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Mommy and Daddy Get Engaged

June 30, 2010 5 comments

We’re engaged!  I couldn’t be more thrilled.  To be honest,  I was feeling a little out of the loop for a while, since both James and Emmett share the same last name.  Well, it looks like I’ll soon be able to join the Vaughan Club, too!

princess cut diamond engagement ring

The Bling

It happened on Father’s Day — June 20.  James and I had headed back to our same camping spot from last year, on an island in Casco Bay off the coast of Freeport, Maine.  Emmett was staying right across the bay with James’ parents.  The weather was fabulous, and we were enjoying all the sun, extra snoozes and s’mores that a camping trip usually offers.

After watching a short afternoon thunderstorm roll in, James thought it’d be fun to set up the camera to take a picture of us in front of the sun setting over the water. On take two, James knelt down and proposed — and we have the picture to prove it! Clever one, that James.  Neither of us can even remember exactly what he said when he proposed, but the gist of it was that he was so happy with our family already and that he wanted to be together forever.  I said, “Of course!” and then proceeded to tell him to “put the ring on my finger already.”

camping proposal, engagement

James' Proposal

Besides the wrong ring size (I just got it back from getting re-sized today!) and the resultant scare in the woods that involved me briefly losing my new bling (it was too small for my ring finger but apparently way too big for the pinkie I ended up wearing it — and losing it — on), I couldn’t have dreamed up a better engagement.  What was Emmett’s reaction, you ask?  I’m pretty sure he couldn’t care less, and it sounded like he actually said something like “so what?” when we told him.  But let me tell ya — he’s going to make the most adorable little ring bearer.  Now let the planning begin!

kiss on a boat

Boat Smooch

For more photos from our trip, check out the album, “Camping Engagement.”

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Age Timer: 17 Months


I Need Your Vote!

December 11, 2009 1 comment

* UPDATE:  I won!  Thanks to everyone who voted.  Tune into http://HubSpot.TV on Thursday, 12/31 at 4 p.m. EST. *

Hi Little Baby Lump readers!  Now, I seldom – or never – usually use this blog as a soapbox to promote my own personal endeavors, but I could really use your help (and I apologize if you’re disappointed).

I’m in the running to co-host my company’s weekly marketing podcast, HubSpot TV on New Years Eve day with Karen Rubin, and in order to secure my spot, I need your vote!  So, if you would all be so kind, would you mind heading over to and clicking the up arrow next to my name before 3 p.m. EST today?

I’d greatly appreciate it.  Also, play no attention to the vote count on the site.  The voting interface is screwy and it doesn’t indicate the actual vote count, but I was told last night that I’m in second place, so I could really use your help pushing me to the top!

The winner will be announced on today’s live episode of HubSpot TV at 4 p.m. EST.  If you’re even slightly interested in marketing news, I’d actually encourage you to watch it anyway at

Again, you can cast your vote at

For those of you who came to the site expecting an update and cute photos of Emmett, here’s one to tide you over 🙂

Baby, Tunnel

the baby at the end of the tunnel

Thanks for your help!

Age Timer: 10 months, 3 weeks

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Welcome Baby Benjamin!

October 9, 2009 2 comments

Benjamin Alec finally graced us with his presence yesterday afternoon, following a 2-day long induced labor and subsequent C-section (phew!).  Mother, father and baby are all doing well despite their excruciating exhaustion.

Congrats to new parents, Sara and Shawn – you two were definitely troopers!  Ben clocked in at 8 lbs., 11 oz. and 21.5 inches long at 2 weeks late.

Now for a look at the handsome little fellow …

Baby Ben

Baby Ben

Daddy Shawn with Son Ben

Daddy Shawn with Son Ben

Uncle James

Uncle James (Officially!)

Me and Little Ben

Me and Little Ben

Cousin Meets Cousin (An Attempt)

Cousin Meets Cousin (An Attempt)

Age Time: <1 day

Welcome My New Nephew, Gus!

July 7, 2009 3 comments
Sleepy Gus

Sleepy Gus

It’s official – little Rus Gus has finally made his debut into the world!  The blond Russel Augusten Nutter was born this afternoon, breathing his first fresh breath of air at 2:26 p.m.  That’s right, no more swimming around for the little guy.  And I must say, he’s quite a handsome little guy at that.  Though Gus was born via an unexpected C section due to his breech position, the operation went smoothly and Adrienne, Mac and the Gusbuster are all happy and well.

