Monday, February 27, 2012

Welcome to the World, Little Brotha!

Hello my dear friends -

How in the heck are you?

Those of you who keep up with me via my personal blog, According to e, were aware that for the majority of 2011 I was pregnant. And so now I'm happy to share that little Desmond Fox arrived the morning of January 24. Like his namesake, I dare say he is uniquely and miraculously special (see video below if you don't remember that line from LOST's Season Five premiere...)—but I bet all parents think that about their kids, huh? And yes, the middle name is a shout-out to none other than Agent Fox Mulder from The X-Files, the show I loved the mostest (as evidenced here) before LOST hit the scene.

For those of you shocked that I didn't name my firstborn Locke, let me remind you of two things: 1) since 2008 I'd been writing for Redbox alongside film critic Locke Peterseim, who (nicely... and justifiably) banned me from naming my son Locke and further diminishing its originality (let's just say he wasn't a fan of the show), and 2) do y'all not remember John Locke's fate? Um... it wasn't too pleasant. I don't want my kid to end up possessed by an evil Smoke Monster guy. Whereas not only was Desmond a universally beloved character who had a happy ending, but his name also has other significance for my husband and I. I'll keep those reasons private, except for this one: Desmond means "man of the world," and seeing as how we love to travel and intend to take Des with us on many adventures, we thought the name couldn't be more fitting.

Since it's taken over a month for me to post some pictures of my little guy, you can bet that I'm a bit pressed for time most days. However, we're slowly but surely getting into a groove, and I'm hoping to resume posting on a regular basis over at According to e (and a few other sites) soon.

What finally got me off my behind to check in with you all today is that within the next week (probably within the next few days, actually) I'm going to be running a LOST-themed contest here on Long Live Locke, for which there will be 20 winners of the soon-to-be published book LOST Thought by Pearson Moore. I'm going to give away 10 (signed) paperback copies and 10 eBook versions to lucky readers, so stay tuned! My good bud JOpinionated and I contributed a chapter to LOST Thought, and I think you guys will really get a kick out of it. But more on that when the contest goes live.

Until then I will leave you with ridiculous pictures of teeny Des getting his first glimpse of both LOST and his namesake (during D. Hume's most famous scene from "The Constant," of course), as well as him with some oh-so-nerdy "toys."







The "uniquely and miraculously special" line from Faraday to Desmond comes shortly after the 1:19 mark:



Now remember to check back within a few days for the contest and your chance to win a copy of LOST Thought!

I also plan to write about the TV shows I'm watching nowadays (in one big block on the weekends, thanks to the miracle of DVR technology) as I get many questions about that on Facebook and Twitter. So you've got that discussion to look forward to (and hopefully join in on) in the near future, too!

Hope you have all been well and that 2012 has been as good to you as it's been to me so far.

- e

22 comments:

Sam said...

LOVE your little guys name! I've just found your blog, as I am late on the Lost train (only 11 episodes away from the finale!) But I can't wait to finish and read your finale post! Congrats on your bundle of joy and thanks for the awesome blog! :D

Lisa said...

Oh Erika, I am so happy for you and your husband!! Little Desmond Fox is beautiful and I absolutely love the name. Someday perhaps I will be able to have my own Ben Hugo...

Best of luck to you, take the time to care for yourself and spend precious time with Desmond.

Again, congratulations!!!

Lisa

Anonymous said...

Congrats, E. Great to hear from you again on LLL.

-S

Efthymia said...

I'm really happy for you! I hope you'll always be a very happy family.
I think the name choice is excellent!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS!!! Such a gorgeous baby and a fantastic name! It's so great to hear from you again E. I miss your emails as much as I miss LOST!

Alisha Rene' said...

super congrats E. He is gorgeous!

1sawyerfan said...

To my favorite fellow Lost fan ....CONGRATS on the new bundle of joy, with the amazing name : )
My little ones were lucky they came along way before Lost or there would have been a Sawyer in that mix!! Enjoy your new journey in life with your beautiful child.
Best Wishes - Tammy

merrillmoss said...

In the first photo of Des-baby at the top of the post, it looks like the little guy is flashing the victory sign. His expression seems to say "I made it" without any hint of surprise, like he was confident of the outcome. Cool kid.

rebecca said...

