Although we’ve been prepping for it for the better part of a year, Susan and I began the project in earnest a week ago today: her name is Sidney Amelia Bustos Munroe, and she weighed in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces.
It’s been going great, it’s a totally engrossing and fascinating process. Susan and I have made a bunch of things together, but Sid’s by far the best. Imagine a human being, but an implausibly adorable one, and you’ll have an idea of what she’s like. And if you’ve having trouble picturing that, check out the pictures interspersed with some of my early observations.
|Susan made an iron-on with Sid’s ultrasound so when she was pregnant it gave the impression you were looking directly into her belly. Freaky!|
|Susan rode her bike up ’til the day Sid showed up. Baby On Board!|
|Sid, one minute old, still on the delivery table. Having a kid is like going to Paris — everyone says you’ll love it, and usually they’re right. Some things just have a cross-the-board appeal. But like Paris, you can still make the basically magical experience your own: choosing whether you go as a backpacker or a champagne socialite, travel alone or with a crowd, visit the subways or the cathedrals.|
|We had Sid at Women’s College Hospital, where the staff were amazing and supportive.|
|I’ve never felt really strongly that I wanted to have a kid, or didn’t want to — I’ve always felt fairly neutral about it, and same with Susan. In fact, a friend reminded me of my off the cuff comment that “kids are the most conservatizing force on earth” — which I still believe. Most political decisions you make have to do with how you value freedom and security, and when you have a kid you naturally tilt towards security. But change is exciting, and the same way I like working with constraints with art, I’m interested in seeing how having a kid will change/funnel my work and life.|
|Sid didn’t like her first bath, ducky towel or no ducky towel. It was harrowing at the time, but I do find this picture hilarious.|
|I have become one of those dads with the weird alien growth of my spawn emerging from my chest. Our first walk, to the doctor’s office when Sid was four days old. It was a beautiful day and she slept through most of it.|