The Farrells

The Farrells
Matt, Nicki, Owen and Nora live in the San Francisco Bay area. Matt is a research analyst at CBRE and is loving his job. Nicki spends her time playing with Owen and Nora, reading, crafting, and taking lots of pictures. Owen loves to read, sing, throw toys, and quote movies. Nora is growing quickly and loves to be the center of attention. We have a wonderful life!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Owen goes tanning...

Owen is testing high for bilirubin in his blood - that's the stuff that makes babies turn yellow and get jaundice - so the doctor prescribed photo-therapy for him. Basically, it means that he's got to lay under a special light that breaks down all the bad stuff in his blood. This is what it looks like:

As you can tell from the picture, it's not fun. He is so long that he can reach both ends of the thing, and he kicks and waves his arms around so much that he hurts himself against the sides. In addition, the light can cause blindness if the baby's eyes are exposed to it, so he has to wear special goggles and a hat pulled over his eyes, plus we have to keep his head covered by the sheet you see hanging down. Because he moves around so much, we have to watch him all the time to make sure he doesn't pull the sheet down on himself or expose his head to the light. That means that we've pulled all-nighters in order to watch him, and Matt and I are pretty much running on empty. His numbers today from his blood test were a lot lower, though, so hopefully this is his last night in his 'tanning bed'. It breaks my heart to see him in there.

On a happier note, here are some fun pictures from the last few days:

No, we didn't pose either of the above pictures. :)

Matt's dad came to visit and we took a three generation picture of the Farrell boys.

Owen is a cuddlebug.

Big stretch.

Hanging out with daddy after church.

Owen has huge hands. I'm thinking he'll be a great pianist. :)

And here are his enourmously long feet. The next Michael Phelps, perhaps?

His first bath at home.

Loving the hair brushing once again.

Baby burrito.

So cute.

My perfect little boy.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Owen Matthew Farrell

Here he is! 8lbs, 6oz, 21". Born 6:32 PM on October 22, 2008.

I love the picture of him getting his hair brushed - he was loving it. And check out the first picture, where he's smiling in his sleep. You can see all whopping four of his dimples, including the one on his chin. Cute boy. :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Say what??

True story:

Matt and I were standing in the checkout line at the Creamery on 9th last night when the guy ahead of us in line turned around and said to me, "Excuse me, but is that a costume?" (referring to my stomach). I couldn't tell if he was joking or not, but he looked pretty serious, so I said "no...." He explained by saying "well, you know, it's so close to Halloween that I thought maybe it was."

Riiiight. Ok, it's time to have this baby right now.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Things you should never say to a pregnant lady in her third trimester:

"Gosh, you're huge!" -- Gee, thanks for pointing that out. You know, I didn't really notice - I guess that's why even my maternity clothes aren't fitting!!

"You're still pregnant?!" -- Well, no, I've actually already had the baby. I just missed being pregnant so much that I decided to duct tape a watermelon to my stomach underneath my shirt, just for fun. Of course I'm still pregnant!!

"How are you feeling?" -- This one's actually ok to ask, if you really want the answer, which is usually something like 'hot, tired, big, hungry, grumpy, ready to be done'. If you don't want to hear that list along with a whole host of other things that happen to be affecting me at the moment, don't ask.


....So, I'm 39 weeks pregnant and ready to be done. Can you tell?? On the other hand, this means that in a few short weeks or days (I'm praying for days at this point), we'll have our own little boy to hold and play with. I can't wait!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008


This video is a bit dated, but it cracks me up every time. No matter what side of the debate you're on, you can't help but be amused. I look it up every few months just to give myself a laugh.

Friday, October 3, 2008

New favorite game

Go here and try this game. You have 15 minutes to name all the countries in the world. My best is about 145 out of 195 without cheating. It's tough to get all of Africa, the Caribbean, and Oceania!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

38 weeks??

So at my doctors appointment this week, they told me that I'm measuring two weeks bigger than I should be - I'm at 38 weeks instead of the 36 I should be. The thing is, that's actually lower than what I was measuring before - normally, I'm three weeks ahead, instead of two, and I've been measuring three weeks ahead since about week twenty, as far as I can remember. Has this ever happened to anyone else? Does it mean the baby will be early? Or just that he's big? Anyone have any ideas?