Archive for July, 2008


Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Jaiel had his first pediatric appointment today, and all in all it went boffo.  After losing the typical x amount of ounces (in his case it was 9–apparently acceptable) in the days immediately after birth, he’s bounced back up to weigh in this morning at 6 lb. 1 oz.  Or in other words, what he […]

Holiday. Celebrate.

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

T’was a day declared by no less of an authority than the greasy niece Maggie to be a new national holiday:  “Water Pistol Fight Day.”  Well goodness, who are we not to honor such an auspicious day with proper pomp and circumstance?

Heading home from home

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Don’t drive like my t-shirt, kiddo.  Or my brother. Snap snap.  Time to slide me another shot down the booby bar. Now that I’ve got my first shoes, I think I’ll run a few tracks ’round the lap.  Wait, is it subject-verb-object or object-verb-subject or … it’s hard to keep it all straight when I’m […]

Pressing flesh

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Looks like we’ll go home sometime today.  Ana Lisa’s feeling better and looks more comfortable.  In addition, a bunch of babies were born last night and the unit is filling up quickly.  There may have been a heretofore unnoticed kindness in the scheduling of the C-section for Monday morning.  It sounds like the trend is […]


Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Before switching off the light last night I glanced through e-mail and saw a note from Nurse Jill.  She was checking to see if I knew I had called Jaiel “Javid” twice in my last blog post.  Turned out I wrote about contributing to “Javid’s college bank account” and referred to “our ob/gyn who delivered […]

A thousand hits/words

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Wow! Since the lil nipper popped out there have been more than 1,000 hits on the site. Who knew there were so many people out there cruising the Internet when they should be working. I’ve pulled together a list of all your IP addresses and I’m all set to e-mail your supervisors and bosses. Of […]

Leaning toward keeping him

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Twelve hours in, everybody’s starting to relax. Thanks to everyone who sent such warm greetings and thoughts.  Little Boy says … well, about all he can say at this point is a tiny wail, a hiccup, or something that may be a burp.  Tomorrow we’ll work on the pluperfect subjunctive.

Jaiel Amare Lapp Yoder

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Well look who’s here–all 5 lb. 14 oz. of him.  A six-pack to his brother’s single bottle. We got started a little late, but then everything went so nicely.  AL’s sewed back up and appears to be recovering well.  The baby’s all scrunchy faced and came out covered in goo, but seems to be adjusting […]


Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Hoo boy.  What have we gotten ourselves into? Oh well, too late now! So today we been saying our farewells to sleep, and to at least a significant chunk of our adult conversation.  We also had a couple of visitors come to say one last goodbye to the belly. Shhh, keep it down, she’s right […]


Saturday, July 19th, 2008

The temperature today in Philly peaked at 97F, or a google times infinity in pregnant-chick degrees.  (Remember that other lifetime when “a” google meant something entirely different than it does now?  Back in those gay old days…) A neighbor offered to take us as guests to the local pool this morning.  So instead of huddling […]


Friday, July 18th, 2008

… and no more than. As AL–of whom (all things considered) it might well be thought a wee bit ballsy to be throwing around the culinary references–put it:  “The toothpick came out clean.”  The lungs, it seems, are rarin’ for airin’. Monday at the latest it is.  Now the goal for the weekend becomes surviving […]


Thursday, July 17th, 2008

In the immortal words of cousin Obie, “She’s rounding third base and rolllllling home!” Yes indeedy, it’s all rolly-polly goodness here as we pass a milestone we really didn’t expect to reach–37 weeks of gestation. As of now we’re both done with work, and settling in for the evening before tomorrow’s 7:30 a.m. amnio.  Crazy […]


Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

First let’s take care of business, shall we?  Things are going swimmingly today with both AL and the babe–for one more literally than the other.  He tagged along as she left for her last day of work for a while.  The word from the belly is he’s tired of the daily grind and could really […]


Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Among many other reasons my buddy Jim Longacre is still a good friend of mine is he regularly sets me straight. He also often comes up with helpful tips on the basics required to stay or get back on course. So today he calls to announce, “New rule: From now until the baby’s born, you’re […]


Monday, July 14th, 2008

It’s just another manic Monday I wish it was Sunday ‘Cause that’s my fun day My I don’t have to run day It’s just another manic Monday Oh please, help.  Someone put me out of my misery.  I’m actually quoting The Bangles. Like insidious pop songs are prone to do, this one somehow became the […]


Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Everybody’s exercising today except for me.  Ana Lisa, as she’s done pretty close to every day of the pregnancy, is upstairs at this very moment powering along on her elliptical machine.  This morning we tried but failed to time things so we could witness our neighbor Lori cross the finish line of her first triathlon.  […]


Saturday, July 12th, 2008

… take away 5 equals 4. As in a.m., the hour this morning when we wearily slunk back into bed after an impromptu visit to the hospital. Last night, as she often does before turning off the lights, AL hooked herself up to the blood pressure machine. By now she’s been taking it long enough […]


Friday, July 11th, 2008

‘Tis a beautiful day in West Philadelphia and as I write I’m sitting on the porch soaking in it.  I’m most definitely a warm-weather person; if Pennsylvania could be like this all year ’round I’d be a happy feller. Not that I’m the only one enjoying a good soak.  Check out the fun slide set […]

Oh, there is that (WeePreggoQuote #14)

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

“You know, it takes me twice as long to fold the socks when you don’t turn them rightside out.” (Sweetly)  “Sure, honey.  I’ll just bend … here … and (ufff) reach … down to pull them off my (ufff) feet like … so.” …

Ripples in the curtain

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Hey, 35 weeks! How pleasantly surreal to be, as good Nurse Jilly refers to it, “term. ish.” A big change occurred this week in the gyrations of the kid. Now when he moves around it’s like one of those big metal paint or plaster mixers: the thing doing the moving (we’re always trying to guess […]