claire madeline shaver, 1

Hard to believe that it was a whole year ago (only a year ago) that we met Claire for the first time. It has been an incredible, wonderful, galactically amazing adventure learning to be her daddy; I can’t wait to see what’s next.

(I’m about 6 months behind on posting pictures; I’ll try to be quicker about the ones from her birthday drop-in this Saturday, ahem.)

this’ll be fun

Only a few weeks after Claire made it abundantly clear that she was interested in being more than a spectator when it came to solid food, we finally went out today and purchased a highchair in which to begin the grand experiment. We actually ended up using a Bumbo (as made famous in Chris’ desk baby photos) and sitting with Claire on the floor, but I’m sure I’ll be assembling that chair tomorrow. She was quite enthusiastic about the process, even when she was just playing with the spoon while Tyla decided how thick a mixture it should be, and ate all that we prepared — perhaps 1 tsp of rice cereal powder in 2 tbsp of formula? It’s an art, not a science.

Afterward, I gave her a bath, because rice cereal is pretty sticky. Who knew?

daddy’s home

I’m back at work today for the first time since life changed completely and wonderfully two weeks ago. Thanks to everyone for their congratulations, support, and good wishes; they are very much appreciated by all three of us.

I have a pretty good-sized backlog of mail, and I suspect it’ll take me most of today to get through it, but if you are waiting for a response from me and don’t get something by the end of tomorrow, you should feel welcome to send me a gentle reminder. I will be on IRC and IM for your gentle-reminding needs.

In the interim, you can entertain yourselves with cute baby pictures:
Random cuteness

Claire Madeline Shaver

October 16, 2007, 22:29 Eastern. Six pounds, fourteen ounces. Awesome.

Claire at 8 minutes

Mom and Claire are both doing fine, I’ll be away daddying for the next 2 weeks, so don’t expect response to work stuff and you will be less disappointed.

(Awesome.)

Update: the thought of gifts is appreciated, but unless you’re going to bring them yourself so that you’ll have the joy of meeting her, I would much rather you make a donation in her honour to SickKids. We have been blessed with a healthy baby, but not every baby is as lucky as Claire, and the great folks at SickKids work hard to make sure that every baby gets what they need to be happy and healthy.