Congratulations, Redkitten

Just learned that our very own Redkitten gave birth to a baby brother for Samkitten, so everyone say hello to Alexkitten:


Is it just me or is that a helluva lot of hair for a baby?

117 replies
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    Baud says:


    That’s a big baby…


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    Robin G. says:

    Good lord, is that ever a full head of hair. Congratulations!

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    Grover Gardner says:

    Yes, that’s a lot hair on a baby but it falls out soon. :-)

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    gbear says:

    Baby Hulk SMASH!

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    Violet says:

    So cute! Congrats! Hope Samkitten is excited to be a big brother.

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    scav says:

    MoreKitten! Welcome and you are sore needed type of good news, so trebly welcome!

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    sacrablue says:

    Spectacular hair! Congrats to Redkitten family. Hope you recover quickly, Mom.

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    Joy says:

    He is quite the handsome lad. Congratulations. Yes, it’s a lot of hair, but this is coming from a mom whose babies were all bald!

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    liberal says:

    Two? Now she’s _really_ not going to be hanging out here much…

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    Jay C says:

    The hair? Our best friends’ son & DIL just got their new baby (their genes & embryo, carried by surrogate: ain’t medical technology grand?) and the little* fellow came with just such a mop of hair already installed. Must be due to climate change or something…

    * 22″, 10 lbs 12 oz: “little” only by comparison…

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Someone’s got some splaining to do about the filipino baby!

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    redshirt says:

    Serious hair. Get that up in a pompadour, stat.


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    cckids says:

    He’s adorable, congratulations! Get some rest while you can!

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    taylormattd says:

    Congrats! And hello, Alexkitten. :)

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    aimai says:

    Oh my god. I came back to post something on gun control but I think I’m accidentally going into sympathetic labor and my milk came rushing in just from looking at that picture. I thought Samkitten was the cutest thing ever but Kittens on Videos Doing Adorable Things this one resets the button of Cute. Congratulations to KittenMere and Kitten Pere.


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    Betty Cracker says:

    Awwww! Congrats, AllKittens!

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    The Fat Kate Middleton says:

    So beautiful. I have tears looking at this – what happens at my age. Congratulations, congratulations!

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Chaton! Chaton! He’s gorgeous!

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    IowaOldLady says:

    Gorgeous kid! Blessings on everyone.

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    BGinCHI says:

    A big congrats Redkitten. That’s a cute lad.

    Great hair, too.

    We just had Xavi’s 1-year birthday party last Saturday (if you were around here a year ago, Jan 5, you might have seen pics of him just born). Can’t believe a year has gone by already!

    I would have liveblogged the party but I was too busy trying to get everyone to go streaking.

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    sharl says:

    Congrats to Redkitten and family, and welcome Alexkitten!

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    Riley's Enabler says:

    Awww, welcome to that giant chunk of baby! Here’s hoping for many hours of blessed sleep for the entire Kitten family.

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    JPL says:

    Congrats to mom, dad and big brother Sam. Many of us remember when Sam was born and now he has a baby brother.

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    gogol's wife says:


    congratulations to you too!

    Congratulations, RedKitten. He’s very squeee.

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    JGabriel says:

    John Cole:

    Is it just me or is that a helluva lot of hair for a baby?

    You know, I’ve read about hirsute babies before, but that was only in the context of … [Pause for sudden realization} … OMG, he’s a baby werebear!

    (Congrats to RedKitten and Mr. Kitten on their healthy baby werebear.)


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    VBKim says:

    Congratulations! So sweet! It’s crazy how this pic makes me weepy!

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    Anne Laurie says:

    Congratulations, RedKitten & Mr. RK!

    Welcome to the Balloon Juice community, young Alexkitten!

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    Wag says:

    Excellent! Congratulations.

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    spudgun says:

    Aw, another RedKitten kitteh! Congrats to the whole family!

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    Chat Noir says:


    Many of us remember when Sam was born and now he has a baby brother.

    Yes, I do! I was at a Jimmy Buffett concert with my Parrothead husband and I was reading Balloon Juice from my iPhone to keep from being bored. I seem to recall that Krista even sent an update or two when she was in labor.

    Congrats to the RedKitten clan. AlexKitten is totes adorab.

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    Huzzah and congrats!

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    Brachiator says:

    Congratulations! What a cutie…

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    RobertDSC-iPhone 4 says:

    Welcome to the world, little one. A zillion blessings for you and your family.

