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Vanity: Physicist and Mrs. Physicist Had a Son Today
Mrs. Physicist, with my invaluable assistance | November 16, 2001 | self

Posted on 11/16/2001 7:40:05 PM PST by Physicist

I am pleased--irrationally exuberant, in fact--to announce the birth of my son today.

Jacob David Sterner was born by caesarean section at 1:41 PM EST today at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media, PA. He weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz., and was 19.25 inches long. Jake and Mrs. Physicist came through the process in excellent health.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Mark Finnegan, who delivered our daughters Emily and Molly, also at Riddle, in 1995 and 1997, respectively.

Here is a bigger picture of Jake.

Here I am holding my boy.

To take this post into the stratosphere of vanity, I will inflict upon you a valedictory sonnet, which I penned today:

ATLAS

Jacob David Sterner, start your life!
Knight errant, leave the fortress of the womb,
Your country's been attacked, and all is strife,
Ten patriots exhort you from the tomb.

The fashion of the day is ignorance,
You'll have to think and learn, despite the japes,
And cover for your neighbor's indolence,
Your sweat will feed and clothe ungrateful apes.

Your father has affrontery enough,
To ask so much of one boy at his birth,
But know that you are made of Sterner stuff:
Your shoulders can accomodate the Earth.

To sire you was my duty, dearest son:
The world needs such a man as you'll become.

(The line about "ten patriots" refers to his ten ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War.)


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As a deist, I do not believe in the efficacy of prayer. In slightly more than six years, I have prayed in earnest three times, on the off-chance that anyone was listening. In each case, my prayer was exactly two words long:

THANK YOU.


1 posted on 11/16/2001 7:40:05 PM PST by Physicist (sterner@sterner.hep.upenn.edu)
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To: Molecular Biologist
You've seen him. How'd your namesake look to you?
2 posted on 11/16/2001 7:41:49 PM PST by Physicist
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To: Physicist
Mega Congratulations!
3 posted on 11/16/2001 7:43:19 PM PST by 3catsanadog
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To: Physicist
Congratulations PaPa, you're going to be a wonderful father. A son! You must be so proud.
4 posted on 11/16/2001 7:43:53 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: Physicist
... made of Sterner stuff ...

Good one! Congratulations.

5 posted on 11/16/2001 7:45:07 PM PST by dighton
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To: Physicist
CONGRATS!!!

Vanity: Physicist and Mrs. Physicist Had a Son Today

Leave it to a scientist to find a strange and ungodly way to propogate.

6 posted on 11/16/2001 7:45:25 PM PST by Senator Pardek
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To: Physicist
Congrats, from one physicist to another!
7 posted on 11/16/2001 7:47:47 PM PST by Mr. K
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To: Physicist
What a good lookin' boy!

Congratulations!


8 posted on 11/16/2001 7:48:32 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts
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To: Physicist
Congratulations to Jacob for making it this far.
9 posted on 11/16/2001 7:48:48 PM PST by newzjunkey
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To: Physicist
And a handsome lad he is. Congrats!
10 posted on 11/16/2001 7:49:20 PM PST by Jhensy
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To: Physicist
HAPPY BABY!

11 posted on 11/16/2001 7:50:27 PM PST by WIMom
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To: Physicist
Congratulations. May he follow you in genius.
12 posted on 11/16/2001 7:50:39 PM PST by LibKill
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I should add that Mrs. Physicist made the candy-corn hat. I have photographs of her from today, but she browbeat me into not posting any of them.
13 posted on 11/16/2001 7:50:45 PM PST by Physicist
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To: Physicist
Congratulations!!!
14 posted on 11/16/2001 7:50:48 PM PST by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: Physicist
Ccongratulations to you and Mrs. P!!! He's an adorable baby ... and his sisters are beautiful.

And, yes, I can promise you that you were heard ...... He's always there listening.

15 posted on 11/16/2001 7:53:12 PM PST by kayak
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To: Physicist
Congratulations and thanks for the pics! The poem is good too. All of your kids are cute and I wish God's blessings on your whole family.
16 posted on 11/16/2001 7:53:30 PM PST by mafree
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To: Physicist
Heartiest congratulations.
17 posted on 11/16/2001 7:54:07 PM PST by beckett
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To: Physicist

CONGRATULATIONS!

18 posted on 11/16/2001 7:54:18 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: Physicist
Congrats! Just curious, but did your wife decide to go caesarean after you showed her your calculations regarding the force necessary to deliver the little lad?
19 posted on 11/16/2001 7:54:29 PM PST by Registered
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To: Physicist
Expand your vocabulary when thanking God, for He truly blessed you. That's a beautiful baby boy (take it from one who just had his seventh child, a son, a mere seven weeks ago), and I extend heartiest congratulations to you and the missus. :)
20 posted on 11/16/2001 7:55:16 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: Physicist
Well, I hunted around a bit, but it seems that nobody makes a toddler board-book version of the works of Stephen Hawking or Carl Sagan or anything appropriate for a Little Physicist.

No worries, though - no doubt he'll be babbling about superstrings and M-theory and Kaluza-Klein in no time. ;)
21 posted on 11/16/2001 7:55:20 PM PST by general_re
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To: Physicist; RadioAstronomer; ThinkPlease; PatrickHenry; VadeRetro; Godel
Cosmic congratulations to the proud parents. Great sonnet.
22 posted on 11/16/2001 7:56:10 PM PST by longshadow
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To: Physicist
Congratulations. I'd mention something about the new father handing out cigars, but, well, you know ... (Sorry about dragging Clinton into this.) Best of wishes to the new life you have brought to the world.
23 posted on 11/16/2001 7:56:28 PM PST by Draco
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To: Physicist
Congradulations on your first-born son! He's a comely looking lad. Takes after his mother right? LOL Be sure and tell the girls that the Crown Prince of the family has now arrived.
24 posted on 11/16/2001 7:56:47 PM PST by Zorobabel
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To: Physicist
Physicist, you were our hero first, but you'll be his forever. You are blessed.

