Tetrapod Zoology

Hello Emma Naish!

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I am happy to report that, at 9-43am this morning (Saturday 7th), Mrs Toni Naish gave birth to baby Emma. Things started round about 5am and, needless to say, the entire day has been taken up with baby duties. Some of you might know that southern England has been badly affected over the past week by ice and snow: a pathetic amount, but enough to prevent the movement of traffic and bring the region to its knees. Happily, our early morning journey to the hospital was uneventful and all went well. Anyway, Emma is wonderful and perfectly formed, and so far has slept an awful lot. It’s fantastic to be a dad for the second time, and once again I am astounded by the wonder of human parturition. Well, when I say ‘wonder of human parturition’ I mean ‘sheer ridiculousness and utter improbability of human parturition’. I mean: how is that supposed to come out of that?

Comments

  1. #1 Smilodon
    February 7, 2009

    Congratulations!

  2. #2 Metalraptor
    February 7, 2009

    Congratulations on the birth of your baby bipedal semi-carnivorous hominid.

  3. #3 Dave Godfrey
    February 7, 2009

    Congratulations to you both!

  4. #4 Wilbert
    February 7, 2009

    Welcome to this world Emma,

    Have a magical life full of wonders and happiness

    (and when you see your dad for the first time don’t think : “I’m gonna kick the babyyyy”)

  5. #5 OmegaMom
    February 7, 2009

    Congratulations!

  6. #6 Moritz
    February 7, 2009

    Congratulations, dude, to you and your entire family!

  7. #7 Romeo Vitelli
    February 7, 2009

    “I mean: how is that supposed to come out of that?”

    If you’re astounded, imagine how the baby feels about it all. Why do you think they start out crying?

  8. #8 DunkTheBiscuit
    February 7, 2009

    Congratulations to you, and well done to Toni! And welcome to Emma. Everybody knows people named Emma are the best people around. Not that I’m biased, or anything.

    DunkTheBiscuit (Um… also known as Emma…)

  9. #9 blue
    February 7, 2009

    Nice tetrapod! congratulations, Darren…

  10. #10 Mike Keesey
    February 7, 2009

    Yay, a new tetrapod!

  11. #11 Zach Miller
    February 7, 2009

    Holy cow! Congrats, brother! May your daughter grow up to also love tetrapod zoology. Now, this better not affect your blogging schedule. :-D

  12. #12 Greg Laden
    February 7, 2009

    Congratulations!!!!

  13. #13 Diego
    February 7, 2009

    Congratulations, pater novus!!

  14. #14 Dino
    February 7, 2009

    so… is anybody going to say “aaaawww sooooo cute!!” too?

    Congrats Darren! The important thing is that she’s OK and everything goes well.

    Flash forward to 2019:
    Tet Zoo the Next Generation featuring Emma Naish!

  15. #15 Hai~Ren
    February 7, 2009

    Congratulations!

    But… but what if Emma decides to do Piscean Zoology? =P

  16. #16 Alan Kellogg
    February 7, 2009

    Should Emma prove to have a love for wandering, would she then be a Naish rambler?

  17. #17 Bill Parker
    February 7, 2009

    Congratulations!

  18. #18 Augray
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations on the arrival of your daughter.

  19. #19 Travis McDermott
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations, Mom and Dad!

  20. #20 DDeden
    February 8, 2009

    Astonishing specimen, Congratulations!

  21. #21 Dr. Nick
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations to Naish and Naish on a fine collaborative effort!

  22. #22 Nathan Myers
    February 8, 2009

    I can offer Emma no better blessing than that in her life she may inspire in her circle the degree of admiration and astonishment that Darren has come to inspire in his.

    As we offer our benedictions, let us not forget that there is concealed far down on the left column, underneath Dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight and just above the hit counter, a handy donation button that we may use to punctuate our sincerity.

  23. #23 Carlos
    February 8, 2009

    Oh she’s so cute!

  24. #24 Dartian
    February 8, 2009

    Great news! Congratulations!

  25. #25 Richard Carter, FCD
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations to all three tetrapods concerned.

  26. #26 Robert
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations to you both!

  27. #27 Robert
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations to you both!

