Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Baby update

Time for a baby update.

announced a few months ago that my wife and I are expecting a baby, our first.  Everything is healthy and fine.  The official due date is December 21st, but we're wondering if it may be earlier: our spectacular obstetrician thinks it's likely. The again, 1st babies are often late they say, so who knows.

I haven't blogged or produced much art last week while I did some temporary part-time work, and made sure things are ready for the baby.  I'm ridiculously excited to meet the little guy. 

Family and friend support has been wonderful and fun - we can clothe him until he's 18 if he likes onesies.  Our Nephew (age 9), is excited, and recently hunted for coupons for baby items in a flyer, of his own volition. We even received a gift from a blogger, the inimitable Scicurious!  Thanks for the keen hand-made blanket, Sci! 

Applying a cherry blossom wall sticker. Michelle told me we were expecting high Park, when the blossoms were in bloom and redwing blackbirds and butterflies were all around. Yeah: she's awesome. 
Southern Ontario Butterfly mobile. 
Mirrored swallows on the wall.
The blanket from Sci is on the crib, and the Jack Skellington was a gift from friend and blogger Chris Zenga

So, in addition to attempting to make an illustration career for myself, I'll be finding a new work/life balance.  Up until October, I was working the full-time management job, and making art and blogging in the wee hours of the mornings and evenings, and it drove my wife nuts;I was incapable of relaxing. We discussed this move to full-time freelancing, knowing we're expecting the little guy; it's been educational in figuring out what I want to do next, and a number of tentative offers have come in.  Next, I'll likely return to some full- or part-time work while balancing family, illustration and blogging and work.

Sleep is for the weak.

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Sarah Snell-Pym said...

Wow! I think your being far more organised than we were (and are!). That tree looks amazing and makes me wonder if we've done too much rainbow :/

Alaric was invaluable when I was breast feeding for snugging baby Jean to sleep sometime - other wise she would just feed cont.

Sleep is scarce for new parents anyway ;)

All the best


Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks Saffy! I credit Michelle with all the organization: I just lift heavy objects.

This is actually also our bedroom. We live in a two-bedroom apartment, and our nephew who stays over each week has the other room. We wanna be close to the baby.

Anonymous said...

"Sleep is for the weak." - ha, you say that now!

Congrats, Glendon, somehow I missed this news of yours. Happy for you and your lady...

Will the wee one tag along to North Carolina?

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks Michael!

No, the baby will be at home with Michelle while I'm enjoying the conference and feeling like a cad for leaving them. Michelle has been interested in attending for some time. She has a lot of experience with children who have special needs (autism, Prader-Willi, Down's etc) and a science degree, but we haven't made that happen yet.

a li'l bit squishy said...

"Sleep is for the weak."
You have no idea. Hehehe. AND I was a shift worker before I had babies ;)

So much congrats to you both. I am sure you will be smitten with your little one whenever he makes his appearance!

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks a l'il bit!

Astronomically excited.

Unknown said...

Awesome! Love the decorating.

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks Eric!

scicurious said...

So Glad you love the blanket!!! The decorating looks great!

Glendon Mellow said...

It's stunning! Thanks so much Sci.

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