Monday, March 31, 2008

Blake and the Movies!

Surely it is never too early to start cultivating an interest in cinema...or Meg was desperate to go to the movies - one of the two! At any rate, 2 of the DwL team ventured down to Portobello Road today for a mothers' and babies' screening of 27 Dresses. Along with about 100 other women and their little ones, Blake and I enjoyed the show. Well, Blake did, until Mommy misread "I need a change" for "I'm hungry" and forgot to change his diaper and ruined his outfit (fortunately, she had an extra onesie in the changing bag!). Here is a pic, albeit blurry and dark, of Blake at his first cinematic experience! As for the film itself, it was cute, but a bit predictable. The closing scene was my favorite part.
Blake's head, by the way, has not grown since our last pictures, but he is losing his initial hair which makes his head look huge!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Nearly a month old

Blake turns one month tomorrow, which coincides with Granny Blakey's return to the US. Meg is going to miss her...! Granny Lyons has been a wonderful hostess - a great help to us all - and we've all had a lot of fun.

Yesterday Blake tried on some vintage clothes, his mom's cords from 31 years ago...they are still in pretty good shape. Along with his Simba shoes, it was a bit like dressing a doll. Too funny.

Maternal hormones are a strange thing - I reread a previous post where I wrote that I am "loving every minute". Interesting...I think what I meant was that I am loving every easy minute. The hard ones are, well, hard! Being a milk machine is difficult, and little Blake is growing like crazy (9lb, 11 oz at yesterday's weigh in) so is not one bit bothered that he is not quite feeding in the right position, but Mommy's suffering from it. As many of you know, I am stubborn though, so I am not going to give up, but it is damn hard! Combined with the lack of sleep, the fact that I am about 6 weeks overdue for a haircut, and generally trying to get to grips with the fact that I'm now a mother, it can be pretty stressful. So I just thought I should clarify that. The good news is that for any future parents out there you will definitely be able to talk to me about any problems and I will relate!
The positives are wonderful though. Blake's eyes are absolutely gorgeous - changing to a grey-blue like his Dad's; he has definitely smiled several real smiles (no, they were not just gas/wind!); and has started to coo a little. Of course today when he wakes up from his nap he'll probably be a crankpot but he'll still be cute (despite a bad case of infant acne, poor thing!).

With my being a one-woman show in the daytime from tomorrow, DwL is probably going to drop on my priority list (sorry, eating and bathing will have to come second, after Blake) but we will endeavor to post pics when we can. Until the next post, then, keep the whole DwL team in your thoughts.
Congratulations also to Alex and Kenza on the birth of their beautiful daughter, Zekiya, born March 19 with a full head of hair!

Monday, March 24, 2008

New pics on lyonsblakey!

Visit for pics of Blake's third warned, we haven't done much (ok, any!) editing on them.

A week of firsts

This was a week of several firsts for Blake...he had his first bath, which he enjoyed a lot more than the topping and tailing; saw his first snow (London has had three days in a row of flurries, nothing's stuck though); met his cousin Emma for the first time; and celebrated his first Easter.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

It's a tough life as a 3-week old

Just a few more shots of Blake looking cute.

And what about motherhood...?! I am loving every moment (especially the ones where I get to go back to sleep during the middle-of-the-night feeds!), and can't believe that each day is a whole new experience for Blake where he is growing and learning. Sad to think that we won't get any of his first days back and that he'll be a big boy before we know it...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

9 lbs today!

Went and got Blake weighed today and he checked in at 4.08 kg (9 lbs even). We think this is good progress!!

This helps Meg feel good about feeling like a cow...

Into week 3

Into week 3 with Blake...everything continues to go well despite broken sleep and the inability to completely "talk" Blake's language, despite the Dunstan baby language dvd (thanks, Katie E. - we enjoyed it!).

We have been out to pub for lunch, been to the shopping center, and had a visit from Lisa, Michael, and Owen Blanchard - cousins from California here in London with Michael's work.

