Abigayle Comes Home

Yesterday was a very eventful day, to say the very least. We brought Aby home from the hospital. Kaylee was so happy to see her mommy, and she got to meet her baby sister for the first time. Then it snowed!

Quite a day, quite a day indeed.

First, here’s Aby before leaving the hospital in her adorable new hat.

A baby with a hat like that, she ain't afraid of nothing.

Once we got her home Kaylee got to see her for the first time. She didn’t get too close at first, but bit by bit she got closer and closer.

A little unsure
Getting closer
Leaning in
Hey there

It wasn’t long before she wanted to hold her and give her a kiss.

Sister kisses

Kaylee was glad to share her favorite chair with her little sister.

Sharing the chair

She also checked Aby out to make sure she had all her parts.

She has toes

Then she helped to tuck her in her crib for a nap.

Tucking Aby In
Safe and Sound

I’m sure that this will be a common sight for a while to come.

My Girls

We might have to get a bigger chair.

Then the snow came.

Now, to my friends and readers in more northerly climes this is probably a laughable amount of snow, but we don’t see it of any sort here often, so this is a big deal.

Snowscape

At first Kaylee wasn’t quite sure what to make of it all.

Unsure 1
Unsure 2

But it didn’t take long before she decided she liked it.

Lovin' It

And was trying to catch it.

Snow Catcher

She didn’t have much luck with that, but that didn’t deter her in the slightest.

Walking in the snow

It was definitely a memorable day.

Published in: on February 13, 2010 at 2:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Welcome to the World Abigayle

As promised, now that I am home, have Kaylee settled down and have had a chance to sort through the pictures I took today, I present to you Abigayle (aka Aby, Lil’bit, Aby-Cat*)

Aby's first picture
Aby’s first picture.


Cap’n Abigayle sez “Yarrrr!”

Mommy gets a peaceful moment with Aby once things finally calm down
Mommy gets a peaceful moment with Aby once things finally calm down

Aby with her Mamaw (Samantha's Mom)
Aby with her Mamaw (Samantha’s Mom)

Grandma with her second one to spoil (Jeremy's Mom)
Grandma with her second one to spoil (Jeremy’s Mom)

Aby and her Gramgram (Great Grandma)
Aby and her Gramgram (Great Grandma)

Aby discovers that in the absence of a pacifier that fingers make an excellent substitue
Aby discovers that in the absence of a pacifier that fingers make an excellent substitue

Welcome to the world, Abigayle
Welcome to the world, Abigayle

*Seriously, thus far the closest thing to crying she has done sounds like a kitten mewing, and I swear when I was rocking her this evening that it sounded like she was purring.

Published in: on February 10, 2010 at 8:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Names

Sitting here in the hospital waiting for our second baby girl to arrive. She’ll be here any time now, but at this point there isn’t anything to do but wait. Right now I can’t help but think about names.

Names are very important things, they cary power and meaning. By what you call something you show where you stand on something or what you think of it.

Pro-choice, pro-abortion, anti-abortion, pro-life – depending on which you use it shows how you feel about the issue of abortion, and how you feel about those who are on the other side of the issue.

Pro-vaccine, safe-vaccine, anti-vaccine – they all show where you stand on the risk-reward scale of the vaccine issue, and the safety of not only yourself but also your children and the children of those around them, and if you trust in science or the pseudo-science of the wooney tunes peddling cure-alls and magic water.

Christian, Muslim, Pagan, Catholic, Baptist, agnostic, atheist – religion, and lack thereof, in all of its guises both unifies and divides, and much of that rests on the rallying banners of “Us” and “Them.”

Evens in the real of personal names it makes a difference. Do you present yourself casually, or in a more formal manner. Jennifer, Jen, Jenny; Richard, Rick, Ricky, Dick; to some degree it influences how people will think of you and in some ways it shows how people think of you.

In the grand scheme of things names are very important. Very soon now one more will be added to the world: Abigayle Victoria, and I can hardly wait.

Published in: on February 10, 2010 at 10:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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Welcome to the Labyrinthine Library

The Labyrinthine Library, what is it? Why is it here? Does the world really need another blog? Where did the name come from? Did you really have to name it something so hard to spell?

All very good questions. Questions I will endeavor to answer here.

The Labyrinthine Library, to put it simply, is the best way I have every found to describe the way my mind works. My thought processes follow strange pathways at times, and my synapses are filled with years of random trivia, pop culture references, and snippets of information on a myriad of subjects that have caught my interest at one time or another. The Labyrinthine Library is my attempt to give my thoughts some semblance of order and share them with the world, because knowledge kept is knowledge lost, while knowledge shared is knowledge magnified. I’m certain that the world doesn’t really need yet another blog out there, and I am sure that I am no Orac or Phil Plait , but I have things to say, and if anything I post helps even one person in some way then this blog will have served its purpose in being. The name itself is a recent development, a little while back a friend of mine (Carolyn) tossed out on Twitter that she was trying to come up with a domain name for the site she was planning as a place to put her writing blog, so of course being the word geek that I am I began tweeting all the silly things that came to mind. Among all of that was one that just wouldn’t leave after I put it out there, it bounced around inside my head and refused to go away, until at last there was that eureka moment when I realized that the reason it wouldn’t leave was that it belonged there. After years of trying to explain to people how my mind works, and failing again and again, those two words managed to sum it up better than all the volumes I could ever write. So then, with much encouragement from my best friend Jenny the Labyrinthine Library was born.

What will you find in this library? A bit of everything, really. One of the main focuses will be on the ins and outs of art and graphic design, my particular area of expertise. In addition to design entries will touch on topics ranging from science and skepticism to the ranting and raving of ultra-conservative pundits and wooney toons to being a parent and a progressive minded individual living in the heart of the Bible Belt with stops just about everywhere in between.

Who am I? Never an easy question to answer. I am, first and foremost, a father with one beautiful baby girl and a second on the way any day now. (The sooner the better as far as my long suffering wife is concerned.) Beyond that I am a graphic artist, having worked professionally in offset print media for around ten years now. In that time I have seen trends come and go, and watched as the industry changed dramatically. A career in design wasn’t always the plan, a life long science geek my original major in college was aerospace engineering with dreams of designing the next generation of spacecraft. Some time around the end of my first year I came to a realization, aerodynamics wasn’t what I enjoyed, rather it was the creative process of design that I loved. So here I am, still a geek to the core, lover of all things scientific even though I don’t work in any of its fields, and looking forward to teaching my girls the joys of scientific discovery when they are older.

So what does that make me? A father, a husband, an artist, a designer, a skeptic, an amateur scientist, a geek, a nerd, and a hundred other things, but here, here I am simply the Librarian.

Published in: on February 1, 2010 at 9:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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