A New Life

Apparently a picture says a thousand words. So, I'll let this one do all the talking, as I can't really find the words.

Needless to say I am completely over the moon with joy and excitement.


  1. Jake,

    Congratulations! That's great!

    quiet reader/fan,

    Graeme Robinson

  2. WOW, thats fabulous news!!! Congratulations to you and Karen! :)))

  3. Gratulerar!!! :-)

    - Johan

  4. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

  5. Congratulations.

    It will be a new life for you as well. Get those last pints in mate.

  6. Savor the peace now young man, things are going to be changing for all of you. Congratulations to both of you!

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    • YiMing
    • Sun 18 Jun 2006 06:42 PM


    Congratulations! A new life means lots of things...

  7. Congratulations!!

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    • Mark Elgar
    • Sun 18 Jun 2006 07:15 PM

    Congratulations Jake, great news,

    start racking up sleep credits man you will need them :-)

  8. Congratulations. More challenging "work" coming to you soon :)

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    • Michael
    • Sun 18 Jun 2006 08:11 PM

    Congratulations Jake!

    All the best to your family and you at this exciting time.

  9. Congratulations!!

  10. Awesome! Congrats!!!

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    • Grzegorz
    • Sun 18 Jun 2006 11:14 PM

    Congratulations Jake

    I'm envious of the life changing experience your about embark on, you will never be the same person.

  11. Congratulations to you and Karen!

    Do you think finding that ring in the geocache back in February has helped the new baby come on?

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    • Michael
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 01:17 AM

    Félicitations de Belgique !

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    • Gaston
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 01:33 AM

    great great great !!!

    Congrats Jake ! et bonne chance ;)

  12. Congratulations! It is going to be better than you can imagine - and I can highly recommend paternity leave :-)

  13. Congratulations!!

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    • Richard Shergold
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 02:13 AM

    Great news Jake - congatulations to you both.

  14. Jake & Karen,

    Congratulations from all of us here.

    I hope your Dad doesn't have to read this to find out!!

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    • tim crannigan
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 02:30 AM

    COngratulations to you and Karen!

  15. Congratulations to the four of you.

    It's a good thing that this digital image won't fade out with time, as the prints used to do not so long ago.

  16. Congratulations Jake - get the sleep in NOW!

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    • owen
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 03:10 AM


    Its the best thing that ever happened to you!

  17. Congratulations to both of you!

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    • PaulG
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 03:26 AM


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    • Andre
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 04:01 AM

    Congratulations Jake!!

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    • Sandra Noronha
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 04:16 AM

    Oh that's great!!!

    Congratulations!! :-)))

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    • James Jennett
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 04:19 AM

    My best wishes to both of you - Should keep Quinn busy too!

  18. Bravo ! Jake !

    We are all glad to have followed you guys for years, and now here is the first codestore baby! :-O

  19. Congratulations!

  20. Congratulations!..... A "miny me" on the way!

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    • Suchitra
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 05:15 AM

    Congrats Jake

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    • Jack Taylor
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 05:33 AM

    Congratulation to you and Karen

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    • Jake Howlett
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 05:41 AM

    Thank you ALL. I feel even happier now, if that's possible.

    Patrick. I think it's a mini me rather than a mini you. Well I hope it is, unless there's something you've not told me.

    In fact Minnie is on the short list of names, should it be a girl.

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    • Jono
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 05:57 AM

    Congrats mate - wicked news!

  21. Awesome pic! I do see a Jake profile there. :-) Congrats to you both!

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    • Rob Wunderlich
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 06:56 AM


    You are about to embark on the most amazing journey of your life ... and the most rewarding.

    Best wishes to you and Karen!

  22. Wow, that's fantastic! Another little programmer in the world. :-)

  23. Congratulations Jake..

    From Venezuela. Muchas felicidades!

  24. Great news! Congratulations to you and Karen :-)

  25. Congratulations!

  26. Jake -

    My heartiest congratulations. You'll love being a father.


