Theo!

After about a week of trying every wive’s tale out there, the thing that actually pushed Betsy into active labor was not a wive’s tale at all. It was a gyro from a small Greek diner down the street from our house. Go figure.

But yes! We made a human and Betsy expertly brought said human into the world with some help from a few skilled nurses, doctors, and one wide-eyed husband.

Theo was born last Saturday at 4:09 in the morning. He was a small little guy, weighing in at 6lb. 3oz. (19 inches long) but was plenty feisty. He actually punched the doctor in the face on his way out! (Ok. Not really.)

We weren’t able to bring him home right away due to some jaundice and he had to be a little glow worm for a day to solve the problem. All is well now though and baby and mommy are healthy and happy!

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We’ve spent the week so far figuring each other out and trying to limit poodle face licks to under 100 per hour.

Even though we are a touch sleep deprived (as expected), we couldn’t be happier. Here are a few pics because I can’t help myself (Don’t worry. These are not my professional attempts. Those are yet to come. These are just phone photos!)

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Baby Pool Winner!

A few weeks ago I published a fun online baby pool for Theo. Lots of people entered (over 200) and weirdly not a single person got the date right (1/10). But there was still a winner who got most of the details right and won the tiebreaker (closest to date). I’ll email you with your prize!

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Food blogging (and the Expecting Nugget series) will continue as scheduled tomorrow!

50 comments on “Theo!

  1. Wonderful, beautiful baby. Only happy times ahead for you three. Take the sleepless nights and endless crying in stride, because you’ll look back and almost miss it (ok, you won’t miss it, per se, but you’ll treasure all the memories regardless.)

  2. Congratulations! And a HUGE high-five to Betsy for being a champ. So glad that Porter seems happy to be a big brother. Sending love and baby snuggles from Boston!

  3. Big Congratulations!! I’ll be interested to see how Porter does with the new addition. My due date is in two weeks and while I know our fur baby will be a great big sister, I feel a little bit bad that she has no idea what’s about to come. :)

  4. Mazal tov! He’s beautiful!
    Don’t worry about the jaundice- my newborn son had it too, and now, 19 years later, he’s 6’2″ and an athlete!

  5. Congratulations! So happy for you both. He’s darling and I LOVE his name. Boys are the best.

  6. Congratulations!! So glad the baby finally made it, he’s adorable! :-) Enjoy your beautiful little one, the time seems to fly by and also drag on at the same time, but they don’t stay little like this for very long!

  7. Congrats to you both! He is absolutely precious. And I wish I had entered the pool….the little guy and I share a birthday so I would have won! :)

  8. Congratulations! He’s a cutie! And, don’t apologize for the pixs. In fact I encourage you to take as many as you can this first year because they grow and change so quickly you’ll be glad later when you can look back and remember this time. Best wishes to you all.

  9. Congratulations! And welcome to the world baby Theo. So happy for all of you. Life will never be the same.

  10. You have joined a wonderful club of love that know no bounds, congratulations to you and Betsy

  11. Congratulations from Victoria, BC! All the best to the family, including the fur-kids!

  12. Congratulations! My daughter changed my life in unimaginably awesome ways! I know Theo will do the same for the both of you!

  13. Congratulations!! Welcome to parenthood :) my daughter was also born tiny at 6lbs 4oz and 19″. She had to spend 3 days under the phototherapy lights as well because her bilirubin levels were dangerously high. Aw, our poor babies. It was a scary time but at least both our kids are home and doing well now. Many happy joys for the weeks ahead! If Betsy is breastfeeding, the top item I can recommend is a “My Brest Friend” breastfeeding pillow! Saves the back and is very handy and portable! Congrats again!

  14. I read your posting almost every day and missed the notice by a week

    beyond congrats to mom dad and porter i offer the following

    not in order but all should be maintained

    don’t have expectations piano, harvard sports etc

    allow Theo to find his own way

    don’t read Dr Laura or any books rely on instinct it has
    worked forever!

  15. Congratulations on your precious baby! Aren’t you glad you have been stocking up your freezer?
    I was doing the same when I was expecting my fourth baby (2 years ago). When I showed my friends the well stocked freezer, they were impressed. And apparently decided I am all set in the food department because nobody dropped off any food after the baby was born, which felt kinda sad…The freezer stock disappeared too fast, but I got hooked on freezer cooking since then. Looking forward to more freezer recipes.

  16. Congratulations!! I assume by now you’ve given up on limiting face-licks. What’s the point? :) Enjoy it all!!

  17. Congratulations to you both! Over the next few weeks, you may not believe this, but your lives have now changed for the better!!! Cherish and enjoy every minute. Sooner than you expect, you’ll be wondering where the time went as you say your temporary good-byes when Theo leaves the nest to tackle the world on his own. Start a “life-book” now, with plenty of photos, milestones, etc. Keep it up, and keep it filled with report cards, accomplishments, certificates, drawings (after you take them off the refrigerator), and anything else that would chronicle his life and experiences as he grows into adulthood. Both of my daughters are in their 40’s now, and we didn’t do that with either of them, which I regret to this day. Through many moves in both the U.S. and overseas during my Army career, a lot of their photos, mementos, and school papers were lost to the ages.If we had stored them in a single book for each, then we could have carried it ourselves, rather than chancing it to the “movers”.

  18. Congratulations to you all. I have been a long time reader. Thank you for sharing your life and food with us.

  19. Wow wow CONGRATTS to BETSY AND YOU !!

    It is absolutely the best thing that ever happens to you guys… Yea… You’ll be saying for a ling time that you’ve made a miracle come true … You really did do it … Take it From a few of us who still say it with 20-30’ers kids

    Take care be well…. glad all ok !!!

    Shelly aka dad Gansie

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