The Dim-Post

October 13, 2011

Normal ill-informed sneering will resume in due course

Filed under: personal — danylmc @ 9:19 pm

Blogging has been non-existent, because a couple of days ago my wife Maggie gave birth to our daughter Sadie, and due to a false positive result on a blood test Sadie spent a few days in the neonatal Intensive Care Unit, even though -as it turned out – she didn’t have anything wrong with her.ย  She should be discharged tomorrow, and blogging should resume, gradually, although due to sleep deprivation it may be even less considered and coherent than usual.


  1. Congratulations Danyl and Maggie; and get used to sleep deprivation, because it’s now a part of your life for the next 20 years one way or t’other! Best wishes to you all!

    Comment by Inventory2 — October 13, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

  2. Congratulations, Danyl. And I will totally understand if your blog posts appear around 3:00am occasionally.

    Comment by toad — October 13, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

  3. Good on ya’s, life as you new has ended. But its great !

    Comment by Ray — October 13, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

  4. There will be the pitter patter of little feet in the middle of the night. And they’ll be yours.

    Well done.

    Comment by Adolf Fiinkensein — October 13, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

  5. congrats! I knew there was something missing from my blog feed…

    Comment by Mark — October 13, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

  6. Congratulations –

    Comment by Richard — October 13, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

  7. Congrats to you both, Danyl!

    Comment by Morgan Godfery — October 13, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

  8. This is lovely news. Congratulations, Danyl and Maggie.

    Comment by Deborah — October 13, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

  9. Mazeltov!!

    Comment by Chris — October 13, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

  10. Can I join in this blogosphere love-in and also say “well done” … mainly to Maggie, but I know you had your part to play to. Glad to hear that the ICU visit was not needed – the worst experience possible, I should imagine.

    Look forwards to getting you back, in whatever form you can manage. There’s an election on soon, you know.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — October 13, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

  11. Awesome. Very happy for you. Those who have told you two that life will never be the same again … are right!
    In a good way.
    – P

    Comment by Peter A — October 13, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

  12. congratulations and well-wishes to you all.

    Comment by R — October 13, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

  13. Indeed, best wishes!

    Comment by Rhinocrates — October 13, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

  14. Congratulations! Enjoy every minute. They are little for such a short time.

    Comment by Steve (@nza1) — October 13, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

  15. Congrats, and enjoy the meconium ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by R Singers — October 13, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

  16. Is this satire or for real? Hard to tell.

    Comment by Cactus Kate — October 14, 2011 @ 12:07 am

  17. Congratulations!! A new reason to vote Green!… All the best to you and your family!

    Comment by nommopilot — October 14, 2011 @ 12:12 am

  18. Congratulations!

    Comment by Eddie C — October 14, 2011 @ 1:04 am

  19. Grats to you both. Welcome to the zombie twilight of long-term sleep deprivation.

    Comment by SHG — October 14, 2011 @ 1:43 am

  20. Congratulations, Danyl. Hopefully it won’t be too challenging a time for you and your partner. Have fun! ^_^

    Comment by Dan Burt — October 14, 2011 @ 2:13 am

  21. Great news and little girls are very sweet however, wot Andrew said…there’s an election heading our way…

    Comment by Pdogge — October 14, 2011 @ 4:56 am

  22. Congratulations to both all three of you. Glad you’ll be back.

    Comment by eszett — October 14, 2011 @ 6:22 am

  23. And something you may need:

    Comment by eszett — October 14, 2011 @ 6:28 am

  24. Congrats.

    Comment by Andy (the other one) — October 14, 2011 @ 6:50 am

  25. Can I join in this blogosphere love-in and also say โ€œwell doneโ€ โ€ฆ mainly to Maggie, but I know you had your part to play to.

    Actually, I did most of the work, but Maggie was invaluable towards the end.

    Thanks everyone!

    Comment by danylmc — October 14, 2011 @ 6:52 am

  26. Congratulations! Your blogging should become much more prolific now you will be up at all hours. I made the mistake of agreeing with my wife that she could do the nightly breastfeeding for the first few months (I could thereby get roughly normal hours of sleep), and after night-time feeds stopped I would get up for the kids when they woke. Night-time breast feeding lasted a small matter of months, while waking up at night because they can’t sleep or have nightmares or are sick has lasted many years. It seemed like a good agreement at the time though…

    Best of luck!

