AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: So much for "just laying low" last week DATE: 1/28/2008 07:03:00 AM ----- BODY:
I did not mean to tell a lie on Thursday. I promise.

Apparently, it is possible to be in labor and not realize it until your water breaks.

33 1/2 hours later though? I totally knew it was labor. I'm a quick study.

And you know what else I am?

I'm a mommy.

Welcome to the world, Little Bird. We're going to call you Christopher.











Of course there's more to the story, but I've fallen asleep no less than 18 times before finishing this little smidgen. Thank you so much for all the love, prayers, and congratulations. You all are the best.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Nita DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 7:51:00 AM EST Congratulations! All of my love to your family. I can't wait for my big day! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous jennifer DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 7:53:00 AM EST Oh I'm so glad I didn't miss reading about it!!! Congratulations on your beautiful new son. I can't wait to hear all about his deliciousness! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Stimey DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:00:00 AM EST Yaaaaaaaay! Congratulations, Mommy! He's adorable. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Michelle Lynn DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:06:00 AM EST A thousand congratulations. Welcome to the world, little Bird. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Candygirlflies DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:24:00 AM EST Oh, Sweetie!! Congratulations!!!

Couldn't be happier for you. He looks absolutely beautiful-- and well worth all that effort.

Looking foward to hearing all about him... But what is most important right now is that YOU rest when Christopher is sleeping. Let that wonderful husband of yours take care of everything else.

Promise, now.

xoxo CGF ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Liz DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:28:00 AM EST Welcome to the world Little Christopher Bird.
And congratulations to you and Guy and Lovely for the beautiful addition.
Happy birth day, Mommy! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Sara DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:39:00 AM EST Congradulations mommy, he's beautiful! I'm so happy for you. Welcome to the world Christopher, it's brighter and more beautiful at the announcement of your arrive. You are a much anticipated baby. God be with you and guide you all the days of your life. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Steph DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:40:00 AM EST Congratulations mama! You are both beautiful! Welcome to the world Christopher, we are so happy you are here! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous labugga DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:48:00 AM EST Oh, you're a couple of rock stars!

You did good. Real good. Congratulations, Mommy!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:54:00 AM EST I am so happy for you and Guy and Lovely! Congratulations to all, and Happy Birthday Bird!
C ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Ashley DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 8:58:00 AM EST CONGRATS!!!! can't wait to hear more! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous ~JJ! DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 9:22:00 AM EST Welcome to the world Christopher. Welcome to mommyhood Momma!

You're gonna do great.

Never doubt yourself.

You will truly always know what's best. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Gooksu DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 9:36:00 AM EST Congratulations,Marty! Enjoy every second because they go by really fast. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous gail DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 9:53:00 AM EST Congratulations my friend! I cannot wait to hear everything! I am so proud and happy for you... and the boy? Beautiful. But we knew he would be. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jessica @ A Bushel and a Peck DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:00:00 AM EST Congratulations!!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Chick DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:07:00 AM EST welcome Little Bird Christopher

Congratulations!!!! This is a wonderful post to read first thing Monday morning. I am so happy for you all ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous MamaGeek @ Works For Us DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:09:00 AM EST Sincerest congrats to you all. Christopher is beautiful. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous MB DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:11:00 AM EST Many congratulations! Enjoy the ride. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous believeyoume DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:15:00 AM EST Congratulations, sweetie!!! He's adorable and I love his name! Hugs, Mommy!!! XOXO ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:18:00 AM EST He's just perfect!

Welcome little Christopher. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Ms Blue DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:22:00 AM EST Congratulations! He's adorable. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous motibella DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:27:00 AM EST He is just stunning and gorgous!! Congratulations mama, guy, and lovely!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:32:00 AM EST Christopher is beautiful! Welcome to the world, little one. I can't wait to meet you.

Sending much love to the four of you.

Bach ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous AcadeMama DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:41:00 AM EST He's soooo beautiful!! Perfectly pink and looking happy to be resting on Mommy's skin. Congratulations on this wonderful blessing! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous KimmieRo DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:42:00 AM EST Oh Canape.... He is beautiful. I am so happy for you and so happy we can share the month of January!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jenn DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:54:00 AM EST He's wonderful sweetie! We will see you when you surface. XOXOX to you all. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jen @ A Journey of Hope DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:59:00 AM EST Awww, M, he's gorgeous! Congratulations to both you and Guy, and Lovely. Welcome to the world, little Christopher. Can't wait to hear all about it. Enjoy your new son, every moment is precious... much love... ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Tink DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11:14:00 AM EST He is a beautiful little bird! Such a blessing.
Sending you lots of Healing energy's.
Brightest Blessings to All... ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Y DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11:44:00 AM EST Aww. Congratulations, Mama! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Paige Jennifer DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 12:28:00 PM EST Congratulations on your little peanut! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Small Town Jen DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 12:35:00 PM EST Congratulations! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous slouchy DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 1:01:00 PM EST He's beautiful! And you are too, new mama.

Congratulations, and welcome to the world, Christopher! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Stella DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 1:10:00 PM EST Congratulations!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Imstell DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 1:11:00 PM EST Ooooh! I'm first! I was so going to post a snarky comment on Thursday's post. :-) It's probably a good thing you didn't leave that open ended... Congratulations!!!!! I just can't say that enough. There is nothing cuter than a little squished newborn fase. And Christopher, I simply love your name. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bubblewench DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 1:22:00 PM EST Welcome Christopher! I am so crying. I'm glad I checked on you. I had a feeling. He's beautiful. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous ImpostorMom DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 1:33:00 PM EST yay!

