Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas in San Antonio

Bryce, Kimball and I had a great time with Bryce's sister's family in San Antonio.  It was certainly warmer than in Utah.  Thanks to the Chatlands for all the fun memories . . . the sugar cookies, Christmas Eve, the fun rounds of Killer Bunnies, the movies, the river walk, the presents and most of all for your hospitality.  We love you guys (or I should say, "y'all").

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

James' and Kirstin's Wedding

I have been working on scrapbooking James' and Kirstin's wedding.  Kirstin, what do you think?  Should we digitally scrapbook your wedding album?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I've got myself a thumb sucker

I knew it was coming because Kimball had his fingers in his mouth from the time he was about 3 seconds old. He has finally figured out that the thumb makes a nice binky. I listened to him smack that thumb in his mouth as I drove around on my Christmas errands yesterday. I listened to that same smacking as I was falling asleep last night. That's right, Kimball is a thumb sucker.

I was a bit worried about it at first, but after consulting Dr. Brazelton (which is the ultimate authority for Bryce because he is the author of the book that his sister Kim gave us), I'm ok with it. According to the preeminent pediatrician, thumb sucking is simply a means of consoling oneself. A baby that can console himself is much easier to take care of. And the more you tell the kid not to suck, the longer he might do it. And it's not a problem for teeth until they reach about five and the permanent teeth are coming in. Binkies fall on the floor and get lost and you have to remember to put them in the diaper bag. Thumbs are always handy (no pun intended). So, Kimball, my boy, suck on, I say, suck on.

Kimball will be forming a club for all you closet thumb suckers. Feel free to email me if you want to join.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Thanks Aunt Maude

So, my Aunt Maude came over yesterday to teach me some of her digital scrapbook secrets.  I learned a lot.  And thanks to Maude's generosity, I am in scrapbook heaven.  Check out the most recent.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

More Digital Scrapbooking

Here is a page I did from James and Kirsten's bowling open house just before they got married.  I am really starting to like this digital stuff.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Digital Scrapbooking

I swore I would never do it, that I would remain true to my obsession with scrapbooking and accumulating embellishments, paper and ribbon at any cost. I was convinced that I wouldn't like it, that I wouldn't be able to put a page together.  I'm afraid my stalwart stance might have to come to an end because I have discovered the joys of digital scrapbooking.  I'm a newbie and I'm still figuring things out, but it's so much fun. Almost as addicting as regular scrapbooking without the mess. Here is the first page I ever created. Cute huh?

Monday, November 17, 2008

The danger of a video camera

One morning I found myself startled awake by a bright light in my eyes. Behind the light was my husband and I wondered why he was using a flashlight to navigate the room. It was no flashlight and here are the results of his impromptu filming. I really ought to find a way to get him back.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Seven Weeks Old

It's hard to believe that Kimball is seven weeks old today.  More miraculous is that he weighs eight pounds seven ounces.  He is finally the size of a normal baby and can wear clothes that are bigger than newborn size.  He also smiles a lot and can coo.  Before we know it he will be curing cancer (without a plague of vampires as a side affect) and making millions in the NBA. 

Monday, November 3, 2008

Happy Halloween!

The night before Halloween my mother called and said she had a present for Kimball.  She dropped off a pumpkin outfit two sizes too big (see picture).  Despite its size Kimball really liked it.  So much so, that he peed all over it before I could take him to my work Halloween party.  I put another Halloween outfit on him which he subsequently peed on before any trick-or-treaters could ring the door bell.  A new baby is so full of both tricks and treats!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Bruce and Kimball

Bruce and Kimball are already on their way to becoming fast friends.  Sure, the dog is a little jealous of all the attention the baby gets.  But, who wouldn't be?  Kimball gets fed at regular intervals, gets his diaper changed whenever he so much as peeps, he gets to stay in bed with us after lights out and gets carried everywhere.  Bruce is lucky if we let him out of the house before we notice the potty dance.  And if the water bowl gets refilled before he's emptied the cat's water too, it's a good day.  However, the jealousy melts away when Kimball smiles.  (These smiles have he same effect on Kimball's parent's desire to complain about all the late nights.  Really, baby smiles are like a super power.)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

How is that comfortable?

