Emmett on a Boat

Posted by Pamela Vaughan

Jul 22, 2009 10:40:21 AM

The three of us headed up to Maine last weekend for Sara's baby shower.� Sara, with her cute little baby bump, got a lot of good baby loot, and we had a great time hanging out in the beautiful weather on the Maine coast for the weekend.

[caption id="attachment_906" align="aligncenter" width="551" caption="Sara with one of her gifts"]Sara with one of her gifts[/caption]

We also took Emmett out on his first boat ride!� Although I'm pretty sure he wasn't a huge fan of the life jacket we stuffed him into.� Babies have no necks to begin with, and when you put them in a life vest (which makes normal people lose their necks), they lose the lower half of their faces, too.� But man is it ridiculously adorable ...

[caption id="attachment_907" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Emmett's life jacket "]Emmett's life jacket [/caption]

[caption id="attachment_909" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Emmett on a boat"]Emmett on a boat[/caption]

I also took Emmett to his 6-month checkup yesterday.� He's up to 18 lbs. 3 oz. and 28 inches "tall" now!� We also got the go ahead to start him on fruits and veggies, too!� Applesauce and butternut squash, here we come!

To see more pictures of Emmett's Maine weekend, check out the 7th month set on Flickr.

Age Timer: 6 months, 6 days

Topics: Weekly Updates, Firsts, Maine, baby food, boat, life jacket, baby shower

A Shower for Adrienne and Gus

Posted by Pamela Vaughan

Mar 26, 2009 12:22:25 PM

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 ...

[caption id="attachment_734" align="aligncenter" width="584" caption="Spa Candles and Wheat Grass "]Spa Candles and Wheat Grass [/caption]

[caption id="attachment_735" align="aligncenter" width="583" caption="Lauren, Lindsay and Grammy "]Lauren, Lindsay and Grammy [/caption]

[caption id="attachment_736" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Chelsea and the Mom-to-Be"]Chelsea and the Mom-to-Be[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_738" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Tower of Tastykakes"]Tower of Tastkakes[/caption]

Age Timer: 9 weeks, 6 days

Topics: Events, party, baby shower, sister, Gus

Braxton Hicks ... Who Knew?

Posted by Pamela Vaughan

Dec 12, 2008 9:44:44 AM

It's been quite a busy week on the baby front ...

[caption id="attachment_443" align="alignright" width="383" caption="later rearranged to spell "CAN RATS GO APE!""]later rearranged to spell "CAN RATS GO APE!"[/caption]

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

Topics: Weekly Updates, Events, tour, baby shower, Braxton Hicks contractions, group B strep test, 35 weeks, premature

Beware Lamb-Flavored Baby Food at Baby Showers

Posted by Pamela Vaughan

Oct 20, 2008 3:15:24 PM

[caption id="attachment_322" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Definitely not a "Cake Wrecks" cake."]Definitely not a "Cake Wrecks" cake.[/caption]

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 ...

[caption id="attachment_326" align="alignright" width="242" caption="Nina won the candy-diaper-poop game."]Nina won the candy-diaper-poop game.[/caption]

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.)

[caption id="attachment_319" align="alignleft" width="226" caption="Butt Paste endorsement"]Butt Paste endorsement[/caption]

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.

[caption id="attachment_321" align="alignright" width="242" caption="practicing my strolling"]practicing my strolling[/caption]

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


Topics: family, Events, Surprises, baby food, baby shower, baby gifts

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