August 22, 2012

Family Photos

Posted in Photos at 9:27 pm by Mel

I received the cd of our family photo session.  I chose some of my favorites and put them up on shutterfly for everyone to view!  Enjoy –  Family Photos: 2012 .

August 4, 2009

Laundry

Posted in Photos at 7:31 pm by Mel

Today Ajax and I went shopping with my cousin Wendy and her daughter Eliza.  Both babies screamed throughout most of the shopping trip, but we figured we were in children’s clothing stores, so everyone involved should be used to it.

I desperately need to get some new clothes, but it seems whenever we’re out and about and I head into a grown up store to look at a few things for myself, the kid starts screaming.  Unlike the children stores, I always feel uncomfortable making the other patrons listen to my crying baby.  So what happens is I try to frantically look through a few racks of clothes while shoving a pacifier in the kids mouth, before giving up and fleeing the mall all together.  Oh well.  At least my child is well dressed.

Ajax

Ajax

I think this pic is funny because Ajax wants to put everything in his mouth. This includes your shoulder while you hold him.

I think this pic is funny because Ajax wants to put everything in his mouth. This includes your shoulder while you hold him.

May 11, 2009

The Aunts

Posted in Photos at 5:18 pm by Mel

I’ve been catching flax because I didn’t post pictures of Ajax and the aunts- Dave’s sisters, Theresa and Lisa, and my sister, Emily.  The aunts have all been extremely helpful with the baby and we so appreciate the extra hands.  Emily has babysat and brought us food on more than one occasion.  Theresa and Lisa have also put in their babysitting time and today they watched Ajax and took him for a walk while I did laundry (which I’d been neglecting for a week.  Dave and I had no clean clothes.).  Anywho, I just wanted to give thanks to my sisters for all their help and support.

Emily, Lisa, Theresa, and Ajax

Emily, Lisa, Theresa, and Ajax

Ajax reading with Aunt Theresa

Ajax reading with Aunt Theresa

April 15, 2009

Getting bigger

Posted in Photos at 4:13 pm by Mel

Well we’re into week 2 and I must say that things are going a little smoother.  Dave and I still aren’t sleeping, but the constant panic level of having an infant in the home is slowly starting to go down.  Yesterday Ajax and I had our first lunch date with some of my aunts and cousins.  I was nervous the whole time, but Ajax just slept through the entire thing.

Ajax is also living up to his name as he is a very tough little guy and getting bigger each day.  Some of his newborn outfits really don’t fit him anymore, as they are too short for his long legs,  He also has an incredibly strong neck and can hold his head up and look up at you, which I’ve been told he should not be able to do yet.  He actually flung himself out of Dave’s arms in a push up type motion, which obviously scared the heck out of all involved.

Ajax Week 2

Ajax Week 2

Ajax Week 2- asleep

Ajax Week 2- asleep

Ajax in his Boppy

Ajax in his Boppy

Ajax

Ajax

March 31, 2009

Still No Bambino and D day is almost here

Posted in Photos at 9:32 pm by Mel

I am reaching the point in my pregnancy where I feel like this kid will never come out.  I will in fact be pregnant forever.  Yes, I know this is not rational or even physically possible, but I do not care.  I have been eating tons of pineapple and spicy Thai food, to no effect.  Mr. Dave, Max, and I have also been going on epic walks every evening (the dog is thrilled about this one), still to no effect.  I understand that my due date is not till April 1, so maybe I need to just relax, but I am not used to being home with nothing to do.

Here are some pictures of Mr. Dave and I, pre-baby, so that when we do have this child and start to look a little crazy and sleep deprived, people can look back and say, ah yes they were a lovely couple.

Dave and I at a friend's wedding, July 2008

Dave and I at a friend's wedding, July 2008

Dave and I in Mexico

Dave and I in Mexico

March 29, 2009

Ajax Gabriel

Posted in Photos at 10:04 pm by Mel

When people ask if we’ve picked out a name I say, why yes we have- Ajax Gabriel.  They then pause and say, oh that’s different.  Although my grandmother insists the name is strictly a household cleaner that is not in fact how Mr. Dave chose the name (yes this was his pick).   From a quick google search I have discovered that Ajax is a type of computer program, a champion Australian racehorse of the 1930s, a Danish handball team, an electronic band from New York City, a town in Ontario, a 1987 shoot ’em up arcade game released by Konami, and even a 1953 Anglo-American covert operation to overthrow the government of Iran.

