Wednesday, January 25

Addison Clark Ritner

Many couples spend hours upon hours debating and wrestling over the name of their children. For us, we had names picked out for potential children long before we were biblically allowed to bring them into existence. I had always wanted a girl named Addy, but thankfully Kristyn talked me out of my first choice, Adelaide. The natural replacement was found one Friday afternoon while we were at a Cubs game when we realized that Wrigley Field is located at the intersection of Addison St. and Clark St.. Then and there our baby girl was named. Addison Clark Ritner will always be a reminder of the great city where Jon and Kristyn first met and fell in love.

The intersection of W. Addison St. and N. Clark St. in Chicago.

Our little baby kumquat

We have enjoyed tracking Addy's gestational growth by the produce she most closely resembles. It seems like just yesterday Addy was the size of a pinto bean, then a kumquat, a kiwi, a small orange, a cantaloupe, and now she is so big she is kicking the wind out of Kristyn's lungs every night and keeping momma from sleeping. Sometime tomorrow, Thursday 2/2/06 , Kristyn will give birth, Lord willing, to a healthy baby watermelon.