  27. Jake, the only thing I can say about children is:

    Before you have them, you can't imagine your life with them. After you have them, you can't imagine your life without them.



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    • Erik
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 08:36 AM

    Hi Jack,


    I always say that meeting my wife is the best thing that happened to me, but getting me son is the most beautiful thing that has happened to me :-)

    gr. Erik

  28. congrats Jake and Karen!

    my wife had our first baby (a boy) 2 months ago-- enjoy every minute!


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    • peibolsang
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 09:00 AM

    Well done Jake! Congratulations

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    • Partha
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 09:00 AM

    Congrats Jake !

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    • Brian Miller
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 09:19 AM


    Get some extra sleep now - you'll miss it when it's gone! :)

  29. Congratulations to all of you!

    That's great news!

  30. As my father-in-law told me when we announced our first pregnancy, "I knew you had it in you."

    Heartiest congratulations! ! !

  31. Congrats to you and your family Jake!

    ... but I'm honestly suprised no one has made a "replication" joke yet.

    Good luck my friend, athough I'm certain that you'll do just fine! Keep up posted!


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    • Rodney
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 09:36 AM

    Congratulations Jake!

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    • Karen
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 09:36 AM

    Congratulations to the three of you, Jake! I hope Quinn is excited about having a brother or sister. Did I miss it in the posts - when's the baby due?

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    • Jake Howlett
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 09:44 AM

    Karen. Due early December. We're not going to know sex until then.

  32. Yyyiiiiiiippppppiiiiii!!!!!

    Congratulatios boy!!! so finally wou'll have the feeling :-D

    Do you have some names in mind?


  33. Congratulations! There really is no more rewarding aspect of life than raising children. Please Jake, crank out those articles and demo databases now... I have the feeling that you are going to find your geek time rather limited in the near future :-)

  34. Just when you thought life couldn't get any better! Congratualtions Jake. Having 2 sons has been the most fulfilling part of my life.

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    • Daria
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 10:25 AM

    Congrats and best wishes to you and Karen!! It's an amazing experience. My daughter will be 2 yrs. old next week and teaches me something new everyday :-)

    P.S. - Get your sleep now ;-)

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    • Benoit
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 10:32 AM

    Congratulations from France !!!

  35. Congratulations!

    Comments above summarize exactly what I wish to you and your family.

    PS: my wife and I, will have a boy in september. Our daughter is 2 and half years old. It will be a new GREAT experience ;o)

  36. Congratulations, Jake! Best wishes!

    Our daughter Amanda is 3 1/2 and she's a complete gem. I'm sure you'll feel the same way... after you get over the sleep deprivation of the first 6 months!

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    • Niall
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 11:43 AM

    Congrats Jake! Life is about to change, for the better!

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    • Rod Stauffer
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 12:18 PM


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    • Heather
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 12:50 PM

    Congradulations Jake, Karen & Quinn!!

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    • Ferdy
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 01:34 PM


  37. That's absolutely fantastic! Congratulations! I know how you feel. My girls, as in plural (we had twins), were born 9 months ago and I was simply elated.

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    • Eliseo
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 02:25 PM

    All my best wishes, Congratulations Jake, to your wife and your family !!.

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    • noon
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 03:09 PM

    Oh my...

    One word: gongratulations !! and big time. This one of the 'results' we have been trying to do aswell (for a long time now). No luck yet.

  38. This is GREAT news. Congrats Jake!

  39. Jake

    Many congratulations. All the best to you and the (growing) family...

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    • Ray
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 06:25 PM

    Congratulations !

    Do you know who the father is ?

  40. Congratulations Jake!

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    • Ayhan
    • Mon 19 Jun 2006 11:55 PM

    Gratuliere, nur das beste für Dich, deine Familie und dem Neuling!

    Seems to be a boy, Mr. Jake Howlett Jr. :-)

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    • Edsko
    • Tue 20 Jun 2006 01:10 AM

    Folle lock en seine Jake!!

