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It's a boy!(45 posts)

It's a boy!DougSloan
Jun 20, 2002 2:21 PM

Everyone is fine, but tired. Did a c-section after 2 days of inducing. Good thing, too. Luke is on the large side.

I'm going back to the hospital, and will be there until Saturday.


Yippee!! Hooray!! Congratulations, Doug! :) nmrideslikeagirl
Jun 20, 2002 2:31 PM
re: It's a boy!cp123
Jun 20, 2002 3:47 PM
Good on you! Best wishes to mum and bub! He'll be on the trailer bike before you know it!
Jun 20, 2002 3:48 PM
Fine looking lad he is! After having two boys and one girl I can say that raising boys is easier. Hope mom and dad (and baby) are fairing well.

God Bless
Boys are easier??TypeOne
Jun 21, 2002 11:31 AM
Uh oh, this shoots down everything everyone else has told me! My wife and I are expecting a girl in October.
Congratulations, Doug! I look forward to reading posts from the new father in the coming months.
Boys are easier??DINOSAUR
Jun 21, 2002 3:06 PM
We had our first boy in 1967, second boy came along in 1970 and low and behold, a little unexpected girl dropped into our life's in 1986. Times have changed, but a better answer would be, gender really doens't matter, it all depends on the child...our daughter was the first girl born on my side of the family for 5 generations, I guess we got our moneys worth...she gets tested for her drivers license next Tuesday, then the fun begins..(!)

God Bless
Driver's licence? Good luck Dinopeloton
Jun 21, 2002 4:32 PM
The driver's license is a handful, and good luck with that. I guess girls are probably smarter than boys when it comes to driving though. I'm sure she will be better than I was when it comes to handling that responsiblity. Good luck with your stress levels though! She'll be fine.
Papa is a rolling Sloan...Spinchick
Jun 20, 2002 3:54 PM
Great news, Doug. Congrats to you and your wife!
and the lyrics...AllisonHayes
Jun 21, 2002 6:56 AM
Papa Was a Rolling Sloan -

Sung by Spinchick; Chorus by RBR; Words by Allison

It was the 19th of June
That day it came so soon
'Cause that was the day his son was born
We all got a chance to see him
Never heard nothin' but good things about him
Mama, I'm depending on you to tell me the
And Mama just grinned and said, Sure

Papa was a rolling Sloan
Wherever he rode his bike was his home
And when he'd ride
He'd leave 'em all alone
Papa was a rolling Sloan
Wherever he rode his bike was his home
And when he'd ride
He'd leave 'em all alone

Hey, Mama, is it true what they say
That Papa never lost a race in his life?
And Mama, some talk goin' around goin'
around RBR
Sayin' that Papa had three other bikes
and another life
And that ain't right
Hey, talk about Papa doing some storefront
Talking about defending cyclists
And all the time preaching
Defending debt and stealing in the name of
what's right
Mama, I'm depending on you to tell me the
And Mama just grinned and said

Papa was a rolling Sloan
Wherever he rode his bike was his home
And when he'd ride
He'd leave 'em all alone
Papa was a rolling Sloan
Wherever he rode his bike was his home
And when he'd ride
He'd leave 'em all alone

Hey Mama I heard Papa called himself the best
of all riders
Tell me is that what sent Papa to an early
Folks say Papa would beg, borrow, steal to
cross the finish
Folks say Papa was the best at spinnin'
Spent most of his life beating riders who
were mashin'
Mama, I'm depending on you to tell me the
And Mama looked up with a glint in her eye
and said, Son

Papa was a rolling Sloan
Wherever he rode his bike was his home
And when he'd ride
He'd leave 'em all alone
Papa was a rolling Sloan
Wherever he rode his bike was his home
And when he'd ride
He'd leave 'em all alone
and the lyrics...4bykn
Jun 21, 2002 4:40 PM
Allison, that was very cool! Now if I can memorize the words to sing to myself on tomorrow's metric century!
Jun 23, 2002 2:57 PM
You should get paid for this. Very creative. Thanks.

Hopping great news!!!AllisonHayes
Jun 20, 2002 4:30 PM
sure looks like a future cyclist to me.

can't wait to see him in his bibs and team jersey.

now, you and the missus get some rest -- there is a bright future ahead.

Best wishes,

Congrats.Len J
Jun 20, 2002 5:04 PM
Sounds like your wife had a rough time, glad all three of you are OK.

Now the real fun begins!

re: It's a boy!IAM
Jun 20, 2002 6:44 PM
Congratulations, fantastic news and I 'm glad your all doing well.
I have just been lurking for a while (been a little too busy) but I look in every day expecting good news. You and mom must be glad the waiting is over. I hope her recovery goes well.
re: It's a boy!mickey-mac
Jun 20, 2002 7:48 PM
Did the scale say 8 lbs? He beat my Luke by 1/2 lb. Caesareans are no fun, but you do end up with a good looking newborn. I was born natural delivery, and my head looked like Dan Ackroyd's on the Coneheads. Congratulations to all three of you.
Congratulations Dougpeloton
Jun 20, 2002 8:20 PM
What is the smallest size Colnago makes frames in anyway? So will it be Luke Armstrong or Luke Sloan in the 2029 Tour? Anyone wanna talk odds now?

