Paul Hopper
Paul Hopper [link]
20 April 2009 @ 23:04:00
home stretch
Well, we're in the home stretch!  If baby arrives when expected, I'll be a daddy in just about one month!

We had our baby shower this past weekend, with family and friends coming from all over, which was really nice.  I think especially for Liz.  I know she wishes our parents could be here for the actual birth, but we all know that just isn't practical.  So it was nice to have them (and my grandmother!) over this past weekend for the shower.  As is always the case, though, the weekend was simply too short.

Mother and baby are both doing well, though.  We're at the point in the pregnancy now where there's a doctor appointment every week!  All indications are that baby is healthy and progressing normally.

To answer the common questions for anyone who didn't already know... No, we don't know the sex of the baby.  Yes, we have names picked out.  No, we aren't sharing the names with anyone.  Yes, Liz vetoed "Paul 2.0", the middle name "Danger", "Sue" (if it's a boy), "Amadeus Einstein Hopper", and "Bristol Obama Hopper".  Oh well, I tried! ;)

Although the baby was very cooperative for the ultrasound and the tech got a good look, we asked her to keep that info to herself.  And she did.  It's not even in the notes, so the doctor says she doesn't know, either!  I have to believe that she could tell from the ultrasound pictures, though.  I'm sure the tech included those in the file.
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Automatic Steeple [link] on April 21st, 2009 - 00:03:00 ET
I'm so happy for you! :-):-)
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(Anonymous) on April 23rd, 2009 - 20:49:06 ET
I just happened upon your website by chance. Do you have any family history going back to Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee or Kentucky?

My husband is a Hopper and I have been researching his family history. I saw your photo and it reminded me of my husbands family. Many of them have reddish hair.
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Paul Hopper [link] on May 8th, 2009 - 15:52:59 ET
Re: Hopper's
Not that I'm aware of. All of the Hoppers I know are in Ohio. I believe they were in West Virginia before Ohio, but can't say for sure. My father, William Floyd Hopper, was big into the family genealogy, but he's no longer with us. For what it's worth, my father's father was Philip F. Hopper. Some of the family tree can be found in his obituary, which I republished here. I'd love to know if any of that sounds like a link to your Hoppers! :)
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