Sunday, September 28, 2008

Grammy Cherie is here!!

And Otis couldn't be happier!
After Otis was born Ty had a week and half off of work. We had such a fun time. Since neither of us had anything to do or anywhere to be, Ty would get up with us in the night when little Otie wanted to eat and we'd talk and watch movies and sleep during the day whenever Otis slept. He gets 4 weeks of paternity leave, but we're saving the other weeks for later. But by the end of the week we were both getting pretty run down and ready for back up. And she arrived!!! Otis instantly loved his grandma. And I don't know if it comes over the years of Motherhood, but it seems to me that my mom has a few extra pairs of arms that I can't see. Somehow she cooks, cleans, soothes Otis when he cries, soothes me when I cry when Otis cries and smiles all the while. And I feel like I'm lucky if I've brushed my teeth and am out of my pajamas by 4 in the afternoon.
My mom also came baring gifts. She made this quilt!! I am so in love with it, I cried when she gave it to me.
In London after you have a baby, a midwife comes to your house for 10 days to check on you and the baby to make sure everything is ok. It is such a great system they have here. This is a picture of the midwife weighing Otis. He weighs 8lb 4oz now. I had to take a picture because he just looks so cute like a little package a stork carries.
In the ultrasound pictures we got, Otis' hand would always be tucked up under his chin. It is so cute to see him sleep like this now.

Otie all bundled up in his stroller. THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to our "stroller fund" at baby showers in Utah! We love it.

In the Snuggly ready for a day out on the town with Dad. Thanks to Aunt Jan and Uncle Jerry for the awesome Harley Davidson hat and booties! They are just perfect.
Otis is so cute during bath time! He's not afraid to scream at the top of his lungs at times, but he can also be so calm and relaxed in there.

Our little hippie. Ashley made him this cute brimmed beanie. And Rachel tie-dyed the onsie for him.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Otis William Waltman

Our little Otis was born September 11 at 8:26pm. He weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces and was almost 23 inches long. Every midwife that saw him commented on how tall and skinny he is like his dad.

We have been really anxious to post these pictures, but we had to stay at the hospital for five days because we had to do an emergency c section when Otis' heart rate dropped after 18 hours of labor. He may look cute in these pictures, but in person he is to die for. We are so happy and feel so blessed to have him in our family. Thanks for all of your prayers and love and support.

Minutes after Otis was born looking pretty exhausted and content at the same time.

Just about to leave the hospital in the outfit Grandma Peggy gave Otis.

A midwife admiring Otis' length.

I woke up from a nap to hear Ty singing a little Neil Young to Otis while he just chilled on his lap.

Otis big feet hanging out of the edge of the blanket.

Big hands, beautiful face.

He always crosses his feet like this
Here are some videos from the hospital

Monday, September 8, 2008


Brian and Debbie let us borrow this puzzle this week. It is definitely the hardest one either of us have ever done. This one looks easy compared to the puzzle that they're working on, but we're beginners. We finished it in 3 days though, it was so addicting. I would think about it throughout the whole day and couldn't wait to get home to work on it.It is a picture of the West Hills in Portland, so we thought it was very fitting since Scott and Minda just moved there. So we decided that we'd do this puzzle in their honor.
This was our "Labor Day" BBQ. We had a delicious poolside bbq with friends from our pre natal class. We are the only Americans so no one else knew it was Labor Day, but I was happy to feel like I was taking part in some fun this weekend as we were missing out on all the festivities at home.
p.s. still no baby. Just waiting. At my appointment last week the dr. said that the babe wasn't looking any lower- not good news. I think he is nice and cozy in there and in no rush. I think he's going to be late. And in the UK they usually don't induce until 2 weeks after your due date. That would be a long, long 2 weeks. I've been walking a ton and eating all the spicy food I can handle, but no luck yet!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

38 weeks...and ready to burst

When I was first pregnant we were taking pictures of my growing belly every 4 weeks, but all of the sudden it wasn't fun anymore to see how huge I was getting. But my mom talked me into it and told me I'd regret not having record of here's the belly these days. I think we might have a 10 pounder on our hands...
And this is just a picture that Mike took of us in our family room/kitchen/study. We moved in at the end of June and really love it here. It's still in the same area as our old place, just about a 10 minute walk away. The place came fully furnished except for a few things we've bought used online (the TV and glider chair in the corner). And the tenants before us left the desk, which has been so nice to have. We were just using one of the kitchen chairs at the computer until we saw this office chair in a dumpster last week and snatched it up and rolled it all the way home!

Morning in Hampstead with Mike

Our brother in law, Mike has been traveling around Europe for a business trip and had just one day in London and we got to see him! We were so excited as we waited for him to arrive. He braved driving the streets of central London and made it to our flat. We were able to walk around Hampstead high street and go out for breakfast before he was off the explore London. In front of our place
We really appreciate Mike making the effort to see us with his limited time schedule!

(Just as a side note: Mike recently got 3rd PLACE in the "300 Warriors" stage of the Cycling Tour of Utah. This is the most insane race ever: you ride 98 miles and scale 14,778 vertical feet. Finishing this ride is the equivalent to riding the Tour de France’s Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Télégraphe, Col du Galibier and Alpe d’Huez. Congrats Mike! 3rd place out of 300 is so incredible!!