Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Our First Christmas in Jersey

Christmas Sunday Best



We had a wonderful Christmas. Little Richie had so much fun opening presents that he started stealing ours to open. Thanks to family for all the gifts. We hope you all had a great day. Enjoy the video.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas from New York!

One of the things we wanted to do over the Christmas break was go see the tree at Rockefeller Center. We did it last year, but this year Richie was really able to enjoy it. He thought the tree was pretty cool, but seeing Santa Claus was even cooler. Then he saw three more Santas and I think he was a little confused.


This is us right in front of the tree.




















A partial view of the light show at Saks 5th Avenue



Even though it was pretty cold outside, we couldn't resist a trip to Jamba Juice before we went home. We ordered Richie his own small Jamba Juice, but they accidentally gave him a regular size.




















He didn't mind.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Sophia Smiles

Sophia just gets cuter and cuter every day! She used to smile mostly in her sleep, which was ADORABLE, but now she smiles while she is awake too, and she smiles a lot. She has started sleeping until 5 or 6 in the morning so I get a nice long stretch of sleep before she needs to be fed; it is wonderful. We really love having her in our family.

Richie is a great big brother. He almost loves Sophia too much and is always trying to give her kisses. It is our faults that he is like that, though, because we have always given him lots of hugs and kisses. The other night as I was putting him to bed I told him that I love him and asked if he loves me and he said, "Uhhhhh . . . I think so." He says the funniest things. I love my kids.






Sunday, December 9, 2007

A TASTE OF MY OWN MEDICINE

Sorry we haven't posted for a while. Without our parents here to help out we haven't been able to get as much done. This has been a particularly tough week. Chrislynn has been doing it all on her own, but the end is in sight! At least the end of the semester. I closed my show last night, I only have 3 more days of classes left, and there are only 9 days left until my final evaluations! Then we'll have a nice break to enjoy the holidays with each other! We wont be able to travel to Utah for Christmas, but we're going to enjoy our first east coast Christmas. We have a little tree set up, and Richie is getting excited about the presents that are starting to appear. We've been reading a lot of Christmas stories so he's starting to get really excited for Santa Claus! I read Polar Express to him for the first time a couple nights ago, and it was a special experience. That's my favorite book. Grandma Call gave it to me, and when Richie really liked it, it made my heart full. We're looking forward to taking a trip into the city to see the tree at Rockefeller Center, and we just want to relax and see each other!



Richie gave me a little taste of my own medicine a couple weeks ago. He had been having trouble sleeping through the night, and I was sleeping on the floor next to his bed. One night I decided that I was just going to rock him and see if I could get him to sleep that way so I wouldn't have to sleep on the floor. Well, I had been rocking him for a long time, and he just wasn't closing his eyes. At one point I thought he might be pooping. I said, "Buddy, do you have a poopy diaper?" He looked at me for a little while with a contemplative look on his face. Then after a while he nodded yes. I laid him on the floor and got a new diaper and the wet wipes ready. When I started to unzip his jammies, he let out the slightest giggle. It was dark so I couldn't see him really well, but when I looked close his face was very serious. I continued to change his diaper, and when I opened it, I discovered that it was completely clean! I said, "What!?!", and he started to laugh hysterically! My 2 year old totally played a prank on me! Serves me right, I guess.



Sophia is getting bigger every single day. Sometimes I get home from school, and I can't believe it's the same baby I left in the morning. She's been giving me big smiles lately. Big smiles that she reserves for me and me alone. However, when I'm holding her and Chrislynn comes within 3 feet, Sophie gets restless until she's in her mother's arms.



We're doing well, and we're so looking forward to this Christmas break! We hope that all of our family and friends are having a terrific beginning to your holiday seasons!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Growing Fast

I'm supposed to be napping but I wanted to take the opportunity to put up a couple new pictures. I am amazed at how quickly she is growing and changing. The third picture was taken yesterday, isn't she getting chubby?



This cake was from some friends of Richie's sister, Giselle. Little Richie was very excited to eat it.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A New Call Family Production

Here is Sophia's screen debut.