    Comment by MarkS — October 14, 2011 @ 7:27 am

  27. Make sure you check for drool-shoulder before you head off to work. You’ll find out what that means…

    Comment by gn — October 14, 2011 @ 7:28 am

  28. Congratulations! Sleep’s overrated.

    Comment by Guy Smiley — October 14, 2011 @ 7:46 am

  29. Awesome – congratulations! Being 20 months ahead of you I can say (a) take as many photos as you can, and (b) appreciate each stage as much as you can – they grow so fast and they’re that much bigger or more advanced before you know it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by David — October 14, 2011 @ 8:04 am

  30. Congrats Danyl, welcome to the sleep-deprivation induced frown of fatherhood. If she can, make sure the fair one keeps the breastfeeding up. Give her all your support in it if she experiences any difficulties. I say this not for the benefit of the child, but because night-shift bottle-feeding can be done by either parent…

    Also, the staff at NICU are awesomly wonderful in the face of all sorts of terrifying situations. I’m glad yours had a perfect result, but I guess there was unimaginable worry for a while there. From experience, I certainly don’t envy that…

    Comment by Sam — October 14, 2011 @ 8:24 am

  31. Congratulations! And that’s good advice about the photos. It’s surprising how much disappears in the fog.

    Comment by davidslack — October 14, 2011 @ 8:26 am

  32. congratulations!! FYI, it’s normal for them to wake at all hours, demand feeding, and not say thank you.

    just so you know.

    Comment by Che Tibby — October 14, 2011 @ 8:30 am

  33. Congratulations – being a Dad is the best job ever and it gets better (I may only be saying that from my own current sleep deprived state and because my little one has just starting smiling and laughing). Must go as need coffee to function.

    Ps the election really doesn’t matter compared to time with Maggie and Sadie.

    Comment by WH — October 14, 2011 @ 9:03 am

  34. Wicked cool! Our first arived about two weeks ago and it’s a whole lot of fun so far. Great stuff.

    Comment by Phil — October 14, 2011 @ 9:05 am

  35. Well done to both of you, and good luck for the years to come.

    Comment by Jordan — October 14, 2011 @ 9:17 am

  36. Superb news. Great to hear Sadie is fine, and trust Maggie is also.

    Comment by dpf — October 14, 2011 @ 9:17 am

  37. Congrats Danyl.

    Comment by Gregor W — October 14, 2011 @ 9:18 am

  38. itโ€™s normal for them to wake at all hours, demand feeding, and not say thank you

    Danyl’s experience dealing with comment threads should put him in good stead

    Comment by NeilM — October 14, 2011 @ 9:19 am

  39. Congrats to you both!!

    Comment by Jaymal — October 14, 2011 @ 9:28 am

  40. Hey, that’s great to hear. Congratulations to all three of you!


    Comment by Phil — October 14, 2011 @ 9:30 am

  41. And I add my congratulations to that growing list! Well done Maggie. I know Danyl had a little bit to do as well, but I suspect it was mostly Maggie, with Danyl in support. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And I echo those who comment about 20 years of sleep deprivation.

    Comment by David in Chch — October 14, 2011 @ 9:30 am

  42. Fantastic news. I hope everything goes well for all three of you. We found La Leche League very helpful with getting breastfeeding working properly after our first ended his time in SCIBU. Cheers, Brent

    Comment by Brent — October 14, 2011 @ 9:44 am

  43. I figured the gap in posts meant the eagle had landed. Congrats to you both…well, to all three, I suppose. Speaking from experience, its a jolt having the new arrival in neo-nates, although the care there is the best in the hospital, I think.

    The sleep deprivation thing can actually boost output, I’ve found, if you have trouble getting back to sleep. Boost quantity, anyway. Quality is another matter….

    Comment by Rob Hosking — October 14, 2011 @ 10:41 am

  44. Consideration and coherence is overrated in blogging anyhow… Congratulations and enjoy

    Comment by garethw — October 14, 2011 @ 10:43 am

  45. Congratulations to both of you. Children are brilliant. You don’t need sleep if you’ve got their lovely faces looking at you…

    Comment by Ben Clark — October 14, 2011 @ 10:44 am

  46. Congratulations and welcome to the club! A false positive scare – bummer. But better than a positive positive?

    Oh, and get used to everyone giving you advice ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Comment by MeToo — October 14, 2011 @ 11:05 am

  47. Congratulations Danyl! Sadie is a beautiful name.

    Comment by Ataahua — October 14, 2011 @ 11:23 am

  48. Congratulations! Glad you didn’t decide that child birth was a great place for live blogging ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Comment by Matt Nolan — October 14, 2011 @ 11:36 am

