Everything’s Coming Up Babies

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Spring blooms in the upstate–trees sprout new leaves, flowers poke their heads out of the earth, and the bellies of women in/related to the RCID program pop with little ones soon to make their first appearances. We celebrated this abundance on Saturday, May 17, 2008, throwing a four-way baby shower at the Vitanza’s house because, really, friends don’t let friends have babies without parties. In attendance, in full pregnant glory, were

> Xiaoli Li (Alex Kudera) > Wu Dan (Wang Pu) > Nicole Hodgson (Justin)

> Michele Morton was our fourth honoree, though her (and Keith’s) bloom had already come to fruition; Lola arrived on 22 April 2008. Here’s a pic of Michelle with Alayna and the new arrival Lola. Many of us stood in adoration of the adorable new one (and I got to hold her!), a lovely addition to the Morton’s older daughters, Juliana and Alayna. There’s not much room for Keith in this situation. But he’s in there somewhere! He has his hands full in a later picture below.

The new RCID kids will have plenty of young playmates, in addition to Juliana and Alayna–also in attendance at the party were Meredith Hilst, and Garret and Jonas Abboud (and their parents); and our new RCID families bring a few more additions to the kid-parade. There also could be some built-in babysitters in Sarah and Andrew Walwema and Roman Vitanza–but that may be a bit presumptuous.

Here’s some of the relatively new kids:

While the kids frolicked, grown-ups–numerous other RCID students, faculty, and guests–shared stories, food, and drink. In addition to baby-related conversations (from diapers to epidurals), we recounted our end of semester achievements, contemplated summer respites and travels, posited conceptual refigurings of the world, and maintained our witty repartee and quick pop culture references.

The evening ended with the distribution of a wealth of diapers (the gift of choice–though I’ve learned they’ll only cover about a week of baby bottoms–yikes!), and well-wishes for all. As the academic year has come to a close, we look forward to the fall and the continued expansion of RCID with our newbies–in so many ways!

Oh, Here’s a post-carte:

ps: Pix courtesy of Alicyn Butler and Justin Hodgson. The post-carte is of Justin’s making.

~ Amanda Booher ~

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