Archive for December, 2007

December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas…

by Kyle Smith
Merry Christmas from the Smith’s…
December 24, 2007

Tag your it…

by Kyle Smith

Well it appears I’ve been tagged by a certain geezer… and now I must tag another fellow blogger…

Knowing that I have about two steady readers and one being that geezer fellow I guess I’ll tag my other reader. This reader is a fantastic photographer and really knows how to produce some quality prints! So….. A Broken Blog, you’re it!

The rules: Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog. Share Christmas facts about yourself. Tag random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. Wrapping or gift bags?
Preferably, bags. It’s just so much easier. I mean sure a nicely wrapped gift looks really good, but then it’s destroyed in .5 seconds when the gift is opened…

2. Real Tree or artificial?
Fake all the way! Mainly for two reasons. 1.) The wife and I have allergies and real trees just make things worse. 2.) I’m lazy. Our tree is pre-lit and that means all I have to do is unfold the branches and plug it in…

3. When do you put up your Christmas tree?
As soon as possible. This year we put up the tree before Thanksgiving because we we’re sure when Jackson would get here. But typically we’ll put the tree up on Thanksgiving day…

4. When do you take your tree down?
You take it down??? We’ll probably take it down before I have to be back at work on Jan. 2…

5. Do you like eggnog?
Love it!!! I wish they sold it all year long!

6. What was your favorite Christmas gift?
I have two. The first is my wife (well I guess I should explain better). I proposed to my wife on Christmas day and she said yes! And my newest favorite is my son, though he came early, it’s the best gift I could ask for.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
No, we’re still building our Christmas decoration arsenal…

8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I don’t think anything free can be bad. Cuz if I don’t like it I can re-gift it ๐Ÿ™‚

9. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?
Well the wife and I made some pretty nice cards last year but they’re still sitting in a drawer. Next year we’re sending one out though!! Maybe…

10. Favorite Christmas movie?
Charlie Brown Christmas

11. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
It’s kinda an all year event.

12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Well it’s actually a drink… wassel.

13. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
Clear lights.

14. Favorite Christmas song?
“I want a hippopotamus for Christmas.” Makes me laugh every time!!

December 21, 2007

Some new photos

by Kyle Smith
Well things are kinda getting back to normal around the house. Our sleeping patterns are still a little weird but I’m sure that’s just how it’s going to be for a while. He was laying in his bassinet the other night and I snapped some shots of him…
December 12, 2007

Rubber ducky, you’re the one…

by Kyle Smith


Tonight was bath time! (don’t worry we took his diaper off for the bath but we figured we’d take one that’s for public view) It actually went a lot smoother than we expected.

He screamed, we got anxious, he got clean, became happy again, our blood pressure dropped, and then he got to eat.

December 12, 2007

Off to home we go…

by Kyle Smith

We finally got to leave the hospital around 7pm yesterday after we took our car seat safety class/test at 5pm. Good thing we took the class because we were going to do everything wrong (really babies-r-us shouldn’t sell all the extra things like pads for the shoulder straps, comfy headrests, mirrors to put on seats to see the baby, etc… because they all void the warranty of the car seat and things like the mirror go from functional to dangerous projectiles in a wreck).

But then it was time, the trip home was upon us!
On the way out we decided to stop at the winter wonderland and get a family photo. The first photo was a little shaky and I made the lady take another, is that bad or just the photographer in me?

Now that the car seat had been tested it was time to put it to action! Jackson seemed pretty comfy and we made it the entire way without a peep of discomfort.
The entire time Jackson was in a hospital he was on a pretty regular, but that would all change.

We got him home and he was wide awake…all night…morning…day…and finally decided to take a nap around 4pm. In an attempt to get him to sleep last night we tried just about every bed, seat, swing and flat surface we had. Nothing worked except laying on mom. So that’s were he remained.

But tonight he gets to stay in the crib, probably…maybe…I’m not promising anything.

