Monday, June 29, 2009

Album Cover #1

Put Your (Money, Toys, Clothes, Remote Controls, Cell Phones, Etc.) Where Your Mouth Is

The other day I went to the auto parts store to find new wiper blades for my car. I looked carefully around the store, found the blades I was looking for, and then immediately PUT MY MOUTH ON THEM!

I found myself at the public library trying to find a book on lawn care. As soon as I found what I needed I PUT MY MOUTH ON IT!

As the weather is getting nicer, I've decided to do more biking. So I dusted off the old bicycle, pumped up the tires, tightened the chain, and PUT MY MOUTH ON IT!

A buddy of mine let me borrow a CD, so I PUT MY MOUTH ON IT!

Mowed my lawn, PUT MY MOUTH ON IT!

Did the laundPUT MY MOUTH ON IT!

Sound odd? This is how Abbey is behaving these days. Her first instinct, no matter what the object, is to PUT HER MOUTH ON IT!

...of course, as good parents, we make sure everything is clean...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Abbey's Blog: Rising Like a Phoenix from Arizona

And so we have returned.

In case you were unaware, it is customary in Western culture to wait the traditional 107 days after the first eight newborn blog updates. I'm not one to toy with tradition. For those of you who have been patient, we thank you. For those of you who have been pestering us, we say "That's enough outta you!"

Here are some highlights of the past 107 days:

We got a little bigger in March

We've been wearing some pretty funky clothes (and loving it).

We celebrated Red Sox Opening Day

And, at three months, we even attended our first (of many) Red Sox games. Red Sox vs. Yankees. Sox win in 11 innings. We made it until the middle of the 8th inning. Not bad....

We sleep walk.

So now at 4 months we're more aware, we talk and squeal a lot, we eat our hands and sometimes sleep for 5 hours at a time at night.

Hopefully you have enjoyed Abbey's blog update. See you again in another 107 days!

Naw, I'm just kidding.

Friday, February 20, 2009

You Make The Call

It's said that all babies look like British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
You make the call:


Sir Winston Churchill

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Finest Dining

Imagine, if you will, that you enter a fine dining establishment. You're seated at the nicest table, the most efficient service is at your command, and the menu has exactly what you've been craving. You order the filet mignon - medium rare, with grilled baby asparagus, butternut squash risotto, and a fine shiraz wine pairing. The service is swift, accommodating, and before you know it, your dinner has arrived on a silver platter.
You carve into the filet, take a bite, and fall fast asleep, headfirst into your risotto. The waitstaff rushes over, props your head up to revive you and encourages you to continue eating. They put a cold compress on your head and even remove all of your clothes in order to wake you up. This is what you're here for! To eat the finest food they could provide! But you protest, screaming as loud as you can and push the food away. Perhaps you've forgotten that you are there to eat and that the staff is there to help you along your dining experience. But eventually you concede that you are hungry and begin eating, only this time you put the fork in your mouth in a really uncomfortable way - except that in this scenario it hurts the fork more than it hurts you.

Sound weird? Not when it's a metaphor for how Abbey eats.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Sexauer ladies love to sleep.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Caption Contest I

They Called Her Mellow Yellow

Like many newborn babies, Abbey developed a case of jaundice. Jaundice refers to the yellow discoloration of the skin and the sclera (the whites of the eyes). The yellow color of the skin and eyes is a result of the breakdown of red blood cells. One of the waste products of red blood cells is a substance called bilirubin (not to be confused with Billy Reuben, the boy in my second grade class who, when showing off, shoved an entire birthday cupcake into his mouth and threw up all over his desk and the surrounding students around him. He subsequently did the same thing at Senior Prom, but instead of cupcake he used vodka. But I digress...). Normally bilirubin is broken down by the liver, but babies' livers are usually not mature enough to handle this much activity. Such was the case with Abbey. But, with frequent feedings her weight has gone up and her bilirubin level has gone down, thus making her yellow appearance diminish.



Sunday, February 15, 2009

Playlist For Happiness

This baby is unhappy.

This baby is content.

How did we get from point A to point B? Well, I held this frantic little peanut in my arms after changing her, and I started humming a high to low pitch siren and *snap*, she instantly calmed down. It's like I had discovered the Rosetta stone of composing my daughter's temper. But why stop at the siren noises? This could be my chance to subconsciously instill some early musical appreciation. So here is a list of tunes we've hummed to calm her down:

"Fight Mass" - the UMass fight song
"Twilight Shadows" - the UMass alma mater
"How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?" - The Bee Gees
"The A-Team" theme
"Greatest American Hero" theme
"Try and Love Again" - Eagles

The list is far from complete. Check in often to see what gets added, or even suggest some of your own ideas.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Moby Wrap

At the recommendation of the lactation specialist, we bought a Moby Wrap. That's wrap, not to be confused with Moby rap, the electronica/house/club artist from the late 90's/early 00's.
It's a single strip of cloth that can be twisted and contorted around one's body to create a carrying vessel. Extremely comfortable for both carrier and passenger, as you can see.
And it's hands-free!

Meet Abbey

Her name is Abendroth Carol Sexauer. But you can call her Abbey. She was born on February 7, 2009 at 6:15 AM in Concord, MA. She was 19 inches long and weighed 6 lbs 9 oz. And her mom, Kate delivered her completely naturally, to the wonder and amazement of her father, Matt, and the doctors and support staff.

Here is a list of frequently given responses to some of the most popular questions asked about Abbey so far in her thus short, short lifetime.

1. "AH-ben-droth". It is a german surname on Matt's side that literally translates to "Evening Red", a poetic way to describe a sunset.

2. "Carol" is in loving memory of Kate's aunt Carol.

3. She is the first grandchild on either side of the family.

4. Blue.

5. In mom's arms, in dad's arms, in Nana Jeanne's arms, on the big blue chair, and last night in the bassinet.

6. Cloth diapers, once she's big enough.

7 Technically Trey Anastasio at the Orpheum Theater in Boston back on October 23.

8. Uncle Jeff

9. Aunt E

10. Woofie

We here at the Sexauer house hope that these answers help with your questions. Keep checking in for more Ab-ventures, pictures, bad puns, and general trivia about the smallest, loudest, and hungriest member of our family.