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Jul 20, 2001 02:17 PM


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Anyone heard from Rachel? She hasn't posted here in a couple of weeks.

I'm sending her good thoughts.

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  1. i was thinking about her yesterday wondering if the tiny one had arrived yet. i echo your good thoughts.

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    1. re: Rochelle

      Here's the e-mail from father-to-be Tim. And let's start a baby pool!

      "Hi Melanie,

      Thanks for your email. We are on real tender hooks at the moment. Rachel's
      due date came and went yesterday. She is very close but it could be a

      All the suspense is driving us crazy.

      I will include you on the mailing list when we have an update.

      Take care,


      For the baby pool, please send in your guesses for:

      Delivery Date - Month/day
      Time - Hour & minutes
      Gender - Female or Male
      Weight - Pounds & ozs.
      Length - Inches
      And to keep it about food, the tie breaker will be,
      What was Rachel eating when labor started!

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        To clarify, we're talking about the Rachel Hope Cleves.

        Delivery Date - July 24
        Time - 8:30pm
        Gender - Male
        Weight - 6 lbs. 12 oz.
        Length - 19"
        For the tie breaker, Rachel was eating beef chow fun.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          okay, my divining skills are a little rusty not having done this for a little over a year, but here goes:

          july 28th

          2:14 p

          baby girl

          7 lbs. 2 oz


          rachael will be eating some type of soup, brothy rather than creamy

          1. re: Rochelle

            In an attempt to get the ball rolling, I just climbed a big hill then went to have spicy Korean for lunch. Ate all my kimchee like a good girl, and mixed all the available hot sauce into my bi bim bap. But for some reason it still didn't taste spicy. Either this was a mild-mannered Korean restaurant or my taste buds are off-line. The baby kicked a bunch, but that probably meant "mmm... give me more" rather than the desired "get me out of here!" Sigh, no baby today by the looks of it :(

            1. re: rachel hope

              I was going to pick "something really hot" for the pool. Really. I guess I still can.

              Good luck shaking the chowpup loose. And remember: no one was ever pregnant forever ... it just seems that way!

              1. re: rachel hope

                Rachel! Hang in there darling, all good things are worth the wait. And, please tell us which Korean restaurant...

                And, to Rochelle, you may be rusty at these things. But I have to confess that I'm not a very good citizen of the sisterhood myself. I had to do a web search to figure out what to use as parameters for the baby pool. Would you believe that someone has designed web tools for this? Sorry, I didn't automate ours. (g)

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Can't remember the name of the restaurant, it's on Solano a block or two east of San Pablo. Nothing special -- wouldn't recommend going out of your way to visit.

                2. re: rachel hope
                  Randy Salenfriend

                  Rachel and fellow chowhounds:

                  When my wife was expecting a few years ago, many of our friends regaled us with the tale of a certain East Bay pizzeria where, legend has it, all Mommies who have reached their limit (patience wise) can go, eat some pie and Voila, labor begins!! Anyone else familiar with this yarn and can recall the name of the place?? Good luck Rachel.


              2. re: Melanie Wong

                Here goes:

                Date - July 25
                Time - 7:18 a.m.
                Gender - Male
                Weight - 7 lb 4 oz
                Length - 17 3/4"
                tiebreaker - chicken tikka massala and naan

                Good luck Rachel - we're thinking good thoughts!

                1. re: Celery

                  Date - July 22
                  Time - 2:30 a.m.
                  Gender - Male
                  Weight - 6# 12 oz.
                  Length - 18 1/2
                  tiebreaker - a big salad

                  A note about parenthood from a soon-to-be grandma: It just gets better and better!
                  Happy baby to you both. pat

                  1. re: Pat Hammond

                    date: July 24th time: 4:30am gender: male weight: 8# 2oz length: 18 inches tiebreaker: chicken soup lots of good thoughts and blessings from Las Vegas to you both. carol

              3. re: Melanie Wong

                Delivery Date - 7/23
                Time - 1:57 p.m.
                Gender - Male
                Weight - 6 lbs. 13 oz.
                Length - 19

                Well, now that we know Rachel is trying to tear gas the baby out with Kim Chee ... I'm guessing sushi, with extra wasabi!

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  This little Pup may be enjoying the attention and prolong the suspense.

                  July 30
                  3:25 am
                  8 lbs. 1 oz.

                  Remember when he's 14 that you were in a hurry for him to arrive.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong
                    Tim (Dad-to-be)Cleves

                    First of all let me thank all of you for your sweet thoughts and kind words.

                    Second, I don't have any "inside" knowledge. We don't know the gender yet.

                    Since I have four nephews and no nieces my thoughts are that it is a boy. On the other hand I think that the baby is taking its sweet time getting ready to come out into the world so maybe its a girl!

                    Ok, I have to make a decision. I think it will be a boy.

                    He will come on 23rd July at 11:00 AM.

                    He will way 7lbs 8 oz and be 20" long

                    Rachel's labor meal will be a bagel

                    Lets see if I even close on any of them :-)

                    I will let you all know as soon as I can.

                    1. re: Tim (Dad-to-be)Cleves
                      Tim "The New Dad!!" Cleves

                      Hello All,

                      Can I have the envelope please...

                      Rachel and I had a wonderful baby boy, Elias Patrick Cleves, at 7:08 PM on Sunday July 22nd. He weighed 7lbs 12 oz and was 21.5" long. Both he and Rachel are doing wonderfully. We are all home now. Rachel's labor was short and sharp but we she did it all without pain medication or intervention.

                      And to keep it all "chow" related, her last meal before birth was toasted Acme sour batard with raspberry jam. Unfortunately it didn't stay down for long.

                      We suspect that it was bouncing in our neighbors 7 year old daughters birthday party bright yellow inflatable air castle bouncy thing on Saturday afternoon that triggered the labor!

                      Rachel will be back to the boards soon with tales of baby chow.

                      Thank you for all your best wishes.

                      Tim, Rachel and Elias.

                      1. re: Tim "The New Dad!!" Cleves

                        Tim, it's ok that you posted the announcements here so your SF area chowpals could see. But can everyone please post sundry congrats not here but to the "Not About Food" board?

                        There are hungry people surfing through here looking for food info, and it's in everyone's interest to keep this board as chowcentric as possible.


                        1. re: Tim "The New Dad!!" Cleves

                          Doing as I'm told, and moving to Not About Food!