Can't wait to read the story. Enjoy that little man and get some rest, well you know as much as possible with a newborn. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bon DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 1:59:00 PM EST congrats, congrats, and welcome to beautiful Christopher!

now rest. ;) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Dr. Grumbles DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 2:10:00 PM EST Congratulations!

Welcome to the world, Christopher! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bananas DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 2:56:00 PM EST CONGRATULATIONS!!!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Karen (Forgiven and Loved) DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 3:15:00 PM EST Welcome to the world, Christopher. Let your mommy get some rest now! :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 3:26:00 PM EST YAY! Congratulations!
-Audrey ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous kentuckyann DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 3:27:00 PM EST Dear Canape,

CONGRATULATIONS!! Beautiful Christopher bird!!

I know you will be too tired and occupied and in love to read much but I want to say that, though I am new to your blog, I read nearly every entry in one whole day and I love it.

Thank you so much for writing!
If all goes well, I will join you in motherhood in early July...

kentuckyann ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anth DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 3:43:00 PM EST YAY!!! Congratulations! Get as much rest as you can! And welcome to the world, Christopher! :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous ladybugsnlizards DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 4:01:00 PM EST Oh he is just perfect! Congratulations! I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am for you! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Kathy's Surprise Party DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 4:37:00 PM EST I have tears in my eyes. I'm so so happy for you and your family. It is beyond wonderful, isn't it? I mean, there just aren't words. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Beautifully Unique DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 5:16:00 PM EST Wowzers! Congratulations lady!
Perfect name! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Ally DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 5:58:00 PM EST Thank you for including a picture of your little bundle. You are both so beautiful, and he looks just perfect. xoxo ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous katie k-h DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 7:00:00 PM EST (I'm a lurker who happens to LOVE your blog!!)

I just had to say congratulations, though!! Little Bird is just beautiful. And, your post today was so sweet.

You seem like such a wonderful person. Bird is quite blessed, for sure.

Love,

katie ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous emmakirst DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 7:35:00 PM EST Congratulations on a beautiful boy! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Space Mom DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 7:45:00 PM EST Congrats and welcome Christopher! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Amanda DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 9:13:00 PM EST Blessings on you all. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous K DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 9:14:00 PM EST Oh so precious! Congratulations and so glad to hear you are doing well. :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Angela DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 9:34:00 PM EST Congratulations Canape! Sleep whenever you can and enjoy Christopher's first weeks home. (Like you need anyone to tell you right? LOL)

Happy Birthday Christopher! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Clifford DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:11:00 PM EST I was going to ask you who won the i-hold-the-baby/you-no-hold-the-baby battle between you and nurse, but immediately realized that was a dumb question.

Congrats, M. :D ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Kelly DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:17:00 PM EST Congrats!! Welcome to the world, Christopher! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Cathy DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:49:00 PM EST Beautiful! Congratulations! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous toddlerplanet DATE:Monday, January 28, 2008 at 10:55:00 PM EST P.S. Did we mention that nursing makes you sleepy? After you get the hang of it, it may put you to bed every night ... lovely memories. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jenn DATE:Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 12:47:00 AM EST May his song be as sweet as your heart.

Congratulations. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jenn DATE:Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 9:57:00 AM EST Congrats! Welcome to the world Christopher! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Heather, Queen of Shake Shake DATE:Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 11:48:00 AM EST YIIPPPEEEEE!

CONGRATULATIONS!

I'm so happy for you.

Welcome baby Christopher! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Oh, The Joys DATE:Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 12:35:00 PM EST Welcome to the world, Christopher!! We've all been waiting for you!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jessica R. DATE:Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 5:35:00 PM EST OK, now I feel silly for the comment I left on your other post.
YAY baby! Congrats new mama! Welcome to the crazy ride. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous No Minimom DATE:Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 5:39:00 PM EST You put those genes to good use. What a little cutie! Congratulations!!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Becki DATE:Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 5:58:00 PM EST Congratulations!! Welcome, Christopher!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Lisa DATE:Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 10:51:00 PM EST Oh he's so precious and sweet. SO happy for all three of you. Can't wait to hear all about him! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous slackermommy DATE:Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 1:17:00 PM EST Congrats and welcome baby Christopher! I love the name! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous FishyGirl DATE:Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 1:33:00 PM EST Oh, delurking to say Congrats, and welcome, Little Christopher Bird. I can't wait to hear all the details. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous tulipmom DATE:Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 12:06:00 AM EST Congratulations! Wonderful news! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jennie DATE:Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 7:36:00 AM EST Congratulations! Welcome perfect little boy :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Toni DATE:Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 8:04:00 AM EST Congrats on the new member of the family! What a darling.... ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Sudiegirl DATE:Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 8:30:00 AM EST congrats and welcome!!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Stella DATE:Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 10:26:00 PM EST Congrats again!
I've checked back a few times to see if you've had a few moments to steal away from your beauty and every time I see that picture it brings me right back to the delivery room. What an amazing feeling!! What a gorgeous picture!!
Congrats again, Mommy! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Momma B DATE:Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 9:53:00 AM EST He is absolutely beautiful! Welcome little bird! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous the new girl DATE:Friday, February 8, 2008 at 7:22:00 PM EST OMG Canape!
I miss a week and LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!!!

Congratulations and welcome to your beautiful baby boy.
xo ----- --------