  28. #28 Andreas Johansson
    February 8, 2009

    Let me just add my congratulations to the choir.

  29. #29 SteveF
    February 8, 2009

    Fantastic!

  30. #30 Ville Sinkkonen
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations Darren and Toni! What a beatiful little tetrapod you have there.

  31. #31 Azkyroth
    February 8, 2009

    Aww. She’s very larval. :3

    Congratulations.

  32. #32 Tilsim
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations from me too. I’m always pleased when a child is born into a smart family!

  33. #33 Brian
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations Darren! Make sure she turns out smart, eloquent and appreciating of nature.

  34. #34 Jorge Velez-Juarbe
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations!!

  35. #35 Tim Morris
    February 8, 2009

    may your digits be 20 and your limbs always be 4, lil Emma.

  36. #36 Neil
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations Darren and Family :)

  37. #37 Alefrisk
    February 8, 2009

    Welcome to Emma!!!Congratulations Darren and Wife!

  38. #38 gustavo
    February 8, 2009

    congratulations for the new family member, both to you and your wife!!!

  39. #39 johannes
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations!

  40. #40 Laelaps
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations!

  41. #41 Serena
    February 8, 2009

    How lovely!

    Congratulations!

  42. #42 Nemo Ramjet
    February 8, 2009

    Fantastic!
    Congratulations Darren!

  43. #43 Mark Lees
    February 8, 2009

    I thought it was photo of the day and we had to guess the name or something :)

    Great for you all, tell your Mrs to take it easy, make sure you do your share of the nappy changes and I hope Emma has a really wonderful life.

  44. #44 Squiddhartha
    February 8, 2009

    Welcome, Emma!

  45. #45 Matt Mullenix
    February 8, 2009

    Now the real adventure begins. Paradigm shift ahead! Jibe ho!

  46. #46 Lilian Nattel
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations to all of you!!!!!!

  47. #47 Ed Pardo
    February 8, 2009

    Congrats papa!

  48. #48 nzcryptozoologist
    February 8, 2009

    Congradulations to you both Emma made a wunderful choice in parents. May life bring her much joy and success.

  49. #49 Mo Hassan
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations! Magical time of year to be born, with all that snow still about.

  50. #50 Raymond
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations, give little Emma kisses from all of us.
    I’m certain that will not be tasking for the proud parents and big older brother 8-D

  51. #51 JuliaM
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations!

  52. #52 RStretton
    February 8, 2009

    Excellent news, well done to Mrs Naish and yourself Darren. Everyone seems to be spawning of recent!

  53. #53 Domenico
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations Darren !!

  54. #54 Alec T
    February 8, 2009

    I cannot congratulate you enough, Darren!!!

  55. #55 rose
    February 8, 2009

    Congratulations!

  56. #56 DianeAKelly
    February 8, 2009

    As my mom would say, mazel tov! (And Darren, as a mom I recommend getting some sleep. If you can.)

  57. #57 Dan Varner
    February 8, 2009

    Thank heaven for little girls. Congratulations!

  58. #58 Mary
    February 8, 2009

    Great news! Maybe a family portrait will be forthcoming?

  59. #59 Tanystropheus
    February 8, 2009

    I send my deepest congratulations! She’s positively adorable, and it’s wonderful to hear that she’s also a very healthy baby!

  60. #60 Mike from Ottawa
    February 8, 2009

    There weren’t enough tetrapods out there, so Darren had to make one of his own.

    Congrats, Darren, and congrats to Mrs Toni Naish, who must be a fascinating woman.

  61. #61 Size
    February 8, 2009

    Hooray! Congratulations!!!

  62. #62 Dr Vector
    February 9, 2009

    Well, when I say ‘wonder of human parturition’ I mean ‘sheer ridiculousness and utter improbability of human parturition’.

    Yeah, it is deeply weird when you consider that all 6 billion of us got here through such a lengthy, awkward, fragile, exasperating, and frankly goofy process. We can put a man on the moon, as they say, but you still have to help your near-term wife roll in and out bed several times a night cuz she’s got a little human endoparasite sitting on her bladder.

