Winner: Baby Stats Contest

The winners of our “Baby Stats” contest are:

First Place: Adam E
Second Place: Sally
Third Place: Kev

Here is the final scoreboard. Note the actual answers at the bottom of the image.

Baby Stats Results

Congratulations Adam, Sally and Kev. Your Amazon.com gift cards are on the way.

Adam, aka Bus Nerd, and I go back almost 15 years as Microsoft Interns in the summer of ‘94. Sally is my little sis and Kevin is my big bro. Anyone who knows Adam probably is not surprised by his win given his penchant for baby data and numbers. It also helps that he is the proud father of nearly 17-month-old Rosa Caroline. In the end, it was all pseudo-educated guessing but I hope you had as much fun as I did watching the entries come in.

The results are quite interesting.

  • Only 7 points separated first and third place. Sally and Kev were both a single middle-name syllable from winning or tying for first.
  • Tara was 1 hour of labor short of jumping from fifth to first.
  • Overwhelmingly, you all chose boy over girl and you were right.
  • The dubious honor of earning zero points belongs to Christy.

The point allocations worked out much like I planned. For the most part, people who answered more correct questions finished higher than those who answered fewer. For example, Sally finished higher than Kevin despite Kevin getting the big 17-point question correct.

If it is any consolation, I would have finished with 12 points but only because I had the inside-scoop on the boy and girl names I preferred. :ashamed:

Getting prepared for fatherhood

[This post includes a Baby Stats contest. Remember, you have to play to win.]

Stork and baby The baby countdown has resulted in a new form of March Madness now that we are near the final week.

It is all—ok, more like 99.99999%—excitement for me at this point but there is still a smidgen of fear in the deepest recesses of my brain. I know we will be fine on the things we can control but it is those things we outside our control that give me pause. It certainly has not been all roses for TB during the past couple weeks as the baby’s descent has made it harder for her to sleep and sit. Amazingly, she still doesn’t complain. In fact, she seems to want the baby to stay in there and gets mad at me when I try to coax the kid to come on out. I think she’s just trying to buy more time to decide on names.

Here is an ultrasound picture from week 29 (ten weeks ago!)

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29 weeks

I initially considered entitling this post “Getting ready for fatherhood” but I am convinced one is never ready. All I can do is work on my skills, gather advice and hope fortune favors the prepared. Once the baby arrives, I want TB to be able to focus on her wellbeing and the baby and not be concerned about anything else.

Keith Football 10In terms of my skills, I know how to take care of myself and my household. There is not a chore I haven’t done—I can thank my mom for that—but I’m a bit rusty on some things like ironing and washing clothes. I also know how to swaddle, change diapers, burp and perform other baby-related grunt and wet work thanks to having a couple much-younger siblings. I will need to be more efficient and tireless. Luckily, when I focus on something I really focus and I have my game face on as far as this baby is concerned. See picture to the right for my game face at age 10. You don’t want to mess with me. (Don’t hate on the ‘fro. 🙂 )

New skills I will have to acquire?

  1. Coping with our Ashford & Simpson dynamic duo becoming a Batman & Robin where I play Alfred Pennyworth.
  2. Monitoring my world through cries and dirty diapers instead of email and the Web.
  3. Trading in Dr. Dre for Dr. Seuss.
  4. Bathing a newborn. I hear Dustin Hoffman’s character screaming, “Hot water burn baby!” in the scene from Rain Man and imagine TB kicking me out the house.
  5. Celebrating holidays. TB and I are really bad about holidays and very grateful we have wonderful friends who do them brilliantly.

Those are the first things that popped into my head. There are lots of others. We are bringing in the big guns from the start in the form of grandmas and aunts starting with my MIL Rhon arriving tomorrow a full week before the baby is due and not a moment too soon.

As we head into the final week let’s have a Baby Stats contest.

Here is how points will be awarded:

  • Gender = 3 points
  • Syllables in first name = 5 points
  • Syllables in middle name = 7 points
  • Date of delivery = 9 points
  • Length = 11 points
  • Weight = 13 points
  • Time of birth = 15 points
  • Length of labor = 17 points

Rules:

  1. Closest numeric values win whether under or over
  2. Full points for every correct (or nearest) answer
  3. Labor starts at the point contractions have been at least 1 minute long, 5 minutes apart, for an hour and ends with delivery
  4. Entries must be submitted as a comment before labor begins
  5. One entry per person (adults only)

Prizes awarded for top 3 totals. In the event there are more than 3 ties at the top, we will award more prizes.

Winner: Name that onesie contest

The winner of the "Name that onesie contest" is: Tania. :party:

Below is the unedited photo showing the “nerd” and “turd” deciphering under the ASCII representations.

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Tania received an Amazon gift certificate for winning.

Stay tuned for the next contest. You gotta play to win.

Winner: A picture is worth 300 albums

The winner of the “A picture is worth 300 albums” contest is: No one. 🙁

Nichole is the only person who submitted an entry. Notably, all four of her answers were correct. However, she missed two of the four Anita Baker albums. As a consolation prize, she has won her choice of one of the six albums involved in the contest. Congrats, Nichole!

The answers are below for anyone who is curious. I hope to have a better showing in future contests.

Contest Answers - Wall

Anita Baker

  • The Songstress (1983)
  • Rapture (1986)
  • Giving You the Best that I Got (1988)
  • My Everything (2004)

Coldplay

  • Parachutes (2000)
  • X&Y (2005)
Contest Answers - Covers