MILO SEBASTIAN BRUSCHKE
The back of his baseball card reads: June 8, 11:27pm, 6 pounds, 12 ounces, 19 and 1/2 inches. His nickname, which we started calling him by 3 months before birth, is "Mo" (which is also short for "Mowgli," our second choice for his name and the one we would have given him if we hadn't wimped out). Feel free to browse the full page, or follow these bookmarks to the first 6 stages of life:
SPECIAL UPDATE! To view Mo's first movie, "Going Mobile," click here (or right click and save to your hard drive; this will play on the windows Media Player or RealPlayer).
THE VERY EARLY TIME
(a) Fred sports the unwrapped version of Mo. (b-c) The evening of June 8 we were supposed to attend Sue Lowrie's wedding; these pictures show Jon, ironically enough, standing in as the father during the rehearsal. (d) Our doula, Kim, helps Fred relax. (e) Fred put a towel underneath her on the way to the hospital; it was the least necessary precaution we took. Her water never broke.
IN THE HOSPITAL
(a) Milo entered the world calmly, but the nurse explained to him who the President was, and things seemed better on the inside. (b) To get him on the right track, his father explains the Infield Fly Rule to him. (c) His mother had more practical dealings; this is his first meal. (d) We live in a city called "Placentia." We took this picture in the hopes we could get it made into a plaque and posted on city hall. (e) Sylvia visited us in the hospital, and commented on how much more hair he had than her fiance.
(a) Mo has his first argument with star CSUF debater Josh Clark; I think they were arguing religion and Mo won by acting disinterested (b) An exhibit at the Human Zoo: A North American Caucasian family in their native environment. (c) Family friend and all around cool person Tannise Collymore decorated the front yard; shown here with the very undecorated father. (d) Tannise's sign. (e) Jon shows Mo the manly art of sports television viewing.
(a) Milo and his grandpa Brad. (b) Early sunbathing, to fend off jaundice. (c) Grandparents Wilf, Nancy, Diane, and Brad. (d) Little Mo and his Father's Day cards for his grandfathers. He got his Dad a new shirt.
(a) Milo, his Dad, and his three Grandfathers on Father's Day 2003: Wilf, Mike, Jon, and Brad. (b) Milo and the Grandparents Bruschke and Blake. (c) Milo and his near-Aunt Noami. (d) Milo and his Grandmother Kathy. (e) Milo with a somewhat reticent Uncle Bob.
(a) Milo and the Bruschke grandparents. (b) Milo and Grandma Diane. (c) Milo shows Grandpa Bruschke what Daddy Bruschke has taught him.
(a) Guess the eye color; this is not a photo problem, his eyes are literally gray. We suspect infection by the alien retrovirus. (b-c) Our baby book says you can tell they're in deep sleep when "the face goes slack." (d-3) Milo shows early and unfortunate signs that he has his father's hair style. Here he flashes his first quaff: The "Mo"hawk.
(a) Again, name the eye color. (b-c) They call it swaddling, we call it making a Mo-urrito. (d) A bath seemed necessary, so after just 17 days on the planet we finally gave him one. (e) A comparison of Father-Son hand size.
(a) There was some initial reluctance, strange smells, and a general anti-baby vibe from the house gato. (b-c) As always, food warms the feline heart. Here she is sampling her favorite delicacies, fruit and plants. (d) The relationship moved forward on day 9; the two began to practice their Cross Species entry in the Synchronized Sleeping event for the 2006 Summer Olympics.