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Max Barry wrote the novels Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, Machine Man, and Lexicon. He also created the game NationStates and once found a sock full of pennies.

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Fri 27
Oct
2006

Astonishing Acts Involving Sleeves

Max Fin mid-mealLast night I sat down with Fin to read her a bedtime story, and she did the most amazing thing. She reached for the book, but two of her fingers were caught in her sleeve, so first she stretched her arm straight out, popping her hand free, then took the book.

Maybe that doesn’t sound so amazing. But I was flabergasted. It was so grown up. When I first saw Fin, she was seven cells. I saw her on a TV monitor, while Fin herself floated around inside an IVF doctor’s syringe. For the month prior to that, she was in frozen storage (and for this reason was called “Popsicle” during most of the pregnancy). She was seven cells. And now she can free her hand from her sleeve and climb stairs and wave at trains and moo at pictures of cows.

She’s 14 months old today. I know they grow up fast. But: wow.

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Cameron Government (#166)

Location: melb-au
Quote: "There once was a man from Nantucket"
Posted: 4648 days ago

Judging by the disembodied head on your website, there's a strong family resemblance - apart from the amount of hair...

Jeffrey (#2286)

Location: Right here
Quote: "Mathematics is a powerful language. Just look at how mathematicians destroyed the housing market."
Posted: 4648 days ago

lol yeah she definitely has you beat on hair. That's a cute picture though.

Machine Man subscriber Danni (#357)

Location: England
Quote: "Eagerly awaiting the European Tour."
Posted: 4648 days ago

That is really cute and amazing. She is looking really well and happy :)

I agree- she does have lovely hair, and plenty of it :)

Richard Giles (#2114)

Location: Perth
Posted: 4648 days ago

Wait until she's singing rock tunes from her car-seat in the back or your car.

Sandy Hemingway (#827)

Location: Ann Arbor
Quote: "I became a real wife today! Wanna know how?"
Posted: 4648 days ago

Hurray for hand-poppage! That dimple is so cute.

Machine Man subscriber Marleen (#2741)

Location: Berlin, Germany
Quote: "I want more expensive shoes in one place than I've ever seen in my whole life."
Posted: 4648 days ago

How cute. Can I buy her?

PS: Isn't it amazing how "much" she has become? I mean, a noseful of her snot is a few million times seven cells.

Tony Quin (#1310)

Location: Plymouth -urgh
Quote: "Yoga is NAILS"
Posted: 4648 days ago

I got a finger caught in someone's sleeve last may - my hand proceeded to swell up like some misshapen pink mitten.

That was astonishing!

Adam A. (#256)

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Quote: "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that." -George Carlin"
Posted: 4648 days ago

My daughter is a week under 14 months, so I know where you're coming from. It is amazing. She's growing way too fast. Every few days, she does something new that blows my mind. I like when she holds the tv remote (backwards) and pretends to change channels.

SilverCloud (#2038)

Location: SANTA MONICA ,CA.U.S.A.
Quote: "Fortune Favors the Brave"
Posted: 4648 days ago

God Bless Mommy and Daddy and Baby.....

shabooty (#637)

Location: D.C./V.A/M.D.
Quote: "I will shake your foundation. I will shake the f**cking rafters. Nobody'll be the same -Danny Bonaduce ....& go visit my blog @: http://www.shabooty.com"
Posted: 4648 days ago

just make sure Fin doesn't eat the last goldfish cracker at her day-care...

Michael (#1299)

Location: Northern California
Quote: "Chugachugachoochoo"
Posted: 4648 days ago

Pics of the 14 month old at feeding time? Money in the bank, Max.

The only scary thing to me is how much she looks like the Gerber baby. But that's a good thing... you could put her face on a bottle of pre-chewed carrots and make millions!

Amina (#2094)

Location: Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia, USA
Quote: ""Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea." – Sidney Smith"
Posted: 4648 days ago

She has your eyebrows--is that a weird thing to say?

Good for you for keeping a record of these amazing things, and be sure to write down all the cute things she says when she starts saying cute things. (And I'm talking about sentences here, because of course every time she says "Daddy" it's cute to you).

Thanks for sharing that beautiful pic...it's cold and rainy here, and baby pictures make me happy.

Stephanie (#2098)

Location: United States
Quote: "Going crazy. Care to join me?"
Posted: 4648 days ago

I hear you Max. My little girl turned 10 months yesterday. Everyday she amazes me a little more; today she said her first word... "book", and she was holding a book when she said it. Probably a coincidence, but I'm counting it. Congrats and keep the pics coming, she's very photogenic.

ryandake (#2199)

Location: scenic monterey, ca
Quote: ""The rest is not our business.""
Posted: 4647 days ago

my offspring's 16, and i watched him improv in drama today, and he's still amazing :-)

but i wish sometimes he were still small enough to pick up and hold. you'll miss the feel of those little baby arms around your neck.

enjoy!

Thomas Miller (#2746)

Location: Spokane, Washington USA
Quote: "Your life may be scaled down and subject to copy right"
Posted: 4647 days ago

All i can say is congrats and good job. (( they're so cute you wanna poke them don't ya? ))

Cupie (#1396)

Location: Seattle-ish
Quote: ""You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think." -Dorothy Parker"
Posted: 4647 days ago

I know you know this, but she's freakin' adorable!!! Girl Power!!! Wonder Twins activate! Wonder Woman! Okay, I'm done. Too cute.

Eric Mugendi (#2567)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Quote: "“How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold?” Alexander Solzhenitsyn"
Posted: 4646 days ago

You're a lucky guy, I can tell you that. Not that many people ever get a chance to be involved in their kids' growth and development, especially the beginnings. Now you have heaps of stories to tell her. Cute does not do her justice. She's a beauty. You're blessed beyond compare

Machine Man subscriber David (#1456)

Location: Sydney, Australia
Quote: "Why are the pretty ones always insane?"
Posted: 4646 days ago

Just wait a few more years till she starts rolling her eyes whenever you voice an opinion, groans when you tell her "you're not going out dressed like that young lady!" and is convinced you and her mother are conspiring to make her life miserable at every opportunity. Just smile and say "I remember the day you figured out sleeves".

Rhonda (#2752)

Location: Houston, Texas
Posted: 4644 days ago

She's adorable! My daughter is 15 months old and recently figured out that it is great fun to close doors. Ah, the simple things.

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