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Happy Birthday Lila!

It is Lila’s Birthday today! She is three years old.

We had a party for her at Chuck E. Cheese’s this past Monday. I’ll post some pics soon.

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Davin

Pics from Binder Park Zoo

These photos were all taken a month or so ago at Binder Park Zoo near Battle Creek, Michigan. It is a very cool zoo!

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Davin

“Under Command” — a band my brother referred me to

I just got off the phone with Eric, my brother. He works with a guy who plays in a band called “Under Command.” They are a Christian rock band out on the East Coast.

I checked out their web site and listened to some of their audio clips. Fun stuff. Solid musicianship, though a little too old-school for my taste. Their sound seems to be patterned after some of the Christian metal bands of the late 80s early 90s. Bride comes to mind. And, yes, Bride rocks.

Anyway, I’m all for supporting Christian musicians, so I’ll plug them here (for what its worth…). May their ministry run deep.

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Lila and Eva

Eva pics, part 2

Little Eva on Chey's lapEva resting on Chey's shoulderNicole holding Eva at churchLila at the fountain outside the Student Services Building at Michigan State University

Click on any pic for a larger version. The last one is from last Sunday. We had a little picnic in one of the gardens at Michigan State University, and Lila kept walking around the edge of the fountain. I got her to stop for a photo.

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PRS Guitars featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

My brother, Eric Granroth, works for Paul Reed Smith Guitars. He emailed me a couple days ago; he was interviewed for a segment on “All Things Considered.” The program aired yesterday. Alas, I don’t think his interview ended up in the final production.

Anyway, it was pretty good PR for PRS. The position seemed to be that PRS is bringing back the golden-age of guitar-making.

Check out the feature and photos of artisans working on guitars at the PRS shop.

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Lila and Eva

Pictures of Eva, part 1

All the pictures below can be clicked on for larger versions.

Newborn Eva in a carseatNewborn Eva on bedChaz holding newborn Eva

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Lila and Eva

Eva Marie Granroth is here!

Chey holding Eva Marie. Click for a larger picture.
Chey holding Eva Marie. Click for a larger picture.

Once labor started in earnest, it went fast. Two hours, maybe.

Chey was in the bathtub, at home, breathing hard. We called the midwives, and while Gera was talking with Chey on the phone, I was talking with Chey’s mother, Lahine, about coming over to stay and make sure Lila would be alright.

That was at 3:30.

By 3:55 we were in the van driving to the Greenhouse Birth Center. It is normally a half hour drive. Chey was in hard labor with the contractions coming one after another, with less than a minute, sometimes less than half a minute break between them.

We were about a third of the way there when she said she had to push. As I gained speed down Saginaw towards East Lansing, I told her to try panting like they suggested in class. She tried that and fought back pushing for a little while.

We were now barreling through East Lansing towards Okemos. I stopped at the first red light, then drove through it. That was the last red I stopped for. From that point on I probably averaged 60+ miles per hour, peaking at around 80 heading into Okemos.

Thankfully, it was 4 in the morning so there was almost no traffic. And no cops.

Chey had to give in to the need to push, and I kept telling her to not push, but to pant. We were both praying to God to get us through this.

As we took the corner from Marsh Road to Keller Road towards the Birth Center, Chey was holding herself aloft on the arm rests, saying, “The head is out!”

We whipped into the Birth Center parking lot, and I scanned for activity, for parked cars, for any sign that a midwife was around. There was nothing.

We parked fast. I looked across at Chey and saw her strained look as she was holding herself up. Then I saw the face of our baby, hanging upside down underneath her. It was pallid and gray. The image is scored into my retinas.

As soon as my eyes landed on the face, my body was heading out the driver’s side door. I bolted across and opened the passenger door. My right hand went to support the baby’s head and neck, and then Chey pushed again. The baby squirmed out immediately into my left hand, my right still cupped behind the head.

It was 4:10 a.m.

The baby’s arms moved. The umbilical cord was not in the way of anything. Chey slowly lowered herself to the seat, eyes searching the baby. We said something. I do not know what.

Chey was reaching out her hands, the baby squawked, and I placed the baby onto Chey’s belly and chest. Chey covered her with a dry part of her robe, and I got a towel from the back seat to cover our child.

I shut the passenger side door to keep out the cold air. I walked around to the driver’s side, and got in, examing the two.

I was asking if Chey was okay, if the baby was okay. Chey said, “Yes, I can feel her breathing. She’s fine.”

Then I saw car lights in the mirror. I got out and shut the door. Gera, the midwife, got out of her car and asked how things were going. I said, “There is a baby here.”

Her eyes popped, and she said, “What?!” I repeated it, and gestured into the van.

She gasped and jumped into the driver’s side seat, reaching over, looking into the towel. It was good that she was there, and knew what to do. She said to Chey, “Oh, she looks healthy. She’s so comfy, she could still be in the womb!” I was relieved to hear this.

Eva Marie is fine. She is 8 pounds 4 ounces and 20 inches long.

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Contractions

Here we are timing contractions.

This evening Chey and I went out to Outback Steakhouse. Then we went to Target to buy a stroller/carseat combo. Then we went to pick up Lila from Nicole’s apartment.

Chey has been having the contractions all evening, and they have been quite stronger than in the past couple weeks. Is it that she is just tired? It is, afterall, the evening.

I hope it is time, but so far the contractions haven’t been coming fast enough to warrant too much excitement. About 10 minutes between them now, though the last one was at 8 minutes. Maybe by morning we’ll be seeing them every 5 minutes.

Fingers crossed that the next post will be about a new baby.

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Lila and Eva

Pics from Ingham County Fair!

A couple days ago, Chey and Lila went to the Ingham County Fair with our friends Martin and Stacey Wilder. Here are some great pics!

Click on these thumbnails to see larger versions.

Feeding time at the fair
Feeding time at the fair
Chey and Lila feeding a baby tiger.
Chey and Lila feeding a baby tiger.
Chey and llamas
Chey and llamas
Chey and Lila with some goats
Chey and Lila with some goats
Martin and Lila on a merry-go-round
Martin and Lila on a merry-go-round
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Lila and Eva

Bumble won.

Bumble atop Lila as she sleeps
Bumble atop Lila as she sleeps

When Lila goes to take a nap, she usually fights it, sometimes never actually falling asleep. This time it looks like she got in a wrestling match with her fluffy bumblebee, and it won. You can’t see it so well, but she is holding both legs around her neck while sleeping.