Maze Daze

September 9, 2012

We are home!!! It’s been such an exciting day. I loved being in the hospital – the nurses were so helpful and the accommodations excellent. However, now that we’re home, I am SO glad to be here!! I was able to get in a 40 minute nap this afternoon in my own comfortable bed while the grandparents oogled over the baby.

While Mazen has been nursing and napping, Matt has been putting together this beautiful video of our first weekend together. Enjoy!

I hope the video doesn’t crash because it’s long!!

I’m off to enjoy a little glass of wine : )

PS. I have TONS of photos, hospital meals and more to share, but I’ve been busy. See you tomorrow!

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1 Allie@LiveLaughEat September 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Cutie pie! He looks so big UNTIL you see him next to a finger. Teeeeeeny!!

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2 KathEats September 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

haha

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3 Laura B September 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Awww baby squeaks are the best :) very cute video! Enjoy that glass of wine

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4 K. September 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm

WOW, Kath–I have never heard a baby stop crying so quickly! You guys discovered a secret. You both seem so confident with Mazen. Like I wrote before, an inspiration!

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5 Nina September 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm

This video made me teary eyed. So much love in this video, so much love. Congrats to you two! I can’t wait to watch this sweet little on grow. :)

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6 sarah s. September 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm

beautiful baby boy :) congrats! love your blog…such a fun place :)

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7 Danielle September 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Love, love, love the video. That is such a great idea. And the swaddling and sshhing technique…I have got to read that book before our baby comes in 5 weeks.

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8 alicia September 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm

How sweet! He is the cutest little guy I ever seen. Congratulations to You and Matt on having such an adorable perfect little bundle of joy. I can’t wait to see him grow up on Kerf. XO

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9 Carol B September 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm

That was beautiful, brought tears to my eyes! He is a very handsome young man.

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10 Monica September 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Super great video! Glad you and the baby are healthy! You look great. Such a great future ahead mama and papa!

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11 Liz September 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm

How cute! thanks for sharing. looks like everyone is doing great!

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12 Laura September 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm

He is such an adorable little baby! Seems quite content for the most part too…..I love how he quieted down after dad started shushing in his ear. I wish that worked for all babies! I can’t wait to see your adventure continue and see your beautiful baby grow! Congratulations!

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13 SaraG. September 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Oh Kath! You and Matt must be so proud!!! He’s so precious! Welcome home and enjoy this new journey! (and the Pumking…gosh I miss that one!) Grrrrrrrreat video!

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14 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Aww, look how LITTLE! I love how his baby shirt sleeves are all long and floppy. Matt is the baby whisperer with that “shhh” in his ear! I wish I would’ve known about that when I was helping take care of my triplet nieces and nephews!!

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15 Janelle September 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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16 Cristen September 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Well, that got me choked up! Kath, you looked absolutely happy,content and peaceful at the end of that video. Congratulations again on Mazen!

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17 Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living September 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm

LOVED this video! So glad you posted it =).

The shushing right up against Mazen’s ear was unbelievable… was that tip from Happiest Baby on the Block or the No Cry Sleep Solution (or another book/source)? Both books are sitting on my bedside table, but I have yet to crack open either as I’m currently reading about 5 pregnancy books ;). With 4 months to go, I guess I should start reading about what happens after labor & birth!

I also love that you cracked open a Pumking! My hubs just bought a couple to save for after the big day… I’d take a glass of the king of pumpkin beers over a glass of champagne any day – especially after not having had any alcohol for nearly a year =).

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18 KathEats September 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Happiest Baby on the Block…. It’s amazing!

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19 marie September 10, 2012 at 7:37 am

it IS amazing!! My husband and I have followed all of the 5S’s from the Happiest Baby on the Block and I swear by that book!! I would recommend it to every expecting couple! My little girl is 4.5months and has been sleeping through the night since she was about 2months old (6pm bedtime, dream feed around 9-10pm, sleeps through until 6-7am).
We are new parents, so that book was our “bible” – we continually re-read and referred back to it during the first few months; we had both read it beforehand and watched hte online videos w Dr Karp, but once you have your baby, you pick up even more from re-reading sections of the book.
I’m glad things are going so well Kath!! Mazen is a doll. :)

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20 Vicky (Little Baby, Big City) September 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Amazing! He is so cute, I forgot how small newborns are! Matt and you look like naturals! Excellent swaddling btw! Enjoy every second and rest while you can.

And breastfeeding is awesome! I love bonding with my seven month old that way!

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21 Brie September 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Cannot even believe I have a cutie like that inside me. SO surreal.

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22 Priscilla September 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Awwwww! You look amazing, Kath! & of cos, Baby Mazen too! Love seeing how cute he looks with the bear cap haha

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23 danielle September 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Great video! So much love! Wishing you the best!!! PS loved hearing Karen!

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24 Erin Motz September 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Holy COW, it’s Matt the baby whisperer. That was incredible! And I love the shot of him laying down on the blanket with his little feet kicking in and out… so sweet. You guys look so excited and a-”mazed” with your sweet new baby – sorry, couldn’t help myself ;)

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25 Laura @ She Eats Well September 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Wow, so amazing to peek into the first few days of his life. I was definitely tearing up. He is so beautiful and precious. Enjoy your family time!

