View Full Version : I'm a Mama Hippo! (with pics)

12-21-2015, 02:06 PM
Hullooos! The past few weeks I've received quite a few PMs and e-mails from AWers asking about my pregnancy, and I thought this might be the easiest way of updating everyone. :)

At 5:30 AM on the 2nd of December, I rolled out of bed to go to the bathroom. As soon as my feet touched the floor, something warm slid down my leg. My first thought was: Omg, did I just pee myself? Am I gonna be one of those pregnant women who pee themselves?? As it turned out, it wasn't pee, but my water breaking. My due date wasn't supposed to be until the 27th, so we were taken somewhat by surprise. Okay, that's an understatement. We pretty much spent the next 15 minutes shooting around the house gathering all our things. Well, Mr. Putt shot around the house. I had to waddle due to the towel that was stuffed between my legs. Just btw, for those who are curious, amniotic fluid smells a lot like boiled eggs. Yum.

3 hours after my water broke. I was about 4 cm dilated here, and still in high spirits because I had no idea what was in store for me. 4 hours after this pic was taken, I had my second cervical exam, which utterly destroyed me. It left both me and Mr. Putt in tears. After that, it was epidural to the rescue. To all the women who gave birth without epidurals...I salute you. You guys are crazypants in the best possible way.

I'd been told by my friend in Cali that after receiving an epidural, they don't tend to allow you out of bed. But the doctor and midwives taking care of me were really chill about letting me move around, and when it came time to push, I was able to try out every position there ever was. Bent over while standing up (as pictured), on all fours, on my side, squatting while hanging on to the bed, lying down... the medical team was great. They just laughed and went, "What position would you like to try next?" The position I finally settled on was half-sitting with my legs propped up. 20 minutes of pushing later...

A very gross and bloody wee hippo slid out! She then proceeded to make us all lose our shit by refusing to cry for about 5 minutes. The nurses had to call the emergency pediatrician to the delivery room, who then announced that wee hippo wasn't crying because she was, in fact, sleeping. :e2smack:

And here she is, all cranky and bitchy after being woken up from her labor nap.

Sleeping in a crocheted hippo blanket from an AW member. :)

At two weeks old, she's a little bit more curious and somewhat less bitchy.

I have so much respect for single parents after the past 19 days. I don't know how they do it. There's two of us, plus help from my mom and other family members who are always dropping off groceries, and wee hippo is still wiping the floor with our faces. But, yanno, biology's a real son of a bitch because despite all the sleepless nights, despite the deaths of our social lives, despite having been peed and pooped on more times than we can count, we take one look at her and we're like, "Awww, she's so worth it." Logically, she's so NOT, but damn if I can convince myself of that. This is how I'd describe newborn parenthood: We are so sick of her by this point, but at the same time we can't have enough of her. Does that make any sense? I can't tell, my brain's pretty fucked up by the lack of sleep.

You little asshole, I love you so.

Throughout my whole pregnancy, AW has been the sweetest, most helpfulest community ever. I can't remember the number of times I have turned to various AW members for advice or help, and in fact, I attribute the smooth labor experience I had to a couple of AWers' advice. Even after wee hippo was born, the support has been tremendous. So many of you sent messages with kind, sweet words...and even gifts for the wee hippo! So thank you, AW, for being so amazingsauce! :D HIPPOHUGS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYONE from wee hippo, who bears a somewhat alarming resemblance to Pou!


12-21-2015, 02:20 PM
Oh, she is the most beautiful little thing! Well done, you!

ETA: I'm inclined to ask who beta'd for you, but I won't. Clearly, though, your editor knew what she was doing. That's a perfect little piece of work :)

Marian Perera
12-21-2015, 02:25 PM
How adorable! I have the biggest soppy smile on my face after seeing those pics (except the one with the blood. Sorry Putt :D). Many, many congrats to you and your family.

12-21-2015, 02:27 PM
OMG, she's perfect. I'm glad you're all doing well. Congrats to you and Mr. Putt!

12-21-2015, 02:31 PM
Congratulations!!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!! :D

12-21-2015, 02:37 PM
Hippo! *hugs* She's the most adorable thing on the planet.

12-21-2015, 03:03 PM
Congratulations!!! and Welcome to the World, Little Hippo!

Well done, wishing you and yours the very best :heart:

Chris P
12-21-2015, 03:27 PM
Congrats! And thanks for such a wonderful post. Hippo probably jusr wanted to get a head start on Christmas presents.

12-21-2015, 03:40 PM
Congratulations. Definitely worth the bother isn't it.

12-21-2015, 03:48 PM
She's adorable and so is her mama!

If you get really sick of her, I call dibs on her. :)

12-21-2015, 03:50 PM
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:banana: http://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/n.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/o.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/w.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/space.gif :e2bear: http://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/space.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/w.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/i.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/t.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/h.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/space.gif :e2thud: http://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/space.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/p.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/a.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/r.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/e.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/n.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/t.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/i.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/n.gifhttp://www.thesmilies.com/glittergen/set4/g.gif :e2flowers

:hi: Hello, l'il baby!

