last week than we've had all summer.  Some of that is due to the fact that we decided to get married 1 week after my birthday.  This week included my 27th birthday celebration (Aug 1), a mind-numbing (literally) trip to Six-Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ (Aug 3), and the celebration of our 1st wedding anniversary (Aug 8th).   Our work schedules (my hideous hours plus Scott's excessive hours) have kept us apart most of the summer, so it was a pleasure to get some much quality time with my mister.   The three following posts document our good times. :)