    Congratulations to all of you, and sincere best wishes!

  63. #63 neil
    February 9, 2009

    Hey, at least we’re not Suriname toads right? Congrats to the expanded family!

  64. #64 kai
    February 9, 2009

    Ooh, a baby!

  65. #65 Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
    February 9, 2009

    Happy Birthday, Emma!! And congrats to Darren & Toni!

  66. #66 moneduloides
    February 9, 2009

    Congrats!

  67. #67 thylacine
    February 9, 2009

    Congradulations!! Wait until you see how fast time goes by now. My baby girl is in kindergarten and talking about a pink car for college.

  68. #68 seabold
    February 9, 2009

    Congratualtions from across the pond. :) Now the real question is how will you keep both of them away from your toys? ;)

  69. #69 Julie Deshtor
    February 9, 2009

    Congratulations to you and your family! *smiles*

  70. #70 Craig York
    February 9, 2009

    All the more wonderful to those of who can’t…

    Contgratulations to the Naish family, one and all.

  71. #71 Raptor Lewis
    February 9, 2009

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! She is so Adorable!!

  72. #72 Stevo Darkly
    February 9, 2009

    Well, at least I know I can guess the genus of this one!

    Hmm. I didn’t even know this was in the works. Congratulations, Darren!

    Also: Awwwwww.

  73. #73 Pete Buchholz
    February 10, 2009

    Congratulations old friend!

  74. #74 davidd
    February 10, 2009

    Congratulations! New routines will be coming to your world, I suspect! ;-)

    Cute name, Emma. I like it!

  75. #75 Francisco Gascó
    February 10, 2009

    Congratulations Darren!!

  76. #76 Dartian
    February 10, 2009

    Davidd:

    Cute name, Emma. I like it!

    …and it’s very appropriate for a girl born in the Year of Darwin.

  77. #77 MMOToole
    February 10, 2009

    How does that come out of THAT?

    With some difficulty, as I’m sure you know. We humans have huge babies for critters our size. In any other species whose babies approach the size of ours (as a percentage of mom’s body weight), those kids have to be up and running in 30 minutes or they’re somebody’s lunch.

    Congratulations on the new cutie-pie! Now you get to worry about “Daddy, can I have the credit card?” “Daddy, I want to be PM someday,” and “Daddy, I have a…boyfriend…”

  78. #78 Graeme Elliott
    February 10, 2009

    Congrats Darren!

  79. #79 Mark Evans
    February 10, 2009

    Congratulations to you all!

  80. #80 Richard Hing
    February 10, 2009

    Congratulations to you and Toni, Darren.

    Sorry I’ve not replied to your e-mails, but I’ll see you tomorrow.

  81. #81 Michael Anderson
    February 12, 2009

    Beautiful!

  82. #82 Anthony Docimo
    February 12, 2009

    Congratulations to the three of you. Good fortune to you.

  83. #83 Graham King
    February 12, 2009

    Congratulations Will, Toni, Emma and Darren!

    Darren said

    Things started round about 5am

    No, I would guess they started around nine months before that…

    (of course one could go on looking back even further… to the dawn of time)

    Great news and a great surprise!

    Wishing you all well… Emma, Snowbaby 2009!

  84. #84 Bent Lindow
    February 13, 2009

    Dear Emma,

    Welcome to the big, fantastic World. May you get an inquisitive mind and never stop wanting to explore its myriad intricate ways and byways.

    - and many congratulations to Darren and Toni!

  85. #85 beth mortimer
    February 14, 2009

    congratulations on your new arrival,
    wishing you all the best for the future

  86. #86 Loren Coleman
    February 14, 2009

    Ah, I’ll leave my public congratulations too, here, on Valentine’s Day.

    I must say that all my kids were born in February, and it is a real treat.

    But then, you already know it is the kind of love that is unexplainable. And the greatest.

    Best to your whole family.

  87. #87 William Miller
    February 15, 2009

    Congratulations!

  88. #88 Erin
    February 16, 2009

    Somehow I am just seeing this…what a sweet baby and how proud you must be! Congrats!

  89. #89 Bruce T.
    February 20, 2009

    Congratulations to all three of you!