Saturday, December 24, 2005

"We wish you a Merry Christmas..."

"...and a Happy New Year!"

Happy Holidays to all from the Glotzbach Family.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

On this day, a child was born...

It is definitely colder today than it was last year this time. And I got into work a littler earlier this morning than I did a year ago today. I don't really remember the exact details of that morning commute to work. I do remember that something compelled me that Monday morning to drive instead of take the shuttle, thinking that it was getting close enough to time that I should have a car in Mt. View, just in case. But, we were still two weeks away from the big day, so I wasn't really thinking anything of it. We were coming off a wonderful weekend, and it was another Monday.

I remember exactly where I was when I got the first phone call... sitting in the auditorium in an all-hands team meeting. Krista's voice was excited, but relatively calm and collected. "My water broke", she said, "while I was talking to my mom on the phone." She insisted that I didn't need to come home right away, that it would be at least 8 hours or so, as she was feeling no signs of labor. We agreed that a noon arrival would make sense, so I went back into my meeting, now feeling very giddy! About thirty minutes later, the phone rang a second time, and I remember the rush of anticipation and fear that went through me as I answered it. It seems things were progressing a little faster than thought, and I should head toward home. Still no need to rush, just sooner rather than later. So I made my way to my office and started canceling all my meetings and sending out some emails announcing my departure. And then, the third call... "I'm going to the hospital, meet me there!" It seems we went from zero to sixty and on to 100+ in a short hour or so, and Krista was on her way to CPMC, because the (yet to be named) baby was on HER way!

This was any Porsche owners dream scenario. I was 38 miles from the hospital and my wife was in labor.
"Son, do you know how fast you were going?"
"Yes officer, just north of 100 mph because that guy in the Mustang wouldn't get out of my way... but my wife is in labor!"
Off I went, peaking the digital speedometer into triple digits on numerous occasions. In record setting pace that any bay area commuter would be proud of, I was standing in the maternity admittance office in 37 minutes.

The contractions were faster and more furious than my 101 aerobatics, coming every 2 minutes or so. Krista's beautiful smile gave way to painful strain and then back again - this (yet to be named) baby was on her way, and she wasn't waiting for anyone. So we got Krista into the delivery room. Now remember, this is CPMC, the premier place to have a baby in San Francisco, so the delivery room was nicer than my first apartment.

The next 2 to 3 hours were filled with anticipation, encouragement, pain, and emotion. Were we ready? Was this really happening? Will my back ever recover? And then, there she was. Our beautiful baby daughter, Alexandra Eve. Born at 2:20pm on this day, 2004 - 7 pounds, 11 ounces, 19 inches. And our lives would forever be blessed.

On this day, Alexandra, I am so thankful. Thankful for you and the joy you bring us every day. Thankful for your wonderful smile, your adorable giggle, and your frightful Rrrrrhhrrrr! I love you so very much. Happy Birthday my precious gift from heaven!

Love Dad

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Baby Einstein?

So Alex has been really into this game - whenever a third person is here she runs around the halls away from whoever is here giggling - turning around to retrieve the person if they don't chase her. (Ron can tell you all about it.) Usually that person is yelling "rahhhrrrr" like a lion. Matthew has been person number three a lot of the time. He also gets her up in the morning and shows her the lions on the wall - telling her the lion says "raahhhrrr".

So today I show her a picture of daddy and say "daaaaddddyyyy". Da da da da she says. "Daaaaaaddddyyy" I repeat. "RAAAHHHRRRR" she says. Yes dear, daddies say "raaahhrrr." very good. =)

I've been trying to teach her sign language. "hat" is shown by patting one's hand on one's head. She has been doing great with the signs lately so I've been teaching her that one. Only, she thinks that "hat" is patting MY head. So she pats my head when she wants to say "hat".
One of her first words is definitely "pumpkin". Only she says "cup". I know you think those are different words, but they are not. They are the same word. Just get her within a mile of a pumpkin and you'll see.

Apple is also "cup" as is "up"... like "I want you to pick me up." She is a smart baby, she knows I'll figure out which one she means. If she's holding my legs, "cup" means "up" - if she's pointing at a pumpkin, it means pumpkin. Very logical. Genius child, obviously.

