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Yeah, that's right ... a BABY!

The countdown is on to the third week of April, when my wife Amanda is expected to birth our first child.

I'm pretty sure everyone in the inner and middle circles have been informed. Now the news is ready for public consumption.

We're pregnant! I don't much like that saying, but I got told off when I said "my wife is expecting our first child" so I'll go with "we're pregnant."

Yes, I'm excited. No, we don't know the sex yet - ultrasound for that is November 27. Coincidentally, I'm having double-hernia surgery on November 26, so I'll be in some kind of messed-up shape and maybe a wheelchair for the ultrasound. Yeah, she's been feeling pretty crappy. No, we haven't picked names. No, we don't have the nursery started yet. Yes, I'm looking big and round.

Today we went to the doc for another prenatal visit and our first chance to hear the baby's heartbeat via Doppler Supercomputer Radar. Actually, the gadget looked like a microphone from a Fisher-Price tape deck smeared with store-brand KY Jelly, but it really worked!

And here's an isolated clip of the fetal heartbeat...



For the fellow audio nerds, I took a signal out from the headphone jack of the sonoflanger machine, via mini cable to the line-in on an old Sony Minidisc recorder. Played it back via mini cable and 1/4" adapter into line-in on Saffire LE to Audition 1.5 at 32bits. Applied moderate noise reduction in Audition.

Anyway, yup, we're knocked up. First try.

I don't expect this blog will become a daddy-blog, because after a lifetime of living far too publicly, this will be something nice to keep private.

Even so, I might end up blogging more on things tangentially-related. Like my new camera. Watch for more on the new camera.

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