she's HERE!

Our beautiful daughter, Violet Anne Lifford, arrived on Monday, 31 January 2005, at 5:26 p.m. central time, weighing in at 7 pounds, 13.4 ounces. Absolutely nothing could have prepared us for the overwhelming surge of joy and love at the moment she came into the world. The first batch of pictures is on my Yahoo! Photos site.

Mom and baby are both in good health — Violet stayed the first two nights in the NICU for some antibiotics and observation since mommy was running a slight fever during labor, but the doctors assured us that it was pretty much just a formality. She was allowed to come stay with us in Cheris’ postpartum room on Wednesday morning and then come home with us that same evening. The labor got started on Saturday night, but that’s a long story for another time…

The winner of the guessing contest is REBA, one of our beloved friends and co-conspirator in the quilt project! She was the only one of five people guessing the correct date to predict that we’d have a girl. Honorable mentions to the other four who nailed the birthdate:

  • my Hoover’s colleague Jon, who also got the weight within six tenths of an ounce!
  • another erstwhile colleague, Darryl, who not only had the right date and it’s his birthday too
  • my buddy Brent, who just plain kicks ass
  • Brian Ross, who I’ve never even laid eyes upon but have become acquainted with through the magic of this crazy Inter-web

With that, if you’ll excuse me, I must go bask in Violet’s loveliness. Now.

UPDATE: after some basking, just uploaded some more photos that Cheris’ mom took at the hospital and back here at the house today.

folks before you had this to say:

  1. Bunker

    Every time I visit this site I feel joy in simply looking at that picture of a beautiful little girl.

  2. Granny

    Where’s the picture??

  3. Rob

    Go to

    and check out the "Violet 02" gallery.

  4. Granny

    Hey…Where’s the picture???

  5. Yvonne, Pedro, Genevieve and Max

    What a blissful smile. Violet – you will surely capture many hearts on your journey through life!
    Gen says "Yeah, a girl – one for our team!" Congrats from all of us here in Dallas.

  6. Brent

    Welcome to Texas little girl! Glad to have you with us.

  7. Verena

    Congratulations lads!! She is absolutely amazing. I know you’re both going to make fabulous parents.

  8. Eunjung

    rob and cheris,
    violet is so beautiful!!!
    i am happy to hear cheris,mum^^ and violet are in good health!
    send my love to the new family from korea!

  9. Aunt Kathy

    Oh my goodness what a beautiful baby. She is absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations to all three of you!!!We are all so happy for you.

  10. Scott Daugherty

    Congrats to the new family! It’s nice to be able to say "what a beautiful baby" and actually mean it for a change!

  11. Elsie

    Congratulations on your new Parents, Violet. You will be very proud of them!

  12. Chr1s

    Violet is a really pretty name, which is good cause that way it matches her. Big smooches and hugs all around!

  13. Marta

    awesome, tears in my eyes…
    May Violet continue to bring healing,joy and light , her peaceful smile illuminates the planet.
    love xoxoxox,hugs to all!!!
    It ‘s kind of amazing that there was really a baby in there isn’ it???

  14. Peter Mickulas

    Rob + Cheris:
    Congrats on a wonderfully lovely little kid! Rob, she’s got your grin!
    Love and best wishes from Mary, Peter and Ben!

  15. Justin

    Simply put, Violet rocks. Congrats to all!

  16. Shannon

    Welcome, Violet, into this world where you are already loved by many!

    Congrats, you guys!

  17. Auntie grams

    OH my, how beautiful! I know how happy you all must be feeling! Ann, there’s nothing like it huh?

    Love you all and I’m glad you are home!

  18. Regina

    She’s so precious!! I can’t wait to meet her.

  19. Luscious Santa

    Wow…an amazingly beautiful little girl. Congrats guys! I’m glad everyone is doing well.

  20. leah

    she is beautiful!

  21. blog @ greasy elbow » archived posts » we had it first, folks

    […] I’d just like to remind the world that we beat them to it by 10 months. And Anne is cooler with an E at the end. […]

got something to say about that?

Tags allowed in comments: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>