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March 8th, 2008
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It's *Our* Girl This Time!

Violet Antonia Dutton
Born 3:50am, March 8, 2008 at NYU Medical Center
7lbs 1.4oz and perfectly healthy!

Everyone's doing well. Tired, but well.

Photos here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeshlabotnik/sets/72157604072917161/

Details later....

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From:kryscat
Date:March 8th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! Violet is Phaedra's middle name. :)
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From:joeshlabotnik
Date:March 10th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I'm sorry we didn't name her Violet Phaedra, then.

(Actually, what's weird is that the baby really has no official name yet. Nobody at the hospital has asked. We filled out the form, but it's apparently going to be 4 weeks before New York State gets back to us.)
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From:kryscat
Date:March 10th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Very different from our experience. Phaedra was born at 1:39am and we had her name by the next afternoon. Not TOO bad, I'd think, but there was this guy who came by four or five times asking for the name (the first time he came he got the rest of the birth certificate info). The last time, he stuck his head in, said something like, "No name yet?" in a resigned fashion and started walking away so that we had to call after him.
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From:kryscat
Date:March 10th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Oh and Phaedra keeps pointing at my screen and saying "BABY!!!" over and over again. It's very cute. :)
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From:stasiaone
Date:March 8th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Congrats!

They told us our 8 pounder would be more like nine, also. ;)
Remember: sleep when the baby sleeps, no matter what! Good luck
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From:rebbyribs
Date:March 8th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
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Isn't it crazy how badly those estimates are off? We were told our 8 pounder would be more like 6.
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From:joeshlabotnik
Date:March 10th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
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It was that very morning that the doctor estimated 8 pounds, 2 ounces. We think the extra pound was all umbilical cord. (They were impressed with how long it was. Holy crap, watching them take it out was like watching a magician's scarf trick...)
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From:rebbyribs
Date:March 8th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! We'll have to get our little flowers together sometime. :-)
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From:joeshlabotnik
Date:March 10th, 2008 11:13 am (UTC)
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Thanks! We shall - come see us at Reunions!

(We've already gotten the "flower patch" metaphor since our neighbors' baby is Lily. Funny, with Violet I always first think of the color, not the flower...)
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From:paisleychick
Date:March 8th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Congrats to you, Sue and Violet!!!!
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From:joeshlabotnik
Date:March 10th, 2008 11:18 am (UTC)
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Thanks! Get prepared for my Flickr photostream to be taken over by baby photos...
From:srain315
Date:March 9th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)

Congratulations!

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Many congratulations! She looks like a sweetheart!

And I'd like to be the first to say: Beware the Violets inherent in the system!

Enjoy!
-John & Steph & Jack & Kili

P.S. What were the other 2 names?
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From:joeshlabotnik
Date:March 10th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)

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Ugh. May you be the last to say it, too! :-)

Our final four names (in alphabetical order) were Cordelia, Lily, Penelope, and Violet. It was a long (but really fun) process to get down to those four.

Also, our temporary name while we still hadn't decided was Euphrosyne. (The Greek goddess of joy, don't you know.) Didn't make the final cut, though.

(you-FRAH-zih-nee)

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From:corporatebabe
Date:March 10th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)

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ooh, I'm psyched that Lily was one of the Final Four!!
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From:corporatebabe
Date:March 9th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
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CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU & SUE! Little Violet is adorable! - Abby
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From:joeshlabotnik
Date:March 10th, 2008 11:19 am (UTC)
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Thanks! She's adorable so far. More so when she's sleeping than when she's crying...
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From:sbtorpey
Date:March 9th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
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Almost 4 AM! See, you guys could totally have come over for a few hours first: everyone left here by 1, or 1:30 at the latest.

Congratulations! I've always loved March violets, and it looks like you picked a lovely one. And the magic words "perfectly healthy" are a wonderful thing to hear.

(I wish I were closer to that start/finish line myself... I mean, enough with the rotundity and the suspense already.)
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From:joeshlabotnik
Date:March 10th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
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Sue started at 11pm, so if we had been over your place, we could have moved the party to the delivery room!

So far so good. The doctor said we could have taken the baby home the very next day. We respectfully declined. Sue's grandmother told us of her 8-day stay in the hospital, which was normal back then. That's more like it, especially now that Sue has been moved to a bed with a window.

Don't rush it - I understand the suspense part, but enjoy the pregnancy, because it's easier than the post-pregnancy. And the rotundity doesn't seem to go away as quickly as it should anyway (they assure me they didn't forget a baby in there...)
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From:eviladmin
Date:March 10th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations!!! We ooohed and ahhhed at the pictures!!!
From:kfilegirl
Date:March 17th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
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Congratulations! She's so beautiful!
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From:joeshlabotnik
Date:March 31st, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! She takes after her beautiful parents :-)
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