December 10, 2007

Coming home…

by Kyle Smith

We’re going to get Jackson from the hospital today!!!! I think that’s about all I need to write for this update!!!! Here’s some Christmas entertainment to celebrate:

December 9, 2007

Monday, Tuesday, Happy days…

by Kyle Smith

Sorry for the long gap between updates, but I guess having nothing really to update is a good thing. Jackson is doing great! The doctors seem very optimistic that he’ll be home Monday or Tuesday!!! After the initial night of his A’s and B’s he hasn’t had anymore episodes. The doctors told us that sometimes premees just kinda forget to breath but that Jackson seems to be remembering.

It’s almost harder now because he’s doing so good we just want to get him home. He’s seems to be really happy and surprisingly calm (let’s hope that lasts, haha). Well here’s some photos from the past few days:

December 6, 2007

Two steps forward, one step back…

by Kyle Smith

Just as we began to kinda see the end, last night happens. The report from the doctors earlier in the day was that Jackson was doing great. Then last night when we were there with him he kept having what they call “A’s and B’s”. ‘A’ for apnea and ‘B’ for bradycardia.

  • Apnea: is a technical term for suspension of external breathing. During apnea there is no movement of the muscles of respiration and the volume of the lungs initially remains unchanged.
  • Bradycardia: as applied to adults, is defined as a resting heart rate of under 60 beats per minute, though it is seldom symptomatic until the rate drops below 50 beat/min. In Jackson’s case, the term is used to explain a heart rate that, while not technically below 60 beats per minute, is considered too slow for the individual’s current medical condition. And is more than likely being brought on by the apnea.

Normally Jackson’s heart rate is about 120-130bpm but when he would have a brady his rate would drop to 60bpm. It was a pretty scary night for us, we know that it is fairly common in preterm babies but we were just getting so close to him coming home.

On an up note, he no longer has the feeding tube in and, besides the leads checking his vitals, he’s tube free! Keep praying!

Kyle, Nicole and Jackson

December 5, 2007

Adobe Thermo

by Kyle Smith

One of the biggest obstacles many web designers and developers have to overcome is how to “code the design”. Well Adobe is at it again with Thermo. Here’s a brief description from Adobe Labs of their latest project in trying to bridge the gap between designing and coding:

Check out the video demo!!

“Thermo” is an upcoming Adobe product that makes it easy for designers to create rich Internet application UIs. Thermo allows designers to build on familiar workflows to visually create working applications that easily flow into production and development.


  • Use drawing tools to create original graphics, wireframe an application design, or manipulate artwork imported from Adobe Creative Suite tools.
  • Turn artwork from Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or Fireworks directly into functional components that use the original artwork as a โ€œskinโ€.
  • Define and wire up interactive behavior, such as what to do when a user clicks on something, without having to write code.
  • Easily design UIs that work with dynamic data, such as a list of contacts or product information, without having access to the actual data source. Design-time sample data can be used as a realistic placeholder when laying out an application, testing interactivity, and choreographing motion.

Applications created in Thermo are Flex applications that can be loaded directly into Flex Builder, providing a great roundtrip workflow for designers collaborating with developers. The designer’s work can be incorporated directly into the production application with no loss of fidelity, and designers can continue to refine the design throughout the iterative development process.

December 5, 2007

Still weight-ing

by Kyle Smith

The doctors say Jackson’s doing great. He’s breathing on his own and his lungs are doing fine. Now, the issue is his weight. He’s been slowly losing weight everyday and they don’t want to send him home until he’s showing signs that he’s gaining weight. Since he’s been on the feeding tube the bottles wear him out and he actually falls asleep while eating (it’s actually pretty funny (but not in the sense that he’s not eating)). So now we “weight”. The one good thing is that we can hold him as much as we want. Please pray for patience and strength for Nicole and I as we wait for him to come home. We’re getting pretty anxious!
Oh yea, his gloves are so cute . I couldn’t stop laughing about them last night, they really do look like boxing gloves…