Pre­ston: Two Months

Preston’s sec­ond month came and went so quickly. At around 6 weeks he learned how to give us a big smile and boy is it cute! Pre­ston has also started look­ing for his thumb. He has found it a few times but he still loves his binkie. He also got another visit from his grand­par­ents. My par­ents came to visit. It was Papa’s first visit with Pre­ston. They spent some time together watch­ing the Notre Dame bas­ket­ball game. Pre­ston even had his own ND out­fit that Papa got him. Pre­ston finally started to enjoy his baths. We even got a few cute pic­tures. He also had his 2 month check up and is 13 inches long and 12 pounds 12 ounces! Such a big boy already!

Pre­ston: One Month

Preston’s first month was filled with pic­tures and vis­its from grand­par­ents. At ten days old he had his first photo shoot and he was super cute! We hired TK pho­tog­ra­phy and he did a very good job with Pre­ston. The pic­tures turned out great! For the first cou­ple weeks my mom stayed and helped us get sit­u­ated and into a rou­tine. It was a great help and let us get a lit­tle more sleep. At the end of the month Brian’s par­ents came to visit Pre­ston got the first time. There was lots of cud­dling with grand­par­ents that week­end! By the end of the month Pre­ston had already grown so much. He is grow­ing so quickly into our lil boy!

Pre­ston: Week One

On Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 3, 2012 we wel­comed to the world our son, Pre­ston Jack Drum.

It started around mid­night when Jaclyn’s water broke. After a quick trip down Lake Shore Drive we arrived at Pren­tice Women’s Hos­pi­tal and began to wait. At around 8:30 a.m. they had Jaclyn start push­ing and at 11:18 a.m. Pre­ston was deliv­ered. He weighed 8 lb 11 oz and was 20″ long.

Shortly after birth Preston’s oxy­gen sat­u­ra­tion level dipped briefly, so as a pre­cau­tion they moved him to the NICU for obser­va­tion. Thank­fully it was an iso­lated inci­dent and over the next few days he aced all the tests for O₂, blood cul­tures and hear­ing. It ended up being a bless­ing because we got to spend lots of time with Pre­ston and his won­der­ful nurses get­ting super­vised prac­tice feed­ing and burp­ing him, chang­ing his dia­per, and the rest.

On Thurs­day Jaclyn was dis­charged and the next morn­ing Pre­ston was released as well. We brought him home and intro­duced him to a curi­ous but slightly con­fused Lucy. She has sniffed him all over and got­ten in a few licks, and seems fine with him join­ing the fam­ily. Pre­ston is eat­ing like a champ, sleep­ing pretty well, and keep­ing us busy with dia­per changes.

It was a great first week and we are thrilled to have our happy, healthy baby boy finally here!

Mater­nity Photos

In Octo­ber we took mater­nity pho­tos. I was at 30 weeks. Here are some of our favorites! Soon after we moved into a larger condo to accom­mo­date our lil guy bet­ter! Who knew a tiny baby needed so much stuff?

It’s a Boy!!!

Yes­ter­day we had our 20 week doc­tor appoint­ment /​ultra­sound and we found out we are hav­ing a lit­tle boy! All looked good and he is tucked in a ball in my right pelvis. He seems to like it there as he wouldn’t stretch out and made it dif­fi­cult to do the ultra­sound. We almost didn’t find out if it was a boy or girl but he finally stretched out for a few min­utes and then quickly went back to his orig­i­nal posi­tion. We are very excited to meet our lit­tle boy!

Inde­pen­dence Weekend

We went to Cleve­land this Fourth of July week­end to visit with some fam­ily and friends. While there we got to meet my par­ents’ new dog, Peter Pan. He is a res­cue and is such a sweet dog. Lucy, Bailee and Peter played all week­end and wore each other out. We also got to visit with Danielle, Jess and Lou. Jess is also expect­ing so we got to com­pare our baby bumps. We came back on Sun­day so we had Mon­day to enjoy before return­ing to work on Tues­day. We hope every­one enjoyed their Fourth of July!

Run for the Zoo 10k

After the Run for the Zoo 10k, Jaclyn and Lucy and I spent some time walk­ing around Lin­coln Park and check­ing out the new Nature Board­walk. This is the same area where we took some engage­ment pho­tos. After that day they shut down the boat rentals and started revert­ing the pond to a more nat­ural state with water plants and flow­ers, and added the board­walk along the west side.

Brian and Jaclyn and Lucy and ?

We are hav­ing a baby! Our lit­tle bun­dle of joy is due at the end of Decem­ber. We are very excited for the new addi­tion to our fam­ily. Here is a pic­ture of the last ultra­sound at 12 weeks.

Flower Boxes

Last week­end we planted our flower boxes on a very hot Sun­day. It’s been really hot here but they are really set­tling in now. We also planted a straw­berry planter and already got two deli­cious straw­ber­ries from it.


We had a lit­tle snow recently in Chicago.