When Richie met Sophia for the first time in the hospital he tried to calm her down by singing one of his favorite songs to her.
He started singing the "ABC's" very softly, but when she didn't quiet down he got really loud, and then gave up a little, but it was nice that he tried.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sophia Christina Call

At 6:14 AM, on Saturday, October 27, 2007, Sophia Christina Call was born in the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She weighs 5 pounds and 13 ounces, and she is 19 1/2 inches long. She's a teeny, tiny, beautiful baby girl!



Sophia was scheduled for a C-section on November 1st, but on Friday, the 26th of October, Chrislynn started feeling strong contractions. These contractions got stronger and more frequent until at about 2:00am she woke me up and told me to call the doctor. At this point, the contractions were only 5 minutes apart, and they were getting quite painful (from what I understand). Only 4 hours later Sophia was born.



Our good friend Blythe Coons came over to be with Richie so he could stay sleeping. We got to the hospital and they determined that we were indeed going to have a baby. Since we were already scheduled to have a C-section the doctor said, "Why wait to go through labor?" They immediately started to prepare for surgury, and Sophia was born without any complications.



Now, it's the day after her birthday, and Sophia and Chrislynn are both doing really well. Chrislynn was already up and walking around last night, and today she's made a few laps around the maternity unit. She's no longer connected to an I.V. and she's wearing her own pajamas.



Sophia is eating really well. It took her no time at all to learn how to breast feed, and I have already changed a plethera of new born baby diapers. It's actually quite a challenge. We have newborn diapers, but they're too big for her. I have to fold over the top of the diaper. She is so teeny!



She seems to like sucking her fingers, which is something Chrislynn used to do. She hasn't taken a binky, but Richie didn't for a while either. The very first time she heard Chrislynn's voice was in the operating room. She had been crying, but she immediately stopped and opened her eyes. She seemed to be trying to focus on Chrislynn, and she was very quiet. She seems to like to hear me read. Our good friend Joe Tisa brought me a copy of the New Yorker, and I read her an article about Mit Romney's chances for the presidency. Sophia seems optimistic.



Richie has been to see us at the hospital twice now. He didn't know what to think at first. He was kind of giving Chrislynn the silent treatment, and he didn't seem to be all right with the fact that another baby was in Chrislynn's arms.



Eventually, he cuddled next to Chrislynn on the bed, and when he left yesterday he touched Sophia and said, "Bye baby." Today he was much more comfortable around her. He even sang her the ABC's to try to get her to stop crying. He started singing very gentle and soft, but when Sophia wouldn't stop crying he started to sing really loud! We have a video clip, but you'll have to wait for Chrislynn to get home because I'm not that advanced yet.



WE HAVE A BABY GIRL!!! Everything is going well, and it looks like we should be out of the hospital on Tuesday or Wednesday. Chrislynn's parents will be here on Wednesday night, and my mom will be here a little while after that. My sister Giselle (Sissy) has been a life saver. She drove up as soon as she got word, and she's been with Richie at the apartment. I really don't know what we would have done without her. Thank you for all of your prayers and well wishes. Please keep us in them, and we'll post more as soon as we can!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Apple Picking

Last week we went to a farm and apple orchard in Princeton with our friend Blythe. At the farm little Richie had fun feeding sheep, playing in the pumpkins and eating cider donuts. At the orchard he didn't really want to pick any apples from the trees, but he did like picking them up off the ground. It was a fun outing, but it was so warm it didn't really feel like a fall activity. We are still waiting for New Jersey to decide it will participate in the seasons.




Richie recently discovered his shadow and he does what we call his "shadow dance". He did it for us at the orchard a little.

Richie (my husband) extended our anniversary by taking us to Les Miserables on Tuesday. It was my fifth time seeing it, but Richie had never seen it, and it is a show that he really should see. He was disappointed that it had closed a few years ago and was glad he got another chance when it reopened last year. We ended up getting one student rush ticket and one standing room ticket, so we weren't together, but it was better on our budget that way, and Richie still really loved it. Afterward we had Junior's cheesecake and got some gourmet popcorn. We always enjoy trips into the city.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Five Years

Friday was our five year anniversary. Richie is a great husband and I never doubt his love for me. We have a pretty amazing little boy and are really excited about the new baby.

Five years ago we played husband and wife in a play and Richie thought it was a pretty good fit...


I wasn't sure at first, but I couldn't resist his charms for long and we were married a few months later...


