8/16/2004

Still Laboring

Filed under:General — eric @ 7:47 am

Contractions continued throughout the night, but progress has been slow. She is definately in the “uncomfortable” stage.

Laboring Away

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:27 am

Nothing new to report. Chris is still laboring away, though not all that intensly. We know that it’s not unusual for a completely unmedicated woman to slowly labor for several days, and since this is our first, we can’t predict really how far along we are. The baby is being constantly monitored, and he or she is doing wonderfully. We’re both hoping to get introduced soon.

8/15/2004

Settling In

Filed under:General — eric @ 10:55 am

We’ve settled in for what looks like a long night. Contractions are three or four minutes apart, locallized to the lower uterus. We can expect the rest of the muscle to get in on the act as the night goes on. Dilation has been slow, but can speed up quickly. The baby is doing wonderfully, as is Chris. She’s napping, three minutes at a time.

Birthing News

Filed under:General — eric @ 9:39 am

Yeah… I’m blogging from the birthing room. Labor contractions are coming fast and furious now.

If you’re folowing along in real time, be sure to watch for photos over there on the right.

Birthing Room

Filed under:Camera Phone — eric's phone @ 9:37 am

We’re in our birthing room. All is well and progressing.

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It has begun…

Filed under:General — eric @ 4:40 am

The stork just called; he’s on his way. We’re off to South Carolina to meet the new Wagoner. More news as we have it!

8/11/2004

Five years

Filed under:General — eric @ 4:54 am

Five years ago today, I posted the very first entry to this weblog. Before I began writing publicly here, I’d never been able to keep a journal for more than a month or so, despite wanting to. It’s had some slow spots (more so recently, of course), but there’s a steady stream of babble archived here now — my screen shows “Total Posts: 1596 | Total Comments: 1788″.

Any day now, I’ll have someone brand new to write to. These past five years have just been a warm-up.

8/7/2004

The Elvis Wart

Filed under:Camera Phone — eric's phone @ 4:22 am

Yeah. That’s what I said. See
www.elviswart.com for more info.

Image sent: 200408071622

A Flock of Elvii

Filed under:Camera Phone — eric's phone @ 4:08 am

Here’s four of the many Elvises I aw today.

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Elvis!

Filed under:Camera Phone — eric's phone @ 4:05 am

Somehow, I keep running into Elvis. In fact, today I came across a whole flock of them.

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8/5/2004

And neither do we.

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:01 am

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

– President George W. Bush, August 5, 2004

8/2/2004

Overtime!

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:40 pm

We’re now in overtime! Which is OK… my wife’s birthday is tomorrow, and having the young’un then would give me one less birthday to remember. I’m *so* bad at those.

And many congratulation go out to Jason and Lysa Stiffler on the (early) birth of thier daughter Helena. I could say something about Jason’s need to finally come in ahead of me on something, but . . . I won’t.

7/30/2004

SILENCE!

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:08 am

Be warned: this is not for everyone. But a few of you might like to know that the soundtrack to Silence! Silence of the Lambs: The Musical is available for downloading. Even the show-stopping duet between Buffalo Bill and Catherine, Put the F’ing Lotion in the Basket, is there.

7/29/2004

Murder of Scarecrows

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:06 am

Help the scarecrows scare the crows in this beautifully done Flash game: A Murder of Scarecrows.

And no… no baby yet. Any day now. No — any minute now.

7/20/2004

Eagle Training

Filed under:General — eric @ 9:16 am

There is a female golden eagle that lives down by the river on one corner of our property. I’ve only seen her once close-up, as she was atop an electric pole looking down on our chicken pasture (Golden Eagles generally don’t eat chickens, but she did seem to like watching them.), but most every day I hear her cries and see her flying high above the river. Golden Eagles are rare in this part of the country, and there’s an outside chance she’s really a Red-Shouldered Hawk, but I really think she’s an eagle.

I haven’t found her nest (there are several of them in that area of the woods), but she has two young birds that are just learning to fly. I understand that’s rare, too — the hatchlings are hatched a couple days apart, and often the older will kill the younger as it is hatching. The mother has made a game of teaching the babies, namely hide-and-go-seek (or maybe Marco Polo). She flies up from the river into a patch of woods at the other end of our property, up by the house. There, she hides in the branches and makes her calls. The babies then leave their nest and try to find her. They listen to her, answer her calls, and fly a little closer. There’s a little creek with a line of trees that connects their nesting trees with the woods she’s hiding in, and they hop from tree to tree along the way. Last week, they stopped at nearly every tree to rest. This morning, they made the whole flight with only one stop. Once they find their mother, there’s a loud cacophony of screeches, the eagle equivalent of “nanny nanny boo boo, I can see you!”. Then, she flies back to the nest with the two of them following behind.

The year has really rushed by, as I’ve been pre-occupied with getting ready for our own baby while still trying to keep up with the farm and of course my “real” job. I’ve had to cast aside many things to get done what I’ve needed to, but I’ve made sure to keep up with what’s going on on the land around us. I made sure to find this year’s fawn — when I first spotted it, it was no bigger than a house cat (only with longer legs). Now, it’s a little larger than our dog, and its mother leads it on walks through the protective thickets of blackberry brambles down to our pond for drinks. There are sights like this all around our place, and when I feel stressed and tired and sometimes maybe a little sad, just a look around is all I need to pick me back up.

Everything is nearly ready for the arrival. We still need to turn our own house into a full nest and there are still some odds and ends to take care of outside the home, but by and large we are ready. Which is good, since our addition could come any day. Hopefully, though, not until late next week.

Resources:
Listen to the calls of 550 North American birds at eNature.com.
Learn about the birds of Georgia from the Georgia Wildlife Foundation
See a young fawn at someone else’s house.

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6/27/2004

Fire trucks!

Filed under:Camera Phone — eric's phone @ 11:50 am

My neighbor caught his car on fire and would have, had it not rained for the last month, also burned down our back yard.

Image sent: 200406272350

6/24/2004

Thursday Co-op

Filed under:Camera Phone — eric's phone @ 5:32 am

Thursdays are the pick-up day for our Locally Grown Co-op customers.

Image sent: 200406241732

6/8/2004

Field to Plate

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:32 am

I nearly forgot to mention that all this spring, our farm has been on the website of the excellent Field to Plate program. We’ll be there all year long, but right now we’re featured.

5/22/2004

Giant Kohlrabi!

Filed under:Camera Phone — eric's phone @ 10:59 am

The first of the kohlrabi are here. I love these things!

Image sent: 200405221059

5/19/2004

Satellite Internet

Filed under:Camera Phone — eric's phone @ 9:26 am

Yesterday we ditched our dial-up connection for a much faster (but not perfect) satellite connection.

Image sent: 200405190926


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