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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Philocritot's birth refutes Nat'l Geographic redhead scare.

Philocrites & Philocritot

Ever since Philocrites Jr (aka Philocritot) was born May 20, he has been charming people with his alert little face and red hair (ha! take that, National Geographic!). He has also been impressing his parents with his innate supercuteness and his courtesy in sleeping for 3- and 4-hour stretches at night. Nevertheless, as you can see here, we're a tired bunch here at Philocrites World Headquarters, where both mom and dad are enjoying parental leaves and the assistance of our respective mothers. I'll forthrightly admit that I underestimated the degree of exhaustion that comes with being new parents.

Mandatory new baby details: 8 lbs. 3 oz., 21.5 inches. Born May 20 at 3:27 a.m. after 33 hours of labor (yikes!), from which Mrs Philocrites has recovered very well.

If I should decide to make additional baby photos available to the general public, you'll find them here.

Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 1 June 2008 at 9:25 PM

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June 1, 2008 10:43 PM | Permalink for this comment

Dear Philocritot,
First, Welcome to the world. We're glad you're here.
Second, you may find that your parents are a bit--well--nerdy. It's okay. You'll be glad for how smart they are and--even if you don't let them know it--you'll be proud of their commitment to making the world a better place.
You're a lucky kid! Have fun with it. After all, your dad's nerdiness got him mentioned on the coolest show ever--so there will be positives in all this!

Again, Welcome. Enjoy this quirky world.


Shelby Meyerhoff:

June 1, 2008 10:58 PM | Permalink for this comment

Yay!!! That's wonderful news. Congratulations!

Now all he needs is a tiny pair of matching glasses.

Lizard Eater:

June 1, 2008 11:27 PM | Permalink for this comment

Ohhh, Chris. Mazel tov. He is absolutely beautiful. Are you sure you aren't trying to pass off a baby-doll as a flesh-and-blood baby?

What a gift to the world.


June 2, 2008 12:22 AM | Permalink for this comment

So very adorable, my goodness!

And yes, the exhaustion is something else! The first time either of mine slept through the night (8ish hours) I couldn't believe how much more like a human being I suddenly felt. (My quintessential tired-mom story is here, for giggles.)


June 2, 2008 12:57 AM | Permalink for this comment

How beautiful you both are, Chris, even in your weariness! Congratulations to all of you.


June 2, 2008 04:35 AM | Permalink for this comment

Congratulations! And don't worry about being tired now. You will be even more tired in a few years... Still, it is a small price to pay for the joy of parenting.


June 2, 2008 07:37 AM | Permalink for this comment

Congratulations. What a gift to the world.

earthbound spirit:

June 2, 2008 09:02 AM | Permalink for this comment

Oh, what joy! I echo RevSean - Welcome to the world, Philocritot. And welcome to the wacky world of parenting. Naps are good - for parents as well as babies...


June 2, 2008 09:24 AM | Permalink for this comment

Woo HOO!

Jeff W.:

June 2, 2008 10:02 AM | Permalink for this comment

Congratulations! So, has he learned to blog yet?


June 2, 2008 11:12 AM | Permalink for this comment

Congratulations! So good to read that everyone is doing well.


June 2, 2008 12:29 PM | Permalink for this comment

Yay! Beautiful baby...Long Live The Redheads!


June 2, 2008 08:06 PM | Permalink for this comment

Yay! How beautiful and what a great photo. My niece gave birth to her third redhead earlier in May, so there's still hope! Best to you all.

Barbara W. Klaser:

June 2, 2008 08:23 PM | Permalink for this comment

Hooray for the Redheads! I'm one too, and though I have no children, so my particular genetic line will likely be extinct by then, unless by some miracle I make it to age 144 -- which I don't think I'd want to do even if I could -- I think they must have gotten their dates or their facts wrong at National Geographic. Either they meant the year 21,000, by which time we may all, redhead or not, be extinct if we don't change our ways. Or they meant that by 2100 redheads will rule the world. :)

Congratulations on your new addition.


June 3, 2008 12:34 AM | Permalink for this comment

Congratulations! I take it that you have already gotten past the "He's asleep so now I can do stuff phase" to "He's asleep so now I can sleep."

You guys look great.


June 3, 2008 09:48 AM | Permalink for this comment

Yay for a new, adorable redhead! As secretary of
the International Order of Redheads, I'll be sending out his welcome kit of eight gallons of sunscreen, a DVD of Annie, and a pamphlet of rejoinders to leprechaun jokes.

So happy for all of you. Enjoy the freedom to nap while you're on leave!


June 3, 2008 11:11 PM | Permalink for this comment

Cute kid. But then, as a former redhead, redheaded kids get me every time. Hey, tell the kid for me that when he gets to be middle-aged, people will be all, Hey you're so lucky your hair gets silver stead of gray like mine.... nah, better not tell the kid that yet.

Transparent Eye:

June 4, 2008 11:44 AM | Permalink for this comment

Very cute. Congratulations! Have a wonderful journey together.

Robin Barraza:

June 4, 2008 07:42 PM | Permalink for this comment

Finally. I searched to the end of the internet, and finally found a picture of this redheaded baby. I obviously wasn't searching too hard, because your blog would probably have been an obvious place to start. This baby is red-headed perfection. The world is lucky to have him.

Anna Belle:

June 5, 2008 11:03 AM | Permalink for this comment

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this fabulous photo. He's utterly adorable, and you are now the official parent poster child.

And let's hear it for recessive genes! Mr. Web Diva and I are both grandchildren of redheads and to our great delight managed to produce one flamer. Her hair is almost the same shade as yours (just a lot more of it). Surprisingly to us westerners, when she lived in Mali, the people there couldn't really tell the difference between redheads and blonds. I'm still trying to figure out the cultural meaning of this. Perhaps some day you can explain this to me.


June 5, 2008 05:31 PM | Permalink for this comment

So adorable!

h sofia:

June 5, 2008 09:24 PM | Permalink for this comment

33 hours of labor! I tip my hat to the Mrs!!! Thanks for sharing the pic of your little one - what a sweetie pie!

Stephen Merino:

June 6, 2008 03:29 PM | Permalink for this comment

Congratulations! What a cute little kid. And big. You'll love being a dad. Sometimes I ask myself why the heck we decided to have kids (we have a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old) but for the most part I love it. And I generally don't like little kids. But mine are an exception.

Also, good to know that for at least another generation, redheads are safe.

Jane R:

June 6, 2008 11:19 PM | Permalink for this comment

Adorable! Mazel Tov.

My great-grandfather was a redhead with blue eyes (married to a dark-haired dark-eyed woman whose physical traits my grandmoter, mother, and I inherited) and I have long been persuaded that I carry the recessive gene. But I would have had to marry someone with the matching genes (sorry geneticists, I do know it's slightly more complex than that) and that didn't happen, so no little redheaded Janelettes. And my blue-eyed brother didn't have redheads either. (Though his infant granddaughter is looking auburn-ish.) Which makes me all the more happy that you and Mrs. P have brought one more redhead into the world! Hurrah. And welcome, Philocritot.

Wishing you much happiness and as much sleep as you can get.


June 8, 2008 11:42 PM | Permalink for this comment



June 13, 2008 06:54 PM | Permalink for this comment

And look, he's playing air guitar!

You two are priceless together. He is edible.

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