I found Bruce napping one evening on Bryce's legs.  I am still baffled and have no further comment.  The pictures speak for themselves.

Monday, October 13, 2008

My days have become mundane

I keep waiting for something exciting to happen so that I can blog about it. I'm still waiting. Today I managed to change the sheets on my bed, do three loads of laundry, give my baby a bath (He peed on himself twice yesterday and his diaper leaked three times), and go to the grocery store--in addition to a lot of nursing since I have cut Kimball off the bottle. I know that doesn't sound like a lot, but it was a really full day.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

All Clean!

This is a video of Kimball's First Swaddle Bath in the hospital on Sunday September 28th. He seemed to really like it. You can see the feeding tube in his nose, but by this time the IV had been removed from his head. (Thank Goodness!)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Kimball's First Day

The following video is for Grandma and Grandpa Hansen who are on a mission in Brazil.  We hope this helps satisfy your Kimball cravings.  This video is of Kimball's first day in the hospital.  You can see the IV in his hand (it later got transfered to his head).  He appears jittery because his blood sugar is not under control.  He is crying because they sliced his heel to test his blood sugar.  

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Finally Home!!

Yesterday Kimball was finally discharged and we were able to come home after eight long days in the hospital.  Bryce and I are still coming to terms with the fact that despite his 38 weeks inutero Kimball is considered a preemie--a.k.a. a "late preterm delivery."  Kimball's small size is related to my high blood pressure and whatever vascular problems I had with the placenta during pregnancy.  Fortunately, because Kimball was able to hold off as long as he did before making his entrance into the world his lungs are well developed and he has no respiratory problems like most preemies. 

Soon after Kimball was born the nurses and doctors discovered that Kimball had a low blood sugar.  This can be common and typically they give the baby some formula as a boost.  They brought Kimball to me along with a bottle.  About 30 second later I was told that his blood sugar was bad enough that the formula wasn't going to help and he needed an IV.  He was whisked off to the Special Care Nursery (a.k.a. the NICU).  Weaning a baby off an IV takes about a gajillion times longer that it does to put one in.  In Kimball's case he needed to learn to eat so that the IV could be removed.  Seems simple enough, right?  

From the beginning I was insistent that Kimball learn how to breast feed.  While a noble ideal, I was unprepared for a baby that was physically unable to nurse.  I learned a lot about breast feeding at the hospital thanks to multiple lactation consultants and specialists--including a speech therapist.  You read that correctly, a speech therapist.  Apparently, speech therapists can evaluate problems with latching and breast feeding.  Who knew?  In any event, I learned that it is the fat deposits in a baby's cheeks that stabilizes the nipple in the b
aby's mouth.  As you can see from the pictures, Kimball has no fat in his cheeks.  (He doesn't really have any fat anywhere).  When Kimball tried to breast feed he would latch, suck a few times and then scream.  He wasn't getting enough to eat and so I asked that a feeding tube be inserted.  There were of course other options--a bottle, a nipple shield, a supplemental feeding system--but all of them seemed to interfere with breast feeding and were therefore shunned.

Kimball and I made a valiant effort at nursing, but by the weekend we were both tired and frustrated.  One of the doctors suggested we look at the big picture and realize that our first choice for feeding Kimball may not be possible.  A specialist was brought in and we moved to the nipple shield.  A nipple shield gives the baby something to latch onto and are used a lot with preemies.
There is a bit of a controversy over nipple shields and whether they prevent a baby from learning to feed without one once the baby gains some weight and strength.  I had resisted using one for that reason, but by Saturday my resolve had worn down (not to mention every other part of me).  Kimball fed much better with the shield and I was hopeful that he could go home.  The IV was removed on Sunday the feeding tube on Monday and I thought we were on our way.  But after feeding wonderfully on Monday, Kimball lost weight, had a bad blood sugar level on at least one occasion and wasn't urinating.  At this point I had to admit that while Kimball could latch onto the shield and suck, he didn't have the strength to eat enough to sustain him.

