Thursday, June 17, 2010

Beware: an onslaught of pictures!

Sometimes the only camera I have on hand is my iPhone, which is unfortunately not the iPhone 4 with a 5 mp camera. So. The picture quality isn't the best on these but in this case its not about quality, its about quantity! Enjoy.


So yeah... Kyle has officially put me in charge of the blog (especially after I told him his humor was sometimes tasteless and all the time corny...hah oops.) But our computer is a poor sport about uploading images in a decent amount of time so this is just a preliminary post to get you all off my back begging for pictures of my awesome child. New pics will be up shortly! I promise! Until then, let these "old" pics hold you off for a wee bit longer.

Pic #1 She seems to be saying "WTH did you dress me in mom!?" Oh Charlie, just you wait until high school...muhahaha

Pic #2 She looks like a balding old man. Luckily I like bald men. ;)

Pic #3 This is a classic Charlie and dad moment... he gets a lot of snuggle time. Especially when he falls asleep on his lunch break and gets into trouble. Oops.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

are you smarter than a new parent...

Can you guess what this is? Choose A, B, or C

A. a raisin
B. a rabbit pellet
C. an armadillo
and the answer....

None of the above! For those of you who chose any of the above, especially C, you failed. Its Charlie's belly button stump! Hooray!

cutest baby ehhh-ver

Tummy time!

Chuck is lifting her head now (a little). We like to think she's extra strong for her age. You know, 'above average' already. What with parents such as ourselves, who would expect anything less! ;)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

poop, baby, poop!

Some friends of ours (and my mom) said when your infant fusses and squirms after being fed you can hover them over a toilet and they'll poop. I totally scoffed at the idea, until I tried it today. Charlie wouldn't stop crying and squirming AND i was really bored, so I thought I'd give it a try.

I've never been so proud of her little dookie before! It worked like a charm! I think I'm going to try Marley & Biel next.

Friday, May 21, 2010

please go to bed?

its 12:35 in the morning. we didn't want to stay up this late. i was planning on going to class tomorrow morning, before I had to go back to work.

but NOOOOOOOOO, charlie just wants to cry. what gives? she was the perfect little angel the past week in the hospital. erin davis says she's probably just adjusting to her new environment. yeah, that must be it. want another bottle? no? want more play time with marley & biel? no? want a lullaby? yeah that's it! wait, nope. want to be bounced and held all night by erin & kyle? yep! :)

bye bye, hospital bed!

hasta la vista, NICU! This was Charlie's bed for the last 7 days. Heart monitors, an oxygen sensor and an IV accompanied every minute of her stay.

Doctors gave her a clean bill of health and she was officially discharged this afternoon. Wanna know the best part? As it turned out she never even had an infection. Go figure.

csection: ~ $10K
a full week in NICU: ~ $10K
good health insurance: priceless

dogs, meet Charlie. Charlie, meet dogs

This was pretty hilarious... Erin was totally convinced Biel was gonna chomp on Charlie's face. Yeah, RIGHT. My dogs are Charlie's body guards now. You should have seen their faces the first time Charlie cried! Now every time Charlie so much as moves a muscle, Biel whines a little and does this soldier crawl to get closer to her and investigate. Pretty freaking adorable.

erin & charlie

little girl loves mommy already

Charlie's first car ride

It was pretty exciting, let me tell you.

(i thought Erin was a backseat driver before... nope, NOW she's a backseat driver)

Erin picked out this outfit for the affair. Her favorite elephant sleeper

Thursday, May 20, 2010


we brought baby home at 1:30 pm today.

...ten diapers later, its 11:30 pm.

We're thinking about changing the word 'hour' to diaper as a means to tell time. You know, like 'babe you'd better hurry up and get ready, church starts in 2 1/2 diapers'... or 'last night's yankees game was 9 diapers long and set a new american league record'

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

my little girl

Now its my turn (this might get a little sappy).

I thought I knew what love was, until Erin and I saw our little baby for the first time. This little thing is absolutely perfect. Not perfect without physical blemish (but come on.. pretty much!), but sinless, spotless and pure. I can't get enough of her.

We sit for hours just holding her and doing nothing else. Whether she's looking at us, sleeping, eating, pooping, it doesn't matter. She absolutely, completely, unequivocally has my heart. I'm in love!

Momma and Charlie

I've heard c-sections suck. In fact, I saw with my own eyes how much stuff they take out of your belly, the number of stitches you get, and just how far the doctor's arm goes into your abdomen. Needless to say, Erin is still moving pretty slow and taking oxys round the clock.

HOWEVER... when you put baby in Erin's arms, its like the pain disappears. I've never seen anything like it. Yeah Erin is tough, but I know she's hurting. But put her little baby in her arms and Erin is a different person. She's obsessed, its official.

How to bribe a Neonatalogist

Dr Egger is our Neonatalogist at Sacred Heart. He's the one who told us that if Charlie's blood samples came back negative we could take Charlie home as soon as today (Tuesday). Yesterday, a different doctor called Erin to give her an update and told her we'd get Charlie on Thursday or Friday, best case scenario. um... can we go with the first opinion, doc?

So we asked all the nurses if Egger had any vices. Pepsi. So here's a package of the 'baby' Pepsi cans with a note for Dr Egger. The note says:

Can we PLEASE take Charlie home today? Pretty please?! love, the Shannons

...on the side of the case we wrote, 'baby cans for baby doctors'


The many sides of Sir Charles