The scary one is how good she is at TV. She hits the power button when she wants to watch a DVD. She goes to the Einstein videos, chooses one, takes it out of its case, then bangs it on the DVD player. Again, genius child, knows I'd rather play it than watch her break it or the
DVD player.

She is trying to teach me sign language, too. She holds her hand out to me and opens and closes it like she has a puppet on her hand. Then she giggles like crazy. I have no idea what it means, but hopefully I'll learn soon. I'm a slower learner than she is. I have learned the
one that means "I don't like this food." It involves leaning over the highchair and spitting food on the ground. That one is clearer, so I have learned faster. (She also is a carnivore. In fact all she wants is meat!)

She also seems to think I should lose some weight. When daddy isn't around to chase her, she brings me a stuffed animal to chase her with, then she runs away (holding onto a round coffee table usually, so that she can run infinite distance w/out letting go of something). This
game can go for a LONG TIME. I have stopped turning on the heater in the house because its a workout to chase her.

At night she has been an angel - after dinner and bath and an hour or so of playing and dancing, she goes to sleep w/out a peep. Last night she waved goodbye to Matthew after he put her down and was leaving the room.


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Google Video, meet Alexandra

Google Video

With the goal of "organizing all the worlds information", Google now indexes video and provides search across a variety of video sources. One of those happens to be the work of Little Bean Productions who has an up-and-coming star by the name of Alexandra Glotzbach. Take a look and watch some great moments as Alex goes from her first bath to "walking" down the hallway.

Monday, September 26, 2005


First it was the bicycle, now her own two feet? It seem this girl will do almost anything to be mobile (except of course crawl). There goes any breakables less than two feet off the ground.

videoSome early coaching from Grandma (Windows Media file, 7.4M)

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Bicycle, bicycle... I want to ride my Bicycle!

What do you get when you put together a fast road bike, an out of shape dad, a German plastic seat attachment, and a 9 month old who hates having things on her head? A very entertaining few minutes of video, of course!

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Summer in the City

Krista, Alexandra, and I are enjoying summer in San Francisco. Our weekends have been full of wonderful visitors, and our weeks full of work and play. Thanks so much to all our friends and family who have stopped by to say hi, spent an evening, or stayed the weekend. We love having everyone. If you find yourself in the area, please give us a call, we'd love to see you!

Alexandra, Krista, and Matthew Glotzbach

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Introducing Dr. Lane Fairbairn, DO

This weekend was a momentous occasion. Lane Fairbairn at her commencement exercise in Ft. Worth, was officially given the title Doctor of Osteopathy. Dr. Gerald Fairbairn, better known to her as "dad" got to do the honors of hooding her. Many family members and friends were there to celebrate this great achievement, the culmination of four years of hard work.

Krista and Alexandra were able to get a picture with the doc. Lane is now off to Colorado where she will start her residency. We are all very, very proud of her. CONGRATULATIONS!

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Tahoe Adventure

Not long after we found out that Alex was on her way, a little less than a year ago, we planned a spring skiing trip to Tahoe. Dona and Gerry flew out from New Hampshire, Lane and Eric flew up from Dallas, and Krista, Alexandra and I drove in from San Francisco. We all descended, or erh, ascended on Lake Tahoe, CA for some winter fun, rest, and relaxation.

Alexandra's first 'taste' of snow

Tahoe and the Sierras were hit early and often with snow, so even though it was sunny and high 50's when we arrived, there were still piles of snow awaiting us. The skiing was wonderful. The snow was fine, and the sunshine bright and refreshing. Krista and I got to spend some quality time on the slopes, and Grammy and Papa got to spend some quality time with the baby.

Alexandra got to spend quality time everywhere, being handed off from one loving family member to another. She spent some time at Alpine Meadows, some time at Squaw Valley, and lots of great time at the Elliott's cabin in North Lake Tahoe. She even got to experience her first snow, which she thought was a little cold.

We made a nice little videovideo* of our Tahoe adventure. You can also see more pictures of the trip on the photos page. Thanks so much to the Elliotts for letting us stay in their cabin, for Grammy Fairbairn for her wonderful babysitting and cooking, and to Lane and Papa for being wonderful ski companions. Alexandra can't wait for her next ski trip!

* Video is Apple Quicktime format, and requires the QuickTime plug-in