Why I’ve Been Preoccupied Lately

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  1. #1 Dr. Free-Ride
    February 20, 2008

    Mazel tov!

    You want the “things you would not have believed were physically possible until you became a parent” stories now or later?

  2. #2 Yoon Ha Lee
    February 20, 2008

    It’s a lizard! Eee!

  3. #3 "GrrlScientist"
    February 20, 2008

    wow, congratulations!

  4. #4 Steve Higgins
    February 20, 2008

    Wow you have a baby in your stomach. Weird…

  5. #5 Evan
    February 20, 2008

    Congrats, from one soon to be a dad to another!

  6. #6 Laelaps
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations!

  7. #7 Maria
    February 20, 2008

    Yay! Congratulations!

  8. #8 Jamie Bowden
    February 20, 2008

    Wow…congrats to you and Kate, Chad.

    Welcome to the club. You’ll get used to being tired eventually. I did.

  9. #9 Jennifer Ouellette
    February 20, 2008

    Dude, that’s awesome! You’re going to have a book, AND a baby, probably arriving around the same time. :)

  10. #10 Skwid
    February 20, 2008

    Once again, my hearty congratulations!

  11. #11 mollishka
    February 20, 2008

    !!!!

    They get tenure, and then …

  12. #12 chezjake
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations to both of you!

    Now I want to see the dialog when you break the news to Emmy about the “people puppy.” ;-)

  13. #13 Nick
    February 20, 2008

    Whoa, awesome! Congrats!

  14. #14 Natalie
    February 20, 2008

    Congrats!! Better get writing on that book because the amount of time you have to work on non-life or job threatening projects is going to drop dramatically soon!

  15. #15 Dave Munger
    February 20, 2008

    Wow, congratulations!

  16. #16 Uncle Al
    February 20, 2008

    I personally don’t believe taxpayers should be allowed to reproduce when so many illegitmate get are compassionately deserving of every boon and advantage. It is selfish of you to consume what others cannot be expected to earn.

    Have you arranged for a Night Basketball tutor?

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9506E0D81F3BF937A35755C0A962958260
    “The House version of the crime bill allocates $1.2 billion for programs that would keep schools and other community centers open to provide a safe place for kids to play after school. This is a trifling amount…”

    Yeah, “trifling,” 23% of NSF’s annual budget thrown to pigs.
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  17. #17 Abel Pharmboy
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations! Get ready for sleepless nights and endless joy!

  18. #18 Brad Holden
    February 20, 2008

    Congrats, Kate and Chad!

  19. #19 Will "scifantasy" Frank
    February 20, 2008

    Holy wow. Congratulations!

  20. #20 Mike Hoye
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations, and good health to all concerned.

  21. #21 Kenneth Cavness
    February 20, 2008

    Wow man — congrats!

  22. #22 Aaron Bergman
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations!

  23. #23 Karl-Johan Norén
    February 20, 2008

    Woohoo! RASFWR-J: TNG gets its next episode! Good luck to all of you!

  24. #24 Zeynep Dilli
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations to you both! (Another newsgroup ex-patriate here.)

  25. #25 Alistair Young
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations!

  26. #26 Anon
    February 20, 2008

    Congrats! (and trust me–they are even cooler in color and three dimensions!

  27. #27 Dennis
    February 20, 2008

    I hope The Queen approves. My parents had a dog that went crazy after me and my brother were born. She would routinely mess up the house and destroy everything she could (including multiple Christmas trees) out of spite for no longer being the sole object of affection. My brother was born first so him and his toys bore the brunt of her assault, but I grew up with only 3 of the orange tinker toys. Seriously, every single thing you can make with tinker toys requires all 4 of the large orange ones, it was horrible.

  28. #28 Stina
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations!!! from another ex-RASFR-Jian.

  29. #29 ScienceWoman
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations. Now you’re in for all those annoying “your life is going to completely change” comments.

  30. #30 Jonathan Vos Post
    February 20, 2008

    Enthusiastic congratulations, Kate and Chad!

    I though my life was going well; science, fiction, publications, prestige, and all that. But now I know that my life REALLY began when my son was born.

