Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

Entries for month: December 2000

YES there are photos

December 10, 2000 ·

The little photo on the mottled background is the photo taken in the hospital on his birthday. The one with the large white shoulder in the foreground is daddy holding a very alert 4-day old Ian in Ian's new room. The little bundle of sleeping joy is Ian sleeping in his favorite spot: the car seat!

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Check out the new photos

December 10, 2000 ·

The fireman is his Halloween costume, although the photo was only taken in the past 2 weeks. The agreement was that, if he didn't want us to take it on Oct. 31, well ... he would don it all again later. Which he did; what a guy.

The dark sunglasses are actually protective wear used for eating grapefruit halves! Andrew's other solution was to wear a racing helmet which has a visor, but the photo with the shades came out better, so that's what we're sharing.

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Minor changes to the site

December 10, 2000 ·

I've made a few minor adjustments to the site. You now get a generic login link when you come in. Go ahead and click on it and login to get to the same kiddo content we've had up here. In other news, we do finally have photos of Ian, and some fun ones of Andrew, too!

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Ian's doing great!

December 03, 2000 ·

Well, so far it looks like we got the sleeping model this time, and we are counting our blessings. Ian pretty much sleeps when he's not eating, although he is already starting to spend a lot of time just looking around. I suppose he can't focus much yet, but he sure responds to those voices with which he's already familiar: Sue's, mine, and Andrew's. Always turns his head looking for his brother. He's been spending a lot of his naps snoozing in his car seat in the middle of the living room floor. Andrew would never stay in the thing, but if Ian wants to sleep there, that's cool!

Sue continues to recover well. She's on antibiotics for a low-grade fever, but it is not related to the incisions, so we're not too concerned at this point. Sleep at night, while broken up by Ian's feedings, is pretty solid and unbroken between feedings, and that's helping recovery a great deal.

Barbara is here through Tuesday (day after tomorrow), and then Jane (my mom) comes out the day after that. Looks like I'll spend Tues. and Wed. working at home so that Sue isn't left on her own. Meanwhile, of course, there's supposed to be these big, important client meetings those days, but you know what? we didn't expect the C-Section, and things are just going to have to be adjusted to deal with it.

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As well as can be expected

December 01, 2000 ·

Well, I think we're settling in here. I actually went in to work this afternoon for a few hours; helped set up a client server and tried to refamiliarize myself with the office :-)

But seriously, Ian's starting to learn how to nurse the right way, and Sue and I got more sleep last night than the night before, so we're doing all right. Ian went on his first walk today, and Andrew pushed the stroller all the way 'round the cul-de-sac and back. Very proudly, too, by all accounts (I was at work, of course). Andrew was humming the whole way, to keep his brother entertained, I suppose. Of course, it was sleeting or something, so conditiions could have been better, but better than being icy, I guess.

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