Monday, May 31, 2010

At Home with Jude

Jude slept through his grand entrance into our abode. It has been a curious transition for me. Sometimes I still look in his bassinet and feel a bit astonished to find a dark headed baby sleeping. Jude seems relieved to be away from all the poking and prodding of the hospital and we are so glad to be home!

David has been working non-stop since we were released from the hospital on Thursday night. Home Depot's Garden Department and Memorial Day weekend are quite a combination. The result has been two tired (but very cute) men in the Dawkins house.

I doubt life will be "normal" any time soon but now that I'm in a bit more of a routine, I hope to be more faithful to the blog! I can't promise there won't be a domination of Jude in my posts though...he's a pretty dominate figure in my world right now:) And I couldn't love it more!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Heading Home

Good news. Jude has been making great progress over the past 24 hours. They are monitoring him much less and we've been able to spend a lot more time together in our room as a family. Our love for him just keeps expanding.

I was released from care today and barring an unexpected turn, the doctor plans to send Jude home with us sometime tomorrow.

Thank you for all your prayers, phone calls and emails! We are so grateful for the community around us!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Weighing In

Just wanted to give a little update on the little man so that you can continue to pray for him as he makes his way into our world:)

Yesterday the nurses noticed that his breathing was quicker than is normal. We spoke with a specialist late last night and he let us know that it appears he may have gotten a gulp of amniotic fluid in his lungs. It's nothing to be heavily concerned about but requires some extra monitoring and intervention. Right now they have him on oxygen and a little IV is in place to help them regulate his breathing. Thankfully, at this point it appears that I will be able to feed him every three hours...just under a bit more monitoring than usual. We give thanks for this!

His football player shoulders and my not-so-football-player frame collided a bit during the delivery and he does have a fractured clavicle bone. This is not uncommon in large babies and should heal up within a few weeks.

We are so thankful that overall he appears to be healthy and is improving each day.

Right now, it looks as though I will be released tomorrow. Jude will need to stick around for another day or two so we'll be staying at the hospital with him until he's ready to go. We'll keep you posted on any new developments!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Happy Birthday to Jude!!!

Jude Ream Dawkins arrived this afternoon at 2:12pm in Louisville!!! To our amazement and surprise, he beat our high-end guesses and weighed in at 10lbs 15oz and is 22.5 inches long. I'm not sure the actual definition of "husky" but I think he may have surpassed even the husky status. We are overwhelmed with gratitude.

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dear Hubs

Hubs has been quite busy over the past few weeks. For once, though, it's not with school work. This is the first summer/winter break in 2.5 years that he's not enrolled in an intensive class. With only one class left, he's opting to take it online in the fall to finish up for the December graduation.

In his leisure time?

He's still reading. This week, while I've been reading a novel, David has been faithfully carrying around What To Expect The First Year. In the evening, he lets me know what to expect regarding sleep duration, diapering, and a wide variety of other baby related topics.

He's also faithfully tending his tomato plants. Every time it rains, he looks up at the sky, smiles, and says "This is great for my tomato plants. Rain can get deeper than just watering, Laura." Our neighbor, Mr. Bob, has quite the garden this year. Sometimes I catch David looking longingly across the fence. Thankfully, David and Mr. Bob (who's been gardening 2x longer than David's been alive) are friends and we often share in the bounty of his skill.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

An Update on Jude

We went to the doctor yesterday and inquired about all of those rumors we've been hearing about inducing labor. Swimming, riding over railroad tracks, spicy food, etc...basically, he told me to take it easy. It's unlikely that they'll help a thing.

My blood pressure is low, the non stress test shows no signs that Jude's in any kind of danger and so...we wait.

If he's not here yet (and I'm beginning to wonder if he hasn't just decided to stay put for a while), I'll go in for a check up again on Friday to make sure all is well. No talk of inducing at this point...for which I am very grateful.

We'll keep you posted. Thanks for all the messages and phone calls!

Mojito Tapas

Last night we headed out to another spot in Louisville that David and I love...Mojito Tapas. The beauty of a tapas restaurant is that you can try so many different entrees because the portions are small. Just to give you an idea of the great presentation at this restaurant...I took along my camera. It's as good as it looks!