Blake continues to be very strong and alert and seems to be growing - another weigh-in hopefully this afternoon...

Friday, March 14, 2008

No day the same

Sorry the commentary that accompanies these pictures is not more interesting. As our 24-hour days are just spent sleeping, eating, wondering what Blake is thinking, continuing to re-read the various baby books scattered around the living room (all offering conflicting advice - lovely!), my news isn't much, except to say that Blake seems to be thriving and Mommy and Daddy are learning and surviving and loving our new son!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Meg's gorgeous men!

Meg cannot believe how handsome her men are!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Blake - Day 12

Today the community midwife came to check on both Blake and Mommy, and concluded that everything was going well. At weigh in, Blake was 8 lb 4 oz so has put back on the weight he lost and a little bit more. I thought the way they do the weighing is pretty nifty. Granny Karla and Granny Lyons came back for a visit and Blake was very sweet and alert for his Grannies.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Pic of the day

We had some fun on the floor this morning....

As well as a photo of Blake with Granny Lyons from earlier in the week.

Matt is working on our other website, Have a look for more pics on Blake's week 2.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

The days just pass

We are all doing fine, getting some sleep, albeit at random intervals, and doing lots of eating. Mommy finally managed to put makeup on and make herself presentable for a photo, and she is currently enjoying her first glass of red wine as a mother!

Grandpa John (Papa John?), we hope you have made it to this blog and enjoy the photos!



Saturday, March 08, 2008

Not too much new or different

Life for Blake is still sleeping, eating, finding his fingers and trying to focus. But we are having fun while we're all still learning! One thing is certain - he does not like bathtime!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Blake - Day 8

Granny Karla arrived this a.m. from North Carolina - great to see her. Here was what she saw when she first looked at her grandson, who was sleeping peacefully!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The Miracle of Life

Life truly is a miracle. On Thursday, February 28th at 7:35 a.m. London time, we welcomed our son, Blake John Lyons, into the world. Meg's labor began around 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, with contractions coming regularly throughout the day. Things sped up around 10:00 p.m. and things looked to be going just fine throughout the night, but unfortunately the epidural which had promised so much relief didn't work as it should have, and we made the decision to push through the contractions as opposed to re-siting the epidural. After about 20 minutes of pushing, out came a healthy and beautiful 8 lb boy! Both surprises, as we'd been led to believe this would be a small baby, and we'd had a parental hunch that we were having a girl!!
Things went a bit downhill after Blake was delivered, as Meg's blood pressure dropped drastically and she was losing a lot of blood. The doctors could not identify the cause of the blood loss so it was off to theatre/operating room where they discovered a tear quite high in the cervix which accounted for all the blood loss. After a transfusion and several iv drips for fluids and antibiotics, things finally stabilized, but it was a fairly traumatic and emotional time, both for Meg who had to leave the new baby in the wonderful Matt's arms, and for Matt who had to worry about what was happening in the surgery. Blake fared the best throughout this all as he was content and oblivious! Not exactly the pretty picture painted in the movies and tv about several pushes and then everyone goes home smiling the next day, but we are thankful nonetheless that we all made it through. Hopefully the hormones in me will make me forget some of the trauma!
Baby Lyons remained unnamed until Saturday night as Mommy and Daddy discussed what to do - in the end we hope to have honored the Blakey name with distinction, as well as both Meg's and Matt's fathers, both named John.
We finally got to come home from the hospital on Sunday night and have now been experiencing the joys/challenges of being new parents. Nobody ever said it was easy, we know! "What do we do next?" and "Why is he crying?" have been commonly-heard phrases, as well as "Where has the time gone today?" Any mothers reading this who have tips on calming/soothing a week-old: please feel free to post comments on things you wish you'd known sooner!
We are amazed at how precious Blake is, though, and want to thank everyone for their good wishes in emails and texts.
The days of daily posts to this blog are certainly gone for the moment (as I'm right now trading several winks in order to write this and am in desperate need of sleep), but we will try to make more updates when we can.

Life is a gift and we're truly blessed.