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Happy Birthday to the Gusbuster!

July 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Today my awesome little nephew, Gus turned 1!  I just got back from spending a few days in Michigan visiting my family and celebrating his birthday, as well as my brother-in-law’s birthday and the 4th of July in an all-in-one extravaganza.  Needless to say, my sister the event designer made sure it was fabulous!

baby, first birthday

1 Year Old Gus!

Emmett had some reservations about Gus at first, but in the end, I think he warmed up to him.   Here are a few shots of the birthday boy and the awesome weekend.

babies in ship

Captain Gus and His Matey, Emmett

kids party balloons, cowboy hat

Gus' party hat and balloons

babies and truck

"Watcha got there, cuz?"

Age Timers

Emmett: 17 months, 3 weeks

Gus: 1 YEAR!

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Santa Baby

December 17, 2009 1 comment

Well, the holidays are officially underway, and as always, I’m super behind on my Christmas shopping.  We have, however, managed to get the stockings hung, the tree (delivered by James’ parents from Maine) up and decorated and our holiday cards safely to their destinations.  Although I wish I could send a card to everyone I know, it’s simply not possible, so here’s a peak for everyone to see:

Holiday Card 2009

Yes, Emmett has a full-out Santa suit.  Yes, this was the best picture I could get of him in it, even after two photo shoots on separate occasions.  Now I understand why people take their kids to professional photographers.  It was literally impossible to get a quality picture of Emmett smiling that also showed off the Santa suit.

Santa Baby

Santa Baby

In developmental milestone news, Emmett is officially only a month away from his first birthday.  He now has six teeth — four on the top and two on the bottom in the front — and as of earlier this week, he weighs 21 lbs, 11 oz.

He’s getting more adventurous about his standing, too.  If you let go of him he can stand without help for a few seconds, and if you hold one of his hands, he’ll walk around with you.   He can also now climb onto the chair in our living room by himself, which means he now garners a lot more attention from me.  Can I say the cliche thing?  He’s seriously growing up so fast!  After much hesitation, I even gave him his first (very) overdue haircut tonight – just a little off the sides.

For more pictures from Emmett’s Santa Baby photo shoots, check out the Flickr set here.

Age Timer: 11 months

Daddy’s First Father’s Day

June 24, 2009 1 comment

James had his first Father’s Day last Sunday, so of course I did a successful job of teasing him by wrapping his presents and displaying them on the kitchen table the Wednesday before.  I know — evil.  To be fair, there were three gifts, and I let him open one each day starting on Friday.  Father’s Day itself was fun.  We indulged James’ craving for KFC, then later went out to dinner to Charley’s with his parents who were in town to help James’ step sister move.

Emmett & James on Father's Day

James, Emmett & spoon on Father's Day

Overall, I think James enjoyed his first Father’s Day.  I bet he’ll love it even more as the years go by and Emmett actually understands what’s going on 🙂

Age Timer: 22 weeks, 5 days

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A Shower for Adrienne and Gus

March 26, 2009 1 comment

So much to blog about!  It’s been a busy past couple weeks – a visit from my sister, Adrienne and my brother-in-law, Mac; a trip with Emmett to New Jersey for Adrienne’s baby shower; and Emmett’s first run-in with the extended family – second cousins, great aunts and uncles, great grandparents.  Plus, I’m back to work.  Rather than overwhelming you with the past couple weeks’ events in one long post, I’ll plan on a series of posts in the next few days.

Last Saturday we had Adrienne’s baby shower.  We went with a spa theme, complete with candles, a hand scrub, peppermint soaked washcloths, a cool spoon eye treatment and soothing, spa-like music.  Everyone had a great time, and Adrienne was showered with some great gifts for Baby Gus (and some gifts to pamper herself as well!).

Check out some of the day’s events in pictures …

Spa Candles and Wheat Grass

Spa Candles and Wheat Grass

Lauren, Lindsay and Grammy

Lauren, Lindsay and Grammy

Chelsea and the Mom-to-Be

Chelsea and the Mom-to-Be

Tower of Tastkakes

Tower of Tastykakes

Age Timer: 9 weeks, 6 days

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Say Hello To Baby Lump – AKA Emmett James Vaughan

January 18, 2009 17 comments

As I’m sure many of you have heard by now, Baby Lump is no longer a man of mystery.  First of all, yes, he’s a (little) man (or “eo” man, as my dad would say).  Although I definitely plan on posting a more detailed story about his birth once we all get a little more settled in, I figured I’d write up a quick little summary of the highlights of the past two days, mainly using pictures:

First, the cold, hard facts:

Full Name: Emmett James Vaughan

Birth date/time: Friday, January 16, 2009 – 11:47 a.m.

Weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz.

Length: 22 inches (long and lanky)

Length of Labor: 12 hours (7 at home, 5 at the hospital)

Apgar Scores: 8 and (then) 9

Now, some highlights:

  • I survived without succumbing to the mercy of meds/epidural!  (Although I will admit there were a couple of times when I almost caved.)
  • James was an amazing coach and the main reason I was able to pull off childbirth naturally.
  • I popped out the muffin in the best room on the labor/delivery floor (jacuzzi tub, view of the Charles River, LARGE).
  • Emmett pooped all over me right after we met, much to my delight (I’m guessing he was determined not to hit that 8 lb. mark).
  • Emmett was born on the coldest day of the year (thus far), and experienced his first snowstorm during his third day of life.
  • The nurses and doctors who took care of Emmett and me at MGH were fantastic.
  • Emmett handled the circumcision like a total champion.
  • Overall it was a very smooth and quick delivery/recovery!

