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Week 5 : Turkey, Chicken and Dogs

Aldens back, back again - tell your friends !

Alden awake & alert at 1-month.

With a full month now behind me, I can tell you about the fun I've been having recently.  We had a really nice Thanksgiving around home with just Mom, Dad and my dogs.  Not too eventful, but not terribly boring either.

I got to go to a restaurant for the very first time on Black Friday.  Dad took me to his favorite fast-food joint, Chick-Fil-A (the same one that asked if he attended Apex High School just a month ago).


Up-size my milk please...

Next up for me was my one month doctor's appointment.  95% percentile for weight y'all ! I'm now 11 lbs 4oz.   Later on, we were out walking with Mom pushing my stroller and Dad and my dogs following right behind.  Our neighbor asked if they were my security detail which was pretty funny with two big black dogs that can woof & bark pretty loudly hanging around me like a party crasher at a White House state dinner.

Finally - last but not least, I …

Week 4 : Next mile-marker 2 days ahead

Here is my last post as an 'n-week old'.  Soon many of you will either be rounding me down to a '1-month old' or rounding me up to a '2-month old'.  For those that like to stay precise, there's nothing wrong with keeping me in weeks.  Heck, I think Grandma Stafford would still say my Dad is celebrating 1700 weeks this week.

 Alden watching Jay-Z & Alicia Keys on the AMAs

Aunt Jenny was my special guest this week.  She helped Mom take care of me and my dogs this week, she helped clean, run errands and hold me while I screamed at the top of my lungs.  I think she's pretty great, and considering how many smooches I got - I think I got her playing into my hands pretty well.


Aunt Jenny & Alden

I had another new highlight this week, my first play date !  This dude, Colin-G is so cool, he was actually born on my due-date.  We decided to impress our moms by performing synchronized snoozing.  Once we fool them into thinking we're nice, mild-mannered k…

Week 3 : Splish-Splash, My 1st Bath (and other firsts)

Long time no talk !
It's been an exciting week of firsts since last I posted an update.  While Dad has been heading off to work every day, Mom and I got to enjoy time with Aunt Katie and tonight- Dad is going to bring Aunt Jenny home to meet me for the weekend !  I'm very excited to meet her.

With Aunt Katie, we took our first walk outside with Alex & Mallory.  It was a nice day, but I found it too bright.  Despite Aunt Katie trying to whistle, I wasn't all that happy about the photo shoot.

Alden & Family at Sears Farm Park

Mom took me out by herself in the car for the first time this week.  We went to visit Joni and an A-T-M.  It's pretty cool how those things just print money.  I also got into my bathtub for the first time.  It wasn't too bad - since it didn't have a bubbler, I brought my own.

Talk to you soon !-
A to the T to the S

Week 2 : Life, In a Nutshell

...and now, Ladies & Gentlemen - Heeeeere's Alden !


Sunbathing at Kitchen Beach

I'm officially two weeks old.  I had my 2-week checkup at the doctor today and my diagnosis is that I'm  perfectly healthy, but "High Maintenance".  I think my Mom says that about my Dad, so I guess it runs in the family.  After deciding it was time to "go cordless" a few days ago, I now spend my days eating and sleeping and my nights eating and crying.

As of this morning, I'm officially 9 lbs. 8 oz., up half a pound since birth and a full pound since leaving the hospital.  I'm also trying to catch up to my cousins and am a full 1/2 inch taller too.

I'm not especially fond of sponge baths, in fact I find it quite humiliating to be lying around naked on a kitchen counter.  I've learned how to do a really cool impersonation of the fountains of Bellagio which helps to pass the time.

Grandma Linda leaves tomorrow, and I'm already looking forward to her coming …

Week 1 : I'm getting the hang of this !

Hello Alden-ites !
I'm so appreciative of all the 'congrats' and complements you've given me on my blog.  It's pretty remarkable that I've had over 500 unique visitors, from 10 countries with about 1000 hits in the past week. - So many of you are returning, which means you must be having some fun while you're here. - That's great news and I'm glad you are back !

I took my first ride 'just for fun' today in the car.  We took books to the library that won't be any fun for me to read or have read to me.  On the way back, I got a McDonald's strawberry milk-shake (1 degree removed).

No post, no matter how brief would be complete without a picture-of-the-day :


Alden's JCPenney Pose

I'm having a really good time this week with Mom, Dad and Grandma Jezewski and I also got to use iChat-Video with Uncle Bob, Aunt Beth, Cousin Nick and Grandma/Grandpa Stafford. - I sure hope we can get Cisco Telepresence at home someday soon.

More to come …

Happy Halloween !

