Friday, April 24, 2009

Ramblings of a tired new father

Well, our just over one year old computer decided to no longer have a working wireless card, so I'm on my old computer from college. How is this thing still working and our fancy smancy new computer on the fritz? What sucks is that I can't post any pictures (sorry Cameron) because it doesn't have a card reader built in and I don't really feel like looking for the cord to my camera.

Anyways, Genevieve is doing wonderfully!! She is eating extremely well and gaining weight at a rapid pace. Lindsay is the best mother in the world and can't seem to be away from her for more than a few minutes. She also is kind enough to let me sleep through the majority of the night feedings (awesome!). It helps a lot that I lack milk producing boobies, hehe, he said boobies! I told you I was tired.

I seem to have reached a dilemma about my work in clay. We are now super busy at work which is great, but it means that I am very tired when I get home. I'm also tired from the aforementioned lack of sleep. It's also getting flippin hot outside and my studio lacks air conditioning. All of these things make me not want to go out and get to work.
Not to mention that I like to spend some time in the evenings with Genevieve and Lindsay. Excuses seem to abound. I'm sure I'll get the itch before too long, but I already haven't touched clay in almost a month.

I've also temporarily closed my Etsy shop because I packaged all of my work for a show back a couple of weeks ago and have yet to unpack anything. Actually, I was so tired when I got home, I just unloaded the car straight into the studio. (Another reason I haven't gotten out there lately) I'm thinking of taking a bunch of the work up to Southern Pottery and letting someone else sell it for me. I had planned on making a bunch of work and doing a few more shows this season, but I don't see that happening right now. It also doesn't help that the only show I've done this year was a bust. Right about half of last year when I was totally unprepared. I think that part of the problem was that it was the day before Easter. It looked like there was maybe half the attendance of last year. I did get lots of compliments on my new work which was encouraging, but compliments don't pay the bills.

I did meet a local potter there that has a wood kiln out on Edisto, and I told her that if she needed help with the firing and filling of it I would be glad to assist. Don't know if I'll hear anything back, but it would be cool.

Maybe I should start setting goals for what I want to accomplish--I'm going to clean up/out my studio some time this weekend. That's enough. I'll be doing good to do that. And who knows, maybe it will inspire me to get out there and make some work.

Alright, that's enough nonsense for tonight. I promise to get some new pictures of Genevieve up at some point this weekend, and one day my blog will have ceramic work on it again--wouldn't that be a novel idea.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Baby Pictures

Right after giving birth--Epidurals are wonderful!! Just ask Lindsay!

She just loves to sleep with her mouth open.

The whole family--minus our first born, Layla (our wonderful dog)

Thanks for all of the well-wishes everyone!! I still don't have time yet to give a full report--Genevieve is still in the hospital until at least Tuesday, but she is eating well and doing wonderfully. They just have to keep her under observation for a week without any 'episodes.' (read breathing problems) I did want to put up a few pictures. More to come soon!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Baby Genevieve is here!

Baby Genevieve decided to come quite early, but she is absolutely beautiful! She was delivered at 5:27 a.m. on Sunday morning and weighed 5 lbs. 10 oz. She was 19 in. long and just perfect! Since she was so early--almost 6 weeks--she has to stay in the hospital for about another week, but I know it will fly by! She is eating well and seems really happy, but she had one episode of apnea the first night, and a couple of episodes of low oxygenation, so they have to keep her hooked up to some monitors to check her breathing and other vitals. She is now off of IV fluids and she should be eating at normal term baby levels by day five. Lindsay and I are holding and feeding her, and the hospital gave us a courtesy room so that we can be there as much as we like. I'll post a more detailed account of the exciting delivery and some pictures and videos as soon as I get time. I'm supposed to have a show this Saturday, but I haven't started preparing for it yet, so I may have to miss it. We'll see.

Another post soon to come!!