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26 Erica September 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Absolutely beautiful. This video is priceless. Congrats again to you and the whole family! Welcome Mazen!

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27 Silvia @ skinny jeans food September 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Kaths (and Matt!) — thanks for sharing this beautiful video of Mazen.

I am glad you got the trick down on calming him with the shhhhhhhhh :-)

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28 Katie September 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm

What a lovely video :) Looks like a peaceful few days! He’s a cutie and looks pretty mellow. Hope you have a great first night at home.

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29 Katie September 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Oh, and enjoy the wine and pumpkin beer! You’ve earned it!

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30 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass September 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Good choice on the Pumking!

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31 caroline September 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm

he is sooo super cute!! congrats!!

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32 Allie September 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

All formation of words is dumbed down when I see this video and all I can say is…

“BAAAABYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!”

So. precious.

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33 Lori Z September 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Thanks for sharing, he is precious! Enjoy every minute – one day you will watch this and not be able to believe he was ever that tiny!

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34 Sue Egan September 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Congratulations to everyone…especially Grandma Buzz, PeePa & Grandmother Karen! I see there is so much love for this beautiful baby boy in your family! Mazen is one lucky little guy!!! I have been a blog reader for a couple of years now and have really enjoyed sharing your journey from entrepreneurs to now brand new parents! Your accomplishments have been extraordinary! I wish you all the very best!

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35 Mom September 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Thank you!

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36 Kinley @ Better off Barefoot September 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Aww, this video was adorable! And that shhhhing?!?! Miracle!! How does that work like magic? So cool!

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37 Candace September 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I think the sweetest part of this video is how proud your dad looks holding him, Kath. He just looks so thrilled to be a grandfather.

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38 Lauren September 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

LOVE when Matt is using HBOTB techniques! I found them so helpful. Also – so jealous of
Pumking! I live in Rhode Island and it’s not here yet :( Enjoy being at home with Maze!

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39 Nicole September 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm

LOVE the KERF onsesie with the bear hat, he’s adorable and you are absolutely glowing!

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40 Lacey September 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Congratulations to the Younger-Monson 3!! Thanks so much for sharing this sweet video–I teared up watching it. Mazen is so sweet! Enjoy this exciting and special time.

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41 Michaela September 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

aaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwww, you just want to hold and kiss him!!!!!!!!
Such a cutie pie, he looks soooooo sleepy and just absolutely adorable.
Makes me want to have a baby asap ;)
Hope you are all doing great, and Kath, I must say I am so impressed you are blogging!

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42 Whitney September 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm

That video was precious! Thank you for sharing! And I think your dad is a wise man for letting Mazen decide what to call him! We called my mom’s dad Peepaw, too. I’m not convinced I want my kids to call my dad that, but we will just have to see.

ALSO! I don’t remember when, but at one point you had a little convo going about craft beers and you made the comment to avoid cans – but there are actually canned craft beers! My husband is a beer snob and has wizened me up. Oskar Blues (http://www.oskarblues.com) out of Colorado set the trend off by canning their beers because cans are lighter than bottles for backpacking. Husband is from Colorado, so this is of particular interest to him ;) He is a red ale fanatic and particularly enjoys their G’Knight, I believe. But he gives mad props to the rest of their line. You should try them out!

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43 Philippa September 10, 2012 at 6:32 am

Whitney, Oskar Blues is awesome!! I went there when visiting Colorado a few years ago – I still think about the beer. And the catfish! Do they still have the technicolour bus out the front, that looks like it’s out of the Muppet Movie? ;)

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44 kim@hungryhealthygirl September 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Very sweet video! Enjoy being at home with your precious little boy!

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45 Cat September 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm

LOVED the video! Well done Matt! Ya’ll have such a precious little boy! I cried- I am a softy! Enjoy your first night at home together. :)

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46 Eileen September 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm

The shots with the bear hat are just too much… he’s adorable!! Congratulations to you and your family!

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47 Maria September 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I love it when Matt does the sssst-thing in baby’s ear: such tenderness, great to see.

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48 Crystal September 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Beautiful baby boy. Beautiful video. I’m so happy for you both.

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49 j3nn September 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Glad to hear the whole family is home!! :D Enjoy your new member.

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50 Rachel September 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

awww this was the cutest video I’ve ever seen! He’s adorable… you all are such a sweet family :)

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51 jessica September 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

So sweet & so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing, I got all teary! That is some awesome swaddling too!

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52 Micky September 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Awww, he is so cute, thank you for sharing that with us! You all look so happy. Now, I know nothing about babies – I’ve never been around any and I’ve never had any so this is a legitimate question. That shhhhh thing that Matt was doing in his ear seemed like it would be kind of loud for a baby and it made me a little nervous watching it. Are you sure that’s ok to be doing right in his ear? I’m sure you know what you are doing and I’m not being critical, it just made me nervous but then again I am a nervous nelly! :)

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53 KathEats September 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Yup! Totally fine.