Some stats:

Birthday: July 7, 2009

Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz.  (on 7/7!)

Length: 20.6 inches

Apgar Scores: 8 and 9 (same as Emmett’s!)

I’m super excited to be an aunt, and I can tell Emmett is chomping at the bit for his new cousin to be his playmate as well.  Congrats, Mac and A!  Can’t wait to meet the little trouble maker 🙂

Naked Gus

Naked Gus

Gus and Adrienne

Gus and Adrienne

Gus Age Timer: 7 hours, 20 minutes

My First Mother’s Day

May 14, 2009 1 comment

Yup – it was my very first Mother’s Day last Sunday.  Pretty cool.  James served me breakfast in bed, and then the three of us headed to James’ brother, Shawn’s place in Carlisle for a barbecue with him, his wife Sara and James’ parents.

There were actually three mothers in attendance.  That’s right! I realized I never officially announced that James’ sister-in-law, Sara is pregnant with a baby Klingener!  Now Emmett will have not one, but two male cousins also born in 2009.  Sara is due in September, and we all can’t wait to meet Baby K!

Me and my boy on our first Mothers Day.

Me and my boy on my first Mother's Day.

I’m not going to lie, it was a little weird to be on the receiving end of Mother’s Day this year, but it’s something I can definitely get used to.  And I’m really looking forward to future Mother’s Days when Emmett will actually understand what’s going on.

Age Timer: 16 weeks, 6 days

Emmett’s First Cousin – It’s a Gus!

February 6, 2009 5 comments
Adrienne & her bump

Adrienne & her lovely baby bump

It’s official – as far as the medical people can tell, Adrienne and Mac’s little Nutter butter is apparently blue-flavored.  It looks like Team Gus (as opposed to Team Fiona) is the victor.  Emmett’s very first cousin is going to make a great little playmate at family events.  I’m pretty sure if Em were old enough to understand that there was going to be another little boy his age in the family, he’d be thrilled.

its-a-gus1Congrats, Mac and A!  We can’t wait to meet him!

Age Timer: 3 weeks

Emmett’s Birth Story (And Then Some)

January 28, 2009 4 comments
Moments After Emmett's Arrival

Moments After Emmett's Arrival

This is the story of the 11 hours and 17 minutes before Emmett came to be.  That’s right – it only took 12 hours from start to finish, which is apparently a pretty speedy labor/delivery considering he is my first baby.

It all started at 12:30 a.m. on January 16.  James and I had been watching our usual episode of Nip/Tuck on DVD in bed before we fell asleep when I started to notice what felt like more substantial Braxton-Hicks contractions.  This continued for another hour and a half before I could fall back asleep.  I think we were both excited at the possibility of  real labor contractions but were still skeptical about it being the real thing.

When I woke up at 3:30 to a slightly more intense contraction, I think we both knew we’d get to meet Baby Lump later that day.  We decided to get out of bed to see if a change of position would ease the pain a little bit, which was still only causing me minor discomfort.  We hung out in the living room and watched some TV as I bounced on the “birthing ball ” (AKA a fitness ball).   This was definitely an improvement.  In fact, I felt so much better that we even questioned whether the whole thing was a false alarm, which brought light to another dilemma …

We were already scheduled to be at the hospital at 8:30 that morning for Baby Lump’s non-stress test.  Now the question was if we should call our friend Michelle (who had so graciously offered to drive us to the hospital when the time came) so we could bring our hospital bags just in case my labor progressed and they asked me to stay at the hospital.  Surely, a T ride to our doctor appointment while I was having contractions would have been less than ideal, especially if we made it to the hospital and ended up needing our bags.  (Ironically, we never even opened our bags until we made it to the post-partum room after delivery.  So much for all those comforting supplies I’d packed for labor like Jolly Ranchers, massage lotion and iPod speakers to make for a soothing labor atmosphere.)

