Born 12 May 2010, Honolulu Hawaii

Saturday, March 27, 2010

32.8 Weeks and Counting. We finished our 4 Birthing Classes offered at Tripler, the Labor and Delivery Tour of the Hospital, and we've talked about packing a bag - yikes, we're getting close! As you can see, Junior continues to claim more territory in Mom's tummy region. Erika says, "My tenant needs a bigger apartment." Sleeping has become slightly more cumbersome, things we take for granted are becoming a little more challenging (standing from a sitting position), but Erika still finds time and energy to workout, lift weights, and cardio with her friend and trainer Ed Cambell at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base, Semper Fit Gym. A few wise souls have told Erika, "Pregnancy is not an illness". Erika has certainly taken this to heart, and in some cases her pregnancy has been an enabler. Lookin' great MOM!

LADIES, LADIES, LADIES... High Tea anyone? Hanging with the lady friends, having tea and crumpets, and saying goodbye to our dearest friend Jessica Cacamo Reyes (only use her middle name when you're calling her out or trying to make a point); Hats optional.

We offered to babysit for our neighbor and friend Gina Redford (Johnny Redford, now deployed on Lake Erie, served with Greg in STETHEM / Yokosuka Japan). Call it a test run, a pre-game warm up, a loaner baby; whatever you call it, it was a peek in to the future. Although only 1-hour, it was very telling. Dad (Greg) walks in sees Mom (Erika) leaning over Baby (Jude Redford) on the couch, smiles, asks Dad to watch Baby while she goes in the other room. Smiling, happy baby turns fussy, crying baby in a matter of seconds. Mom goes for bottle, Dad begins to walk with baby on shoulder... I've got it! Dad hands Baby to Mom and goes for the toys. Ah hah! The automated vibrating Baby Chair / Gym (gift from our friends Ryan and Summer). This is an emergency - no time for instructions! Cardboard, plastic and pieces parts flying. 15 minutes later Dad comes out with half assembled Baby Chair.... and Mom and Baby, calmly (no longer fussy and crying) turn to laugh at Dad. I think these roles are assigned at birth - sorry Junior!

John Paul Jones takes one look and slowly turns over in his crypt. Ta-da! The new Blue Digi (short for Digital) Cammies. The sanctioned title is Navy Working Uniform or "N-W-U". I've been fighting tooth and nail, but orders are orders. I'm sure I'll get used to it... kind of like blogging.

Monday, March 15, 2010

I think what scares me most is how long it's been. I mean, I can't just show up and expect to be that cool Dad that doesn't look goofy when he does it. So, Uncle Casey and I broke out the 'Ol

gloves... and threw the baseball. It felt good. The smell of the leather - not as oiled and soft as it once was. Not too hard - don't want to throw out my arm the first day. It has to be a slow gradual process. Before long, Junior will come to me and ask, "Dad, wanna throw the baseball?" And I'll be ready.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

LIGHTHOUSE LOVERS TAKE NOTICE We are so very fortunate to have Casey Hughes staying with us while he prepares to move from Hawaii to Laguna Nigel, California. To celebrate, Uncle Casey wanted to take Junior on his first hike to the top of Makapu Lighthouse. Junior did well climbing the steep terrain and was a big help to Mamma - he helped push. We even saw Whales!!!!! We missed Casey's better half -JoAnn-, but were blessed with a beautiful day and wonderful friends.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A couple big events today. Mom and Dad went on a tour of the hospital where Junior will begin his life (Tripler Army Medical Center) and an impromptu "ladies" farewell at Haleiwa Joe's in Kaneohe for 1 pillar of the Fabulous Four, JoAnn Hughes departs the island tomorrow (10 March 2010) for her new beginning in California. God Bless JoAnn, Casey, and Baby Hughes! Sorry, no pictures of our tour of the hospital - we figured you'd get enough of those sooner than later. The tour made us familiar with the check-in process, all that the hospital has to offer, and more importantly the chair that Dad gets to sleep in. We saw the cutest little Baby in the Keiki (Child) Stop where newborns get weighed and measured - he was very cute and it was a good preview for what's to come. Just think, May 17th is 69 Days away!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Mommy and Junior had a Hawaii Baby Shower today. We continue to be blessed by the Love and Support we get from Friends and Family. It was a Joint Baby Shower with Mom's very good Friend JoAnn Hughes (due in September). Unfortunately for us, but fortunately for them, they are leaving Hawaii, and The Navy to begin their new life in Laguna Niguel, California where they'll be the Operators of a Brand New Chick-fil-a Franchise (Stop by and see them while you're passing through). We could not be more proud of them and all they have in store. God Bless Casey and JoAnn!
More on the Baby Shower and pictures to follow - once Uncle Ronel, Uncle Casey, and Uncle Zac pass us the pictures from today!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


BLOGAHOLICS, take notice - we have Updates! And look at that burgeoning bump!

We were awaken Saturday morning to several phone calls and text messages from concerned friends and family leading up to the impending Tsunami caused by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile. Like Y2K it fizzled, and the "wave" that arrived in Honolulu was negligible. Although there was no wave, the risk of a wave was enough to send all ships from Pearl Harbor. So Daddy went to sea on 1 of the Destroyer Squadron ships inport, for the day. It was a thing of beauty to see all those ships breaking out of port! Too much excitement for Junior - he's just glad he survived his very first Tsunami because he's not sure if he knows how to swim yet!