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#1 2017-05-30 14:44:38

Aan`allein
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Smarch Baby

Oh mighty Dog, hear your once-loyal subject!

Humbly I beseech thee not to smite me down, as I come to report to thee news of shattering consequence. As of earlier this month, the possession of the souls of your once-loyal subjects Aan`allein and xavie, which were forevermore promised to thee since the magical postcount boundary was crossed which heralded this event, have - despite this promise and all the force of divinity with which it was imbued - managed to slip from your grasp! No sooner were these souls set free, then they were once more taken up, and wound most firmly around the itty bitty cutey pie pinky finger of a most unbelievably wondrous creature which has come to haunt our humble abode: our newborn daughter! We have been helpless before Her visage, and thoroughly enthralled by Her might and cunning.

We beseech thee, Dog, to think well of us, your once-loyal subjects, as we must come to face our new reality of now serving a new mistress, and Her everlasting hunger for our waking hours, which is not beholden in any way to the rotation of the planetary body upon which our mortal coils reside.

If you permit us, we will continue to come bask in your glow as often as we can (and insidiously spread the gospel of Her who now holds our hearts and souls!), but let it be known henceforth that we can no longer be relied upon to serve you first and foremost!




For those wishing to bear witness to Her who now holds our hearts and souls, cast back in your memory to such photos as you might have seen of Smarch Wedding the Third. Upon visiting that site, alter the URL but slightly, changing "wedding" to "baby". The username and password are unchanged. Or PM me for details if you don't have ready access to this information anymore.


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<Mossop> run for the hills!
<Boriss> i can't, i'm at a local maximum!


Just Imagine...

 

#2 2017-05-30 15:04:53

Olaf
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Re: Smarch Baby

Congratulations!!!


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#3 2017-05-30 15:06:18

Peter
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Re: Smarch Baby

Congratulations Xavie and Aan!

May your days be filled with wonder - and as much sleep as possible :)


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#4 2017-05-30 15:16:02

Magpie
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Re: Smarch Baby

Ooooh, congratulations!

(And the card is brilliant!)


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#5 2017-05-30 17:20:20

Tad
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Re: Smarch Baby

That is such EXCELLENT WONDERFUL NEWS!

I'm really happy for both of you -- soon to be more -- and I'll tell Deb as soon as she's done working for the day and I know she'll say, "Tell them I said Wow and sent tons of love!" so I'll just do it now.

Being a dad has been the most important thing in the last twenty years of my life, and also the most fulfilling.  I hope you guys will love being parents as much as I do, but I'm pretty sure you will.


"I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours."

-- Dylan

 

#6 2017-05-30 19:07:22

Seitherin
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Re: Smarch Baby

Congratulations !!


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#7 2017-05-30 23:48:14

Sahi
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Re: Smarch Baby

The card was indeed absolutely amazing, I have literally never seen one so amazing. I showed it to Ivo before I had even fully read the text!

Congratulations!


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#8 2017-05-31 01:01:03

Merenwen
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Re: Smarch Baby

Congratulations!

 

#9 2017-05-31 12:00:30

Sojourn
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Re: Smarch Baby

Welcome to the best and most fulfilling ride ever. But yeah, sleep is out the window now.

 

#10 2017-05-31 12:51:37

redNathalie
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Re: Smarch Baby

Congratulations, you crazy kids.  ^_^

*all the huggles*


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#11 2017-05-31 17:49:21

Ad1tu
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Re: Smarch Baby

Congratulations!!


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#12 2017-05-31 17:50:11

cyan
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Re: Smarch Baby

Wow!  Congratulations!!!!


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#13 2017-05-31 20:26:09

Maladroit
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Re: Smarch Baby

Congratulations you two! She is a beauty!

 

#14 2017-06-01 04:38:27

Aan`allein
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Re: Smarch Baby

Thank you all, from the three of us. She sure is a time sink, but also the best non-stop full-surround ultra-high-definition entertainment system available, so that makes for a pretty acceptable trade-off. ^_^


Mozilla developer comment of the however long it'll be this time:
<Mossop> run for the hills!
<Boriss> i can't, i'm at a local maximum!


Just Imagine...

 

#15 2017-06-01 04:51:47

Peter
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Re: Smarch Baby

I am sure the interactivity factor is going to increase constantly over the next year (and it's going to stay at a concerning level for a long time until parents get slightly boring).


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#16 2017-06-01 08:22:37

Peter
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Re: Smarch Baby

And now I have received the oft-mentioned card of awesome as well, thank you very much! :)


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#17 2017-06-01 12:39:45

ylvs
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Posts: 13410

Re: Smarch Baby

Xavie! Aan! This is most wonderful news!

*pouncyhuggles*

Enjoy every single moment! The first month is best and then it only gets better!

 

#18 2017-06-01 13:22:20

Libra-in-a-roundabout-way
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Re: Smarch Baby

Congratulations!!!!

This is most excellent news!!! I trust you shall teach her well in the ways of the word!!

Hug to all three of you!!!



PS: I shall need a pm, because I cannot remember the URL of the wedding.


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#19 2017-06-02 09:06:36

Marian
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Re: Smarch Baby

Congrats!

 

#20 2017-06-07 11:00:27

xavie
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Re: Smarch Baby

Thank you all for the congratulations and well-wishes!

I stil can't fully comprehend that there is a human being I'm now supposed to be responsible for. Don't they know that I'm not a grown-up myself and can't possibly be expected to take care of a child? I still half-expect somebody from the hospital to show up at our door to take her away again. "Sorry, our mistake. You're way too immature to be a parent." I have to admit, there are moments where I'd go along with that. "Here you go, enjoy the crying!" But most of the time she's the sweetest thing ^_^ We've also had two or three decent nights in a row and I start to feel like a human being again, rather than a zombie.

 

#21 2017-06-07 13:02:19

Peter
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Re: Smarch Baby

*pouncetacklehuggles Xavie*
*gently*

You might be torn between wanting to give her back and adoring her for another 18 years, but I hope the good will vastly outweigh the bad. And you'll be able to make good use of all the silliness in the years to come :-)


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

#22 2017-06-07 13:07:30

ylvs
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Re: Smarch Baby

TWO OR THREE NIGHTS OF DECENT SLEEP IN THE FIRST MONTH??? She truly must be an angel!

*giggles*

And as to the "I'm too immature to be a parent" thing: luckily enough the demands will be growing while you're getting used to them. You'll be doing fine without any doubt! Do not fret, enjoy it to the brim!

 

#23 2017-06-08 06:03:30

Aan`allein
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Re: Smarch Baby

No, two or three decent nights in a row. I think we're up to, like, 14 decent nights total now.

Bestest baby evaaaaaar! *struts*

(Either that, or our definition of what makes for a decent night is out of whack. But then, the bad nights are definitely bad, so I don't think so.)


Mozilla developer comment of the however long it'll be this time:
<Mossop> run for the hills!
<Boriss> i can't, i'm at a local maximum!


Just Imagine...

 

#24 2017-06-10 10:21:08

xavie
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Re: Smarch Baby

Maybe my definition of "a good night's sleep" has been drastically adjusted from "10 hours of dreamless slumber" to "two solid blocks of three hours each"...

 

#25 2017-06-10 11:22:03

Peter
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Re: Smarch Baby

That is a very good night of sleep by baby standards, from what I've heard :D


"hitting the snooze button is totally an act of worship and not laziness"  -Magpie, slightly out of context

 

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