Sunday, April 26, 2009

Introducing Calder

Calder Alan Glass was born on April 20, 2009 at 9:45 AM in Walnut Creek, California. He was 6 pounds, 11 ounces and 19 and 3/4 inches long. He arrived healthy and screaming (a good thing) with a full head of dark hair, and both he and mom Alison are both doing well. On Tuesday we left the hospital and returned home, where we could commence with our sleepless nights and pace the hallways with the new baby in the middle of the night without putting on pants.

Calder’s middle name ‘Alan’ was decided as soon as we knew we were having a boy. It was Alison’s father’s middle name and the name he went by. Alan passed away on October 3rd, 2007. It is my hope that Calder will exhibit many of Alan’s fine traits. The name Calder took a little longer to come by. There were many, many months of indecisiveness and hundreds of names were considered. We wanted a name that had some meaning to us (I suggested Bo, for President Barack Obama, but Barack and family named the first dog Bo a few weeks before Calder’s arrival). We mostly explored authors and characters from their books, my top runner being Roth (as in Philip) or Nathan (as in Zuckerman), who was Roth’s alter ego in many of his books. But as names were rejected, we started to explore places Alison and I had visited together (Zoe’s backup name was Hana, the small town on the island of Maui) and artists. Calder quickly became the front-runner, but even as we were entering the hospital we were thinking of other possibilities. Obviously we settled on Calder, after the artist Alexander Calder, and I feel that the name Calder Alan Glass has a particularly presidential ring to it, so feel free to address him as President Calder Alan Glass. It’s only a matter of time before it will be a requirement.

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