What I Made on My Holiday July 8, 2013 8:38 PM   Subscribe

After inadvertently causing this pileup, I feel it behooves me as a brand spanking new mum to offer up some baby photos to the community as a thank you for your patience and assistance. OH YEAH I KNOW HOW TO FORM BABBY.

This is Theodore Owen. He was born back on the 28th of June, having decided that being on time is for peasants. He rocked up well over a week late via c section, and was 10 pound 3 ounces at birth. He is now more like four whole PS3 controllers long than just three and a half. It's like having a one month old with no neck control. Still, my biceps have never been better.

Many thanks to the whole Metafilter community, without whom the last year's worth of reproductive events wold have been much less pleasant. From just providing distraction to providing advice, as well as all the folk who shared their stories of pregnancy, miscarriage and childbirth with the community here. Some of it can't have been easy to share, and so I am grateful that it's here for people like me to draw strength from. Dr. Jilder, Theo and I thank you all.
posted by Jilder to MetaFilter-Related at 8:38 PM (88 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

HE'S SO CUTE IN HIS LITTLE JAMMIES! NICE WORK!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:44 PM on July 8, 2013


Follow-up question: did you name him after Theodore the Chipmunk? Theodore is the best of the Chipmunks so you can be honest. You did, didn't you? Also, Theodore is a very nice name, whether or not you named him after the chipmunk. Did you? It's okay, you can tell me.

I know you did.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:46 PM on July 8, 2013 [12 favorites]


YAY BABBY
posted by Curious Artificer at 8:56 PM on July 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Well done! OMG he is so adorable!
posted by goshling at 9:01 PM on July 8, 2013


Congratulations!

Please tell me that you are going to dress him exclusively in fuzzy little animal costumes until he's old enough to object.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 9:01 PM on July 8, 2013 [16 favorites]


What a fine young fellow! Congratulations to everybody involved!
posted by Lexica at 9:12 PM on July 8, 2013


Awww! Such a cutie!
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 9:15 PM on July 8, 2013


I really like this "measure babby in household objects relevant to your interests" idea. It could be like the "stuff on my cat" of childrearing. Can it be a thing now?
posted by NoraReed at 9:18 PM on July 8, 2013 [11 favorites]


Aw! Such a cutie-poo!
posted by MissySedai at 9:22 PM on July 8, 2013


Congratulations! He is a cutie pie!
posted by SLC Mom at 9:26 PM on July 8, 2013


And the $10,000 question . . . Reiki or no Reiki? And if yes did it leave you smeared with the unmistakably putrescent scent of pseudo-science?
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 9:39 PM on July 8, 2013 [15 favorites]


So cute! Congratulations!
posted by jamaro at 9:43 PM on July 8, 2013


10 lb 3 oh my god you WIN!

Congratulations! And I can tell by the cute ears on that cute hooded outfit that you have this baby stuff down.
posted by Catch at 9:50 PM on July 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Congratulations!
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:03 PM on July 8, 2013


Wonderful! Well done! He's lovely!
posted by Specklet at 10:07 PM on July 8, 2013


Nice work.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:10 PM on July 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Adorable!

I hope somebody rubbed your feet if that was what you wanted.
posted by rtha at 10:15 PM on July 8, 2013


The way babies curl up their tiny little hands when they are sleepy makes my heart into mush.

He is a fine young man in his wee fuzzy jumper! Congratulations!
posted by winna at 10:23 PM on July 8, 2013


Congratulations on spawning another hooooooo-maaaaaaaan!
posted by lazaruslong at 10:33 PM on July 8, 2013


Congrats.

And you were right, that was still a bad deletion, and Reiki is pure-D unadulterated nonsense.
posted by spitbull at 11:14 PM on July 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


What a cutie! Thanks for sharing!
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:41 PM on July 8, 2013


I don't know, or care, about the posting history, but that kid is just freakin' adorable!

Congratulations on a job well done.
posted by cedar at 11:58 PM on July 8, 2013


Congratulations!
posted by knile at 12:19 AM on July 9, 2013


Excellent baby. I love the expression on his wee face in the first pic - looks like he's drafting a rather stiff letter to the authorities.