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    Chat Noir says:


    if you were around here a year ago, Jan 5, you might have seen pics of him just born

    I was and I did. Also too, if there’s ever a Chicago Balloon Juice meet-up, I would like to participate.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Alexkitten? Why am I suddenly thinking of a 1980s sitcom character?

    Anyway, congratulations to the Kittens on the new member of the family. And welcome to Earth, kiddo.

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    Maude says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    There we go, front paged. He is handsome.

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    It thought most babies with dark hair actually have quite a lot when they are born, but that’s not always the case. Here in AZ, all of the Hispanic/Mexican babies that I have seen newborn have had hair like that–really hope that I’m not saying anything offensive….. I was born with a lot of white hair. My daughter is 1/4 Cuban and she had a ton of silky black hair when she was born. It all fell out and by six months a lighter brown was growing back in. My son had a little bit and it was blond.

    Have you heard of the old myth that if a baby has hair the mother will suffer really bad heartburn? Well it may not have a scientific basis but I had the worst heartburn ever while pregnant with my daughter and I tease her about it to this day.

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    Fluke bucket says:

    WONDERFUL! Welcome my son, to the machine!

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    R-Jud says:

    Congrats to the Kittens! Bean had a head of hair like that and it never fell out, just got thicker by the hour, seemingly.

    I want another one. :-(

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Chat Noir: We DO need to do that.

    My social life is pretty limited, but I’d definitely be into doing something here in the city.

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    superfly says:

    My sister just had a baby a couple hours ago, must be the day for it, huh?!?!

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    MattR says:

    @Amir Khalid: Hmm, is he AlexPKitten? (EDIT: on that note, my sister has a baby naming issue. She and her husband want to honor two different people with the first and middle names, but the end result is he would end up with the name Michael Vic)

    Congrats to RedKitten and the entire family.

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    Darkrose says:

    Eeeeee! What an adorable child. Grats to all.

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    scav says:

    @BGinCHI: Nearly warm enough for you streaking thing too. Belated Huzzah1.0 for XmarkthespotinCHI,

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    gnomedad says:

    Congrats! Does he chase lasers yet?

    My concept of “a lot of hair” recalibrates with age …

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    scav says:

    @R-Jud: head of hair or . . .

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    R-Jud says:

    @scav: Head, yes. There was some back hair, but that fell out by the third week.

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    General Stuck says:

    They always look like, WTF is this shit? I wanna go back.

    A couple of weeks, this one will have a pony tail.

    congrats! Redkitten, yer oven works good.

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    quannlace says:

    Congratulations, RedKitten! That’s a keeper.
    When my sister was born, she had so much hair the nurses had it tied up in a little bow when they brought her to my Mom.

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    Schlemizel says:

    Congratulations, RedKitten!

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    How badly are these kids going to be warped by having their entire childhood gawked at by this crowd of losers?

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    quannlace says:

    I love his pose; head resting on his arm. Has kind of an Old World painting look… Dionysus resting during the feast.

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    scav says:

    @R-Jud: another serious cutie. was actually heading for which you wanted, the head of hair or a baby, but am enjoying the fruits of not being clear.

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    mistermix says:

    I don’t say this much, because it’s usually a lie, but in this case it’s the truth: that is a hell of a cute baby. Congratulations!

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    Throwin Stones says:

    Congrats RedKitten!

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    ThresherK says:

    Congratulations. Welcome to the team. I hope the proper cuddly pets have been obtained and future cute pix are forthcoming.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    When TIME humorist Joel Stein was soliciting reader suggestions for his soon-to-be-born son’s name, I was tempted to recommend he call the kid Victor Franken.

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    JCT says:

    He’s a beaut! My two had full heads of hair just like that — my OB’s comment to me as she handed me my son was that she knew a good barber 2 blocks from the med center, we might want to drop by on the way home…

    Congrat’s RedKitten — lucky Sam to have a new pal.

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    Dee Loralei says:

    Adorable. Congrats to the entire KittenClan!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Congratulations to RedKitten and the whole KittenFamily!

    @Grover Gardner:

    Yes, that’s a lot hair on a baby but it falls out soon. :-)

    Not necessarily — my niece was born with a full head of hair and didn’t lose any of it. She had her first haircut at 3 months old (!)

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    Emma says:

    He’s gorgeous!

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    Elie says:


    Yes, handsome, big baby with lots of hair – Wow!

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    trollhattan says:


    My thoughts, too–nobody mess wit da new dood. Congrats to mom, dad and the li’l kittens!

