week. 30.

Last week we shot on a small walking bridge.  This week we decided to find a much bigger walking bridge.


Today is the day that baby showers reach their height of awesome in all the histories of the earth and its people.  And yes, I will be taking pictures for proof.   We did so much work and it is so crazy that it is all finally coming together and the day is here.  I can’t wait for 1:00 to finally get here so we can start hanging out with the best friends and family in the world.  So much love goes out to everyone that helped make this possible, we would have been lost without you.  And a special thanks to Sarah Elan Arel (and her husband David) who has planned out everything and is the one that has done most of the work/organizing behind the scenes.  We love you Elan!   Thank you so much for EVERYTHING!  Oh, and also sarah’s parents Joe and Beth for hosting the event and doing tons of crazy yard work!

So I don’t have much time to write.  Here is the short version.  My office is now moved, and we painted the Nursery, thanks to Dan Jurdak-Roy.  Pics to come.  We have been approved for financial aid through the hospital which is some of the best news we have gotten in a long long time!!!!  Kate is doing phenomenal, and so is Babyjedi.

Time to go get ready for the baby shower!


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Pregnant Fashion | Episode 1

Just because she is too cute to not document.

Hot Pink Shoes | JCPenney

Jeans | American Eagle

Top | Express

Week | 29

Tip | Unbutton jeans while sitting


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week. 29.

Birthing class number 1 finished.   I may or may not be freaking out right now.


Ok, so this is really happening.  Kate really has a baby living inside of her.  It is weird because on one hand you feel insanely attached to this little person that you have never met.  And on the other hand it feels a bit strange to you that there is a living thing inside your wife’s stomach.  A bit alien-xfiles-esque.  I am in love with an alien baby.

Oh, and quickly I will now get into the reason I included the picture of the kids that were swimming in the river during our shoot.  The first time Kate and I hung out we went swimming in a river.  It was senior year of high school and we were just friends at this point.  We both had study hall at the end of the day and seniors were aloud to leave school during study halls.  So we decided to go swimming.  We jumped right into the river in our school clothes and had a good laugh.  Then we got back in my car and drove back to school to pick up our siblings, acting like it was no big deal that our clothes were completely soaked.  Seeing these kids reminded me how long ago that was.  And now we are going to have a kid of our own.  Life is amazing.

The birthing class went well, we got to tour the baby factory section of the hospital, which seems really really nice.  The lady giving us the tour works at a bunch of hospitals around and she said Wentworth Douglas was the “Cadillac” of the lot.

We have started to make decorations for the baby shower, and they are looking awesome.  Thanks to everyone that came over and helped!!!  Also, I now am quite aware of the fact that our apartment is not kid proof in any way shape or form.  Luckily, babyjedi will not be mobile for a while, so we will have time to prepare.

Another strange note… the more the reality of the situation sets in, the more surreal everything seems.  It is quite paradox I have found myself in.

If the baby is born in October, can I call Kate Octomom?  <evil grin>


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just a tease. | Pregnancy Time Lapse

I have been staring at this for the last 60 minutes….  its crazy.

The whole reason we started this project was so we could do some kind of timelapse video at the end.  The weekly blog was mostly an after thought.  But since then, I have not really thought too much about how the original idea was coming together.  And I must say I am pretty excited for how it has turned out so far.  The end product will be much more involved than this, but even this simple animation makes me smile.

Also, I mentioned this on facebook, but I figured I would bring it up here on the blog to make it official.  I am now featured on a website called topbabyblogs.com.  Basically what they are is a website that ranks hundreds of blogs by moms and dads.  The ranking is based on how many votes the site gets from its readers.  Lots of my friends have asked me what the point is, “do you win something?” is a common question.  I don’t win anything physical, but besides the ego boost of being highly rated, the higher my blog is on the list the more exposure it gets.   And the more exposure I get the better.  Who knows what it could lead to, and who knows whose eyes could end up seeing my work.

