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Mary and Mike are expecting!!

Even though we are separated from some of our friends and family by many miles and have other friends close by, we can use the web to keep everyone updated on our Baby adventure.  Follow our pregnancy on this page.  Check in often as we will update it whenever we have any news.  Use the links at left to jump to our updates as they are added.

February 27 (6 weeks and 3 days)

Today we had our first ultrasound.  It was amazing to see our baby’s heart beat.  The baby looks like a tadpole.  We were a little afraid that something would be wrong with the baby since I had just been sick with pneumonia and the flu at the same time.  When we saw the heartbeat, we felt so much better.  One funny thing was that the doctor was the same OB that one the apes we used to work with, Panbanisha, had when she was pregnant with her first child.  It is a pretty small world that the mother bonobo and baby bonobo that we worked with had the same OB as our baby will.  [BACK TO TOP]

March 08, 2022

Today was Mary's first real day of morning sickness.  It was more of an all day sickness not just the morning.  Every single time she ate something, she got sick.  But, her co-workers were so nice and great.  This sickness continued for a few weeks, making the bus rides to and from work quite interesting as Mary carried plastic bags with her everywhere (just in case!).  [BACK TO TOP]

March 23, 2022 (Mary writing)

Today is the first day my belly has really felt pregnant.  It seems to have popped overnight and is pokey this morning.  This morning Mike said “you have a baby poking out in there” and it made me so happy. [BACK TO TOP] 

April 25, 2022

We just purchased a new digital camera, and just in time!  Mary is now clearly "showing" (see photos), and so we had fun documenting her "pokey" belly.  Clothes are being worn for the last time (at least for a while), and a new wardrobe is on the horizon.  And, pickles and peanut butter disappear faster than we can buy them!

We do not know whether our other "children" have noticed yet about the baby, but they probably will not like sharing the attention! [BACK TO TOP]

June 5, 2022

Well, turns out Junior is a girl!  We went to the doctor today for the ultrasound and learned that we are going to have a baby girl.  Despite being a "little long in the leg," she is otherwise very healthy (and so is mom).  She refused to cooperate fully during the ultrasound, but her heart, lungs, and brain looked fine, and we even saw her lips, ears, toes, fingers, and tiny little baby teeth.  So, we now have a list half as short with potential names.  Check back soon to find out what name we chose for her! 

July 22, 2022

Finally, she has a name!!  Although we continue to think about middle names, we can't seem to call her anything except for Samantha (or Sam when she is being nice to her mom).  So, that was the hard part, right?  Surely the rest of this parenting thing is a lot easier.

One thing certainly was easy, and that was building the crib.  Despite hearing lots of horror stories, we literally finished the whole crib in less than 20 minutes (and, that included time for Daddy to drink a beer and rest).  So, the nursery is coming along.

Visits to the doctor continue to be routine with all progressing as it should.  Mary is doing well, although she does not fair well at hide and seek anymore as she is easy to find, and she seems to forget the extra space she takes up as she bounces the poor baby off of the occasional door frame.  But, Sam gets her revenge at night by having parties around 2:00 and then again around 4:30 with lots of kicking and jumping around.  Daddy is already loading the shotgun for the days when boys attend those parties. 

September 13, 2021

We are now just 5 weeks away from the big day.  Today, Mary's brother and sister-in-law had their baby boy.  Reba went through 24 hours of labor before a c-section, but the baby is fine.  His name is Alex Jing Ling Minahan.  He was more than 9 pounds!  Mary hopes that will not be the case for her, but if it is, Mike hopes that there will be a women's professional football league by time Sammy is all grown up! [BACK TO TOP]

September 28, 2021 (Happy Birthday!)

Ok, well, it turns out we were only 2 weeks away!  Today we welcomed Samantha Mackenzie into the world!  She was born at 7:36 PM, after a long labor.  Mary's water broke at 12:25 this morning, and we went to the hospital around 1:00.  At 6:00, Mary's labor was fully induced, and contractions started coming fast and strong around 12:00.  The epidural was the greatest ever!  Grandma and Grandpa arrived around 2:00, and by 6:00 it was time to push.  A little over an hour later, a gooey, loud, pink little baby came into the world.  She weighed 6 lbs 4 oz, was 18 inches long, and had great APGAR scores (do they correlate with SAT and GRE scores?, we hope so). 

Dad went with her to the nursery for about an hour to get cleaned up, and then met Mom in the post-delivery wing.  Like her mom, Samantha is a power sleeper, dropping off in mid movement (or suckle).  But, also like her mom, she let's you know when she is mad about something!  Although Mom and Dad got very little sleep, it was not all because of her, as she would let us sleep more if we were not so worried about feeding her!

The post-delivery time was great.  We had nice visits from friends, and even managed to get a little sleep.  We came home Saturday around 4:00 PM and got settled in.  The dogs are slowly being introduced to her, and she is learning about her new home.

Here are some pictures from the hospital, with more to come soon!


Oh, that happy smile was not going to last once the contractions started.




I will work all through this labor because I am tough! [not!]




Samantha Mackenzie, weighing in at 6 lbs, 4 oz




Mom and baby together at last!




Daddy and Samantha




Grandma and Grandpa with Samantha




She's awake!




"Uncle" Tim [from the LRC]





A seasoned parenting pro!

[Jeff, from Mary's office]



Daddy's don't work that way!  Only mommies can fulfill these needs.




Samantha to Daddy: "Sure, you do!  This is fine with me."




Time to go home!




Sunday morning at home.

[That's right, Samantha, almost time for football!]



Heck yeah, football!