From commentor BGinCHI:
We were in Santa Cruz, CA last month and commenter Loneoak and Mrs. Loneoak had us over for dinner. Their son, Enzo (who was also featured on BJ when he was born), and Xavi had a great time hanging out.
In honor of Father’s Day, a pic of them is attached. Xavi on the left, Enzo on the right.
I know: shameless promotion of the kids!
All together now: awwwwwwwww…….!
Circle of life, y’all. Special thanks to commentor MiseryBob for reminding me about this song:
GINGER!! The Doctor haz a jealous!
Those are some adorable kids. Xavi has some great hair, and the fact that it is pretty much my own color has nothing to do with that opinion.
@BGinChi Xavi does honor to his name :D
cute overload. Xavi sure is all grown up. What’s he, just six months old now ?
Loneoak and I are supposed to get together sometime.
Also too. @loneoak love the thingies on Enzo’s arms. I wants them. :))
Awwwww…they’re adorable! Whatever they’re looking at must be really fascinating. They’re both transfixed.
@Violet: It almost makes me want one. Almost. :)
This is why one pressures one’s siblings and/or close friends to have them: it’s way easier and more fun to be Uncle Yutsy for a few hours a week than to have to be Daddy 24/7.
@Mnemosyne: My youngest brother and his wife are certainly trying to work on it, even though she just got into nursing school. This is about the timeline they aimed for.
Ghost town here tonight…
Jo Dee Messina did a good version of this song. The dad in this video is more grandpa-aged, though.
Squee indeed. Very, very cute.
And those arm thingies are interesting. They could be very practical, a way to have something on the arms without adding a jacket.
And the beat goes on.
aww! and all of that,
but when innocence is lost, when they are confronted with the harsh reality that is the human condition… what then?
Tell me – balloon-juicers – what is the moral justification for creating, and subjecting, additional human-beings (predictably) to some five, six or more decades of economic subjugation to the whims of ruthless sociopaths?
@Mike S.: Because DNA is a funny molecule. It insists on spreading and replicating. Sex is fun. Also. Too.
SQUEEEEEEE! Bebehs are uh-dore-uh-bul! And that’s the limit of my baby talk.
@Yutsano: How you be, hon?
What Yutsano said. The drive to reproduce is much stronger than any logic your prefrontal cortex can produce.
Besides, parents usually say to themselves, “I’ll give this kid so much love and support, he/she will do all right no matter what happens.” And yes, I know how often that turns out to be the case. But you tell yourself that, anyway.
Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason
@Mike S.: Why reproduce? Because we’re no different than plants, worms, bugs, fish, fowl, or critters. What all life does is reproduce faster than the predators can knock it down.
Homo sapiens (actually, homo indusrialis) happens to be the species that managed to change its environment significantly enough to overcome its predators.
Species grow, species die-off, we’re no different than the rest of them.
Wondering how the nuns were going to respond to Benedict’s Inquisition on social activision?
And Der Speigel says Benedict is done for
Benedict obliquely labels longstanding child abuse within his church as a “mystery.”
Yeah, that’ll settle the flock.
James E. Powell
I was, like so many others, raised Catholic. Which means “no longer attending Catholic Church.” Not one of the seven kids in my family is even remotely affiliated with the church. There are no practicing Catholics in my social circles. So I have no clue how the sex abuse scandals, the bishops’ right-wing political activity, the public admonishing of nuns for caring about poor people, etc. is going down with the people who actually attending Catholic Church. Can anyone enlighten me or point me to a source?
@NotMax: Now imagine that you have relatives that died for their Catholic religion in the near past. The Irish know how to hold a grudge, too.
And isn’t the pope that follows this one supposed to be the last pope. Don’t know how they are gonna cap this one, though I’m sure they’ll try.
@Mike S.: Quit bitching and have a quiverfull of red diaper babies already.
My five siblings and I were raised Catholic and went to Catholic grade school. Four of us have not had children and are effectively Atheists. Two did have children and are Christians. I think there’s a connection between parenting and religious belief in our case.
@RossInDetroit: I think there’s a connection between parenting and religious belief in our case.
It gives you someone to complain to.
Thanks for sharing the adorable picture. Those are two squeezable babies. awwwwwwwwwww
Damn, didn’t BGinCH and Loneoak just have those kids a week or so ago?
@James E. Powell: I live very close to Batshit Bachmann’s Congressional district and I can tell you from personal experience that there is a fairly large and healthy group of mouth breathing troglodytes that are deeply invested in both the HRC and the pronouncements of its leaders and many issues. These are people who are maddeningly superstitious and anti-intellectual as well as being close minded and bigoted.
Because her district has been majority Catholic for decades they have no problem embracing the growing (at least in Central MN) fundamentalist evangelicals who would have gladly put them to the torch in the past. And would again if the future America is reformed into a “Christian nation”.
Nothing tops the sense of wonderment in a child’s eyes – 100% pure awesome.
VMware box took a dump around 10 last night; spent a couple of hours getting it back online (at least to the point where it will partially function pending receipt of a part). Conference call w/my counterparts on the other continents at 7. About two hours sleep total between items 1 and 2. Ye GADS.
@Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason: That’s why it happens. My wife and I both insisted, very resolutely, not long into our relationship that we were not interested in kids. We didn’t like kids. We didn’t like other people’s kids. We didn’t want to be around kids, no matter whose kids they were.
Then, we got married…
A couple months into the marriage, we said, “Yeah, maybe one day we’ll discuss it.”
A month or two later, “Yeah, sometime soon might be the right time.” Another month and we both agreed, “Now, would be a good time.”
Now, 9+ years later, we love our kid but don’t want another. We served the biological imperative. However, what really changed in the aftermath is that we love kids. We talk to them, play with them, enjoy having them around, don’t gripe on airplanes (we teach the tricks we used so that our son didn’t harass others on the flights), always let other kids have first pass at something, etc.
Interesting how that happens.
The DNA is innocent, it would be totally happy to just spend all of its time curled up. It’s the genes! Them genes want to rub together all the time.
Those cute, chubby baby boys. They are so sweet.
See, this is what I get when I go to bed early.
Big thanks to Anne for posting, and to Loneoak and Mrs. L for having us over while we were out in beautiful NoCal.
Having kids later in life was a challenge for us, but so far it’s great. A lot of work but worth it every day. Thanks to all for the kind comments as well. Xavi appreciates it.
Beautiful baby boys.
Lot of happiness in that picture.
I had no idea that Marc Cohn’s dad was Don Rumsfeld.
I had no idea that Marc Cohn’s dad was Don Rumsfeld.
They’re called Baby Legs.
Enzo just turned 6 months last week, so yes, it was just a couple weeks ago. Or at least it feels that way.
It was great to have BG out here. Lovely to meet him, Xavi, and Dr. Mrs. Dr. BG!
Yeah, let’s meet up sometime this summer. Didn’t you say you hang out at the Log Cabin? It would be fun to meet for a beer.
@Loneoak: Right back at ya.
That was a fantastic trip all around.