First Birthday Recap: Monkey Cake in the Face

Posted by Pamela Vaughan

Jan 20, 2010 11:12:38 AM

I'm happy to report that Emmett's first birthday party (Theme: Mod Monkey) was a complete success.� There were very minimal freakouts or snafus, and I think it's safe to say that everyone had a great time.� A huge thanks goes to my parents, Niki and James for helping out and to everyone who attended and sent gifts, cards & Happy Birthday wishes to make his day special.

[caption id="attachment_1147" align="aligncenter" width="539" caption="The Birthday Boy in his Mod Monkey Party Hat"]Birthday Baby[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1150" align="aligncenter" width="549" caption="Balloon Boy"]Balloon Boy[/caption]

It goes without saying that Emmett made out big time with all his presents.� He received not one -- but two -- ball pits (you jealous?).� However, oddly enough, Emmett's favorite present seemed to be a cupcake-shaped Target gift card from Uncle Shawn, Aunt Sara and cousin Ben.� It must have been that whole give-a-kid-a-present-and-he'd-rather-play-with-the-box mentality.

It took Emmett a little while to master the whole cake-eating concept, but eventually he got the hang of it.� Check out the video (though I'm warning you, it's kind of long)...


[caption id="attachment_1148" align="aligncenter" width="549" caption="Cake to the Face!"]Baby's first birthday cake[/caption]

*Fun Fact: Emmett is sitting in the same high chair I sat in on my first birthday.

James took Emmett to his 1 year checkup on Tuesday, and the little man is doing just fine.� He's now 22 lbs. 10.5 oz. (49th percentile) and 32 inches long (96th percentile), and he even got the go-ahead to start substituting whole milk for formula.

I still can't believe it's been a year, but I've enjoyed every single minute of it!

For more photos from Emmett's first birthday party, check out the Birthday set on Flickr.

Age Timer: 1 year, 4 days

Topics: Milestones, video, Firsts, Toys, cake, happy birthday, cupcake, first birthday, birthday party

Happy First Birthday, Baby Lump!

Posted by Pamela Vaughan

Jan 16, 2010 12:00:57 AM

I have a million things to do to finish getting ready for Emmett's party today, but I couldn't leave his first birthday without a post on the blog, so here's a quickie...

I'm going to be completely trite here and just say it -- man, does time fly!� Exactly a year ago today I was being admitted to my hospital room at MGH in excruciating pain, waiting to welcome my little baby lump into the world (at 11:47 a.m.), and now he's a whole year old!� Happy Birthday, Emmett!

I spent most of last weekend putting together Emmett's baby book (yes -- an actual book, with pages), which meant I spent a lot of time reviewing Emmett's major milestones within the past year, mainly through pictures.� While I realized I have about a googolplex's worth of photos of Emmett, James and I both agreed that the following is one of our favorites (he's about 9 months here).� And feel free to leave some Happy Birthday wishes for Em in the comments.� It's been an awesome year!

[caption id="attachment_1141" align="aligncenter" width="539" caption="RARR!"]baby snarling[/caption]

Stay tuned early next week for a birthday recap.� I'm assuming there will be tons of messy cake pictures to enjoy!

Age Timer: 1 Year!


Topics: birthday, Weekly Updates, Milestones, Firsts, party, first birthday, 1 year

Emmett at the Children's Museum

Posted by Pamela Vaughan

Jan 9, 2010 3:25:04 AM

Ever since Gran Lucy took Emmett to the Boston Children's Museum a few months ago, James and I have wanted to take him back together. Well, we finally got the chance last night, and boy was it a bargain!� Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. the museum offers $1 admission (compared to the normal $12) sponsored by Target, and since admission for children under 1 year is free, we got into the museum for a grand total of $2!� Of course, we had to pay for parking, but it was totally worth it.