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54 Sarah September 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

The “shhh” thing is actually recommended for soothing newborns. (I think Kath has mentioned Happiest Baby on the Block – that’s one book that recommends it.) It turns out that life in the womb is not silent at all – they hear all kinds of noises from the mother’s body like her heartbeat, blood pumping through her body, etc. – so they’re accustomed to a kind of “whooshing” noise and tend to find it soothing.

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55 Chris Sy September 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Yeah, I wondered the same thing. I had my husband shush in my ear like that to see what it was like. I don’t know…Love him and hold him close to your heart and face. He’s so beautiful. And wow, your husband’s hairy! Haha.

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56 Jenn September 10, 2012 at 6:57 am

I actually saw this on Dr Oz this past week. The Shhh thing mimics the white noise the baby hears in utero.

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57 Ashley September 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Yeah, I was wondering the same thing, but I think Maze would protest if he was not into it. :) Also, I as well do not know anything about this to intelligently comment and he seemed to love it – hmmmm, maybe THIS is the solution I have been looking for when I can’t sleep… making my boyfriend “shhh!” in my ear :P

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58 Shannon Bell September 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

oh my goodness so sweet!! that last little frame of you two in his room is precious, you can tell how happy you are!

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59 Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Enjoy that wine.. first glass in a long time.. I am sure it will taste good!

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60 Danica @ It's Progression September 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm

so incredibly precious!

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61 Hillary September 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Made me cry! So sweet!

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62 Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear September 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm

he’s just so presh!

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63 Carla September 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Just so I don’t forget to tell you about this, the swaddle that saved us! It’s miracle blanket-esque with an Aden and anais. We used it for so long! http://www.runawaypancake.com/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/iimage-gallery.php?idpost=305&idg=1&idi=9

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64 kelly September 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm

congratulations!!! Oh my goodness he is adorable. I love the little bear hat! Where did you get it? And are those boy Aden and Anais swaddle blankets? I adore them.

I am SO happy all went well! It is quite strange not having your blogs pop up on my Google reader all the time. But I totally realize WHY…and I don’t mind!

Last time I gave birth at the old MJH, so your pics and video made me REALLY excited to head up the hill this time. Due in 2.5 months. And YES! Love Happiest Baby on the Block. I’ll have to relearn that swaddle…I remember it took a while to get a hang of, but it was SO ESSENTIAL! People swear by all those fancy swaddlers and sacks, but I think the HBOTB swaddle method is all you need!

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65 KathEats September 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Hat is baby gap… And yes to blankets. I have a bunch of the swaddle sacks too!

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66 Kelly September 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

And for Matt – husband wants to know how the sleeping situation is for dads at mjh.

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67 KathEats September 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm

It’s a couch that turns into a bed. Not the best, but not horrible either

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68 donna September 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Ah, loved seeing little Mazen yawn, and yes, Matt is the baby whisperer. You both look like such naturals. You look amazing, Kath, and that baby is just PERFECT!

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69 Alison September 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm

He is just so precious! <3 Melts my heart!

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70 Fallon September 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Awww what a great video. Thank you for sharing. Mazen is beautiful! Can’t wait to see how you blog about what it is like being a new mom and all your new experiences you will go through.

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71 Kim September 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Oh my. That video moved me to tears!
Mazen is absolutely gorgeous! You and Matt are just so lucky, and you look so so happy! As do the grandparents :) hehehe…
Enjoy your precious little Mazen…

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72 beth grossman September 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm

beautiful ..all of you…wonderful times!!

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73 Laura September 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

He’s gorgeous. And I’m SO impressed with Matt’s swaddle. It took me a good three weeks before I was able to wrap a swaddle that well!

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74 Lauren September 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Kath and Matt-he is just so precious! I couldn’t stop smiling while I was watching the video. And I can tell that you two will be wonderful parents. And of course, Charlottesville is a wonderful place to grow up. He has a wonderful life ahead of him!

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75 Dione September 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Thanks for the sweet video. I was smiling through the whole thing. And I was laughing in amazement at the shushing! I can’t believed how he quieted so easily.

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76 Beth WA September 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Lovely!! So happy for you guys!

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77 Christena September 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Sweet video! Thanks for sharing! He is so adorable and you are glowing. Loved seeing the grandparents interact with him — they are so obviously smitten — especially your dad!!! So precious. Karen also looks amazing, by the way! She seems like such an awesome mother-in-law/friend!

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78 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama September 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Thanks for sharing! Soak it all up Mama and love on every bit of that little baby.

And YES! Happiest Baby on the Block is the best book ever. Total life saver that works!

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79 Leslie September 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Thank you for sharing that. Loved every second! I want to hear more about the shushing-looks like it really works. My husband still prides himself on his abilities to swaddle or “burrito wrap” our kids (they are now teenagers) but I never heard of the shushing. (By the way, if you ever get the chance, watch the episode of New Adventures of Old Christine where they swaddle a bunch of adults and they immediately go to sleep-hilarious!) Enjoy being home with your sweet little family!

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80 KathEats September 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

It’s from Happiest Baby on the Block… Great book

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81 Nicole (MyLoveForCooking) September 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm

So sweet! Thanks for sharing! :) So happy for you all. He is beautiful.

