Secret Countdown Fast Fact!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 by auer83

Today was Noah’s original due date. According to our very first OB visit, Noah has reached 40 weeks today!

Meanwhile the suspense builds and the Secret Countdown continues: 3 MORE DAYS!!!

It’s Monday or bust (maybe literally).


Going to the Hospital

Posted in The Good Life on July 19, 2010 by auer83

So this past Thursday evening, wife and I were supposed to go into the hospital for an induction. Long story short, we left Thursday night to return back home, no induction, no baby Noah… yet.

Short story long, there was a strange mistake in the computers with the true due date of Noah, and due to perhaps conflicting reports from two separate doctors, there was a slight (1 and 1/2 week) discrepancy as to exactly when Shanna would reach the 40 weeks full term. The Cardiologist originally recommended Shanna’s induction at the beginning of 39 weeks (which according to one model would have been on Thursday), but to be safe, the OB ordered the induction be delayed until the later possible model date.

This made us all REALLY sad. I mean… super. Sad. It was essentially 9 months of building anticipation, only to find out that we still need to wait another week (translated in waiting terms as – another decade).

BUT the good news is Noah is not only healthy, but very happy, and moving with much frequency. He was and is in a great position, and is pretty much ready to go. Essentially we got a free full checkup on Noah, and the results were excellent.

Therefore! The new date of induction has been officially set for Monday, July 26th, at 7:00 AM. May the countdown begin… again.

While we’re in countdown mode, I might as well say a brief word or two about our dear hospital: Johns Hopkins Hospital, located in North East Baltimore, MD.

Just in case you haven’t been around the past two decades, Johns Hopkins is essentially the king of all hospitals in the United States.

In their much anticipated annual report, US News has ranked Hopkins as the #1 hospital in the country… for the 20th consecutive year in a row.

The hospital is distinguished in specifically 9 pediatric and a staggering 16 adult specialties. Within the adult specialties, all but one land in the top 5 in the country. Hopkins lands #1 in the specialties of Gynecology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Ear, Nose & Throat, and Rheumatology. Statistically, it leaves an incredible number of nearly 5,000 respected US hospitals in the dust including UCLA Medical, Barnes Jewish, Duke U Medical, Mass General, and NY-Pres of Columbia and Cornell (all of which made Top 14 Honor Roll).

Walking onto the campus causes one to imagine that he or she has entered the grounds of a self-sufficient city. Within the main campus, the hospital boasts such desirable amenities such as flower and gift shops, patient family housing, Metro station, a luxury wings, bank, farmers market, day care, gardens, cafes, restaurants, chapels, post office, workout center for employees, and a large International center that accommodates patients arriving from outside the country (Hopkins is not only one of the finest in the country, it’s easily one of the finest in the world).


Posted in Humor, Politics on July 12, 2010 by auer83



Name That Tune

Posted in Bits of Home, Humor on July 12, 2010 by auer83

Quickie Quiz: What famous song has these lyrics?

Well, now, take down your fishin’ pole and meet me at The Fishin’ Hole,
We may not get a bite all day, but don’t you rush away.

What a great place to rest your bones and mighty fine for skippin’ stones,
You’ll feel fresh as a lemonade, a-settin’ in the shade.

Whether it’s hot, whether it’s cool, oh what a spot for whistlin’ like a fool.

What a fine day to take a stroll and wander by The Fishin’ Hole,
I can’t think of a better way to pass the time o’ day.

We’ll have no need to call the roll when we get to The Fishin’ Hole,
There’ll be you, me, and Old Dog Trey, to doodle time away.

If we don’t hook a perch or bass, we’ll cool our toes in dewy grass,
Or else pull up a weed to chaw, and maybe set and jaw.

Hangin’ around, takin’ our ease, watchin’ that hound a-scratchin’ at his fleas.

Come on, take down your fishin’ pole and meet me at The Fishin’ Hole,
I can’t think of a better way to pass the time o’ day.

And now for something completely different: A creepy Russian singing a cowboy song (click here).

Random, eh? Oh yeah?

Countdown: 6 Days

Posted in Auer Family, The Good Life on July 9, 2010 by auer83

Only 6 days until the induction…. we’re about to lose our minds!

I don’t know if you can get much more pregnant (or READY) than this.

Fortunately for us, there’s the famous DC/East Falls Church favorite – The Lost Dog Cafe. Great sandwiches if I say so myself.

Passing the time away the best we can.

Meanwhile, this week I say goodbye to a few more students *tear*

Good luck, students!


Posted in Words of inspiration on July 4, 2010 by auer83

“I want to stress what I think that we (or at least I) need more; the joy and delight in God which meet us in the Psalms, however loosely or closely, in this or that instance, they may be connected with the Temple. This is the living centre of Judaism. These poets knew far less reason than we for loving God. They did not know that He offered them eternal joy; still less that He would die to win it for them. Yet they express a longing for Him, for His mere presence, which comes only to the best Christians or to Christians in their best moments.”

~ C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms

Too much celebrating

Posted in Auer Family on July 4, 2010 by auer83

How Pugsy celebrates our nation’s Independence.