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Houston, do we have a launch confirmation?
posted by fandango_matt to MetaFilter-Related at 11:45 PM (121 comments total)

Congratulations, Matt and Kay--and happy birthday, Fiona!
posted by fandango_matt at 11:46 PM on May 1, 2005


please to fix the link.
posted by fandango_matt at 11:49 PM on May 1, 2005


Congrats!
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 12:03 AM on May 2, 2005


I hate that baby and what it's done to Matt and this site.

Mazel Tov!
posted by DaShiv at 12:54 AM on May 2, 2005


Yay!
posted by stray at 12:56 AM on May 2, 2005


Good luck. As long as we're here in MeTa, I'm predicting she's going to want a pony at some point.
posted by planetkyoto at 1:18 AM on May 2, 2005


Um...it's still a pre-baby isn't it? G'luck to your wife.
posted by peacay at 1:53 AM on May 2, 2005


You'll be needing a Burley trailer to tow behind your recumbent.
posted by fixedgear at 2:15 AM on May 2, 2005


Good luck, congratulations, and happy birthday!
posted by gleuschk at 4:24 AM on May 2, 2005


We're at "8cm, pushing soon" so it looks like it's good for go. Yay!
posted by taz at 5:01 AM on May 2, 2005


*CLINK*! Toasting the newest MeFi's arrival!
posted by yoga at 5:03 AM on May 2, 2005


i just like saying stork.
posted by quonsar at 5:05 AM on May 2, 2005


Cigar's all around! Well, we should probably wait until she actually arrives...
*makes pancakes*
posted by graventy at 5:07 AM on May 2, 2005


*paces from blue to grey to green to grey to blue to grey to green...*
posted by sciurus at 5:15 AM on May 2, 2005


I think I could use an epidural too. Hope it's all over (and ends well) soon.
posted by PY at 5:15 AM on May 2, 2005


Totally sweet.
posted by rocketman at 5:19 AM on May 2, 2005


Congratulations. Matt's a lucky man -- an fine and growing family, and no need to purchase pabulum for the baby, seeing as how so much is posted here for free. ;)
posted by orthogonality at 5:37 AM on May 2, 2005


Congratulations, and ponies all around!
posted by languagehat at 5:52 AM on May 2, 2005


Congrats to the entire Haughey clan.
posted by terrapin at 5:58 AM on May 2, 2005


Happy Birthday little Fiona! It's not too early to ask for ponies. Congrats Matt and Kay! You have the best name, truly!
posted by fionab at 6:02 AM on May 2, 2005


already? aii... why, it seems like only yesterday...

congratulations/good luck / whatever's appropriate at this stage :) !
posted by mdn at 6:18 AM on May 2, 2005


Push him out! Shove him out! Waaay Out!
posted by jonmc at 6:30 AM on May 2, 2005


Fiona Haughey's Amazon Wishlist
posted by anastasiav at 6:35 AM on May 2, 2005


"i just like saying stork."

I see she's wearing a smock.
posted by I EAT TAPES at 6:47 AM on May 2, 2005


Congratulations!
posted by livii at 6:48 AM on May 2, 2005


That was a fast nine months, wasn't it? Congrats, Haugheys!
posted by brownpau at 6:51 AM on May 2, 2005


Woohoo! Congrats and best wishes.
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. at 6:54 AM on May 2, 2005


Sadly, the time between 8 cm and birth can be quite lengthy. Good luck!
posted by anapestic at 6:54 AM on May 2, 2005


no new flickr pics up for an hour...sounds like he is busy. Wow.

i can't even imagine.
posted by th3ph17 at 7:10 AM on May 2, 2005


This is so much better than waiting around for a new pope. Good luck, all!
posted by ChrisTN at 7:19 AM on May 2, 2005


Yay, hooray! Congrats to new mama and daddy.
posted by sugarfish at 7:23 AM on May 2, 2005


Congratulations! May all your family live as long as they want and never want as long as they live.
posted by Staggering Jack at 7:34 AM on May 2, 2005


Congratulations on the n00b, Matt and Kay! Wish you joy of every minute.
posted by flashboy at 7:57 AM on May 2, 2005


fandango_matt made a great pic of #1 from the recumbent bike which Matt won't have free time to enjoy any more. Babies are cooler than bikes anyhow. Congrats, Haugheys.
posted by dfowler at 7:59 AM on May 2, 2005


See Also....
posted by anastasiav at 8:03 AM on May 2, 2005


Babies are cooler than bikes anyhow.

