Two weeks ago tonight, Becky and I were sitting on our couch, watching Law & Order reruns on our TiVo, and joking about the meaninglessness of due dates. Loyette’s "scheduled" arrival was the next day, yet there was no sign of imminent labor — which is, of course, quite typical. Only about five percent of women actually give birth on their due dates, and first babies are often late. Becky had actually published a post about due dates on her new Happy Housewife blog earlier that day, suggesting that a "due range" would be more realistic, and that "the person who invented the Due Date should be tied up while a bunch of outraged, very pregnant women throw rotten vegetables at him."
At a few minutes after midnight on the morning of December 31, as our last Law & Order of the evening was wrapping up, I noticed the time on the clock, and I said to Becky: "Hey, they say pregnant women have a ‘bun in the oven,’ right? Well, shouldn’t you be going ‘ding!’ right now?" But of course, the odds being what they were, neither of us really expected anything to happen that night or day. We went to bed around 12:30 AM, fully expecting a peaceful New Year’s Eve and a continuation of the "waiting game" into 2008. I had pretty much given up on getting that tax deduction.
The rest is history, of course. Barely two hours after my "ding" joke, a few minutes past 2:00 AM, Becky woke me up with the fateful words: "I think my water might have broken." It had. She marvels at how quickly I — the normally groggy, grumpy, slow waker — jumped out of bed, wide awake, and sprung into action. Less than an hour later, we were checked into the hospital and settling into our comfy labor & delivery room. Twelve hours later, our beautiful baby girl was born. And now, a few hours short of fourteen days later, I’m sitting on that same couch where we watched those Law & Order episodes… but I find myself inhabiting a whole new world, one in which everything revolves around the little angel who is, even as I type this, snuggled up against my belly, listening to my continuing efforts to "shush" her to sleep.
It’s hard to believe it’s only been two weeks. It seems like everything before December 31, 2007 was a lifetime ago. And I suppose, in a certain sense, it was — if we measure "lifetime" on the time scale of the completely adorable creature in the fuzzy pink sleeper who is now sucking adamantly on my right index finger while I try to finish typing this sentence left-handed. :)
Happy Two-Week Birthday, Loyette.
P.S. As an aside about the events of December 30: a few hours earlier, before watching those Law & Order reruns, we watched the movie Knocked Up on DVD after dinner with Becky’s parents, who had arrived in town earlier that day. We saw Knocked Up in the theater just a few days after learning we were going to have a baby, and, as it turned out, we watched it again less than 24 hours before said baby’s arrival!
The defending champion Colts lost to the Chargers this afternoon, so it’ll be San Diego that visits New England next Sunday to try and stop the undefeated Patriots from reaching the Super Bowl.
The last divisional playoff game is underway now, with the Cowboys and Giants tied 7-7. Winner gets the Packers.
UPDATE: Giants win. So Eli is the Manning who makes it further into the postseason. It’ll be New York at Green Bay and San Diego at New England in next weekend’s NFC and AFC championship games.
BrendanLoy.com, December 19: “Dick Vitale will be out of commission until at least February due to surgery on his vocal chords. Hmm… I’m going to bet on February 6 as his first day back. Why? It’s the first Duke-UNC game of the year.”
ESPN.com, January 13: “Vitale targets Feb. 6 Duke-UNC game as return to mic.”
At a conference call with reporters this morning, somebody asked Barack Obama about the Clintons’ recent controversial remarks and Hillary Clinton’s response to the kerfuffle. Thus, Obama had a golden opportunity to make clear that he does not believe the Clintons’ remarks were racist or racially insensitive — and he chose not to do so. Instead, he said a bunch of other stuff that I have no problem with, but failed to do the one thing he needs to do, which is to unambiguously disassociate himself from this race-baiting nonsense.
As I wrote in a comment on my earlier post:
What is…surprising about this particular round of race-baiting is that the allegations of racism are so facially implausible. I mean, there is really not even a remotely plausible argument that the Clintons have said anything racist here. The whole thing is completely illogical.
Now, I realize these sorts of accusations are always rooted in emotion, not logic. But usually, when people cry "racism," racism is at least one of three or four potentially plausible explanations for whatever the underlying offense is (and the main issue is that they’re jumping to that one conclusion instead of considering the other, more innocent possibilities). But here, the cries of racism don’t even make sense, particularly with regard to the "fairy tale" comment.
So this whole controversy is really bizarre, and I keep thinking maybe Obama will come out and say, "Um, WTF are you guys talking about? Can we please get back to discussing things that are real?" Alas, it hasn’t happened yet.
And it doesn’t look like it’s going to. Indeed, his spokesman told the New York Times, "People were offended at her words, and she can explain them however she’d like." In other words, we’re not going to bail her out; if people want to vote against her on the basis of this self-evidently ridiculous nonsense, more power to them. As a political decision, I understand that, but it’s very much politics-as-usual. Obama had a chance to take the high road here (while still attacking Clinton on substance), and he has clearly made a strategic decision not to do so. He is, it turns out, perfectly willing to let this racial stew fester, so long as he thinks it will work to his advantage — even though the controversy is totally baseless, and he knows it. That suggests to me that, as president, he would let any racial controversy fester if he deems it politically advantageous. After all, if he won’t distance himself from allegations as obviously insubstantial as these…
Anyway, this whole thing makes me genuinely sad. I thought maybe Obama was different. I guess not. I’m back to being thoroughly undecided. Congrats, senator, you’ve just lost a supporter.
I agree with what Glenn wrote:
You know, I’ve noted before that if Hillary attacks Obama too hard she
risks losing black supporters — and others who’ve invested in Obama.
But it works both ways — if Obama looks too much like Al Sharpton or
Jesse Jackson, or even like he’s too close to those two politically,
he’ll lose a lot of people who’ve rallied to him precisely because he
promised "a new kind of politics." You can’t run as a uniter, and
engage in racial politicking at the same time. Well, you can — but it won’t work very well.
However, as I note in my latest (and perhaps final) post on this kerfuffle, I’m probably overreacting a bit. Ah well, you be the judge, I suppose.
It’s been a heady few days for Fred Thompson. First came the dominating debate performance. That was followed by endorsements from conservative magazine Human Events and from the New York Conservative Party (of James and William F. Buckley fame). Next came the surging crowds at Thompson’s events in South Carolina. On Friday, Bill Quick of Daily Pundit wrote, “I think we’re about to see what will later be described as an ‘amazing turnaround’ for Fred in South Carolina.” Now, even the New York Times is talking about a Thompson surge. (Hat tip: InstaPundit.)
As yet, there are no new polls to support, or refute, the belief that Fred is gaining ground in the Palmetto State. In any event, he’s got six days left to turn all this positivity surrounding his campaign into votes.
P.S. On the other hand, it sounds like Fred’s a little strapped for cash.
Finally, a Pac-10 win!
Now, let’s upset the Bruins at Pauley next Saturday and we’ll be back on track…