On Tuesday we decided to supplement with a bottle so that we could go home sooner rather than later.  This was a hard decision because we realized that it could sabotage all our efforts to teach Kimball to breast feed.  (You would take a bottle too if you didn't have to work so hard to get something our of it).  We also decided to fortify the breast milk he was getting to give him a few more calories per ounce.  Another specialist was brought in to try and help with nursing.  My mom referred to her as the "baby whisperer" and she was pretty amazing.  She helped Bryce and me to pay more attention to Kimball and set a feeding schedule.  She turned Kimball into a baby rather than a patient.  The other change that happened on Tuesday that I think helped us turn a corner is that we asked our doctor to let Kimball stay in our room.

You see, I was discharged Thursday and Kimball was still in the Special Care Nursery.  We were able to rent our room so that we could sleep at the hospital and feed him.  But this also meant that every three hours day and night we would trek across the hospital to Kimball, spend an hour or so with him and trek back, only to do it all over again several hours later.  I did not get much sleep.  (Bryce got a little more because I would let him skip feedings.  Well, I only let him because between about 3am and 8am Bryce is nearly impossible to get out of bed).  

Having Kimball right next to my bed was dreamy after watching him be poked and prodded in the ICU.  For a while his heel was sliced open every three hours so they could take his blood sugar.  This dropped off in the last two day we were there, but Kimball's heels are shredded.  I feel so bad for him.  He was on a bili-bed for a few days because he was jaundiced.  (That is the picture below with the goggles).  He was measured, weighed and otherwise fussed with more than any baby should have to take.  When he was next to us he was able to sleep like a . . . well, like a baby.  Wednesday morning our doctor walked in and asked "Would you like to take your baby home?"  Thanks to the supplement Kimball gained weight, had good blood sugar levels and started to pee.

We are thankful for the wonderful care that Kimball received in the hospital.  The doctors and nurses all worked hard to help him.  We are also thankful for all our family and friends who came to see him and otherwise prayed and fasted for him.  Thank you all.  We are so happy to have our baby home.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

More of the baby

Some more pics of our handsome baby.

Our baby is born!

Our new baby boy was b0rn on September 23 at 4:28 AM.  He is 5 pounds 10 ounces and is 19 inches long.

We love him!

Monday, September 8, 2008

September update

Due to some anonymous hint dropping, I am compelled to update the blog.  I'm not sure who to blame for shaming me into writing this, but I'll get my revenge.  Here's the latest:

Bryce:  Bryce is loving the Fund of Funds, learning a lot and making tons of great contacts.  He has also been reading a lot of Warren Buffet and Benjamin Graham.  It won't be long before he makes his first million.  He is still exploring his options for his next job and I am sure it will be much better than auditing.

Kate:  With just four weeks left until the baby arrives I am in nesting mode.  However, I don't get to daydream about being a momma very much because I am so busy at work.  I have a lot of foreclosure sales and a trial on the 17th.  If I make it through the month it will be a miracle.  One day at a time.  That's what I keep telling myself.

Kimball:  The bean is already spoiled.  He had his first shower last Saturday thrown by our ward's relief society.  Kimball cleaned up.  He has an awesome new swing that is also a baby bouncer.  He will be very well dressed and has more cute blankets than any baby could possibly need.  Although, I am told they go through a lot of blankets.  He is getting bigger and heavier, although he is a bit of a runt on the charts.  Last week I wasn't measuring big enough and so I had another ultra sound.  Kimball is in the 23rd percentile.  I personally am okay with a small baby as he does have  to come out at some point.

Bruce:  Bruce is Bruce.

P.S.  The snapshot is from my work summer party at the Zoo.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

My husband is a FREAKIN' GENIUS!

Bryce got his results on his CFA test this week.  HE PASSED!  That's right he's now a level II candidate.  I am so proud of him.  He studied so hard and diligently.  He totally deserved to pass.  I married a smart one!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Free Willy is no longer free

It has been recently discovered that Bruce has continued to mark his territory in our house. He also marks his territory in other people's houses--i.e. my mother's, which is NOT COOL. I thought he was at least cured of his misdeeds at home, but not so. We have therefore resorted to the last chance house training measures of an ace bandage around his wee. This is probably a bigger pain for us than for him since we have to put it on and take it off every time he uses his outdoor facilities a.k.a. the backyard. But at least if he tries to pee on my laundry basket again he will only get himself.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

June is almost over

Ok, so it's been almost two months since I posted.  Keeping a blog updated is hard work.  Kudos to those of you who do it (i.e. Charlotte).  Here's the latest on each of us.

