Christian spun on his stool to see two friends he hasn’t seen in ages, two dear friends who traveled over the bridge to Sushi Ran in Sausalito on Saturday night, sneaking up on him stealth style, surprising him for a special birthday dinner, filled with amazing sushi and a fine bottle of sake. Happy Birthday old friend. Sorry for the shock, but I’ll cherish the look on your face for years to come.
Thanks also to Shay for setting the whole affair up.
First birthday party Griffin. The party was held at Dolores Park on a beautiful day in San Francisco. Griffin was great, but Kira felt like she needed to exercise her lungs a bit today. http://tw.gs/VaR3a
Here’s how my Father’s Day started: having just finished feeding, Mommy passed Kira to me saying, “it’s Father’s Day, tell your father Happy Father’s Day.” As Kira passed into my arms, the most horrendous gushing sound erupted from her diapers. ”Guess you should change those,” my wife said.
Regardless of how my day started, my first Father’s Day was a fantastic experience. I was touched by the number of people who reached out to wish me a Happy Father’s Day. Kira and I also called my Father to wish him the same.
What follows below are a few great father links. The first is a link I found right after I found out we’d be having a daughter. The second arrived from Haidee’s cousin today.
Fun Fact: Haidee and Reed were married on 10/6. Kira was born on 6/10.
Update at 10 hours after birth> Baby is doing better than mother. But both are safe and doing well.
Update at her 24 hour birthday> Mom is doing much, much better, clearing all her medical tests. Kira is latching very well and eating on a two hour schedule. New skills include sneezing and letting farts.
Update after 60 hours> Haidee is mobile again having completed all her multiple IVs and transfusions. The staff is impressed how quickly she has bounced back. Her lab results are all positive and it looks like we’ll be discharged this afternoon. Kira is a little light in her weight at this time which has some people concerned. The pediatrician discovered this only this morning. Looking into options now.
Update after day 3> We were discharged from the hospital Wednesday afternoon and have come home to settle into our new routine. UCSF was great, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else for a complex delivery, but between Kira being fussy and nurses/doctors walking in every ten minutes, we haven’t slept solidly in days. First order of business is to tag team on Kira so at least one of us can grab four hours of continuous sleep. Photos have been updated.
Update after 1 week> On Father’s Day Kira turned 1 week old. Settling into a routine at home has been easier than expected. Both Mom and baby are thriving. Haidee and I have caught up on our sleep and life is returning to normal. Photos have been updated.
My dirt bike riding buddy has a helmet cam. Thankfully he kept it in the box during my first two rides on the Husky, as I was getting to know the bike. But on our third ride, during our trip to Upper Lake in the Mendocino National Forest this past weekend, he arrived with it fastened to his helmet. I knew I wouldn’t get through the day without falling at least once on video. Anyway, here is the evidence. As you’ll be able to see, we’re having a lot of fun! I’m the guy on the yellow bike.
The online free education space is heating up. It started around 10 years ago when MIT announced it’s revolutionary OpenCourseWare initiative. Next iTunes got involved with their iTunes U page for podcasting universities. Now every month seems like someone is taking another step. Stanford recently held a course for “certificate” which had 140,000 participants. In an effort to try to keep up with all the resources flooding the net, I’ve created a little page to keep track of what’s out there. I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface. You can find the page here: http://goo.gl/rptkR
Yayabiko has gone pink in honor of the big news. Yesterday’s trip to the doctor’s office, Haidee’s belly was smeared with goo and an ultrasound wand traced the curves of her expanding abdomen. We watched the flat screen and witnessed the first true glimpses of the beautiful stranger growing inside. We saw an arm wave. There was a yawn. A rapidly beating heart. Lungs, kidneys, fingers, toes, a nose, and long, perfectly complex, spine. It’s a girl by the way…
(Ed note: As you can see, Yayabiko is no longer pink. The Pepto-Bismo look was making me feel a bit queasy after a couple weeks.)
Located three hours north by bus from Mexico City, Querétaro is a quiet Spanish colonial town with twisting cobblestone streets, delightful squares, and hidden courtyards ready for exploring. The founding of the city is dated as July 1531 and it was recently marked as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Haidee and I boarded a plane on Christmas Day for our first trip to Mexico. The location was suggested by Rene and Laura, friends of ours from Mexico, who joined us one day, taking us on a tour of nearby San Miguel de Allende, an artist’s town one hour north. Our first trip to Mexico was an overwhelming success. We fell in love with the food, the architecture, the art, and the people. This will certainly be the first of many trips to the rich cultural experiences awaiting us south of the boarder. Click on the photo to see the best 55 shots of our adventure.