6/28/2005

Holy Crap We're Going to be Parents

Ladies and gentlemen, we are ready for liftoff...

We visited the doctor this morning to find out that Sam is coming a little sooner than planned. Technically his due date was Sunday, so he's not realy early, but we definitely hadn't planned on this mornings' turn of events.

The doctor tested the fetal heart rate and was a little concerned that it was dropping with each contraction. The baby is going to be fine, but they don't want to take any chances and the longer we wait, the higher the risk of a cesceraian. SO... we're off to the hospital tonight.

They'll give Alissa a cervix ripening drug called Cervadil, then most likely they'll give her Pitocin, which will induce contractions. Then it shouldn't be long before Sam makes his big entrance into the world.

Ready or not, here he comes!!!!

6/27/2005

Belly 2 Belly


Belly 2 Belly
Originally uploaded by kylemillar.
Alissa & Sandra last night at our house, showing off their beautiful bellies.

6/26/2005

No Sign of Sam

No, Sam isn't here yet. But for everyone who calls day and night to check on his progress, we certainly appreciate your interest. We will DEFINITELY call all of you as soon as he shows up, we promise.

In the meantime, I didn't have much else to do this weekend, so I thought I'd go out and chase a bunch of other lycra-clad guys up a big hill.

Piuma

I managed to finish 2nd among Cat 4's in the annual La Grange Piuma Hill Climb. Afterwards Alissa and I treated ourselves to beautiful sunset over the Santa Monic Mountains. and a fantastic dinner at the Saddle Peak Lodge. We'd just decided that we coulden't stay home and play cribbage another night.

In the immortal words of Mr. Tom Petty, the waiting is the hardest part.

6/25/2005

Honeymoon Pictures

Since it looks like we still have a day or so before Sam turns up, I thought I'd pass the time by posting some of our favorite pictures from our honeymoon in Italy last year. I promise I'll have more baby-related news and photos as soon as possible. In the meantime, enjoy the slideshow.

Click on the photo to see the show.

Venice Sunset

6/22/2005

Oklahoma Photos



Originally uploaded by jasonbondy.

One of the other fun things about Flickr is that it allow you to join groups and exchange photos.

Click here to see a slideshow of some of my favorites from the Oklahoma photo page.

6/21/2005

Wedding Pictures

I'm still having fun with this new Flickr account and I finally got a chance to upload our wedding photos.

Our photographer was Topher Cox, who is a great friend with an amazing eye. Be sure and check out his website at www.tophercox.com

Click on the picture to see a slideshow.

couple

6/20/2005

This is why I get up at 5AM

At least until Sam gets here, that is. Here are some pictures from the racing season. Click on the photo for a slide show.

On the Road at Devil's Punchbowl

"To be a cyclist is to be a student of pain....at cycling's core lies pain, hard and bitter as the pit inside a juicy peach. It doesn't matter if you're sprinting for an Olympic medal, a town sign, a trailhead, or the rest stop with the homemade brownies. If you never confront pain, you're missing the essence of the sport. Without pain, there's no adversity. Without adversity, no challenge. Without challenge, no improvement. No improvement, no sense of accomplishment and no deep-down joy. Might as well be playing Tiddly-Winks." -- Scott Martin

Batman vs. Darth Vader

In an attempt to take our minds off the impending arrival of Baby Sam, Alissa and I went to see both Batman Begins and Star Wars Episode III, Regenge of the Sith this weekend. I won't offer any detailed reviews since it's largely a matter of personal taste. And I know all about the emotional baggage that comes along with the Star Wars franchise. But I've got to say this much; Batman Begins kicks some major ass. After reading this review in the NY Times, I was optimistic. And the movie delivered on every level. Star Wars on the other hand, wasn't the dissapointment I've come to expect from all the prequels, but it didn't exactly knock my socks off. Afterwards, I guess I felt a lot like most people who've seen this movie; relieved to have it over with. I know that in 10 years of so I'll get a kick out of watching the entire series with Sam. But for now, I'm happy to let it fade into history.

At any rate, go and see Batman Begins if you get a chance. It's exciting, it's well acted, and it's a lot of fun. You can't ask for much more from a Summer movie, but we usually get less.

6/19/2005

Mom & Dad


Mom & Dad
Originally uploaded by kylemillar.
My two heros. Happy Father's Day Dad.

Happy Father's Day

This will be the last time in my life that Father's Day will only be about giving my dad a gift and thanking him for being such a great parent. Next year, and for all the Father's Days for the rest of my life, I'll be a Father too. So I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell my dad one more time how much he means to me.

Dad, you've bene there every step of the way for me. You've been my hero, my counselor, my confessor, my teacher and my friend. One of the joys of my adult life has been to grow to know you as a person and to respect you more than anyone in the world. And in these last days before I become a parent myself, I've spent a lot of time thinking about how you raised Kerry and I. I know you wouldn't admit it yourself, but you did an amazing job. And I know we didn't always make it easy. I only hope that in thirty years or so, Sam thinks I did half as good a job raising him.

