This year’s Northern Lights was a lot of fun. We got there early enough for the girls to check out the petting zoo and to decorate a few cookies before the parade. We got a nice spot to watch the parade (while eating hot dogs), then we ate some free cookies and drank hot chocolate, visited with friends and neighbors, made peanut-butter-sandwich reindeers, rode on the train, saw a REAL train rumble past, and watched the tree lighting. There was a bit of whining and complaining along the way, but overall the children (I keep wanting to write “the girls”) did well.
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Yesterday was Joseph’s “half birthday,” at which he turned six months old. To celebrate, Yoli made a half-circle chocolate cake. (Not to mention the turkey, Yorkshire pudding, and green beans)
This morning we took him out to a new portrait studio to have his baby photo taken, so we can hang it on the wall next to his sisters’ photos. They got a lot of great shots, and we got a CD with low-res versions of most them. Here are our favorites….
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My nephews came to stay in town with my parents for four days. It has been a fun time for our girls. The first two days we went over to Nanny’s house to play.
The girls love any excuse to see their Nanny and play in a different locale. But the addition of their two cousins to the mix makes for icing on the cake.
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Here’s a collage of photos we took of Joseph, trying to find one we could submit with his passport application. These photos are taken from two different sessions, as you can tell by his clothes and the backgrounds.
Just to re-assure everyone that Joseph is alive and well. The dearth of photos here is purely a result of our being very busy and sleep-deprived.
Joseph is a very pleasant baby overall, though he is beginning to enter his more fussy stage. Also this week he seems to have had some sort of virus which ultimately led to two trips to the doctor’s office. (One of those visits lasted all morning as I took him around DePaul getting blood tests, x-rays, etc)
He is just fine, no cause for alarm. But whenever babies have fevers (even slight ones), doctors get very concerned and want to make sure it’s not something serious.
Anyway, here are some photos from different things that have been going on our life in April and May.
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These are from when we left the hospital and recent days
Pastor Bob comes to visit Joseph.
The eyes have it.
Quick portrait of Yoli and Joseph before we leave the hospital.
Papá, Mamá, and bebé
This is sort of what our house is like now. Totally overrun by children.
This photo is much more recent than the others.
Baby Joseph finally came home around 2 p.m. Thursday. Continuing the Renaud baby tradition, he had little gifts for his sisters: sunglasses for Ludi and Josie, and a set of play keys for Jadzia.
Click the “continue reading” link below to watch a video of the homecoming.
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After a long day Tuesday, I decided to try and edit the 30 minutes or so of video I had shot from Joseph’s birth.
But I got an unpleasant surprise. Something is amiss with our Sony HandyCam TRV-280, and it is not playing back the video correctly.
Anyway, I borrowed my dad’s camcorder and shot some video at the hospital this afternoon. Click the “continue reading” link below to watch the video.
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Here’s a little more background on the birth of our first boy, Joseph Martin Renaud.
Monday night I was working a sports design shift at the Post-Dispatch. The Cardinals home opener and breaking news about Stan Kroenke’s intention to buy the Rams kept me busy all night.
I got home around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. I found Yoli in the kitchen making crepes to eat at breakfast. She had intended them to be for the whole family. But at 12:38, she had her first real contraction followed by a couple more over the next hour. “The baby is going to be born sometime today,” she told me.
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Our fourth baby was born this morning: Joseph Martin Renaud.
He weighed 8 lbs, 13 ozs. He was 21¼ inches long.
More info will follow later, but here are some pics to tide you over for now: