The Best of All Possible News! April 27, 2016 6:55 AM   Subscribe

The world is a better place for all of us today because we now share a world with Duffell and CatastropheWaitress's BABY!

Mabel Rio was born last night (22 inches, 8lbs 9oz, breathtaking!). When last we heard both mom and baby were resting happily.

These two will be amazing parents and it's unfair that on top of all the wonderful things Mabel will accomplish she is also so cute it's almost painful. HOORAY!

I am checking the box that says "My request requires community input and cannot be addressed by contacting MetaFilter staff" because I think it's important that as many people as possible weigh in on important questions like:

1) How is this baby so cute?
2) How happy are you that this baby exists?
3) On a scale of "all the time" to "constantly", how much do you think this baby should be snuggled?
4) Mabel Rio: Adorablest baby or most adorable baby?

Hooray for the Catastrophe-Duffell family and hooray for all of us that this wonderful baby has been born to two such fantastic people!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to MetaFilter-Related at 6:55 AM (57 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

aww yay and congrats!
posted by brilliantine at 6:57 AM on April 27, 2016


I conflated the numbers at first, and thought for a second the baby was 22 pounds. An eight-pound newborn is way less terrifying, so congratulations on your lovely non-terrifying baby!
posted by Greg Nog at 7:01 AM on April 27, 2016 [15 favorites]


Congrats!
posted by needlegrrl at 7:04 AM on April 27, 2016


awwww what a cutie pie! Congratulations!
posted by everybody had matching towels at 7:05 AM on April 27, 2016


1) I don't even know!
2) Very
3) All the way off the "constantly" end
4) Secret option c - Adorababblest

Congratulations!
posted by billiebee at 7:05 AM on April 27, 2016 [2 favorites]


I think. Mabel is a charming name and she is a cutie pie!
Welcome to the world, darling child.
posted by SLC Mom at 7:06 AM on April 27, 2016


Such hair! Much roundness! Congratulations on getting a jump on the game and skipping 6 months of being a bald guy, Mabel!
posted by ignignokt at 7:09 AM on April 27, 2016 [4 favorites]


Awwwww, congratulations!
posted by EvaDestruction at 7:09 AM on April 27, 2016


I wish the parents many waves of calmness and sleep! I hope it goes like this for you:

CALMNESS ))))))) Duffell and CatastropheWaitress
SLEEP )))))) Duffell and CatastropheWaitress
posted by ignignokt at 7:10 AM on April 27, 2016 [2 favorites]


So cute. Congratulations!

4) Mabel Rio: Adorablest baby or most adorable baby?


I read this pronounced adora blessed and I'm going with that. Adorablessed. Duffell and CatastropheWaitress are blessed with adorable.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 7:11 AM on April 27, 2016 [2 favorites]


Congratulations!

Can she code? How is she with Coldfusion or Amazon Cloud Services? If I requested a new Metafilter subsite, how fast could she turn it around?
posted by bondcliff at 7:13 AM on April 27, 2016 [15 favorites]


She's amazingly cute. Congratulations!
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 7:15 AM on April 27, 2016 [1 favorite]


Congratulations!
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:21 AM on April 27, 2016


Nice. I was wondering what happened to the guy who was posting on MeFi while his wife was in labor. This is a good (and cute!) outcome.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 7:29 AM on April 27, 2016 [11 favorites]


Does this mean that the cutie pie Miss Mabel shares a birthday with cortex? That's pretty cool.

1) Magic.
2) Ecstatic!
3) Lots.
4) Bestest!~
posted by PearlRose at 7:53 AM on April 27, 2016 [2 favorites]


1) This baby is as cute as a kitten snuggling a puppy snuggling a turtle.
2) So, so happy!
3) Clearly as much as the baby wants, but not as much as a dog wants, which is never/all the time/sometimes, according to MetaFilter.
4) Since my babies (now not babies) were the adorablest and most adorable babies of all time, I must say that Mabel Rio is quite possibly the bronze medal holder of adorable babies. And since mine are not babies now, she could easily sweep the podium once she starts smiling.

Congratulations!
posted by cooker girl at 7:53 AM on April 27, 2016 [2 favorites]


Such exciting news! She is beautiful! Congratulations! Please bring her to a DC meetup!
posted by capricorn at 7:57 AM on April 27, 2016 [3 favorites]


Congratulations on sweeping the Adorable Baby primary, Mabel!

And congratulations, Catastrophe-Duffells! May your nights be restful and your parenting-related AskMes few.
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:17 AM on April 27, 2016 [2 favorites]


Aww, what a sweetie. And I love the name Mabel! Congratulations, you guys.
posted by heyho at 8:21 AM on April 27, 2016


I write-in vote for "adorabliest" and am also glad to find out about the result of the commenting-while-wife-is-in-labor comment. Have we had a mother comment while in labor yet?

