Shaken Not Stirred

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Love of a 7th Grader

My sister-in-law gave birth to a baby boy on December 19th. Since my brother was convinced that he was going to have another girl, he had no boy's names picked out. So when baby popped out with a penis, he was taken aback.
For four days, baby boy had no name. I think they just called him "hey you". One of my brother's buddies (an OB who was on duty when baby boy was born) suggested Quincy because he was the fifth grandchild (and also because my father is a pathologist--the physician form of what Quincy M.E. did on television). So on the 23rd of December, my brother and his wife decided the baby should be named Quincy.
Since this name came late in the game, many of his presents were labeled "Baby boy". And then slowly but surely, everyone started to call this child Quincy.
On December 31st, my sister-in-law decided that the baby should be named Angelo (after my father and grandfather). So now Quincy is Angelo. But to me, I'm just going to call him Baby Boy. Just in case they decide on a new name.
Anyway, the night that my sister-in-law was admitted to the hospital my brother called me and said he had a "very, important, monumental" task for me to do. Yes he used the word monumental! I thought, get the nursery ready, or sweep up some dust (their home was getting remodeled), buy some diapers, milk something like that. The task? Make a mixed CD that his wife could listen to in the birthing room. I was like--"Your wife is giving birth to your child, strethcing out her body, pushing something the size of the bowling ball thru an orifice the size of a nonstril and you are making her a mixed CD". My thoughts? This man's idea of romance is still in the halls of junior high.
I hope they enjoyed the CD--it had music like Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life", Boyz to Me "A Song for Mama" and Billy Joel's "Your My Home" among others. iTunes got a good 15 dollars worth of downloads.
What gift do you think a birthing woman should receive?


  • ok.. that desciption was not necessary!!! just reading it gives me pain...

    that is wonderful !!! congratulations!!!

    i think you should give her a gym membership...

    but don't forget to visit her often, cuz after women give birth, they get really depressed if they are left alone.. so make sure she's surrounded with people...

    By Blogger totolehero, at 2:23 PM  

  • Baby Boy is perfect. That's priceless that they changed his name. I can see that happening.

    The nicest thing a guy can do for a girl is make her a mix CD, ask Thora!

    By Blogger Luke, at 2:34 PM  

  • What gift do you think a birthing woman should receive? Whatever they want.
    And you are super cool dude for doing that for your bro.

    By Blogger mrshife, at 6:05 PM  

  • A CD is actually not a bad idea, but the music you think will be a good soundtrack for giving birth is usually wrong and/or the songs are associated with pain, discomfort, and hospital beds.

    I know this only because I was a birth coach and Spanish Guitar music is no longer, alas, much-loved by my friend who is a new mother.

    By the way, I like the name Quincy.

    By Blogger Spider Girl, at 6:49 PM  

  • I like the name Quincy. Also, I catch it on every now and then and it always sucks me in. Did they keep it for a middle name?

    The CD is definitely proof men don’t get it. Good thing they aren’t the ones popping out babies. I thought he was going to ask you to help deliver. haha

    How about an iPod to relive the pain and joy with.

    By Blogger Liz, at 7:56 PM  

  • A birthing woman should receive strong painkillers and nothing else. Music?? OMG; take it from me, I've done it twice, music would have done nothing for me. Did it for her? It was a nice gesture, BUT...
    And I liked the name Quincy; how cute; you should call him that anyway.

    By Blogger Cathy, at 8:32 PM  

  • Why didn't he just make the mix himself?

    I like the name Quincy. Make him sound Australian.

    By Blogger Anhoni Patel, at 8:40 PM  

  • You are a good brother and I'm sure you will be a GREAT uncle!

    By Blogger Greg - Cowboy in the Jungle, at 10:18 PM  

  • You need give her

    1. a gift certificate to a spa! I give this one alot.

    2. Classical music CD's. She and the baby will love the tunage!

    Congrats to you. i've added you to my blog list by the way ;) check it out!

    By Blogger sabatkes, at 10:39 PM  

  • i think she should receive those big green hulk hands so she can hit whomever comes too close to her while she's in labor, and breaths on her. thats what i think. and i think they should name the baby, just plain "boy". or they could name it BB for short. perhaps they will not change the name, and maybe call the boy angel the third, or something ike that, A3. call it A3.

    did you consider making a cd with celine dion? i'm glad you didn't because if i was the birthing mom, i would have kilt you.

    By Blogger Badoozie, at 11:32 PM  

  • I LOVE the name Quincy. In fact, I wanted to name our son Quinn until I realized the fact that anything like "quint" implies five. That kinda made it seem impertinent.

    My advice for a birthing woman's gift: FOOD. I couldn't eat for over 16 hours while I was in labor, and when I called my grandmother 10 hours into it begging for a pumpkin pie, you better believe that was the most priceless thing I could have received at that time. It was fabulous.

    Of course, the hospital provided a lukwarm, really crappy (those words do no justice, it was plain frigid and shitty) Swanson TV Dinner with plum pudding. WTF?

    Give the woman some FOOD!

