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*Flesh for Lulu

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

It sounds cliche when you hear someone say that having a baby changes a your life. It even sucks a little that it’s totally true.

When you have a kid, you find yourself doing things you just wouldn’t have done in your old life. You’ll whip out photos of your kids to show just about anyone who’s willing to look at them, gush about your little one to anyone who’s willing to listen (and not rolling their eyes the minute you open your mouth) and you might even start a blog.

Getting a tattoo that is inspired by your offspring is not an unusual occurrence. People get tattoos to commemorate their children all of the time. They get portraits of their babies or the names of their children inked in their skin so that they can look at it fondly no matter where they are. Love for your child is more than skin deep, but a tattoo let’s the whole world know how much your child means to you.

Turns out that we’re no different. This little girl has enchanted us beyond our expectations in the few months she’s been here. A tattoo seems like the least we can do to show our love for her.  Forrest and I both have violets since Lulu’s middle name is Violette. Both tattoos were done by our friend, Natan at Witch City Ink.

Mom's tattoo on right forearm

Mom's tattoo on right forearm

Forrest got a compass rose with violets & her date of birth on his right chestular area

Dad got a compass rose with violets & her date of birth on his right chestular area

Some might find the means of our expression a bit disagreeable, but we don’t.

baby_tattoo

Hey, did you know that babies can get tattooed now?
** Lulu’s next!

*Flesh for Lulu is not only the title of this post, but the name of a goth/alternative band from the 80’s that we were fond of! In fact, most of the post titles are inspired by a lot of 80’s songs, especially if they’re by The Cure.

**Just kidding! No babies were tattooed in the writing of this post. The tattoos on the baby are not real, view the magic that is Photoshop.

5 months old!

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Today was a nice little “gift”. Due to the whopper snowstorm in progress Lulu and Dad stayed home and Mom went into work for a few short hours. Then we spent the rest of the day together. So fun!

Lulu spent a lot of time playing on the floor. She loves her little floor gym, playing with all the dangling toys. And now that she’s rolling over she does so quite frequently. She also has discovered that she has a voice and can make noise. Lots of noise. Loud noise. Her new thing is to roll over onto her belly, little feet kicking away behind her and she just yells as loud as she can. Mom thinks it’s funny, Dad…not so much.  One thing is for sure, this little girl is getting strong. She’s been pushing herself up and holding her head high.

belly1

belly2

pretty baby

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Lulu’s christening was this past weekend. The dress she is wearing was worn by her mother when she was a baby and also worn by her maternal grandfather (and quite possibly one of his parents).

Her Uncle John and Auntie Sarah are her proud god parents and we are very happy that they accepted.

And thank you to our family and close friends for being there to share the experience and for all your generosity. We love you guys!

There’s a light that never goes out

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Summer is just about over and there’s a slight chill in the air these days. People continue to be super generous in giving Lulu things: toys, books and lots of clothes (the girl’s got more clothes in her closet than I do now!). Even our friend’s moms (who’ve never met us) gives the baby presents!

This sweater was made by our friend, Gwen's mom (thank you!). There are even matching leg warmers!

This sweater was made by our friend, Gwen's mom (thank you!). There are even matching leg warmers!

Labor day weekend we had a full house. Our friends Fred & Kristyn came to visit (with even more presents!) and meet the little one. The weather was great on that Sunday, so we spent a good portion of afternoon sitting outside having appetizers and cocktails, watching life in Salem go by.

Dad & Lulu

Dad & Lulu

Fred

Fred

Kristyn

Kristyn

Monday, after Fred & Kris headed back home to NYC, Lulu’s aunties came for a visit. They’re always so excited to see her that sometimes it can get overwhelming for such a little girl. She was passed around more than a football that day and they took pictures of her like they were paparazzi! They just love her so much.

Little Lulu surrounded by a captive audience

Little Lulu surrounded by a captive audience

Every day she changes, getting stronger and stronger. She is always trying to sit up on her own and pushing her little legs up to stand. She does a great job holding her head up for long periods of time, even though she ends up looking like a bobble head on occasion.

I can’t believe how much she’s changed in seven short weeks and I’m looking forward to see what’s in store for the next seven!

Big day out

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

I’m one week old, that’s old enough to be “portable” according to mom and dad. So today my portable self had a bunch of firsts, it was a full day out.

We started by going to Front Street Cafe. I guess mom and dad start their Saturday mornings off having a coffee and bagel there. But today we just got their breakfast to go so we could take a car ride down to some place called Braintree. Dad and I watched this Braintree place on TV Friday morning, that’s where they reported the news from.

In Braintree we met my Great Grandma, she has the same name as me Lucille. I guess she had it first.

Great Granma Frazier

Great Grandma Frazier (click image to view larger)

After we left Great Grandma’s house we visited all my grandparents. I stayed awake much more than most days, and both my Grandfather and Grandmother fed me while we were out visiting.