  41. Congratulations Jake & Karen.

    Time to change your Amazon wishlist.

  42. Congratulations to the entire family!

    It's a great time... looking forward to be the mentor of a new Domino Guru...

    I know...

    I have a daughter who is almost 2 and almost have a Domino blog on the web ;o) And a boy is waiting to come out in the beginning of September... he will - for certain - be introduced to Domino development and LEGO Mindstorms :o)

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    • Jon
    • Tue 20 Jun 2006 07:07 AM


    Words of advice...Take LOTS of pictures!!!

    They grow up fast!!!

    Also start them in a routine as soon as they are born & sleep will never be an issue for you!

    I learned that after my first one.

    Every night we would start about 15 minutes before time for bed in "Prepping" our other two children for the night. We would start out by talking to them & reading books while they were in their crib & then we would kiss them goodnight & walk out the door.

    Yes it was hard to hear them cry, but after ten minutes they would be so tired they would fall asleep & each night that we would do that the crying became shorter & shorter until they just went to sleep. ;o)

    Now they are 5, 4, & 2 and they ALL go to bed @ 8:00 pm & wake the next morning @ 7:30 am. I was a skeptic at first but now I am a FIRM Believer in routines for children!

    Consistency, Stability, & Love is what every child needs.

    I wish all 4 of you the very best!!!

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    • Tom
    • Tue 20 Jun 2006 08:09 AM

    ... and you thought AJAX was a big deal. 8-)

    Now this is the real thing. Congradulations to the both of you. What wonderful news.


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    • Brian
    • Tue 20 Jun 2006 08:44 AM


    Congratulations, it's the greatest thing ever, you'll see.

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    • Jake Howlett
    • Tue 20 Jun 2006 08:47 AM

    Once again, a massive thanks to all of you who've been nice enough to leaves comments. Means a lot to me.

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    • Richard Hogan
    • Tue 20 Jun 2006 09:01 AM

    Many congratulations Jake, & to Karen also.

    From experience, sleep does run the risk of being reduced (or eliminated!!), good idea to stock up now!

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    • Ryan
    • Tue 20 Jun 2006 09:53 AM

    Here's one more comment for you Jake, Congrats!

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    • jonvon
    • Tue 20 Jun 2006 12:18 PM

    congratulations jake!!

    don't waste your time sleeping, it won't help when the joyous day arrives! spend it having fun doing whatever you want instead, as often as you can get away with it! ;-)

    it's a wild ride, but it sure is wonderful. cheers to you and yours.

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    • Barry
    • Tue 20 Jun 2006 04:57 PM

    Great news Jake. Congratulations to you and Karen.

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    • TimTim
    • Wed 21 Jun 2006 02:40 AM

    Congratulations to both of you !!!!!!!

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    • Ben
    • Wed 21 Jun 2006 05:29 PM

    Congrats mate. My son was born 2 weeks ago, and I still haven't wiped the grin off my face :-)


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    • Watski
    • Thu 22 Jun 2006 06:08 AM

    Even got the Howlett massive heed.

    Nice one mate.

  43. @BabyJake

  44. Wow!!!

    Congrats Jake!

    As for myself, unlike Ben, the first two weeks were harder than the entire pregnancy... but when your kid is sleeping in your arms, or when they learn to smile, there just isn't anything better!

    Oh... I haven't seen this advice yet... I don't know what it's like over there, but if it's like the U.S., get a midwife or a dula for the birth. It makes a _huge_ difference to have someone like that in the room.

  45. Congratulations Jake :)

    Nice posting text :o)

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    • Vikas Bhatia
    • Fri 14 Jul 2006 09:56 AM

    Congratulations Jake!

    Take tons of pictures coz that will give you comfort when you are really in bad mood because 'someone' starts talking about 'Rails' instead of 'Rails'. It is a fantastic feeling to be a parent [probably the best accomplishment ever]. Best of Luck!



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