...while I remain grateful for the kindnesses of the doughty creatures you have employed to minister to my needs, and grateful too for the whimsical eye of the tailor they have in turn employed on my behalf, I find my current circumstances - dare I say it? - not untroublesome.

In truth, I fear that I may have cause to regret the o'er-hasty abandonment of those cozy lodgings to which I had become so accustomed this past nine-month...

posted by jack_mo at 12:22 AM on July 9, 2013 [27 favorites]


Please, please tell me you got some Reiki and it made you feel better so I can harvest mefi's sweet tears of rage.
posted by MillMan at 12:29 AM on July 9, 2013 [9 favorites]


I believe you get the Good Drugs for a C-section, so any pro-Reiki results would be unreliable. You would need to have several more children under varying conditions to reach even a tentative conclusion.
posted by Dr Dracator at 12:37 AM on July 9, 2013 [6 favorites]


And you were right, that was still a bad deletion, and Reiki is pure-D unadulterated nonsense.

I am 100% on your side and then some on this issue but seriously, time and place.
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:43 AM on July 9, 2013 [10 favorites]


Woo!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:56 AM on July 9, 2013


Mrs. Pterodactyl: "did you name him after Theodore the Chipmunk? Theodore is the best of the Chipmunks so you can be honest."

This is a darn adorable tyke. And Theodore is a fantastic name.

But just so we're clear, Simon is the best chipmunk.*

*This is possibly not a neutral viewpoint as my son's name is Simon.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:33 AM on July 9, 2013 [5 favorites]


Hello sprout! Congrats, Jilder!

[And yeah guys, this is not the Reiki thread. This is the "Welcome to Earth, recent human!" thread.]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (staff) at 1:41 AM on July 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


He's so cute!! What is it about MeFites that they always create such cute babies?
posted by colfax at 1:57 AM on July 9, 2013


Beautiful babby boy. Congratulations! I'll be looking forward to seeing him in a topper sometime soon.
posted by h00py at 2:25 AM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


How is babby 5med?
posted by Eideteker at 2:38 AM on July 9, 2013


Congrats, he is adorable!
posted by Fig at 2:40 AM on July 9, 2013


Congratulations!

Next in video game wars: Sony and Nintendo fight over which controller becomes the official unit of baby measurement. I think it should be the wiimote, but I respect your choice.
posted by pianissimo at 3:16 AM on July 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


Hurray, congrats! A nice name for a nice baby.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:25 AM on July 9, 2013


Congratulations! That is a very nicely formed babby. Keep up the good work!
posted by drlith at 3:26 AM on July 9, 2013


10 lb. 3 oz.? Go, you! Congratulations on your little cutie!
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:32 AM on July 9, 2013


Such a beautiful baby! Such a regal name! Congrats!
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 3:55 AM on July 9, 2013


Congratulations! I see your 10lb 3oz and raise you 10lb 14oz, 13 days late, by c-section on June 17th :)
posted by altolinguistic at 4:54 AM on July 9, 2013 [7 favorites]


Congratulations on T.O.! 10+lbs? Well played.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 4:57 AM on July 9, 2013


Congrats on a beautiful and healthy Theo.

But that kid is a Teddy if ever I saw one.
posted by kinetic at 5:08 AM on July 9, 2013


Yours is a very fine babby.
posted by shiny blue object at 5:13 AM on July 9, 2013


I am worried that the child seems to have grown a thick layer of fleece so soon...

Ooooh, it's a costume!

Well, carry on, then, small human.
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:26 AM on July 9, 2013 [5 favorites]


Yay! It's a baby! Congratulations to you, and welcome to earth, little one. Hold on, it's a hell of a ride.
posted by gauche at 5:39 AM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


When the first picture loaded on my phone, all I could see was the ears on his fuzzy little hoodie. My brain said, "Her baby is a teddy bear." As if you had actually given birth to a teddy bear. No, I haven't had any coffee yet this morning. Why do you ask?

