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Today was a big day for Luca.  He turned 5 in January and it was time to get his final set of shots until he turns 11.  We got his flu spray back in October and this is how well that went: We walked in and I told the nurse he really doesn’t like shots, sprays, or to be messed with and that we should move slow and do this calmly.  She shrugged off my warnings and said oh yeah we see it all the time.  I tried to tell her … no not this this … no you haven’t.

He was calm until she suddenly just broke out the spray.  I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen the hulk transform but that’s basically what happened.  Luca stopped, looked up, time slowed, and he transformed.

He jumped onto a chair and flipped another.  The nurse recoiled in shock.  I thought “Yeah that’s what I was trying to tell you.”  I picked him up and got a giant hulk kick to my nuts.  If the nurse wasn’t there I probably would have instinctually dropped or thrown him but my first thought was how to I react as a somewhat reasonable parent.  The nurse asked if we should keep going or if we should just call it off as she made her way to the door. In the end he got his spray and calmed down.

Ever since then Kitty and I have been dreading this day and planning for it.  I took the day off and we all headed to the doctor.  Luca took a few tests.  They checked his hearing, eye sight, memory, and had him draw several shapes and a self portrait.  The doctor asked if Luca had any questions and he said, “yes, what do my kidney’s look like?”  After the discussion on how kidneys look and work it was time for the shots.  Luca laid down, gave me a hug, and we turned on a show on Kitty’s phone.  It took 10 seconds, hurt some, but Luca squeezed me and made it though.  He said he was a little scared and that it hurt but that it wasn’t so bad.

Afterwards as promised we headed to a special lunch of his choosing, Sushi!  Then we headed to Toys R Us for a special toy of his choosing.  When we got there he said well I want to surprise Autumn and get her a toy too, so he picked one out for Autumn also. He and Autumn played Paw Patrol for the rest of the day.

Luca did a great job and we were very proud of how he acknowledged his fears, talked about them, and then worked through it.  Just another day as the mild-mannered Luca.


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18 Month Checkup

Autumn, time for your 18 month checkup!

Things were going great at first. I mean, who doesn’t love a good fish tank in the lobby?


Except that she started to have a mini melt down when her favorite black and white fish kept swimming away and hiding inside the tunnel…


Ok Autumn, the doctor is ready for you!


Poor thing. She’s too smart for her own good. As soon as we walked into the exam room she remembered what happened in there last time (shots!) and she started crying. Needless to say the rest of the appointment didn’t go well.

Here she is with her post-vaccination cookie and a tiny lingering tear


Good job little dragon, you survived!



We have come full circle.  From Oregon to Hawaii to LA, now back to Oregon.  We are very excited to be returning to Oregon to be closer to family and enjoy all the Northwest has to offer.  I just finalized my job plans and we are set to begin moving in April.  We will be selling our condo in Pasadena and renting an apartment in Portland for the first few months while we get reacclimated and look for a house.  So many of our friends are already there or returning so Luca will have plenty of Uncles and Aunties to teach him how to pick and roll.  I think the picture below depicts Luca’s determination to return to the Northwest

In other news Luca had his first set of shots today.  He was defiant in his reluctance to shed a tear.  He gave out a loud cry for the first shot then just stared down the nurse for the other two.

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Baby says hello

Went to the doctor’s today and saw the baby again.  He continues to grow fast.  Check out the latest video and pictures.

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Getting ready

This past weekend we spent some time acquainting ourselves with the car seats and strollers at Babies R Us.  It was quite exhausting, but at least we now have a better grasp on which ones we like.  We also took a tour of the maternity ward at Huntington Hospital.  From everything we’ve seen and heard, it seems as though Huntington is a really great place to give birth.  They are willing to accommodate patients’ birth preferences, and they have numerous resources available including education courses both before and after the birth, a breastfeeding center, etc.  We felt much more reassured after our visit, and are happy this is where our baby will be born.

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It’s a boy

We went to the second ultrasound today. Our long wait at the doctor’s office was rewarded when we saw our baby once again. It moved around a bit and then the doctor showed us its little fingers and toes. A little bit later the doctor gave us the news….. It’s a boy!

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First ultrasound

This is the first time we got to see our little baby.  Although it mostly just looked like a little peanut we got to see its heart beating and little arm buds.

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