Keep sipping the oxytocin! :greenie

12-21-2015, 04:26 PM
What a great start to life! To be introduced here like that! When she is old enough to appreciate it I hope you can show her this thread. Bwahahahaha!

And it's a lovely introduction. Welcome to the world, Baby Hippo!

*goes away smiling*

12-21-2015, 04:56 PM
Super-duper congratulations to you both!

12-21-2015, 05:08 PM
Adorable baby hippo! Congratulations!

12-21-2015, 05:15 PM
What a beautiful baby. Congratulations to all! <3

Calla Lily
12-21-2015, 05:54 PM

Maggie Maxwell
12-21-2015, 06:14 PM
The most adorable Hippo in the world! Congratulations, Putputt! Both you and her are beautiful. :) And what a way to come into the world, fast asleep!

Latina Bunny
12-21-2015, 06:14 PM
Congrats on the new bundle of joy!

Adorable Little Baby Hippo! :3

Beautiful, like her momma hippo. :)

12-21-2015, 06:22 PM
Welcome to the world, Little Hippo!

12-21-2015, 06:25 PM
How wonderful is this? 100%, that's how. Sheesh, it's obvious, isn't it?

Maryn, who'd like to hold her, please

12-21-2015, 06:28 PM
Awww, lovely all round!!! Congratulations!!!

12-21-2015, 06:30 PM
huge congrats, putputt!

best wishes!!!

12-21-2015, 06:32 PM
Congratulations! She's darling. Yay for a healthy baby! :e2heartbe

12-21-2015, 06:51 PM
AWWWWW. You guys are the cutest! Thanks so much for the post, Putt, and congratulations to you and the Mr.! :hooray:

12-21-2015, 07:45 PM
Congrats! That's one gorgeous newborn (didn't even say that about my own kids). The individual days are very long with an infant, but that first year will fly by. Enjoy your new squish!

12-21-2015, 07:47 PM
She's wonderful. So are you.

12-21-2015, 08:09 PM
Congratulations! You are both gorgeous.

12-21-2015, 08:42 PM
Awww. No words, just a babble of congratulatory baby talk!

12-21-2015, 08:48 PM
Congrats! :tongue Silly little girl, sleeping through her own birth.

12-21-2015, 08:53 PM
Uhm, her ears seem to be on the sides of her head, not the top. I'm so sorry. She's sort of cute like that but... :/

12-21-2015, 08:54 PM
Congratulations on the wee little hippo!

12-21-2015, 09:01 PM
She is so beautiful (and how did you stay looking so gorgeous whilst in labor?) She doesn't look like a durian at all! :D

I'm so happy for you and Mr. Putt. My best wishes to you all as you embark on this most amazing adventure. Hugs, hugs, hugs

(I had the same epiphany after having mine about being a single parent. I give them all respect. It's an incredible amount of work for two people.)

12-21-2015, 09:08 PM
YAY! PHOTOS!!! Of course now I want to send a goon squad cuz you look too damn gorgeous. WHY DON'T YOU LOOK TIRED??

Hugs to you all, Hippo (even the blue ball of wavy arms). plumstead is right...the first year is going to fly by. Enjoy every second of it, even the sleepless ones. :Hug2:

12-21-2015, 10:27 PM
Hip, Hip Hooray!!! :Clap:

What a blessing - What a gift. :Hug2:

L. Y.
12-21-2015, 10:40 PM
Congratulations, Putputt! Your little one is adorable. :)

dolores haze
12-21-2015, 10:49 PM
That's one beautiful baby. Congrats to the whole Hippo family!

12-21-2015, 11:05 PM
Welcome to the world, Hippolito!

Congrats to you both! How the Grandparents? Have they calmed down yet? :D

12-22-2015, 12:37 AM



Silent Rob
12-22-2015, 02:37 AM
And guess what everybody!?

She's called Rob!

​Only joking, wee hippo. Don't cry.

Siri Kirpal
12-22-2015, 04:08 AM
Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

Congrats on the newest member of the family and the newest parents! All blessings for a happy life together!

My brothers used to call hippos hippomominuses. You must now be the official hippo-mom-inus of AW!


Siri Kirpal

Bing Z
12-22-2015, 05:51 AM
Congratz hurr hurr.... What an adorable wee hippo!!!!

12-22-2015, 04:15 PM

12-22-2015, 04:17 PM
YAY! PHOTOS!!! Of course now I want to send a goon squad cuz you look too damn gorgeous. WHY DON'T YOU LOOK TIRED??

Hippo's very good at Photoshop, Elaine. Notice how the pile of human limbs around the baby as it gnaws on human fingers is also carefully edited out and replaced with a cute blanket.


12-22-2015, 11:40 PM
Hippo's very good at Photoshop, Elaine. Notice how the pile of human limbs around the baby as it gnaws on human fingers is also carefully edited out and replaced with a cute blanket.

