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He's coming.....

May 25, 02:40 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

Holy crap.

I’m finding myself doing reality checks about 18 times a day now. “Is this for real? Are we really about to have a baby?”

We’re officially full-term as of yesterday. Kieran’s due date is June 14th, but technically we’re 37 weeks, which is considered full-term. Whoa. So now it’s just a waiting game. There’s so much stuff left for us to do… clean the house, install the car seat into each of our cars, pack a hospital bag, create a birth plan… and tons of other little stuff that just seems to accumulate that I can’t even remember.

We’re about to be swept into an alternate universe of sleepless nights, confusion, irritability, worry, and general bass-ackwardness. My mom described the feeling I should expect in an email she recently wrote to me:

As I recall, when the baby arrives, you are pulled into a vortex of sleep-deprived-everything is new-alternate reality. What happened to my old life? Why is he crying? We’re being perfect parents and he’s still crying!!! Who are those two white dogs in our house? But eventually, the weirdness lifts and life goes back to being normal. A new normal, but normal nonetheless.

I’m feeling better about everything than I was a day or two ago. I really started to freak out about money, but I think talking to you guys, and Jackie’s nice comment, made me feel a little better. But either way, this is by far going to be the biggest thing I’ve ever done in my life. And I’m not even the one HAVING the baby!! JESS is really the one who’s about to embark on a truly defining and life-altering experience. But we’re in it together as much as is physically, mentally, and emotionally possible.

I can’t wait to meet him!


Comment [15]

  1. Iak responds with:

    I can’t wait to buy him a beer… I mean uhhhh…

    · May 25, 05:46 PM
  2. TyTy responds with:

    Completely off subject but didn’t want to create a new posting.

    I’m brewing a new beer now. It’s a Robust Porter. Mmmmmm. Never brewed one o’ them before… I think I’ll name it after my son, considering the timing. Kieran’s Porter. It ought to be good. I’ll save each of you some. If you’re coming to visit mid to late summer, which a few of you appear to be doing, it ought to be perfect by then.

    I also just finished drinking a pint of Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale. Good stuff! Here’s a pic of the bottle, as well as a detail of the illustration. Cheers! Love Ty!!!

    · May 25, 08:18 PM
  3. Jackie responds with:

    Before you know it Ty, Kieran will be making these faces at you! Happy Memorial Day everyone! If you need any smiles you can check out Holden’s pictures from this morning on flickr.

    Holden on Flickr

    · May 28, 12:43 PM
  4. Andy responds with:

    I’m glad you’re feeling better Ty. I’m sure homebrewing helps. Lisa got me the Holy Grail Ale for my bday with that journal – good stuff!

    Going back to guitar lessons, I still think you should consider it. Example: right now one of my first graders (yes, a first grader) is taking lessons at one of the music stores nearby. This year, he’s learned what the strings are called, how to hold his pick, and how to play a handful of songs. Of these, most of them he’s learned by ear at his teacher’s suggestion – his favorite so far is “Back in Black”. I don’t know that reading music plays any part in it at all! This kid’s mom first asked me if I would give him guitar lessons, but I turned her down on the basis that I’m just not very good – I’m no Tyler Nevins! I think many a young guitarist would be amazed to have a teacher like you.

    · May 29, 04:26 PM
  5. TyTy responds with:

    So I moved Kieran’s Porter to the secondary fermenter today. It was actually a strange week for my porter. Normally, you cook your wort (pronounced wurt, which is what the beer is called before you pitch the yeast), add it to the primary fermenter (which in my case is a 6.5 gallon food-grade bucket), and pitch the yeast. Then within 12 – 24 hours, fermentation begins. You can tell it’s fermenting because the airlock is bubbling like crazy and the beer has a frothy layer of foam on the surface. Well in THIS case, I cooked the wort and pitched the yeast last Friday night. I expected to see fermentation the next day, but there was zero activity. Sunday came and went and there was nothing. Monday (Memorial Day): same thing. So when Tuesday came along and there was STILL no activity, I was genuinely concerned. So I went out and bought a new vial of liquid yeast. But by the time I got home with the new yeast on Tuesday evening, there was fermentation!! It took 4 days, but it finally started. So I put the new yeast in the fridge for another batch. Today, after a week in the primary, I moved it to the secondary fermenter (which is a 5 gallon glass bottle called a carboy, and looks like the bottle on a water cooler.) I tried it, worried that the rough start had ruined it, and boy was I wrong! It was SO good. Tasty, toasty porter. Mmmm. Plus, since I’m a hop-head, I added an extra addition of hops at the last second, so it’s extra hoppy! A happy hoppy porter for my happy hoppy baby.

