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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Big news... Caleb is here! Congratulations to Brent, Emily, and Kam! I've heard that mom and baby are doing well. I will give more news as I get it.

Also, I want to apologize for not posting this earlier, but a very special thank you Christian's mom for coming in and helping us with the baby. It REALLY helped. Thanks to Mr. Troy as well for those long car trips. We appreciate it guys.

I will post some pictures of Brent and Emily's new addition when I get some. Also, there are a few more pictures of Charlie in his January 08 folder.

Congratulations again to Brent and Emily!

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Sunday, September 30, 2007
We're home!!! And... happy birthday Christian!!

At home, we've started to settle in. When we woke up this morning, we had a big birthday breakfast for Christian with banana pancakes, sausage, eggs, and fresh orange slices. I think she enjoyed that.

After 4 days in the hospital, we finally made it home Saturday afternoon. Luckily, for most of the time we had some really good nurses, including one named Suellen. She was really awesome and did a great job of not only tending to Christian medically, but listening to her and making the time there a little more bearable.

After we left the hospital, we picked up Neo from some friends (thanks John and Laura!), swung by HEB to fill Christian's prescription, grabbed some food, and finally made it home. The good news is that Charlie was comfortable in the car the whole time. Hopefully that will continue for other car rides.

Neo is doing a great job with helping out with the baby. He has been a retriever for stuff - "Neo... quick.. get a towel!". He is also a good diaper changing assistant and a baby soother. He likes to say "Look at brother!" while we are changing Charlie to calm him down.

Overall, things are good. Happy birthday Christian! We love you.

A few more pictures are available in Charlie's September folder.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Well, he wanted to take his time and make a grand entrance. And he did.

We would like to introduce Charlie - "Charles Anthony Graffagnino" to the world.

Charlie and mom are both doing wonderful.

Christian started having contractions Monday afternoon, but they were not consistent. We talked with Dr. Abbott that afternoon, weighed our options (no pun intended) and decided we would like to schedule a C-section. It was scheduled for Wed at noon.

But throughout the day Tuesday, the contractions started getting more consistent. By the afternoon, they were below 15 minutes apart. As night fell and the full moon rose, the contractions quickly went to 7, then 5, and then at one point, 4 minutes apart. At that point, I called the doctor to have the get ready for us at the hospital, and had a friend come over to pick up Neo. Then, we headed over to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center.

When we got there, we had the help of a wonderful nurse named Melinda. Melinda asked how Christian rated her pain, with 0 being no pain, 10 being the worst ever, and 5 being bad enough to want medication. Christian rated her pain at a 2.

What was funny was that when Melinda did her first exam, and saw that Christian was 8 centimeters dilated! She was bragging to the other nurses that Christian could have had that baby without flinching. The exercises, the vitamins, the diet, the relaxation techniques, the reading... all of those things really paid off even though we decided in the end to have a C-section.

And, when we heard the weight - 9 lbs 2 oz - we knew we had made the right decision. Charlies was 21" tall. Melinda did a great job of helping me to keep Christian calm and talk her through the process. Charlie's APGAR rating at 1 minute was an 8 and was an 8-9 at 5 minutes. Awesome!

Dr. Abbott did an amazing job. She said the surgery went perfectly with no problems. Of course, there are still risks in the recovery, but thankfully, everything is going extremely well.

We are getting to know our new little bundle and settling in with feeding and sleeping at the hospital. We expect to be going home Saturday evening, but that is just a guess.

Thanks for all of the prayers and support. We look forward to sharing little Charlie with all of you. Special thanks to "Mr. Borland" for looking after Neo for us.

Here are the pictures we have so far. Since I don't have internet access at the hospital, my next update might not be until we get back home.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Big news today... Emily is pregnant!!!.

We are so excited for Emily, Brent, and Kam. Congratulations guys!

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Thursday, May 24, 2007
Last weekend we wrapped up the work we are going to do for this phase of the treehouse. Since Neo was still recovering from his sickness, he couldn't help as much. We added a bucket and pulley (along with a swing-out type mechanism to swing the bucket inside and over the railing), a flag, a climbing rope, new stabilization and support boards, and sanded all the rough edges on the handrail. I was really hoping Neo could help with the sanding, but with his cough I didn't want him around the dust.

Neo started playing in it and decided to take one of our older welcome mats up there. He likes to fly paper airplanes from up there. Unfortunately, he left his new camera in his bucket and forgot to get it out after lowering it down. And then it rained.

I managed to get the pictures off the camera, but the camera is dead. Oh well.

Also, Neo graduated from Kindergarten this week and had his last day of school of the year. He had a great year. Congratulations Neo!

He also had a great teacher. Ms. France was a real blessing. She gave him the best introduction to school that I could have ever hoped for. God bless all those teachers who put in the extra effort to teach our children.

The pictures (and a couple of movie clips) from Neo's graduation are in the 2007 Events folder.

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Friday, May 18, 2007
Neo has been sick this week. After watching him last weekend to see if he would get any better, we took him to the doctor on Monday. He wasn't feeling that bad, he just had a fever.

The doctor thought it was bronchitis as she could hear some congestion in his upper left lung. She prescribed an anti-biotic and some cough medicine.

Throughout the week, the fever has been getting steadily better and the cough steadily worse. Neo is getting frustrated from coughing all the time, so we took him back to the doctor today. She switched antibiotics and also prescribed a breathing treatment to help control the cough and open his lungs up.

I'm sure he will get better over the next few days, but we won't be able to make it in to Lafayette this weekend for Aunt Em's graduation. Sorry Em. We are very proud of you. Congrats on your college degree. Also congrats to mom and dad for somehow managing to raise 3 kids and get them all through college.

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Monday, April 30, 2007
We had the ultrasound today... ITS A BOY!!!

