Jacob and Brita

Spring has really sprung in Pella and this past week we had some really nice weather. We even had a chance to take Henry up to see the tulips. He was moderately impressed but mostly asleep.

Little man is doing well. He passed his first checkup this week. Eating is getting easier and sleeping is starting to come along. At least we hope.

Henry also made the trip to church this weekend with us. He actually did really well; he slept most of the way through mass. Hopefully he doesn’t get too used to that.


Henry had his one week checkup today. The doc had mostly good news for us in that Henry is almost back to his birth weight and we no longer have to supplement his feeding. Unfortunately he is only in the 11th percentile for his weight.

The doc also shared that he was in the 14th percentile for head circumference. I guess we won’t have to worry about him getting a big head.

The surprising news is that he is in the 71st percentile for height. Those genes must skip a generation.


Jacob’s father and sister came up to meet Henry today. Because it was so close to Tulip Time, they got the added bonus of checking out some of Pella’s finest tulips.

While they only stayed for the day, both of them enjoyed meeting Henry. Sarah was excited to to hold the little man and his father got to meet his new grandson. Henry must have tuckered Sarah out though as they both took long naps in the afternoon.

Henry is growing and learning new things every day. Little things like eating and sleeping are getting easier as we establish a routine.


After three days in the hospital recovering, they released us into the real world.

We had a pretty rough last night in the hospital when they ran out of rooms in the OB department and moved us to a new room at midnight. We ended up with just a couple hours of sleep that night and we recognized we would need some help when we got home. Brita called her parents and they came down to help us make the transition home.

With Brita’s C-section and recovery being a bit more involved than normal, it has been helpful to have her parents help out at the house. Even Henry has enjoyed having Grandma and Grandpa around to snuggle with.



Henry is here! We had to wait a bit extra and it was well worth it!

It was quite an eventful delivery. We started the induction process on Monday and things progressed through the night. On Tuesday morning we went through the normal procedures. Henry didn’t fit quite right and so at 2:15 p.m. he was born via a C-section.

Brita and baby are doing well and everyone is happy and healthy.

Car Seat

The baby’s due date is just around the corner and we think we are all ready. We had a lazy Sunday morning that included probably one of the last meals out without the baby.

We did take 30 minutes to get the car seat installed so we could bring the baby home. Apparently letting the baby ride on your lap is frowned upon these days. The car seat looks pretty comfy so maybe the baby will prefer that anyway.


We haven’t had much to post about lately. We did finish up assembling the furniture for the nursery this past weekend. The baby shouldn’t have any excuses with it’s posh living arrangements as it sure seems like a nice setup.

We did take some time to add a few toys as well. We are hoping that the baby isn’t terrified of a squirrel or a little stuffed bear.


Cletus the Fetus

As many of you know, we are expecting the stork to deliver a bundle of joy come April. We had a chance to get a sneak peek with an ultrasound today. The medical professionals insist on calling it a fetus until it is born so we’ve given it the nickname Cletus the Fetus. Hopefully we will have a better name when it arrives.

Cletus was pretty shy and didn’t reveal a gender today. That being said, we aren’t too keen on knowing anyway. It will be nice to experience the surprise whenever the baby arrives.

At this point, all of the experts tell us things are progressing normally. Brita is feeling much better now that she is past the first trimester. She even gets cravings for some of the things that Jacob likes thanks to the baby.


We are the proud owners of a new home in Pella! Unfortunately 1118 doesn’t have the same ring to it as the 505.

While we don’t have an exact move-in date, we did spend the majority of the weekend cleaning and getting the place ready for the move. 

Thanks to Brita’s mom we knocked out a ton of work over two days. Even the lawn got busy and started growing. 

We are so excited for so many things at our new house. Even the simple things like having a coat closet are something that we can’t wait for.

We hope to see you soon at our new humble abode.


Jacob hosted the Dirty Wooden Shoe cyclocross race this past weekend. While it was a ton of work, he thinks that it was the most successful event they’ve ever had. They had racers from almost all of the surrounding states which is pretty impressive. There were over a 120 racers each day.

When he wasn’t fixing the course, cheering on the racers or answering a million questions he hopped on his bike and attempted to do a bit of racing. It was a good way to experience the whole event.

It’s worth taking a look at some of the photos from the event.

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