More Progeny

Hey, two years ago I blogged about my first child Ciarán being born. Now I find myself with another son. Skye Ryuto Pratley was born June 13 at 6:06pm. He was 7lb 11oz (3474g) at birth (only 22g less than his brother), 20in (505mm) long, with brown-black hair and brown-blue eyes, which I assume will be only brown before long. Mom and baby are doing well.

He’s a quiet one at this age (of 6 days!) compared to his older bother at that time, but he has his own special superpower – drinking only half what he should per feeding, which means we’re up every hour rather than every 2 hours. So once again I am on parental leave. Once again I find my brain fried so that I get about one useful thing done per day. Remarkable, I’m loving every minute of it! His two-year-old brother Ciarán kissed him and hugged him when he first met him, and now is very concerned about his welfare. He even offered to breast feed him in place of mommy!

Skye is a name we liked immediately – it just popped into our heads the moment we considered boys names. There is the Isle of Skye in Scotland, and that means “Misty Isle” or many other things depending on who you believe. Although we didn’t take the name from there I am happy he shares a name with what looks like a very beautiful place.

Since my wife is Japanese we went with a Japanese middle name. The first character of Ryuto (竜斗) is “ryu” which means Dragon and the second character is literally a “sake ladle” but is used for celestial objects such as the Big Dipper (北斗七星 – northern ladle seven stars) so you could say his name means Celestial Dragon.

Putting together those names makes him sound like a creature of myth: “Celestial Dragon of the Misty Isle”. We shall see to what extent he lives up to his name. I expect he’ll be his own legend.

Comments (19)

  1. Cheryl Free says:

    *Congratulations*!  Beautiful wife and children!!

  2. BlakeHandler says:

    Mozeltov on your Version 2.0

  3. Nick Malik says:

    Congratulations on the birth of your son and the health of all.  May you be blessed with a lifetime of joy!  L’chai’m

  4. Patrick Schmid says:


  5. Looking forward to hearing how you are using One Note (maybe One Note Mobile) to track new child information.

    Just kidding.  Congratulations to you and your wife.

  6. David Silverman says:

    Congrats Chris!

    BTW: This is a small world. I work at the same company as your wife…something I had no idea about until I saw the pictures in your blog.

  7. erik says:


    Skye or Skype? 🙂

  8. Dennis RIce says:

    Man…, wonder what kinda software this kid will have when he grows up?

    Congrats Chris!

  9. Aaron M. Hall says:

    Congratulations to you and your wife!

  10. Ben Schorr says:

    Chris 3.0 ships right on time!  Congratulations and best wishes to you and your growing family.



  11. dave t says:

    Congrats from the Far North of Scotland a mere 120 miles from Skye (the island not the baby) where it is raining hard just now! "Misty isle" – more like very wet but at least it means there is plenty of water for the distilleries!

  12. Dmitry says:


  13. Chris just blogged about his second son, Skye, being born.  I wish them well, too bad I missed them when…

  14. Stephen Mok says:

    Congratulations, Chris!

  15. Gene Myers- Workshare says:

    Congratulations Chris. Went I received your email earlier this week, I didn’t immediatley think to look here to find out more, and I didn’t ask questions that would suggest a reply was necessary- you should be looking after your family not answering email from partners!.

    He’s a good looking boy, and you and your wife are obviously proud and very happy. All the best.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I came here to complain about OneNote, but now you’re on leave. It can wait. Take care of mom and the kids. Have a good time w/ the expanding family.

  17. jasperk says:

    Congrats Chris! Tell him I said Konichua!