Monthly Archives: May 2012

Extreme Home Makeover, Baby edition


We are loving being home with Logan.  Our home has had a makeover, and it’s fabulous. Everything is a little messier, and there are random piles of burp cloths, diapers, and baby things everywhere. It’s great. We get to wake up to this sweet face.

And sometimes this face . . .

Which is still pretty cute, if you ask me.

We’re learning his cries and his grunts and what he’s trying to tell us.  We’re new at all this, but learning more about him each day.

A few things we’ve learned in our first week or so of parenting . . .

  • One cannot have too many wipes, paper towels, and onesies.  There’s alot of clean up with these little ones.
  • If I need something, it’s definitely going to be on the opposite floor from where I am – upstairs or downstairs.  Since the C section has made moving around pretty slow, this leads to the next point . . .
  • Who needs a gym when you have a newborn, a wife who can’t run upstairs, and a two story house? Jake has learned to scale the steps in a few seconds flat to go grab that boppy, or blanket, or whatever. He is the best!
  • Moms are great. Mine is pretty fabulous and has kept us set up with cleaning and laundry. And babies have a good bit of laundry.
  • There is nothing sweeter than a sleeping angel. And Moms and Dads will do alot of things to get to that sweet sleeping point.  We have swaddlled, and swayed, fed and danced, and even rapped. It turns out that Logan really appreciates the theme from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”  Yes, we sang this once at a 3 am changing and it was a huge hit. (Not sure how we got to that song, but we were a little giddy). Logan, be proud that your parents are fantastic rappers.

He also loves his swing.

And he is very alert. He loves to look around at patterns, especially stripes. The green quilt made by Mom is his favorite.

We love our sweet boy!


He’s here!


My Mother’s Day due date came and went.  We were really hoping he would arrive right on that weekend, to make a fun story. But, nope.  We did have a nice Mother’s Day dinner at Scalini’s, trying out the eggplant parmesean myth.  Lovely dinner. No baby. I did get a rose for Mother’s Day, though.

But, now our little man has arrived.  We had quite a journey to welcome Logan Jacob Hall into the world, and we are glad he’s finally here.

We went in to the hospital for induction on Wednesday evening.  I thought I had an idea of how this would go, so we gave the parents an idea of when to arrive at the hospital, etc. We were ready.  One of my favorite things I had packed was the “birthing playlist” made by my brother Bryan. Since, he couldn’t be here because he is in NYC, he collected a hilarious and perfect mix of music – some of my favorites, some that were just funny. The other favorite thing is that Ashley recorded the show in the waiting room. Can’t wait to post those videos – hilarious! If you know our families, you know they don’t often meet a stranger.  These mamas spent the time “visiting” with every other family in the waiting room.

But, as it turned out, we had to move to plan B. After 23 hours of contractions and not enough “progression,” our doctor advised, and we agreed, that  a C section was going to be the way to go.  We had just enough time to tell the family waiting in the waiting room that we were heading in for a C section before we were whisked away to meet Logan.

Some first moments with Daddy . . .

Our little man weighed 9 lbs. and 4 ounces, perfect in every way. Even down to the little “Hall” feet . . . Jake loves that he got those funny toes.

And then he got to meet the family.  Brenda, Aunt Jean, Robin, Dan, Ashley, Gregg, and Valerie were all waiting to see his sweet face.

Ashley greeted him by saying, “We’re gonna have a blast, Logan.”  I know that’s true.

“Big Mama” is thrilled to meet him. There is no prouder grandmother on this planet.

Cousin Gregg was so excited to meet “little 3G.”

And, Dad got to hold his “birthday present” . . . these two guys will share the May birthday party.  Logan’s birthday is May 17 and Dad’s is May 19.

We stayed in the hospital for a few days, recovering and learning all about each other. Logan learned about us as new parents, and we learned a few of his tricks those first few days.

This face melts our hearts.

So, we came home on Sunday, ready to be in our own space.

Now we are home, and so thrilled to be a family of three.

It’s almost time . . .


I remember saying, over the past few months, that we have a baby due in May. And now it is May!  We are getting really excited – and READY – as we get close to the due date this week. I can’t believe that Mother’s Day weekend is almost here. (Actual due date is this Saturday, May 12).  I am definitely ready for him to be here! We were really hoping the Super Moon on Saturday would get things going, but nope. Nothing.

So, we were in church yesterday. It was a great day, but we’re having to laugh at all the comments from our friends and church family about their “tips” or predictions about when Logan will arrive.  One of the funny ones was this gift:

What in the world is this, you ask?  One of our church members handed this gift to Jake. He’s a paramedic, and gave us an emergency  obstetric kit, in case I didn’t make it through the worship service yesterday.  Do I really look that pregnant? I do still have a sense of humor, though, and this cracked me up.

One little member of our household is not too sure about all the ‘nesting’ that has been going on.  I think Annabelle will do great when Logan arrives, but for now she is being very clingy.  Here she is, and this was during last night’s storm, which didn’t help.

I think this little dog knows something is up, as she won’t leave my side lately.

I’ve been thinking about this gift from Brenda. I love this, and how it reminds me of the benediction we say at our church most Sundays.

So, now we wait.  Keep the prayers coming as we prepare for his arrival in the next few days (weeks?) We are so excited to meet our sweet boy!