Meet SteelyKid

Behold, the cutest burrito in Niskayuna:

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8 lbs, 2 oz, 20 inches long. Do your own metric conversions.

The obligatory mother-and-child picture is below the fold:

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Both mother and baby are well, and resting after their ordeal. And, obviously, adorable.

FutureBaby’s real name will be Claire Nepveu Orzel (“Nepveu” is a middle name, not the first half of an unhyphenated compound name). In the interests of preserving a tiny bit of privacy in this age of Google, this is the one and only time that her real name will appear on the blog, until she’s old enough to decide how she wants to be known.

Henceforth, she will be known (on the blog) as SteelyKid, because it amuses Kate.

And now, food, then bed. Feel free to leave comments exclaiming on the extreme wonderfulness of SteelyKid, but don’t go trying to claim that there’s a better or cuter baby out there. Them’s fighting words.

Comments

  1. #1 Rivka
    August 7, 2008

    Oh, how absolutely wonderful! What a lovely baby! I am so very pleased for all three of you.

  2. #2 Rich
    August 7, 2008

    Hooray!

    Welcome SteelyKid! Congrats, guys!

  3. #3 Trent
    August 7, 2008

    Extremely Wonderful!
    She rocks! You guys rock (but especially Kate, after the last day of major effort)!
    Love SteelyKid’s name…

    Congratulations, one and all!

  4. #4 Evan
    August 7, 2008

    You guys must be so happy! SteelyKid is adorable.

    For the lazy people amongst us:
    8 pounds 2 oz = 3.685 kg,
    20 inches = 0.508 m.

    I think you need a new category… FutureBaby! is out-dated. (I never noticed the ! before :)

  5. #5 Uncle Al
    August 7, 2008

    Good work! Great return on investment. Will the obligatory mobile over the crib be orthogonal polynomials, plumbing fittings, or little dancers?

  6. #6 KevinQ
    August 7, 2008

    Congratulations! That’s highly awesome.

    Good luck!

    K

  7. #7 Coturnix
    August 7, 2008

    w00t! Congratulations! What a beautiful baby!

  8. #8 Alex
    August 7, 2008

    Congratulations!

  9. #9 onymous
    August 7, 2008

    Awwww! Congratulations!

  10. #10 Martin Madsen
    August 7, 2008

    This is wonderful. Congratulations.

  11. #11 OmegaMom
    August 7, 2008

    Congratulations to you and Kate, and welcome to the world, SteelyKid!

  12. #12 Moshe
    August 7, 2008

    Congratulations!

  13. #13 Ian Durham
    August 7, 2008

    Congratulations!!

  14. #14 Rajesh
    August 7, 2008

    Congratulations, Kate and Chad! And SteelyKid!

  15. #15 Ron
    August 7, 2008

    Congratulations!!!

  16. #16 mollishka
    August 7, 2008

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  17. #17 Scott W
    August 7, 2008

    Congratulations!

  18. #18 Mike Hoye
    August 7, 2008

    Congratulations, and good luck.

  19. #19 Evan
    August 7, 2008

    Congratulations, she’s beautiful!

    And keep the burrito going as long as possible. Keep getting bigger blankets, it’s kept me sane with my baby girl.

  20. #20 Romeo Vitelli
    August 7, 2008

    Congratulations. Since she looks like her mother, I still say that “RepliKate” works as a name.

  21. #21 Jeff F
    August 7, 2008

    She is definitely beautiful. Congratulations to the both of you!

  22. #22 chezjake
    August 7, 2008

    Huzzah! Congratulations to the proud parents. Welcome to the world, SteelyKid.

    Is Emmy going to have to share the throne of Niskayuna now?

  23. #23 dr. dave
    August 7, 2008

    K-YUTE!

    and this is coming from someone who does NOT think all babies are cute. many are squinchy and blotchy and underdone-looking.

    but this one is genuinely cute.

    score!

  24. #24 Patrick Nielsen Hayden
    August 7, 2008

    Hooray!

  25. #25 Nathan
    August 7, 2008

    Brilliant!

  26. #26 cisko
    August 8, 2008

    Congrats to all three of you! She’s adorable!

  27. #27 Bob
    August 8, 2008

    w00t!

    The next adventurous stage of your (her?) life has begun. Have a blast!

  28. #28 Kenneth Cavness
    August 8, 2008

    I’m so happy for the two of you! The THREE of you!

