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My Adorable Real Life Sproutling

Introducing Caitlin Elisabeth

So the Hots & Dots blog has been very quiet of late!  For those of you who have been following us over the last few months, you would most likely know that I have been getting more and more heavily pregnant and my playtime slowed down this year considerably. On top of this, Cass posted about a week ago that our home town of Brisbane, Australia had been declared a Natural Disaster Zone leaving me without power and Cass’s place flooded out.  In amongst the Christmas and New Year festivities and flooding mayhem my beautiful baby girl decided to make an early entrance into the world!

I believe I’m very lucky – the entire labor was relatively stress and trauma free (aside from being 8cm dilated by the time I got to the hospital – just a tad further along than I wanted to be!) and lasted about 6.5 hours in total.  My partner and I named our little girl Caitlin Elisabeth, and she was born on the 5th January 2011 at 11:11pm.  She weighed in at 3350 grams (7.2 pounds for those of you not using the metric system) and was 50cm long with a 34cm head circumference which is nice and healthy for a bubby born a teeny bit early.

So far motherhood has been a truly wonderful experience, she is a happy baby who sleeps and feeds beautifully and while bringing her home from hospital a day before our city flooded and going without power for 5 days was a challenge (think cold showers, nappy changes by torchlight, working out breastfeeding in the dark etc etc) it made both myself and my partner confident that if we could handle that, we could handle anything.  While parenting has been a life changing experience, it has been nowhere near as stressful, sleep depriving or exhausting as I had built it up to be and here’s hoping it continues that way!

Now that we’re back with power and she’s starting to get into a little bit more of a feeding/sleeping routine, I’m hoping to  be back online and in WoW shortly, albeit in a very casual fashion.  I have vaguely heard that resto druids got buffed (I guess I really should read up on that at some point) and I’m sure there are many other things to catch up on too.  Here’s hoping all your entertaining blog articles accumulating in my feed reader will have me back up to speed in no time!

A quick update on Cass: Cass will hopefully be back at her place and with power in about a fortnight – until then her internet access is limited so probably no posts from either of us for a while!

Caitlin Cradled in Daddy's Hands

32 Responses to “My Adorable Real Life Sproutling”

  1. AngelyaNo Gravatar says

    Aw Lath, she’s gorgeous :D Congratulations to you and Dad, and I’m glad to hear that you guys got through the flood okay too.
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  2. KeevaNo Gravatar says

    Welcome, Caitlin!

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  3. Can death knights be broody because if so my ovaries hurt from the crazy beautifulness of your baby girl. Congratulations to you both and I’m happy that Brisbane and Cass are recovering from their ordeal.

  4. AppleNo Gravatar says

    Okay, I am a photographer – I take portraits of babies all the time. And DAMN your baby is gorgeous! *snuggles you both* She’s beautiful, Lath, grats x10000 on getting your “New Arrival” achieve. ;) Glad to hear parenting is treating you and your partner well.
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    • LathNo Gravatar says

      Awww thank you! The photographer that did these pictures actually told us we should think about doing baby modeling because she was so well behaved through out the shoot – I could just imagine though that as soon as there was a paid job she would turn into a little terror!
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  5. SephreniaNo Gravatar says

    Oh wow. Broody, broody, broody! She is so gorgeous. Congratulations to you all :) I hope all continues to go well for you. May your nights be full of sleep and your days full of smiles and happiness. Hugs, Seph xx

  6. TyashkiNo Gravatar says

    Congratulations Lath, and best wishes for your new family.

    Those photos are great, too.

  7. RedbeardNo Gravatar says

    Aw, such a sweetie!

    And she seems to me making up for all of the grief she gave you while she was goofing around inside you, too!

    My wife said she loves the smile on the pic on the right (of the first three) up above.

    I’m just amazed at all the hair she has. Our three were baldies coming out, and our oldest especially didn’t start growing her hair until she was about three.

    Boy, will you have stories to tell her about when she was born!
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    • LathNo Gravatar says

      Tell me about it! Its so funny, so many people were telling me that pregnancy is a breeze compared to looking after a newborn, I so don’t agree!