  49. Congratulations from a dad that already has 2 (boys) and is gearing up to adopt 2 more (girls) from Russia.

    Comment by Stephen Baird — October 14, 2011 @ 11:47 am

  50. Congratulations, good health and best wishes to you all.

    Comment by Bruce Hamilton — October 14, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

  51. Congratulations, and I hope things go smoothly for Maggie, Sadie and yourself after that initial scare. Just think, you’re raising the next generation of Kiwi leader, who’ll clean up your oil spills, fund your pension, and replace your arthritic hips (just to keep ya awake all night) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Comment by bob — October 14, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

  52. Apologies for being late to the party. Totally what RobH says at #43 – I guessed it was game on, and we had a scary start too with our first, which was good because nothing has ever scared me since I got through that. All best to all three of yous.

    Comment by Stephen Stratford — October 14, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

  53. Congratulations you two/three. Good idea to stop at say 5 kids?
    In our day mothers could spend up to 10 days in Maternity if they wished. Many did so especially when they had other kids at home. Holiday!

    Comment by ianmac — October 14, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

  54. Woot!

    Comment by QoT — October 14, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

  55. Congratulations and best wishes, just from enjoying your blog and what I can tell of you from that I’m sure you’ll make a great Dad.

    Comment by bka — October 14, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

  56. congratulations !! A truly amazing woman !! well done to you too.

    Comment by reg — October 14, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

  57. “Daddy, there’s wees on your special chair.”
    “Daddy, a man ringed on the phone and said ‘One, one, one, one.'”
    “Daddy, I can’t get my bouncy ball out of the DVDV.”
    Congratulations and have fun.

    Comment by Bernard Darnton — October 15, 2011 @ 7:59 am

  58. congratulatoriations!

    Comment by dfmamea — October 15, 2011 @ 10:32 am

  59. Congratulations!

    Comment by geog773demotonys — October 15, 2011 @ 11:10 am

  60. Congratulations.

    I don’t know if this is your first child but if it is, then get the hell on with producing another three at least, or by the time she’s at marrying age, Sadie will need to change her name to Salima.

    Comment by Redbaiter — October 15, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

  61. Never miss the opportunity to engage in a bit of casual bigotry, eh wanker?

    Comment by Guy Smiley — October 15, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

  62. Congratulations Danyl, it’s a bloody good thing to have kids. My best wishes to you and to Maggie and to Sadie.

    Comment by irishbill — October 16, 2011 @ 9:02 am

  63. “Ps the election really doesnโ€™t matter compared to time with Maggie and Sadie.”


    if i’ve discovered anything over the last three years, it’s that the time you invest in your kids gives the only real returns you’ll ever need. work, blogging, anything. nothing is more important.

    being a dad is the best job i ever had.

    Comment by che tibby — October 16, 2011 @ 10:18 am

  64. You’re going to miss having a good night’s sleep for the next 20 years or so…and no matter how hard you try, your house will never be clean.

    And dont worry about us. You now have bigger fish to fry ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by millsy — October 16, 2011 @ 11:28 am

  65. Millsy:

    “Clean” is over-rated. Nobody ends up with bubonic plague or lung flukes, you’ve had a good day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — October 17, 2011 @ 6:37 am

  66. Nobody ends up with bubonic plague or lung flukes, youโ€™ve had a good day

    It’s a common mistake, but you’re confusing the baby-bombsite and hobo-student themes of interior design. Both have their merits, but the BB advocates have compelling arguments for their floor stains coming from a more pleasing colour pallette.

    Comment by Phil — October 17, 2011 @ 8:58 am

  67. Well done. Enjoy it all – they are little for such a short time.

    Comment by thawed out — October 17, 2011 @ 10:19 am

  68. >Glad to hear that the ICU visit was not needed โ€“ the worst experience possible, I should imagine.

    I experienced the feeling of dread and powerlessness myself with NICU and wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Really glad to hear that Sadie is all good.

    Comment by Ben Wilson — October 18, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

  69. Congratulations (belated, on fatherly duties during school holidays). Raising children is the best job in the world

    Comment by cctrfred — October 20, 2011 @ 9:38 am

  70. Gratz, Danyl!

    Comment by DeepRed — October 20, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

  71. Hey Danyl,

    Best wishes for your new family.

    That is all.


    Comment by success03 — October 25, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

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