It's just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.
posted by jonmc at 8:03 AM on May 2, 2005


Congrats!
posted by ubersturm at 8:05 AM on May 2, 2005


jonmc, but they come with their own built in sirens!

Babies rock, my little boy grounds me in ways I never even thought possible.

Congrats to the #1 Family!
posted by fenriq at 8:06 AM on May 2, 2005


Babies rock, my little boy grounds me

He grounded you? That's one strict toddler. Whadja do, stay out all night?
posted by jonmc at 8:08 AM on May 2, 2005


Oh my! Time does fly, doesn't it?

Here's predicting Fiona's born with a headjack.




Congrats. Couldn't have happened to nicer people :)
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 8:09 AM on May 2, 2005


Yay! Our Dear Leader's spawn is beginning to emerge!

Congratulations!
posted by blasdelf at 8:16 AM on May 2, 2005


Congrats, all round! *Gets ice cream for the pancakes*


and Psst. blasdelf, don't use the word spawn to mark poor mathowie jr. (it reminds me of bad horror movies like the Spawn of Chuckie)
posted by Ms Snit at 8:37 AM on May 2, 2005


OMG I can't believe the day has arrived! This is truly awesome! Blessings and kindest wishes to the new family!
posted by naxosaxur at 8:41 AM on May 2, 2005


I can't possibly imagine what it's like for you guys, but I'm guessing this may be as good as it gets.

Best wishes to all 3 of you.
posted by spaghetti at 8:44 AM on May 2, 2005


Best wishes.

Don't forget, for new parents each hour of sleep counts for 3 hours of sleep for normal people.

At least that's what you have to tell your self!
posted by asok at 8:55 AM on May 2, 2005


I love that I'm not the first person to add the RSS feed to bloglines. (Frykitty and graventy beat me to it.)
posted by quasistoic at 8:55 AM on May 2, 2005


If she had waited two more days she would have arrived on my birthday! Congratulations to everybody - May is the best month to be born - and Taurus women ROCK.
posted by mygothlaundry at 9:10 AM on May 2, 2005


See also, also.

Congrats, Haughey family!
posted by me3dia at 9:14 AM on May 2, 2005


May the seeds and sprouts of your intertwining lives continue to bloom and climb skyward.
posted by freebird at 9:17 AM on May 2, 2005


We're all rooting for you! Congrats!!
posted by jasper411 at 9:18 AM on May 2, 2005


But is she gonna have to shell out $5 to register? :-)

Félicitations!
posted by clevershark at 9:27 AM on May 2, 2005


Great name, but I thought we had agreed on Jrun Pancake Haughey?

Congrats!
posted by kenko at 9:27 AM on May 2, 2005


She's here!

Welcome Fiona. The world is a confusing and amazing place. I hope that when the confusion fades, the amazement will stay with you forever. Congratulations and all the best Matt & Kay.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:28 AM on May 2, 2005


Congratulations #1!
posted by sninky-chan at 9:30 AM on May 2, 2005


Yippee! Things just interesting!
posted by fenriq at 9:31 AM on May 2, 2005


Happy birthday, Fiona! (warning, poetry)
posted by DaShiv at 9:34 AM on May 2, 2005


Why the hell is there meconium smeared all over Meta?

Oh, the baby's here. Cool.

Congratulations!
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 9:45 AM on May 2, 2005


Doh! Things just GOT interesting. Dang.
posted by fenriq at 9:46 AM on May 2, 2005


MAKE IT SO #1

gratz again!
posted by Stynxno at 9:51 AM on May 2, 2005


From one May 2nd-er to another, welcome to the world and happy birthday!
posted by Dean King at 9:52 AM on May 2, 2005


Get the girl a pony!

Congratulations Matt.
posted by sebas at 10:06 AM on May 2, 2005


Congratulations, best of luck, and may she have a long and happy life!
posted by mediareport at 10:09 AM on May 2, 2005


Can we call her FiHa?