      Maybe its because I had such an easy labor and didn’t have any tearing or anything but as soon as I got up the next morning after delivery and had a shower I just felt so much better – like myself again, it was a great feeling!

      I put down the finding this stage of parenting a breeze because I’ve always been a natural cat napper – means I can easily drift off for some zzzz during the day when shes also sleeping, some of my friends who were set 8 hours a night sleepers really struggled with day sleeping!
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    • LathNo Gravatar says

      Oh and her hair is growing at a rate of knots! The little tuft at the front is turning into a full blown mohawk its hilarious!
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  8. NarciNo Gravatar says

    Oh, what a charmer! The little triptych looks like it should read “At first I was like… but then I lolled.” Congratulations, and I’m glad to hear you’re both coping okay with the flooding and aftermath.

  9. NdiayneNo Gravatar says

    She’s beautiful! Congratulations, and I’m glad to hear you’re all okay. :)

  10. Aw… congratulations!

  11. CharityNo Gravatar says

    Congratulations. She is beautiful! Love the picture of her being held by her daddy.

  12. CassabereeNo Gravatar says

    Gratz! She is quite beautiful. =)

  13. PoneriaNo Gravatar says

    Dawwwwwww! Congrats on such a purty sproutling!

    1/5/11 @ 11:11 — that’s magical, ain’t it? :)

  14. BeruthielNo Gravatar says

    She is absolutely beautiful!

  15. RezznulNo Gravatar says

    Congratulations! What a beautiful baby! I love that series of three at the top — especially the last two, she’s adorable. :)

    As a father of three (!), I’ve gotten good balancing the kids and WoW. Many a time, I’ve been rocking a baby in my lap, them falling asleep, while I’m healing my fool head off. =D

    All the best to you and your family!

    • LathNo Gravatar says

      I’m hoping that when the weather here cools down a bit (its between 27 – 32 degrees most days!) I can’t put her in the baby bjorne carrier and play :) will have to make sure I don’t squish her though!
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  16. OphelieNo Gravatar says

    She’s gorgeous! And so peaceful. Congratulations!
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  17. Congrats on the baby! And I’m glad to hear you’re pulling through after the disaster! Enjoy your little one! They grow up way to quick. :)
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  18. KurnNo Gravatar says

    Congratulations! She’s just precious. :)

    Glad to hear you and Cass are both doing well post-flood. I’ve got some friends there and a cousin there too, but looks like everyone’s just fine. Whew. :)
    Kurn’s last post: Exit Maloriak- Enter Chimaeron

  19. MoonraNo Gravatar says

    congratulations! very adorable photo’s :)
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  20. CitadelNo Gravatar says

    Congratulations, and welcome Caitlin!

    Hope the baby care isn’t too hard in the disaster zone, but it sounds like you’ve got its measure ;)

    Great photos! My favorite is the one on the far right of the sequence, where you can just see her start to smile.

  21. FrisbeeNo Gravatar says

    I was wasting away on twitter trying to find something to cure my boredom – and BLAM – someone I follow tweeted this post. Now, I am not quite as bored. Thanks for posting awesome material. – Frisbee

  22. lissannaNo Gravatar says

    congrats on the baby!
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  23. zahraahNo Gravatar says

    She is adorable :) Big congratulations! – and hope the cleanup is going ok to

  24. CrypticNo Gravatar says

    Congratulations, she is beautiful (and smiling in the third picture). Glad to see everything turned out alright.

    My wife was back raiding relatively soon after having our child and it worked fairly well, we just scheduled 15 minute breaks every hour and a half for feeding. You CAN have it all, it just takes a little more planning.

  25. ByueNo Gravatar says

    I started reading you for no reason at all and now I can’t stop, good luck on this little inkling of life sprouting!

  26. OraacleNo Gravatar says

    The best companion there is!

    Late congratulations from everyone at Unreal Realities on your beautiful daughter in the midst of such a hectic month!

    Hoping the rebuild/recovery is going well.

  27. GinaNo Gravatar says

    OMG CUTE ALERT! <3 hugs to you and the kiddo :)



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