Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Our Park

Ferris is three weeks old today. The old cliche is true: time flies when you're having fun! I love his squawks, squeaks, yawns, stretches, cries, smell, hair, back fuzz, startle reflex, impatient breathing, flailing limbs, crossed eyes, sleepy smiles, eyelashes, hiccups, spit bubbles and surely there's more I'm neglecting to list. A 3 week present for me- I tried on my prepreg jeans (you're not supposed to do this!!) and they fit. Oh, snap.

We just finished a little stop motion video that we've been working on for the past nine months. Nick and I adore it and hope you enjoy it too! It's about as good as you can expect out of a project by two people who are good at math! It was so fun to finish it, but a little sad that such a big "to do" is crossed off and all of the mysteries I once mulled over have been solved.


Lots of celebrating- Nick's first father's day and our 6th anniversary over the weekend!
Photobucket

I've spent just about every day at Central Park. Sometimes the ball fields or pickup basketball or the Great Lawn or meeting a little Dutch baby friend. Ferris sleeps so well when I take him in the stroller; it's the one certainty in his tiny world. He's a little like the garden gnome in Amelie that travels all over, his sleep face popping up in random places.

A new tree planting in the park: new tree, new baby! The last picture is on one of the engraved benches and says "How perfect is this, how lucky are we." Officially my favorite bench. I love to read them as I pass and sit on good ones. We were daydreaming about having one engraved for Ferris, but a quick little search revealed that it's $25,000 (!!!!)
Photobucket

Sometimes the walk to the park is just as interesting as the park itself. How many infants get to meet Heidi Klum?
Photobucket

With a former colleague and his new baby at the Central Park Boathouse
Photobucket

His first bath, only one of us cried. Not Ferris.
Photobucket


Yawny faces, love!
Photobucket


And I leave you with one last video from this week. I can't possibly find the stamina to keep this level of documentation up for long!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sleep

Sleep is the theme of the day. The first couple of days, Ferris woke up and needed to eat from 2-6 a.m. (at least!) I sat at 4 a.m. in my hospital bed smiling down at his screaming little face. I was just so happy to see him and so happy at how he appeared in the world. Now that he's home, he's a little more unpredictable. Two days of late nights, followed by two nights of sleeping from midnight-5 and 5:30-9 (heaven!) and most recently, falling asleep in his bouncy chair at 9 p.m., which sets him for a 1 a.m. wake up. Yay for Conan! And Conan reruns!

Photos and videos from last week (Ferris at 9 days old)... no surprise that we're running on a delay!
Photobucket
Nap faces, so in love!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Ferris

Our boy is here! Ferris Theo Caligiuri was born June 1 at 8:32 a.m., measuring 7 lb. 4 oz. and 19 in.

Photobucket

So tiny, even though he arrived 5 days late; I guess he just needed some extra time to cook. There are so many different birth stories, and you never know which one has your name on it. The abbreviated public blog appropriate version of ours: Nick sweetly told our families "Erica kicked giving birth's ass!" I did! My water broke around midnight, and after 8 hours in the hospital and a mere 8 minutes of pushing, he was here! The time flew by, it was unbelievable how fast midnight turned into Wednesday morning. They put him on my chest, and he didn't look anything like I expected. It's so funny how that one split second clears up all the wondering and waiting about who your baby will be. It's too much for one little second to bear. The doctor asked who we thought he looked like: Nick said, "Erica" and I said, "A random old man." After further deliberation, I think he looks like my brother and Nick thinks he looks like his brother. How about I post 800 pictures so you can decide for yourself?! 

Photobucket
6 hours old
Photobucket
In the hospital, he looks like a little elf in the sweater my grandma made for him
Photobucket
Meeting Newman, who jumped back after he realized that Ferris can move

Photobucket
First day home (Friday-2 days old), still has moments of confusion about being on the outside

Photobucket
One of my favorites

Photobucket
Frog legs

Photobucket
Adoration

Photobucket
BUT I DON'T WANNA GO TO A STATE SCHOOL!

Photobucket
Batman likes to lick his feet

Photobucket
5 days old (today!)

Photobucket
So flexible!

Photobucket

We came home on Friday, and have been having such a great time hibernating with Ferris. Nick is such a a great daddy, which is unbelievable for a guy who had barely held a baby before. I am doing great- I made cupcakes, painted my nails, and we've taken him on little walks for the past few days. He's only 5 days old but already the time is passing too quickly and I get teary about silly things like cutting off his hospital band, or putting away his first hat that was covered in gunk and blood. I wish I could hit rewind and do it all over again and again and again.