Home brew breastpump

 It’s finally finished…
$20 for two wiper motors at the junkyard  (one blew out… )
$20 for two power supplies at PC recycle (one blew out…)
Some help from my father in law and brother in law…
Voila, a breast pump…
So, it ends up that it was a bit slow to extract any milk…  And it’s definitely possible that I could ratchet up the voltage to make the motor go faster… However, this would force me to venture into territory outside of my expertise… not that that has ever stopped me in the past…
However, the real culprit to mothballing this project is that our good friends (the Crocketts) had hospitable grade pump that they lent us… It’s hard to compete for pump time when the other pump is a $1000 beauty from the hospital… and I suppose combined with the slight danger of eletrocuting myself and my wife…  we decided – we’re done…

Our growing baby!

So, Andrew had his 1 month check-up on Valentine’s Day, exactly 1 month from his birthday, and he measured in at a whopping 10 lbs 15 ounces (95%) and a length of 22 3/4" (90%).  His head circumference was a mere 37.5 cm (25%).  We’re hoping that doesn’t correspond to his brains vs muscle ratio down the road.  Clearly he is a good eater and growing like a weed.  But, we think the rapid weight gain is leading to major gas pains as poor, little Andrew sure seems to suffer when passing gas.  So, I, have eliminated a bunch of "gassy foods" from my diet in hopes of relieving the gas pains.  These foods include beans, bran, brocoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, tomatoes, shellfish, green peppers, and citrus fruits.  No big deal, you say.  But, there’s more – chocolate and caffeinated drinks.  I’m not one to drink a lot of soda, but I do enjoy a diet coke every now and then when we’re out to eat.  And, chocolate!!!  Don’s mom gave us chocolates for Valentine’s Day, and Macy’s had their Franco chocolates for sale, so I had to buy a box.  Not to mention the candy bars that have been sneaking their way onto the grocery store check-out belt and magically disappearing before the groceries are unloaded from the car.  I’ve been cutting myself some slack since I’m breastfeeding, but admittedly I’ve been going overboard in the chocolate department lately.  I’ve been craving it probably because I’m sleep-deprived, and my body is telling me I must have sugar to keep going through the day.  But, for the sake of helping my little (big) gassy, sweet baby, I will forego the chocolate, caffeine, and other foods for a couple of months until Andrew’s digestive system has had time to mature.  All I can say is, "He owes me!" at least until I see that first big smile that wasn’t provoked by gas.  Then it will all be worth it!
Here’s Andrew at 1 Week Old:
Andrew 1 Week Old
Here’s Andrew at 1 Month Old:
Andrew 1 Month Old
Here’s Andrew at 2 Months Old:
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Andrew’s Blessing

We blessed Andrew on February 3rd.  Fortunately, Tenille’s dad, mom, and older brother, Mark, as well as Don’s mom were able to attend.  Don gave Andrew a very special blessing.  Andrew did very well and didn’t cry.  What a sweet boy he is, and we’re so happy to have him in our family!
Family PhotoFamily Photo with RobertsFamily Photo with Mom Hyun
AndrewAndrew Chillin'Andrew