Archive for December, 2001

More Visitors

More visitors today – Basil, Ros, Maryanne, Gus, Therese, Alf, Jo, Lauren, Jenny, Mel, Brian, Marion, Stuart, Craig and Corinne (who is 4 weeks away from giving birth to their first child).

Grace had her first bath today. She cried a lot until she got into the water, but seemed to love kicking around in the tub. She cried some more when we took her out.

December 31st, 2001

Sunday Visitors

Lots more visitors today, including Mark, Narelle, Emma, Ryan, Adam, Paula, Bradley, Mat, Sharon, Jamee, Kayla, Nina and Paul. We just got everyone through one-at-a-time visits to see Grace in intensive care, when the nurses told us she was being released!

Grace is now totally unplugged, and is staying in Megan’s room.

December 30th, 2001

Saturday Visitors

We had heaps of visitors come to the hospital to see Grace today. You can only take one visitor at a time into intensive care, so it was a long process getting everyone through! Maryanne (Nan), Gus (Pop), Mary, Christine, Robyn, Ian, Todd, Jenny, Kirk, Michelle and Boston stopped by in the morning, and we all went out to the Doncaster Pub for lunch (except Megan – she got hospital food).

Grace peed on Megan during her nappy change this morning!

December 29th, 2001

Grace In Level 2 Care

Good news! Grace was moved down to Level 2 care this morning. She still has the glucose drip, but doesn’t need any of the extra stuff (like oxygen helmets, heat lamps, etc) they had at Level 3. She took her first bottle of formula tonight, and drank 11mL.

Megan’s Aunt Marion and Uncle Brian visited in the afternoon, and our friend Jenny popped by at night.

December 28th, 2001

Grace Is Born!

After a fairly smooth labour, Megan gave birth to our daughter Grace Anne at 12:11pm (Megan is very proud she beat the countdown timer I posted on this site!). She weighed 3.340 kg (7lb 5oz), and was 51cm long (just over 20 inches). Both mother and baby are now resting, and are doing extremely well.

I still can’t believe we’re parents!

December 27th, 2001

Megan Gets Induced

After a bit of a detour to skirt around the bushfires ravaging the NSW coast, we admitted Megan into the Royal Hospital For Women at Randwick (Sydney, for the foreigners).

They began the induction process at about 8pm – I left for my room at Coulter House shortly after that so we could both get a good night’s sleep.

December 26th, 2001

Kiama Christmas Lights

Christmas icons – a gum tree festooned with lights, and an Aussie flag.

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Three characters found in the gardens.

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Sights around Jamberoo:

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December 23rd, 2001

Carols in Kiama

Neil and Emma.

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Little Bradley wouldn’t stop dancing at the start of the night, even when we were trying to line him up for a portrait with Emma and Ryan. He was a bit more co-operative when Dad picked him up.

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Ryan keeping Granddad busy.

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Portraits of the couples: Megan and Darren, Angela and Chris, Paula and Adam, and Mark and Narelle. All of these were taken by Emma.

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Fun with the glow sticks. Emma and Ryan took the photo of Narelle.

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A night out in Kiama just isn’t complete without a facefull of rainbow ice-cream.

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A big thanks to Emma, who was a fantastic photographer’s assistant throughout the night.

Email me if you’d like soft copies or prints of any these photos. Weirdos needn’t bother asking?— I’ll only send them to people I know!

December 19th, 2001

Quoted By Joel Spolsky!

I just noticed that Joel Spolsky has used a quote from my site in his advertising for CityDesk. Cool! If you maintain a web site, I highly recommend it.

December 19th, 2001

Extension Plans

The plans for our renovations have finally been drawn up ready for submission to Council.

Below are the old and new elevations of the house:

Front View

We’re moving the front door downstairs, next to the garage doors (hidden behind the brick wall in the picture below), with an internal staircase. The main bedroom will be extended by about a metre, and will have the window replaced with sliding glass doors leading out onto the new balcony. The loungeroom will be extended forward about?1.5 metres. A study will be added downstairs under the master bedroom, as well as a bathroom and internal access to the garage.

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Rear View

The bedroom (on the left) will be extended about a metre towards the back of the yard. A large family room will be added where the courtyard is currently. A toilet and laundry will be added as well (on the right in the new picture below). The laundry will have external access to the back yard, with a small covered porch.

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North-East Side View

This view gives a better indication of how large the back room will be, and also how far forward the loungeroom will come. The external staircase will be removed, replaced with internal stairs. A large wrap-around balcony will be added to the front of the house. The kitchen will be moved against the wall, with a new window added for light.

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South-West Side View

This gives a better view of how far the back bedroom will be extended. The middle bedroom will be extended out under the eave to give a little more room. The windows downstairs are for the new bathroom.

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December 15th, 2001

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