Guacamole & Chicharritas- Avocadoes, tomatoes, cilantro, mild roasted Poblano chile, lime juice, red onions served with our home made plantain chips.

Chicken Ropa Vieja- Shredded chicken seasoned with bell peppers and onions cooked in a wine tomato creole sauce, served over steamed white rice, black beans and sweet plantain.

Fish Tacos- Breaded and pan friend grouper strips over corn tortilla topped with our homemade guacamole salsa fresco, sour cream, jalapenos, sliced red onions and fresco cilantro.


Trio de Chocolate- Chocolate custard, Milk chocolate ice cream, Chocolate mousse, topped with banana brulee and seasonal berries.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


In hopes of making a bit of a family scrapbook, one day last year I decided to print off a few blogs. Not surprisingly, the project ended up in our file cabinet for a later time.

This week I've been purging our files in preparation for the move in July. I came across the printed blogs and read my first post.

Ironically enough, the date was exactly 2 years ago on May 16th....Jude's due date. Blogging, as it turns out, is one of the only web applications I actually attend to faithfully. (You know this if you ever send me messages on Facebook.) And the bedroom suggestion mentioned below is the exact spot where Jude's bassinet awaits him.

May 16, 2008

The blog begins. Life in Louisville has widened the gap for me between some of those dearest to our hearts...and another effort to bridge what time and distance generally erode, I am beginning a blog. It's another 'networked connectivity' that I seriously doubted I would ever join...but here I am... posting my first blog.

Laurin Boeving is primarily responsible for this new found interest. She came to Louisville a few weekends ago for a visit. We made homemade bread for the duration of the weekend...David and I acted as near salesmen for Breadman...and when it was all over, the Boevings bought a bread maker. She tried the entire weekend to convince me of two things : 1. I would love blogging. 2. The large closet in our den would make a suitable bedroom for a little baby. The second proposition seemed a little bit of stretch...but on the first, though I've resisted longer than the Boevings did the Breadman, a blog seems inevitable.

Life is full of the daily details that recount to us moment after moment the faithfulness of God. I see it in other people's lives....and long for it to be reflected in the Dawkins realm as well. He is faithful to us day after day, in the tiny details and the grand scheme of things. He is on every page of our narrative. This is just another outlet to tell that story.

Monday, May 17, 2010

At Least I'm Not Bored....

My sweet mother's been in town for three full days...patiently waiting and keeping me occupied while David's throwing mulch at Home Depot. This means a number of things.

1. We've had some fabulous dining experiences. On Saturday night, she took us out for her anniversary. We were fortunate enough to get into Le Gallo Rossa without a reservation and apparently ate alongside a star from the Sopranos. None of us watch the that wasn't quite as thrilling as the incredible Italian cuisine. Havana Rhumba has quickly joined her favorite list as well.

2. We've been shopping. Thankfully, the temptation to buy clothes for a little boy isn't quite as fierce as it would be were Jude a little girl. Nonetheless, we wandered into Janie and Jack today and couldn't resist....

3. I've been learning about the latest technological advancements. Impressively enough, my mom knows more about what's up and coming in the tech world than her 30 year old daughter. I perused the Apple store today for what I believe was the first time.

4. I now know a bit about the process of glass blowing. My mom, who at some point in her life has tried most art forms successfully, is a great companion. She is always up for hitting museums and craft exhibits. Saturday we went Glassworks down on Market Street. Sadly, I left my camera at home. It was amazing!

5. If Jude doesn't come soon...there's no telling what tomorrow holds! I love my mom:)

Saturday, May 15, 2010


My mom drove into Louisville late last night. Today she and my dad will celebrate 33+ years of marriage! She wanted to come on up so that she wouldn't miss any of the action. We're going to enjoy the sights of Louisville until Jude arrives.

Also, on May 15th....many years ago, the Dawkins family patriarch was born. David's Dad is celebrating his birthday today! Happy Birthday:)

I had a little chat with Jude this morning and explained to him that the pressure is on. Everyone in the family would like to share their special day with him!