Anyways, that is the brief explanation.  If you want to vote, it takes two quick clicks, and you can only vote once per 24 hours.  There is a little badge that is at the bottom of the site that can be used to vote or you can simply click here. Unless you are one of my close friends, whom I will most likely pester endlessly, this is all I plan to mention about it on the blog, other than the link in my signature.

So thanks in advance for any votes, and thank you so much for all of the awesome feedback you guys have given Kate and I about this blogging adventure.  We love it and it makes us so happy that other people are enjoying it as well!  There is much more to come!


as always, thanks for looking,

daniel. kate. babyjedi.

week. 28.

If fort Bob was a man he would have been dead for years now.  A foggy memory in the minds of those that loved him.

Many days and nights of my childhood were spent carefree in the hollows of this forest.  It was in this very spot years ago that our close knit group of family and friends, 4 young boys, laid out the plans for fort Bob.  Bob had many steps in his evolution through out the years.  He was home base.  He was a hide out.  He was the gracious host of our paintballing adventures.  He was our friend.  In the cold winters we could see the blue of the tarps gleaming through the eaves.  He would always endure the winter, waiting for the inevitable return of spring and the 4 architects who would restore his walls of plywood and polyethylene tarpaulin (otherwise known as blue tarps).  Bob was our summer sanctuary.  Countless hours were spent landscaping the forest grounds, and eventually fort Bobette came into existence a few acres away.  We were not inclined to waste our creative flows on the naming of our forts.  Slowly Bob and Bobette’s time came to an end, along with our childhood.  Jobs, girlfriends, life all started to keep us out of our forest, until the only few times we returned were to remember all that had happened.

Today there is only shadows left.  Bits of tarp strewn across the forest floor.  Larger sections cling to the trees like they are part of the foliage.  The skeletons of our two friends lay scattered about the leaves and nailed to the trees.  I can only hope that one day someone will breath life back into these forgotten places.  Maybe my children.  Maybe some one else children.  Maybe…


This week the reality of the situation is starting to sink in.  Birthing classes start next week.  There is no ignoring the elephant in the room anymore.  By elephant I mean my wife’s enormous belly!  Very soon it will no longer be just Kate and I navigating this life together.  A third will be joining us on this boat.  I am so excited but I am now realizing that I need to focus on enjoying these last two months to the fullest.  At the end of them, everything changes.  I thought everything changed the day that we found out.  Now I see how silly of a thought that was.  Nothing has changed yet.  But our idea of normalcy is about to blow apart. 

Babyjedi, be nice to us, we are going to be brand new to this whole parenting thing.  Love you!

Kate had three needles in her today.  Kate does not like needles, but she handled them all like a champ.  A seasoned pro even.  Her yoga has been going well.  Weddings have been amazing.  I am really starting to feel like the business is starting to get some legs of its own, which is a huge relief.  The doctors/midwives/nurses/nurseassistants are all starting to sound like a broken record.  “Everything is going perfect.”  We are cautiously waiting for this to change, but hoping it just keeps up.

Whatever happens happens.  One baby step at a time.  <– do you see what i did there?


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daniel. kate. babyjedi.

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week. 27.

Kate’s father and brother own an auto repair shop.  Kate’s car needed a few things.  Naturally we decided to do the babyjedi shoot there.  It was an adventure.  Oh and Kate’s brother’s kids were there.

Seriously though, my father/brother in law do some great work.  If you live in southern NH, and need anything vehicle related, check them out.

Okay, can we just talk for a moment about how huge Kate’s stomach is getting!?  The boys were not much of a help, they kept calling her fat.  I laughed heartily.  Boys are funny.  The baby moves almost all of the time now.  Sometimes I will hum on kate’s belly and I will get a kick right in the mouth.  HeartMelt.

Invitations have gone out for the most epic baby shower this world has ever seen.  The lovely Sarah Elan Arel is planning it with us and it is going to be incredible.  If you get invited you should probably be there.  Or else.

