March 2016


This Spring Break we had plans to go to Oregon.  Colorado springtime had other plans for us.  We left home at 4am, in some very wet and heavy snow.  We breezed through security, then the airport lost power.  It came back on and we drove the train to our gate.  We boarded (first class!  Sweet upgrade from Tim the super traveler!), then deplaned when there was no power to fuel the plane.  The storm grew worse, the plane got gas.  But then it was too windy and snowy to fly.  So we waited, while all other flights got canceled.  And finally ours did too.  We left, to crawl along the whiteout taxi graveyard of Pena Blvd and finally make it home to a good foot of snow.  Disappointment ensued.

Then we picked ourselves up, went skiing, rode a carousel, had dinner at a brewery, a home projects weekend, and a fantastic snowy Easter!  And we’re rebooked!!

Something about this little guy inspires family selfies.  Here’s a few of our family of five:

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St. Paddy’s Green & There were 5 in the bed and the little Clyde said…

Early early days.

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And our Colorado family of EIGHT!

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The reality of infant time – that was the longest, fastest month ever.  And Clyde managed to firmly wedge himself into all our hearts.

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What’s up with our tiniest man:

  • Fussy times. I remember 6 weeks being a turning point.  For us, it was the tip of a hill on a rollercoaster.  There were some massive fussy times leading up to 6 weeks, “happy hour” that would start (with a drink for me and a pacifier for him) at 4pm and end with us in a heap at 6pm and Clyde finally asleep for the night.  Thankfully, we seem to be on the end of that ride.  Or maybe there’s another hill approaching (most likely)!
  • Huge Smiles, and Chuckles.  The smiling ramped up too, and Clyde can be the happiest guy and make me forget all my troubles.  He also started laughing, which is super cute.  Miles, Hazel, Clyde and I have had some giggling sessions for sure.  Best thing this baby has taught me – a smile goes a really long way.  I’m working on mine too.
  • Eat. Sleep. Repeat.  Sometimes in rapid succession.  Clyde nurses when he wakes up, which is every 2 hours, day and night.  There have been the occasional long stretches in there, but for the most part, he is feeding furiously 2 hours on the dot.  Working on stretching that out at night… The milk is getting him somewhere, he clocked in at 12#4 at his 2 month check.
  • Chill-Out Time. This little boy loves his alone time.  Chillin’ watching his fists fly around in front of him.  I wonder what is going on in his little brain.
  • Clyde-O! Yep, more nicknames.  Clyde-o is a favorite this month, as is Super Cutie, Super Booty Cutie and Mr. B (for Booty).
  • Pouch Baby.  Sometimes I think, Clyde will only sleep in the carrier.  Then I realize – he will sleep in the carrier!  Then I get out for a walk/hike with him, and the world is a pretty good place.
  • So much Love.  I realized looking through pictures that he is surrounded by so much love.  It’s hard to get a picture of just him without a sibling hopping in, or in someone’s loving arms.  Lucky little guy.  And then there’s all the love he brings us.  Lucky little family.

How does Baby Clyde compare to Baby Miles & Hazel?  Here’s the naked truth:

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The verdict: he is longer and leaner (where are your ankle rolls, Clyde??), and is definitely a Stelzer sibling!

Grandma Valerie and Grandpa Bob visited in the mildest February weather ever to meet their littlest grandchild.

Of course there was project time…

And a bit of playtime as well!