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82 Sara September 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Love the video, regretting not doing more video when we brought my daughter home!

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83 Megan September 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

That video is perfect! Congrats again!

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84 Nancy V September 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Awww! I’m not a baby person, but I loved the video! I was doing well, until the final scene where you are holding him in his room, and your sweet smile to the camera as the scene fades.. Made me tear up!! Congratulations!!

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85 Meg September 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I had my first Pumking of the season last night. Sweet elixar of life! Cheers to you, Matt and baby Mazen from Richmond!

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86 Megan September 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm

And holy freakin’ cow!!! The Happiest baby on the block method worked!!!! AWESOME JOB!

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87 Pam September 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm

So adorable!! Love the bear hat :)
I have never seen shushing in the ear to stop the crying, but wow, it sure did the trick! Does it simulate the ambient noise they are used to in the whom?
Very happy for you, what an amazing journey for you and now the beginning of a new one!!

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88 Cait's Plate September 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

LOVED the video!! He is just so so precious Kath!! You and Matt look like such happy parents :)

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89 Simply Life September 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

soooooo sooooo sweet! I loved that video!

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90 Amy September 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Congratulations on such a beautiful and happy baby! I loved the video!

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91 Laura L. September 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I loved the video! I am currently 12 days past my due date and feeling bummed that we’ll likely have to get induced in the next day or two (I was looking forward to experiencing going into labor spontaneously, laboring at home as long as possible, etc.). Anyway, seeing little Mazen got me excited about the fact that no matter how labor begins, we get a tiny little baby boy to love and snuggle at the end! Many congratulations to your entire family!

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92 Logan September 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Good luck to you!

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93 Kate September 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Oh that was just wonderful! Thank you!

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94 Katie J September 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Congratulations!!! That was so special, thank you for sharing :)

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95 rosie September 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

SO sweet! (And made me SO excited!)

Yay for wine!

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96 Janice September 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with all of us. :)

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97 Rachel September 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Wow, he is absolutely adorable! You and Matt seem like such natural parents. Congratulations!

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98 Micaela September 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm

LOVE your Mum’s comment “he seems QUITE intelligent”!!!

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99 Lee September 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Very sweet. I bet he will love watching this when he is older.

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100 Aimee September 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Hi Kath,
I’ve never posted before but have read your blog for years now– it’s truly helped me to shed the 50 lbs I was carrying by tackling food in a natural sense. I have so enjoyed reading your posts over the years and lately was checking multiple times a day to see if you had given birth.

I had to post because, obviously I do not know you, but this video just brought tears to my eyes! Especially with Matt’s amazing “shusshing”!!! Nothing like a father’s touch!

May you and your family have many years of health and happiness! I look forward to following your journey from the great “up north” of Minnesota!

All my best,
Aimee

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101 Emilie September 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

SO adorable Kath, congrats! That video is such a wonderful keepsake.

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102 Sarah Leigh September 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Congrats to you and Matt and the bears!

I know you two will be fantastic parents! <3

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103 kathy September 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Loved this video! I want to share it with families- you all work the 5 S’s perfectly! Enjoy your wine :)

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104 Leslie September 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Been reading for a long time and never commented. I feel so much joy for you and Matt. Congratulations!

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105 Caroline September 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm

so sweet! what a smarty pants, he’s got that nursing tongue down pat! you will be seeing A LOT of that :)congratulations, you look beautiful and beyond fulfilled! all of you !

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106 Caitlin Boyle (@CaitlinHTP) September 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Nice boobies :) MILK. hehe.

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107 Eileen September 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Maze is beautiful. Congratulations!!! Oh that swaddling/shusssshing technique brought back so many memories. I had a colicky little one that could not be calmed by anything. I remember one night literally shushing for an hour just out of desperation. (needless to say that wasn’t her thing) I found out that walking on a treadmill while she was in a carrier on my chest was one of the only things that appeased her. Nothing like endless walking on no sleep. The things you do as a new parent.
Enjoy this time they grow up so fast!!

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108 Mara September 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Swooning over the bear hat and the Pumpking.

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109 Lisa September 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Congratulations! The video is so endearing. He’s beautiful. : )*

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110 Angel7 September 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

That was so nice of Matt to put together a video of your first weekend together with Mazen! I am sure he has already brought you both/your families so much joy!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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111 carol September 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

BEAUTIFUL! SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!

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112 Beverly Aragon September 9, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Totally aMAZEing video! :) Thank you so much for sharing an intimate glimpse of your beautiful family.

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113 NurseJulie September 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Thank you for sharing! Precious first moments in your son’s life. Love the Kerf outfit!

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114 Casey September 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your new blessing with all of us! He’s beautiful and you look beautiful :) Congratulations!

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115 Emily @ Life on Food September 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm

He is so sweet! Enjoy every moment.

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116 Kelly K September 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Awesome video! Thank you for sharing as much as you have in the last few days. I’ve really enjoyed it. And he’s seriously the most beautiful baby ever!

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117 ashley September 9, 2012 at 8:06 pm

That look on your face at the end was amazing (amazen?) Thanks for sharing!

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118 Lisa September 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm

So excited, after watching your pregnancy over the past few months, to finally “meet” the little guy! He ‘s beautiful!