The inspiration for the name however comes from Greek mythology as Ajax plays an important role in Homer’s Iliad and throughout the epic cycle, a series of poems about the Trojan War.   Ajax is described as a man of great stature and colossal frame, the tallest and strongest of all the Achaeans.  Apart from Achilles, Ajax is the most valuable warrior in Agamemnon’s army (Thank you Wikipedia).  This is what Dave and I must explain almost every time we tell people the baby name we have picked out.   Anywho, I just thought it was interesting enough to post so that when the little guy decides to grace us with his presence people already know that, no we did not name him after a cleaning product.

I also thought I should post some pictures of the baby shower.  My mom, Mary, and mother-in-law, Dara, threw it for us on 02/15/09 at an Italian restaurant in Dearborn.  The food was great and people seemed to have a very good time.  Thank you very much future grandmas!

Future Grandmas

Future Grandmas

Mom and I

Mom and I

Emily and I opening gifts

Emily and I opening gifts

March 27, 2009

Maternity Leave

Posted in Photos at 9:03 am by Mel

Ok, so my maternity leave has officially started as I did not make it into work this morning.  I had a few more little contractions last night and was up all night worrying (a few little ones this morning too).   In the end I decided it wasn’t worth the stress of trying to drive into Lansing by myself.   Until yesterday the possibility of going into labor while driving seemed very unlikely and I hadn’t really worried about it.   Last night, however, I began to realize that maybe my family (who had been pressuring me about the drive) probably had a legitimate concern.

03/27/2009 - 39 weeks

03/27/2009 - 39 weeks

Homecoming outfit- Far Right

Homecoming outfit- Far Left

Homecoming Outfit- Snugglesauras

Homecoming Outfit- Snugglesauras

March 26, 2009

The Baby Mobile

Posted in Photos at 12:29 am by Mel

So we finally retired Mr. Dave’s 1996 Dodge Intrepid and upgraded to a more respectable family vehicle:  The Pontiac Torrent.  We wanted a small SUV that had enough room for a bambino and a GSD.  We almost went with an Escape, but the guy at the Ford dealership was extremely rude and unpleasant.   Mr. Dave negotiated like a pro and I glared at the salesman the whole time (as we rushed to the dealership after work and I didn’t have time to eat dinner.  We didn’t expect to be there till 9:30 closing the deal, but we ended up driving the new car home).

On a baby update- my doctor’s appointment went well on Wednesday and we are still maintaining the status quo- no real progress to report.  The doctor happily reported, again, that we could go at anytime.  Tomorrow is my last day of work and then maternity leave till June.  I must admit that the three hour commute is beginning to take its toll and this evening driving home I had my first Braxton Hicks.  Only two to report, but at 39 weeks signs of impending labor are very overdue and Dave thinks we’ll go tomorrow.

Dave and the Torrent

Dave and the Torrent

The family car

The family car

March 22, 2009

Belly Picture

Posted in Photos at 2:25 pm by Mel

I know I just placed my first entry not more than 5 minutes ago, however, I don’t think there are any rules as to the frequency of posts, etc.   On a baby update – the Doctor thinks Ajax is around 7 to 7 1/2 lbs and so far seems to be healthy and active.  The Doctor says I can go at any time, which makes me feel like a ticking time bomb.   I am due on April 1st and the Doctor promised me she’d only let me go one week past my due date before inducing.  I’ve gained about 31 lbs throughout the pregnancy and am about ready to just have this kid.  I’m on the weekly doctor visit schedule now, so I may have more exciting information by Wednesday.

Here’s a recent belly shot- 37 weeks:

Belly pic- 37 weeks

My First Entry

Posted in Photos at 2:09 pm by Mel

Hello Family and Friends!  Dave has been offering to set me up with one of these blogs for a while now, but I have always declined the offer.  I have come to realize, however, that I love checking in on my cousin’s blog and seeing her family and knowing what they are up to as they are all the way out in Washington.  As our family will soon be expanding (in less than 2 weeks if Ajax is punctual) I thought I should set something up to keep everyone posted on what’s going on in the Indish home.

Thus far Dave and I have taken three baby classes, read numerous books and magazines on birthing/parenting, we have our hospital bag and car seat next to the door, have taken a tour of the hospital, have the doctor’s number written in several strategic places throughout our home, and have planned our route to the hospital.  Thanks to the soon-to-be grandparents (Dara/Rod and Mary/Gordy) the nursery is set up, baby clothes are washed, and the carpets have even been steam cleaned.  Big Max (our german shepard) will be in for a rude awakening when we bring Baby Indish home as so far he thinks the nursery is now his private bedroom and prefers to lounge in there and look out the window at the dogs across the street.

Nursery Picture with Max.

Rocking chair pic 2

Nursery- crib

Ready to go to the Hospital

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