BRYCE:  Bryce took his CFA test on June 7th.  He won't find out until the end of July if he passed.  But he has received his CPA designation from the state and can now put those illustrious letters at the end of his name.  Just this week he started an internship at the Utah Fund of Funds--www.utahfundoffunds.com.  He will most likely be there until the end of the year and we are hopeful that this experience will put him in contact with venture funds he could work for.  He is really excited about the career change and we both feel like quitting in April was the right move.  I can't wait to see where he ends up!

KATE:  I had my second jury trial in June.  We settled in the middle of it so I didn't get to deliver my closing argument to the jury.  But it was a great experience.  I cross-examined two witnesses.  I also had my first foreclosure sales this past week.  They were a lot more uneventful than you might think.  I am just working away.  I will plan on working until the baby comes and then I get two months of maternity leave.  I consider that my reward for working while pregnant.  For those of you who don't know (or don't hear me complain), I have had a hard time walking and getting around.  I think it's because the baby is so low and put a lot of pressure on my bones and legs.  My doctor's response was "I hate to tell you this, but it's not going to get better."  Thanks, that's helpful.  However, she suggested I get a maternity belt to try and relieve the pressure.  I had never heard of such a thing, but found one yesterday!  I don't know if it's going to help completely but I am totally willing to wrap a giant piece of elastic around my abdomen to find out.  Only time will tell.  In the mean time, Bryce is glad I'm not whining as much.

THE BEAN:  We found out in May that the bean is a boy.  We have named him Kimball, which is Bryce's middle name and his mother's maiden name.  We are still working on a middle name.  You can cast your two cents worth with the poll that I plan on including on the blog.  Our doctor says that all is well.  He is growing and moving around like crazy.  Bryce has been trying to introduce him to classical music, especially John Williams.  I have registered for some things at Babies 'R Us and will put a link to the registry at the side.  

Thanks to all of you who check here often to see if I have written anything.  I will try to sign on in less than another two months.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Changing Your Name Is Hard Work

So after almost 16 months of marriage I am just getting around to changing my name at work.  I got my new social security card and driver's license in December (just before my old license expired), but then there are the banks and credit cards, passport, work, emails, the bar, the court, insurance. every website that requires a login . . . am I missing something?  Probably.  

Not everything has been rough.  I showed up at Church with a husband and I was immediately Sister Hansen.  And shockingly, it hasn't taken the junk mail people very long to catch on or for the credit card offers to start rolling in.  Those guys are quick.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Big Fat Update

Here it goes a big fat update since the last post, which my sister, Charlotte, reminds me was forever ago.

1. Bryce and I are pregnant and due on October 6th. We are pretty excited and so is Bruce, who is thrilled he will have a sibling. We refer fondly to the forthcoming addition as "the bean." This is because I signed up for a weekly email from pregnancy.com soon after we found out we were expecting. There was a time that the weekly updates referred to the fetus as various bean sizes--a pinto bean, a lima bean, etc. As a result, we just refer to our little one as "the bean." We will find out if its a boy bean or a girl bean on May 20th. I will try and let you all know.

2. Bryce has passed all of his CPA tests (Hooray!), decided that he does not want to be an accountant (Oh, well!), quit his job (Hooray!), and is studying for the CFA--Chartered Financial Analyst--test in June (Go Bryce!). After the test he will apply for jobs as an investment analyst, which seems to fit him a lot better than auditing. There aren't a lot of investment analyst jobs here in Utah so we don't know where we will end up. Ginny and Sam (my sister and her hubby) will be in New York beginning in the fall, which sounds like fun; Kim (Bryce's sister) and her family are in San Antonio, which isn't exactly a financial hub, but we love the Chatlands; Amber (Bryce's other sister) and hubby are vying for Portland; but who, knows . . . L.A., Chicago, Silicon Valley? Our future is one adventure waiting to happen.

3. Harvard rejected me. Harvard sucks.

4. Bruce is really happy it's getting warm out. He hangs out by our shed in the mornings pretending he's a grumpy old farmer.


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