I understand hippos enjoy a little human flesh from time to time. It's the calcium or something.

Alessandra Kelley
12-23-2015, 03:22 AM
Ohhh, what a beautiful, beautiful family! Congratulations!

12-23-2015, 04:21 AM
Awww, congratulations to you and your family! And welcome to the world, Wee Hippo!

12-23-2015, 08:20 PM
Bwaaaa thank you for all the well wishes!! *slobbers all over everyone with lurve*

12-23-2015, 08:23 PM
Yeah, well, don't get too busy with handing out those reppies that you forget to feed tha babeh!


12-23-2015, 08:47 PM
Yeah, well, don't get too busy with handing out those reppies that you forget to feed tha babeh!


The what now? *hands out more rep points*

12-23-2015, 08:51 PM
D'aw, I'm late to the party. Still! :partyguy:

You got a hippopotamus for Xmas!

12-23-2015, 09:01 PM
Yeah, well, don't get too busy with handing out those reppies that you forget to feed tha babeh!


Babies are temporary. Rep points are forever.


12-23-2015, 09:06 PM
Babies are temporary. Rep points are forever.


You've got a point. But babies can make a lot of noise if you don't feed them, so, for the sake of personal comfort, she might want to take care of that from time to time.

Reppies require no maintenance. :D

12-23-2015, 09:53 PM
Oh my gosh, Putster, I just, just saw this and...*joyful weeping*...what a beautiful, adorable, sweet little angel. Oh, and your baby is cute, too.

:) heee heee

Putputt, you know I'm kidding, I'm so, so happy for you guys, what a gift! You're going to be a wonderful Momma to that little girl, she is so lucky. Bless your little family, Putster. xoxo kk :Hug2:

12-23-2015, 10:00 PM
Congratulations! And welcome, BabyPutt!

12-23-2015, 10:40 PM
WHOA! Good to know, Putputt! Cute little babe. Great story. I'm in love with the camera used for the photography. Congrats, Mama!

12-24-2015, 07:33 AM
Oh, wow, congratulations! *grinchy heart grows two sizes*

Anna Spargo-Ryan
12-24-2015, 08:27 AM
What a beautiful baby hippo you have! Well done mama :D

12-29-2015, 03:38 AM
A very big congratulations, hippo :partyguy:

12-29-2015, 04:27 AM
Oh, what a lovely post this was! So happy for the PutPutt family. :)

12-29-2015, 05:03 AM
Congratulations! That's wonderful news. Wishing the three of you every happiness, and other such Hallmarky sentiments. :)

12-31-2015, 12:40 PM
Fanks, you guys!!

Happy new year from wee hippo, who can't decide whether she's happy or fucking pissed off.


(Time it took to go from "I so happiness and calm" to "OMG YOU ARE ALL DICKS AND I HATE EVERYTHING SO MUCH": 0.5 seconds.)

12-31-2015, 01:57 PM
Just wait 'til she's 14!

has three daughters
and got the t-shirt!


12-31-2015, 03:54 PM
Aw, Baby!

*gives hugs to baby*

12-31-2015, 06:27 PM
*gives baby mobile, pacifier, teddy bear, plastic car keys, fresh diaper, bottle, heartbeat-simulating phone app, banana dance, lullaby, kefir, whiskey, twenty dollars, blankie, emotional space, fabric book, socks on, socks off...*


12-31-2015, 06:44 PM
wow, congratulations! You and your new daughter are both beautiful! Wishing your family a very happy healthy New Year, and hopefully you can get more sleep in the coming year .........

01-01-2016, 12:31 AM
Oh I'm almost a month late to the celebration! Congratulations - wonderful mom and wee one. I'm sure you've started reading to her already.

Babies, babies, babies ... :Sun:

01-01-2016, 01:43 AM
Wee hippo apparently feels the same way about New Year's Eve as I do.

01-01-2016, 02:15 AM
*gives Cass mobile, pacifier, teddy bear, plastic car keys, fresh diaper, bottle, heartbeat-simulating phone app, banana dance, lullaby, kefir, whiskey, twenty dollars, blankie, emotional space, fabric book, socks on, socks off...*


01-01-2016, 02:48 AM




oh. oh, there it is. Never mind.

*I so happiness and calm*

(trouble is, I'm not nearly as adorable as the wee hippo.)

01-01-2016, 08:05 PM
Yeah, I'm late to the party too, but I was wondering. Thanks for sharing the story and the pics. Bless your beautiful little family.

01-01-2016, 08:41 PM
So, babeh hippo is a month old tomorrow - you must be totally over it by now. I mean, I got a lightsaber spoon in my cereal a week ago, and I'm kinda bored with it now, so I imagine it's much the same thing.

01-01-2016, 11:09 PM
Don't be silly, of course I'm not sick of her yet! I'd give it at least another week... :D

In the meantime... *mixes whiskey with boobiemilk, hands to Cass*