Anyway, it was around 5 a.m., and we decided the best course of action was to call the hospital and ask the advice of the doctor on call.  Lucky for us, our doctor was the doctor on call that night!  The next several minutes were kind of a funny sequence of events, and they went something like this:

5:30 a.m. – I call Dr. Stagg, who says it sounds like I am in early labor and confirms that, yes, we should probably bring our bags to our 8:30 appointment, just in case.

5:35 a.m. – I call Michelle, who sleepily yet excitedly agrees to pick us up at 7:45 for our 8:30 appointment.

5:40 a.m. – I hang up the phone with Michelle, get out of bed to use the bathroom, and (ick!) my water breaks!  After several “ew” noises, I announce to James I’m going to take a shower and that he should call the dr. again.

5:41 a.m. – James calls back Dr. Stagg, who advises us to head on over to the hospital!

5:43 a.m. – James calls back Michelle and asks her to pick us up sooner rather than later.

6:30 a.m. – Michelle picks us up and we head to the hospital with our bags, very excited and pretty calm.

As soon as James and I arrived at the hospital, it was as if someone immediately flipped a switch to the intensity of my contractions.  I remember being in the elevator on the way up to the delivery floor and grabbing onto James so I wouldn’t cause a small scene.  We arrived at the triage room at around 7 a.m., and a midwife determined I was already 5-6 cm dilated!  This time, they knew I was definitely supposed to be there.

The nurses seemed pretty excited at my desire to attempt natural childbirth, and we were admitted to the only room on the floor with a working jacuzzi tub, plus an amazing view of the Charles River.  The contractions started coming with little downtime in between, and the only way I was comfortable was to stand and grip (poor) James’ upper arms.  I had absolutely no desire to be in a sitting or lying down position, so when my nurse, Stephanie, first suggested I try sitting in the tub, I rejected it immediately.  I’m glad she and James were finally able to convince me, because I don’t think I would’ve made it through the whole labor/delivery naturally if I hadn’t been in that tub for most of the active part of labor.  (Keep that in mind if you ever decide on a natural childbirth.)  The buoyancy and warmth of the water worked wonders in relieving the pressure from the contractions.

Emmett Face

Emmett Face

Yes, there were a couple of times when I begged James to let me give up and take the epidural, but he and Stephanie did a great job at assuring me I could do it.  It was also a big help that at 10 a.m. when the doctor checked my progress, I was already 8 cm dilated.  It only took another hour in the tub before I was fully dilated (10 cm) and ready to push at 11 a.m.  Forty-seven minutes of pushing later, Baby Lump was born and James announced that we had a little boy on our hands!

It was absolutely amazing.  I’ll never forget the moment the doctor placed his slimy little purple alien body on my chest – he was beautiful (and even moreso after they wiped him off and he turned pink).  I was expecting the doctors to sweep him away shortly afterward to count his fingers and toes, but they let me keep him there for as long as I wanted.  It was all pretty surreal.  I got exactly the childbirth I wanted (natural and no induction!), I was officially a mom, James and I were officially parents, and best of all, Emmett was perfectly healthy.

Of course, a lot has happened since Emmett was born (it’s just that a certain little man has been keeping me pretty occupied and preventing me from blogging as frequently as I’d like).  Here’s a quick summary:

  • We chose the name Emmett while we were still in the delivery room, but it took us a while to announce it because of a slight name-spelling discrepency between James and me.
  • We had a little bit of a jaundice scare and almost had to leave Emmett in the hospital for a few extra days (Luckily, the doctors deemed him good to go and we were discharged as scheduled on January 18 – Emmett was able to experience his first snow!).
  • My mom stayed with us for the first week and was a huge help with the transition.
  • Emmett has already had his first doctor visit (plus a follow-up!), which included his first trip on the T.  Interesting fact: Emmett only lost two ounces in the hospital, but gained 6 oz. back by his first doctor visit 2 days later!  (Doctors prepare you to expect them to lose 1 lb. within the first week – what a piggy!)  As of his second doctor appointment last Thursday, Emmett already weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz.!
  • We gave him his first sponge bath at home the other day – I think he was a fan.
  • He lost his umbilical cord stump on the 26th, revealing quite a cute little outie belly button.

Last but not least –  a huge thank you to everyone who has sent me and James congratulatory messages over the past couple weeks via text, facebook, twitter, etc.  I wish I had the time to thank each of you individually!

Age Timer: 12 days old

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