Amazing, amazing news! Desmond is beyond adorable, and he has the coolest toys.

Great to hear from you again and a HUGE congrats to you and your family.

Rebecca

Red Red Bobbin said...

Congratulations! It's kind of funny that I chose today to start rewatching season 6 and then got an email from my favorite LOST blogger.

Your baby is beautiful and the name is terrific!He's a lucky little fellow to have such a cool mom! Namaste, K

Kim-the-girl said...

Congratulations!!! So happy for you and your family! What a surprise to have a new post from LLL! A delightful, wonderful surprise!

Erik Michielsen said...

Most adorable blog post ever.

jason said...

Ay, he's a fine-lookin' lad.

Congratulations!

Jennifer said...

DESMOND! Ahahaha I love it, Erika!!! I just stopped by your FB page yesterday to see if there was any news, and now this wonderful post and beautiful picture! He shares a birthday with my beautiful 4 year old niece. Congratulations to you and your husband. Your baby is beautiful!

Looking forward to reading more from you in the future! Somebody else already said this, but I miss your blogs almost as much as I miss LOST!

Sean said...

Congratulations, E. What a wonderful post to read. Love the name, love the pics.

Sean

Jason said...

Des is adorable! Congrats! ... And we share a birthday, him and me! ^_^

LinnyM said...

Your little boy is such a blessing and so very beautiful- Congratulations to you and your husband and your families. Glad you are posting again on LLL. I enjoy reading your blogs so much- you always make me smile :)

LinnyM

Pearson Moore said...

Congratulations! You realise, of course, this means you will have to find an Apple II computer with Apple III monitor...

Nikki Stafford said...

Congratulations, Erika! He is GORGEOUS, and I'm not just saying that. (OK, even if he weren't, I'd probably say that, but in his case it's absolutely, 100% true!) Love the name choice. When my son was born in 2007, people were trying to get me to name him Desmond, and even referred to him as "Little Dezzy" before I gave birth, but I already had another name picked out. Unfortunately, to Lost fans, "Liam" is Charlie's not-so-awesome brother, so I had to tell people the name wasn't connected. But no one believes me. :)

I hope you find motherhood as magical as I do. Congrats again!!

kraftypixie said...

Congrats on the baby! I just now discovered Red Blog, but it looks like you may have left that project? Or are you just on maternity leave?

I am still follow Jorge Garcia's blog & watch "Alcatraz" faithfully. I also watch "Person Of Interest" though the story is a bit draggy. Have you seen "Once Upon A Time"? Great show- I am really amazed how well they pull it off. The show "Awake", as you mentioned in your previous post, shocked the heck out of me when I saw his son! Lol- no, that's Jack's UNson! Crazy! Then there's "The Walking Dead"...

Keep us posted on any new blogs regarding tv shows. Have fun being a mom!

Loreen said...

I have been reading your blog from the beginning and have enjoyed Lost even more through your wonderful insights...thank you...and yes I also do miss the show so much.

Okay, here is my story; however, be warned that it doesn't make me look very smart:)

Over the summer, my family and I spent a few days in Atlanta with my sister-in-law enjoying the pool at her country club. As I was engaging in purchasing some greasy treats from the snack bar, I noticed that the boy in front of me had on board shorts with the word LOST printed on them. I was immediately drawn back into the show...board shorts, the island, water, and happy to see someone so young into the show. Well when I (yes stupidly) asked the young man (I'm 42--he was a young teen) how he enjoyed the show, where did he get those shorts, etc., he just looked at me like I was an enigma, shook his head and left me there with my mouth agape. My husband happened to swagger behind me with his hand on his belly...laughing hysterically...and informed me that LOST shorts are not synonymous with the show, but an independent brand for surfers or wannabees. I was pretty embarrassed, but it allowed me to get into an old debate with my sister-in-law, who also loved LOST as we re-hashed all LOST memories. After that weekend, I went online and purchased a LOST T-Shirt and even though it doesn't represent the show, I wear it proudly for my own reasons!

Love paperback!

Angel said...

Desmond is so cute and I too loved "The X-Files more than any show while they were on and "Medium" came next. Take Care, Angel