Just Life

Introducing Little Charlie

Charles Clay Tieman | born September 13 at 10:22 pm | 7 pounds, 7 ounces | 20 inches
…and everyone is doing fine. They’re expecting to go home today, a little nervous, but ready to start being a family on their own.
Saturday was a long day. Thank goodness for college football, coffee and knitting. Marc and I finally got to meet little Charlie just before midnight. Love at first sight for sure!

Then Marc came home (someone needed to take care of Holly and I’m grateful he did!) while I helped Katie get settled into her room. And finally, I got to hold him.


Charlie slept most of yesterday in spite of Katie’s best attempts to wake him to nurse (I smile thinking how she’s going to look back on that afternoon when he peacefully napped away the hours) and a parade of visiting family.

He did open his eyes a few times

but mostly he peacefully slept.

I’ve been delighted with all the wonderful good wishes in response to Instagram and emails. Thank you!
Two questions have popped up over and over. First, his name. He’s named after Rob’s grandfather (Charles is also Rob’s middle name) and my dad (his middle name is Clay, after his grandfather Clay Sheffield). I love the family tradition and it’s wonderful to see that he really is a Charlie!
Second, I hope to be called Marmie – a play off my name and the mama in Little Women; she’s one of my favorite mama characters, especially as portrayed by Susan Sarandon! We’ll see how Charlie handles it. His other grandma is Nana; Charlie is her third grandchild, so I expect that will “stick”.

Oh, and yes, I did finish the blanket. We had planned to take photos on Saturday morning in the nursery. I kind of love that he’ll get to be in those photos now. A beautiful, perfect FO!


  • Anonymous

    Congratulations! I only "know" you through reading your Blog but I have been following your anticipation for Charlie's arrival. Enjoy him!
    –Deb (JerseyShoreDeb on Ravelry)

  • Bonny

    Congratulations to the whole family and thank you for sharing this joyous news with all of your readers! That smile on your face says it all. Wishing Charlie much happiness, health, love, and a continuation of that peaceful sleeping!

  • Vicki Knitorious

    OH OH OH!! I've been out in the wilderness… CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!! You know how fast he's going to grow — I can't believe Junah was just 8 months old. Marmie! How wonderful… I never thought of that for a variation on Grandma! My kids call me that all the time. I like it. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    What a beautiful baby and Congratulations and Happy Wishes to his parents!

    PS I love the photo of you holding Charlie–the first of many photos with his Marmie, I'm sure!


  • Honoré

    It's all just perfect goodness. Your choice of Marmie so resonates and I love the last photo. Charlie's adorable.
    So glad to read he, Katie and Dad are doing well. You and Marc look like you fit your new roles with abundance comfort. We look forward to more Charlie stories.

  • dbshade

    Mary — such SWEET photos!!!! He is totally adorable. Totally. I resisted asking about the blanket, but I saw it on your projects page, so I assumed it was finished. Yay, you!!

  • Sue

    There is nothing sweeter in life than holding a newborn babe! Especially one in your own family. The look on your face says it all! You will be a great Marmie! Love the name. My dad is Charles, as well as my great grandfather, and my nephew. Enjoy every second! Congratulations to your entire family.

  • lisaddibona

    Mazel Tov. There is nothing more wonderful than a new life. And to be named after two special people is such a gift. I hope everyone continues to feel good and gets some sleep. Hugs to everyone

  • Nancy

    Congratulations to Marmie and family!. He is quite a beautiful baby. I especially love the photo of him and his mommy, eyes open and responding to her. So much joy!