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9 Weeks Old

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So shes already 9 weeks old!  She’s getting so big and so smart.  In the morning she loves to play and smile and laugh, especially with daddy!  Yesterday she had her two month check up and shes looking good.  Weighing in at 10lbs. 7 ounces, and 22 inches long! Jill said she looks very healthy and happy. River is keeping Jeff and I very busy, as we are trying to launch The Healthy Belly by the end of this month, our River Rae inspired Organic and holistic baby site!  So when River allows us to we put her in her bouncy chair or on her playmat so we can write and design.  That usually only works for about ten minutes then she wants to be held.  Which is fine by us, we love it!  We sure are in love and continue to be surprised everyday by all the new little things she does!  Next time I’ll be posting a video inwhich she coos and smiles, hopefully next week, we’ll See 🙂




Merry Christmas 2008

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christmas2008I can’t believe looking back at last years Christmas I never would of imagined I’d be a Mommy this year!  This year feels so different to have my own family is truly a gift in of it self.  Jeff and I are so excited to come to California next week and introduce little River  to everyone!  She’s doing great an getting so big, she’s 5 weeks old and starting to explore her little voice and last night it sure did look like she smiled at us. She’s working on it, becoming more and more aware and looking around at everything!  Everyday has been so exciting as she does something different and keeps us guessing at what the next day will bring!  Happy Holidays to all and a Very Happy New Year.

The Jankes


Introducing River Rae Bella

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annoucementWe’d like everyone to meet our little girl River Rae Bella. She showed up Friday night at 11:49p.m. perfect as can be.  We are so overwhelmed with love for our new little one, we can’t stop staring at her and giving her kisses.  Early Friday morning contractions started feeling quite strong so we stayed up and kept track of them.  Around 6:00a.m. we called Jill our Midwife and after speaking with her awhile it seemed that we where in the early stages of prelabor.  Our birthing tub arrived at the house around 9:00a.m.  As labor progressed we really started seeing more action around 11:00a.m. from there we continued our Hypnobirthing and relaxation to manage the pain, kept moving around alot and did some Yoga.  Around 6:30p.m. I got in the tub and started experiencing much stronger contractions, a couple hours later my water broke and within the next 30 minutes I had the urge to push.  Jill checked me and said well lets have a baby!  We where so exstatic as we where all kind of starting to think we had a lot more laboring to do.  So little River just snuck up on us!  After pushing for a little over an hour little River emerged in the tub safe and sound at 11:49p.m.  Jill plopped her up on my belly and a huge emotional rush just overcame Jeff and I as we looked down at our little miracle we created.  I don’t think either of us have felt so much love all at once.  I couldn’t have managed my way throw my labor without the attention of my husband.  Jeff was so amazing as he talked me through it all staying positive the whole way.   We are so happy with the choices we made with our Birth, she was safe and calm the whole way through.  Jill said it was as if River didn’t even know she was in labor.  We’d like to thank Jill for the amazing job she did and the education shes brought us through this whole process.  As well as Kat, thank you so much for your support!  And Mom you have such a calm gentle nature about you and it was truly a blessing that you where there.  Thank you to all of our family and friends who’ve come by and called, all your support and well wishes are so appreciated and we love you all so much!

The Proud Parents


5 1/2 weeks left to grow!

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We are getting so excited for our little one to arrive.  Jeff took this last minute shot of me yesterday since I’m not usually up for photo shoots lately he had to sweet talk me 🙂  A little over a week ago we had our shower and we wanted to thank everyone so much for all the wonderful gifts and support.  It was really great to see everyone.  The shower was thrown by River’s Aunties Holly, Kayla, Jessie, Summer and Brandy and they did an amazing job.  I literally had tears in my eyes when I walked out and saw what they had put together for me.  It was such a special day and wow did we get tons of stuff. River sure has alot of people very excited to meet her!  The nursery is pretty much done, we just a have a few finishing touches and we will take some pics and get them up here as soon as we’re done.  It’s absolutely beautiful we both like to go in there everyday and just look around and imagine what it’s going to be like once she’s here.  It’s so amazing how calm and peaceful it feels in there already even Jetty is hanging out in there regularly, I think she feels the good energy as well 🙂  Last week at our 34 week check up, every thing looks good her heartbeat is strong and she loves to interact with the midwife when she’s checking her.  Her head is down and I’m measuring a little ahead of schedule, which doesn’t necessarily mean anything but who knows.  As long as shes in there as long as she needs to get strong and healthy that’s all that matters to us!

