Susan is now a US Citizen.
We woke up bright and early and put on our Sunday best, even though it was a Tuesday.
We got to the immigration center and waited...and...waited
finally they told us to go to the auditorium
Luckily, there were only 11 people taking the oath that day so it was pretty quick, we watched some videos, Obama said welcome to America and it was time to get the certificate!
Afterwards we went Bowling!
Now to get the passport and see the world!
We'll just pretend it hasn't been 10 months since I wrote something.
We had a terrific Easter. Maya woke up early and checked to see if the Easter Bunny had come. He did, He did!
Maya got a pair of sunglasses in her basket, she may need a little practice wearing them
No candy for Quattro, we wouldn't want to get cavities in his BRAND NEW TEETH!
We then went over to "Autie" Jordan's house where we had more easter egg hunts and easter baskets
Carl William Haynes IV (aka Quattro) was born on June 8th, 2010.
It was quite an adventure getting here! Susan spent the last 5 weeks in the hospital on bed rest as the doctors found that she had a low volume of Amniotic fluid (anything over 10 on some scale is normal and we we bounced around from a 3 and 6) anything under 4 is considered critical.
Finally the doctors decided that the risk of staying in outweighed the benefits so they decided to deliver at 34 weeks.
Here is me suiting up for the big event:
The birth went very quick and without incident. My eyes remained firmly above the screen so there was no fainting involved.
They then cleaned Quattro up, we heard some good cries which was good and then they whisked him away with me following closely.
They brought him up to the NICU and put him under a warming lamp while running a bunch of tests. He was breathing on his own which was a great relief and generally doing good. I took the time to count up all his toes and fingers and everything added up.
They weighed and measured him and he came in at 4 lb 14 oz and 19 1/4 inches.
He's continuing to do great with no serious incidents so far. The Nurses continue to warn us that the first few days are usually the best then the babies start to tire out which is where many of the problems start happening.
He is now eating very well, they started at 4 ml and have moved to 10 then 16 ml and he continues to eat everything offered.
Susan is able to hold him a few times a day for about an hour or so. He spends most of his time asleep.
Maya was able to come in and touch him. She's very excited to get him home so they can start playing together.
Lots of pics here:
On May 30th, Maya turned 3 years old!
We had a very small party in Susan's hospital room. Maya had been very excited about her birthday and talked about it non-stop for the last few weeks.
For presents she got a camera
and a little toy shopping cart
and the surprise hit, a microphone
Then of course we had cake!
Yep, we found out that the baby is a boy.
more pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlhaynes/sets/72157623373749145/
Sorry for the long delays between postings...we seem to be doing the same things over and over so not too much exciting to report.
Maya is real chatterbox these days, she loves to talk about EVERYTHING. It is fun to see her try to make sense of the world.
She loves any physical activity, especially jumping! We've already gotten a knock from the downstairs neighbor saying that her running around knocked one of their lights off the wall! I think it may be time to move to a lower floor apartment.
We went over to an indoor playspace and Maya had a great time running and jumping around
She spends lots of time at the park, especially with her good friend Hanna
She loves the train and we usually drive up almost to San Francisco, then take the train the rest of the way.
She has got a lot more adventurous lately, she has gone from being scared of the horses on the carousel (opting for the stationary seats) to this:
She is unafraid of the tallest slides and will fight her way through the bigger kids to get a ride.
Hope everyone had a merry Christmas, We had a nice relaxing Christmas.
This year was quite a bit of fun because Maya was very aware of what was going on. She even told Santa what she wanted (a kitchen), well actually she was a little scared of Santa so we made a deal that she can tell me and I'll tell Santa.
She was also a little freaked out that Santa comes into the house so we worked out another deal that Santa would give me the presents and I would being them in, Santa was not allowed to come inside.
Christmas eve, we continued a decades long Haynes tradition of driving around town looking at lights. We had to drive past the blow up Santa flying in an airplane a few times. We then opened the presents sent from Maya's Aunts and Uncles.
Christmas Morning came early and Maya was ready for presents. We did convince her to eat some breakfast first. We didn't go too overboard this year and she mostly got small gifts like play-dough and toy fire trucks.
What seems to have turned out to be her favorite present was a little wooden train set from Ikea. She plays with it constantly.
For her big present we got her a toy kitchen. She's been asking for one for months and it's what she loves playing with when we visit the toystore and at day care.
It only took me an hour to put together the hundreds of little plastic pieces.