Here are three words I learned over the past days and weeks, which I can now promptly forget. Vernix: waxy white coating that’s all over a newborn’s body as he or she emerges from the womb. It comes not from the amniotic fluid but from the fetus’ own sebaceous glands. Colostrum: first milk produced by [...]
Archive for February, 2008
I had planned to Twitter my daughter’s birth. It seemed like the perfect tool for giving blow-by-blow updates in real time, and it’s easy to do from my phone. Alas, it was not to be. Last week I suffered what I call a “communication meltdown,” where multiple technologies fail me at the same time, compounding [...]
I’m not the kind of guy who carries around pictures of his newborn child. But I will post ‘em on the net. I can understand that our geographically dispersed family members would want to see more pictures of our little girl, but I was surprised that friends and co-workers have requested more as well. I [...]
A causal chain: c-section => constipation => clogged commode Good thing we have our second toilet running. Very happy that Xy’s plumbing is working though. Update: After letting the clog soak in the water for a few hours, I was able to successfully plunge and clear the line.
Trying to bring this journal up to date… We spent two nights in the hospital and were discharged on Saturday just after noon. We got home less than 48 hours after the birth. As I was running errands to the pharmacy, Xy of course overexerted herself. She was excited to be home and started trying [...]
Xy woke up around 3:30 Thursday morning and discovered her water had broken sometime during the night. This took us by surprise just a bit, because we expected to have a couple more weeks.. Xy racked her brain and remembered what the doctor said: “Three reasons to come straight to the hospital: 1) blood, 2) [...]
Due to circumstances beyond my control, all rox.com e-mail is out of commission for the foreseeable future; however I do have my replacement Crackberry so you can call or txt me.
Break out the cigars and pass em around — it’s a girl. Persephone Jean Everpax Born on the cusp: February 21, 2008 6 lbs. (just barely) 17 3/4″ long Mother and child are both healthy. Persephone was delivered via Caesarian section, so Xy is recovering slowly. More to come. In the meantime, you can find [...]
This morning, Xy was sitting in our car, waiting to give a ride to some co-workers. A short time later, I got a text message: “u have the car.” I looked out the window and saw, sure enough, Xy was gone but the car was still there. Must have been a mix-up about who was [...]
My mouth is numb from a visit to the dentist. They drilled on a couple teeth on my upper left and one on my lower right. The anesthetic did its job. I didn’t feel a thing. Completely painless. The criss-cross numbness makes me feel like the Harlequin of Novocaine. Unfortunately I think I’ve chewed a [...]
I notice I haven’t been writing about issues in the recovery of New Orleans nearly as much lately. That’s because my primary mission here is to write about what’s going on in my life, and my life has been more preoccupied by personal issues lately. Nevertheless, I try to keep tabs on what’s going down [...]
We think the baby dropped sometime yesterday or the day before. Xy is feeling a lot better and seems to have a lot more energy. Speaking of dropping, perhaps it’s time to drop the pretense that we’re keeping the child’s sex a secret. See, four or five months ago Xy asked me if we should [...]
I’ve been in a bit of a flame war on an e-mail discussion list over the last couple weeks. I thought it was all rather silly, but my main combatant sent me a private message last night, off-list, that has really thrown me for a loop. Here’s the pertinent extract: I am still restrained about [...]
I finally got the set of old Bakelite push-button switchplates I ordered from eBay.
In an abrupt reversal, former POW John McCain votes for torture; fortunately the Senate votes the other way.
I won’t be there, but this sounds interesting: Valentine’s day press conference 11:00 am in front of city hall to celebrate the love between the city council and the private interests who will make millions demolishing public housing. Half hour, fun, satirical protest! Wear red, bring a date! [via txt msg from Brice Nice]
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I mentioned last June that I was going to be a grand uncle. About five months ago, my niece gave birth to a bouncing baby boy. Last month she ran off to Nevada with the father, whom I’ve never met. A few days ago they got married. He is joining the Marines, and my niece [...]
Xy’s in the ninth month of her pregnancy now. She’s tired of carrying the extra weight and all the other many attendant discomforts. Pregnancy is quite a physical chore, and it’s all on her, with very little I can do except try to be helpful and supportive. She’s more than ready for it to end. [...]
I salute the people of Louisiana who made it to the polls Saturday. Obama beat Clinton by a big margin; Huckabee beat McCain. Locally, a few friends and fellow bloggers were in the running for some Democratic executive committee seats. Karen and Danger won, Michael and Oyster did not. I was also glad to see [...]