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SWMBO told me late Sun night.
It's our first child, due (according to some arcane device she calls The Wheel) late in Aug. Holy shit.
When my wife told her grandfather, his tongue-in-cheek reply was, "Tell old whatchacallim congratulations. I didn't think he had it in him."
Guess I better hurry up and get Dave's ten-foot table done and start on a crib, huh?
-Phil Crow
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phil, congrats - that's fantastic. best wishes for good health.
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Tue, Jan 4, 2005, 5:48pm (EST-3) snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com says: SWMBO told me late Sun night. <snip>
I take it you're happy, so congrats.
Remember, don't bother with a cradle, make a rocking chair. You'll get lots more use out of one.
JOAT EVERY THING THAT HAPPENS STAYS HAPPENED. - Death
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Thanks. Hopefully, the baby will be better about sleeping through the night than I was. My grandfather told me once that as a baby staying at his house one night that he and I "rocked all the way to Bogalusa and back." Funny how things change. These days, I seriously wonder if the smoke alarm would wake me up.
-Phil Crow
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On 4 Jan 2005 19:19:15 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

I used to be able to sleep through anything, but at the first cough, fart or squak from the new baby, I was wide awake. Better than my wife, in fact, I'd get up with the baby, get him calmed down, and back to sleep, the next morning she would claim no knowledge of any of it. If it wasn't for breast feeding, she never would have lost a bit of sleep, I bet.
Funny how I can sleep through some things and not others. I guess a part of my brain still works, even while sleeping.
I concur with Joat, don't bother building a crib. The kid will be in a bed before you know it, and he (she) ain't gonna remember the crib anyway. I built mine a toy box instead, it can be modified to make a decent footlocker if he ever needs such a thing.
Anyway, Congrats, you'll have a blast!
-Dan V.
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Tue, Jan 4, 2005, 7:19pm (EST-3) snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com hopes: Thanks. Hopefully, the baby will be better about sleeping through the night than I was. <snip>
One thing you do not do. Well, two actually, number one is, don't drop the kid. Number two is, don't tiptoe around, trying to be quiet when the kid is napping. Talk in a normal voice, play the radio or TV, etc.; in other words, pretty much carry on as normal. That way the kid will get used to sleeping thru everyday life and nose. Otherwise, the kid will wake up at every little noise. Trust me.
Oh yeah, when the kid gets old enough to scoot around on his/her own, among other handy items of knowledge, always turn the toilet paper so the end hands down in back, and not the front. Again, trust me. The kid WILL get in and unroll the toilet paper, at some time or another, and it's MUCH easier and faster to rewind with it hanging down the back. Same advice if you've got cats.
There's lots more, but I'll leave you some to learn on your own. LOL
Oh yeah, what your mother said was a polite way of saying, "Payback is Hell". Hehehe Now she'll be able to spoil the kid, then go back home, leaving you for damage control. LMAO
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hopes:

Isn't that in our *Grandparents job description*?
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Very cool. Congrats, Phil! I have a 6yr old son and a 3yr old daughter. They've helped me in the shop, and I've enjoyed the heck out of making things for them. My first real ww project was a highchair for the daughter.
You might want to get a lot of sleep now, 'cause you won't for the next year or two!

JOAT's right on this. They fly right through the cradle stage in just a couple of months. A crib gets used for a couple of years. And a rocking chair gets used to comfort kids and read stories for many years.
Enjoy the trip!
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

Congratulations you and the little mother to be. You will realy know you're alive when the littleun arrives. :) All the best John
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I called my mom last night, and she, too, was overjoyed. After the initial pleasantries, she told me, and I quote:
"Son, it's time for you to pay for your raising."
With added interest and penalties, I'll be completely gray before the child is toilet-trained.
-Phil Crow
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Just so's you know, it's only called "toilet" training in the books, in real life it's properly "potty" training ... you'll understand when the time comes. ;)
Congratulations, Dad!
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congratulations whatchacallim ;!)
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snipped-for-privacy@users.sourceforge.net writes:

LOL!!! When my oldest was in pre-school, I told his teacher if he spelled b-a-s-t-a-r-d, he had no idea what it meant, it just meant someone did something really stupid on the road when I was driving. She just laughed and told me to not worry. She was a real person.<g>
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Congratulations. Big changes are acomin' for you!!!
Paul
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Paul in MN wrote:

Well, he doesn't... any more.
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

Congradulations to you and your wife.
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

Congratulations! Buy him/her a set of tools too while you're at it. :)
I just had a great time in the shop with my ten year old son and seven year old daughter making a ridiculously fancy walnut and brass bile bag clamp for Mommy.
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We had a set of twins in March of Y2K. I was able to stay home for the first 6 months and after the first night of neither of us getting any sleep, we worked in shifts.
When I was on the midnight to 6:00 AM shift, I would pack the kids into their carriers and head to Denny's. If they were asleep I tossed them under the counter, and if they were awake they were on top of the counter making goo goo with the waitress.
Our lives have not been the same since. Mom can't wait for September and pack them off to school.
Some pointers, buy cheap at the thrift stores. Your little monster will grow out of everything real fast. Same thing with the toys.
Congratulations.
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No kidding!....here in Canada, there is a store chain that in August runs commercials (for school supplies, or is it clothing, can't remember) based on the Christmas song that says: "it's the most wonderful time of the year".
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1) Congrats! 2) Your life will never be the same 3) You'll be happy about #2 - someday 4) Drop the "Sh*t" - it's "Gosh Darn It!" and "Dagnabbit!" now...
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