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Parker, Welcome to the Pop A Party Night Club!

Parker...I can't wait to hold your little hand!

“For any normal woman in normal circumstances there is bound to be a special excitement and joy and gratitude to God when she holds her first baby in her arms.” —Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

My family has a new son—Parker James, born August 15, 2010, at 6:41 a.m. and weighing in at an 7 pounds and 7 ounces (after an astonishing 23 hours of labor). Holy crap, Natalie, that had to hurt! I hope you are resting and enjoying the wonder and joy of holding that beautiful baby boy in your arms.

Yes, I am excited today! I am now officially a “great” aunt for the second time (I feel I’ve been a great-aunt my whole life but didn’t officially gain the title until my first great-niece was born). My nieces and nephews are just pumping out the babies, and in the next three months, I’m going to be graced with one more great-niece and great-nephew. I can’t wait—more new little kiddies to spoil. Call me anytime for babysitting and Pop-A-Party* night festivities.

*pop·a·party night

Pronunciation: \ˈpäp\ \ˈā\ \ˈpär-tē\ \ˈnīt\

Function: noun

Inflected Form(s): pop·a·nardy night, nardy night

Date: 1968

Etymology: Originating from Maria and her sister’s childhood. A term developed to describe a bedtime party with hidden candy treats. The word party morphed into nardy in the mid ’80s.

1: a social gathering held during a slumber party where candy is hidden under pillows and consumed without parents’ knowledge after the lights are turned out. Singing, laughing, and staying up past bedtime are mandatory

2: for Maria’s nieces and nephews, a major candy fest where after answering trivia questions and singing the official Pop-A-Party Night song, she showers them with candy right before bedtime

3: a beloved family tradition

Congratulations Natalie and Jimmy!

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