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119 Michele Sparrow September 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Thanks for posting the video. It is always so fun to hear voices to the faces that we see every day! Your little Mazen is absolutely precious. Enjoy that glass of wine! :-)

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120 robin September 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Well thank you all so much for sharing that with us. I really enjoyed it, and you enjoy that glass of wine:)

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121 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Welcome home! And what an amazing little bundle of joy :) Thanks for sharing the video!

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122 Angela G. September 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Well now….this made my biological clock go off like a GONG! Such baby sweetness! I’ve never heard of the shushing trick before, it worked beautifully. And you’re right about Matt being excellent at swaddling! I think my favorite part of the entire video is when Mazen yawns….baby yawns and baby feet….two of my all time favorite things. *sigh*

Thank you for sharing your little world with us. I’m so happy for you both. :)

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123 Alison September 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Kath & Matt – thank you for sharing..so beautiful. Ok, where did you get his receiving blanket?

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124 Robyn September 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

So adorable! All the little new born noises and movements are just so precious! And how cute is that hat?!?!

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125 Marissa@ohhhsolovely September 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm

i really enjoyed the video. he seems so tiny! i love his little yawns too! by the way, you look fabulous. definitely does not look like you just gave birth (drug free & all)!

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126 Rachel September 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm

He is such a beautiful boy! You are so blessed.

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127 Emily September 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Awww, you’ll be so glad you have that video – babies are so wonderful! I love listening to them make their little cooing noises – it’s the best :)

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128 melissa September 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm

so precious! thanks for sharing!

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129 Monica September 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Oh Kath & Matt, thank you so much for sharing this intimate video. I’ve been reading the blog since the very beginning and it brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy for you guys. The entire family looks radiant and so in love. Little Maze is adorable and he is so very lucky to have the both of you as parents!

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130 Lisa Langenfeld September 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Glad you are all home safe!! I loved the video with all the family :) Hope you get some rest!!

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131 Annette @FitnessPerks September 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Awwww SO fabulous!

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132 Grace September 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm

loved the video….thanks for sharing! your little guy is adorable….. congrats again! :)

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133 Carla September 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Great video. I’m glad people are amazed at the shushing. Mom’s have been doing that for quite some time. See Mom’s are way smarter than people know. Lesson here is Always listen to your Wise Old Mom’s! I love the bee blanket!

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134 Diane September 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Adorable video, adorable boy, adorable family. Matt already has the 5 S’s down pat! It took my hubby a while to make a perfect baby burrito. I called my husband over to show him the shooshing, brings back memories!

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135 Sarah Louise September 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I love the video! So precious! What kind of video camera do you guys have? The image quality looks great! My husband and I are hoping to buy one before our babe comes in about seven weeks…

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136 KathEats September 9, 2012 at 10:50 pm

We have a canon 5 D mark ll

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137 Xiomara September 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm

So glad to meet that baby of yours! He looks absolutely amazing. Congrats.

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138 Dynamics September 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Thanks for sharing. No pacifier, Yeah! The shooshing does seem loud for those new ears but obviously not. I have to say Kath, you look amazing!! I love a hands on dad.

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139 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm

That video was absolutely precious! He is so adorable and once again, congratulations to you both! I love his little noises and the glass of Pumpking… ;)

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140 Kelsey September 9, 2012 at 8:56 pm

wow, so beautiful!!

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141 Janet September 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Thank you for sharing. It was beautiful. I have so enjoyed following along on your life’s journey the last couple of years as a reader.

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142 Ingunn September 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Adorable, seriously. Congratulations again on your beautiful little bundle of amazingness.

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143 Laura September 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

A little list:

1) The bear hat and KERF onesie are the most adorable things ever.
2) Matt has some excellent swaddling and shushing skills. If there’s ever some kind of new-dad talent contest, he must enter! Or, at least, he should create a demo video for other new dads (such as my husband) to reference as necessary sometime in the next few years… :)
3) To chime in with many others, you look amazing for just giving birth! Not to mention, you make it look like second nature to soothe and burp a wee one :)
4) Enjoy your glass of wine! If there was ever a moment to celebrate, bringing home baby is certainly the proper occasion. Cheers to the Younger-Monson 3!

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144 Alexandra September 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

The biggest of congratulations to you both! Mazen is beautiful.

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145 Belinda September 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I read your posts all of the time but hardly ever comment. This is my second comment since the birth of Mazen. I guess his baby cuteness has me commenting.
What a lovely video! Love your mom’s comment about Mazen being highly intelligent. Of course he is! Also, I’m in suspense now as to what Mazen will end up calling your dad. I think it is a cute idea. Again, congratulations! Babies are a gift from God. :)

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146 Jen September 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm

What a precious little guy – such a sweet video! Congratulations again!

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147 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac September 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Amazing!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

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148 Hilary September 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

You look absolutely amazing! Not at all like you just gave birth. :) Mazen is darn cute too!

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149 Marcia September 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Okay, he’s adorable. My own little guy was born on 7-7, so he’s two months now. They grow so fast!

Beer helps with milk supply you know, and almonds and oats. :)

Too funny, I was watching the video in the living room and my hubby came running out because he thought our Daniel was crying.