He doesn't seem too motivated.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Date Night with Chuck

Last night David took me out for a little date night.

I ate spicy food in hopes of inducing labor. In the middle of the night, I thought I might be feeling my first contraction. After a minute or two, I decided it was just the spicy dinner. Oh well.

Earlier this week, I walked so much that I was just sure I'd bring Jude's arrival. It was to no avail. I just woke up sore the next day and had to go to the swimming pool to loosen my muscles.

Maybe if I just ignore all those tips and sit on my couch watching a movie, he'll come?

In the midst of all my cleaning, I came across an old stack of Chuck E Cheese tokens. We decided to make a stop there after dinner.

David lOvEs to play the basketball games they have in arcades. He gets a bit competitive. Though he beat the record on one of the games last night, he could not beat the score on another set. (Please note, the record was most likely set by a 16 year old who works there and plays the game all the time.) I think he was sad when the tokens ran out and he hadn't been able to beat the top score.

We spent the tickets at the counter on 2 tootsie pops and a jumbo tootsie roll.

The wild adventures of the Dawkins, eh?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Psalm 139

Life has been slower this week. Most of the preparations have been made for Jude's arrival. The majority of my commitments are winding down. And due to this ever growing stomach, I'm just moving a bit slower in general. In the stillness, I've had a bit more time to think, pray for and consider this little life that is about to join our world. Psalm 139 is taking on a new fullness to me.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.

All the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Wicked Lottery

What have we been up to lately?

I am a little ashamed to say that even though we'd seen it twice already, David and I got a hankerin' when we heard May would bring the show to Louisville. My birthday money was put securely away. We held our breath, waiting to see if Jude might come a bit early.

But when opening night came and the little guy hadn't made an appearance, we headed downtown with our theatre friends, the Lyons, to see if we could win the Wicked Lottery. (Lottery = 2.5 hours before the show you put your name in the 'hat.' At the 2 hour til curtain mark, they pull 10 names. Those 10 people have a chance to purchase 2 tickets in orchestra seating for $25. The tickets would normally sell for $250+) It's how we ended up on the front row in NYC. And it's how we ended up on the 3rd row last week for the opening show.

We're still singing the tunes.

As for Jude, not even the striking voice of Elphaba motivated him to join us:)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Closing Up Shop

We moved to Louisville on a Saturday. On Monday morning, I arrived at Southern for my first day of work.

Though I don't often (if ever?) write about it on the blog, my job has been a huge part of life here. And I can write with all honesty that though my official position is just a lowly secretary, I love coming to work every morning. I like arranging mission trips. I like the people I work with. I like my office and its big windows. I like the students that I serve. My job has been such a gift in this season.

This week I've been training my replacement, putting my files in order and basically wrapping things up and handing them over. Most gals I know would be jumping for joy. I admit, I've shed a few tears. This is not because I am dreading the next season of life but because God's goodness to me in the one I am closing has been so incredibly rich.

When we first came to Louisville, I asked over and over again for a grateful contentment in this season. I was eager to be back overseas...not sitting behind a desk so that we could pay our bills while David went to school. That wasn't exactly what I envisioned I'd be doing at 29. God answered that prayer so faithfully that I look back now in utter amazement. He filled me up with Himself...not adventure or ministry or the glamor of something "noteworthy". He has been enough to satisfy me.

For many years now my response to that harrowing question "What do you actually want to do with your life," has been "I want to be a wife and mother." Not famous or well respected or wealthy. I want to be a godly wife and mother. And in this season, I look forward to the same truth, the same prayer answered in the same way - Christ, who is enough, is my satisfaction. Not what I do or how I am known.

Things are changing in this life of mine.

Thankfully, some things never will.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Peanut Parfait Pie

Last weekend I did a bit of cooking for after Jude's arrival. I went to the store on Friday and David had to meet me there. Last time I bought a lot of groceries, I had trouble pushing the cart and loading the bags. I considered driving the handicap cart, but David said he'd meet me at the store after work.

Sadly, I can't really multi-task in the grocery store. After about 5 minutes, I asked David not to talk to me...just to push the cart behind me. So he walked silently behind me through the store catching items I threw that way.