Huge congratulations Matt and Kay. Be prepared to feel love like you've never felt it before (nature's way of getting you through the next couple of years without any sleep). All the best. And don't worry about Mefi; quonsar can run things while you're busy.
posted by jokeefe at 10:10 AM on May 2, 2005


Congratulations on proving your evolutionary fitness.
posted by sciurus at 10:10 AM on May 2, 2005


MetaFiona?
posted by matteo at 10:14 AM on May 2, 2005


w00t! Congrats to all. Let the sleepless nights begin!
posted by TheDonF at 10:21 AM on May 2, 2005


Epidurals may seem to "rock" but so often they interfere with breastfeeding, I am sad to say. A baby with drugs in its system is often quite groggy and has trouble feeding.

Make sure you have a good lactation consultant. Every baby deserves the best: mama's milk.

Congrats etc.
posted by beth at 10:26 AM on May 2, 2005


Congrats!
posted by swordfishtrombones at 10:35 AM on May 2, 2005


Congrats Matt and Kay! And Fiona: Our sincerest apologies for the state of the world you've come in to.
posted by fvw at 10:40 AM on May 2, 2005


We've trained you well. Now go be an excellent father. Congrats to you and your wife!
posted by grateful at 10:42 AM on May 2, 2005


She's beautiful. Congrats to mom and dad, and welcome Fiona.
posted by caddis at 10:50 AM on May 2, 2005


Congradulations Matt & Kay, welcome Fiona - best wishes.
posted by page404 at 10:55 AM on May 2, 2005


Aww!


posted by fandango_matt at 11:01 AM on May 2, 2005


Congratulations, Matt!
posted by Galvatron at 11:06 AM on May 2, 2005


Congratulations and blessings to your family.
posted by Colloquial Collision at 11:13 AM on May 2, 2005


Speaking of birthdays, today is my MetaFilter birthday. I am four years old. That means that I can form simple sentences and I'm less likely to crap myself.

Yay, me!
posted by ColdChef at 11:18 AM on May 2, 2005


That's right. I'm stealing thunder.

Hey! Look at the cute baby!
posted by ColdChef at 11:19 AM on May 2, 2005


I cried a little. Mazel tov, Haugheys!
posted by tizzie at 11:29 AM on May 2, 2005


Congrats! And the next PDX meetup need to be at baby-compatible locale.
posted by turbodog at 11:30 AM on May 2, 2005


Congratulations!
posted by klausness at 11:38 AM on May 2, 2005


Never MetaFiona I didn't like.
posted by cortex at 1:41 PM on May 2, 2005


mazel tov.
posted by brevator at 2:32 PM on May 2, 2005


Look at that baby! So cute! Congrats!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:33 PM on May 2, 2005 [1 favorite]


Make sure you have a good lactation consultant.

There are consultants? Like Accenture? Doesn't the kid just know what to do?
posted by fixedgear at 2:40 PM on May 2, 2005


So cute!!!

I hope you save a printout of this page for the kid.
posted by grouse at 2:44 PM on May 2, 2005


Awww She is precious. Congrats
posted by tonelesscereal at 2:46 PM on May 2, 2005


Congratulations!
posted by tcp at 2:46 PM on May 2, 2005


Congrats Matt and familiy! She's adorable!
posted by whatideserve at 2:47 PM on May 2, 2005


she looks brilliant. congratulations!
posted by casarkos at 2:58 PM on May 2, 2005


There are consultants? Like Accenture? Doesn't the kid just know what to do?

It is common for newborns to just clamp down on mom's nipple any old way, and end up hurting mom and / or not getting enough milk. A good latch is essential. The baby's mouth needs to be wide open, and its lips need to cover a fair amount of areola as well to properly depress the milk sinuses and squirt the milk into its mouth.

I read tons of breastfeeding books and so forth, but even I had latch problems and needed a consultant. Then we got thrush. Ugh, the pain! We finally got over it and things went swimmingly. Many women give up and start feeding formula without really giving breastfeeding much of a chance to really get going.

Breastmilk has so much amazing stuff in it, they don't even know what all of its ingredients are, or how they work. Mother's milk has custom-made antibodies to bacteria and viruses that the baby is exposed to, among many many other things that formula simply can't match. Also it changes composition throughout the feed, becoming fattier as baby suckles. As time passes, the milk composition changes to suit the age of the baby, as well. Toddler milk is quite different from newborn milk.