    You may look forward to infinite rewards and challenges.

  31. #31 Chad Orzel
    February 20, 2008

    Many thanks for all the kind words (Uncle Al, not so much). We’re really excited, though it’s been a trying first few months– more details later, as appropriate.

    Due date is late July, which is coincidentally the same as the deadline for turning in the book (August 1). It’s going to be an interesting summer in Chateau Steelypips…

  32. #32 capella
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations! And it’s perfect timing – the second book in the Science Dog series can be about babies.

  33. #33 Trent
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations, both of you. I’m thrilled for you.

  34. #34 cisko
    February 20, 2008

    Wow! Great news! Many congratulations to you both!

  35. #35 Karl-Johan Norén
    February 20, 2008

    Just told Therese, and she adds her congratulations as well.

  36. #36 Devin L. Ganger
    February 20, 2008

    I’m trying to come up with something non-trite to say that doesn’t just reduce to me cackling in a corner. I’m totally failing. All I can say is that my laughter is not meant to be mocking but is totally sympathetic.

    I think y’all are going to be great parents, defined around our house as “all parties survive the process with minimal therapy bills.”

  37. #37 Johan Gustafsson
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations to all three of you.

  38. #38 Leigh Butler
    February 20, 2008

    Whoo!

  39. #39 onymous
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations!

  40. #40 Blaine
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations!

  41. #41 Moshe
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations, life is never going to be the same again, but in a good way…

  42. #42 Roy G. Ovrebo
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations!

  43. #43 thistleingrey
    February 20, 2008

    Congrats to both of you!

  44. #44 John Dilick
    February 20, 2008

    YAY! Congratulations to the both of you. Just remember, sleepless nights are the baby’s way of saying “I love you”.

  45. #45 Tony Zbaraschuk
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations!

  46. #46 Michael I
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations to both of you!

  47. #47 Monado, FCD
    February 20, 2008

    Life is definitely Before Children and After Children. You’ll have roots in the future. Prepare to be tired for the next five years. It’s harder than you expect, and it’s more rewarding than you expect. Congratulations, good luck, and blessings.

  48. #48 MikeG
    February 20, 2008

    Sleep Now! WHILE YOU STILL CAN!

    (And congrats.)

  49. #49 Monado, FCD
    February 20, 2008

    …And do try to organize a parents’ baby-sitting co-op: it helps a lot. You can issue tickets good for half an hour of babysitting, then trade them. It ‘s easy to babysit when you’ve got the time, and saves a pile of money and worry when you have to go out and your little one is being watched by an experienced parent.

  50. #50 Caledonian
    February 20, 2008

    Good luck!

  51. #51 revere
    February 20, 2008

    Looks like you! Congratulations!

  52. #52 Ron
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations!!!

  53. #53 Hohn
    February 20, 2008

    CONGRATS, Chad and Kate! That is awesome!

  54. #54 Bert Chadick
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations. I think I handed out bubblegum cigars, but that was 1980, before we had the interweb tubes installed.

  55. #55 Emma Pease
    February 20, 2008

    and baby makes three.

    Best wishes from another old rasfwrjer

  56. #56 Ewan
    February 20, 2008

    Welcome to the club – and yes, we need more synonyms for ‘congratulations!’ May things go as smoothly as possible from here on. Well, at least until birth. After that all bets are apparently off ;-)

    I second the babysitting circle/co-op motion. As it happens, we’re indeed moving to Albany this summer…

  57. #57 Evan
    February 20, 2008

    Re #27: I’m a 21 year old human, and I STILL think that my little sister stole my mommy.

    Still, a happy occasion and more to come.

  58. #58 Rajesh
    February 20, 2008

    Congratulations, Chad and Kate! Given the dates for the baby and the book, I see a sequel coming ….

  59. #59 ...tom...
    February 20, 2008


    Wow. I really need the ‘annotated’ version of that picture. I could probably convince myself that it _is_ a lizard, as Yoon Ha Lee suggested very early.

    Congrats and all that.