Hey everyone, sorry for the delay in posting my Halloween pictures.  It was a busy night with a visit from a crazy Australian, lots of trick-or-treaters and perhaps best of all, I got to meet my dogs for the first time.

From looking at the statistics on blog viewership, I'm getting the impression you'd like to see more pictures and less gab - so here is a mega-dose of Alden cuteness for you to enjoy...


Mom & I with Mallory (footrest) & Alex (curious)


Jon : My first international visitor


Alex learning the new scents - I had a 'special' one for him


I dressed up as a Pumpkin 1st (more to come...)


Here I am napping in my special Halloween outfit...


Did I mention it's Mallory's 1st Halloween with the family too ?


See - I do more than sleep & eat...


Mom, I'm a cat ! - Stop tickling me.


Here I am with a "I love Mummy" Bib...


What a long day - Mom kisses me goodnight...

There you have it - A double-shot of pictures for this Halloween.  Everything is stil…

Halloween Eve 2009 - Alden Style

Hey everyone ! - It's your favorite 4 day old with a daily dose of infantile news.

While Dad slept sound in his slumber, I made sure Mom kept watch over me *All Night Long*... Then at 9am, just when I thought the whole 'medical' aspect of this birthing deal was over, today was my first visit to the Pediatrician.  We got to the office on time - the OLD office that they moved from back on the 26th.  We filled out 30 minutes worth of paperwork, that Dad left on the kitchen table.  I ate pretty well in the morning, before knowing I'd have to wait over 3 hours before I would get to eat again.

Moral of the story :
Check your destination still exists where you think it doesNever let Dad be responsible for documents any more important than a Char-Grill burger order-slipEat now, you can never be too sure where your next meal might come from Dr. M laughed when she went to check my lungs, she said she could tell from my ear-piercing screams that they were just fine.  Dad took me out …

Home Sweet Crib

Big day today folks, I'm home chillin at my crib (literally) like a suckin and stink-tootin villain.

Had a pretty good final night at Wake Med.  Mom got a pair of 2-hour naps while Dad snored on the couch.  When it got bright outside, people started coming in and talking about 'discharge'. - I thought they were referring to my noxious gassy-fumes, but I guess they meant we were going to get kicked out of our room soon.  (Gotta make room for my future buddy J.M.B, that is due just about any day now)

No sooner did Mom get her lunch, and they told Dad to go get the car-seat. - I've been told it's a Stafford tradition to log about as much time in a car-seat as out of one.


Got my 5-point harness : Let's pull some G's

I asked Mom to ride in the back with me to point out landmarks so that I can help Dad find his way home when he gets lost going to work or Chic Fil A. - I hear he's not great with directions...


Mom joining me in the back for the ride home...

Safe at…

Day 2 - A retrospective.

Hi all, Alden here with a brief update on my excitement from today...

3am : I guess my Mom & Dad (especially Dad) like to sleep at this time. I think it's the perfect time to make the wetness strip on a diaper change color, scream uncontrollably for 20 minutes even after I'm changed and then grab a late-night snack.

8am : Dr. V the OB swung by to give me a preview of my schedule today. He used lots of big words that made Mom and Dad cringe with sympathy for me. I found sleeping during the day is a great way to pass the time.


Dad's first night of sleep deprivation..

Noon : Dad went to go get Grandma Jezewski, and while Mom rested some hospital people wheeled me down the the nursery. Holy Ouch! - Vaccine pokes, glucose screening jabs, and worse. We'll talk about this part over a drink sometime... I felt much better when Dad met me at the nursery to take me back to meet Grandma Jezewski.


In the arms of a pro: Grandma Jezewski & Alden

1:30pm - I'm pretty cool with t…

Summary of my life so far (Day 1)

Well, I'm not sure what to make of this whole 'world' thing that you guys have all so kindly welcomed me into.  I thought I'd share a pictorial summary of what I've been up to since this morning...

Background:  I gotta say, it wasn't too bad when I just hung around comfortably in Mom's belly. - I had food, warmth, even the sounds of Alex & Mallory barking at squirrels.  It was a good gig except for those pokes & jabs from the ultrasound machine...

Kristen at 9 months (with Alex)

I decided to get this show on the road at 2am on Monday morning.  C'mon, it's dark in there - not like I 'knew' I was ruining Mom's sleep. - I thought she was sitting still watching 30 Rock.  When Dr. V checked on my progress at 9am, boy did I have him fooled ! - He actually scheduled an induction for Friday. Hah - I have places to go and people to meet !

After wiggling around and trying to convince them to head to the hospital for most of the day, I finally…

Hello World

27-Oct-2009 7:31am.  9lbs.0oz.  19 3/4 inches long
Alden Thomas Stafford
and his incredibly proud
Mom & Dad are all doing perfect !