Meet the Pip

As of 4:35 this morning, Chateau Steelypips has a new member (though not yet resident, for a couple more days):


This photo, with the traditional sky-bison for scale is our new baby boy, David Nepveu Orzel, henceforth to be referred to on the blog as “The Pip.” Because “SteelyKid and The Pip” sounds like a crime-fighting duo to be reckoned with, it fits with the old domain-name scheme, and it’s obviously a nickname, unlike the two other contenders, both of which were based on real-ish names suggested by SteelyKid (“Porter,” short for “Transporter,” which was SteelyKid’s first suggestion of a baby name, and “Tory” after one of the MythBusters (her favorite tv show)).

Vital statistics: 7lbs 14 oz, 20 in long, 37cm head circumference. I don’t know why the last figure is the only one in SI units. Everyone involved with the birth is healthy but exhausted.

As for SteelyKid, she’s pretty psyched to be a big sister. This is about the best photo I managed of her:


In most of the rest of them, she’s just a colorful streak of motion blur, because she kept jumping up and down excitedly.

As Google helpfully informed me with today’s Doodle, The Pip shares a birthday with the great Polish scientist Marie Skłodowska Curie, which can only be a Good Thing. (For the record, SteelyKid shares a birthday with James “The Amazing” Randi, so her geek horoscope is also positive). If you’re into numerology, his birthday is a palindrome (provided you write it in American style, and only use one digit for the day (or three for the year)), and is exactly three years and three months after SteelyKid’s, which is the sort of coincidence that would lead a superstitious person to buy a bunch of Lotto tickets with 7’s on them.

And now, I’m going to bed.


  1. #1 Dave Smith
    November 7, 2011


  2. #2 Charles Kuffner
    November 7, 2011

    Congratulations!! Our oldest loves being a big sister, too. All the best to you and your family.

  3. #3 Michael Fisher
    November 7, 2011

    Hello The Pip ~ you’ve struck lucky

  4. #4 Jeff
    November 7, 2011

    Congratulations to you, Kate, and the whole family!

  5. #5 Beth
    November 7, 2011

    Congratulations! My best to the whole family.

  6. #6 Douglas Natelson
    November 8, 2011

    Mazel Tov!

  7. #7 Wilson
    November 8, 2011


  8. #8 cisko
    November 8, 2011

    Congratulations to the family – very happy for you all!

  9. #9 Elizabeth
    November 8, 2011

    Congratulations to all.

  10. #10 Drivebyposter
    November 8, 2011


    I do have to say that I think you passed up a terrific baby name.

    Naming your child Transporter would probably set some sort of geekiness world record.

  11. #11 Michael I
    November 8, 2011


  12. #12 KevinQ
    November 8, 2011

    Congratulations and much sleep to everybody!


  13. #13 AliceB
    November 8, 2011

    Mazel tov to all!

  14. #14 Nialscorva
    November 8, 2011

    Congrats! Best wishes to your whole family!

  15. #15 fizzchick
    November 8, 2011

    Congratulations! Get as much sleep as you can, and enjoy the experience.

  16. #16 reesei
    November 8, 2011


  17. #17 Mu
    November 8, 2011

    Congratulations, so SteelyKid and the Pip sounds like mischief in the making to me.

  18. #18 ScentOfViolets
    November 8, 2011

    Huh. And all along I thought this was a reference to Lem’s Cyberiad.


  19. #19 Jennifer Ouellette
    November 8, 2011

    Congratulations to both you and Kate! And love Steelykid and the Pip. I foresee a Saturday morning cartoon in the making. :)

  20. #20 Brian
    November 8, 2011

    How does Steelykid feel about HER Sky bison being used for Pip’s scale pictures? Is Appa being handed down?

  21. #21 Jo in OKC
    November 8, 2011

    Congrats to you all!

  22. #22 Kea
    November 8, 2011


  23. #23 David Owen-Cruise
    November 9, 2011

    Congratulations to all, and the world could always use another David.
    There’s a Gladys Knight joke lurking around here somewhere, but I can’t put my finger on it.

  24. #24 NYCMT
    November 9, 2011

    Ah, same weight and height as ours, born eleven days ago, during the Halloween blizzard. Same blanket, too. Let the sleep deprivation derby commence.


  25. #25 Stefan
    November 10, 2011

    Great news – Congratulations!

  26. #26 Åka
    November 11, 2011

    Ah, congratulations and all the best for you all!

  27. #27 Cherish
    November 12, 2011

    Congratulations! I wish you both a decent amount of sleep. :-)

  28. #28 GMP
    November 28, 2011

    A bit late to the party, but big big congratulations!

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