The baby formula industry is very well-funded and determined to thwart breastfeeding at every turn, doing everything from giving free samples even to breastfeeding mothers to creating shitty breast pumps that hurt women, all to make a profit. There's tons more if you start looking into it.

Breastmilk is one of the coolest things on earth, and is one of the best things you can do for your baby. I nursed my daughter til she was nearly two, and enjoyed it thoroughly.
posted by beth at 3:03 PM on May 2, 2005


FionaFilter!!!

yippee! : >

breastmilk is best--especially the colostrum, but don't feel guilty if you don't breastfeed--most of us were formula babies and we turned out fine.)
posted by amberglow at 3:06 PM on May 2, 2005


congrats matt.
posted by fishfucker at 3:07 PM on May 2, 2005


Awesome! Welcome to the world Mefi...or is it Fihowie?
posted by ramix at 3:08 PM on May 2, 2005


Awww, how sweet! Congrats, Kay and Matt! And hoppy burfday to Fiona!
posted by deborah at 3:10 PM on May 2, 2005


(Oh, and congrats!)
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 3:10 PM on May 2, 2005


HiFi! BabyFi! She's so cute!
posted by fionab at 3:13 PM on May 2, 2005


congrats...
posted by schyler523 at 3:19 PM on May 2, 2005


Excellent news! Congratulations!
posted by vignettist at 3:23 PM on May 2, 2005


Awww... such a cutie - congrats!
posted by Alylex at 3:56 PM on May 2, 2005


congrats matt.
posted by eyeballkid at 4:13 PM on May 2, 2005


yeah, yeah, congradualtions. Is there a Baby's First blog?

(don't really bother with the link - it's just the highest google link for baby's first blog)
posted by filmgeek at 5:01 PM on May 2, 2005


Congratulations, Matt!
posted by eustacescrubb at 5:06 PM on May 2, 2005


Woohoo! Fiona is such a great name, and she picked a most excellent day to be born. I've always loved May 2 as my birthday ;)

Congrats to Matt and Kay, she's wicked cute!
posted by nelleish at 5:21 PM on May 2, 2005


our very own Mefia Princess!
posted by amberglow at 5:35 PM on May 2, 2005


Congratulations, Haugheys!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:38 PM on May 2, 2005


Woo-hoo! Bubbly and cigars for you both! And goochie-goos for Fiona!
posted by moonbird at 6:33 PM on May 2, 2005


Congrats!!!
posted by dhruva at 6:41 PM on May 2, 2005


Huhray!
posted by catachresoid at 6:55 PM on May 2, 2005


I say, congratulations!
posted by kindall at 10:58 AM on May 3, 2005


This is good, indeed. Congratulations!
posted by safetyfork at 11:30 AM on May 3, 2005


Fabulous! Congratulations to the whole family.
posted by OmieWise at 12:07 PM on May 3, 2005


Congratulations Matt and Kay! I most sincerely wish you and little Fiona all the best in the world.

...because she's got 23K+ surly and mind-bogglingly opinionated quasi aunts and uncles.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 12:09 PM on May 3, 2005


Congratulations Matt and Kay.
posted by squealy at 2:53 PM on May 3, 2005


Congratulations.

You know this means your life is over, though, don't you?
posted by dg at 3:05 PM on May 3, 2005


Congrats, d00dz!
posted by ph00dz at 6:15 PM on May 3, 2005


Wonderful baby greatness! Congratulations, Matt and Kay! That's one cute kid you've got there.
posted by jennyb at 6:29 PM on May 3, 2005


What a good thing! Welcome Fiona. And congrats to mom and dad.
posted by stirfry at 7:56 PM on May 3, 2005


Mmmmm. Baby. Good lookin' one too. Congrats. Your world is now so much richer (and not to mention turned nutty on its head).
posted by bdave at 10:58 PM on May 3, 2005


BabyFilter. Congratulations.
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:33 PM on May 4, 2005


Man, I just don't get to MeTa often enough these days.

Congratulations to the Haugheys!!
posted by widdershins at 11:07 AM on May 6, 2005


Don't give him a really generic name like David Thompson or he'll hate his parents for life.
posted by thedevildancedlightly at 9:16 PM on May 15, 2005


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