Archive for the ‘baby’ Category

2 Week Check Up

Posted: June 13, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in baby, family

Allie had her 2 Week Check Up yesterday afternoon and she was 1 pound heavier and an inch longer than on our first Dr. visit.  The Dr. said that they usually find that the baby has gained back to their birth weight, so Allie is doing well to have gained additional weight.  I don’t remember the specifics, but her length was around the 77th percentile and her weight was near the 50th percentile.  Perhaps Natalie can post a comment with better numbers.

End of the First Week

Posted: June 8, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in baby, family

I cannot believe that a week has passed by already!

I cannot believe that I will already have to leave my family to go back to work on Monday… ick.

It has been an incredible week, though, and above all I feel blessed.

I feel blessed:

  • that I have a beautiful baby girl to love on and snuggle with
  • that she is healthy
  • that I have a beautiful wife that loves me and takes care of me (better than I deserve)
  • that she is healthy
  • that I have a great son that plays video games, goes on hikes and reads books with me
  • that I am surrounded by family and friends that shower us in love
  • that I have a house for my family
  • that there is food on the table for my family
  • that I am able to enjoy all of this!

OK, enough mush… time to move on to SWEETNESS OVERLOAD!!!  Below is a little video of the week’s pictures of Allie.  I hope you don’t have any cavities, because she is the sweetest thing ever!

Allie is a Photic Sneezer

Posted: June 2, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in baby, family, health

What is a photic sneeze, you ask?

According to Wikipedia:

Photic sneeze reflex is a genetic autosomal dominant trait, which causes sneezing when exposed suddenly to bright light, possibly many times consecutively.

Well, last night as we were getting ready for bed, Natalie walked into the kitchen while holding Allie.  As soon as the kitchen lights hit Allie’s eyes, she promptly sneezed a few times!  That’s my girl!

On the webpage,, I found an interesting statistic regarding passing photic sneezing on to children:

A study in the 1960s showed that the trait is autosomal-dominant—the gene is neither on the X nor Y chromosome and only one copy of the gene has to be present for the trait to be expressed—so if one parent sneezes when they look at a bright light, about half of his or her children will, too.

In my family, photic sneezing is definitely greater than 50% and I have passed it on to 100% of my decendants, evidently.  My paternal grandfather, father and sister are all also photic sneezers.

I guess we have one more sneezer in our ranks!

Allie’s First YouTube Video

Posted: May 31, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in baby, family

Twitter Updates for Allison

Posted: May 20, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in baby, family, internet
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Hey, Faithful Readers!  I just wanted to point out that I have posted my Twitter updates in my menu to the right.  Twitter is an online tool to broadcast mini-updates regarding what you are currently doing, kind of like a micro blog.  At any rate, when Allison is born, I will plan to update Twitter, which will then now post to my blog here at, my MySpace page and also my Facebook page simultaneously.

Slick, huh?

So… stay tuned!

Ava Christine

Posted: March 21, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in baby, family

Hey, Everyone… I just wanted to quickly share with you that my niece, Ava Christine, was born Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

Another darling little niece added to the family!  I think it is going to be really cool to have Ava and (soon-to-be) Allison so close in age.  Cousins are ALWAYS cool!  Will the 2 A’s be double trouble?  We can only wait and see!

The countdown to Allie-time is on!

Allie’s Crib

Posted: February 7, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in baby, family

Today’s post, is a copy and paste from Natalie’s email earlier in the week.  I finished painting the room a couple of weekends ago and she put up the border.  She, of course, did the rest of the decorating!

Well, I found a crib on Craigslist and talked J into driving back into Eugene for the second time today, after the Superbowl, of course. 🙂  This after shopping at (I kid you not…) every store in Eugene/Springfield and unable to locate a white crib under $300.  We got it all set up, disinfected (probably not necessary, but you know…), and set up with the crib set.  Here are a few pictures! 😉 ~Natalie

I put a few pics up in my Flickr gallery.

We’re Having a Girl!!!

Posted: January 3, 2008 by jgrantmarshall in baby, family

Here is the first picture of our little girl!  Yes, you read that right… our ultrasound showed that we will be having a girl!  The ultrasound was interesting and everything finished up by the computer running the machine needing to be hard rebooted.  haha  Anyway, our midwife viewed the results and let us know that the baby and Natalie are both doing very well.  We are very excited and can’t wait for May!

Baby Update

Posted: December 6, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in baby, family

Natalie recently had a Dr. appointment where she measured 17 cm at 17 weeks. This is up from 11cm at 12 weeks. This week she has finally felt the baby flutter!


Baby’s Heartbeat

Posted: November 3, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in baby

Yesterday, Natalie had an appointment with the Doctor where she was able to hear our baby’s heartbeat for the first time.  Smartly, she brought a tape recorder with her and recorded the session.  (I know, I said tape… weird.)  Anyway, I digitized and posted to my free podcasting host site.  You can get to the mp3 here.  (You can rt-clk the link and save link as if you want to download the mp3 to your computer.)

I don’t plan on actively podcasting, but you can check out that site at …or if you’re into the RSS thing, you can subscribe, here.