    He can’t have any though until he’s at least 6 months old! ;)

    · Jun 2, 02:05 PM
  6. Tyler responds with:

    Here, this is pretty relevant to this posting….

    We saw Knocked Up this weekend. (It seemed fitting, considering the timing.) It was HIL-AR-IOUS! You should really see it. Click the link for a trailer.

    · Jun 4, 11:47 AM
  7. Tyler responds with:

    He’s still coming…...

    We almost had him today in fact! We went to the doctor for our final ultrasound and checkup, and Jess’s blood pressure was high. So the doctor sent us over to Labor & Delivery to be monitored for a while and have blood drawn. She said that if there was any sign that she could have preeclampsia, she’d induce her today. (BTW, preeclampsia is pregnancy-related high blood pressure. It can be problematic for both mother and child) So we spent a couple of hours over there, but luckily she’s fine. However, the doctor did pull Jess out of work and put her on bed rest until the baby comes.

    So Jess is home now, where she will stay for the most part until this baby comes. We’ve got another doctor’s appointment on Friday and again on Monday to monitor her b.p. She’s having contractions now, but can’t feel them. We could see them on the monitor. Just little ones.

    We’re getting closer!!!

    · Jun 5, 05:17 PM
  8. Jim responds with:

    Hmmm… isn’t it actually Baby K that’s getting closer? ;)

    Wow—I’m glad that Jess isn’t preeclampsia, that’s definitely bad news (Laura had it in the last three weeks and they had to induce.) Anywho… go go gadget contractions! SQueeeeeeeeze that li’l puppy into the world!

    I wish you guys the best until he makes his grand entrance into the world!

    · Jun 6, 04:30 AM
  9. Andy responds with:

    OK, so I’ve been holding my breath waiting for more news on the Nevins situation to appear here. I’m sure I’m not the only one – I bet you Nevinses are infinitely more holdy-breathy!

    So, what’s the latest? Have you taught him to say “Uncle Andy” yet?

    · Jun 11, 07:31 PM
  10. Saree responds with:

    I’m waaaaaiting!!

    · Jun 12, 02:51 AM
  11. Tyler responds with:

    Wow, that’s the first time you’ve identified yourself as anything other than “Jimmy’s Girly”!

    Anyway, I can’t tell you just how holdy-breathy I am!! This is driving me nuts! I really feel like time is standing still, like I’ve been waiting for this baby for years!

    Currently there’s not much to report. We went to the doctor yesterday and he’s showing no signs of coming out anytime soon. I just hope he doesn’t take after his old man. (I was two weeks late. Typical of me. My mom says I just didn’t want to get out of bed.) But the doc said she’ll induce Jess on the 25th if he hasn’t come naturally by then. I don’t want to wait till the 25th!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaah! I’m whiny!!!!!

    Jess however is doing extraordinarily well. She looks great. She feels great, aside from getting winded easily when walking around, and obviously isn’t as mobile. But otherwise great.

    I’ll keep you posted. Sooner than later I hope….

    · Jun 12, 11:21 AM
  12. Iak responds with:

    I gave up on waiting, I’m now using Voodoo to try and hurry the little one along.

    · Jun 12, 11:10 PM
  13. Tyler responds with:

    Today’s the due date. Keep working that Voodoo Jake…..


    · Jun 14, 07:02 PM
  14. Jimmy's Girlie Saree responds with:

    Wouldn’t it be the best present if he was born on Father’s Day?

    · Jun 14, 09:08 PM
  15. Jim responds with:

    I think he’s just chillin’ out like his brew. ;)

    · Jun 14, 09:51 PM
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