    By Blogger ***Double_Oh_No***, at 11:49 PM  

  • Congrats! I think she deserves a nice retreat after all that work!

    By Anonymous Babette, at 11:56 PM  

  • I liked 'Hey You'.

    But even more, I *LOVED* the fact that you made a mixed cd for the birth. That is bloody fantastic.

    By Blogger ziggystardust73, at 5:55 AM  

  • Yup, food... definitely food...

    By Blogger JJ, at 7:02 AM  

  • I had an uncle who didn't receive a name until he was a year old everyone in the family still calls him Sonny. Loved the mix tape thing at least he wasn't doing cheers or anything. 'Push it out. Push it out. Way out!!!' That would have been a little much.

    By Blogger :P fuzzbox, at 7:47 AM  

  • For me the music thing wasn't a successful strategy. I vaguely remember screaming for silence--right after screaming for drugs.

    I think the best gift to give a birthing mother is a nice soft pair of fuzzy slippers to wear around the hospital and a pretty bath robe that she can wear while receiving guests.

    By Blogger Sweet Tea, at 8:38 AM  

  • Congrats on being an uncle again. Good call on the Stevie, he's probably the safest bet you can make.

    By Blogger Vince, at 9:15 AM  

  • Hmm, what gift should a birthing woman receive?

    How about the husband promising never to put her through "that" again! ;)

    That was an unusual request---did she like the CD at least?

    By Blogger the_mrs, at 10:37 AM  

  • I doubt she paid attention to that CD.

    What should a birthing mother receive? Endless thank yous and several thousand apologies.

    December 19th...that's a great day to be born.

    By Blogger The Phoenix, at 10:47 AM  

  • How about Bleed for Me by Dead Kennedys? ;-)

    Congrats on the nephew! x

    By Blogger missy, at 11:19 AM  

  • painkillers!

    i like the name quincy... hi quincy!

    By Blogger markus, at 11:45 AM  

  • I have to agree with some of the others that commented! GIVE HER THE EPIDERAL! And do it quickly!!!!!!

    Glad they picked Quincy. Be thankful that they didn't pull a Johnny Cash, and name him Sue! ;)

    Congrats on being an Uncle!

    By Blogger Anonymous Shannon, at 1:03 PM  

  • angel, thanks for the comments on my blog. if you like my imagery then you might like octavio paz - i'm going to post some of his poem on my blog.

    you seem to get a lot of comments and belong to a large blogosphere.

    as for masculine names, i like alexander because it's poetic, most male names are only one syllable and not poetic, bob, frank, mike, john etc

    By Blogger Kyle Foley, at 3:49 PM  

  • gifts? let's see....a day all to herself, weather its just for sleeping, bubble bath, getting her hiar, nails done....i'll be wanting to do all of these in less than a month! and yes....gotta have the painkillers. :) congrats!

    By Blogger vani, at 5:19 PM  

  • The gift should be love and support from her partner!

    By Blogger Lee Ann, at 7:19 PM  

  • Great choices on songs...congrats on your new niece...they need to stick with a name...thry just do...& diamonds will do nicely as a gift.

    By Blogger Chick, at 9:35 PM  

  • That was a good gift. I often give them things the mom can use a nice nightgown or robe b/c you know they're soooo uncomfortable.

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 10:15 PM  

  • I think she would just love a decent set of headphones.

    They must have named him after you Angel Jnr.

    By Blogger Ben Heller, at 3:19 AM  

  • You were great to make the cd for your brother. It probably calmed him as much as your sister-in-law.

    The perfect gift would totally be a day to have her hair done, nails and a massage. She will be in heaven. Might even get a little snooze in there while her nails are drying.


    By Blogger Connie and Rob, at 5:20 AM  

  • congratulations on the new baby boy.
    I agree, Quincy is not a nice name for a little baby. Angelo is better but baby boy is best.
    I birthing woman should receive personal gifts. Like cosmetics or jewellery, things that remind her that she is a woman, not just a mum.

    By Blogger Chloe, at 6:25 AM  

  • Congrats to you and your family !!

    Baby boy is the way to go :-) - its gonna change again you are right !!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:04 PM  

  • Congrats !!

    Baby boy :-D nice name actually !!

    Hmm i think love and affection would be the best gifts - A CD with iTunes music, hmm not really i would guess

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:05 PM  

  • I had to come back because I just thought of a song out of nowhere that, as a birthing woman, I would love to have on CD..."Push It" by Salt n Pepa.

    " push it REAL GOOD!"

    I've had a weeee bit to drink tonight.

    By Blogger ***Double_Oh_No***, at 2:29 AM  

  • i'm going to go with sleep. yup that would be the best gift ever,.

    By Blogger cher, at 2:24 PM  

  • Great choices for CD, although they probably relaxed dad more than mum :-)
    An ideal gift would be to offer an IOU for unlimited (if you dare !) babysitting, to give the couple time out alone, when they need a break.
    Take care.

    By Blogger Meow, at 4:33 AM  

  • I have no idea, but I wouldn't have thought of a mixed cd! :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:02 AM  

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