Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sometimes Baby Charles cries

But not very often. So when he does cry its kinda cute.

cutie pa-tu-ti


I am thankful for everything! We spent Thanksgiving together - lounging around, watching "The Snowman" and taking a walk to our friends house. The weather was beautiful. We made some food; our mashed potatoes were definitely sub-par, but at least we had turkey candles.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Baby Charles got here just in time for the holiday season. Daddy likes finding all the festivities around town, and Mommy likes dressing Baby Charles up in seasonal garb. :)

 First we went to the [2]Canopy of Lights in Downtown Bloomington on Friday the 25th. We visited the museum with free cider and pastries and then found a perfect spot on the courthouse lawn. The place was packed! We were proud that we got there early enough to get a good view and not have to maneuver a stroller through the crowds.

 Saturday was the Holiday Market - with TubaSantas and carriage rides! Keri and Spencer came to visit us, and we all enjoyed carrying around Baby Santa.

 When Baby Charles grows up, he wants to be a TubaSanta too. 

There was a real-life pirate playing a ukulele.

Reindeer! Don't reach for their heads, said the reindeer lady. Good

Keri and Spencer and Baby Santa

Mmmm, Siam House red curry for dinner . . .

Monday we decorated our Christmas tree (our favorite part is the plastic color-changing angel on top). Don't worry, we are getting another string of lights.

Orange angel

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Baby Charles Loves His Aunties

Aunt Glinnea do you remember this bear?  Now a whole new generation is playing with him!

This a very important monkey.  Baby Charles is mesmerized by this whenever we change his diaper.  It helps him take his mind off the discomfort.  Thank you Aunt Kathy!


Baby Charles is curious

First Bath

Hoosier Baby

This is where I put the baby while I'm in class...JUST KIDDING

First we visited SPEA, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs where I have all my classes.

Baby Charles took this photo...he's so advanced for his age

Hoosier Daddy?



Baby Charles has liked all three of the grandparents that he's met so far, including Grandma OdaLisa pictured here.  I'm sure Grandpa Jim will bond with him just as well when we visit California...

Grandpa Charles got sprayed while changing baby Charles diaper...

but it wasn't anything personal.

Grandmother Shauna.
Glad to be here!  Charles Enoch Wheatley was born at 7:26pm on November 9, 2011.  He was 7 pounds and 6 ounces at birth.  His hands and feet were a little blue, but nothing too out of the ordinary, the nurses told us.  Baby Charles, as you can see by this photo, has had an agreeable disposition from the start.  He rarely cries, and when he does, he cries softly.  I've almost slept through the night a few times already (as the food source, Erica is not so lucky)

You know what they say.  A video is worth a thousand pictures.  Here is the first-ever video of Charles, just minutes after birth.  Mercifully, his mother was not included in the footage...she was getting sewn up at the time, I later found out

To reduce risk of infection, fathers-to-be may want to wear surgical masks during the birth

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Spoooooktacular :0

I took Erica on a spooky date for Halloween. Verrrrrry scarrrrrry songs for Halloween.  The videos and photos explain most of the rest.  One of many great musical events at IU that are free and open to the public.  Now if only we could find somewhere to park!  I think I will petition someday to get Bloomington Transit to extend bus service on the 7 route until at least 10.  9:15 is just not quite late enough sometimes--only for dates, I'm neeeeeeeeever on campus studying that late!  :)

Here I am looking thoughtful at a colorful demonstration of how an organ works, which was provided gratis after the conclusion of the performance.  Not pictured: there were also free treats in the "green room," which, as I learned from my telecommunications expert-wife, is where the performers wait before they go on stage