Congratulations Doug. Good luck too.
Congratulations to the Sloans, what a cute little guy!nmOutWest
Jun 20, 2002 9:01 PM
Congrats, Doug! I wish all three of you the best. nmempacher6seat
Jun 20, 2002 9:18 PM
Cute little fella!! Congrats to you and your wife (nm).dsc
Jun 20, 2002 10:05 PM
re: It's a boy!netso
Jun 21, 2002 3:37 AM
WOW! You ought to be proud and Happy. Hopefully, you wife is also doing well. I remember when I had my boys, what a thrill. CONGRATS!
Jun 21, 2002 5:20 AM
Sons are great. Trucks, bikes, wrestling, name it! Boys are great to raise. Paul
Luke? Isn't that the same name as LA's kid? Hmmm...Sintesi
Jun 21, 2002 5:22 AM
I know you're already thinking this but, Doug, you gotta raise this kid to be a cycling prodigy same as Tiger Woods' or the Williams sisters' fathers did. Start slipping back isssues of Cyclesport into the basinet and play TdF broadcasts in the nursery while he sleeps. You can't start to early on these things, this is a window of opportunity to create the next Eddy Merckx. Phil Liggett's voice should be as natural a sound to him as his mother's voice by the time he's three. For his fifth birthday, a USCF racing license and a Colnago C-40 (you want another one anyway, admit it). He could be the first kid to complete the Furnace Creek 508 by age 7.

This kid's going places no doubt about it. He'll have LA's fierce determination to win, legs like Marty Nothstein and his dad's no-nonsense Libertarian world views. He'll be a god.

Congratulations absolutely, but I'm serious now, turn that boy into a monster.
O.K. now I am jealous but would have named him Thor.MB1
Jun 21, 2002 5:34 AM
You lucky Dog. Be sure to give all our best wishes to the wife.
Congrats, I'm smokin a virtual cigar in honor! nmMiklos
Jun 21, 2002 5:52 AM
Awww...So beautifulKristin
Jun 21, 2002 6:00 AM
You must be proud. Congrats and a quick recovery for your wife!
It seems Colnago has won the pool with the closest guess...Spinchick
Jun 21, 2002 6:14 AM
Kristin: June 16, 9 pounds, 2 ounces
RLAG: June 18, 10 pounds, 2 ounces
Colnago: June 20, 8 pounds 2 ounces
OW: June 20, 9 pounds
Starliner: June 20, 17 pounds, 3 ounces
Spinchick: June 21, 8 pounds
Clair (cp123) June 22, 8 pounds

Starliner, you scare me... ;-)
Congradulations Mr. & Mrs. Sloan! Beautiful boy, Doug. nmHap
Jun 21, 2002 6:34 AM
Savor the moments.RoyGBiv
Jun 21, 2002 6:49 AM
You'll be walking that boy to school this fall.
Next fall, he'll be going into high school.
At least it will seem that way.
When he starts crawling around, sit back and take it all in. Savor it.
Congrats to you and your wifeStarliner
Jun 21, 2002 7:43 AM
The fun has just begun....
re: It's a boy!harlett
Jun 21, 2002 9:25 AM
doug.may your son be protected by the strongest of guardian angels and nourished, always, with the love of you and your wife-- congratulations on bringing a new life into this wonderful world....he is beautiful--

Bravo, Doug, Bravo.......nm4bykn
Jun 21, 2002 4:35 PM
Congrats Doug! I hope Mom, Baby and Dad are all well.Mike P
Jun 22, 2002 5:27 AM
Another thing. . . Do not turn your head for long. If you do, you'll miss something. It will be 18 years later and you and the family will be at his High School graduation saying, "Damn, he grew up fast!"

Great news, Doug!look271
Jun 23, 2002 12:44 PM
Sorry I'm a little late to the party. Savor this time. He'll be asking you for the car keys before you know it! Life, as you have known it, will never be the same (and that's not a bad thing.)
man I'm tiredDougSloan
Jun 23, 2002 2:56 PM
Thanks for the well wishes everyone.

I am soooo tired. Riding 500 miles is easier than taking care of a baby a few days. I haven't slept in a week. I stayed with my wife at the hospital for 4 nights, which itself is horrible. Even last night, our first night at home, we did not sleep. Every little sound seems to create a jolt of adrenalin in us, waking us for another hour.

The baby is fine. He's eating like a pig, necessitating formula in addition to mom, which also creates more emotional turmoil.

I'll update more when I can, but I'm way behind on work. Last week, I just blew everything off to be with my wife and baby 24 hrs a day. I figured that no one at my office or connected with my cases would remember some of these things not getting done a few years from now, by my wife will remember every detail for the rest of our lives. Oh, haven't ridden for a week, either. Man I'm tired.

