Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Obligatory Baby and Book Blog Post


Just a quick one – free time being at something of a premium at present – to introduce Edith Emmeline* – Edie if you're in a hurry (which I invariably am these days, appearances to the contrary) – born at 12.27pm on Sunday 19 May. Mum and baby are both doing well (there were various complications but I shan't bore you with the details) and all three of us are slowly adjusting to life as a family. As you can see, I'm getting in whatever reading I can; not as much as I was pre-birth, obviously, but enough to keep me sane. I've been on an Elmore Leonard kick of late – you might be able to make out that I'm (re)reading Get Shorty in that photo – so I hope to have a post up for Patti Nase Abbott's Friday's Forgotten Books Leonard special in a few weeks' time (if not, I guess Patti can always link this post). If I get the chance I'll be running some eBay auctions for a bunch of Richard Stark/Parker books pretty soon, so I'll let you know about those if I do, but other than that, I'll have to take it as it comes as regards a return to what will almost certainly be semi-regular – or, more likely, highly irregular – book blogging. More soon...

* The fact that the initials of Edie's first and middle names reflect those of Existential Ennui is, of course, entirely coincidental...

19 comments:

Bill Crider said...

She's a doll. Congratulations, and enjoy fatherhood!

Roly sitting upstairs said...

Frankly I'm appalled by your lack of commitment to the blog...

Louis XIV, "The Sun King" (Nick Jones) said...

Thanks Bill!

Louis XIV, "The Sun King" (Nick Jones) said...

And Roly (sitting upstairs, with the gods), I can only apologise for my dereliction of duty.

Garen said...

Many congratulations, Nick - love the photo :-) Your little one was born in the same hospital as my new little one- just at the end of April. Hope you're all doing well.

bmcmolo said...

Welcome to the world, Edith Emmeline. Glad baby and mama are doing well.

My wife and I made our own contribution to alliterative offspring, Evelyn Elizabeth, earlier this year. (Also a coincidence!)

May blogging operations re-commence as they will.

Louis XIV, "The Sun King" (Nick Jones) said...

Bryan, belated congrats on your EE! And to you, Garen, for baby Felix. Were you at Haywards heath then?

Garen said...

Yes - both daughter (2011) and son (2013) born at Princess Royal.

Louis XIV, "The Sun King" (Nick Jones) said...

Excellent. Terrific hospital I have to say – I can't imagine there's a better maternity unit in the country.

Garen said...

First experience there was 50/50 (first half terrible midwife (who has since left), second half two angels appeared), second, recent, experience was 100% fabulous. I know people talk reverentially about Pembury Maternity Unit at Tunbridge Wells!

John said...

All this EE naming is surely more than coincidnece or synchronicity. I smell a conspiracy afoot. Your little Edie is already a heroine having braved the complications (and no doubt Rachel is a superwoman) and I expect great adventures to come with the three of you.

Looks like EL puts EE to sleep. Imagine!

pattinase (abbott) said...

My most heartfelt congratulations. You are a lucky man indeed.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Congratulations, Nick! Here's wishing the baby, her mother, and you good health and happiness always. Fatherhood is fulfilling and great fun too.

Ray Garraty said...

Congrats, Nick! And looking forward to your ebay auctions.

Louis XIV, "The Sun King" (Nick Jones) said...

Cheers everyone! Ray, I'm actually wondering whether to circumvent eBay and just post the Parker books on here (linking from Violent World of Parker, if Trent lets me) with prices and see if anyone wants them. What do you reckon?

Ray Garraty said...

Nick,
I think that will be OK. This way eBay won't be riping off the seller nor the buyer.

Book Glutton said...

Happy Father's Day!

Louis XIV, "The Sun King" (Nick Jones) said...

Ray: Judging by your tweets the other day, looks like you're well and truly sorted for Parkers!

BG: A belated thank you! I got two Father's Day cards, which is remarkable considering Edie has little to no control over her motor functions.

OlmanFeelyus said...

I'm late again! Congratulations! She's beautiful. You are psyched. I recommend long walks with one of those baby pouches. Very good for the soul and gives the mother some time off. Also, best male fashion accessory ever.