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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.”

Visit our wedding website, http://jamesandpamgetmarried.com.

Age Timer: 17 Months

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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

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

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

Beware Lamb-Flavored Baby Food at Baby Showers

October 20, 2008 3 comments
Definitely not a "Cake Wrecks" cake.

Definitely not a "Cake Wrecks" cake.

First of all, let’s all be thankful my baby shower cake wasn’t shaped like a baby butt or a preggo lady and didn’t picture a naked woman giving birth.  Okay, moving on …

Nina won the candy-diaper-poop game.

Nina won the candy-diaper-poop game.

If you ever need to plan an event in the Detroit area, you should employ the event planning expertise of my sister, Adrienne.  Now, I realize I’ve never been to one of these before, but she, my other sister Lauren and my mother threw me an absolutely awesome baby shower this past weekend in Pennsylvania with my family and some close family friends.

Although I did have to suck it up for the “Make-Pamela-Guess-the-Baby-Food-Flavor” game, everyone had a really fun time.  (Expectant mothers please note – steer clear of “macaroni and cheese” and “lamb” flavored baby foods.  I nearly vomited.)

Butt Paste endorsement

Butt Paste endorsement

Other, less torturous games were a hoot.  I must say, it was monumentally entertaining to peer across the room and see my grandmother sniffing and tasting the contents of a baby’s diaper during the “Which candy bar is in that diaper?” game.  And my sister, Lauren had guests winning oddly appropriate prizes such as baby corn and baby dills by guessing the correct prices of items like breast milk storage bags and butt paste.

practicing my strolling

practicing my strolling

I must say, James and I are definitely a lot more prepared for Baby Lump’s arrival after being showered with so many baby gifts.  Guests will be delighted to know I will be tossing all the gift receipts and making no returns or exchanges at Babies “R” Us – such tasteful gift-givers they were!

To sum it up, I couldn’t have imagined having a better shower, and I’ll never subject Baby Lump to meat-flavored baby foods.

For more baby shower pictures, check out the Little Baby Lump Flickr page in the Family set.

Oven Timer: 28 weeks

“What flavor are you having?”

July 30, 2008 3 comments

James and I have been fielding a lot of the same questions lately.  The most frequently asked one? …

“Are you going to find out what flavor you’re having?”

Technically, James and I could find out on Monday (we’re getting another ultrasound – yay!).  Buuuut we’ve decided not to because we want it to be the ultimate surprise.  Even though most people shoot back by saying that finding out the sex is a surprise either way, we honestly don’t think it’d be one of nearly the same caliber as finding out the day our lump is born.

We’re renting our apartment, and it’s not like I’m going to be painting or hard-core decorating the nursery anyway (although we are very thankful we decided to rent the two bedroom, even if the extra bedroom was originally intended to be “the office”) .  Plus, James thinks it’d be extra cool if he were the one to tell me what flavor it is, and I happen to think that’s a pretty darn good idea.

I’m not going to lie though, not knowing Baby Lump’s flavor will make it a little difficult to buy those initial newborn outfits.  Browsing through the infant department of clothing stores, I’ve realized there aren’t too many gender-neutral baby clothes.  Luckily, this has inhibited some premature baby clothes shopping sprees on my part.  My mom and I were able to find a couple pretty neutral sets of Carter’s pajamas at Babies “R” Us the other week (I think bears and ducks and polka dots are pretty gender-neutral), though they are somewhat few and far between.

So for all of you who are itching to buy (I kid, I kid) Baby Lump some cool new duds, you’ll either have to do some digging or wait to find out lump’s flavor in January.

Oven Timer: 16 weeks, 2 days

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