Jul 1, 2009

MacGyver Jams

I made a mix of music for the baby to listen to a couple months ago and it’s been kind of interesting to see how he reacts to different songs.

It’s a pretty diverse mix… somebody somewhere decided that classical music was a good thing for babies, so I put some random stuff I had floating around my hard drive in there. I’m a big fan of acoustic stuff, so there’s a good chunk of Dave Matthews, Coldplay, Aqualung, Teitur, Howie Day, Jack Johnson, Matt Wertz, Snow Patrol, and others. Mal listened to a lot of rap when she was younger, so I threw in a couple of songs by Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z. Mal and I both like a lot of the current top 40 stuff so there’s some Justin Timberlake, Fall Out Boy, Bush, Daughtry, Flobots, John Mayer, etc.

Mal also likes country, but I couldn’t subject my son’s ears to that twangy crap. I control the iPod, so somehow the country music got left out. He probably hears enough of it during Mal’s commute back and forth every day.

He gets excited and bounces around with Dave Matthews stuff and Jay-Z, which makes him a pretty good mix of his parents’ tastes. He also grooved around a bit when a song from my old band was playing, but Mal said he was probably trying to get away from the noise. (Thanks, dear.)

I’m excited to see how he reacts to the music out in the world…I’ll find out soon enough.

(We’ll have to hook some speakers to the iPod or keep the laptop handy since Mal is getting ready to lose her built-in iPod shelf.)

Jun 22, 2009

Picking a Name


A lot of people ask us what we are naming the baby when he comes… and today I’m giving you my answer.


Mallory thinks that she can veto my choice, but I think she’s crazy.

MacGyver was one of my favorite shows as a child. Actually, I just finished watching an episode on YouTube while eating my lunch at work (that’s the picture on my screen above).

It makes perfect sense to me… Not only is it a sweet Scottish name, but almost everyone knows how to pronounce it. He’d get automatic respect for being a thinker, not a fighter. He’d be resourceful with whatever he had at hand, which is very important in this economy. And, last and most important, he has his own theme song. Do I have a theme song? No. Does Mallory have her own song? No.

I’m pushing and pushing for it, but she still won’t budge. She already voted against my other picks of ChuckNorris (one word) and Mister T. Haas… how many votes does she think she gets? I’ll remember this if we have a girl down the road and she wants to pick an equally-awesome girl name like Polly Pocket Haas or Cinderella or something.

OK, so maybe I don’t get to legally name him MacGyver, whose first name on the television show is actually Angus, but I still like calling him MacGyver while he’s hanging out in the womb.

Truth is we do have a few names picked out that we like and will make the final decision after we get to see him for the first time… we also aren’t telling anyone what the picks are because we want to make the decision without any interference from third parties. Luckily people have been pretty cool about that. I honestly expected a lot of resistance from people (and just got a little from a co-worker who came in as I am writing this). No offense to anyone who thinks we’re keeping a big secret or leaving them out of the loop, we haven’t told anybody. One of my sisters asked if we thought the names were so awesome that we were scared someone was going to steal them… don’t know if I’d call the names “awesome”, especially compared with MacGyver, but who knows.

Well… I haven’t told anybody, and I’m guessing Mallory hasn’t… I suppose her entire office could know before I do. Either way… our friends, family and internet stalkers will know the name soon enough. He’ll be making his appearance any time now.

Jun 21, 2009


Another test of the phone straight to the blog… Our new pool is short enough that mal can wade around and barely has to pull her shorts up.

Jun 14, 2009

False Alarm


We had a bit of a false alarm early Tuesday morning… I prefer to think of it as a test run. Mal was having some contractions that were pretty regular and steady, so we called the hospital and they suggested I bring her in so they could monitor everything. We packed our bags. I put the baby seat out in the car. I grabbed a computer and a couple cameras.

We hit the road for Champaign and I had to fight every urge to floor it the whole way. Traffic is pretty light at 3:45 in the morning so we ended up having a pretty easy trip.

Wouldn’t you know it, everything pretty much stopped as soon as we got her up into the room. First he wouldn’t let us see his face in the ultrasound and now he pulls a late-night fire drill. I’m not sure which one of us gave him the stubborn trait, but I think it rhymes with MALLORY.

That adrenaline rush wore off pretty quick and my body suddenly realized I had only slept for an hour and still had to drive us back home. Ugh… Luckily I work semi-well with little sleep and we made it home just fine.

Since that morning every phone call gets my heart-rate going. Hopefully he doesn’t give us any more false alarms… We’re ready to meet him.

On the plus side, we have our bags packed and ready to roll now… I know the quickest route to the hospital from home… and even better, all of our paperwork is on file at the hospital, so we don’t have to worry about doing that when it’s time for the real deal.

Jun 8, 2009

Dinosaur (Test)

Purple dinosaur seen at an auction for a closing daycare Monday, June 8, 2009, in Decatur, Ill. — Testing out the ability and speed in posting photos from my phone to our blog in preparation for little MacGyver’s appearance.

UPDATE/ ADDITION: I’m used to working under deadline pressure, it’s kind of what I do every day… so I have a goal of getting a photo and/or video from my phone to Flickr and this blog in less than 10 minutes. Of course this all depends on how smooth the delivery is… Mal and the baby come first, so if there are any kind of problems I’m throwing the phone in my pocket and doing whatever I can to help.

So anyway… if all goes well the internet will be introduced to the baby in under ten minutes.