And now, the pictures you all probably scrolled down to the bottom first to see:

Emmett's Apgar test moments after birth.

Emmett's Apgar Test Moments after Birth

Mom, Dad & Baby Lump Emmett

Mom, Dad & Baby Lump Emmett

Grandma Lucy

Grandma Lucy

Grandpa Mac

Grandpa Mac

Father and Son

Father and Son

Old Man Emmett / Emmett the Worm

Old Man Emmett / Emmett the Worm

Mom & Her Little Man

Mom & Her Little Man

A Perfectly Wrapped Baby Burrito

A Perfectly Wrapped Baby Burrito

Mom, Dad & Baby

Mom, Dad & Baby

Emmett on the Go

Emmett on the Go

Grandma Kathy

Nana

Aaaaaah ... Home Sweet Home

Aaaaaah ... Home Sweet Home

Grandio & Nana

Grandio & Nana

Oliver Investigating the New Hooman

Oliver Investigating the New Hooman

Oven Timer: Off

Maximum Days Until We Meet Baby Lump: -2

A Birds Date Poem from Dad

January 14, 2009 4 comments

So my family does this cute little thing where we call one’s birthday his or her “birds date.”  Today I received this lovely little poem in my inbox from my father dearest:

baby-cupcake

awesome cupcake baby

Happy Birthday to my youngest daughter,

Who waits in Boston for the breaking of her water.

Will Lil Lump choose this day to make her a mama?

Or is he/she waiting for the inaugural of Obama?

Regardless, today you’re three and twenty.

So I hope you enjoy your day aplenty.

You’ve officially made it to U-24!

Is it cold up in Boston?  I blame Al Gore.

Thanks, Dad!

I’ve been overwhelmed will all of the birthday wishes today.  Thank you to everyone who has wished me a happy birds date on facebook, twitter and via text message or phone call (I can’t believe how many of you there have been, and the day is only half over!), and thanks in advance to those who will do so later today.  I feel so special because of you!

As for sharing a birthday with Baby Lump, it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case at this point.  Even if I went into labor right now … Wait a minute … No … That was just a swift baby kick to the rib … Anyway, even if I went into labor right now, I doubt my labor would be speedy enough to enable me to pop out a baby by midnight.  And though, yes Lauren, it would’ve been “totally cosmic” to share a birthday with my baby, I agree with my mother that Baby Lump should have his/her own day to celebrate.  Besides, that will totally mean I get to chow down on two separate birthday cakes within the span of one week for the rest of my life!  Not too shabby …

Oven Timer: 40 weeks, 2 days (OVERDUE!)

Maximum Days Until We Meet Baby Lump: 8

Braxton Hicks … Who Knew?

December 12, 2008 4 comments

It’s been quite a busy week on the baby front …

later rearranged to spell "CAN RATS GO APE!"

later rearranged to spell "CAN RATS GO APE!"

Sunday – My Boston gal pals threw me a lovely baby shower.  It was so awesome to have (most of) my best girlfriends in the same room at the same time, especially since many of them never cross paths.  We had a lot of fun eating yummy food (and rearranging some of it to spell funny things – “CAN RATS GO APE!“), “ooo”ing and “awww”ing at cute monkey outfits and stuffed polar bears (AKA “Buddy Bear”), and chatting about Baby Lump.  Thanks to everyone who came, and a special thanks to Kara who hosted the party and made tons of delicious, homemade food!  Mmm – spinach and artichoke dip …

Monday – I had my 35th week doctor appointment, where I withstood a pleasant little group B strep screening, found out that according to the ultrasound Baby Lump is in the 40th percentile size-wise and also learned I’ve been experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions unbeknownst to me.  For some reason – I guess I didn’t pay close enough attention to this part during our natural childbirth class – I was under the impression that Braxton Hicks contractions were supposed to be discomforting or painful, when in reality, they don’t have to be.  Apparently all those times I’ve called James over to “Feel how incredibly hard/tight my belly is!” I’ve actually been having Braxton Hicks contractions … who knew?

Tuesday – James and I took a tour of the labor/delivery and postpartum floors at the hospital.  It was really comforting to familiarize ourselves with the hospital, and it was especially fun imagining how we would be back there again soon to meet Baby Lump! We keep joking that Baby Lump’s ETA sounds sort of like a shipping date (“expected time of delivery – two to six weeks”).  The coolest part about the tour, however, was when were strolling past the NICU and one of the nurses brought out a one month old, 4 lb. premature baby girl (of a set of triplets) who was getting ready to go home in the next couple of days.  Definitely the smallest being we’ve ever seen, and completely adorable.  But man – imagine having to spend one whole month without your newborn!  It made me very thankful that Baby Lump should be coming on time.

Oven Timer: 35 weeks, 4 days

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