Week One Outing: Golden Gate Park

After a week cooped up inside, we decided it was time for an outing yesterday.  What better place to begin Autumn’s life outside than Golden Gate Park.  We took a short stroll through the Botanical Garden and tested the off-road abilities of the new stroller (not good).  She was clearly unimpressed, as she slept through the entire adventure.  I think Jody appreciated the fresh air, if not the walk to the nearest bench.  Not to give myself too much credit, but I fearlessly staved off a band of curious squirrels, letting them know in no uncertain terms that my size 14s aren’t just for dancing.

We’ll have to see where the next week takes us.

Day Three

Or is it day four? I’ve lost track. After two days in the hospital we arrived home Saturday afternoon, and it feels so good to be home.  Jody will probably explain in more detail, but our team at Kaiser was incredible.  They were totally supportive of our birth plan; encouraging and pleasant every step of they way.

So now we try to find our rhythm.  Sleep, eat, repeat.  Our neighbors are certainly suspicious that something has happened.  Tomorrow is Autumn’s first trip to the pediatrician.  That should be enough excitement for one day.

There are a handful of new photos up on Flickr as well – we have a set created just for Autumn.  If you want to get regular updates and you’re hip to RSS, use this link.  You can also get an RSS feed to Autumn’s Flickr set with this link.  If RSS means nothing to you, sign up for an email updates right here.

Autumn Sophia Pritchard

All the Details
Name: Autumn Sophia Pritchard
Born: September 25, 2008 at 7:37 p.m.
Weight: 9 lbs. 9 oz.
Length: 19.5 in.

We are happy to introduce our beautiful girl who arrived last night. Autumn Sophia Pritchard was born 7:37 p.m. Thursday night at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco. She is beautiful and well-tempered. After two full days of labor, she was born naturally, and Dad was there to catch her. Everyone is healthy, happy and completely exhausted.

I should note that she was born during Oregon State’s incredible upset win over USC. An auspicious beginning. Many more updates to come. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

Publishing Life

Question: How do you document a child’s life?  How do you share it with the people who can’t be close to her every day?  Building an archive of memories seems a requirement of new parents.  Technology moves forward with every generation.  Yesterday’s photo album is today’s Flickr slideshow.  Out with VHS, in with AVCHD.  The media change, but the message stays the same.  This is our life.  This is our family.

So we write and photograph and capture video.  We build a website and share it with our family and friends.  And we try to remember that all of this comes second to being good parents.  Life happens in front of the lens, not behind it.