And Poppy is born, and there was much Rejoiceing… (yay)

1-28-2008 4-00-16 pmMy life has shifted. If my perspective on the world were comprised of tectonic plates – it’s as if a new continent has formed, replete with earthquakes, tsunamis, and the readjustment of every other piece of the former world. That analogy is poor, because in my case, all these changes are great. Great is an understatement; magnificent is an understatement.

So – here’s the short story for those who haven’t heard it yet.

Anita labored for ~25 hours and gave birth to Penelope Lou Blount at 13:33 EDT on Thursday, Jan 24 2008. Both Anita’s mother and I were there for the labor and delivery; and we can vouch for the heroic efforts of Anita – it is easily the strongest I’ve ever seen anybody. The birth was absolutely the most miraculous thing I’ve ever been a part of, specifically the moment when Poppy’s blue/purple body first clicked on – like the finger of god animating Adam in the Sistine chapel… Zap, she’s alive… (ha – kind of like Frankenstein’s monster in that respect, I suppose… but so much more cute)

Poppy was born at 8 pounds 9 ounces, 21 inches long, 10 fingers, 10 toes, and absolutely perfect. Every parent says that about their child… I’m sorry to have to prove all you other parents wrong.

Both of Anita and I stayed in the hospital with Poppy in the room, until she was about 52 hours old. We were visited by a ton of family and friends, and kept in luxurious comfort by the support of Anita’s sisters and family (big thanks to April, Billy, and Virginia). We got home Saturday evening and have been fed food and given baby-holding-breaks daily from our ongoing family support. We get to sleep for a couple of hours at a time these days, but Penelope is so good I feel like we’re doing better than most. Perhaps we’re still in the honeymoon phase.

Update: 2008.01.29

We went to Poppy’s first pediatrician appointment and she’s now 9 pounds and 7 ounces. That’s right, she’s gained a pound since birth… in fact more than that, as she lost weight down to 8#2oz when she left the hospital. She seems to be perfectly healthy and happy. We are ecstatic!

And some photos:

And here are a couple of videos:

And a Poppy age counter (always updating, not point-in-time):

Baby Watch Update: 2008.01.23 @ 4pm

Baby Watch Update: 2008.01.23 @ 4pm
Anita’s been having some serious contraction for a while… it could be early labor or it could be pre-labor. Even if this isn’t it, we have an appointment tomorrow morning for induction since Penelope is probably pretty big, and Anita is not (relatively speaking).

So – tonight or tomorrow.

We’re at home now and likely to remain here until we’re convinced she’s in labor (contractions ~5 min apart for an hour, with a change in activity in between)… or until tomorrow morning at 9am. If she waits till tomorrow, they’re going to induce with a small amount of pitocin for a couple hours and see how that goes… then a larger dose. Earlier that scared us, because we didn’t want to force her body to do something it wasn’t ready to do, but as things stand now – she’s ready – things are happening – we’re happy/excited/nervous/eager.

I’ll take a laptop + camera to the hospital and if I end up with any down time, I’ll post/email updates… If not – you’ll just have to wait for the aftermath.


Alan’s birthday – well wished, but no poppy

Perhaps there are just too many birthday reminders floating around, but I feel like everyone I’ve ever known has remembered my birthday this year.  Not a big deal, but makes me feel good, regardless.  Thanks to all the well wishers!

B-day has been great… a walk in the woods w/ Myra, followed by fantastic sushi lunch and great coffee… then to work (at work now)…

The only real complaint I have is that Penelope isn’t here yet.  In fact, she’s already in trouble.  I know she wasn’t due till the 24th, but I was just sure she’d come on my birthday and because she didn’t – she’s grounded.

Alan & Anita visit Molly, Randy, Simon, and Gena on 2008.01.13

We got to visit Molly, Randy, Simon, and Gena on 2008.01.13 – for an early Gena birthday and to show off Anita in the final stages of pregnancy (due anytime now…)

Apparently, Gena is into Disney Princess stuff… Anita was able to come to the rescue and provide the appropriate frilly dress and paraphernalia. A fun visit – to be sure…

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Note the really neat images of Simon watching his train & Gena running across the room in light-up shoes (slow shutter speed == action shot == cool)

Simple Desktop Application for Google Analytics

I was looking for an API for Google Analytics.  I didn’t find one, but I did find a slick little application for looking at the reports and stats of Google Analytics.

Google Analytics Air

The Google Analytics Reporting suite is an Adobe AIR application that brings Google Analytics to the desktop. It uses it’s own custom API to interact with Google and nearly implements all features of Analytics. See the feature list for more info.

First, you need to download and install the Adobe AIR framework:
NOTE: at the time of this post, you need to download and install the Beta2 release of AIR for the current release of the Google Analytics Reporting suite

Then download and install the gas2.air air-application.

Slick.  (good to setup for clients / noobs who want to watch their numbers)