Fast forward and we are still very happy and our family continues to grow.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

SAVE THE DATE!

My cesarean section has been scheduled for November 1 at 11:00 a.m. I am having a baby in four weeks!

Make Your Points

First I want to say that as a pregnant woman I become interested in anything that has anything to do with childbirth and newborns, and because of my crazy hormones I am very affected and usually end up crying over TLC's "A Baby Story". Secondly, I admit that I watch way too much t.v. and usually when Richie asks me how my day went I give him a rundown of the episodes of "A Baby Story" I watched as well as the children's programming we watched throughout the day.

So, the other morning I was telling Richie about an episode of "Private Practice" I had watched the night before. The show was about two babies that had been switched at birth and it turned out that one of the dads had done it intentionally because his baby was sick and he wanted a healthy one. I was emotional watching and emotional telling Richie about it. This show is fictional and in no way related to the reality show "A Baby Story" but when I was telling Richie about it he didn't hear me say "Private Practice" and assumed I was telling him another baby story. He thought this was something that had really happened was very upset by it and he went to class and passionately told all his classmates about it.

The next day one of his classmates asked him about it because she said that it was the exact story line on "Private Practice" and it seemed too much of a coincidence. He was insistent that it was a true story and even made up a story about seeing something about it on the news. He felt really foolish when he realized the misunderstanding. I laughed so hard when he told me about it. I told him that I had started my story by saying the name of the show I was watching, but I guess I didn't make my points (this is an acting phrase that basically means you emphasize important points so people get crucial information). He was so embarassed last night telling me about it and all I could do was laugh and apologize for the misunderstanding.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Boy Genius



He usually goes all the way to 10, we don't know why he would only say "14", and as you can see he is very fond of the letter "W". We also don't know why he was saying he is one because he is very good at saying he is two. I don't know about you, but I think he is pretty remarkable.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tag

I totally forgot that Eryka tagged me a while ago. Sorry it took me so long to do it (I always lost at tag because I am so short, ha, ha).

Jobs I’ve had:
table busser
grocery store cashier
phone card assembly line worker
wedding dress consultant
scenic designer for the theatre
actress
box-office clerk
personal assistant
mom

Movies I can watch over and over:
Amelie
Moulin Rouge
Harry Potter
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Lord of the Rings

Books I can read over and over
L.M. Montgomery books (author of Anne of Greene Gables)
Harry Potter
Little Women
Lord of the Rings
Stones from the River

Places I have lived:
Blanding, UT
Provo, UT
Oyster Bay, NY
Logan, UT
North Brusnwick, NJ

Places I would like to visit:
Italy
Spain
New England
Bahamas

Places I have visited:
Hawaii
California
New York
Canada
London
Paris
Washington D.C.

TV shows I watch:
America's Next Top Model
Grey's Anatomy
Lost
Heroes
Ellen
Curious George
Super Why
Jakers
Wonder Pets
The list goes on, I watch too much t.v.

Foods I like:
Fruit
NY pizza
Burgers
Donuts (I am obsessed with donuts this pregnancy, I can finish a whole box of entemans in one sitting if I am not careful)
Dessert
Pasta

I’d rather be:
napping

Websites I visit daily:
email
blogs
ksl.com
yahoo

People I am tagging:
Amber Dawn
Mary Beth
Macy

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Temple Trip

Last Saturday we took a quick trip to the Washington D.C. temple. We were there just long enough to do a session and have dinner with Richie's sister. She watched Richie while we were in the temple and took these pictures.








I am feeling much better, but it looks like big Richie has a hernia. There must be something about New Jersey.

Monday, September 10, 2007

4 a.m. False Alarm

I will start by saying that I am fine, I am just going to fill you in on the LONG day I have had. This morning around 2:00 I started feeling some major discomfort in my belly. I thought it was just my bladder because I have been feeling bladder discomfort since Friday, but just assumed it was a pregnancy thing. I didn't get any relief after going to the bathroom and it continued to get worse as time went on. I could sleep for about fourty minutes to an hour at a time before I would have to go to the bathroom again, but always with the same result. Finally around 4:00, 4:30 the discomfort had become definite pain and I could not sleep. I began to wonder if this pain was more serious than I thought, but I didn't want to wake up the boys. The pain got so bad that at 5:45 I woke Richie up and we went to the hospital. I think I started having contractions on the way to the hospital because the pain went from being constant to coming in waves.