    Oh, and do not worry. Absolutely nothing changes.
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    .
    …snickeringquietly…

    …tom…
    .

  60. #60 Johan Larson
    February 21, 2008

    Congratulations.

    Ignore the weisenheimers. That’s a great radar image of a storm system south-west of the British Isles.

  61. #61 Tom
    February 21, 2008

    Congrats!

    My first impression was that it was a weather satellite picture. I see Johan Larson agrees.

  62. #62 Åka
    February 21, 2008

    Welcome to the club! You have some hard work waiting for you, but also some of the best experiences of your life. (Says the mother who yesterday politely was asked by the bus driver to leave the bus, since he could not hear his communication radio for the two-year-old screaming. The little one was extremely tired, and it was impossible to calm her down… She fell asleep over my head as I carried her on my shoulders to get home. 40 minutes on icy slippery sidewalks. But I love her! I don’t want to scare you, most days are great.)

    My best tip for the first time with baby: get a good baby carrier. It will really help a lot. The best ones, most comfortable for baby and parent, are the long wraps — don’t be scared of 5 meters of fabric, it’s easy once you learn it.

  63. #63 dean dad
    February 21, 2008

    Congratulations!

  64. #64 JT
    February 21, 2008

    Congratulations! Looking forward to a new post category :)

  65. #65 Drew Gillmore
    February 21, 2008

    My best wishes to you all.

  66. #66 Ed Martz
    February 21, 2008

    Congratulations to you both.

  67. #67 Scott Spiegelberg
    February 21, 2008

    You will know true love when that sprite comes out. Oh, have a plan for introducing the baby to the dog. Whoever the dog worships more should NOT be seen carrying the baby into the house, otherwise the baby is competition.

  68. #68 Kate Nepveu
    February 21, 2008

    Whoever the dog worships more

    Well, there’s no question who *that* is . . .

    (Thanks, all.)

  69. #69 Chad Orzel
    February 21, 2008

    Whoever the dog worships more should NOT be seen carrying the baby into the house, otherwise the baby is competition.

    Right, so the dog can’t carry the baby into the house herself. Got it.

  70. #70 Martin R
    February 21, 2008

    Yay, well done! Always a pleasure to see good people procreate.

  71. #71 Ray
    February 21, 2008

    Congratulations to both of you. Kids turn your life upside-down and inside-out, but when you hold them you know that you are in the right place, doing the right thing.

  72. #72 EthanZ
    February 22, 2008

    Fantastic news. Best to you and to Kate.

    (Rachel and I are beginning to worry that this unusual condition is spreading through the blogosphere. You’re the third blogfriend to post a sonogram this month… :-)

  73. #73 David Owen-Cruise
    February 22, 2008

    W00t!

    Our dog adopted our baby as her puppy and supervised all our child care tasks. I swear the dog was a bigger nag than the grandmothers.

  74. #74 jrolsma
    February 23, 2008

    Congratulations!

    I’m with Jamie, you will eventually get over the fact that you are tired.

  75. #75 Michael Nielsen
    February 24, 2008

    Congratulations!

  76. #76 Hawk
    February 24, 2008

    Congrats! You and Kate’ll make great parents.

  77. #77 Charles Kuffner
    February 27, 2008

    My (seriously belated) congratulations! I’ve got two of ‘em, and it’s a heap of joy. A heap or work, too, but way more fun than anyone ever told you it would be. Mazel tov!

    In re: prepping the dog, the advice we were given (and which we took) was to bring home some items that the baby was using while mother and child were still at the hospital (such as blankets) and strew them around the house, so the dog get get used to the scent, and realize there’s a new sheriff in town. It seems to have worked for us, though our dog is pretty mellow anyway. Try it and see for yourself. And bear in mind that once the kid starts on solid food, and thus becomes and excellent source of food for the dog, the dog will become a fan.

    (True story: One of our one-year-old’s daycare providers asked us recently if we had a dog. When we said Yes, she said she can always tell which kids come from dog-enabled homes, because they indicate they’re done eating by throwing some food on the floor; other kids just push it away. At our house, we call it giving tribute to the dog.)

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