  29. #29 Lara
    August 8, 2008

    Congrats on the SteelySprog!

  30. #30 Jennifer Ouellette
    August 8, 2008

    “SteelyKid” — perfect! Congrats to both you and Kate….

  31. #31 Aaron Bergman
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations!

  32. #32 Johan G
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations to all of you. That is one cute baby.

  33. #33 Michael Nielsen
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations!!!

  34. #34 Julianne
    August 8, 2008

    Congrats and best wishes!

    Unsolicited advice: The first 6-8 weeks are just about survival. Keep expectations really low, and you’ll be fine. It gets easier after that.

  35. #35 Ray
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations!
    Have fun

  36. #36 Chaz
    August 8, 2008

    Yay SteelyKid! So pleased for you both. Enjoy… (Hah!)

  37. #37 Jamie Bowden
    August 8, 2008

    I already said this elsewhere, but congrats to you can Kate, Chad.

  38. #38 Michael I
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations!

  39. #39 Adrienne
    August 8, 2008

    Yay for SteelyKid! Congrats! Is she also a new Duchess of Niskayuna?

  40. #40 Chad Orzel
    August 8, 2008

    Is she also a new Duchess of Niskayuna?

    We haven’t decided what her title will be, yet, but I doubt very much it will be anything that’s outranked by the dog. Much to Emmy’s annoyance.

  41. #41 Natalie
    August 8, 2008

    Hooray! What a beautiful baby and what a beautiful name! Good luck.

  42. #42 Aunt Marie & Uncle Joe
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations all around and Sto Lat to baby Claire! We can’t wait to meet her! Love and hugs to all………….

  43. #43 Scott Raun
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations to all!

  44. #44 Peter Erwin
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations!

  45. #45 lylebot
    August 8, 2008

    Congrats!

  46. #46 Clay B
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations! Hope you’re getting some sleep.

  47. #47 apy
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations!

  48. #48 Clifton Park Lukasiks
    August 8, 2008

    The first chapter of your trilogy is complete……trilogy, right ? Congratulations to all from the Upstate Luke clan, babysitting available anytime ! Our kids can teach yours all of the WONDERFUL things they know ! Bug eating, nose picking, etc. See you soon !

  49. #49 Melissa
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations, SteelyFolks! She really IS a beauty!

  50. #50 marciepooh
    August 8, 2008

    Good thing she looks like her mom. Sleep! You can eat while she’s awake, at least enough to get by. Congrats.

  51. #51 Squiddhartha
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations and best wishes! Shame she couldn’t have held out one more day so I could’ve won the betting pool… :)

    Remember Rule #1: Never wake a sleeping baby. Rule #2: Sleep when the baby sleeps.

  52. #52 Tom
    August 8, 2008

    Congrats!

  53. #53 Honu-girl
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations! She is beautiful, just like mom! Emmy will love her, even if she gets a bit put out by the new ruler of the house occasionally.

    Best advice I got after becoming a parent is what marciepooh told you – sleep when the baby’s asleep, esp those first few weeks. Don’t worry about the housework, or errands, or cooking dinner, or laundry, or anything else you “need” to do. Sleep is your highest priority. You can get what absolutely needs doing done while SteelyKid is awake.

    Good luck to all of you!

  54. #54 Abel Pharmboy
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations to the three of you! (and the dog as well)

  55. #55 Jeff M
    August 8, 2008

    Happy Oth Birthday, SteelyKid! Congrats to you and Kate!

  56. #56 Zeynep
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations to all and welcome SteelyKid!

  57. #57 GF
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations! Um…let the circus begin!

  58. #58 Ginny
    August 8, 2008

    yay! congratulations, dad

  59. #59 Jake
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations to you and the wife, and to SteelyKid!

  60. #60 Electric Landlady
    August 8, 2008

    Awwww!

    Welcome and congrats to all!

  61. #61 Jonathan Vos Post
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations to you for your bundle of joy, whom the Brits would say weighed about 0.580357143 stones. Now your adult life REALLY begins!

  62. #62 Sandra Porter
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations Chad!

  63. #63 Dave BAcon
    August 8, 2008

    Congrats!

    And welcome to the our wonderful universe, SteelyKid.

  64. #64 Joe, Maile & family
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations and enjoy your beautiful baby girl!

    “Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”

    –Albert Einstein

  65. #65 capella
    August 8, 2008

    She’s adorable – congratulations!

