happy birthday kai!

Happy first birthday Kai!!!! We love you so much and hope we can celebrate soon!

(amazing photo by Amy Swangler)


crystal lake

My first trip in 2 months to Crystal Lake. I WILL post more of Sam tomorrow. I want to do his first 5 weeks on earth. I have a ton of photos of him as well in case it may seem like I am just taking ones of Jack.


for laurel

I have been looking through photos from the summer. Slowly but surely I will get more things on here.


so cute

we made are first visit in 2 months at Debbie's house. Here is one of her daughter and her amazing eyelashes.



a rare moment where Jack would take a picture with Sam.

my dad and sam

old pictures

I was looking at old photos and liked these two.


Happy Birthday Amy!

Sorry I didn't talk to you today. Hope you had a wonderful birthday.

We miss you!



Jack loves going with John to see the boats come in from Lake Michigan. He also loves the ice cream carts in Chicago. I love the light at the end of the day. I also love getting out of the house.

before and after

Aunt Christine wanted to see his new haircut.

eyes open

For Amy...

making art



A few from the hospital and at home...

my birth story

On Saturday morning I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. It was an interesting end to an interesting month.
At 8 am I felt my water break. John and I were looking forward to a day of cleaning and preparing for baby. When I told John that my water broke he said to me, "you have got to be kidding me".
We had people working on our house and John asked to run to the lumber store to pick up a few things. I was hoping to take a shower when he got home.
At 8:45 I told him that my contractions were going and for him to get home.
At 8:50 John came home and called his parents to come and watch Jack.
At 9:10 we left for the hospital. I don't think I have ever gone down the stairs so quickly.
On the drive down to the hospital my contractions were one to two minutes apart. I was starting to push and I told him that I was going to have the baby in the car. John blew 3 red lights in downtown Chicago.
Just after 9:20 we arrived at the hospital and I was brought directly into the delivery room.
at 9:48 our son was born.
My doctor didn't have time to change into her scrubs.

So here are the stats...
Name: Samuel Huck Olech
Weight: 8 pounds 2 ounces
Height: 20.5 inches

Samuel Huck

So our little guy was born a little over 3 weeks ago.

He was 8 pounds 2 ounces and 20.5 inches long
August 23 at 9:48

Some highlights from this month-

1) He started sucking his thumb at 3 days old
2) He grunts
3) He hates being swaddled and loves to eat

He weighed 8 pounds 10 ounces at his 2 week checkup.