Thursday Night Loaded: No Column This Week, Busy Changing Diapers

Not much time for a full-blown cocktail blog this week as, on Tuesday at 11:30 am, my wife gave birth to our second kid. He’s a boy; 8lbs 5oz. And, as we’ve been threatening family and friends, we named him after one of my favourite mystery writers. You’ll just have to guess which.

In lieu of a round of cigars, here’s a sparkly tipple based on the Champagne Cocktail to celebrate….

It’s A Boy Cocktail
1/4 oz  blue curaçao
2 dashes orange bitters
4 oz iced champagne
orange peel
Swirl curaçao and bitters in a prechilled champange glass. Add champagne. The effervescence of the champagne should be sufficient to mix the ingredients. Twist orange peel above drink and drop into glass.

A big thanks from me and my family go out to all the people who made the whole birthing experience pretty damn pleasant. All of the doctors, nurses, and admin staff we encountered were friendly, supportive and highly competent. And, the new maternity wing at the General Hospital is fantastic. Very comfortable and worth every penny the province and other donors have spent on it.

Actually, I can’t stress enough how above-and-beyond the care was we received. Our first child was born in Ontario and we thought things were pretty sweet there. The birthing experience here in Regina was far more civilized and even my wife, who had to endure all the contractions and the pushing and the what-have-you, says it was about as enjoyable as such a thing could be.

I’ve heard all these tales about our medical system being in hopeless disrepair. We saw zero evidence of that this week.

See you in seven. I’m going to sneak in a nap.

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5’10” tall and he was born in a place. He’s not there now. He’s sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It’s “Girl From Ipanema”, thanks for asking.

You can follow Paul on Twitter at @pauldechene and get live updates during city council meetings and other city events at @PDcityhall.

14 thoughts on “Thursday Night Loaded: No Column This Week, Busy Changing Diapers”

  1. Congratulations Paul! Enjoy a hard earned drink and get all the sleep you can.

    While you have the champagne out you might want to try a black velvet: half guinness/half champagne. Depending on the sweetness of the champagne this can be a fairly good drink.

  2. Thanks for all the well wishing, everybody. (My wife is sitting next to me and and also wants to say thank you for all the comments.)

    And Barb, nice guess.

    It’s funny. The name has garnered more than a few odd responses. Lots of “Oh, that’s… erm… ‘cute’.” Considering half the kids I meet these days either have names that are “creatively” spelled or look like a collection of random letters, I find it surprising that for their parents “Dashiell” is somehow crossing a line.

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