  66. #66 David Owen-Cruise
    August 8, 2008

    Dat’s one cute kid. Congratulations to all involved!

    Have you considered “Empress of Eastern New York?” That way Emmy maintains authority over the local squirrels and lesser dogs.

  67. #67 Doug Natelson
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations! In the future, you may want to switch to SteelyGirl, which would be a good name for either a superhero or a band.

  68. #68 razib
    August 8, 2008

    congratulations!

  69. #69 Feynmaniac
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations

  70. #70 Kylinn
    August 8, 2008

    Squee! Adorable!

  71. #71 oded
    August 8, 2008

    Mazeltof!

  72. #72 CCPhysicist
    August 8, 2008

    Hearty Congratulations! Have you told Emmy yet?

    Did you see the story (I think it was on CBS News by the roving reporter who does the last show every Friday) where he explored the “cute baby” question? He made increasingly perverse pictures of his kid (crossed eyes, distorted smile) with PhotoShop and showed them to people on the street. It had to get really bad before they stopped saying the kid was “cute”.

    Enjoy every minute of your Fall semester off!

  73. #73 milkshake
    August 8, 2008

    Sure I was the cutest baby – but your daughter is adorable also. Congratulations! I wish you all the love an happiness.

  74. #74 The MadPanda
    August 8, 2008

    Heartiest and warmest congratulations to you all! She’s cute as the proverbial button.

    (And deepest sympathies to poor Emmy, who is now to be outranked.)

    The MadPanda, FCD

  75. #75 Jordan Family
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations Chad and Kate!

    We are so happy for you all-She is adorable and we love the name too! It will be so fun to have another little one at the table this Christmas Eve!

    Rest up and enjoy all the special moments!

  76. #76 Norman Costa
    August 8, 2008

    Beautiful! Bless them both. And you too.

  77. #77 Ewan
    August 9, 2008

    So who won the pool? :)

    Congrats, both; and welcome, little one. Guaranteed to be the cutest baby in Albany for at least 3 months!

  78. #78 Anna K.
    August 9, 2008

    Congratulations to you and Kate! What a lovely baby. And may the baby soon sleep for six consecutive hours a night. :-D

  79. #79 Great-Great Aunt Lois & Uncle George
    August 9, 2008

    Great job for first-timers! She truly is beautiful. We wonder who will spoil her more, Daddy or Grandparents!!!!

    AL&UG

  80. #80 John Dupuis
    August 9, 2008

    Congratulations!

  81. #81 mollishka
    August 10, 2008

    Delving into the archives confirms it: I totally came up with SteelyKid the Moniker. I’m way too proud over that.

  82. #82 Bob Oldendorf
    August 10, 2008

    Congratulations on the beautiful baby!

  83. #83 Cherish
    August 10, 2008

    Congrats! What a cutey!!!

  84. #84 Steinn Sigurdsson
    August 11, 2008

    Congratulations.
    May you get some sleep for a while.

    Hey, who won the pool?

  85. #85 Claire Lee
    August 11, 2008

    Congratulations! She is beautiful (and has the best name too!)
    May she bring you many years of love and happiness :)

  86. #86 Josh Rosenau
    August 11, 2008

    Congrats to everyone, especially SteelyKid!

  87. #87 tommaso dorigo
    August 11, 2008

    Hi Chad, congratulations and welcome to steely. Get some rest if you can – the next two years of your life or so will be deprived of any sleep beyond that strictly necessary to ensure your brain functionality is good enough to exchange a diaper.

    Cheers,
    T.

  88. #88 Charles Kuffner
    August 12, 2008

    Sorry to get here so late, but congratulations!! Mazel tov to all of you. She’s beautiful.

  89. #89 themadlolscientist, FCD
    August 12, 2008

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww n00b hy00min is teh QT! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    =kissz= =huggz= ***HED ASPLODE***

    Cue music………. :-)

  90. #90 AliceB
    August 13, 2008

    Very belated but hearty congratulations. She’s a keeper!

  91. #91 Monado
    May 13, 2009

    Congratulations! She sure is cute. …science note: did you know that babies give off pheromones from their scalps that make us happy? That’s why people are always kissing their heads.

    Mine was 21″ long when born and I remarked that the average was 19″. A friend immediately piped up with, “Why do you care? You gonna rack-mount ‘im?” Which broke everyone up. It’s the standard width for electronics racks.

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