Introducing Sagan Charles

July 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm 15 comments

On Tuesday, July 12th, Ryan and I were quite surprised by the early arrival of our first child. He was born at Alexandria INOVA hospital at 12:02 PM which means he actually shares the birthday of his maternal grandfather, Lowell. Even though he was born in the hospital instead of our planned birth center, he was born medication free! And even though he was just short of 36 Weeks and was only 4 pounds 13 ounces, he was born healthy!!! πŸ™‚

Sagan Pseudo Smile Day 4
Our Son!

We named him Sagan Charles.

Sagan is a Slavic name that means “Wise One”, but that is a merely a happy coincidence. We selected Sagan as a homage to Carl Sagan, a great exponent of science and a man talented at communicating and sharing his passions. The landing site of the Mars Pathfinder is named “Carl Sagan Memorial Station”. Perhaps in our little Sagan’s lifetime, humans will step foot at that distant site.

Our son’s middle name, Charles, was selected for my Great Uncle Chuck. Well into his nineties, Great Uncle Chuck continues to set a wonderful example of being physically active. He bikes, works on his farm and once instructed *me* to “pick up the pace” on a hike. And although he is a World War II vet, an accomplished bridge engineer and has been to every state in the union (including Hawaii four times and Alaska twice), it is Uncle Chuck’s favorite accomplishment in life that will stick with me. My first visit to Great Uncle Chuck’s farm, he took me to a section where he planted White Pine trees roughly five decades earlier. “I made my own forest,” he said, “I think that is what I’m most proud of.”

Sagan and Charles
Carl Sagan (Source: NASA) and Charles Nichol

It’s not a given that little Sagan will share Ryan’s affection of science or my love of nature and trees. And it’s not mandatory. What we do hope for him is this– whereever his interests may lie, we hope he does find his passions in life, the things that invigorate him and inspire him and make him thirst for more.

The things that make one happy to live.

Entry filed under: Carl Sagan, Great Uncle Chuck, Pregnancy, Sagan.

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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kitty  |  July 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Congratulations!! What a beautiful post! and what a beautiful boy! As passionate parents, it surely is difficult to “let go” of your child’s potential future and not shape it all in your mind the second he is born. Yet it sounds like you’ve already come to that realization and acceptance. So true, too, that the most important thing in life is to find your passion! I’m sure with parents like you and Ryan, Sagan will have no problem realizing how absolutely miraculous and amazing each little aspect of the world is. Love to you three!!

    • 2. tgaw  |  July 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks Kitty! And thank you for sharing your birth story and introducing us to the Bradley Method. The books and classes served us well!

  • 3. b. p.  |  July 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Sagan seems to have entered the world smiling! What a beautiful tribute this is to him and to his namesakes–Carl Sagan & Uncle Charles. Vicky, congratulations on performing a healthy, natural birth…you are a force, my lady. And congratulations to both you and Ryan as you enter the magical realm of parenthood.

    • 4. tgaw  |  July 19, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks Becky! Perhaps Britt & Chris will be next! πŸ™‚

  • 5. Michelle  |  July 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Congratulations Vicky and Ryan! This is a wonderful blog post and you have a great mindset. Sagan is lucky to have you two as parents.

    • 6. tgaw  |  July 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks Michelle! I hope you are enjoying your new job!

  • 7. narami  |  July 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    He is absolutely gorgeous! Many congrats to both of you. May all his days be filled with joy!

  • 8. Katie  |  July 17, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Sagan is beautiful! Congratulations. I love your choice of names.

  • 9. Katie  |  July 17, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Maybe you have heard this already, but this is an amazing radio story about Carl Sagan and love.

    • 10. tgaw  |  August 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      Katie– That was an awesome story! Ryan and I were NOT aware of that. Thanks!!!!!

  • 11. Anne Sabagh  |  July 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    What a beautiful smiling sweetie! πŸ™‚

  • 12. geekhiker  |  July 19, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Congratulations! So sorry I’m late. Apparently the 12th was quite a day – it was the same day they let me go at my job! Major changes all around. Let’s just go ahead and set up a rain-check now to do a toast to life’s momentous events, shall we?

    I am a little surprised that “chestnut” didn’t make it as a second middle name, though… πŸ˜‰

    • 13. tgaw  |  July 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      Oh no, so sorry to hear that news!

      P.S. I think I did have Castanea (Chestnut genus name) in the running for a possible girl’s name. πŸ™‚

  • 14. Marty Martin  |  August 2, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    A hearty congratulations to both of you. And a huge extra bonus for the natural child birth, way to go. Allison (my wife) went that route and the “awake” time after the birth was such a special, intimate time for the three of us. I’ll cherish that time forever.

    Anyway, he’s a ripper. πŸ™‚

    • 15. tgaw  |  August 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      @Marty– Thanks!!! It was a special, special time. I have yet to hear a birth story of someone who was disappointed by going the natural routel πŸ™‚


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