How It Happened


A few days before Rory's birth, I mused about how things might go down. Now, finally, nearly 8 weeks later, I've written the final chapter of the pregnancy. The scene: mid-morning outside of Grand Central Station in Midtown Manhattan. Michael and I are on our cell phones at the bus stop, frantically texting and making [...]

More Pix


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Rory’s Arrival


Rory Melvin was born at 10:15 pm on June 5th. He was 7 lbs and 2 oz. Mom and baby are healthy and doing well.

The Birth Story — Anticipation

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By now, a day before my due date, I've scoured the Internet for birth stories -- stories of water breaking, of castor-oil-taking, of mad rushes to the hospital, of C-sections. I'm looking for clues of what to expect. Nine months ago, we started down the inexorable path to the baby's birth. As the clock counted [...]

Thoughts at 39 Weeks


We're standing on the edge of a whole new family reality, ready to emerge on the other side as a foursome, rather than a threesome. For now, though, things are pretty normal -- well, as normal as they can be with a nearly-three-year-old and a nine-months-pregnant woman in the house. Bloated and enormous as I [...]

Oh, and since I haven’t mentioned it…


I am pregnant. It's funny how, with news like this, you want to wait a little while before you broadcast the word to all and sundry. And then, after you've waited a while, you're not quite as bursting to tell the news as you were initially. So, once a decent interval has passed, you tell [...]



Since Callum was about 7 or 8 months old, we've been showing him this baby sign language DVD, which he really loves. The idea is that babies are physically able to make signs with their hands much earlier than they're able to say words with their mouths. But we haven't been pushing it. We aren't [...]

Tai Shan Photo Update (Panda with Mom)


A recent update about Tai Shan (who shares a birthday with Callum) says: Among the panda staff, Tai has a new set of nicknames and descriptions, like "little toad," "little monster," "wild man," and "rotten child," just to name a few. When he is awake, if he is not chewing or climbing on Mei to [...]

Baby Bonding


I was telling Michael last night that one of the things that's surprised me about parenthood -- though I guess I should have expected it -- is how protective and loving I feel towards Callum. For no logical reason in particular, I am completely devoted to his happiness and when he cries... I jump. It's [...]

Aunt Mary’s Visit

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While Michael is off on his business trip to Japan, my Aunt Mary has come to help out with Callum. She's discovered he's quite a handful -- and also a sweet beautiful boy (if I say so myself...). Anyway, here's a pic of Aunt Mary with the little one. Oh, one quick update on Callum. [...]