Month 8 of '09

Album Cover: The Downward Spiral

"Everything's blue in this world...the deepest shade of mushroom blue."
NIN / The Downward Spiral

Posted on August 16, 2009 7:20 PM in Personal
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Well, August has turned out to be quite a month.

Last weekend, my iPhone decided to go all flakey on me at the worst time possible. Apps started freezing up, the general UI became overly sluggish, and worst of all, the phone wasn't ringing or making any sounds to let me know there were people trying to get ahold of me. If it wasn't for Twitter, I wouldn't have had any clue that my sister-in-law was in labor! Once I realized what was going on, I raced into the bedroom to tell my wife. Not long after, she was on her way down to Portland to assist the parents, and not long after that, I was following in a separate car (since I knew I'd have to go back to work the following Monday).

When I finally made it down to Portland and to the hospital, my new nephew, Graham, had already been born. It was fun to meet him, and also to see that his parents were doing so well. It was also cool to think about how my daughter Heidi was no longer the youngest in the family, and to do what I've been doing a lot as a new parent -- thinking about the future.

I ended up staying in Portland until Sunday night, after baby Graham had come home from the hospital. My daughter and Graham's older sister, Adeline, had lots of time together and I can already tell they are going to be quite a pair as they get older. The drive back to Seattle was, as usual, pretty uneventful but tolerable. I got home around midnight, and that pretty much concluded a very noteworthy weekend in my life.

All week long, I've been looking forward to this weekend because I knew my favorite team, the Seattle Seahawks, would play their preseason opener on Saturday, and one of my favorite shows, Mad Men, would premiere in its third season on Sunday. Little did I know that there were bigger things in store as well.

Baby in Seahawks Jersey Going After Football Friday night, when we went to bed, my wife predicted that I would be the one to see my daughter crawl for the first time, since I typically spend a lot of time with her on the weekends while my wife catches up on much-deserved sleep (she watches Heidi all week while I'm at work). Surely enough, Saturday morning came along, and not long after I had gotten her into her Lofa Tatupu jersey (it being game day and all), she crawled for the first time across our living room floor. (That's her off to the right, going after the football much like Lofa Tatupu goes after St. Louis Rams).

Needless to say, our daughter crawling takes us into a new phase of parenting in which just about every object in the house becomes a safety hazard, we must have one eye on our daughter at all times (but preferably two), and we become "bad guys" because we're always taking the "fun toys" away from her. She's already shown a propensity for crawling toward anything through which electricity flows, so yeah -- fun times ahead.

Once our little wannabe electrician had gone to bed for the night, rug burns and all, we took our favorite spots in front of the television and tuned in to watch our Seahawks pull off a win against San Diego to start the preseason. During the game, we got word that my other sister-in-law was going into labor and was on her way to the hospital. My wife told me the following morning that yet another baby boy had joined the family -- Jackson. Nephews (for me) and cousins (for my daughter) abound!

Unfortunately because the latter sister-in-law is down in Arizona, we weren't able to see the new little guy yet, but hopefully we'll see pictures soon, and hopefully an in-person meeting won't follow too long after that.

After such an interesting weekend (and start to the month), it will be good to unwind tonight and get some relaxation in before another work week begins. I plan on doing that by watching the latest episodes of Big Brother, True Blood, Hung and, of course, Mad Men.


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