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150 Lauren September 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

That was so beautiful! Makes me wish we took more videos! My daughter is six months old and like everyone says, it goes by so so fast. Way to capture those moments to look back on so fondly! Mazen is absolutely adorable. Also, that was so fun to watch you guys and hear everyone’s voices-in a non creepy way haha. Love the sweet southern accents!

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151 Taylor September 9, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Aww what a sweet baby :) and you look fantastic by the way! First time moms usually look a little frazzled for a while, but you look so put together. Odd comment probably, but it’s just something I noticed in the video!

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152 Alison September 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm

You will cherish that video forever !

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153 Katie September 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Man, your video makes me teary! Our Shirley is 6 months old, but all of that feels like forever ago! And I am SUPER impressed that you already have Harvey Karp mastered! We didn’t get the DVD until Shirley was 2 months old, and if I would have known the magic, we would have been on our game like you two! Congrats, he is beautiful. You have know idea what you are in for, every day gets better and better. And he already looks like some of your best work!

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154 Christie Ellis {Pepper Lynn} September 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm

So sweet, thanks for sharing. Looks like you guys are off to a great start.

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155 Joleen Minarik September 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Congratulations! He’s wonderful!! I’ve been reading your blog for a few months and checking daily, sometimes more than twice and I got busy over the past couple of days I get back to your blog and “Happy Birthday Mazen!!”

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156 Katharine September 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Congratulations Kath and Matt!!!! What a bundle of joy, and he is clearly sooo loved =) Such a sweet video. Thanks for sharing so much through your pregnancy journey Kath!! Best wishes to you and your family!

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157 Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real September 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Welcome home! Thanks for sharing the video. It brought back so many memories of my babies in their first few months. I can even recognize the 5 s’s from Happiest Baby on the Block. We loved that book. Good luck adjusting to your new schedule over the next few weeks.

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158 Melissa September 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Can’t wait to see pics of the hosptial food! :)

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159 Carmen September 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm

So precious! Thanks for sharing!

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160 Sara September 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm

My heart melted.

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161 Lauren September 9, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I really think he looks like your sister!

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162 gina (fitnessista) September 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm

awww so happy to hear you’re home! enjoy- he’s beautiful <3
you and matt are doing a great job
xoxo

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163 Michelle September 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Congrats, he is adorable and love his bear hat.

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164 Janna September 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm

That was too precious. He is a perfect little man.
…suddenly thinking I am ready for another baby. Crazy!

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165 Stephanie Hobbs September 9, 2012 at 11:07 pm

What an amazing video! Thank you so much for sharing! And thank Matt for me that he didn’t put a song on top of it, I think it’s much more interesting to hear the conversations and baby noises instead ;)

I notice you haven’t mentioned any problems with breastfeeding, I hope that means it’s going well!! I know you were really looking forward to it. I had SUCH a hard hard time, and I wish I could have kept with it for longer.

Can’t wait to keep seeing your updates! Get rest and enjoy, hun! :)

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166 KathEats September 10, 2012 at 1:01 am

Breastfeeding is going well, but I’m definitely realising how hard it can be. I’m lucky to have a good sucker, but my gosh it hurts!

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167 Allison k September 10, 2012 at 1:49 am

Don’t worry…the pain goes away! I’ve said this like 9 or 10 times already, but if you haven’t met with an IBCLC yet, DO IT! Nursing was fine for us, but I wanted to double check just for peace of mind when he was about 9 days old. The LC gave me a few pointers and feelings went from “ok” to great. We were really blessed!

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168 KathEats September 10, 2012 at 5:54 am

I definitely want to go to some le leche meetings… And maybe see another lc (saw several in the hospital and they were great)

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169 Kim September 9, 2012 at 11:27 pm

this is precious. so happy for your family – and little mazen is absolutely adorable!!!

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170 Antonia @ Health Inspirations September 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Welcome home! FIrst of all, Kath, you look incredible. You seem very relaxed and you are beaming with joy. I can already tell that you two are naturals when it comes to parenting….Matt’s like a baby whisperer and you just seem like a such a great mom already. Mazen is too cute in his little bear hat. Good luck with everything!!!!!

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171 Stephanie September 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Ive never commented before but I just wanted to thank you for sharing the video. I am so happy for you and Matt! Maze is beautiful!

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172 Amilja September 10, 2012 at 12:04 am

Amazing video. He is so cute !!!

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173 Dani September 10, 2012 at 12:07 am

Thank you for sharing this sweet video with us!!! Congratulations to the three of you. He is adorable and you guys are such mindful parents already. Cheers!

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174 Amanda September 10, 2012 at 12:23 am

He is beautiful. You two make newborn parenting look so easy!

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175 Danica September 10, 2012 at 12:24 am

Congrats Kath & Matt! Maze is one of the cutest newborn babies I’ve ever seen. I loved the shooshing and had no idea it replicated the sounds a baby hears in it’s mom’s tummy- so cool. Favorite part of the video is your expression at the end. You can see all the love and happiness in your face when you look at the camera.