Also, Mabel's stats work out to 70 gm/cm, which sounds like a good linear density for a kid to have. Congratulations.
posted by benito.strauss at 8:50 AM on April 27, 2016 [7 favorites]


So much snuggling! So much cuteness! Congratulations all around.
posted by corb at 9:14 AM on April 27, 2016 [1 favorite]


HELLO TINY HUMAN WELCOME TO THE WORLD.
posted by rmd1023 at 9:14 AM on April 27, 2016 [1 favorite]


What is this baby’s handle? Important for comment references.
posted by Going To Maine at 9:23 AM on April 27, 2016 [4 favorites]


Yay!
posted by OmieWise at 9:26 AM on April 27, 2016


Thanks pb and happy birthday cortex...oops, wrong thread. CONGRATULATIONS! Mazel tov!
posted by AugustWest at 9:26 AM on April 27, 2016 [1 favorite]


I welcome our new baby overlord.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:30 AM on April 27, 2016 [2 favorites]


What is this baby’s handle? Important for comment references.

MiniCD?
posted by Kabanos at 9:44 AM on April 27, 2016 [2 favorites]


Thanks, all, for the warm welcome for the newest member of our CatastropheWaitstaff, and to Mrs Pterodactyl for putting this thread up! Here's a bonus photo of mom & daughter.

What is this baby’s handle? Important for comment references.


Mabel's code name in utero was "Scooter," which is already taken. However, in the spirit of credobaptism, I'll let her pick a username for herself when the time comes, which I fully expect to happen...
posted by duffell at 9:47 AM on April 27, 2016 [23 favorites]


Congratulations, Duffell and Castastrophe Waitress!
posted by Lynsey at 9:48 AM on April 27, 2016


Congratulations!!
posted by xingcat at 10:08 AM on April 27, 2016


Here's a bonus photo of mom & daughter.

Aw, they look AMAZING! My heart is overflowing with happiness for all of you.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:18 AM on April 27, 2016 [2 favorites]


Mazel tov!
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 10:18 AM on April 27, 2016


And remember, MABEL = Mothers Always Bring Extra Love
posted by briank at 10:24 AM on April 27, 2016 [1 favorite]


Oh, hooray! Congratulations, you three! What a beautiful, lovely baby and family! <3
posted by ChuraChura at 10:45 AM on April 27, 2016 [1 favorite]


Quick question how was babby formed? Asking for a mother in AR
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:47 AM on April 27, 2016 [1 favorite]


Congrats! Happy news.

May she start sleeping through the nights at a ridiculously young age.
posted by nubs at 11:01 AM on April 27, 2016


BABY!!!

Congratulations.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:45 AM on April 27, 2016


Welcome Scooter!
posted by Michele in California at 12:15 PM on April 27, 2016


Her name is Rio and she posts upon the gray
Just like the something something something does today
And something something but her mom says it's okay
Oh, Rio, Rio, something something Mabel YAY

posted by St. Hubbins at 12:38 PM on April 27, 2016 [18 favorites]


YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!
posted by Annika Cicada at 12:40 PM on April 27, 2016


Hello, Mabel. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, Mabel—God damn it, you've got to be kind.

Current MeFi Baby Count: 26.
posted by zamboni at 1:13 PM on April 27, 2016 [4 favorites]


Wonderful name, very cute baby (that hair!)! Congrats!!
posted by Fig at 1:22 PM on April 27, 2016


Happy congratulations!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 2:14 PM on April 27, 2016


Hurray for MeFi babies, especially ones with incredibly handsome birth dates.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:30 PM on April 27, 2016 [2 favorites]


Happy BABBY time dance!
posted by clavdivs at 2:32 PM on April 27, 2016


Congratulations! She is undoubtedly going to be brilliant.
posted by gingerest at 2:33 PM on April 27, 2016


That is one heck of a cute baby!! Congrats!
posted by sarcasticah at 3:14 PM on April 27, 2016


Congratulations!
posted by SillyShepherd at 3:36 PM on April 27, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yay!!!
posted by mygothlaundry at 4:54 PM on April 27, 2016


Aw, congratulations! I've been wondering how you were all doing since I saw that comment in the election thread, glad to see this.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 5:06 PM on April 27, 2016 [1 favorite]


Have we had a mother comment while in labor yet?

And yes, at least one.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 5:07 PM on April 27, 2016 [1 favorite]


Technically, she read the Ask while in labor, but waited for the baby to be born to actually reply. But, I, too, thought of that comment.
posted by Michele in California at 5:10 PM on April 27, 2016


I cannot even stand the cuteness, especially of the mama and Mabel pic. Congratulations!
posted by purenitrous at 6:54 PM on April 27, 2016 [2 favorites]


Beautiful, both mama and babby! Many, many wishes for a long and happy life!

(And that hair! Fantastic --- I adore babies with lots of lovely hair!)
posted by easily confused at 5:18 AM on April 28, 2016


Happy news! Congratulations!
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 10:42 AM on April 28, 2016


Congrats you guys!
posted by cabingirl at 5:09 AM on May 1, 2016


Aww. **greatjob!**
posted by minsies at 5:28 AM on May 1, 2016


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