Not only did I freeze a bit of meat for casseroles and stock the pantry with a variety of items, I decided to make a few desserts to entice you blog readers to stop by after Jude arrives.

This Peanut Parfait Pie is one of my favorite things to keep in the freezer through the summer. Taste of Home was my recipe source.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Jude's Book List

The day we found out that we were having a boy, I gave up the hope of reading Anne of Green Gables to the little one and began considering what would be the best start in literature for a little boy. It only took a few minutes to decide that Jude's first book would be To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. And thus, it is already in the basket by the couch waiting to be read over the next few months.

I felt instinctively that I should begin to read some sort of boy book in preparation for his arrival, but confess that I have indeed been reading Anne's House of Dreams instead. Anne is pregnant, so we have a lot in common once more. Nonetheless, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn have been haunting my thoughts. Beyond that, I've been at a loss.

Thankfully, our friend in Mississippi, who has impeccable taste when it comes to children's literature, shipped a box full of books to Jude this week.

He included The Lion and the Mouse, a wordless illustrated book that gives parents a bit of creative freedom...

A stack of classics...from which I've already begun reading Five Children and It by E. Nesbit...

And an absolutely amazing pop up book illustrating The Chronicles of Narnia.

Jude might have to grow into that one:)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Our Husky Little Man

We went to the doctor yesterday. Last week he asked me to come in for another ultrasound just to check on the little guy since he was so large back in January. David and I watched the screen and saw a line graph with…um…high numbers. These estimates are so unreliable…but the ole doc said he’s anywhere from 8.5-9.5lbs right now and will probably continue gaining weight until I deliver. Apparently Jude’s still quite “husky.” They printed off a picture of his little arm. He has a fat roll on his arm.

Oh. I. Cannot. Wait. To squeeze a fat little baby.

Not much to say here on progress. Not even a Braxton Hicks contraction to be had. I feel fine…just a lot more tired than usual. I’m assuming that has something to do with this 30lb weight strapped to my stomach.

On Sunday, David and I went for a walk. I told him I wanted to keep going….so we did. It started raining. All of the sudden I realized that what used to be a short distance wasn’t so short anymore. Finally, I told ole hubs he might want to jog on home and get the car. And I’m not really exaggerating when I say that I thought I was going to go into labor on the side of the road. I just kept walking…because I knew if I stopped some frantic person would pull their car over and offer to take me to the hospital. Thankfully, I made it home and Jude remains inside - stockpiling food, apparently.

It does seem true that I cannot call anyone at this point in time without disappointing them. The first question is always “Are you in labor?!?!?!?!?!” It kind of dulls things when I just say “I was calling to chat.”

David finishes his last exam on Thursday…so we’re not a bit anxious to move things along just yet. But we are eager to meet the husky little man.

The Texas Rose

With just two weeks to go until my due date, Hubs has been especially sympathetic lately. This sometimes manifests itself through cooking. Saturday I awoke to pancakes. Sunday, he decided to try his hand at French Toast.

Generally speaking, David and I cook the same way we live our lives. He's got a method and always follows a recipe. I get a general idea of what a recipe contains and then estimate the particulars. It never quite turns out the same.

To my amazement though, David didn't have a recipe for French Toast. He just had an apparently thrilling memory of French Toast at one of the only restaurants (called "The Texas Rose") in their small bush town in Peru. He tried to replicate it. I was completely impressed. He was not as satisfied...but we're not sure if that was due to the French Toast or the memory of the French Toast...eaten after months in the jungle.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Derby Day

Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images

The Kentucky Derby is this afternoon in Louisville.

Schools closed yesterday. Shops shut their doors. Hotels are filled. Hats abound.

Even amid the thunderstorms scheduled for this afternoon and the inch of water that's already fallen, our downstairs neighbors have the grill going, 3 mini-kegs on ice adorning our front porch, and people pouring into their apartment. It's a mystery to me.

As for me, I'm (supposed to be) writing a paper and studying for my final. I finally left home to work elsewhere because I kept turning on the television which has all day coverage of nothing but Churchill Downs.

Happy Derby Day.