Baby News

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:29 am

I’ve been chastised for not providing baby news. All is as it should be. As Georgia is one of the few places in the world where both home births and direct-entry midwives (the kind that don’t take their orders directly from an OB) are illegal, we are using the services of a wonderful midwife with a birthing center across the state line in South Carolina. We see her once a month, and everything and everyone is right on course.

I’d show you a pretty picture of the young’un, but we don’t have one. Nor will we. It turns out that for the uninsured, ultrasounds are very expensive. At my wife’s last visit to her OB, we were quoted a figure in the several hundreds of dollars. So — no picture. If you’re wondering about the diagnostic abilities of ultrasounds, there are other ways to “see” everything the picture shows you. So, we haven’t lost out on any knowledge, other than the gender, which we don’t want to know.

Speaking of gender, we’ve entered the realm of Baby Names. I think we’ve settled on a girl’s name (nope, not telling), but boy’s names are much harder.

If we do have a boy, I would like to name him Bartleby, but my wife would prefer not to.


  1. Yup - boy names ARE hard. I’m glad someone else is willing to admit it. Glad to hear everything is going great, and good luck!

    Comment by Jocelyn — 3/23/2004 @ 4:59 am

  2. Boy names aren’t hard…everyone knows the best name for a boy is GOOLSBY!

    Thanks for the update. I hear that ultrasounds can cause hearing loss too…ultrasound, smultrasound…who needs em?!?

    Comment by M — 3/23/2004 @ 7:20 am

  3. How topical! I rarely visit, but the above link brought forth thoughts of you.

    BTW, Ohio just added Intelligent Design to the optional curriculum. I have long wondered why many scientists oppose the teaching of creationism alongside evolution. I figure that they are both theories - one makes more sense than the other, but until a human returns from death (unlike the cheesy Zombie movie currently playing), there will be no way to know with absolute certainty which is true.
    I do lean towrds evolution and oblivion on death, but I try to keep an open mind which means that creationism could be right or they both could be wrong - ET/alien colonization. :)

    Anyways, enjoy the link.

    Comment by steve — 3/24/2004 @ 3:37 am

  4. What kind of boy’s name do you want? Something traditional, or cultural (like Irish), or something totally wacky? Cause there are lots of great baby name websites out there, and if you can narrow down your choice of type, they are easier to search.

    Comment by Alyssa — 3/24/2004 @ 9:02 am

  5. Dag, I was saving Goolsby for my boy…

    Comment by Matt — 3/24/2004 @ 12:35 pm

  6. Hi! Just found your site searching around the net under “Athens, Georgia.” I’m moving there this fall to attend grad school at UGA and am trying to get a feel for the community. :) Hope everyone is as interesting and witty as you.

    P.S. If/when we have kids, we’re going with Mallory or Collin. And: NO HOME BIRTHS? What happens if you can’t get to the hospital fast enough?(that’s what happened when I was born, my dad became Dr. Daddy after forty minutes of labor)

    Comment by Kelly — 3/26/2004 @ 2:50 am

  7. I wanted to comment on the farm photo of the day, but couldn’t figure out how to.

    Farm life here in Madison is well under way. The hoop house went up about a month ago. The seeds start in the basement in trays…when they get an inch or so high they move to the hoop house, which has a heater. Eventually, they spend their daytime hours in full sunshine in the back yard. While I’m getting dressed each morning I watch my roommate and her intern move the plants from basement to hoop house…and from hoop house to yard. I suspect that soon they will start making their next move…to the field down the street. I’m not sure, but I think that she is farming 20 acres this year…double last year, which was double the year before.

    Comment by M — 3/26/2004 @ 10:19 am

  8. I knew guys named Brad Bradford, John Johnson, Matt Matthews. So, my suggestion: Wag Wagoner. What do you think? I know, pure brilliance.

    Comment by Joel — 4/1/2004 @ 9:17 am

  9. Goolsby for our boy? I thought we were saving that for our dog!

    Many congrats, Eric! Glad to hear all is well.

    Comment by Jenn — 4/11/2004 @ 12:03 pm

  10. Dunno if this will be an appealing idea or not: in the L.A. area, there’s training places where they teach advanced medical students how to do ultrasound (apparently there’s some sort of new 3-D imaging technique, so there’s lots o larnin going on). Through these traiing centers, you can get free ultrasounds, if you want ‘em. Might be worth checking to see if there’s anything like that going on in Atlanta — I think Emory’s gota big medical school, so maybe there? Or maybe it’s not worth all the trouble: you’ll be seeing the kid in a few months anyhow.

    Comment by Jason — 4/17/2004 @ 1:40 am

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