I know many of you were hoping for a girl since we have quite a few boys running around... but this is going to be so much fun to see all of these boy play and grow up together.

Since we don't have a name yet, we are using the name "enfant" which is french for child, or kid. So, the pictures are in the enfant ultrasound folder.

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Sunday, January 28, 2007
Some of you know the big news. For those who don't, here it is.

I know the pictures is a bit fuzzy, but it is, indeed, a pregnancy test. And it does, indeed, say "Pregnant" on the indicator.

Last week, Christian went to the doctor and confirmed. We are so excited!

Neo is extremely excited. He has many theories about what is going on inside mommy's tummy. The other day while we were eating, he told mom to make sure she took small bites. And the other night, we told him that he could talk to the baby inside mommy's tummy and that when the baby is born, she would recognize his voice. He got excited and started talking to the baby through mom's mouth. He asked, "when the baby cries, is the sound going to come out your mouth?"

We have been very busy around here starting to get things ready. We have decided to do some room rearranging in the house, which has kicked some room projects into high-gear.

But, when I get some time, I am going to post some lists on the website. As part of our getting ready, we realize we have to get rid of lots of our stuff that has piled up in our house as we just don't have room for even half of it. I am going to post one list of all this stuff in case any one wants it or wants to object to us getting rid of it.

The other list will be a list of baby things we know we will need. We don't want anyone to buy any of it, but we just want to see what is still in the family and what isn't. For example, we had a stroller, and playpen, and lots of things when Neo was born, and we aren't quite sure who we gave it to. This list will just be a "lookout list" for those things so we can see what we should buy and what we shouldn't.

Congrats to us!! Congrats and thanks to you babe!! I love you and I can't wait to be by your side again. Thanks also to everyone in the family who has given us so much love and support. We love you and we are looking forward to sharing this with all of you.

Oh, one other thing: when we got back from vacation, Christian received a nice award from her company. Neo and I were able to attend the ceremony and got a few pictures. They are here. Great job mom. We are very proud of you.

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Saturday, September 02, 2006
San Francisco is a pretty awesome place. California, for that matter, is a pretty awesome place. Cool weather. Clean air. It was so nice to be able to enjoy the outdoors... that is probably what I enjoyed the most.

Of course, the real reason I was there was for a wedding for one of my college buddies, Mike. Mike and Mindy had a beautiful wedding in Sausalito, California in a church on the side of the mountain. The reception was amazing. It was on the water and they had some amazing food. Also, the rehearsal dinner the night before was amazing as well.

Christian, Neo, and I want to congratulate Mike and Mindy on their new life together. We will keep them in our prayers.

After the wedding, I got to tour a bit of the area with some of my college buddies. We went to a comedy club one night which was pretty fun and saw Patton Oswalt (the geeky guy "Spence" on King of Queens). We also visited Alcatraz, went to the Muir Woods (home of the tallest trees in the world), went to the top of Mt. Tamalpais (which was on top of the clouds) and took a wine tour at the Benziger Winery in Sonoma Valley (which is next to Napa Valley).

I didn't get many souveniers, but the one nice thing I got was two bottles of wine for Vince and Amy. I don't remember exactly what they were, but one was a Reserve Chardonnay, and the other was an estate wine (a blend). The estate wine (also known as "single vineyard") means it is made solely from grapes on the Benziger estate and none of the other grapes from other farms are used. There is very limited production of this obviously, so it is only available to people on the tour and to people in their wine club... it is not usually available in stores. The chardonnay is a reserve wine, which is also very low distribution and hard to get. You can see some previous reserve wines and estate wines on their website here. Overall, I was very impressed with the company, the family, and the wine. If you haven't tried it, look for it the next time you are at the store. Vince and Amy - the wine should arrive when they feel the weather is cool enough that the shipping process won't diminish the wine due to heat, so I would expect it in the next month or two. Enjoy it and let me know how you like it!

Congratulations again to Mike and Mindy for a beautiful wedding and their new family.

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Monday, January 02, 2006
Definitely much to report.

Before leaving for Louisiana, Neo and I worked on staining and varnishing some "Cajun Cadillacs" that Paw-Paw "G" had made for us. Christian wrote the letters on them and then we applied a couple of coats of varnish on top. I gave away a couple of them to some guys that I work with. Thank you Paw-Paw "G" for the pirogues - we had a lot of fun working on them. Some pics are here.

Our holiday season officially began on December 23rd. We left Houston very late (about 9:00 PM) on our way to Louisiana. Although we got there late, it was a great trip.

We spent Christmas Eve at the Graffagnino's. Neo and Kameron had a blast playing with one another and opening presents. Christmas day was spent at the Bergeron's which was also a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who helped out so much with Neo's Christmas. He received so much and was quite the happy boy. You can see pictures from all of the Christmas festivities here.

Another reason we were in Louisiana was to attend a wedding for one of our favorite people in the whole world... Lori. Neo was the ring bearer in her wedding and was so excited to play a part in it. Check out how sharp he looked! The wedding was amazing and so was the reception. We wish Lori and Travis the best and are very happy for them. A few pictures from the bridal luncheon, rehearsal, and wedding are here (including a video of Neo walking down the aisle).

While we were in Louisiana, we visited the Scott fire station. There, Neo got to climb on the truck, wear a real fire suit, ride in the truck, and even turn on the siren! He had a blast. Pics from the visit are in Neo's folder here.

New Year's was a calm one for us. We bought a few fireworks for Neo (mainly sparklers and smoke bombs), and watched some movies.

When we got home, Neo and I took some time to sand, paint, and assemble a wood train from a kit the Uncle Vince gave to us. It came out pretty good.

Overall, it was a great trip and a great holiday season for us. Now... back to real life.

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