Before we begin:
Wycliffe is pronounced "WICK-liff". As in the churchman. The churchman (John, c. 1328-1384) so cordial that he went to the great trouble of translating the Bible into English so that people could actually read it.
Wycliffe Number One:
This, of course, is the most important of the two. Our third child--another boy!--was born on Monday evening at 5:35pm, weighing 8 pounds and 12 ounces, and measuring 19.5 inches. All told, we had an incredible experience welcoming him into the world. And at the center of that incredible experience was this incredible human being:
I was a very proud dad from the moment I met him (even though he was so slimy at that moment). There was something different about this than our first two boys. I think it's the fact that, since we' d done all this before, the focus was much less on us and our new stage and roles in life. We weren't worried about "parenting" or "adjustments" or anything so sociological as all that. Instead, it was all about this little dude.
(Full disclosure: when we got home, we did have a "holy crap, what have we done?" moment when we realized that the chaos in our home was going to reach new levels of "aaaahhhhhh!!!!". But then we sucked it up and started loving on our boys again, and especially enjoying the new one.)
We are happy people.
Wycliffe Number Two:
Some people put balloons on their mailboxes. Psssshhhhh. Check this.
The Wycliffe LaVeer (that's his middle name there) Baby Blue Seersucker Limited Edition Special Celebratory Full-of-Awesomeness Bow Tie (that's a long title, like books had back in the Middle Ages).
$20. That's $6 less than normal.
While supplies last. Classic Butterfly shape only. Get 'em while we've got em. If you don't, you'll have to wait an entire reproductive cycle for another shot at it.
For a small upcharge, we'll rub it all over his new-baby-smell noggin for your olfactory satisfaction. (That isn't a breach of child labor laws, is it?)