Thanks for everything Dad. And don't worry, I'm sure that next year I'll be thanking you again, for helping me make it through my first year as a Father.

I love you.

6/18/2005

Baby 101

This morning I beheaded our baby. Thankfully, it was made of plastic.

Alissa and I attended a "Baby 101" class at Cedars Sinai, where Sam will be born in a few short days. The class was an introduction to everything from changing a diaper to how to "burrito wrap" your child. In the last 9 months we've attended 8 weeks of childbirth classes, gotten loads of advice on babies from friends, family and perfect strangers, and accumulated an entire library of baby literature. It's all been a little overwhelming for both of us, but I think Alissa has felt good about doing as much as possible to educate herself about this big adventure we're about to embark on. As for me, all I wanted was for someone to show me how to change a diaper!

As the visual learner in the family, I was thrilled at the idea of sitting in a room with a bunch of other expectant parents getting a real "hands on" lesson in the finer points of baby maintenance. So you can imagine how my eyes lit up when we walked in and saw a big pile of very lifelike plastic babies sitting by the door. We picked out our child (he was a perfect baby, though he was a little on the "tan" side) and sat down near the front. The class began with a slide show presentation that walked us through all the things we can expect the hospital to do with our little guy in the hour or so after he is born. It also featured some health class-esque close ups of normal infant maladies and conditions, ranging from sucking blisters to cradle cap. It was good to see what it all looked like up close, since I know that I'll be the first one calling 911 at the slightest sign of a blemish on our child's little body.

The film ended and we finally got a chance to pick up our babies and get to work. This was the first time I'd been allowed to touch the baby since the unfortunate beheading incident at the beginning of the class. I'd just been trying to simulate the position that we though the baby might be in, to show Alissa how that much baby could fit into such a tiny space in her belly. Unfortunately the plastic baby wasn't designed for such maneuvers and when I tried to bend its head down, it popped right off. I think I may have lost a few points among the mothers in the room for my baby handling skills at that moment, but the dads in the group thought it was as hilarious as I did. At any rate, I'd regained my confidence by the time the film was over and was ready to go. The instructor walked us through the finer points of diaper changing, replete with more slides featuring some of the nastiest diaper disasters known to man. From diaper changing we moved on to taking the baby's t-shirt on and off, which was made more difficult by the permanent rigormortis that our baby was suffering from. Still, I managed to get the little shirt on and off again without any serious issues. The third and final skill we learned was how to burrito wrap or swaddle the baby. Thanks to Alissa's coaching I nailed this one the first time and was soon proudly showing off my little Baby Bell Grande Burrito.

All kidding aside, it was a great class and definitely a learning experience. I feel much better about my baby skills and as long as I can keep from popping my kid's head off, I think we should be in good shape.

Click on the photo to see a slide show of our misadventures in babystitting.

Baby Juan and his proud parents!

6/16/2005

Earthquake!

I was sitting down to enjoy a quick lunch at my desk today when the walls of my office started shaking. It took me a second to figure out what was going on and by the time I'd realized it was an earthquake, it was all over. Accoring to the news, it registered a 5.3 on the richter scale, making it the biggest on I've lived through since moving to L.A. So I gues I'm now officially a local! The good news is that it was pretty minor, and even better, Alissa didn't go into labor!

6/15/2005

Defcon 4

Sigh....Well, my efforts to maintain this blog with anything resembling regularity have pretty much failed. I think it's time I just accept that this will be a haphazard effort at best and move on. So in that spirit, here we go!

Alissa's due date is fast approaching and we've officially moved to Defcon 4 on Baby Watch 2005. My folks were here last weekend, and Alissa's have also come and gone, so now it's just the two of us for the next few weeks until Sam decides to make his appearance. I think the reality of the situation has effectively sunk in and we're certainly stocked up, packed up and prepared. Now all we need is a baby.

Alissa continues to amaze me with her strength and positive attitude. I know she's uncomfortable and not sleeping much, but she's being a champ to the end. There's not much I can do at this point aside from offer back rubs and encouragement, which I try to do regularly. I think we're both just ready to get this party started, so to speak.

In the meantime, I've done my best to get everything at work organized so that things don't fall to pieces in my absence. Not that I'm so full of myself to actually believe that the world will stop turning around here if I leave for 2 weeks, but at least I know I won't be coming back to a disaster area.

I've also officially taken a break from racing. I finished in the Top 20 at the State Championship a few weeks ago and am now happily enjoying some time off the bike. I still ride 3 or 4 days a week, but it's a long way from the intensity I was training with for most of the Spring. I also think Alissa's happy to be living with someone who can stay up past 9PM again.

Anyway, that's the scoop for today. I promise to report back when we have a baby, if not sooner. Wish us luck!

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