Congrats!
posted by youngergirl44 at 5:46 AM on July 9, 2013 [8 favorites]


Yes! Teddy-O! June 28 is my birthday, too! I've been warming it up for you for 29 years; it runs great. (When you're in school, kids will tell you that summer birthdays are lame because you don't get to have a school birthday party. But school doesn't last forever, kid, and summer birthdays are awesome when you're an adult.)
posted by ocherdraco at 6:01 AM on July 9, 2013 [4 favorites]


I was a week-late ten-pounder, so I'm qualified to objectively inform you that they make the best children.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 6:01 AM on July 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


Welcome Babby Theodore. I think you will like it here. And to the whole Jilder family, congrats!
posted by bilabial at 6:24 AM on July 9, 2013


Oh, so cute! And that lovely baby is obviously not a Smurf, because the units of measurement are all wrong.
posted by maudlin at 6:41 AM on July 9, 2013


Huzzah for all of you! Congratulations!
posted by jquinby at 7:00 AM on July 9, 2013


Congratulations! What a nice babby!!!
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:26 AM on July 9, 2013


EEEE! The baby! The little jammies with hand footies! EEEEE!
posted by xingcat at 7:30 AM on July 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


He's adorable! Congrats!
posted by triggerfinger at 7:31 AM on July 9, 2013


Hooray baby!
posted by boo_radley at 7:39 AM on July 9, 2013


I would like to repeat my suggestion to the new parents that "MeTa" is a very good name for a child, and there is no doubt room in standardized forms for those four letters. It's not too late for an addition!
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:03 AM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yep, that's some nice gestatin' there, Jilder. You done cooked him good.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 8:13 AM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yay! Hooray! Congrats! Theos are the best babbies, I have one too!
posted by rabbitrabbit at 8:30 AM on July 9, 2013


I really like this "measure babby in household objects relevant to your interests" idea. It could be like the "stuff on my cat" of childrearing. Can it be a thing now?

We have a lot of cats, and we treated each time one of our babies began to outweigh a particular cat as a milestone.

Congrats on the new arrival.
posted by not that girl at 8:32 AM on July 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


10 pounds 3 ounces! That's a spicy meatball!

(Congrats! And welcome to the world, Theo. You're going to like it here. We have cheeseburgers and movies about robots that hit monsters with boats.)
posted by palomar at 8:45 AM on July 9, 2013 [4 favorites]


Welcome to the world, wee babby Theodore O! Nice work, mammy & pappy.
posted by janey47 at 9:04 AM on July 9, 2013


Congratulations on your adorable stuffed PS3 controllers!!!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:08 AM on July 9, 2013


Because of the cuteness of babby, all is forgiven. Because, babby!

Welcome to the world, babby Jilder!
posted by Lynsey at 9:16 AM on July 9, 2013


Well done you! He's a wee dote. Good luck to all of you.

By the way should there not be a baby-sized MetaFilter t-shirt? I'm thinking "I'm a MetaBaby (and I caused a pile-up before I was even born.)"
posted by billiebee at 9:16 AM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hello Baby! You are full of cuteness and wonder. What's your MeFi name?
posted by theora55 at 9:23 AM on July 9, 2013


Congratulations, Jilder, on an amazing personal experience that no one else would be able to reproduce. I wish you all the best of luck in a few years when you submit him for peer review. :)

(playful, not snarky)
posted by Riki tiki at 9:30 AM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Welcome to the world, beautiful boy!
posted by kimberussell at 9:33 AM on July 9, 2013


Mazel Tov!!!!

And Theodore, you are one gorgeous little fuzzy headed babby, you is. Yes you is. Yes, yes, yes. Who is a cutie. Why, you is a cutie. All of you, every bit. Was that a smile? Was it? Yay!!!! Ooh, you are so adorable. Yes, you are. Yes, yes yes yes yes. Oh! Was that another adorable smile? You handsome ittle eddie ear. You is the cutest, yes you is. Yes, yes yes.