Danica

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176 Khushboo Thadani September 10, 2012 at 12:25 am

Aww too cute! Enjoy your wine :D

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177 Tara September 10, 2012 at 12:46 am

Great video! Both of you look like naturals at all this (p.s. KUDOS to you for wearing eye shadow in the hospital…I’m in AWE!)

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178 marcie September 10, 2012 at 1:03 am

Yay! thanks so much for sharing your joy!!

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179 Karli September 10, 2012 at 1:17 am

Love the video! Matt is already such a sweet dad! Mazen’s so cute and both you and Matt are such natural parents. Congrats on your beautiful family :)

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180 Tameeka September 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

Sooo sweet! I loved the part where Matt changed his nappy, wrapped him and then settled him… Baby Boys love their Daddys (and their Mummy’s too of course!) Just wondering what the extra tag type part is on his umbilical cord clip? We dont have that extra part in Aus and I was just curious. :)

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181 KathEats September 10, 2012 at 5:52 am

It was a security system alarm tag

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182 Mary September 10, 2012 at 2:06 am

Good grief, Kath, you’ve just made me cry big fat hormonal tears!

Can’t wait to meet our little miracle now… though 15 weeks still to go…

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183 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 10, 2012 at 3:07 am

Mazen melts my heart!! He is such a sweet baby! Congrats once again!! The video was an eye-candy :)

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184 Kayla September 10, 2012 at 4:48 am

cutest little baby EVER! so happy for you guys.

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185 Sarah September 10, 2012 at 4:57 am

Welcome home! And congrats! He’s gorgeous, and you look so well. xxx

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186 Kathy K September 10, 2012 at 5:50 am

So precious! Thanks for sharing and congratulations to everyone!

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187 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 10, 2012 at 6:20 am

You have a beautiful son!

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188 Philippa September 10, 2012 at 6:37 am

Kath, your little guy is just adorable. I’m so glad everything went well! I’m really looking forward to hearing the birth story…once you’ve recovered of course! Congratulations to you and Matt! You give a very generous window into your world and I’m sure I speak for many of your readers when I say it’s lovely being able to share this special time with you xx

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189 Laurie September 10, 2012 at 6:39 am

Thank you for sharing this….it is a beautiful recap of your first days. Everyone looks so happy!! It was fun seeing your family “live” rather than just in pictures!!

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190 sarah (the SHU box) September 10, 2012 at 6:45 am

i usually try not to let annabel watch screens but i let her see this so she could meet her future friend m! she loved it :) so cute!

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191 Michelle @ Lifewithacrazypup September 10, 2012 at 6:51 am

Kath – Thanks so much for sharing! Such a precious few days for your family and I can only imagine how happy you’ll be that you have this sweet video in a few years. Congrats to your family :) Can’t wait to see little Mazen grow!

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192 chris September 10, 2012 at 7:01 am

The video didn’t even load :-( Maybe it will work on my phone? Jess swears by her LC. And the hurting should go away in a minute if the latch is right…do not keep him on if it doesn’t cause that means he slipped onto the nipple. We had a tongue thruster and consequently, cracked, sore nipples, and neosporin works wonders for that btw. And don’t be surprised when he loses weight coming home, perfectly normal. He is super adorable!!

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193 Amy September 10, 2012 at 7:27 am

What a beautiful video, thanks for sharing something so special with us, and giving us a glimpse into your weekend :) Hope your 1st glass was amazing– you deserve it, mama!

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194 Jennifer September 10, 2012 at 7:31 am

What a great video!

I miss those little baby noises and the little quivering lower lip when they cry. :) So sweet!

He’s absolutely adorable!!!

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195 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

This is beautiful! :) …..I got to watch the video while I nursed Jackson- you should have seen his face when Mazen would cry- too cute! :)
I’m so very happy for you and the WHOLE family!

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196 jen September 10, 2012 at 7:47 am

congratulations! he is beautiful.

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197 Brianne September 10, 2012 at 7:54 am

Oh my goodness what a perfect video to be able to look back on your experience!! Matt doing “shhh” in Mazen’s ear brought back a flood of memories…it seems that all Dads have that “baby whisperer” quality built in ;) Also, I am so glad that someone else’s parent is waiting for the baby to decide on their grandparent name…that is what my mom is doing also! This really was just too sweet…enjoy being a family at home :)

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198 Caroline September 10, 2012 at 7:56 am

Oh my GAHD this is making me totally reconsider my lack of desire to have a child. This is beautiful.

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199 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength September 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

YAY! Congrats…so excited for you guys. Looks/sounds like everyone is doing great!

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200 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles September 10, 2012 at 8:24 am

Prescious! Brings back so many memories for me with my two boys! Hard to believe they were ever that small and fragile…now they are both in high school! Enjoy!

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201 Stefanie September 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

So much love in this video. Enjoy your time together with your sweet little boy.

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202 Stephanie September 10, 2012 at 8:52 am

Congratulations, Kath! He’s beautiful! :) You’re making me so [much more] excited for our little one, expected in December! Enjoy every minute with your little man!

