Hudson Wayne Smith
I hope that everyone had a good Christmas, and is enjoying the new year thus far. Personally, I must say that this season will be one for the books, because my wife and I welcomed the first addition into our family. Hudson Wayne Smith was born on December 29th, 2008 at 8:48 AM. He weighed 7 lbs, 5 oz. He is 19" tall. He is ½ Russian, ¼ Japanese, ¼ Scotch Canadian.
We picked the name Hudson mostly because we like the way it sounds, and because we needed something fairly unique that could carry the common last name of Smith. We also wanted it to be pronounceable in Russian, for my in-laws. Wayne was the middle name of my mom's father, and is also my middle name. It was an easy enough choice, since neither Japanese (my dad's) nor Russian (my wife's) cultures use middle names.
Olga is recovering well from her c-section, scheduled due to her AVM, diagnosed two years ago. She is enjoying being a new mom. Since she was an only child, her parents are ecstatic about having a grandson. In her father's words, from a few months ago: "I do not have a strong preference regarding the baby's gender, as long as he's a healthy boy."
I have to say, fatherhood is awesome. I have never been both this happy and sleep deprived at the same time. If anyone has any good parenting tips or suggestions to share, please let me know, as I'm fairly green in this role.