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[3 Jul 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
State Should Stay Out of the Circumcision Debate

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The decision was a journey on my part.  While one of my cousins had chosen not to circumcise their kids, everyone else in my family was circumcised.  I had not given it a lot of thought.   But when Tara became pregnant, and not knowing the sex of Theory, the issue suddenly was in front of us.
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[14 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

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Win has really developed a personality in the past month.  He is a very happy gregarious baby.   Much of the time he sits contently and look around, playing with his newly discovered appendages.   He coos and woos and tries to hone in on your face.
Win smiles, mimics your facial expressions, and even plays back when you sing “la la al.”  He is a musical genius.  Win has also recently become ticklish and really responds with a deep full-bodied laugh when you tickle his sides.
A few times …

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[20 Nov 2010 | One Comment | ]
Raccoon Safari

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Since we moved from NY, I thought a lot about the nature of home, particularly in relationship to Theory, and now Win.  The day before flying from NY to SF we slept on an air mattress in an empty apartment and Tara remarked “Theory will never remember this place.”  It really struck a cord for me because it was in …

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[17 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
Little Man Win

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Despite the fact that he is totally not mobile and does little more than eat, poop and cry, his personality is already so clearly different than Theory’s.  For one, he is much more aggressive in his physicality.  He grabs my shirt, swings his head from side to side, and lets out very powerful if small shouts of complaint.  He protests more often and harder.  And is much more pacified by the boob.
Between …