Friday, December 29, 2006

Santa Who?

Christmas Day

Although Caitlin didn't really grasp the concept of Christmas too much, she did get into the hang of ripping the wrapping off packages - whether they were intended for her or not. Our friend, Meg, very kindly invited us over for Christmas lunch, so we did get to enjoy a lovely meal on the 25th of prawns, salmon, pork etc. - sorry no turkey or sprouts!

In the evening, we had a Skype conference with everyone at Barkers Green, but the technology conspired to make the conversation rather tricky. We hope everyone there, and elsewhere in the UK, had a great day.

Both Anna and James have completed their recent courses of antibiotics, Anna to resolve a case of mastitis and James to clear up a minor eye infection, so that we're all ready to make a healthy start to the New Year.


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Friday, December 22, 2006

Five magic words?

Car Seat

Now that we have James home, we've been interested to hear the theory of how to speak baby; although, I can't say that either of us have figured out the dialect that he's using!

Caitlin seems to be, slowly but surely, coming to terms with the idea of having another person in the house. The first couple of nights she was very reluctant to go to sleep, something that she is normally very good at, but she has improved during the week and is now crying out for only a short time before settling.

As before, we'd like to send out a big thank-you for all of the cards and gifts we've been receiving to celebrate James' arrival. With all of the changes here, we haven't got around to our Christmas Card list as soon as we should. I think we got most of them in the post today but, given the distance, those travelling to the UK won't arrive until after the 25th!


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Friday, December 15, 2006

Going Home

In the bath

After confirmation from the nurses, Anna & James will be coming home tomorrow, as planned. James is going along very well, and seems to be feeding a little better than Caitlin did initially - although Anna is still finding it to be a rather painful experience.

For those of you who want a little more footage, there are now some extra photos online, as well as a short video of James doing his impression of a kitten.

Caitlin and I have been in to the hospital every evening and she seems to be adjusting to the idea of having another member of the family - but I guess the true test will be when we all come home, and she realises that James is going to be around for a while.

Finally, we'd all like to send our thanks for the messages and best wishes we've received. It's nice to know that everyone is keeping an eye out for us!


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Monday, December 11, 2006

All Doing Well

James Blissett Hughes

Anna and I got to the hospital for our nine o'clock appointment and, after a few minutes of relaxation, it was the whirlwind of listening, nodding and signing that accompanies most operations. Then it was down to theatre for the scary injections and monitoring that all was well, before the obstetrician started his work.

I'm very pleased to report that our new healthy baby boy, James Blissett Hughes, was born at 11:32am and weighed in at 7lbs 12.6oz. Anna is also doing very well and, despite having had to go through surgery again, is recovering excellently.

I also took Caitlin to see her new brother this evening and she showed a, probably typical, combination of interest and confusion. We had arranged some gifts for the two to exchange and, once Caitlin saw the new shoes that she received, she was very keen to take them for a good walk around the maternity ward.


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Friday, December 08, 2006

Final Push

Christmas Concert

Anna went to her final check-up on Wednesday, which went well, but she has been getting a little bit of discomfort as the baby gets bigger and tries to find the exit door. It seems that he rotated from one side to the other (still head down), but the effort didn't go un-noticed by Anna.

Yesterday, we both attended Caitlin's Christmas Concert at her day care centre (click on the photo above for some pictures). It was good fun, but a little over-awing for all the children to have all their mums & dads present at the same time.

As you should all know, the next update to the 'blog will be once #2 has arrived, so hopefully Anna can manage to sneak a little rest in between:

Finally, we'd all like to wish Anna's father a happy birthday, which he celebrated during the week - hope you enjoy the free bus pass!


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Friday, December 01, 2006

Relax, at last!

Jasmine and parents

On Sunday, we went round to see our friends Juliet & Mike, and their 3-and-a-half month old daughter, Jasmine. It was nice catching up with them as, not surprisingly, we haven't seen too much of them since Jasmine's arrival. However, once Anna finishes work, I suspect she and Juliet might see more of each other. Whilst we were there, Caitlin took the opportunity to sample many of the snacks that were at her disposal; the end result of which was that she was sick about four times on Monday morning!

Anna's week has been a rather hectic one, as she has been completing some assignments for her college courses in the evenings, and doing her normal job plus finalising the hand-over details at work. However, with everything now done, she can sit back and relax, for once, next week.

Finally, Anna's work colleagues gave her a lovely set of gifts on her final day, including a basket of baby gifts, some flowers and a card. After the usual settling in period, Anna has enjoyed her time at ImagePoint, and was very grateful for everyone's best wishes.


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