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203 Kristi September 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

Finally watched the video today, what a great memento! I’m sorry but I had to laugh when you told your mom not to let his arms out! Haha, I know we’ll be the same way when ours arrives in December. I’m sure our moms will think – you know we have done this before!!- but hopefully they just give a smile like your mom :)

And nobody asked me but I’m voting for GranBoomPa!

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204 Lia September 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

Could that baby be any more gorgeous?!!! Thanks for sharing this little peek into family life. Congrats again!

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205 Liz September 10, 2012 at 9:22 am

WHat a lovely video! Thanks to share!! Congrats. He is the cutiest baby!

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206 Barbara September 10, 2012 at 9:23 am

Congratulations. A beautiful family.

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207 Jessie September 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

So cute and sweet! Welcome home, Mazen! I’m definitely going to remember that shushing trick :)

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208 Erin September 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

So unbelievably precious! Thank you for sharing that with all of us!! I can’t wait to keep reading to watch him grow up!!! Loved the video so much, that will be a great keepsake to have as time goes by and he grows up.

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209 Tamie September 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

Congrats to you & your hubby!!!

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210 Pauline September 10, 2012 at 10:28 am

So precious to have such a video! He is soooo cute! :-)) and you all look VERY happy :-)

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211 kayleigh September 10, 2012 at 10:47 am

Kath, that was such a beautiful video. Made me tear up many times. I loved the silent parts of you guys just adoring your newest life in the family. There is so much love, it is just a beautiful thing to see. Your boy will be raised well!!

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212 Jill September 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

Aww, I watched the video with my one year old babe. She loved looking at little Maze. Allllllllllmost makes me want another one :)

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213 Jeanette September 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Kath, congratulations!! What a beautiful movie. My favorite was of all the grandparents holding and loving on Mazen, I love the look in their eyes, such love and adoration.

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214 Kelly September 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm

As a long time reader – I want to thank you so much for sharing this video!! What a beautiful baby boy!!

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215 Tracy September 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Wonderful video…thanks for sharing!!! Oh how I love newborns!!

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216 Carrie September 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Congratulations! You seem very happy, you will be a wonderful mom! He is adorable.

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217 Andrea September 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

That video was absolutely beautiful. I just want to say to you and Matt – my dad did a lot of videotaping of me when I was a baby… a lot of it is similar to your video.. lots of video of just me, doing baby things, making baby noises, while he would just video tape and not talk a lot. Coming from someone who now has all of these videos… KEEP RECORDING! Watching videos like that from when I was a baby, with my older brother trying to play with me, seeing my mom and dad hold me, it just really means a lot and brings me to tears every time. Mazen will really appreciate you guys doing that for him! And of course, he will have millions of baby photos ;)

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218 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Absolutely gorgeous video! I can not wait for future videos :)

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219 Jeanie September 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I love that video with all the little baby sounds. ?

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220 Jeanie September 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I don’t know why the question mark at the end. It was a heart before I hit Submit. Sorry.

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221 Michelle September 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Congratulations!!! Oh my goodness he is adorable. I have been a fan of your blog for a while now but haven’t posted anything yet. I couldn’t resist posting to this video though! Enjoy Mommyhood :)

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222 Kel September 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm

I finally got to watch this. I was fine until Peepaw made me cry! Not sure why, but he did.

I love baby noises too…so precious.

I only WISH I had the shushing tool 18 and 15 years ago! Absolutely incredible. I swear he almost smiled when Matt was doing that!

Congratulations again. Such a miracle!

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223 Lorrie September 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I am so happy for you and your family.
Congratulations! Best wishes!

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224 Brittany September 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm

He is so cute and I love that little hat!!

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225 Cameron September 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Kath,

Could you clarify a few things? When is it safe to have a drink when you are breastfeeding? Do you have to wait until whatever amount – as little as it may be – gets out of your system?

I heard a recent study came out saying it was safe to have one drink WHILE you are pregnant… that sounds like a recipe for disaster to me! The government also approved the use of thalidomide for morning sickness without testing the consequences. :-/

Thanks!

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226 KathEats September 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

multiple lactation consultants and our doctor have said it’s fine to have a drink or two. No mess to pump and dump and the milk is hardly affected. However, I recommend talking to your own team about your concerns and individual situation.

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227 Heather C September 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Loved the video; thank you for sharing such precious moments.

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228 Lexi September 10, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Beautiful video! Im sure Mazen will live to see this when he’s older. You guys look great as new parents! Thanks for sharing. I cant wait till my time comes!

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229 Lexi September 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I meant Love not live!! Yikes! Sorry for the typo :)

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230 Katy September 11, 2012 at 7:08 am

What a beautiful video. I got all teary at the end when you brought Mazen home. Reminded me of when my daughter was born and how much love you feel for that little person and as a couple that you made something so amazing.

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231 Lauren @ Sassy Molassy September 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Love the video, Kath.

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232 Whitney September 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Okay, i don’t think I’ve ever commented on your blogs..but I DO love your site. And I HAVE to comment on this one. I just got my newborn baby fix by watching this video! My daughter is only 6 months old…but I am SOOO ready for another. Thank you for sharing this, Mazen is precious! And it was amazing to watch him calm down after your husband swaddled him and shooshed in his ear. ENJOY!!! They just get cuter and cuter:).

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