Sat 28

Chandelier, Illuminated

Max Finlay meets Matilda

My baby SUCKS. Really well. That’s important. It took her a few days to get the hang of it. But now: awesome at sucking. I’m so proud of her.

It started like this: at 2am Tuesday Jen woke me to say her waters had broken. I was confused, because we were scheduled for a Caesarean delivery at 9am, had Jen forgotten? She wasn’t supposed to labor. This must be some kind of miscommunication. But no. The baby was coming. She’d heard she was to be born today and decided to take charge.

Off to the hospital we went. Fifty-two minutes before the time we had booked four months ago, she arrived: Matilda Margrett Barry, weighing 8lb 11oz, dazzling onlookers with her rich thatch of red hair.

The smell. The smell! I had forgotten how good this was. She smells like distilled contentment.

Matilda is strong and likes to have her hands near her face. Because of this, sometimes she facepalms. I have to get a photo of that and release it on the internet. She had a restless first few days, but now the sucking is under control, has been happy and very snuggly. She snuffles and snorts. Her big sister Finlay, who turned five yesterday by the way, can you believe that? Her big sister is super-super excited. Look at that smile. There’s ownership.

Today we arrived home. It’s been a great day. I wish you all this kind of happiness.

P.S. I once wrote a blog about how before I named my next child, I would make sure the domain name was available. Well, I completely forgot about this until Day 3 in the hospital, long after tweeting her arrival. The five panicked minutes between realizing this and securing were the most nerve-wracking part of the entire experience.


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Kathleen (#3901)

Posted: 4840 days ago

Congratulations! =)

John (#4508)

Location: Austin, Texas
Posted: 4840 days ago

Distilled contentment? If you could bottle it and sell it on the black market, you'd be a billionaire.

Machine Man subscriber Danni (#357)

Location: England
Quote: "Eagerly awaiting the European Tour."
Posted: 4840 days ago

Big congratulations to you all :) She's adorable :D

Machine Man subscriber Lisa (#2455)

Location: Iowa
Quote: "Never judge a book by its movie."
Posted: 4840 days ago

Awesome! Enjoy the great adventure that's ahead of you!!

Machine Man subscriber gstein42 (#585)

Quote: "That's not change! That's more of the same!"
Posted: 4840 days ago

Do you ever stop and think about the fact that some of us have been following your blog and reading your books for longer than Finlay has been alive?
(I've been following you since sometime in 2004)

Machine Man subscriber Randy (#2374)

Location: Ravena, NY
Quote: "I could write a book about being lazy. I just don't feel like it."
Posted: 4840 days ago


Machine Man subscriber Yannick (#3858)

Location: Heist, Belgium
Quote: "he reads things"
Posted: 4840 days ago

Congratulations, you're now a double dad!

Machine Man subscriber Stygian Emperor (#2947)

Location: the Stygian Empire
Quote: "Flesh is a design flaw."
Posted: 4840 days ago

Their birthdays are three days apart? Maybe you should tell Matilda she was born in Spring so you can space the parties out a little.

Melissa (#888)

Location: WI
Quote: "When you can't run anymore, you crawl, and when you can't do that, you find someone to carry you."
Posted: 4840 days ago


ryandake (#2199)

Location: scenic monterey, ca
Quote: ""The rest is not our business.""
Posted: 4840 days ago

Finlay is going to be a tough act to follow, but Matilda's choosing her birthday--wow, she's off to a great start! Congrats to all of you, and may your tribe increase!

towr (#1914)

Location: Netherlands
Posted: 4840 days ago


Ryan May (#200)

Location: Kelowna, B.C. Canada
Quote: "If I wrote something so deep, so amazing, and only one person bought - well none of MY relatives would be getting a present for Christmas!"
Posted: 4840 days ago

Good job! We need more gingers in the world. Personally they are my favourite people.

I have to thank you for something. I was in Victoria, B.C. all by myself for the first time and went into a bookstore. I really wanted to pick up something 'different' and 'interesting' to read while sitting in the coffee shop (you know, blending into the city and all) and since I have read all of your books that left me with little hope. Then I found a book that had you quoting its amazingness on the back so I'm reading The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To.

So far it's both interesting and different. Thank you.

Simon (#3192)

Location: Melbourne
Quote: "I'd rather be arrogant than wrong"
Posted: 4840 days ago

Welcome to another Matilda! Our Matilda turns 5 in December

Zwangzug (#3872)

Location: GMT -6
Quote: "It ain't over till it's over"
Posted: 4839 days ago

Congratulations, and welcome, Matilda!

Jane (#321)

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "Which is worse: Ignorance or apathy? Who knows? Who cares?"
Posted: 4839 days ago

Lovely! With all that red hair, she could be Prime Minister of Australia one day.

Machine Man subscriber Arnab (#3918)

Location: Brisbane
Quote: "Now, I don't know Max, I've never met Max, or know anything about him, but I have it on good authority, that he is, in fact, a werewolf."
Posted: 4839 days ago


Tommy Mandel (#2554)

Location: nYc
Quote: ""Hah," she said."
Posted: 4839 days ago

GREAT, Pops !!!!
What if she grows up and decides she wants to work for a Lawnmower Corporation... ? And her old man (that's you) has other ideas?
I sense a story coming on ;)

Ryan (#2690)

Location: Mississauga
Posted: 4839 days ago


Machine Man subscriber Todd (#3429)

Location: New York
Quote: "It's fun to have fun but you have to know how."
Posted: 4839 days ago

Max and Jen, a big congratulations from me and Meredith! Absolutely wonderful news. My brother and I have six-day-apart birthdays and our back-to-back bashes gave the whole month a carnival atmosphere. But Max: time to reassess your ginger policy. Cheers, Todd

Machine Man subscriber Electrichead (#3898)

Location: Toronto
Posted: 4839 days ago

Congratulations, Max (and Jen ... and Finlay)! Beautiful family, and a damn entertaining write-up of events :)

Machine Man subscriber dabbeljuh (#4114)

Posted: 4839 days ago

congratulations also from me :)

Mats (#1057)

Location: Turku, Finland, Europe, Earth
Quote: ""The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it." James Branch Cabell via Robert Oppenheimer"
Posted: 4839 days ago

Happy Birthdays all around!

Machine Man subscriber David (#1456)

Location: Sydney, Australia
Quote: "Why are the pretty ones always insane?"
Posted: 4838 days ago

I'm thinking those five panicked minutes may have been the most nerve-wracking part for you, but probably not for your missus... Congratulations to you all!

You realise now that you are completely screwed? Three women to keep happy under one roof, for decades to come. Good luck with that.

Mary Rose (#2854)

Location: San Francisco, CA
Quote: "go big or stay home"
Posted: 4838 days ago

You've got a couple of beauties there Max! Happiness to your whole family.

Machine Man subscriber Ben (#3924)

Location: Alberta, Canada
Quote: "I don't wanna ride the elevator."
Posted: 4836 days ago

So your kids birthdays are only a couple days apart?

rohandas (#4985)

Posted: 4814 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful and beneficial to your readers.

S (#5003)

Location: Indonesia
Quote: "just search what you want"
Posted: 4787 days ago

Thank you for you and your wife to take care of you lovely daughter .... Congrats !!! <): o)

The real purpose, I left the comment is to say, T.H.a.N.K y.O.uU for the comment about overseas publishing.

Happy for you family.

maryawrites (#5010)

Location: Melbourne
Posted: 4780 days ago

Hilarious. Glad to have found your site. :)
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