Birth Announcement


November 30, 2004
7 lb. 2 oz. ~ 20 inches

Mom: Swollen, sore, covered in bruises from failed attempts to place an IV, and completely ecstatic.
Dad: Already a stunningly good diaper changer and swaddler, and quite possibly even happier than mom.

Gory details to follow when everyone's had more sleep.

Posted by Lori in parenthood and pregnancy at 10:37 PM on December 4, 2004


Congratulations! Austen looks serene. You two make good stuff! Glad to hear you're all doing well.

Posted by: Eric at December 5, 2004 3:38 AM

Congratulations Lori and Al! Austen looks very sweet.

Posted by: Michele at December 5, 2004 4:24 AM

I linked here from Rittenhouse Review and just wanted to tell you how incredibly beautiful the baby is - truly stunning!

Posted by: Ruth at December 5, 2004 8:32 AM

Congrats to both of you! I began reading your hockey blog two years ago when I started playing. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself. Austen is beautiful!

Posted by: Gail at December 5, 2004 2:32 PM

Woohoo!! What a cutie; so happy for you guys!

Posted by: Kristin at December 5, 2004 4:52 PM

Hooray! Happy birthday!

Posted by: David at December 5, 2004 5:19 PM

Austen is so beautiful! Congratulations to you all and welcome to the world Austen!

Posted by: Heidi at December 5, 2004 10:25 PM

Welcome to the world, little Austen! What a beautiful baby! We are so happy for the three of you!

Posted by: Jean and Sho at December 5, 2004 11:47 PM

Lori and Al,

Congratulations! I'm so happy for all of you and I'm glad that everything turned out so wonderfully. It sounds like things got a little scary/stressful for a while there, but looking at his cute little face, wow....just... wow. I can't wait to experience it for myself next month. :) Get as much rest as you can so you can be fully recovered and enjoy your son. You and Al are going to be fantastic parents.


PS- Thank you for chronicling your pregnancy for us. Hearing about another coupleís experiences has helped us make a little more sense of this crazy, amazing time. Although I donít think Iíll tell my wife that Austen was breech Ė thatís her biggest fear right now and thereís no sense in making it worse. :) Best wishes again.

Posted by: Kevin at December 6, 2004 8:27 AM

I'm so happy for you, I've been reading your log for a while and he is purely beautiful. I wish you a speedy recovery & a Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Erin at December 6, 2004 10:24 AM

He's so cute! Congratulations

Posted by: winsha at December 6, 2004 1:20 PM

Congratulations, and enjoy all of the fun that is about to begin! It only gets better! My son was born in December (of 1997). Our experience shows that you will be sleeping through the night by March! :-) (and in March you will wake up freaked out that it is so quiet and wonder what is wrong!)

Posted by: Max at December 6, 2004 10:48 PM

Grattis! (That would be congratulations in Swedish)

Posted by: francis s. at December 7, 2004 10:19 AM

Wow! I leave the country for a week, and you go and have a baby! I was just so amazed, surprised, excited to see Austen's picture on your blog. I thought for sure it would be a couple more weeks. He is absolutely divine, and I couldn't be happier for you and Al! I've got the girls at work hooked on your blog, as well, so they were also very happy to see Austen. Congratulations!!! (do I sense a nod to Jane Austen in that name???)

Posted by: Josie at December 7, 2004 10:56 AM

Yes, you do. :) I think Al's association is with the Bionic Man, since he first proposed the names "Steve" and "Austin" consecutively during our post-amnio boy name brainstorming session. I loved it right away; I can't remember which of us proposed the alternate spelling to honor Jane (which was our first choice for a girl's name), but after much discussion (and several alternate proposals, including going with the Texas spelling), Austen is what stuck. I won't divulge our first runner up name (no point, since we didn't go with it), but it was also associated with a literary figure.

Thanks to everyone for all the kind wishes! More updates coming soon...

Posted by: Lori at December 7, 2004 2:49 PM

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! Austen's simply beautiful. Glad to hear that all of you are well.

Posted by: Sally at December 7, 2004 4:17 PM

What a beautiful baby! Yeah, Austen!

Posted by: Stephen at December 8, 2004 4:08 PM

Holy crap! I haven't checked in a while cause you told us all not to worry and look what I missed!
Con-grat-u-lations! Now I'm going to go back and read all about it in gory detail.

Posted by: Lauren at December 8, 2004 8:21 PM

Welcome, Austen!

Posted by: Gabriel Radic at December 14, 2004 5:26 AM

congratulations Lori and Al! We've been thinking about you all non-stop for the past couple of weeks. Glad to hear all went well :-). Austen is beautiful.

Kathy & John

Posted by: Kathy at December 20, 2004 3:23 PM

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