Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pigeon poop

The walk from the hotel to the hospital is one block long. There are trams running both directions in the middle of the road. We pass Starbucks, Chipotle, another Starbucks, a subway, an empty store, and a cvs on the treck to the hospital. Between the road and the sidewalk there are rows of trees that birds like to sit in. Swarms of pigeons. The sidewalk is speckled with poop. Every time we walk there I try to walk under the overhang of the building to avoid becoming a poop head. I guess last night I didn't do so well, since when I got to the hotel I looked down at my sweatshirt and thought to myself, "Ezekiel puked on me!" No, actually, he didn't. You always think it won't happen to you.

Today we got on the tram intending to go to "Uh downtown". I just couldn't figure out why it was called "Uh". Until Daniel informed me that it stands for the University of Houston. Oh. Anyhow, we never made it quite that far because earlier stops looked more interesting. We got off the tram and started walking around the Houston shopping district. It was a very surreal experience. Almost every single shop was closed. There weren't many cars around. All the people we saw came up and asked us for money. The Macy's sign was covered in more pigeon poop. Even the little pigeons looked pathetic. I felt very out of it and just wanted to get a breath of fresh air and see some grass. It reminded me that I don't like cities. We walked through a mall at 3pm on Saturday, a saturday before Christmas, mind you, and nothing was open. Then we got into an argument about wether they were trying to honor the Sabbath by having everything closed on Saturday. Of course they aren't, says I. Well they could be, says Daniel. Back and forth for a good 10 minutes. Exasperated, we got back on the tram and got off by the row of pigeon-poop trees and the two Starbucks. Ah, back to our new stomping grounds. I felt much better.

Ezekiel is doing good today. He is a breastfeeding champ. I am so proud of him. He was 6lbs 7oz today.

Thanks guys for all your encouragement and your prayers. We are just so thankful to know every one of you!!


saylor days said...

6 lbs 7 oz?!?!!!!! i can't wait to see pics of the little chubs. yay.
i agree that the mall was probably not honoring the sabbath.that totally sounds like something colin and i would argue about. and colin would totally think something like that too.
sorry you got pooped on by a pigeon.tho it's pretty funny.

Sarah said...

Wow, how awesome that he is so good at breastfeeding. He probably realizes what he has been missing. Stay safe in the big city. It sounds like it would be really stressful to be in such a deserted neighborhood.

Luanne in Ohio said...

Hi Kristin, Daniel and Ezekiel -

Hopefully, your future sightseeing trips in Houston will be more fun and fruitful. Perhaps you should invent something called a "pigeonbrella", shaped like a pigeon on a stick, but opens like an umbrella to protect you from the little gifts from above. A little extra income...if it's a rousing success, you could become pigeon protection tycoons!

Ezekiel, you are such a champ! Keep eating and growing. Jesus is doing good things in you. We won't stop praying for your eyes. I wish I could hold you and hold you and hold you. I do in my heart.

Thanks for the post on the blog. It made me smile, which was a big and needed thing today.

Love, Ezie's grandma in Ohio

teresamartinpike said...


Laughed out loud about the pigeon poop, especially since you thought it might be Ezie's puke. The two Starbucks is pretty funny too, although they're not doing very good now, it will be a lot fewer in the future!

Ezie, I love you and wish I could hold you too! :)

Love you all,

Aaron, Sarah, and Emily Walter said...

Your descriptions are perfect-I feel like I am right there getting pooped on next to you! Kinda funny though, you have to admit (after the gross factor).

Keep up the good work breastfeeding Ezekiel!!! (Mommy too!).

Grandma in Ohio said...

Hi Ezekiel -

This is your grandma in Ohio. Good Morning!!!!!! I'm on my way to work. I want to pass something to you and the other people who read your mommy's blog.

There is a beautiful little newborn in the NICU at St. Ann's Hospital here in Columbus. Her name is Isabella Grace Peat, and she needs some prayers to get out of the NICU, too. Her mommy and daddy (Jennifer and Brian) go to Vineyard Columbus, and her mommy is in the choir with Grandma. You can read all about her on her blogspot....and see pretty pictures of her, too. Please ask your mom and dad to pray for Isabella (and you, too!). The blogspot is

Have a good day, Ezekiel. Do you know you now weigh what your mommy did when she was born? 6 lbs 10!!

Love, Grandma