To see pics from the baby shower follow this link:

More updates coming soon



32 Weeks and Growing! “My Little Bell”

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Wow, I can’t believe we have only 8 weeks to go!!  Our little River Rae started as a small puddle, then grew to a medium sized brook, and is now our little stream!  Amber and I can’t wait to meet our little River!  As some of you may have heard, we have decided to experience our birth of River Rae Bella at home on the river with a mid-wife.  This Friday we go to Vegas to meet with her and start our daily practices in preparation of our main event.  Amber, River and I, are so excited about this change in events, as we are now looking more forward to our quiet, candlelit, beautiful birthing experience!

We also have been working really hard on our new website: which was inspired by our little River, “my Little Bell”  and will hopefully be set to launch phase 1, by the first of next year!  Be sure to check it out when it’s up, as our mission is to create a more high-end, organic, version of babycenter meets fitpregnancy.

River has been very active inside Amber’s belly!  As I love talking to her on a daily basis, she usually responds actively to my voice:)  I love to share with her how wonderful I want her life to be and let her know all the different plans I have for our lives together.  My Little Bell also loves when I kiss her mommy’s belly, it makes her jump for joy, so I try to kiss her belly as often as I can!!  We just love her so much and want the best for her!  I already love her more than I could have ever imagined, as I know when we both meet for the first time, it is going to be overwhelming for the both of us!  When I think about that moment, it just seems so unbelievable and surreal!  I definitely have noticed a difference in my emotions.  Amber and I have watched a couple of different shows, one called: Bringing Home Baby, and another one from a hypno birth educational video which showed the birth of many different baby’s, as well as the experience of bringing your baby home for the first time.  I can’t tell you how much it effected the two of us, it was just so amazing and beautiful!  And now to know that I am about to share this beautiful and magical experience with my amazing and wonderful wife Amber, makes me feel like to luckiest man in the world!  I can’t wait to hold you River Rae Bella Janke, my beautiful Little Bell!!



It’s a Girl!

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Here she is Little River Rae Bella! We couldn’t ask for more, since this is what we both wanted 🙂 a little girl. Now it’s time to get to work on the Nursery! The experience of finding out what she was had to be one of the best days of my life. I had no idea how much she wiggles around all the time. It was also great to see her little face and to see that she has everything she needs, oh and I think she looks like her daddy already! More to come soon!




17 weeks!

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Pregnancy pics

Here’s my first pregnancy pics courtesty of Jeff Janke Photography 😉 man he’s good! Our little one is healty and looking good, nice strong heart beat of 160 BPM. Just 6 more weeks and we’ll get to find out what color the nursery is going to be! I’m feeling great and growing more and more every week. I’ve begun to feel little movements here and there mostly at night, and it has to be the most amazing thing I’ve ever felt. Everytime it moves I giggle, it’s crazy how much more I feel connected to our little miracle. Also for the first time last week I was asked if I was pregnant and man was that exciting! I’m so proud and I can’t wait to show him or her off to the world!




Baby Janke! 8 Weeks and Counting

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The time has come, the Janke’s are so excited to meet the next member of their family! No matter how small he or she may be, we are both so excited to meet or future son or daughter! Today, Amber and I went to our first Doctors appointment and got to see our little peanut size baby:) It was so amazing to see our soon to be son or daughter, right in front of us. As you could imagine it was quite emotional for the two of us, as well as a sigh of relief to know that everything so far is so good:) It’s crazy to start feeling the attachment grow at such early stages. I remember felling a rush of adrenaline, almost like I need to protect my child or I just can’t wait to!! Anyway, from the long wait in the waiting room to the over anxious feelings about seeing our child for the first time on the monitor, we also had a chance to get to know our Delivering Dr. who we are very excited about! Our next appointment she said we will be able to hear the heart beat, and we are both soooo excited!! We are due November 9, 2008 giving us a new little one by the Holidays! Stay tuned to see what happens next. . . .