The June Bugs

June 7, 2005

NOLA JASPER GEORGE

Hazel has a sister, and her name is Nola!

She was born on Tuesday June 7th, at 12:15AM. She weighs 7lbs 14oz, is 20 inches long, has dark hair and eyes plus all the fingers and toes and tiny pudgy things you'd want a healthy baby girl to have.

She and mom are home and doing great. The birth was attended by Cathy McGovern CNM, our doula Cyndi, and the outstanding nursing staff at Sutter Davis. Thanks to everyone!

Hazel likes her new sister, she wants to touch her hair and hold her. She also likes to remind us that she will "cry alot, eat alot, sleep alot." We can't wait for our family and friends to meet our new daughter!

In related news, look for an updated, more sister-inclusive web address and title for The Hazel Bee with new photos coming soon!

Posted by Kyle at 9:29 AM | Comments (2)

May 5, 2005

Thanks Baby Namers!

Baby time is drawing near so we want to say thanks to everyone who contributed to the Help Us Name Our Baby contest. We are warmed by the care that went into your suggestions and surprised by the level of participation. Honestly we thought we'd get a few submissions from family and close friends, but we received over 180 entries from 30 people including family, friends, and plenty of people we don't even know - hooray for the internet!

I'm sorry to say that we are no longer accepting suggestions, the contest is over. The good news is we've narrowed the field to a very short list of finalists. We will make an announcement as soon as we have a little girl to go with it, so keep checking in with The Hazel Bee for word of her arrival!

Posted by Kyle at 12:05 AM | Comments (0)

April 12, 2005

Early Spring Odds and Ends

As always it's been a busy time for Hazel B. and family. Catch up with Hazel and her friends at Fariytale Town & the Zoo!

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April 1, 2005

Spring trip to San Diego

Hazel went on a Spring Break trip to San Diego! Everything was pretty exciting - we got to fly on an airplane for a little while and see lots of great things like the famous San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park (separate places). She even fed a giraffe!

We spent lots of time at Balboa Park and saw almost all of the museums there including an IMAX film about rhythms of the world. It was big and loud but Hazel liked the music and learned to beat-box and play her legs like drums.

Then Hazel ate an apple and we went home.

Posted by Kyle at 12:32 AM | Comments (0)

March 12, 2005

Auntie Perrin and Uncle Marc are Getting Married!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Hazel's Aunt Perrin and Uncle Marc are getting married! We are all very excited to help them celebrate their lives together. Friends and family hop on over to Perrin and Marc's Incremental Retirement website and their new and lovely wedding site!

Posted by Kyle at 11:05 PM | Comments (0)

March 8, 2005

Marc & Perrin in San Francisco

Hazel and family received a lucky lay-over visit from Aunt Perrin and Uncle Marc on their way back to Hawaii. It was great to see them and to spend some time in San Francisco, especially at the Exploratorium where it was hard to tell who had more fun, Hazel or Marc and Kyle.

As always the visit was too short, we wish we could see them all the time but at least we can talk on the phone.

Posted by Kyle at 9:45 AM | Comments (0)

Hazel's Cousins Visit from Connecticut

February saw a long anticipated visit from Hazel's cousins Emma, Robby, & Julia all the way from Connecticut. There was a lot of playing and hugging and a special treat - ice skating at the Winter Lodge near Grandma and Grandpa's house. Hazel did a great job walking on the tiny skates (off the ice) and loved going around the rink with Mom and Dad but everyone was pretty tired afterward.

Speaking of Grandma and Grandpa, they took Hazel and family to the duck pond one breezy day and Hazel got to feed some ducks... and sea gulls and pigeons.

Posted by Kyle at 9:44 AM | Comments (0)

Sledding in the Snow!

Hazel learned a new word: SNOW!

Before the fast approaching Spring season could warm the hills and melt all the snow we headed toward the Sierras for a morning of fun at Echo Summit Sno-park. Caleb, Rebecca & Dan came along and the kids tried sledding (with dads) and walking in puffy suits and boots on the crunchy white stuff. Hazel even tried making a few tiny snowballs.

Posted by Kyle at 8:31 AM | Comments (0)

February 1, 2005

Help Us Name Our Baby!

As mentioned earlier we are accepting all name suggestions for the new baby, due May 31, 2005. We honestly appreciate your participation and, by way of incentive, would like to offer you this: A CONTEST!

!!! UPDATED !!! Guidelines
Obviously we will name our own baby, but we are looking for any helpful suggestions you might have - this can include your opinion of existing entries. Think of it as a community building experience and the beginning of your participation in the new baby's life.

Names may be submitted via comment to this site or email to Kyle. Please include your name, email, and the name you would like us to give our new baby girl with preferred spelling and meaning (if known).

Duplicate names will not be considered for credit so check the list to see what's there - and there are a few. If you do not wish to add a name but would like to vote for an existing name please be our guest! Keep in mind this is not an actual democratic process. Your vote, though appreciated, is purely recreational.

Submissions and opinions will be accepted through May 5, 2005. From that point on we'll pretty much be on full time baby watch.

The Prize
In addition to the joy of knowing that you will be forever and fondly remembered as the person who named our child you will receive (1) a copy of "Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana: What to Name Your Baby Now" by Linda Rosenkrantz & Pamela Redmond Satran, (2) a wallet-sized portrait of the baby you named mailed to you each month for a year, (3) a commemorative "I Named Their Baby" t-shirt, and, in the possible event of a third Baby George, (4) a seat on the Committee for the Naming of Future Baby Georges or "CoNaFuBaG".

Helpful Hints
In creating our own list we have been drawn to names that fall loosely into the following catagories:

1. Names from nature, art, music or colors...

2. Feminine but not too feminine...

3. Old fashioned but not musty...

4. Have more than one syllable but seldom more than three...

5. Original or at least not terribly popular right now...

6. Meaningful, with positive origins, associations or family connections...

7. Sounds good when followed by George (this is important!)...

8. Sounds good with Hazel

Click below to view the up-to-date list of possible names:

Continue reading "Help Us Name Our Baby!"

Posted by Kyle at 12:02 AM

January 14, 2005

Dave & Carol send photos of Christmas visit

Grandma & Grandpa came to visit just after Christmas, and while Davis is hardly Hawaii this time of year, it's not Kentucky mid-blizzard either. Hazel loved having them here and took full advantage of their attention, reading and playing, and taking them on little trips to the park, train museum and the zoo! They stayed through New Years and helped us celebrate with friends into the wee hours - "wee" meaning bedtime for wee people like Hazel. Thanks for the photos, we are already looking forward to seeing you again.

Posted by Kyle at 12:56 AM | Comments (0)

January 3, 2005

Catching up for the New Year

Can you believe it's 2005? This is sure to be an exciting year with the biggest deal for us being Hazel's little sister on the way. But it was a big year for Hazel and 2005 will hold many new and wonderful things for her too. Here are a few odds & ends she's been up to since the last time we caught up... and remember, Hazel has her eye on you!

Posted by Kyle at 12:25 AM | Comments (0)