This is Creepy


Stare at that for a while and tell me it’s not creepy. You can’t; it’s damn creepy. It’s like when Pennywise the Clown winks at Jonathan Brandis in Stephen King’s It, but worse, because you kind of expect a certain level of creepiness from a clown - not from a baby.

Names and Zoo

Sea LionYou know how we didn’t want to pick a popular, trendy baby name? As it turns out, the name we were leaning towards - Ava - was the fifth most popular name in the US in 2006. So much for originality. Variant spelling Eva was ranked 124th, which is the spelling I’ve argued since the name was mentioned.

We actually met an Eva (spelled with an E) over the weekend at the zoo, who was the first young Eva I’ve met. I happened to overhear her father calling for her, so I asked him about her name and the spelling. It was then that I learned about the extreme popularity of the name. Since then, my hunt for a name has broadened somewhat, though I haven’t found any new prospects.

Back to the zoo, we went there for our annual company picnic, which I was in charge of planning this year. All I can say is that party planning can be a bitch, but it turned out well in the end. Everyone seemed to have a good time, which is the ultimate goal of any such event. View photos.

Christina, expectedly, got a bit tired towards the end of our tour through the zoo, but she and Sierra still had fun. Many of the animals were out that day, a day in which rain was expected to ruin our adventure but suddenly decided to take a break and let us have a warm, humid day instead. I found a new love for sea lions and reaffirmed my love of elephants.

Monkeys in cages make me a little sad - I’d hate to be stuck behind a cage all day (which I am, metaphorically, but I digress). These gibbons, though, really take the cake.


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The Heart of a Bean

beanWe went to the doctor’s yesterday to get Christina and the bean checked up. They’ve determined that Christina is 10-12 weeks along now, our due date should be around October 22, and that everything seems to be in good working order. Best of all, we got to hear the slight pitter-patter that is the bean’s heart, which is nothing short of amazing. I didn’t realize how fast their hearts beat - probably twice that of a regular heart.

We definitely want to find out the sex before birth, if for no other reason than to help narrow down the choices for names, but that won’t happen for a few more weeks. Christina said that she “kinda” liked Evangeline, which is a beautiful name, and “kinda” is among the best responses she’s had to any name yet. That’s assuming, of course, that the baby is a girl; if it’s a boy, I’m leaning towards Megatron. We’re looking for uncommon, but not far-fetched, names. (And, hopefully, nothing too trendy.) Any ideas?

There is one unfortunate side effect in this whole baby situation: with the dawning of a new baby comes the dusk of our beloved Ruckus. We simply can’t have a dog like him around. He’s too hyper, too random, too stressful, bites too much, and needs too much attention to be a good dog for a baby, so we’ve got little choice other than to give him away. Fortunately, Christina’s cousin has a friend who wants a Jack Russell terrier and - hey, wuddya know - we happen to have one available. At least this happened at a good time where we know someone who can take him in.

We never wanted to be the type of people who take in pets and them give them up on a whim, so believe me when I say that this decision was not on a whim; it’s something we’ve been thinking hard about since we found out about the pregnancy. We really do believe this is the best desicion for all parties involved, even Ruckus, but we are sad to see him go. He’s a cute pup and he’ll be great for someone’s family but, unfortunately, we aren’t that family.

Guess What?

Sierra has a very special message she’d like you to hear:

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