Thursday, November 21, 2002


My wife Melissa and I had our first baby on Tuesday, Nov 19 at 2:18 pm. It's a girl, Emma Grace Lokovic. She weighed in at 7lb 12 oz, and is 20in long. 24 hours later,
mom and baby were given clean bills of health, and so we're all at home now.

Incredibly, after only one sleepless night in the hospital and one evening at home of semi-inconsolable crying, things have settled down nicely. Now that we all know one another, Emma is amazingly well-mannered. (She knows what she wants, and now we do too, and as long as we go along with it, everyone stays happy.)

I'm taking three weeks off from everything other than the baby (including work). I expect to be incognito for most of that time. Wish us luck!

3 min after birth

1st bath, 1.5 hours later

At home next day


  1. Congratulations - she is beautiful!
    This is fantastic. Karie and I wish you, Melissa and Emma the very best.
    Lucky dog...

  2. Imagine if you had a beowulf cluster of those! Oops, wrong site. (There'd be poop everywhere!)
    Debra and I wish you guys the very best! Congratulations!

  3. Congratulations to Tom, Melissa, and little Emma. Glad to hear that you've managed to reverse engineer the communication protocol used by your latest acquisition, and are now able to understand its basic functions. I'm sure many interesting opportunities await you all.

  4. Congratulations!
    Those are great pictures. Was she really that red at the bath, or was the lighting funny?

  5. >
    Was she really that red at the bath, or was the lighting funny?
    The (sponge) bath was under a heat lamp thingy, and she did get pretty red (though the crappy digital camera may be exaggerating a bit).

  6. Babies are often very pink after birth. It's something I've noticed with my nieces.
    And what a cute kid! Aww. Emma is also a very nice name. Muchmuchmuch better than, like, MikKynzyee or something.

  7. Congratulations! She's beautiful! Welcome to the world, little Emma. :)

  8. D'oh! I typed in the date of her birth as "Tuesday, Nov 18". Not only is that not the right date, it doesn't even exist this year.
    She was born on the 19th. Not the 18th. I'm such a bad father.
    I blame lack of sleep.

  9. Congrats Tom and Melissa! It's funny you guys decided
    to name her Emma. My sister gave birth to her second
    daugher recently and she also named her Emma.

  10. Congratulations Tom and Melissa!

  11. Congratulations all the way from Maryland on the birth of your daughter, Emma! Just wanted to comment on the ear to ear smile your Dad has been wearing at work! It is great to see him so incredibly happy! Best of luck to you and your family. Sincerely, Kim Heck (AFSA employee)