The good news and the bad newsmickey-mac
Jun 23, 2002 4:36 PM
First, the bad news. The really difficult period lasts for months. I was a wreck for about 7-8 months after each of my kids was born. Second, the good news. You really do get used to working (and riding) on a minimal amount of sleep. And just when you think you can't take it any more, they start sleeping 10 hours a night.
The good news and the bad newsDINOSAUR
Jun 23, 2002 7:42 PM
Actually when they are infants life is easier. At least you know that they are tucked in nice and safe at home. Then they begin to crawl, then walk, then talk, then school, then soccer or baseball or whatever sport they embark. Then before you know it they are 16 years olds and it's 11:00 O'clock at night and you wonder where the heck they are. Then they start driving, dating, ugh. Riding gives me peace ... and a glimpse into sanity... but raising kids can be fun and I would have it no other way...I'm just waiting for the first grandchild...
Wow, great news! Sorry I'm so late...Tig
Jun 23, 2002 4:57 PM
...but I just found out. Luke is a good looking boy. C-section babies look better sooner than natural delivered. I like this picture, even if it is through the glass.

Congratulations! I think you'll be a great dad. Your dedication to be with your wife says alot. Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad.
re: It's a boy!JS Haiku Shop
Jun 24, 2002 6:16 AM
lil' luke matthew sloan
just one question for da-do(u)g:
have bike of his own?

listen to wisdom
from M&M, and Dino
and i'm a dad, too!

gets easier, when?
never, my friend. you become
a better parent.

books, advice, and hints
are only worth just so much
...middle of the night...

soon bike trailer time
and, is milano waiting?
don't forget helmet!

one final thought, though
mom needs you just as much, sir
major surgery!

my wife also had a C to deliver our son (now a rambunctious "terrible two"). sure, it gets easier, but not because it gets easier...because you catch-on. there are hard things and easy things and things that will frustrate a parent to no end, but single moments of joy make endless days of worry and sleepless nights worth a thousand times the investment of yourself.

...and airline travel with small children is the pinnacle of being a parent...
re: It's a boy!mickey-mac
Jun 24, 2002 7:30 AM
"...and airline travel with small children is the pinnacle of being a parent..."

Now that's the truth. We took our daughter to Hawaii when she was 18 months old. The flight from LAX to Honolulu was the longest 5 hours of my life. She cried the entire time. I didn't even want to look at the other passengers in our section. On the trip back, we were so nervous that we loaded her up with every toy we could find to keep her entertained. She slept almost the entire way home.
re: airline travelJS Haiku Shop
Jun 24, 2002 10:51 AM
from his carseat in the airplane seat, he loves to kick the seatback in front of him (and push it with his foot). try to hold his feet and he screams like he's being pinched. lesser of two evils? one pissed passenger in front of him is better than a plane full of angry travelers (kicking vs. screaming). ugh. flying with small children = only slightly more enjoyable than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

we just went through this over the weekend. trip to SC/NC included two planes to get there and a 2-hour layover in the middle, and an indentical return trip. vacationing with small kids is more stressful than no vacation at all, but i guess ya gotta do it. now that i'm back from vacation, i need a vacation. i told my wife after 3 days that i'd "had enough vacation".
sorry, forgot the haiku. here it is.JS Haiku Shop
Jun 24, 2002 11:00 AM
oh no, plane, small child
hope he doesn't sit near me
not me not me not...

thank goodness behind
better than in the same row
what's this i feel now?

kick kick kick kick kick
and dad: "please stop kicking, son"
the kicking ceases

for twenty seconds,
pure flying relaxation
nudge kick nudge kick nudge

kick kick kick kick kick
no kick, but then there's whining
then kick kick kick

suddenly quiet
OH! demon child is asleep
all is well again

forty seconds pass
no kicking, but now snoring
daddy has passed out

car, plane, and airport
toll of hours of travel time
somebody kick dad

awake dad, window
demon child carseat middle
and mom in aisle seat

what's this? dad must pee!
hold it, oh fatherly one
for just one more hour

airplane, car, hotel
king size bed, kid in middle
daddy hang off side

night discovery...
son: "stealing covers savant"
pushing dad off bed

how can such short boy
take up so much of king bed?
dad get shaft again.

don't get me wrong, tho-
when junior sees mc-d arch
excitement worth it
thanks for HaikuDougSloan
Jun 25, 2002 5:46 AM
Thanks. I still don't know how you do that.

Working on the trailer. Must wait until baby holds head up.

At 5 days old last night, baby was holding his own bottle. Scary.

He looks like a good climber!Me Dot Org
Jun 24, 2002 8:44 PM
I don't check this side of the board as often as I should. Congradulations to you and your wife, Doug. May he sleep through the night!
Jun 24, 2002 10:20 PM
What's wrong with Thor? If I ever get married and have a boy kid, I want to name him Olec. Luke's not bad either, though. Cute kid.
congrats! real happy for you!ET
Jun 25, 2002 6:35 AM
When you first posted a long time ago that you had no children but wanted them, I was pulling for you all this time.

One question: Now that you have a family, are you gonna have second thoughts about taking those descents at 60 mph?