Monday, August 25, 2008

Lydia Michelle Oslund

Alright, so with Jen absolutely wiped out after giving birth, Jen has delegated the first baby post to me. So, here are a few pics and no it was not my idea to have her pose next to a football...she actually wanted it.

Jen and Lydia are doing good. Jen delivered unmedicated which meant I had to really be at the top of my game. I have been lifting weights the past year to beef up my pipe cleaner arms in anticipation of this day. She really squeezed my left arm back down to its bone. At one point she was biting me which was something that I wasn't too prepared for. The whole experience was great and Jen really showed her true colors...she is a true soldier. The only negative experience was the male anesthesiologist who tried to push Jen into getting an epidural right when we got there. At one point I started to wonder if anyone read her birth plan at all (I think maybe they have women write a birthplan just so they feel good...but then again I am a chemist so what do I really know about this!).

Lydia Michelle was born on August 23rd at 1:02am weighing 8lbs 6ozs and was 20 inches long. Towards the end of labor, Lydia's heart beat dropped pretty low so they had to pull her out with a vacuum suction device as Jen pushed. There were a few extra doctors in the room because of that, but she passed all their tests. She also found her lungs immediately as she has mastered the art of crying...especially during the night time. We got home last night at about 9:30pm and one of the first things I did was look for a baby pic of Jen. Jen and Lydia look really similar which is a good thing because I am not the most handsome of people, and having a girl version of me roaming the earth would be down right wrong.

I am sure more pictures of Lydia will be posted by Jen as she grows. So baby and mom are doing great. Now it on to moving to our new place this week....yeah for adventures!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

My Two Undergrads

I was thinking about how most of our future blogs will be filled with pictures of Lydia and stories about her and what not and then I realized I shouldn't leave out two other youngsters I work closely with. I have two undergrads that have been working with me for at least this past year. Nate (black shirt shaved head) is a 19 year old whiz kid who joined college at the age of sixteen. Phil (black hair on couch) is about to graduate. Phil's recent GRE quantitative score I think was higher than my verbal and quant scores COMBINED. Of all the graduate students around me, a small minority have an undergrad working with them...somehow I have two. At first I thought that it would be a little overwhelming, but the hard part is being intellectually challenged from below. My Boss is way smarter than I am and dealing with that can sometimes be difficult, so having two young guns below who are smarter than I am can sometimes leave me wondering where I fit in. Its all good though, I got over the fact that I wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed the time I was 9 or 10 years old and riding on a doom buggy and jumped off to help slow it down and got ran over in the process...yeah that pretty much did it for me.
Phil will be leaving our midst at the end or August and Nate will hopefully be sticking around. I did such a good job mentoring Phil that he is preparing to head into the Peace Corps. I can only wonder what fast food restaurant Nate will pick once I am done mentoring him! They work hard and here is a picture of me giving each of them $1 for their efforts (actually, Phil I took $2 dollars out of your wallet to pay you both, so Nate you owe Phil $1). If I couldn't teach them much intellectually so I hope they learned to value hard work a little bit and know that good ideas aren't much without the wings of hard work.

Brad and Tess Parker Visit and 4th Floor BBQ

Man this summer sure is flying by. Our great Friends Brad, Tess and Laney Paker came to stay with us during their trip to the Pacific Northwest. It was fun to see them again and joke around like we used to when Brad and I were roomies at SUU. Their daughter is so cute and unfortunately I don't have a picture to post of them, check their blog I do have a pic of Brad and I at the 5k that we ran in downtown Seattle. There is a messed up story behind this race...apparently they forgot to send a guy (or even put out a cone) at the turnaround, so the top 30 of us ran 4 minutes longer! Now you look at a skinny person like me and think no problem...but behind all that thick muscle is a mercedes benz engine that one can so easily envision, but actually more like a little lawn mower engine that hasn't been well oiled (if you ask Jen she will tell you its because I eat crappy food...against her wishes I must add). Adding another four mintues was the death of me in the race (in all my low key training I don't think I ran more than 3.1 miles exactly). I wanted to break 18 minutes, but my time was 22:22 minutes. If you take off 4 minutes for the extra portion that we ran, another 22 seconds due to being tired from the extra 4 minutes that I ran, another 30 seconds for having to weave in and out of all the people on the way back, another 15 seconds for the strong waffle smell just off the Alaskan viaduct that was somewhat nauseating, and at least another 10 seconds for having to analyze all this and I would say that I did pretty well. Its all good though because I complained and got free registration for next year. So check out our blog in one year from now because I am actually going to train and eat right (I promise sweetie!) and I will be ready to roll...SON!!!!

Another co-worker and myself put together a 4th floor chemistry bbq at Matthews Beach. It was one of the best events I have participated in since I have been in grad school. Almost everyone showed up, the meat was awesome (thanks Jen for going against what I thought was a good idea and totally rocking the show in the hamburger deparment...people have still been talking about your hamburger patties!!!). Now I know what your thinking, chemistry bbq equals one big nerd fest...but I balanced things by bringing my football to toss around just so we could blend in with the rest of the folks at the park....whew! Here in this pick is good friend of mine from the lab named Zhanglin. He taught me all I know about cell culturing. He will be leaving our midst at the end of this month. It was a good time.

I think that about does it for blogs about us...hopefully the next one is about the arrival of Lydia. We are really excited for the life change and to have a new addition to our home.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Baby Showers!

Only a week to go until my due date. Pregnancy has taught me a great many things, one of which is how generous and loving people are! Above is a picture of my first baby shower (a couple of months ago) that my Mom and sister threw for me in Utah. It was really fun to see old friends and family along with neighbors I grew-up with.
Recently some friends threw a shower and they really made it special! It was so fun to spend time with everyone. Lydia is definitely hooked-up for a while now! You may notice that I am not the only pregnant woman in the picture (even though I am the one due in a week)! This goes to show that Lydia will have plenty of friends to play with as well.
Thanks again everyone for how generous and loving you have been! It has really made this pregnancy special and so much easier to prepare for.

Happy B-day/Lydia is coming in less than two weeks!!!

It’s official; as of July 29 I am now 24 years old. Too bad maturity doesn’t always come with the age… It was a good B-day. I was pretty tired and so we went and had dinner and watched a chick-flick at home. Only two more weeks until my due date! It is crazy to think that Lydia can come anytime now. It is hard to say whether or not I feel ready since I am not exactly sure what to expect! Let’s just say I am really excited to see her and start this new stage of our lives! The pregnancy has been really mild and the only real difference is that I have been more tired this past month and when I walk, I waddle and it looks like there is a stick stuck in my rear (sorry for the gross visual). Rob and I found a two bedroom apartment that we will be moving into by the end of August. We will put up pictures of that soon.

Rock Out

As a part of my graduation gift from my Dad and Kelli, Rob and I went to an outdoor concert at Marymoor Park the beginning of July. We listened to Live, Collective Soul, and the Blues Travelers (all bands that I idealized my high school days). It was really cool. We got a bonus feature too, once a good portion of the crowd had their alcohol settle in, Rob and I got to see some killer dancing too! Lets just say good music doesn’t always lead to good dancing. Granted seeing an eight month pregnant woman ready to rock out probably entertained a good amount of people as well.
Unfortunately no cameras were allowed in the area so I have no real evidence that any of this really happened. But then again I might be doing you a favor sparing you from seeing the details!