Erin’s first full day

We took Erin back to hospital Today so that that the paediatrician could give her the once over and make sure that the faint heart murmur that they heard yesterday was nothing to worry about. She was checked over by two doctors; the junior doctor said she thought she could maybe hear something very feint, but on the other hand she could be imagining it. The registrar saaid he couldn’t hear anything, but said to get the GP to check at six weeks.

We where able to pop back to the delivery suite and introduce Erin to Dawn, one of the midwifes who helped Laura through most of her labour. So that was good.

Isla is loving being a big sister and is enjoying giving Erin kisses and cuddles, she was very proud to show her new baby sister off to all the helpers at nursery this evening.

Laura is just giving Erin a bath now (9.30pm) to try and wake her up a bit so that she has a bit of awake time before bed & will hopefully sleep.

Back home

Well we made it home. At about half three this afternoon the latest addition to the family arrived in the house.

Laura & Erin Very nearly had to stay an extra night in hospital, because Erin has a faint heart murmur. Fortunately we where able to talk the doctor into letting us go home, we’ve got to take her back tomorrow to be checked.

So here we all are, looking happy but tired at home:

I’ve added a few more pictures to flickr and I’ll continue to add them as I get time

Time for one more beer then it’s off to bed for me. I’ve had about 6 hours sleep since Thursday night (which is about 4 hours more than Laura’s managed).

She’s Arrived!

After a long hard slog Erin Mae Ford finally put in an appearance at 02.22 today. Weighing 8lb 1.

I meant to post lots of pictures, but I’ve bought the wrong lead for the camera with me. Here’s two I took with the phone. I’ll post more when I get home.

Recover lost FTP passwords from dreamweaver

I was looking the stats for this site earlier and saw that someone had come here having searched for “dreamweaver 8 ftp password registry”.

I can’t be certain, but I suspect who ever it was had lost or forgotten their FTP password and was hoping to recover it from Dreamweaver. I was in the same position a couple of months back and found this online Dreamweaver Password Recovery tool. It’s very easy to use, full instructions are on the site.

Booked in…

So, this morning was Laura’s 41 week check with the midwife.

She’s now booked in to be induced on Monday.  We’re still hoping baby will make an appearance before then.

Transcending CSS

I have been waiting for this book to come out for months. Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design by Andy Clarke could be the book of the year for web designers.

tranding css: - coverI have to admit, I am a big fan of Clarke’s. I found his blog a couple of years ago and was hooked straight away, then last year I was fortunate enough to attend the “CSS for designers” workshop presented by Andy and Molly E. Holzschlag, If you ever get the chance to see these two speak I highly recommend it. Andy’s session at @media 2006 was entertaining and inspiring.
Andy is a classically trained artist who went on to work in in advertising as a designer. He has specialised in the web for nearly ten years. His designs are always fantastic and frankly inspirational.

Here’s what the book’s website has to say:

The web has changed, and so has the art of creating web sites. Few visual designers are natural programmers, and as a result, visualizing how to work with markup, CSS and a range of programmatic techniques to create beautiful design is difficult.

To make things more complicated, most web design teaching materials focus on the technical rather than the creative. Countless resources and guides focus on semantics, compliance, and validity—and while all important—mean nothing to the creative designer who wants to impress his or her clients and employers with exceptional design without worrying that the way they approach the design will be compromised by creativity-limiting technical issues. So how do creative designers learn to be artistic yet functional? With Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design.

I’m hoping that Trancending CSS will live up to my expectations, it’s certainly going on my Christmas list.

Baby Update – 40 weeks 1 day.

Just back from the midwife’s, everything continues to be fine. So it’s just a waiting game still.

Laura’s cooked Chilli for dinner, I think the plan is to have a curry Tommorow (that’ll be the third in a week); she’s also got the reflexology appointment booked.

So here’s hoping something happens soon.

Anyone got recommendations for blog stats packages?

At the moment I’m using google analytics, which is frankly overkill; plus it doesn’t tell me things like how many comments I’ve had in a given period.

I’m also trying’s metrics which do have more relevant reports for blogs but (and this is very irritating) you can’t change it to display in your local time.

I’d really like to try measuremap, but they’re not currently accepting new signups. I’ve emailed them to see when they’re likely to offer the service to new users, but so far no response.

Does anyone have any suggestions for other services to try?


Today is D-day, the baby is now officially “due” to arrive.

Given the false starts we’ve had over the last couple of weeks (Laura’s had a few bouts of contractions lasting a few hours and then just stopping) neither Laura or I expected to still be waiting today. Still here we are.

Laura has a load of stuff arranged for the next few days to keep her occupied (friends & family visiting, midwife & reflexology appointments etc.). Meantime I’m stuck at work with butterflies in my stomach going slowly mad.

Microsoft launch Photosynth

photosynth logoMicrosoft have just launched Photosynth an amazing new website with software that “takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed three-dimensional space.”

With Photosynth you can:

  • Walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle.
  • Seamlessly zoom in or out of a photo whether it’s megapixels or gigapixels in size.
  • See where pictures were taken in relation to one another.
  • Find similar photos to the one you’re currently viewing.
  • Send a collection – or a particular view of one – to a friend.

Photos are organised into collections, which are all taken in the same area. Browsing through the collections is an amazing and engaging experience, it’s an excellent time killer! So far there are only four collections to choose from but no doubt this will soon be added to.

The application only works in IE 6 or 7 which is hardly surprising, not good news for mac users though.