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    eemom says:

    Yay! Congrats to the Kittens!

    I luvz me teh babies.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I love his pose; head resting on his arm. Has kind of an Old World painting look… Dionysus resting during the feast.

    I’m sure before long we’ll be seeing it on a Tom Levenson post.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Firstly, let me say congratulations to RedKitten and Mr. RedKitten on the arrival of yet another tax deduction/future borrower of the family car.

    Secondly, that kid looks like Winston Churchill wearing a Shatner Turbo 2000.

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    MattR says:

    @Amir Khalid: Now I have to find out what a buddy from HS ended up naming his kids (if he has any). His last name is Hu and he had a great collection of first names to pair with it. Unfortunately the only one I can remember is Sham. Another kid in my high school had the last name of Wang. His father’s first name was Long. That was extremely amusing at age 14.

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    eemom says:


    my niece was born with a full head of hair and didn’t lose any of it.

    As my SIL put it when my daughter was born with one: “When they tell you it’ll fall out, they’re full of shit.”

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    trollhattan says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Winston Churchill wearing a Shatner Turbo 2000.

    Monitor cleanup on Aisle MyDesk!

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    dmsilev says:


    We just had Xavi’s 1-year birthday party last Saturday (if you were around here a year ago, Jan 5, you might have seen pics of him just born). Can’t believe a year has gone by already!

    I remember it quite well, especially since my niece and nephew were born a few hours later. We had a slightly early birthday party for them last week, going out to lunch at the Top of the Hub restaurant in Boston. Living dangerously: bringing two babies to lunch at a nice restaurant…

    (We came at a time when the place was nearly empty, and brought all the necessary infrastructure to keep them happy. Still a bit of a gamble though. Fortunately, all went well)

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    Shadow's Mom says:

    A hearty congratulations on your beautiful new son. Along with that I offer sincere wishes for a night sleeper and no colic.

    Much joy to the *Kittens

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    Villago Delenda Est says:


    Ah, I remember it well…wasn’t it about the time of the Iowa Caucus and Taco was telling us how Rmoney was going to win going away and was on a clear glide path to the nomination?

    Ah, what memories.

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    Welcome, AlexKitteh! What a fine head of hair that boy has. Such a cutie.

    @BGinCHI: I remember that! You should give us an updated pic. ::cough cough::

    @superfly: Congrats to you, too!

    ::throws glitter into the air::

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    dmsilev says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: To be fair, Taco telling us that Romney was on a glide path to the nomination and the Presidency was pretty much a constant theme from roughly the summer of 2011 until about a half an hour after Karl Rove’s Ohio meltdown on Election Night.

    Once more, for nostalgia’s sake:

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    Roger Moore says:



    Updated for early 2013.

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    MTiffany71 says:

    Is it just me or is that a helluva lot of hair for a baby?

    No. We’re all just getting balder.

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    Keith G says:

    Kittens McTavish!

    Cheers to the Family Kitten!

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    gelfling545 says:

    So nice to see wonderful things happening even (or especially) in the midst of our “interesting” times. Much congratulation to the family.

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    Svensker says:

    Awwww. Squeee!

    Congrats, all! Get some rest. Hope Sam Kitten isn’t too jealous and that he gets into being the Big Boy fast.

    What a doll.

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    La Caterina (Mrs. Johannes) says:

    congrats to la famille chaton!

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    suzanne says:

    Yaaaay! What a darling Kitten. :)

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Congrats, Kittens.

    Is it just me or is that a helluva lot of hair for a baby?

    Photos indicate that I had a similar amount.

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    Quaker in a Basement says:

    Is it just me or is that a helluva lot of hair for a baby?

    No, it’s not just you. That’s a lot of hair for you OR the baby. Ba-dum-tish!

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    Valdivia says:

    whoo hoo! welcome AlexKitten.

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    Ash Can says:

    Squeeee! Congrats to the whole Kitten family!!

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    Felonius Monk says:

    Congrats. May he and all the Kitten family have long and healthy lives.

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    WereBear says:

    Congrats on the new arrival. I was born with such a head of hair… I find it very attractive!

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    Ruckus says:

    is that a helluva lot of hair for a baby?
    Compared to whom? I’ve got much more on my face, not so much on the head.

    Congrats to all of the Kittens, another one among us, it’s a good day.

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    Gypsy howell says:

    Welcome to the world, AlexKtten. We’ll try not to screw things up too much more before you grow up.

