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Baby Guessing again

For those that don’t know, Bern and I are expecting again, so I’ve dusted off the Baby Guessing competition again. This allows you to guess what sex the baby will be and what date/weight the baby will be born, and it also creates a list of email addresses that I can use when the baby is born to notify everyone.

Note: Only one guess is allowed per person. I will only accept the first guess from each person. Entries close whenever we leave to go to hospital*.
There is no entry fee, but there may well be a prize.

Here is the link.

* Of course the page stayed live for ever, and if you see the previous entry you will notice that some people have been guessing fairly resently…
Also, I have know idea who the last half dozen or so people are…

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Kicked

Bern has been being kicked by the baby since she was about 12 weeks (she’s now 23), but I got to feel my first kick last night! It is beautiful to feel some contact, though I know Bern wishes [he/she] would calm down a bit, and stop sitting so high up and giving her indigestion.

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Mummy’s Microphone

Bec is very affectionate towards the baby (which has become very visible in last few weeks) She likes to kiss mummy’s tummy and talk to the baby. In fact we found out the other day that mummy’s belly button is in fact a microphone for talking to the baby..

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New Year’s Baby News

Happy New Year!!

If you are watching this site to keep track of the pregnancy, there have been a few happenings in the last week or so..

When Bern went in for her checkup on Christmas Eve her protien levels were up a bit, and, combined with her slightly high blood pressure and swollen hands and feet meant that she probably has pre-eclampsia. This means she has to rest a lot and I have to do all the work :(.

We are now seeing the doctor every couple of days, and it is fairly likely that things will be accelerated a little and the baby born well before it’s due date. Even from 36 weeks (this Saturday), there is a very good chance that the baby will be born strong and healthy, though it may need to spend a day or two in the nursery. More as it happens..

If you haven’t put your guess in yet, there is still time (but maybe not much..)

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Baby Guessing competition

I’ve finally put together the Baby Guessing competition that I’ve been meaning to do for ages. This allows you to guess what sex the baby will be and what date/weight the baby will be born, and it also creates a list of email addresses that I can use when the baby is born to notify everyone.

Note: Only one guess is allowed per person. I will only accept the first guess from each person. Entries close whenever we leave to go to hospital. There is no entry fee, but there may well be a prize.

Here is the link.

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Baby Names v2 – Web based

Okay, so I should have done it this way first (thanks Jase), but at least now I can say that I’ve done some work in Perl.

Here is the web based version that anyone can use. I needs some more documentation, but at least it does what I wanted it to do.

Baby Name Shortlister

It also saves lots of cutting and pasting with text files on unix boxen. 🙂

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Baby Names – Perl

No, We are not calling our Baby Perl!

Perl is the name of the programming language I used to write this script which took all the first names we were looking at, and all the second names, and made them into a real name, with initials. That way we can weed out all the name and initial combinations we don’t like.

I’m no great programmer, but I love a challenge. Here is the script I wrote, which works rather well, and even takes out duplicates. I’m sure it could be better, but I’ve never really written anything in perl before….(and it only took 20 minutes)

#!/usr/bin/perl
open(FIRST, first_name_list”) || die “”Could not open $filename…\n””::
@first_name=&lt::FIRST>::
foreach $fn (@first_name)
{
chop ($fn)::
open(SECOND, “”second_name_list””) || die “”Could not open $filename…\n””::
@second_name=&lt::SECOND>::
foreach $sn (@second_name)
{
$fi = substr($fn, 0, 1)::
$si = substr($sn, 0, 1)::
chop ($sn)::
if ($fn ne $sn)
{
print “”$fn $sn Snell $fi $si S\n””::
}
}
}
close(FIRST)::
close(SECOND)::

I got all my info from these two sites: www.spu.edu/help/tech/basic-perl/ & www.pageresource.com/cgirec/index2.htm

Of course, I’m not going to tell you what we came up with, you’ll just have to wait!

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Great Expectations.

It’s time for the world to know…

Bernie & I are expecting our first child, due end Jan / start Feb 2003.

Does this mean I have an excuse to sit up all night and write stuff, or that all this mindless drivel gets replaced with baby photos and stories? We will see.

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