Eventually we came back home but not for long. Before you knew it mom and dad put me in the peanut shell and headed out. We went to my first party. I met all these strange people. There were girls with black hair in corsetts, boys with leather pants and top hats, belly dancers, hula-hoopers and even a doggie! Mom and dad knew all sorts of people there like the people who owned the store where the party was, the DJ playing punk and industrial music, the guy selling t-shirts, the girl and all the boys from the tattoo shop.

Fools Mansion grand re-opening celebration

Fools Mansion grand re-opening celebration

By now it was pretty late and everybody was going to go for a drink. As we were walking down towards home dad changed the plans and we went for an Italian ice instead.

Me at Rita's Italian Ice

Mom and me at Rita's Italian Ice

I was awake by now so we just sat down on a bench by my house for a long time and watched the people go by. Mom and dad talked to lots of people they knew it seemed like everyone was up late at night like me.

We went home just in time for me to have a bottle.

These 16 hour days are nothing. I don’t know why dad was so tired.

Girl Frazier

Friday, July 25th, 2008

We weren’t quite sure where to begin but since this is her blog, we thought it best to just start with the day she was born.

My water broke at 3:45am, Friday July 18th. I called the doctor’s office and they promptly informed me to go back to bed for a couple of hours, have some breakfast when I got up and then call back later that morning (which is exactly what I did after telling Forrest that he wasn’t going to work that day).

We ended up in the labor & delivery wing at Beverly Hospital around 10:30 that morning. There were no contractions at this stage, just a lot of monitoring. We did a lot of video documenting and photo taking to kill some time. Contractions started around 3:30 in the afternoon, but they were irregular and not very strong. Progress was slow. The decision was made for induction so there was 2 rounds of “cervical ripening” and eventually a Pitocin drip (and boy did THAT speed things up!).

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The contractions were very strong and regular. Forrest was a great support & coach during the whole thing. We watched tv for a few hours, I was either laughing at “America’s Funniest Home Videos” or crying through the contractions. Comic irony at it’s best.

The day had been super hot and that night there were thunderstorms in the area. I noticed some heat lightening outside, so at one point we shut off all the lights and watched it as it lit up the sky. There was also a full moon that night and I guess there was an abundance of deliveries that day/night because of that and the change in the barometric pressure.

Around 11:45pm an epidural was finally administered and I was more than ready for it. The baby was being monitored the whole time and couldn’t have been happier throughout the process. We got some blissful rest for an hour or so before I realized that the baby had moved down into position putting pressure on my pelvis. We called the nurse and midwife to let them know that we were ready to rock.

They came in and got the room prepared for the inevitable. Whether I was ready or not the baby was coming. The pushing process began around 1:35 am and she was here at 2:17am. I was in labor for under 12 hours and delivered her in under an hour, not too shabby for a first time birth!

She was placed on my chest while they cleaned her off. I looked up at Forrest and he looked a bit like a deer in headlights, but a happy deer. He looked down at me and said “wow, she’s pretty.” He was expecting a shriveled, little old man-looking, red raisin of a baby. But our little girl was pink and pretty with a head full of dark, downy hair and large dark eyes.

She cried a little bit while the nurses were fussing over her, but it wasn’t the incessant wail of a newborn. She just sounded a little irked. Forrest cut the umbilical cord and then they wrapped her up, stuck a sock hat on her head and she quieted right down. Her dad and I looked at her with amazement. She grabbed my finger with her little hand and quietly studied us, very alert and serious.

They took her away to be weighed and measured and Forrest was there with the camera. She netted out at 6lbs. 15.5 ounces and 20″ long. A mere peanut considering we thought we would have a bowling ball for a baby since Forrest and I were both fairly large babies.

Forrest got to hold his little girl for a little while after all of the commotion was over. We spent about an hour with her after she was born before they carted her off to the nursery to be bathed and tested. At that point it was after 3am and we were pretty exhausted.

At this point we didn’t have a name for her. She went into the nursery as Girl Frazier. We had a few names in mind, but it was something that would wait a day or two. Sleep was the immediate necessity. Since the maternity ward was packed solid, we went to the annex in labor & delivery. Forrest slept on a cot and I fitfully slept for a few hours. It certainly wasn’t the sleep I had hoped for.

Early Saturday morning we made the calls to the excited new grandparents, aunts and uncles. Everyone was thrilled and chomping at the bit to come up to visit us, which they did later beginning that morning and throughout the day. That night we discussed what to name the baby and after some deliberation we decided to name her Lucille Violette. It just seemed to fit her more than any of the other names we had.


Lulu with both sets of grandparents

The next morning we were more than ready to go home, even though we had the option of staying another night. We figured that since the baby was doing great and I was doing great there was no need to stay. We put Lulu in her going home outfit and were home by noon.

The rest of that day yielded a revolving door of visiting friends and family. Then we headed into our first worry-minded, sleepless night!