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    Dr. Squid says:

    That’s a decent amount of hair. Two of mine had that much. The youngest Squidlet came out dark, but a bunch of blond snuck in underneath, so we got a bit of a surprise on his first haircut.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    Congrats to the Kittens. Can’t wait for the next picture, which I am hoping will be SamK holding his bitty brother.

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    ruemara says:

    Grats to all the Kittens and welcome, ALEX!

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @TaMara (BHF): I was trying to type the same thing earlier, TaMara, but the noise from my exploding ovaries at that mental image made it impossible to concentrate.

    @WereBear: Ha! The WereBear Hair Hypothesis lives!

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    Josie says:

    Hello Alex. What a beautiful, strong looking boy.

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    Original Lee says:

    Congratulations to RedKitten and family! He’s another keeper. Hope SamKitten continues to be thrilled with being a big brother!

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    I was born in the fifties and I had Dwight Eisenhower hair until kindergarten.

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    JoyfulA says:

    Does AlexKitten have any teeth? My next younger sister had wonderful dark hair like that and even longer, plus a couple of teeth. (I had orange fuzz at birth, so she was a great surprise.)

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    mellowjohn says:

    younger son had lots of hair at birth, and still does.
    right now, that’s a lot of hair for me!

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    So beautiful. Congrats. He is definitely a keeper, may he also be a sleeper!

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    Humble Lurker says:

    He’s such a lovely hairy little thing. Congrats to all the Kittens! Speedy recovery, Mom.

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    Suzanne says:

    My Mia Mouse had that much hair when she was born, and she never lost it—it was all that dark, too. It grew in curly, and now that she’s two, she has enough for adorable curly piggy tails. But she was hairy all over….born at 39 weeks, so she had swirls of hair on her shoulders. I told her when she was born that I was sorry about all the inevitable waxing. she had so much hair that they could see it on the ultrasounds. Sarah Bear didn’t have quite that much, but it was dark when she was born. By six months, she was a flaming redhead, and by a year, it was all blonde curls. Genetics, she is a tricky mistress.

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    Mike E says:

    Mazel tov!

    Heh, that hair…Miss E easily had the most hair in our ward, inch long black mop that eerily resembled that of the hospital’s parking attendant who happened to be the most famous Filipino Elvis Presley impersonator in our area–Renelvis. I stopped worrying when her hair grew in red, definitely moar from my family tree!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Updated for early 2013.

    I believe that should be:


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    WaterGirl says:

    @suzanne: Okay, I just realized we have Suzanne (upper case) who just passed some tests related to architecture and suzanne (lower case) who may be someone else entirely. Is that correct?

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    Jane2 says:

    Welcome to the world, Alexkitten! You’re adorable.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I thought we only had one suzanne and that the one with two little girls is the same one who is getting her architecture certifications.

    If not, then I’m almost as confused as I was when Some Guy, someguy, and some guy were three separate commenters.

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    Suzanne says:

    @WaterGirl: No, they are both me. My iPad routinely autocorrects my name to have the capital letter and I just gave up fighting. I sometimes go as baddesignhurts on the series of tubes, though.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Congratulations, RedKitten! So happy for you and all the *Kittens.

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    HRA says:

    Congratulations to the Kitten family.

    My first child had enough hair for the nursery nurses to braid it. It began to fall out slightly and was quickly replaced by tight curls that could only be brushed.

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    Piling on — CONGRATS!
    =o D

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    YellowJournalism says:

    Congratulations! Beautiful boy. Welcome to te club of living in a home with three males. It only gets messier from here!

    Both my boys were born with dark, dark heads of hair that would have made Uncle Jessie from Full House envious. The oldest one lost most of his, looking like Ed Asner in some pics. He has beautiful, thick dark hair. The youngest kept his mostly, but it lightened up to a softer brown. I had terrible heartburn with both pregnancies. Fucking wives’ tales.

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    satby says:

    Congrats to the Kitten family! He’s a beautiful boy. 30 years ago last week I gave birth to one that big and with a mop of dark hair just like it.
    He’s 6’5″ and blond now. Enjoy the ride Redkitten, it’s the best thing I ever did!

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    Elizabelle says:

    Wonderful little guy.

    The world and we at BJ needed another ‘Kitten in the world.


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    AdamK says:

    Looks like the Incredible Hulk, only pink. And little.

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    daize says:

    What a beautiful baby. He looks the picture of fine health. Congrats to the Kitten family on the new addition.

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