Yeah, I really liked the picture!
posted by bearwife at 9:41 AM on July 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


A darling little Finn. When will you be adopting Jake?
posted by Toekneesan at 9:45 AM on July 9, 2013


That is one big adorable babby! I'm glad you and he are both well. Congratulations!
posted by Mister_A at 10:01 AM on July 9, 2013


Well done.
posted by Cranberry at 10:43 AM on July 9, 2013


"So when I wanted a baby you were all 'no way', but now that Metafilter has cute babies, you're all, 'should we?'"

From a non-fighty, mostly-joking discussion I just had over lunch
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:53 AM on July 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


GOOD JOB!
posted by inertia at 11:25 AM on July 9, 2013


If anything ever convinces me to have children, it will be the fact that Mefites have the absolutely hands-down cutest babies of all time. Congrats to you and Theo!

In the other corner, my boss, who is having what appears to be the single most miserable experience I have ever seen a fellow human go through during her pregnancy.
posted by WidgetAlley at 11:43 AM on July 9, 2013


Congrats! What an adorable little lamb.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 11:44 AM on July 9, 2013


This seems like as good a place as any to mention that my daughter Eleanor was born on June 13th, and that I stumbled on the Reiki thread three days later during a sleepless night, after it had ballooned up to 400+ comments. I finally got her to go back to sleep by reading comments in goofy voices. The one that finally got her to stop fussing was Blasdelb, read as an enthusiastic Julie Andrews.
posted by Mayor West at 12:14 PM on July 9, 2013 [23 favorites]


Congratulations!!!!! What an adorabiggle! Theodore ROCKS as a name, btw.

(And this is as good a place as any to tell the assembly that my third grandbun will arrive in December, a bit before Christmas. It will be the first for my son and his wife. Hooray for metabuns and for grandbuns!)
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 12:36 PM on July 9, 2013 [6 favorites]


Mefites sure know how to make cute babbys!
posted by deborah at 2:06 PM on July 9, 2013


Totally adorable. I approve of babies in fuzzy animal garb as a general rule. Carry on!
posted by misha at 3:49 PM on July 9, 2013


BABBY IS FORMED NICELY
posted by Joe in Australia at 6:42 PM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was a week-late ten-pounder, so I'm qualified to objectively inform you that they make the best children.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:01 AM on July 9


I was three weeks late and weighed 10 lbs 4 oz, and we do indeed make the best children.

And congratulations! He is adorable!
posted by MexicanYenta at 7:33 PM on July 9, 2013


Thanks everyone! While he is not named after a chipmunk, the comparison is not unfavourable, as Theodore is obviously the chipmunk designed for maximum adorability.

As far as reiki goes, I was administered a homeopathic foot rub, whereby dilution was made via distance. Dr. Jilder achieved this by going and having a pizza sub with extra cheese across the road from the hospital. Once we've got a larger sample size we'll report back.

And holy hell! Look at all those other babbies! Congrats Mayor West and St. Alia! We're a fertile bunch, aren't we?
posted by Jilder at 8:27 PM on July 9, 2013 [4 favorites]


Holy cannoli that's a big baby! Congratulations, and welcome Theodore!

Can I share my baby too? Truman was born on May 20 at a peanuty 6lbs13oz. He is now a rolypoly 10 pounds at 7 weeks!

Just wait until your baby smiles at you, Jilder. It is the most wonderful thing you have ever seen.
posted by apricot at 9:31 PM on July 9, 2013 [7 favorites]


Those are some exemplar babby formations! Gorgeous, one and all! Congratulations to all the parents and grandparents, and welcome to the new MeWees.
posted by angiep at 12:37 AM on July 10, 2013


well done - enjoy !
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:38 PM on July 10, 2013


Yay! Babby!
posted by Michele in California at 5:39 AM on July 11, 2013


"I finally got her to go back to sleep by reading comments in goofy voices. The one that finally got her to stop fussing was Blasdelb, read as an enthusiastic Julie Andrews."

This is seriously the most amazing thing, I will be previewing all of my comments in a enthusiastic Julie Andrews voice from now on.
posted by Blasdelb at 1:32 AM on July 12, 2013 [7 favorites]


Yay babbies - congrats to all!
posted by leslies at 6:38 PM on July 13, 2013


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