Archive for February, 2008

Vernix Colostrum Meconium

Friday, February 29th, 2008

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 […]

Communication Meltdown

Thursday, February 28th, 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 […]

Pictures from Her First Days of Life

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

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 […]

Complications Arising from Pregnancy

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

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.

And Now the Screaming Starts

Monday, February 25th, 2008

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 […]

The Story of Her Birth

Monday, February 25th, 2008

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) […]


Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Due to circumstances beyond my control, all e-mail is out of commission for the foreseeable future; however I do have my replacement Crackberry so you can call or txt me.


Friday, February 22nd, 2008

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 […]

Latest Entry in the Annals of Idiocy

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

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 […]


Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

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 […]

All-Star Recovery

Monday, February 18th, 2008

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 […]


Sunday, February 17th, 2008

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 […]

Threat Assessment

Friday, February 15th, 2008

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 […]


Thursday, February 14th, 2008

I finally got the set of old Bakelite push-button switchplates I ordered from eBay.

About Face

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

In an abrupt reversal, former POW John McCain votes for torture; fortunately the Senate votes the other way.

Valentine’s Day Protest

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

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]

I’m So Very Proud

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

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Ran Off, Got Hitched

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

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 […]

Any Time Now

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

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. […]


Monday, February 11th, 2008

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 […]