One week old

Meg relaxing on the couch
Meg relaxing on the couch
Margaret turned one week old yesterday. To celebrate, we took her on her first car trip – to Woody’s pizza in Golden, where we met our friends from around the block – Rick, Alisa, and Tao.Meg wasn’t too wild about being in the car, but calmed down once it was moving. She is doing pretty well so far. Today she had her one-week checkup, and she is gaining weight – back up to 7 lbs 2 ounces. That makes us very happy.

Spencer continues to be very nice to his sister. Last night he was playing with some magnets that spell out his name, and at some point, he came over to give them to Meg. It seems like he will do a pretty good job teaching his little sister all he has learned about the world. Dave had to go home yesterday, which was sad for us all. Ellen is staying until Saturday, which is nice. It has been very helpful to have them around.

Other highlights of Meg’s first week include a walk around the duck pond, and lots of cuddling with Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa.

Welcome Margaret Alice

Margaret Alice Dibble-Felty
Margaret Alice Dibble-Felty
Margaret Alice Dibble-Felty arrived on Sunday, Feb. 27th, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
weighing 7 lbs, 8 oz
measuring 20.5 in long

All are doing well.Spencer has been really great with his new baby sister. He frequently points at her and says “baby”, and then “quiet, sshh” One of the first things he did was offer her a toy – a teething ring.

More birthday presents!

Spencer shows off his new fire engine
Spencer shows off his new fire engine
We’ve been receiving a lot of packages for Spencer over the last couple weeks. We saved them all up until Sunday morning, then let Spencer open them. He is getting really good at opening presents. Thanks to all the friends and family for the great presents!

Happy Second Birthday Spencer!

Spencer's 2nd birthday cake
Spencer's 2nd birthday cake
Spencer turned two years old today. We had a whole weekend full of fun. Even today was fun. Dave and Ellen arrived Friday evening, and Dave left a few minutes ago. We all had president’s day off, so we were able to continue playing with Spencer today. However, the big birthday event was on Saturday. We rented a room at the Apex – the local rec center – and had a pool party. Every one had a really great time. Ellen went all out with party favors and decorations using a fire truck theme. She got fire hats for every kid, along with buckets and beach balls they could use in the pool, plus fire-hydrant shaped water bottles, and some little fire engines. We couldn’t find a fire engine cake, so instead we got monster trucks, which Spencer absolutely loves.

Every one was able to make it to the party, including all the kids from our block, Spencer’s friend Tao from the Academy, who lives just around the block, plus my cousin Jessie and her kids, as well as one of Clare’s work friends. Spencer gots lots of cool new toys – mostly trucks and cars, his favorite. Thanks to every one for making Spencer’s second birthday a great one.

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Welcome home Spencer

Spencer's first car ride

Spencer's first car ride

Clare, Rob, and Spencer came home today around 1:30 p.m., after all the nurses agreed that mother and baby were doing fine. It feels nice to be home. Spencer wasn’t too happy about being in the car seat at first, but quieted down after a few minutes. This seems to be his modus operandi. Every time you move him, he gets a little upset, but then he becomes content again after a few minutes. He must be just trying out his lungs and vocal chords.

Peek a boo!

Peek a boo!

Once we got home, we called a few more people to share our wonderful news. We are really happy that he is finally here!

Clare and Spencer talk to Grandma and Grandpa Dibble

Clare and Spencer talk to Grandma and Grandpa Dibble

Welcome Spencer Clark Dibble-Felty

Jackpot!

Jackpot! He weighed exactly 7 pounds and 7.7 ounces.

We are very happy to announce the arrival of Spencer Clark Dibble-Felty.
The new Fedibblety team member arrived at
21:49 on Saturday, Feb. 21st (mountain time)
weighing 7 lbs, 7.7 ounces
and measuring 20.5 inches
Everyone is doing well.

Rob is very happy to meet his son

Rob is very happy to meet his son

Before things really got going, Rob read some of Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You Mr. Rosewater. We particularly like this passage:

“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’ ”

Clare is also happy to meet her son

Clare is also happy to meet her son
All wrapped up!

All wrapped up!

The waiting is the hardest part

Clare between 38 and 39 weeks

Clare between 38 and 39 weeks

So, with any luck, I am nearing the end of pregnancy. We are excited to meet the kid. With the passing of the 38th week milestone comes the anticipation of when labor will actually begin. The “official” due date based on the fetus size at the first ultrasound is 2/8. However, a study of “The Length of Uncomplicated Human Gestation.”, published in 1990 indicates that as a first time white mom with health insurance, my kid is more likely to emerge around Valentine’s day. The study only has 31 first time births, so hard to say how much weight to place on it. But it’s main point it that it is significantly longer than the due date predicted by Naegele’s rule (2/1 for me). According to Rob’s calculations, there is a 50% chance the kid will be here by 2/9. I wish the confidence intervals on this kind of thing were easier to find. It’s hard to mentally prepare for labor and work at the same time.

My love of data and numbers, incidentally, is why I don’t like pain scales. There are lots of resources for pain management techniques for labor, but nothing that is really concrete about what to expect as it does not seem to translate very well from one person to another. One thing I attribute this to is lack of definition or consistency in measuring pain between induhviduals. When a nurse asks you how much pain you are in on a scale from 1 – 10, what does that mean? Is it linear? Logarithmic? That is, is a 4 twice as much pain as a 2 or an 8 10 times as much pain as a 7? Is anything less than a 5 something that you can handle with your daily business? Does acute pain count differently than chronic pain? Do they have a fixed point like a 2 is always how much pain a cloths pin on your ear
causes? No one can ever answer these questions.