Archive for September, 2009

More Minnesotans!

September 29, 2009

This past weekend we were happy to receive Kath and Richard into our house to meet little Basil.  During the visit we enjoyed local food from the Med, Swedish food from Ann Sather, butter pizza from Lou Malnati’s, and Irish breakfasts at Macnamara’s.  Now we’re starting a diet and exercise routine!

Kath brought along her camera and took some fantastic shots of Basil, so I won’t keep you waiting.

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Indianan Apple Adventure

September 21, 2009

On Saturday afternoon we made a somewhat spur of the moment decision to leave the city and pick some apples in Hobart, IN.  Two years ago, we ventured to County Line Orchard.  That is where we returned.  The orchard extravaganza had changed significantly in two years.  The gigantic parking lot had been paved over, the kiddie farm was greatly expanded, and they had built a new barn to be used for events with seating for 1,200 people.  The tractor rides remained the same, and the apples are still delicious.

When we arrived, Basil enjoyed a tasty, milky meal, and we ran into our neighbors.


They made their way to the petting zoo, and we hopped a tractor


and found ourselves deep within the orchard.


The solid food eaters in our trio tasted Honey-Crisp, McIntosh, Gala, Jonagold, Jonathon, and Golden Delicious.  Some of the apples were decidedly not ready yet, but the Gala were absolutely delicious and singly populated our returning harvest.


After picking, we enjoyed apple donuts and Basil had one more milky meal before we left.  He spit all of it out on the way home, but we’re pretty sure he still liked the apple orchard.



White Guys

September 18, 2009

Things have been happening at the Saathoff household, and you haven’t been informed!

Let’s go back.  A few weeks ago, Basil made his first out-of-womb visit to US Steel Yard in Gary, IN, to see our cherished Gary Southshore Railcats.  We left while ahead in the 8th inning, but unfortunately the Fargo Redhawks came from behind in the 9th to win the game after we left.  The Railcats finished the season with the best record, but the Redhawks beat them again to win the playoff championship.

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Lizzy found a more secluded spot for breastfeeding.  The game was NOT this sparsely attended.

Basil also visited the pediatrician, our dear Dr. Osta.  There, she informed us that our then-10 week old weighed 12lbs 10oz and had achieved something between the 50th and 75th percentile (for weight).  We will do everything to push him to 100th!  Lizzy says, instead, we will do everything we can to keep him average.  I guess a normal baby has an easier time than a super jumbo or a skinny minny.  Average ho!


He also loves getting visits from Claire, who is newly chrismated.


Yesterday I made my first visit to my new doctor at UIC, Dr. Potter.  I am already impressed and pleased to have made the switch from Dr. Grant in Oak Park.  He was very knowledgeable about things from the top of his head without typing things up on his iphone in front of me (as Dr. Grant had done).  As far as the Lupus Anticoagulant, he said he would find someone with more knowledge in the university to help us think about how long I should be on the blood thinner Warfarin.  It appears that my condition is a bit rarer and more confusing to doctors than I knew.  Lizzy’s previous doctor told her one never wants to be “medically interesting” to a doctor, but I think I fit that bill with Dr. Potter.

In another aspect of the visit, I discussed with him some white patches I discovered on my hands during our trip to Washington, D.C.

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I’ve been asking people lately if they’ve been wondering – “what else does Eric have in common with Michael Jackson?”

Well, I didn’t have to suggest anything with Dr. Potter.  He was the one who said it looked like vitiligo.  After my flu shot, he did a little biopsy on the white spot on my elbow so they can check the skin for melanin.  I’m turning white!  Oh wait…

It turns out that the affected skin looks about the same color as my shirtless top.  Oh well.  It’s really hard on guys like this.

Here’s another white guy striking some poses:

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Two month’s growth

September 4, 2009

Here are two pictures for your viewing pleasure.  One is of Basil at right around one month, and the second was taken yesterday at two months.  A month is such an imprecise measurement of time…

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Look closely at his legs, his chin, and his chest.  He has definitely grown!  In about a week we’ll find out how much he weighs.