Welcome, Baby Rory!

A Day in the Life

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All through November, we waited and waited. Mama’s belly was so big and round, and no one was allowed to jump on her. You’re growing the new baby, Edie knew. Most days, Edie went to the YMCA with Mimee, while Mama rested and put the finishing touches on the newest little one. We didn’t know if it would be a boy or a girl. Sometimes Mama had gentle feelings in her uterus, contractions, that let her know the baby would be coming soon, but they weren’t strong enough yet to get that baby out.

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Then, very early one morning, the strong contractions started coming. Mama worked on her own for a while, and ate a blueberry muffin while she waited to see if this would be the baby’s birthday. When she was sure, she called the midwife and the helpers that would come to meet the baby with us. Then it was time to wake up Daddy, and Mimee and Poppy. When Daddy started putting warm water in the pool, Edie woke up. It was still early and dark, so Edie came up and hugged Mama. “It’s the baby’s birthday today!” She sat with Poppy to watch while Mama sang to the baby, at first gently, then louder and louder.

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When the pool was ready, Mama rushed down and sat down deep in the warm water. Edie and Katy lit candles on the candle tree, and we made a calm, warm place for the baby to come as the sun was rising. Once Mama was comfortable in the pool, the baby was really ready to come out. It happened so fast! Mama pushed hard, so hard that she made her most powerful noises, and so fast that the baby came out in only eight minutes. The waters around the baby came out with a swish, and the baby came right after. Mama lifted and wrapped the baby with a cozy wet blanket.

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After a few minutes, everyone was curious: Mama asked Edie to come help her check if the baby had a penis or a vagina. It’s a girl! Edie told everyone. Those pesky baby parts can be hard to tell. Mama took a look too: “Oh, no, it is not!” We were all surprised. Mimee told Edie, “You have a little brother!”

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What is his name going to be? His name is Rory Evans, Edie told us, remembering the plans we made while we were still waiting for that little guy. We all got in bed and snuggled up: it was time to rest and celebrate! Daddy read a special message he made for the baby, and we toasted a hearty early morning toast. Edie snuggled Mama and held the baby close. I love you, baby brother.


If you were at the Rory’s birth, please share any special memories in the comments below!

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A Day in the Life

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Let’s do parcore. I’m running and jumping off this. Iris, you can do that? Swing on this bar! I can do it all by myself. Now you catch me!

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There is a police car. I don’t want to get in it; okay, I’m gonna sit it the back. Don’t make a loud noise. No thank you.

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Iris loves the slip and slide. No thank you. I will just sit here with Poppy.

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Me and Iris are going in the bouncy house now. I want to jump so high! Oh, that slide. Don’t crash me. No, I need space. Okay. Thank you!

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Summer Bremerton Visits

A Day in the Life

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Kami and Anna in the wagon. Beau, help push. I’m pulling! Come over here!

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At the beach, it’s rocks.  Poppy can throw this stick. Phydeaux, get it! My dog is swimming!

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I’m reading Poppy’s Bible to him. See, I can read with these glasses.

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Sometimes I can ride a boat. This ferry boat goes to Bremerton. I ride this boat to Mimee and Poppy’s house. I go see Mimee.

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Anna was playing with my toys. We were playing outside on the poach. The porch.

Beach Party

A Day in the Life

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Hi Auntie Jeri! Who’s that boy? It’s Wade. He sits in the back? My Iris! Auntie, kiss. Are we going to the beach? I don’t want my shoes on my feet.

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I climb a tree with my cousins. No more pictures.

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I don’t want to hold a crab. Iris, pick me up. I’m going to lay in the sunshine. Messy sand is on the towel. Look, a sea shell. A bird! A boat! Cousins!

Poppy’s Birthday

A Day in the Life

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And I see Mimee and Grandpa and Grandma. I was doing and playing and playing invthe play room over there. That girl is Ada. In the wagon.

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I was kicking you off of the Mimee house that night night when I wake up. We go on the roof. We watch fireworks and lights. Fireworks go pop pop pop. Houses make fireworks cause um, pointing over there. Poppy was sad. Get happy!

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Bremerton Waterfront Park

A Day in the Life

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It’s a princess day. With my cousin Iris. I want to put on my bathing suit and my pink sandals. I don’t want to go in the water. It’s exploding! No, Iris! Oh. Iris goes in it! I just watch here. Sit with me. I don’t want to. Okay. I walk in the water. Noooo! It’s exploding! It exploded Iris!

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We can climb on this rock. I can climb up this one all by myself. Look, I’m jumping way up high. I don’t fall down. Iris, catch me! I’m hiding. Iris, come find me! Oh let’s go on this slide. I can do it all by myself. Oh, fancy french fries. Iris, do you want another french fry?

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Uncle Matt Graduated

A Day in the Life

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I go in a car with Mimee. Where’s Uncle Matt? I don’t find him. Come, Mimee. Pick me up. Look! It’s Nana and Papa! It’s Auntie and Iris! It’s Grandpa Joe! I sit on your lap. Now can I sit with you? It’s Uncle Matt! Way down there. I can go get him? I want a snack. I have to go potty. I sit with you. I sit with Iris. I want Poppy.

Hi, Uncle Matt! You graduate? Pick me up. I want hug.

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