Archive for March, 2009

Trying on roles

March 31, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos

Nora in HammockFirst a quick programming note: The content on this blog has always reflected my interests: Spain, the internet, computer programming, photography, photoshop, golf, soccer, dancing, guitar, food, wine, politics, religion, etc. Lately, all of these have been muted in light of the intense focus that my week-old daughter requires. I’m still me, and I still have all those interests, but I also know that experiencing and remembering this part of my daughter’s life is way more important than any of those. I won’t bore you with the “it’s really hard but when she looks into your eyes it’s all worth it” and “you have no idea until you do it” clichés, despite them being 100% true. This time in my life and my blog is about one thing and one thing only.
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The Dimple – A Case Study Of Human Mandible Morphology Inheritance

March 31, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos

Dimples CroppedChin fissures are controlled by a dominant gene, so it was a fifty-fifty chance, I guess. Your nose, mouth, and eyes won’t end up just as they are now, but your chin dimple is one facial feature you’re not going to grow out of. Take it from your old man. Just don’t let it get to you when people talk about underlying bone peculiarity.
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Life Imitates Clipart

March 30, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Photos

Card from Great-GrandmaNora got two gifts in the mail this morning. One was a card from her great-grandmother (my paternal grandmother) who is very much looking forward to meeting her, and the other was a little flower sock cupcake thing from the Litton family all the way in Brussels.
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Baby Burrito

March 29, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Offspring, Photos

Baby BurritoAll my experience with Mexican cuisine is coming in handy when it comes to swaddling my daughter in a blanket for easy room-to-room transport and general warmth. It’s the same basic folding pattern as a fajita or a burrito. The particular picture below was the work of my wife. She looks like a package all wrapped up. All she needs is a stamp and a mailbox.
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Expressions of a Three Day Old

March 29, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Videos

thumbnailI thought it was time for some extra-uterine video of Nora to hit the Internets, so I grabbed my camera during a particularly alert moment of her third day. She’s got the eyebrow furl down, a lot of tongue movement, and some good almost-smiles and frowns. Unfortunately my camera isn’t very good in low light, so I had to set it to manual focus, which ended up focusing on the floor below rather than on her face. But it will have to do for now.
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Sucking At Sucking

March 28, 2009 By: erik Category: Complaining, Offspring

Nora, you’ve got a problem. You suck at sucking. You were given a shot at Mama’s nipple at the tender nothing-but-instinct age of 50 minutes, and you failed miserably. You were really upset that you actually had to do some work to get your food now. Things were so easy when it was all just piped in from Mommy and you could just lie there. Now that there is work involved, you’re having none of it.
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Nora's First Outfit

March 27, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, Offspring, Photos, Videos

Nora's Face - Day 2Nora, your Aunt Belén asked for pictures of you as you were getting dressed for the first time to leave the hospital. Of course I went a little overboard. After you were fully dressed, I took what is definitely my favorite photo of you so far. I’ve made a little video slideshow of the dressing process.
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Birth of a Daughter – Twitter Feed

March 26, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, Internet, News, Offspring

Below is my Twitter feed posted during the birth of my daughter, saved here for posterity.
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Waiting For Nora

March 26, 2009 By: erik Category: News, Offspring, Photos

Birth is ExhaustingWow, what a day March 24, 2009 turned out to be. Marga started having contractions at 23:45 the night before and suffered for three and a half hours at home before letting me take her to the hospital. During that time, she took her midwife’s advice to take a shower and do her best to relax. I spent those three and a half hours pacing around wildly, writing the previous blog post, and making sure our bag was fully packed for the trip to the hospital. At 3:30 we left home, and I said, importantly, “We leave as two…”, setting up the obvious ending that I said earlier today when we arrived home as a family of three.
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The Gift Of Light

March 24, 2009 By: erik Category: News, Offspring

In Spanish, the phrase “to give birth” is dar a luz, or “to give to the light”. It seems rather fitting, if you ask me. After all, what is this world after the warmth of the womb, but a cold, bright wilderness. Other related terms are the verb mamar, meaning “to breast feed”. Thus the third person singular would be “mama”, as in “la niña tiene hambre y mama“, from which we obviously get the world “mama” for mother. I’d never considered the similarity between mammary and “mama” before learning Spanish.

Personally I’ve been betting and hoping for March 27, 2009 as the birth date of my first child, what with 3, 9, and 27 all being powers of three, but it doesn’t look like we’re going to make it that far. I will be posting updates here as things progress and I bore myself to death in the wee hours in the hospital. The 24th isn’t that bad. After all, the Phoneticians chose it for the basis of our clock because of its divisibility with five of the first 6 positive integers.

Also, why is there not an iPhone app for counting the time between contractions??