Monday, April 25, 2011

Shark1 is in the Tank

Hey Jeff,

[warning this blog post has been a work in progress for quite a while so some references may be dated]

So there’s big news out of the East Coast. No it’s not another snow storm [see, right there, dated reference], no Tom Brady hasn’t got a new hairstyle, no Northampton has not been voted “coolest place for ex-NW-pats to reside” (although it should). No, none of that nonsense, the really big news is that Team Shark is adding a member. We’re proud to announce that we are expecting. Shark1, or the Orzo as we have grown to call it since we read that it was once the size of a grain of rice, is due 8/8/11. Currently Mom and Orzo are doing well. At the 5 month inspection with the doc the week before last [again dated reference] we got confirmation of such things as 10 finger and 10 toes, heart is in the chest, etc. etc.. The kid was doing some sort of fist pump action in there too. I’m thinking it was a good old fashioned Billy Idol fist pump just like his/her super cool Dad. [We just had the 6 month inspection and all is good under the hood]

We’ve decided to wait until D-day to be find out boy or girl. Right now I’m thinking it is a girl and Siobhan is thinking it’s a boy. Predictions are subject to change depending on what old wives tale we are currently listening too. Seriously, I heard one about how large the mom’s nostrils are as it relates to the baby’s gender. Siobhan got wicked annoyed when I tried to measure with my micrometer (no that didn’t really happen, but I wouldn’t put it past me).

Thanks to the incredibly brutal winter this year and Siobhan’s desire/need to be within 15 feet of a place to fall asleep at all times (mostly need, apparently pregnancy is tiring, who knew!?) we’ve been spending a lot of time at home. This has allowed us to work a lot on the baby’s room. Siobhan has always had this vision of the baby’s room. So, like a fool, I took out pen and paper, did my best contractor impression “sure, we can do that, but it’ll cost ya” and away we went on a long project. It’s been a labor of love and I’ve come to appreciate just how talented an artist Siobhan really is. The room ended like this....

I’ve inhaled enough Disney paint sample fumes that I’m sure I’ll never be able to fully grasp the thermodynamic principal of fugacity again, of course… I never really did. We kept Siobhan away from the fumes, but she had to do all of the drawing.

Can’t really put into words how I’m feeling. I’ve been saying that it’s a mix of excited and terrified. I can’t wait to meet the Orzo, I just hope it’s ready for us.

Now this is kind of a silly post to be addressed to you since you’ve been in the know for quite a while, but I know that there may be other family and friends that you and Mom have not gotten to, plus our one or two voyeuristic blog readers out there (Hi Phil, hi Barry, hope things are good in your respective cell blocks!)

More to come, oh yeah! I promise. J



Sunday, April 24, 2011

A sleeping boy

Dear Mark

I asked Lavi if she thought out parents still enjoy seeing us asleep. I tell ya I never feel more like a Dad then when I see Jack sleeping at night. He is so adorable. I snapped this pic during his nap today.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bicycling in the Seattle Sun!

Dear Mark

We had a very unusual thing happen today, the sun came out. All of Seattle was quit shocked. The Weatherman predicted it, but we all took a "we'll believe it when we see it approached" as that individual has little to no credibility in this city. Still, he/she was right and the sun came out. It has been the coldest April on record for some time. This is evidenced by the facts that it will be a high of 60-65 today and it is April 23rd and by the fact that there are a lot of white legs in shorts wandering my city today.

Jack and I went to the park today. They have a new playground at Sandel Park in Greenwood. Our neighbors were going and Jack heard "playground" and just had to join in the fun. We walked/biked over. This means that Jack rode his two wheel balance bike (Prince Lionheart) and I walked along side. He's getting very fast on his bike and I confess to a quick trot at times to keep up. I will say he's good about watching for traffic and being aware of the street. I'm very happy, but still get nervous as a parent with him.

Jack got to the park and we hit the swings and the playground. We saw our neighbors and even our friend Rachelle was there with her kids. Jack eventually wanted to ride his bike. He did a few laps of the park. The kid was flying on that bike. He just cruised. His balance on the bike is great. I took several pictures that you can see in this slide show below.

The playground has a few "hills" in it. They slope down to the playground. He can get going pretty fast, almost too fast for his Dadna's liking. But I know I have to let him try things and just give him advice as he goes. I am proud that he "rode" up the hill too. He didn't push the bike or complain but scooted right up. That is my boy!

I love that he likes his bike. I mean really love it. You know how much I enjoy cycling. To see him liking it, wanting to ride every day and doing so well... I tell you I just beam with pride. I'm quite ridiculous I'm sure. The pictures above show him riding around the park but does not show the speed.

The next two videos kind of show how well he handles this bike.


This weekend the race Liege-Baston-Liege will run. It is one of the oldest races and truly a classic. Jack and I will watch it at his request. I kid you not. He asked to watch a bike race. If this kid is just brown-nosing me then I simply will ask him not to stop.

I'm off to enjoy some sun myself. I have a long run in store this afternoon. I wanted to post this for you to see. I hope all is well on the East Coast and that you two are getting some sunshine as well.