Bad Hair Life

April 05, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos, Spain 240 views

Nora Hair and EarOur friend, Juan Carlos, the hairdresser, was over to visit you the other day. The conversation went something like this:

JC: “This child is going to have her father’s hair.
Me: “I know! What’s so annoying is that her mother’s hair is so much better than mine.”
JC: “Tell me about it!”
Me: “Oh yeah, I forgot that was your area of expertise.”

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Waning Sanity

April 03, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Scary 189 views

Last night I woke up because Nora was making some noise. She was in bed with me because she’d been feeling a little ill (or at least acting that way). I calmed her down. Then I realized I had to pee, so I got up, made sure she was securely in the middle of the bed, put the covers over her with her little head sticking out as I have several times before, and went to the bathroom.

Bladder comfortably empty, I returned to the bedroom and… SHE WAS GONE!
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Tag Team

April 03, 2009 By: erik Category: Complaining, Offspring 126 views

thumbI have never purposefully watched professional wrestling. If I have the remote, that’s not what’s on the television. But sometimes, at a friend’s house as a kid, or in a bar or dorm lounge somewhere, I’ve seen some of it. From what I have gathered, there’s a special flavor of it, called tag team, that allows a two-on-two fight, where most of the time, only one member from each team is in the ring at a time. But, occasionally, if a wrestler gets in trouble, pinned down by his opponent, he can “tag” his teammate outside the ring and the teammate can enter to smash something down on the opponent to let the defeated teammate exit the ring to recuperate. Also, sometimes there are special moves that require a two-on-one scenario, and for those the outside-ring guy can be tagged to come in and assist for a move or two before it returns to a one-on-one fight. Or something like that. I don’t really know the rules, this is just what they appear to be to me.

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Hitting The Bottle

April 02, 2009 By: erik Category: News, Offspring, Videos 480 views

Chest DozingNora, two of your feeding sessions yesterday lasted over two hours long. Suck a little, doze a little, suck a little, doze a little, etc. We know that a little resting between gulps is normal, but you never seem satiated. Plus, you go from “OMG, feed me, feed me, FEED ME!” to completely asleep after one swallow. It’s like your brain is content that, if there’s a nipple in your mouth, the problem is solved, even if you’re not full yet. Eventually your mother gets bored and gives you food from a syringe (up to ten of them so far!) until you stop moving your head to grab the syringe. Then you sleep for two hours and ask to repeat the process.
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Clerical Error

April 01, 2009 By: erik Category: Funny, Offspring 163 views

My sweet daughter, I’m afraid we had a little hiccup at the local town hall registry when I was putting your official name down on the books. You see, the lady there read a stray pen mark on the paper as part of your name, and your name came out as “Gnora” instead of “Nora”. I was furious, of course. But the lady insisted that now that it was in the computer, it couldn’t be changed. She informed that, according to Spanish law, you can request a name change when you are eighteen years old, and it costs like 1,000€. I haven’t told your mother yet, because she’s going to flip out. As the irrevocableness of the situation has begun to set in, the name Gnora has started to grow on me. Semi-educated English speakers will know about words that start with “gn”, and Spanish speakers will be confused and probably just ignore the “g” like they should. So your name still sounds the same. It’s just that on the official documents, it’s going to be Gnora. Hey, at least your last name didn’t officially end up as Fafmuffem! So that’s a plus.
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Trying on roles

March 31, 2009 By: erik Category: Offspring, Photos 243 views

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 1,413 views

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 616 views

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 936 views

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 233 views

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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