[caption id="attachment_1133" align="aligncenter" width="539" caption="playing with the Brio trains in the PlaySpace"]Baby and Brio Trains[/caption]

There's not a ton for Emmett to do there yet at his age, but if we only have to pay $1 a piece, I think we'll definitely be heading back on future Fridays.� There are a couple of sections of the museum that are specifically geared toward toddlers, like the PlaySpace and Peep's World, where we spent most of our time.� Still, I can't wait until Emmett is old enough to enjoy some of the cooler areas of the museum like the awesome New Balance Climb, a "3-story climbing sculpture made of brightly painted curved platforms."� To be honest, James and I both wished we were a little younger so we could play in it ourselves.


The coolest thing about the trip was the opportunity for Emmett to interact with other kids his age, which he rarely gets to do.� James and I had a lot of fun watching him play.� Let's put it this way -- Emmett is definitely not a shy kid, and he definitely doesn't need to know James and I are in proximity to have a good time.� Oh, and yeah -- he's a huge fan of bubbles.

[caption id="attachment_1134" align="aligncenter" width="539" caption="hanging out in Peep's World"]Baby in Peep's World[/caption]

Find more highlights from our trip in the Boston Children's Museum set on Flickr.

Age Timer: 11 months, 3 weeks

Topics: Weekly Updates, video, children's museum, boston children's museum

Emmett and the Big Tub

Posted by Pamela Vaughan

Jan 6, 2010 12:29:51 PM

Emmett outgrew his "Newborn-to-Toddler" tub months ago.� It's been practically impossible to keep the kid's bottom half completely submerged in the thing for a while; he kind of looks like a grown man riding a tricycle with his knees uncomfortably poking him in the face.� Now I know Emmett is somewhat of a long baby, but the "to-Toddler" part of that tub is just unrealistic.

But hey, 1) why would you need your toddler confined to a small plastic tub anyway and 2) who cares?� He absolutely loves the big tub, and now he has the perfect opportunity to play with all 5oo of his bath time squirt toys.

Exhibit A.

[caption id="attachment_1125" align="aligncenter" width="539" caption="Happy Emmett in the tub"]baby in a tub[/caption]

Exhibit B. (Hey, don't take my word for it.� Emmett will tell you all about it himself...)


Age Timer: 11 months, 3 weeks

Topics: video, bathtub, tub, bathtime

First Steps and a New Year for Baby Lump

Posted by Pamela Vaughan

Jan 3, 2010 9:02:11 AM

2009 - what a year!�� I became a mother and an aunt, James graduated from BU and Emmett hit some major milestones.� I think most of my immediate family members regard 2009 as one of - if not THE - best year yet, and I could not agree more.

Emmett's first Christmas was great.� We headed up to Maine for Christmas Day with James' family and then back down to Boston to meet my parents and sister for Christmas round two.� Needless to say, Emmett got a lot of good loot.

[caption id="attachment_1112" align="aligncenter" width="539" caption="Emmett's first Christmas, in Maine"]baby's first Christmas[/caption]

New Year's Eve was pretty quiet.� I co-hosted my company's Internet marketing podcast in the afternoon, which was a lot of fun.� Then James, Emmett and I spent a relaxing evening at home that included some yummy Thai takeout, a cozy fire, watching the ball drop and drinking champagne at midnight.

Perhaps the coolest development of the past couple of weeks, however, was the fact that Emmett took his first steps (literally fewer than 24 hours after my parents went back to New Jersey after Christmas)!� In fact, in less than a week, he's become a real pro.� Check out a video of some of his first few steps below ...


Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, I have to focus on my next big project -- Emmett's first birthday party!� Considering it's only 2 weeks away and I still have a lot to do to prepare, I should keep myself pretty busy.� I'm getting excited though; I just bought some pretty awesome themed decorations online :)

family at Christmas

Check out the various Baby Lump photo albums on 2009 at and videos at

Cheers to 2010 and to more milestones, happiness and love for Baby Lump, and thanks for reading along in '09!

Happy New Year from!


Topics: Weekly Updates, Milestones, holidays, video, Firsts, New Year, first new year, first steps, first Christmas

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