February 15, 2008

Best Valentine's Day Gift Ever

Sure trumps a steak dinner.

Kathryn (we'll call he Kate) was born six weeks early at 3:58 PM on Valentine's Day, and this picture was taken while she was than an hour old in neonatal intensive care. After running a series of tests, our little fighter was moved into the nursery with the full-term children, 100% healthy and hungry. The staff regards her as something of a little miracle. I certainly agree.

My wife Christine is doing remarkably well after her c-section, and we're getting ready to have breakfast. Big sister Maya will be by after school to see her new sister again.

Blogging is probably going to be light.

Life is good.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 15, 2008 07:29 AM

She's sooo, cute. You're one lucky SOAG, Bob. Congratulations.

Posted by: Dusty at February 15, 2008 08:05 AM

Congratulations, son. She's a beauty. Best to Momma.


Posted by: Subsunk at February 15, 2008 08:16 AM

Congratulations, Bob. It's an amazing thing, isn't it?

Posted by: Pablo at February 15, 2008 08:22 AM


Now where's my cigar!


Posted by: Dan Irving at February 15, 2008 08:23 AM

Woohoo! I THOUGHT that you weren't doing much online lately - now I see why. Congratulations to you and your wife!

BTW, my mother's birthday is the 15th.

Posted by: Grey Fox at February 15, 2008 08:29 AM

congrats, Bob!

Posted by: Frank G at February 15, 2008 08:38 AM

She's gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful, congratulations.

Now get some sleep!

Posted by: pajama momma at February 15, 2008 08:41 AM

Congratulations. Life, indeed, is good.

Posted by: Mark L at February 15, 2008 09:02 AM

She looks wonderful. Congrats.

Posted by: brando at February 15, 2008 09:05 AM

Congrats on a beautiful new addition, Bob!

Posted by: C-C-G at February 15, 2008 09:40 AM


Posted by: The Maximum Leader at February 15, 2008 09:51 AM

Congratulations to you and your (now enlarged) family. God bless all of you.

It was a busy day in the conservative babysphere -- Wyatt Earp (Support Your Local Gunfighter) and his wife had a son.

Posted by: bRight & Early at February 15, 2008 09:54 AM

Best Wishes!

Posted by: Tony B at February 15, 2008 09:58 AM

Congratulations ! She's beautiful.

Posted by: Bradley at February 15, 2008 10:05 AM


Posted by: w3 at February 15, 2008 10:09 AM

Congratulations on the new tax deduction. Glad everyone is healthy.

Posted by: daleyrocks at February 15, 2008 10:09 AM


Posted by: t.ferg at February 15, 2008 10:20 AM

Congratulations! May her life be filled with light, love, health, prosperity, and happiness.

Posted by: Laughing_Wolf at February 15, 2008 10:37 AM

Congratulations, Bob. May the road always rise in front of her and the sun shine brightly on her face.

Posted by: Mark at February 15, 2008 10:41 AM

Congrats! I wish the very best for you guys.

Not that you'd be interested, but I almost died in birth, myself, and look how big and strong I'm now :P

Posted by: Anonymous Reader From Finland at February 15, 2008 11:03 AM


Posted by: Penfold at February 15, 2008 11:06 AM

Congrats to you and yours on this glorious occasion! May her life be filled with pleasure and goodness and my the Good L*rd Bless you all! Best wishes!!!

Posted by: Big Country at February 15, 2008 11:28 AM


Posted by: ExUrbanKevin at February 15, 2008 11:34 AM

Congratulations, Bob. Well done.

Posted by: R. Stanton Scott at February 15, 2008 12:35 PM

What a wonderful gift. She is beautiful. And I love her name. Congratulations to you and Mom.

Posted by: Sara at February 15, 2008 01:04 PM


Now with three gals in the house you are truely in deep doo-doo! How are you going to get anything done when you're twisted around three little pinkies?

Posted by: joated at February 15, 2008 01:23 PM

What a beauty! Congratulations to you and your wife. Very glad to hear that all is well.

What a Valentine, eh?

Posted by: Phoenix at February 15, 2008 01:33 PM

What a beautiful little girl. So glad she's healthy even thought she's early. I'm proud to share my Valentine birthday with her.

Posted by: Beverly Williams at February 15, 2008 01:48 PM

So, when is she gonna blog?



Posted by: Chris Muir at February 15, 2008 02:07 PM


Looks like a future Marine Aviator to me.

Posted by: DaveW at February 15, 2008 02:12 PM

What beautiful and poetic Valentine's Day gift - the birth of a beautiful healthy baby!

God Bless, Mom, Dad, Big Sister Maya, and newcomer Kate!

Posted by: Tara at February 15, 2008 03:12 PM

Whoo hoo! What a present! I am sure not very many people got a darling as sweet as yours.

Glad to hear all is well with both your wife and the little one.

Posted by: Suzi at February 15, 2008 03:30 PM


May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

You are totally beautiful!!

Posted by: Maggie45 at February 15, 2008 03:46 PM

(surfed on over from LGF)

What a precious - & she's so big!
Bless you all!

Posted by: Susan at February 15, 2008 04:10 PM

One hour after being born six weeks early? That's one of the healthiest newborns I have ever seen! Gratz.

Posted by: Aplomb at February 15, 2008 05:58 PM

Makes you realize whats important huh, Congradulations Christine and Bob on the birth of a beautiful baby.

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Posted by: mescalero at February 15, 2008 10:12 PM

What a cutie she is. Congratualtions.

Posted by: Retread at February 16, 2008 06:36 AM

Another olive shoot. What a blessing.

To help young Kate's nervous system continue to develop apace, I strongly encourage your wife to start scorfing down sardines. The essential fatty acids will favorably alter the fatty acid profile of her milk.

Posted by: Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) at February 16, 2008 07:57 AM

Outstanding! What a beautiful little girl.
Congratulations to you both. Welcome to the world, Kate. Listen to the old man, he knows stuff.

Posted by: maxx at February 16, 2008 08:41 AM

I'm looking right now at my oldest daughter who was born seven years ago last week, also six weeks premature.
Life is a good and wonderful thing, if a bit scary at times like this. Good luck and have fun!
Thanks for the pic and the memories.

Posted by: Douglas Winship at February 16, 2008 08:43 AM

Congratulations. Children are a great blessing to the world because they embody hope for the future. God bless you all.


Posted by: chsw at February 16, 2008 08:47 PM


Congratulations! I can't think of a better Valentine's day gift for you and your family.

Jim C

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Posted by: Mohammed the Teddy-Bear at February 17, 2008 04:36 PM

Simply beautiful....congrats..!!!

Posted by: Jaded at February 19, 2008 08:19 AM

Life is excellent. What a beauty!

Posted by: baldilocks at February 20, 2008 12:59 AM