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


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.