My friends with kids tell me that once our baby
is born, life will begin to blow by at an incredible pace. I guess
I'm bracing myself, because it seems to be cooking along just fine
right now. Stacey's pregnancy continues to go well--while she has
the occasional aches and pains that come with baby building, she's
a joy! The hardest part seems to be finding clothes that fit in
the morning when getting ready for work . . . seems like she's outgrowing
a pair of pants a week. Lucky (that's what we're calling baby until
we decide on the official title--get it, "Lucky Pennie"?)
went from pretty much no activity to going karate kid on Stace back
in mid December. It's very active at times, even to the point where
I can feel the little pokes and jabs on the outside--pretty cool.
The kicks are moving up, higher on Stacey's tummy now, too. One
evening Stace felt it drag an elbow or knee across the inside of
her tummy . . . she said it was an amazing sensation. There'll be
plenty more of that to come! So we're enjoying the pregnancy as
much as we can and looking forward to meeting the newest Pennie!
I kept last month's pictures and added one taken
about January 10th to offer a little perspective on the progress
. . .
I remember when her tummy used to look like this . . .
This was about two and half months, I think . . .
And into the fourth month there's no doubt that she's building a
1/8/05--Into the fifth month . . . lookin'
Stace had an ultrasound on December 22nd and
it was pretty stunning stuff. The ultrasound tech went through and
measured all of Lucky's arms and legs and head and heart and just
about everything. We had both views of the inside of its brain,
heart and kidneys, as well as the image below giving us the first
glimpse of the baby's face. Kinda neat. Boy or girl? You tell us.
They say the grandmothers-to-be can sometimes tell the gender by
how the mom is carrying the child. What do you think?
The first pictures of baby Lucky! You
can see just over half of the baby's face, its nose, upper lip and
maybe even a hand. Lucky was moving around during the ultrasound--it
was almost jaw-dropping to see our baby in action.
In early December Stace and I went down to Castle
Rock to attend Lyndsey's high school graduation! Way to go Lyn!
We had fun celebrating with the new graduate and spending time with
Romans and Hillsmans.
Finally, Lindsey! We're proud of you for getting back on the horse
and getting it knocked out--way to go!
Brean, with Mary, who's probably having a big sigh of relief after
seeing her daughter "walk."
It's just a camera guys! That would be Sandra, Amanda, Rhonda and
Al, with various other family members smattered through the background.
Stacey and big brother Al, holding hands and walking on the tracks
where they used to play as kids. That's the THE Castle Rock in the
background. There's something symbolic here, I'm sure of it.
Radiant pregnant wife, radiant graduate.
You can't quite tell it here, but Ray's trying to stick out his
tummy to match his daughter's.
Hillsmen. That would be Peter, Gerry and Brean at Mary's house for
Lyn-z's graduation party.
Ah yes, the big game of Cranium. There was some fierce competition
that evening, but in the end, the best team--MY TEAM--cleaned house
on the rest of the folks. And Lou, we'll be ready for you at Mallard
Point this summer--ha!
Checking out Ray's storage unit finds . . . cool nose rings, huh?
If you look back at the last Pennie
Life entry, you'll see us dragging our Christmas tree out of the
woods. Here it is in our house, getting set up and decorated by
Brean, Josh, Carrie, Mary, Lyndsey, Stacey and I. The Castle Rock
posse came up for some skiing and relaxing in the high country.
I don't think we could have gotten the star on the tree without
the towering reach of Josh and Brean--thanks guys!
Me, two-tall Roman and Carrie putting the finishing touches on the
Lyndsey, not sure she's feeling so photogenic. She sure is cute,
though, in a "wet cat" sort of way.
The crew, with Lyndsey positive she's not feeling photogenic. Just
getting her there involved a quick snatch-and-wrestle move by Brean
. . . notice mom has to help hold her down, too.
This is Stace and I with Andy, Bobby, and Sarah.
I've had more Christmasy feeling Christmases
. . . Stace and I both ended up working. But we're kind of used
to that in the ski resort world. Sarah, Bob and Andy came over to
celebrate with us on Christmas Eve and that was fun. Our tree turned
out beautiful--probably the best one we've ever had.
Oh tanenbaum . . .
As the winter goes on, Stace and I are getting
out as much as we can. Stacey's been snowshoeing and jogging and
I've been playing hockey and backcountry skiing.
Snowshoeing along Cement Creek Road in late December.
This would be me "skinning"
up Mt. Emmons to ski Red Lady Bowl in early January. It was a great
run! Notice how I'm up high enough in this shot that the 12,000'
peaks don't look so tall behind me?
Crested Butte recently received a ton of snow
. . . probably the biggest storm I've seen since I moved here in
1993. It snowed for over a week straight, leaving us with awesome
skiing and a bunch of shoveling. The snowbanks around our house
are up above the bottoms of the first story windows and we're pretty
much out of room to store more snow if we get it. But it's fantastic
seeing this much snow in the high country--the moisture is super
Crested Butte local (and excellent skier and skier model) Jeff Berman
doing his comet impression on Flatiron. I've been working hard to
get out on my lunches and such to take pictures that I can hopefully
sell in the coming months. I wouldn't be surprised if this shot
gets used again.
Gentlemen, start your snow scoops! It's hard to convey with pictures
just how much snow is sitting around our place. But all the snow
piled around our place was moved by hand.
I wouldn't let her do much, but Stace was helping, too.
Do I look tired and soaking wet? I felt it. Thanks, Brean and Joe,
for your help on the snow removal!
A little parting shot of town . . . check
out the snow banks!
That's about it for this time around--we hope
life is full of happiness and good health for you and your families!
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