Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Big News in the Family... Already!

Enzo is going to be a....

Yes!  We are having another baby!  Tami, and, well.... all of us in the house, are excitedly expecting a new baby on April 27th, 2011.  Enzo will be just 16 months old when he becomes a big brother.  Which brings me to the runner up blog post title for this post: "Amazing how productive we can be with a baby at home."  I was trying to figure out a list of cool accomplishments to give that title the necessary double meaning when Tami over ruled me.  She reminded me of an agreement we had, that I don't remember making (this happens more than it should and my memory is just fine), to announce this pregnancy with a photo of Enzo in his new "Big Brother" bib that Tami made for him.

Our soon to arrive child, "The Progeny", already looks like a little baby as we're now 13 weeks in to the pregnancy.  We saw The Progeny in an ultrasound yesterday.  Tami and I were conservative about announcing this news, just as we were when pregnant with Enzo.  We wanted to wait until the second trimester and the ultrasound to make it official news.  It was not easy holding this back, I can assure you.  I think it is a major reason I have not written much on my blog or chatted much about my thoughts lately.  It's also the reason Tami had to keep making silly diversions to our friend Laurie when she asked to  borrow some of Tami's maternity clothes.  Now you know why we were stalling, Laurie.  It was for a good reason.  She already needs them.

Amusingly, the stress that arose for me soon after learning we had a new baby on the way was what to call the baby.  With Enzo, it took me weeks to come up with "The Kid" so that I wouldn't have to refer to the baby as "it" when we didn't know the gender early on in the pregnancy.  The Kid sort of stuck with Enzo so I'm not comfortable transferring capital T and capital K, The Kid, to the new kid.  With some helpful suggestions, I'm going with "The Progeny" on this one.

It's all so amazing.  We have been very lucky and now we get to experience another beautiful  human discovering our fascinating universe.

Enzo has more big news!  Besides being a third of the way to big brother-ness, he also took his fist steps today!  His first steps out into big space without holding on to anything.  Tami called me while I was at a software training to break the big news.  Super cool.  He is getting quite confident in his moving around.  I can see the decision taking place in some cases while he decides whether to crawl or to walk along the side of a room, holding on to walls or furniture, to get to somewhere, someone, or something interesting.  Soon, there will be a third option for him to consider.  He has now taken several one-step walks since his maiden free-handed vertical voyage today.  There is a lot to be enjoying right now.

Also cool and unexpected is that I wrote a children's book today.  It wasn't a plan.  I was doodling during a computer software training and one of my doodles, a little alligator, inspired some words that inspired a short children's book.  I have a few more adjustments to make to the words and then I can work out the plans for the art.  I'm rather excited to have this project and looking forward to discovering the results.  Soon-ish, The Kid and The Progeny will be able hear a children's book directly from the author.


We're having another kiddo!!!!!!  Wooooo-Hoooooo!!! Here comes The Progeny!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Welcome to the great month of October!

(In between hair cuts.)
Nothing matters unless we make it so.  And I have made October matter.  It's the most important month in the life of me as far as celebrating my own existence is concerned.  It is my birth month. An entire month devoted to me, by me.  An orange month. A calming month. An observing month. An appreciating month. It's a good month.  For me, it's my month.

October is a time for me to focus on my existence and I do.  To begin this great month, I wore an orange tie (my favorite color) and enjoyed a Friday at work.  The best part about looking for the good things in life is that they are all there when you look for them.  October 1st was a Friday this year... sweet.  Several friends were hanging out at a restaurant on my first day of celebration... excellent.  They weren't there to celebrate my existence, they were there to say audios to Sam who quit his job and to say hola to Don who turned 34 the day before.  But they were also there when I wanted to be hanging out.  So, perfect for me on my first day of October.

Today I woke up and saw my beautiful boy.  He has three teeth out now.  The most recent addition Tami discovered in the night between last Monday and Tuesday.  It's on top middle, left of center.  He smiles beautifully.  Then I gave myself a haircut when Tami and Enzo went to dance class.

My hair was pretty long. Maybe 20 inches in front and 10 in back.  I put it into three pony tails and chopped it off.  I'm not yet certain which group I will donate it to but I'll finish reading up on them and send it out early next week.  All of the groups make wigs for cancer patients.  Until then, my long hair sits in my room, on a shelf, in a box; three pony tails waiting to be used again.

As for the hair on my head, it's pretty amusing.  I kind of look like I am just a guy with an interesting asymmetrical haircut.  Then again, I kind of look like guy who doesn't know his friends played a prank on him in the night.  If I added three or four colors to it then it would look pretty cool, I think.  I look like the new BMW S 1000 rr sport bike.  Look at that bike from the front and then at each side.  You'll wonder how many designers were involved in that one and how much fun they had meshing their thoughts together.  But still, kind of cool in that it comes together.  Anyway, my hair is funky weird.  I hoped on the RC51, craving a motorcycle ride on a motor too fast for my talents (too much Top Gear watching on BBC) and rode to Santa Cruz where I now sit at Java Junction, sipping coffee, typing on my phone, and waiting for a 12 o'clock appointment at a salon I found across the street.  It's a GREAT October 2nd.  And it's just the beginning of the month!