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pizzaman
08-22-2005, 04:12 AM
Since erp wouldn't start a thread on this, I figured I would...

Congratulations on the arrival of your baby daughter, erp! She is going to be an incredible blessing to you.

And if we see a lot of late night time stamps on your posts, we'll know why. :)

Boxer
08-22-2005, 10:24 AM
Congratulations Erp!!! That's great news!

Simon
08-22-2005, 11:16 AM
Gratz mate, you want me to add the photo link ?

WillBrink
08-22-2005, 02:50 PM
Gratz mate, you want me to add the photo link ?


Hmmm, we still need a photo section on this here forum...Erp sent me some pics. Cute kid! Now he's a working MD, husband, mod for this forum, and a dad! No idea how he does it...

elissalowe
08-22-2005, 03:15 PM
Hmmm, we still need a photo section on this here forum...Erp sent me some pics. Cute kid! Now he's a working MD, husband, mod for this forum, and a dad! No idea how he does it...
LOL - I don't think he's got the "dad" part quite figured out yet... :D

ray2nite
08-22-2005, 06:30 PM
Congratulations erp!

Little girls are great. You are in for soom fun times ... and some hard times. But all will be great.

erp7e
08-22-2005, 09:48 PM
Thank you all. I tried to attach pics to a post, but they failed. I'm not real techno-savvy.

Simes kindly set up a page with some pics on it. Feel free:

http://www.musclebuildingnutrition.com/evan/

Boxer
08-23-2005, 08:25 AM
Evan, she is a very pretty baby.

My niece lives with me and she is two now. Also, I have a younger sister and I have to agree with Ray2Nite that girls are great.

Ron
08-23-2005, 10:58 AM
Congratulations Erp...she's a little cutie!

elissalowe
08-23-2005, 12:04 PM
Evan, she is a very pretty baby.

My niece lives with me and she is two now. Also, I have a younger sister and I have to agree with Ray2Nite that girls are great.
Ohhhh, I dunno about that... :D My daughter's quite a handful!

People make more of a fuss about gender differences w/kids than I really think is warranted. Nicky's been at least as challenging as her brother - in somewhat different ways perhaps, but not ones that can easily be explained as "girl" vs. "boy." Given the way I was raised, I always tried not to jam traditional roles down her throat, but let her lead the way. If she wanted to wear dresses, play with Barbie, and have me do her hair, then that's what we did. And if she wanted toy tarantulas, crocodiles, and Bionicles, then that's what we did too (and the tarantulas lasted a lot longer than Barbie...). I can remember times when she'd get dressed, wearing one orange sock, and one red one, with green shorts and a purple striped shirt. I'd let her know that her socks didn't match and the color/pattern scheme wasn't what most people wore, and she'd give me the look and say: "Mom - that's what I want to wear!!!" And I'd say - "Ok - just letting you know." I always figured that sort of thing wasn't worth fighting over, and that her friends and classmates would set her straight - or not. The only thing I've ever insisted on is that she be clean and run a brush through her hair once in a while.

The results have been worth it. She's in the gifted program in middle school, and goes her own independent way...she's appoaching 13 and hitting puberty, but rolls her eyes in disgust at many of the other girls, who are plastering on makeup and can't talk about anything but boys. She's a thoughtful, creative and adventurous kid: "girl" in some ways, and "boy" in others. I've tried to make her aware of gender-based expectations - since she'll have to deal with the POV of other people and society at large, but always let her make the choice about which way to go.

Evan: enjoy the munchkin as she is. And let the adventure begin... ;)

Boxer
08-23-2005, 03:12 PM
I can say girls are great because I just hand my niece back to my sister when i've had enough :D

It's funny you should mention turantulas. My niece loves spiders. If there is a spider in the house I have to catch it so that she can have a look. She also has little plastic spiders lol I'm glad your daughter had a similar interest as this spider thing struck me as being odd :D

alwaysimprove
08-23-2005, 03:41 PM
I once dated a girl who had a degree in biology, she was obsessed with any type of bug, whenever we would go anywhere she would point out all these bugs I had never seen before even if they are all around. It was very interesting, sorta like live Discovery Channel...

Oh and by the way, congrats Erp7e :)

elissalowe
08-23-2005, 03:44 PM
I can say girls are great because I just hand my niece back to my sister when i've had enough :D

It's funny you should mention turantulas. My niece loves spiders. If there is a spider in the house I have to catch it so that she can have a look. She also has little plastic spiders lol I'm glad your daughter had a similar interest as this spider thing struck me as being odd :D
Yeah, we had a whole collection of bugs, dinosaurs, snakes, reptiles, etc. She's still into some of the less cuddly members of the animal kingdom - in her last year in elementary school, she got together several of her friends and organized a fund raiser for the animal she decided to "adopt" from "Outreach for Animals" (an abused/abandoned exotic animal rescue org.). Her choice? "Mikey" the Monitor Lizard.

When your niece gets a bit older, try to locate an "Intel Play" microscope for her - it hooks up to the computer and goes up to 200x magnification. Creepy crawlers are awesome close up!

Boxer
08-23-2005, 03:53 PM
Hehe.

That microscope is a great idea! I think it would scare her if she saw a creepy crawlie up close just now.

I wonder if Erp has had any sleep yet? I hope Erps daughter sleeps well at night. Some babies are good at that but others oh boy...

elissalowe
08-23-2005, 04:56 PM
Hehe.

That microscope is a great idea! I think it would scare her if she saw a creepy crawlie up close just now.

I wonder if Erp has had any sleep yet? I hope Erps daughter sleeps well at night. Some babies are good at that but others oh boy...
No kidding...Ryan was a "good" baby - he'd wake up every two hours to be fed (my job, since I was nursing), but since he was predictable, I could sleep around his schedule. He was no problem-o.

Nicky, on the other hand, was hell on wheels from birth. And I mean from birth - she roomed in with me, and fussed constantly in the bassinet: she'd only be quiet when I held her and walked her around. I sent her to the nursery at one point to try and get some sleep, and the nurses were on the phone within minutes: they figured she needed to be fed, she was squawking so much (she'd just spent over half an hour attached to a tit). I finally managed to grab 3 hours of sleep by taking the blankets out of the bassinet, making a sling for her and tucking the ends under my body, so I could "hold" her while I slept. Once she came home, it was more of the same. She always had to be where the action was, and I have vivid memories of staggering around the house - eyes bloodshot with exhaustion - with her draped over my shoulder, trying to get her to fall sleep (rocking wouldn't work - not enough action). She'd gradually conk out, I'd lay her gently in her crib, collapse on the bed...and within 10 minutes it would be waaaaaahhhhhh!!! This ritual lasted 3 - 4 hours every night for the first 6 weeks of her life. :eek:

John had a vasectomy before she was two months old. Enough was enough! :D

Boxer
08-23-2005, 05:00 PM
LOL - I bet your daughter is making up for that lost sleep now she is a teenager :D

elissalowe
08-23-2005, 05:01 PM
LOL - I bet your daughter is making up for that lost sleep now she is a teenager :D
Yeah, but I haven't! ;)

erp7e
08-23-2005, 07:31 PM
so far, Hannah has been a good girl (knock on wood). she definitely enjoys sleeping and is eating very well. she has taken to nursing very well - she understands the importance of good nutrition like her dad. :D

alanjlamore
08-23-2005, 08:47 PM
That is awesome! Congratulations!
My daughter is going to turn 2 in a couple of months.
I'm in agreement about girls being great. I have 2 nephews and am glad we had a girl :D

I found that the first 3-4 months were the toughest, then they get much more fun ;)