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Ah, vacation! After a ridiculously hard month or so that featured a whole lot of sixty-plus hour work weeks interleaved with multiple familial tragedies, it’s time to take a week off from work to get my head back on straight so I can stop making ridiculous coding errors and find wherever it is my creative mojo disappeared off to.

Staying home should be nice and relaxing, right? No work stress, time to myself, some quiet space for rebraining. You’d think that, wouldn’t you? Oh, that’s right, I have a one-year-old.

It’s amazing how a human so small can make so much noise. A few minutes ago, I’m pretty sure he managed to get every single one of his toys to make a racket at the same time, even including bouncing his favorite beach ball off of so many surfaces in such a short time that he must have cloned himself and the ball. (Dad, remind me to thank you so much for the remote-controlled Caterpillar truck which comes with a 300-watt Rockford Fosgate amplifier built into it.)

And when he’s not making all the noise ever, of course, he’s into everything oh em gee. The boy has a voracious curiosity combined with a stubborn determination, which I think will serve him very well in later years…provided those same qualities of his permit me to let him live long enough. Normally, his favorite room in the house is the bathroom, because that’s the one room he’s not allowed to explore; today, however, his favorite room by far has been the office, because that’s where I’m trying to concentrate on stuff.

ANDREW: Oh, hey, Dad. What’s up? How’s things?
ME: Andrew, I’m trying to do some thinking and some planning in here, can you maybe go–
ANDREW: Oh look it’s hair and dust bunnies in one little ball I can put right into my mouth nom nom nom! Dad, you should try this, it’s so good.
ME: Hey, Andrew, come on, let’s not play with–
ANDREW: Dad did you see that there’s a mouse up here and a keyboard and hey look it’s a coffee mug did you have any idea?!
ME: Andrew, really, I’m trying to–
ANDREW: Oh hey is this a surge protector and is that your computer plugged into it and is that the off switch?!
ME: Andrew, no! That’s not–
ME: Andrew, don’t! You can’t–
ME: Kelsey, come get your brother!

…but repeat that, oh, a dozen or more times. The boy is exhausting and he doesn’t even walk yet.

(For extra added bonus noise/fun, there’s an occasional loud clanking or crashing sound from the eight-year-old, followed close after by an “Everything’s okay, Dad!” I’ve learned not to ask about those sounds.)

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November 10th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

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Sonrise (No, That’s Not A Jesus Reference)

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While I haven’t mentioned it here on my site yet, I’m reasonably sure most everybody reading these knows that Terry’s knocked up.  Well, today we had her nineteen-week ultrasound and now can say proudly:

We’re gonna have a son.  I’m not gonna be quite so outnumbered around these parts starting sometime in October (though truthfully, it’ll probably be awhile before the baby can really pull his weight and help me even the biogender odds).

I was totally expecting a girl, even to the point where I’d become a big fan of certain names (fare thee well, Olivia-who-will-never-be) — but believe me, I’m jazzed (and a bit terrified) at the prospects of having a boy.  I feel like I have raising girls fairly well in hand, and I have no idea what I’m going to do with a boy.  Other than raise him with the exact same principles we use for our girls, I mean.

We don’t have names picked out yet, though we do have a very preliminary list.  Finding a name which is distinctive but not weird is far easier for us with girl names than boy names (or even unisex names), but we’ll figure something out in time.  For now, though, I’m going to use one of the names Laurel suggested on the way home:  Rockstar P Holt.

I’m sure I’ll have plenty of thoughts coming up on what it means to be having and raising a son — both the similarities to and differences from raising girls — so expect to see more coverage of the impending arrival of Rockstar P over the next few months.

(Boy!  We’re having a boy!)

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May 27th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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So here we are again:  that time annually in which I tell Terry and all my various moms exactly how much I love and appreciate them.  I mean, I try to tell Terry that daily, of course, but it’s nice to have that one particular day in which we really focus on the moms in our lives and let them know how much we adore and respect them, how much we appreciate their keeping us, y’know, alive.  So Happy Mother’s Day, Terry and Mom and Margie and Beth! And to all of my mom friends out there!

And in celebration of the most important mom in my life, I give you a drawing I finished last night of my gorgeous wife, Terry:

Terry @ 39

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May 10th, 2009 at 9:59 am

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