Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ava

Denise and I received the ultimate Valentine’s Day present: a seven-pound, healthy baby girl. Ava arrived at 10:32 in the evening, and, good lord, there was no greater moment than watching her enter the world. Everyone immediately commented on her full head of hair. A photographer snapped some marvelous shots including one of me holding her tiny feet which I hope to post as soon as the CD arrives.

Thank you all for your kind e-mails, gifts, and posts.

49 comments:

Evan Lewis said...

Wow. Congratulations, folks!

Chudney Thomas said...

Congratulations!

Chris said...

Congratulations to you both! What better Valentine could you have asked for?

And Ava, best wishes for a lifetime of happiness...

G said...

Congrabulations!

That is indeed a fantastic Valentine's day gift to have, to hold and to cherish for decades to come.

Ron Scheer said...

Here's my best for the whole family. Little Ava (lovely name) picked well when she chose you for parents. Enjoy the glow...

David Cranmer said...

Evan/Chudney, Thank you, both.

Chris, Funny that Little d and I have never made a big deal out of Valentine's Day in the past. That will now happily change. I will mention what you said to Ava when she wakes up.

Amen, G. Thank you.

Kind words, Ron.

Leah J. Utas said...

Congratulations. Welcome, Ava.

David Cranmer said...

Thanks, Leah.

AC said...

Congrats, again!

John Hornor said...

Congrats! Beautiful name for a beautiful baby girl!

Alyssa Goodnight said...

I've been waiting for this post!! I love the name Ava, and she is sure to be a lovely, sweet little Charmer!

Congratulations to both of you!

Dan Fleming said...

Fantastic news David! My best to you, your wife, and litte Ava. Congrats!

Garnett Elliott said...

Congratulations to you and your wife.

And try to catch some sleep whenever you can!

David Barber said...

Awesome news, David. Congratulations to Denise and yourself! Ava is a lucky little girl!

Best wishes, my friend!

Chris Rhatigan said...

Fantastic news, David. Congratulations--wish you all the best and as many sleep-filled nights as possible!

David Cranmer said...

Thanks again, Alec. Denise and I appreciated the post.

John, It seems to fit her perfectly.

Alyssa, Little Charmer she is. You should see this angel. So precious!

Thanks, Dan.

Garnett, No sleep tonight. I'm taking turns with Denise walking Ava around and around. I'm whispering my latest story to her that she seems to like.

Many thanks, David.

Chris, I've had like six hours in the last seventy-two. Ha. I'm off to a good start.

Alan Griffiths said...

Many congrats, folks!

Chad said...

Congrats!

sandra seamans said...

Congratulations!!! You've just stepped into a whole new world that will change your life forever. Give my best to your wife.

Rebekah Adkisson said...

Congratulations to you and Denise! I am so happy for you and can't wait to see photos of little, beautiful Ava. Please tell Denise that I am thinking of her often and hoping that she is doing well. Love and hugs to all three of you!

David Cranmer said...

Alan/Chad, Thank you, gentlemen.

Sandra, I told Denise and she said thank you with a smiley face. :)

Rebekah, BIG! smile from Denise when I read your comment to her. She said she will send more details soon.

Glenn Gray said...

Congrats!!

I'll take that virtual cigar, thanks!

Charles Gramlich said...

Hurray! Wonderful news. Congrats to all involved!

John Kenyon said...

Congrats to you and yours, David. As others have said, sleep when you can. But have a pen at the ready, too - sleep deprivation can conjure some crazy thoughts... might be a story in it!

Reb said...

Congratulations! Ava is a wonderful name.

David Cranmer said...

Glenn, Yep, cigars to all! Gracias, amigo.

Charles, In between the long moments of waiting I was reading BITTER STEEL. So many thanks.

John, You ain't kidding. A story popped in the very following morning after complete exhaustion.

Thanks, Reb.

Austin Carr said...

Big congratulations, David. Wonderful!!!

Sarah Laurence said...

Congratulations! Ava is a lovely name and her birthday will be easy to remember. I'm looking forward to seeing the pix.

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Congratulations to you both.

Chap O'Keefe said...

Congratulations! The journey begins. Maybe you can look forward to one day joining the grandparents' club!

David Cranmer said...

Thank you, Austin.

Sarah, Thanks. And hopefully I will have the pic up sometime next week.

Thanks, Gary. And Denise and I appreciate the post.

Chap, I will as long as our little girl doesn't wait as long as we did. :)

Barrie said...

That is such exciting news!! Congratulations to both you and Denise. May the three of you be sleeping through the night soon! And I love the name Ava. Funny thing, David, Patti and I were talking about you when I saw her last week. We were wondering when your baby was due. And, well, here's our answer! Congrats again!!!

Randy Johnson said...

Happy for you guys!

Deka Black said...

Congratulations! :D

Matthew P. Mayo said...

Felicitaciones!

Wow, you folks have certainly made Valentine's Day more difficult for the rest of us.... That sure beats flowers, chocolate, and champagne!

Here's wishing all manner of happiness to all three of you.

Dave King said...

Momentous times. Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to all three.

David Cranmer said...

Barrie, Two of my favorite people having dinner and thinking of me. That means a lot. And thank you for the well wishes from Denise and Ava as well.

Randy/Deka, Thank you, both.

Matt, You and Jen will get a letter later but many thanks for the Maine themed books. We have been gifted other McCloskey books and he is an early favorite of ours.

Thank you, Dave.

Laurie Powers said...

Congratulations - what a great Valentine's Day gift! Wishing the best for all of you...

David Cranmer said...

Thanks so much, Laurie.

Sarah Laurence said...

I'm looking forward to your next Ava posting and very impressed that you are managing an online presence at all. Sleep well?

David Cranmer said...

Lots of family support and a good boss who is allowing me time off to bond with my little girl. But I am tired. We are up every few hours to feed her. Of course, she sleeps just fine. :)

Rick said...

Congratulations! I've never even met you but I'm so happy for you! The internet is kind of weird, isn't it? Anyway, you've had the best Valentine's Day present anyone can have!

David Cranmer said...

Thanks, Rick. Many friends have reached out from the internet and we are very appreciative.

Travis Erwin said...

I'm late to the part but a hearty congrats my friend. May you enjoy the ride as much as I have.

David Cranmer said...

I'm sure I will, Travis. Thank you.

Barbara Martin said...

Little budnles of joy, indeed. Congratulations. I expect you'll be having some sleepness nights soon. But it's worth it.

David Cranmer said...

Thank you, Barbara.

(See my most recent post for the sleepless nights.)

Cormac Brown said...

A huge congratulations to both of you! May she grow up beautiful, strong, and may she take to the pen and keyboard like her father.

David Cranmer said...

Very kind words, Cormac. Thank you.