Any day now I am going to be losing my office… I know it is very sad.  But that also means we will be re-painting the future nursery and it is going to be sick!  Pictures to follow im sure.  Any advice on how to save space in a nursery?  Ours is 10ish’ x 6ish’ and that is not a lot of space!  */nerd warning*  I need to get some TimeLord tech for this room.  Anyone have The Doctors cell number?  */end nerd warning*  If you don’t get it, you should start watching Dr. Who.  It is fantastic!  And it is all on netflix.  Oh and don’t bother with the really old ones, just start at the ones that came out in the 2000’s.  anyways…

All is going well.  Money is getting tighter and tighter as the due date gets closer, but I am sure that is normal.  The key is not to worry.  Whatever happens is going to happen.  Just keep working hard.  Speaking of working hard it is once again time to get back to work.  Be back soon.


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week. 26.

I am impatient.  I really can’t wait to meet you babyjedi!!!

Kate will now be pacing eternally on the interwebs.

This weeks events: Two Awesome Weddings/Best Friends Son’s Birthday/BBQ/July4th/My Birthday/My Birthday Party/My Future Sister in Laws Birthday.

New pregnancy stuff this week:  Kate started yoga yesterday, and she liked it a lot.  I feel like her belly is getting really big but she keeps saying, “you aint seen nothing yet!”  It was a really busy week!  This is the second blog I have posted today.  Hopefully they wont all be this busy!    I just love my job, but it is definitely not a low stress job.  It is a good thing Kate keeps me organized otherwise I would be doomed.

Another funny thing I have noticed is how much Kate and I miss Malani (our cat) when we are away from the house.   I am not sure if it is just because it is our first pet together, or what.  But that got me thinking about what it is going to be like leaving babyjedi places.  The funny part is that Kate and I have always told ourselves we were not going to be those parents that never left the house and always were with their kids.  I am starting to realize that is easier said than done.  I guess we are just going to have to wait and see, but I have a feeling I might be very clingy when it comes to the kid.  Maybe it is a good thing that the kid is living inside kate for now.  We never have to leave the little one anywhere and we can still leave the house without a care.  Optimism.

Anyways I have a TON of work to do :)  so many gorgeous wedding photos to edit, so I am going to get back to that.

I love you like whoa babyjedi!


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week. 25.

we camp together, alone.  nbd.

Hello everyone,

25 weeks… its so crazy.  It all goes by so fast.  I wish it would slow down, and at the same time I want it to go by fast so I can meet the little one as soon as possible.  I just need to remember to enjoy every second because you don’t get them back.  …. I …. I AM GOING TO BE A DAD!!!!?!?!??!?!!!  God help me!  I am going to be in charge of raising a human being.  Most of my family and friends are currently nervous about the last sentence I just wrote.

It is a crazy thing… life.  It goes by so fast.  Before I know it, my kid will be off to kindergarten/highschool/college/married/havingkidsoftheirown.  It is so hard for me and my simple brain to process all of these thoughts.  I always knew that I wanted children, and now I am going to have a child!  What will I be like as a father?  What will be my biggest failure in my child’s eyes?  Will my kid be taller than me?  I hope so!  But I’ll still kick their butt in all sports until I am 60!

Anyways, back to the present.  Kate and I had a wonderful time camping.  We just sat back and enjoyed some of the last few moments of quiet that we have together.  It was mostly uneventful, except when I locked our only car key inside of our car, along with our IDs/CreditCarts/CellPhones.  Other than that it was really quiet and peaceful.  I highly suggest Crawford Notch Campground to anyone looking for epicallyawesomescenery/hotshowers/rivers/cabins/tentsites/rvsites/andagoodtimeingeneral.

Kate is feeling and looking amazing!  Her back is still hurting her, but she is managing.  I am so excited/nervous/scaredoutofmymind about this baby!  I am still not sure if it has all hit me yet.  15 more weeks… that is pretty much the most time we have left… its so crazy.

Anyways, I am freaking myself out, I am gonna go to bed and feel the baby move around for a bit to calm me down.

As always…

thanks for looking,
daniel. kate. babyjedi.

p.s. to all you parents out there… do you get what I am saying?