As soon as we were settled in at labor and delivery in the hospital the pain went away. It was the first time in hours that I wasn't in pain, which I was grateful for, except that it made me worry that we had come in for nothing. After five and a half long hours laying in a bed with monitors strapped to my belly, they finally got lab results that determined I have a bladder infection, but I did not go into pre-term labor. I am so glad it wasn't labor, I am only 31 weeks along after all.

Richie called all his teachers and stayed home with me. It was nice to have him around for the day. I started anitbiotics and have been drinking water like crazy. I am still feeling uncomfortable, but it is nice to know what is going on and that something is being done to take care of it. I am also very tired, but I only got a few hours of sleep. Poor little Richie has been a champ. We woke him up at 6:00 and had him stuck in that hospital room for half the day, but he did really well with everything. He has had a few little tantrums, but that is understandable and for the most part he has been so pleasant and sweet.

I have been telling people that I feel ready to have this baby, but this morning I was NOT ready to have this baby. I will stop wishing for something I don't really want or need and I will let things happen like they should.

Monday, September 3, 2007

This is a video clip of Richie looking through a book that my mom made for us. It has pictures of each of my family members. It's a great way for Richie to see who he's talking to when he talks to them on the phone. It's also nice since they were just here and he was able to develop a relationship with each of them. Thanks for the book mom!


It's Labor Day, September 3rd, and I can't believe that I go back to school tomorrow. I'm starting the second year of my graduate program, and tomorrow I will be teaching my first class at a University. I'm teaching Basic Acting, and I finished my syllabus at 3:00 in the morning a couple days ago. I'm excited and nervous, and I'm already grateful for the things I've learned and been reminded of as I've prepared for the class.

Below is a picture of Richie pretending to sleep in his new bed that was given to us by Grandma and Papa Call. He's been doing well, and the transition seems to be going smoothly. He's already fallen out once, but he was brave and got right back in after a few hugs. However, now that he's not trapped in his crib and he has learned to open doors, we have been finding a little boy in bed with us at increasingly early hours in the morning. Hopefully he will soon learn the joys of sleeping in. Thanks for the bed mom and dad!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Richie is Two!


My baby is a little boy, and a super cute one at that. He had a wonderful birthday. His big boy bed was delivered and he opened presents all day long. We staggered the gift opening throughout the day so he could appreciate each toy, or book, or DVD one at a time. We got him three "Thomas and Friends" train engines and a little railroad mat to play with them on. He LOVES them, he even slept with Thomas. Each time he opened one he was more excited than the last and it was so fun to watch him and share in his delight.



We invited friends from the ward and the theatre department over for cake and ice cream and had a fun, crazy party. There were about twenty people in our little apartment and half of them were little kids. It was a loud and chaotic experience, but Richie really enjoyed himself. By the time the party came he had the gift opening thing down and didn't waste any time opening the various books and things that he got. When it was finally time to have his Thomas cake (he had been very patiently waiting all afternoon), we discovered that he HATES the "Happy Birthday" song. He literally broke down in tears and clung to me. Earlier in the day he had a similar reaction when the Calls called and sang to him on the phone, but we weren't sure if it was the song he was reacting to. The party confirmed that there is something sinister about that song and he does not like it. So he didn't appreciate the whole cake presenting and candle blowing thing, but there were many little people eager to blow out the candles for him (and four of them did, don't worry).


We bought a train cake pan, but I created the Thomas design on it. It took all afternoon, but he was so happy with his Thomas cake that it was worth it. He saw me working on it and wanted to eat it (or play with it) before it was done. All day until the party he kept asking for "Thomas cake?" Luckily we never got a hand in the cake or anything and it made it to the party.


It was such a big day. On top of turning two, Richie slept in his bed for the first time. We were nervous about how it would go, but he made it through the night and when he was up in the morning, we heard him knocking on his door. The first thing he did was go to his trains and start playing. I can't believe he is two, but I am so glad that I have been able to be his mommy for the last two years, he has brought so much joy to our life and I can't imagine life without him. Thank you to grandparents for all the gifts you sent, it was a great day.