Physicist is the "first (and so far only) Freeper to have his blood shed by radical left while demonstrating for FreeRepublic. (October 2, 1998)"

25 posted on 11/16/2001 7:58:19 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: Physicist
If my husband posted any pictures of me immediately after giving birth, he would have wished he was never born! LOL!

How exciting to have a son! I was blessed with 3 daughters. Again, congratulations. And remember, GET YOUR WIFE SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL!

26 posted on 11/16/2001 7:58:32 PM PST by WIMom
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To: Registered
Just curious, but did your wife decide to go caesarean after you showed her your calculations regarding the force necessary to deliver the little lad?

Nah. I expressed it in kips, and made it look easy. The fact that our first two were c-sections (the first one non-elective) was what swayed her.

27 posted on 11/16/2001 7:59:10 PM PST by Physicist
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To: Physicist
He is TINY. And so cute! Congratulations!
28 posted on 11/16/2001 7:59:35 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Physicist
Yet a new soul in spacetime? Go kids!

Everything Good.

29 posted on 11/16/2001 8:00:04 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Physicist
P.S. Sometimes a simple thank you in acknowledgement of His blessing is all that's needed. Again congratulations.
30 posted on 11/16/2001 8:00:21 PM PST by Zorobabel
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To: WIMom
If my husband posted any pictures of me immediately after giving birth, he would have wished he was never born! LOL!

She has never looked more beautiful to me.

And remember, GET YOUR WIFE SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL!

I did that nine months ago. (ducks)

31 posted on 11/16/2001 8:02:21 PM PST by Physicist
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To: Physicist
Note to Jake: the Lord bless you and keep you. You're a blessed little guy already, for the Lord has seen fit to place you with this man and this woman and these siblings, at this time. You are blessed, little Jake!

Note to Physicist and Mrs. Physicist: well done! He's a beautiful boy and the Lord has blessed you greatly in selecting you to raise this boy. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and give you peace.

Physicist, you have a beautiful family. Thank you for adding to our midst these wonderful little ones.

32 posted on 11/16/2001 8:02:29 PM PST by MHGinTN
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To: Physicist
Jacob is beautiful. Heartfelt congratulations to you and your wife.

(LOVED the sonnet, too!)

33 posted on 11/16/2001 8:04:58 PM PST by LurkerNoMore!
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To: Physicist
Congrats!!
34 posted on 11/16/2001 8:06:37 PM PST by Joe Miner
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To: Physicist
Congratulations! We had a son in February. Like Jacob, he has two older sisters (4 years and 2 years).
35 posted on 11/16/2001 8:09:03 PM PST by Atticus
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To: Physicist
Congratulations!
36 posted on 11/16/2001 8:09:20 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Physicist

Congratulations on the new arrival!
37 posted on 11/16/2001 8:09:28 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Physicist
You guys! LOL!

Get her something that doesn't have anything electrical associated with it. (and don't tell me you're charged up and that your atomic structure is enough! hehehe) It's difficult . . . that whole science lifestyle makes gift giving hard because we are so practical. Both our families are mostly engineers, including me.

38 posted on 11/16/2001 8:12:02 PM PST by WIMom
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To: Physicist
Praise Jesus we have a new generation of Hope . Congrads MoM and DaD. Yes!
39 posted on 11/16/2001 8:12:11 PM PST by oceanperch
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To: Physicist
May the Lord bless you and keep you. You have been blessed. Is there more proof that God lives?
40 posted on 11/16/2001 8:12:27 PM PST by bribriagain
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To: Physicist
Congratulations, indeed. Now go get some rest while someone else is taking care of him. This may be your last good night of sleep for a while.
41 posted on 11/16/2001 8:12:37 PM PST by Joe Bonforte
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To: Physicist
Oh and great eyebrows and handsome nose. WOW
42 posted on 11/16/2001 8:15:55 PM PST by oceanperch
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To: Physicist
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
43 posted on 11/16/2001 8:16:01 PM PST by Ms. AntiFeminazi
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To: Physicist
Congratulations ....what a charming little [bo]son!
44 posted on 11/16/2001 8:16:18 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: Physicist
A Penn grad says Congrats!
45 posted on 11/16/2001 8:16:21 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Physicist
Congratulations and you gave him good names.
46 posted on 11/16/2001 8:16:29 PM PST by dennisw
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To: Physicist
Phys - time for you to say one more "THANK YOU" prayer for your precious son.

Keep your camera handy for when your better-half is ready to join you all in a family picture. We'd love to see your beautiful family together!

Congratulations and blessings to you, and the new mother.

47 posted on 11/16/2001 8:18:27 PM PST by Exit148
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To: Physicist
That candy corn hat is cool! Congrats Physicist. You appear to have a great family, including the newest member, Jake.
48 posted on 11/16/2001 8:18:29 PM PST by bluefish
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To: Physicist
Congratulations. You saw the greatest mystery of the universe.
49 posted on 11/16/2001 8:20:12 PM PST by annalex
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To: Physicist
I do not believe in the efficacy of prayer
that's ok, i've ignored that from many for a long time.
but, i see that my prayers have been answered and you have a healthy baby.
i cry with joy for you tonite!!!
50 posted on 11/16/2001 8:20:42 PM PST by tamu
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