Monday, November 10, 2008

Little Dude in the Orange Hat

We went hiking in Big Sycamore Canyon this weekend with the fam.
I just love this Picture! Those are my boys.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Happy Halloween

Our little kangaroo - he was all smiles at first...

after the 30th picture - ok, seriously are we done yet!

I'm just going to chew on this little joey here

At the Forneris Farms corn maze in Sylmar

Our little pumpkin on a really big pumpkin

Yoga Master

What a cutie!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Hasta la Vista...

So....we, um, haven't been the best at posting. First of all, let me dispense with the first and hopefully last time I will mention the California State Bar, which I recently took in Ontario, mere miles from the epicenter of the recent 5.4 quake. At 2 hours, 45 minutes into the first of six sessions, the building shook and falling tiles narrowly missed the proctor's head. A sign from above that this professional hazing does not meet with you-know-who's approval?

Anyway, enough excuses. Here's what you all want to see. Chattin' up Hank

The obligatory Jordan pose...

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tons O' Fun

Talking to the camera and sporting a new hairdo :)

Why are baby yawns so cute?

Chillin' with Aunt Jordan

Two new games that are guaranteed to make Gavin smile!


"Squishy Cheeks"

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


...First things first: a 100-cc cute kid injection:

I promise we will be posting more of Gavin in the very near future, but there is another piece of business to attend to. Some of you may have noticed my running goal meter on the side of the blog recently, and if you have you have also seen that, alas...I did not meet my goal of 100 miles in 8 weeks. Oops. I can explain, though. I ran a half marathon in April that pretty much finished me off for a few weeks:

So, mileage was a problem there for awhile. BUT, I have not given up the pursuit of ultimate fitness, and I am still trying to run more often. To that end I have made a new goal, to run 180 miles by August, making it an even 500 miles since I starting running back in September of last year. Having a goal that everyone can monitor really helps in the motivation department, so if you see that I am slacking send me a line (or comment on this post) either of admonishment or encouragement (the latter is preferred, but the former may be more appropriate). To anyone that is interested, the Nike+ system is an awesome tool, and now you don't even need an iPod to use it. I highly recommend it.
Also, be on the lookout for new music by, um, me. Hopefully in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Day in the Life of Gavin Raichart


Looking Cute

Reading with Mom

Doing Laundry with Mom (this is clean laundry - just in case anyone was wondering)

Napping with Mom

Gavin spends most of his day strapped to me in the Baby Hawk (thanks Liz Hinkle!!)
We go for walks, cook dinner, eat dinner (then clean up the leftovers in his hair), post blogs, clean the house, even go potty (both of us).  This is your view - I love how his little feet poke out.

and this is my view!  

Friday, March 28, 2008

Two weeks tomorrow

Just chattin' with Mom

Full tummy = happy baby

Too cute!!

Such a tiny squirt

Notice the wet spot on Nick's shirt.  After discovering that the diaper was virtually dry, we concluded that Gavin either has exceptional aim or there was a bit of user error on the part of the diaperer.

First bath - Gavin loves Daddy's finger!!

Does it get any better than this?

Chillin' with Uncle Nick - Gavin is already practicing for school - he is always raising his hand, we're still working on responding once called upon.

Our little punk rocker

First stroll in the stroller

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Story of an Amazing Baby and an Amazing Mommy

Tiffany-Ann and Gavin are sleeping next to me as I type this, exhausted from days of such hard work and a nonstop rollercoaster of emotions. We are so blessed to have such an amazing miracle in our lives. As with anything of great worth, this blessing did not come easily and without sacrifice. Can I just say that I have the strongest, bravest and most beautifully humble wife in the world? After watching her go through the toughest experience in her life, I feel so much more love for her than ever before.

My sweet wife labored for over 27 hours, unmedicated. We learned at our doctor's visit last Tuesday that Gavin was measuring on the small side, which was confirmed at an ultrasound Thursday. Although he was at full term, 38 weeks, he was measuring size wise at around 35 1/2. Something was keeping him from getting everything he needed, and our doctor decided to induce the next morning (Friday) at 7:30. This was a bit of a setback for us; since we wanted to birth naturally, we wouldn't have the opportunity to do a lot of the "groundwork" of early contractions at home in a relaxing atmosphere. Instead we were going to have to dive right in with the Pitocin, and Tiffany-Ann had to be hooked up to the prenatal monitor the whole time, which further limited our tools available under the Bradley method.

After 18 hours of labor, including 9 hours of hard labor, my sweetheart was nearing the end of her rope. A nurse came and checked her at around 2:30 am and she was still at around 2.5 to 3cm. Not exactly the express train to Babytown. I was torn between watching my sweetie labor in so much pain and giving in to the nurses' tempting offer of an epidural: "There's no shame in it...the anethesiologist is right down the hall..." Luckily we were blessed with a wonderful O.B., Dr. Rebecca Perlow, who spoke to us at 3 in the morning, and told us to take TA off the Pitocin and let her have a shower and a nap. She was in the shower for 30-40 minutes, in absolute heaven, and as the contractions slowed down, she was able to sleep a few hours.

Act 3: At 9 am, Dr. Perlow came by and gave us a pep talk, reminding us that Tiffany-Ann just did a week's worth of work in just under a day. She was still at around 3.5cm though, so a tough road lay ahead. By 11 she was under hard labor again, and we fought to take each contraction one at a time. She was so strong and so brave. By noon she was nearing wit's end again, having endured so much. At around 12:30 she was at 4 cm. At 12:40 she was feeling the urge to push, but the nurse said it was probably just a full bladder, and that she should try to go to the bathroom. I helped her in after a few more contractions, and at around 12:50 she was on the toilet screaming that she had to push, she couldn't help it. I have never felt so much panic in her voice and I hope I never feel that again. I got her up to the door, but again she had to push, and I was telling her "DON'T PUSH!" She could not walk or move, and was screaming that she had to push. I didn't know what to do besides take gravity out of the picure, so I laid her down right on the floor and yanked the emergency cord. Four nurses came in an, looked at her, and said "what in the world are you doing down there?" Once on the bed, the charge nurse did an exam and told be to "take a look." Gavin was starting to peek out. Elapsed time since 4 cm: about a half hour.

Dr. Perlow was at home, and the ten minutes or so it look for her to get there seemed like forever. After 10 minutes of pushing, our little Gavin was out, and resting comfortably on mommy's bare chest. He began feeding after a few minutes.

By far the hardest thing we've ever done but the most rewarding. Here is our little bean: