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A former colleague sent me a note about a site that’s giving people Valentine’s Day ideas that are way better than the standard candies or flowers options. Things like donations and volunteering and other alternatives to the typical Hallmark fare (their goal is to have people give “good” instead of “goods”) There’s info about it here: and it will link you to a spot where you can make a Valentine ecard that will be delivered on Thursday.

for beating Mom and me in Scrabulous…. rematch? (and I had been on such a nice winning streak the last few games!)

Lisa won this scrabble game

My friends at work bought Clara a wonderful “Sleep Sheep” off of our registry — its a super soft stuffed animal sheep that plays the soothing sounds of heart beats, rain, ocean and whale (the idea of a sheep making whale sounds got quite a laugh). Unfortunately our sound box stopped working almost immediately. I wrote to the company and they mailed me a new one! I can’t wait to try it out tonight (we’re getting more frequent middle-of-the-night fussiness episodes, and these sounds do an amazing job in calming her down, a form of the “shushing” from the 5 s’s in the Happiest Baby on the Block)

So thank you Cloud B! I think Henry already has one of these, but I’ll definitely think about sending them as presents to other new babies!  (And they were so nice to send a new one that I wanted to reward such good customer service with a blog posting.)

It’s Brian again, this time with the news we have all been waiting to hear…  Clara Shirah has arrived!  Here is the re-cap from our mother:

Clara Shirah was born at 10:19 pm (west coast time) on October 25, weighs 7.7 pounds and is 20″ long.  Emily had a c-section, but she’s feeling pretty good, and even got to breast feed the baby before everyone got too tired.  The baby is going to have antibiotics for 2 days as a precaution (that’s what is attached to her hand,)  since Emily ran a bit of a fever during labor.

She’s adorable — lots of dark hair, dark eyes, and a cute little nose.  Shachar will have much better photos tomorrow.

Emily will probably be in the hospital until Monday — with no wireless!

love to all — it was very exciting!


P.S.  Clara isn’t crying in the first photo — she has antibiotic drops in her eyes.  She was wide awake for a long time and very alert.

Here are some pictures:


This is Brian, Emily’s brother… got a call from California.  Emily is in labor, has been all day.  We will update as things progress.

We were ignoring the news all weekend while we were off having fun (photos coming soon) and I didn’t notice the giant crib recall that just happened.  We do have the Simplicity Crib N Changer Combo but I believe we have model 8995 (they’ve recalled  8994 and 8996 among others).  Of course I’ll double check when I get home from work.  Eegads.

I just learned that yesterday – Sept 13 – was International Chocolate Day!  We definitely should celebrate that more…

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