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This just in (or, rather, out): Master Stupidhead

Submitted by on June 15, 2009 – 10:41 AM100 Comments


Above: David Gardner Bunting III, born 13 June 2009, 7:45 PM, eight pounds, five ounces; and his favorite aunt. Everyone is healthy and in fine fettle, and the littlest Bunting is already submitting amiably to the photo-bunny-ear-ing of his loving but tacky relatives.

Below: three Daves, no waiting. Clockwise from left, "Papa"; Mr. S; and Master S. Not shown: my sister-in-law Gen, receiving her medal from the War Department.


Edited to add: "Papa" found the original version of this photo, sans bunny ears. It's below, and in my parents' defense, that wallpaper was there when they moved into the house. Hee.


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  • RJ says:

    I keep coming back to look…. he's sooo sweet!!!! (And Sars, you look great – not to mention, very natural as an aunt!)

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    @RJ: Somewhere, there's a photo of me holding Mr. S when he was not much older than Master S. Guess the muscle memory kicked in. Hee.

  • Nina A says:

    Aww-so cuute! And your dad totally looks just as I imagined him! Best wishes to the family.

  • Allie says:

    Congrats to all, and I am loving on your hair.

  • Jen says:

    Congratulations to the happy parents, he's gorgeous! and Sars, your hair looks lovely :)

  • La BellaDonna says:

    Awww! Congratulations all around – and I hope Mrs. S is rejoicing with the Drink of Her Choice!

  • JennyB says:

    Awww! Having just given birth myself five weeks ago, the Buntings have both my congrats on the beautiful baby and my sympathies on the sleep deprivation.

  • Jenn says:

    congrats Aunt Sarah!

  • Elena says:

    Congratulations to all! As a recently-minted godmother, there is nothing so awesome as being able to lavish love, attention, and cute clothes on a baby without having to change a diaper. It's a great deal.

    And Sars: great hair!

  • Cyntada says:

    Awwww. Congratulations to all!!

  • Alexis says:

    Love the three Daves! Woo for the buntinged Bunting!

  • Jaime says:

    Master S is totally adorable — congrats to all! (And "Baby Bunting" = best laugh of the day!).

  • Anna says:

    Congratulations, Auntie! He looks adorable.

  • Erin W says:

    My sister had her first baby last August. Agreed that aunthood is extremely fun (although I'm such a baby novice my sister won't let me sit for her). Her little guy is squealing and crawling and rapidly turning into a tiny person instead of a baby, which has been fascinating to watch.

    What's really been cool is seeing how much my parents LOVE being grandparents. They were smitten from Day One.

  • Lauren says:

    Oh, congratulations, Auntie Sars! That's so wonderful to hear. He's a beautiful child (and his aunt ain't looking too shabby, either). Much love to all! <3

  • The Other Katherine says:

    ADORABLE. Congratulations!

  • meltina says:

    Congrats to the neophyte parents. He looks so tiny and cute!

  • AB says:

    Congratulations, Aunt Sars and family!!

  • Erin says:

    Aw, congratulations to you and Mr. Stupidhead and family!

  • Beth C. says:

    Hooray! Congrats to you and Mr. S! He really is an adorable kiddo, not at all squished up. Good for him.

  • robin says:

    You won't have to look far for a new nickname for your nephew. For the forseeable future, he's going to think his name is "AWW, CUTE". Congratulations all around!

  • Kate says:

    Aww, congratulations!

  • k says:

    Super congrats all around! Awww, babies r cute.

  • Alyson says:

    I love your big sister wee self, all dressed in plaid!

  • Agent Weiss says:

    YAY, Mr. S! Congratulations!

  • Jaybird says:

    Congratulations! I'm a mom, not an aunt (yet), but I have it on good authority that being an auntie is one of the most fun (funnest?) gigs around. Spoiling him stanky rotten, teaching him naughty words, getting him sugared and caffeinated out of his head and taking him home to Mom and Dad…the possibilities are endless. Of course, those things will have to wait until he's upright, but still.

  • Sandman says:

    Congratulations, Buntings all. The youngest S. is adorable. (If I squint a little, I might convince myself that Mrs. Uglyface-to-be also has a "just don't ask about the wallpaper, okay?" look. Too cute!)

  • Vanessa says:

    As a very experienced aunt (6 nieces aged 21 yrs to 2 1/2 months), I must echo the love of gifting loud toys. If you really like the adult Stupidheads, you can get loud toys with batteries. That's what my sister-in-law suggested last Christmas when I got their 3 a guitar, drums and a keyboard so they could be in a 4 year olds band. (Twins and a third less than a year later). My sister0in-law likes the noise but she'll take out the batteries when my brother's around and the girls don't really care. Also, don't forget you'll be able to keep getting him stuff they disapprove of as he gets older!

  • Silvertongue says:

    Aw, congrats, Sars! I'm going to be a first-time auntie myself in about 3 weeks, so this totally made me mist up a little! Yay for aunts!

  • Barb says:

    The sweetest thing about my baby sister having kids was the revenge I got on her for sending loud toys to my kids. Last Christmas the kids got taborines and cds to dance to.

  • ErinP says:

    Congratulations to you Tia Sarah and to all of the Bunting Family! Master Stupidhead is precious!

    Being an aunt is one of the best things in the world – enjoy every minute of it!

  • Emerson says:

    Aw, you look like you. Isn't that an amazing thing? You recently wrote about "The Things They Carried"–I believe the author has a passage about the boy Timmy looking out through the eyes of the grown man…also, I think your brother is wondering about the wallpaper in that picture.

  • Margaret in CO says:

    OMG, Sars – you look so like my little sister Molly at that same age!

    The tiny newborn Mr. S. is sure keeping an eye on that wallpaper! Like maybe he's FLIPPING OFF the wallpaper! Hee! (Maybe he was just trying to make his own bunny ears?) Cuuuute pic!

  • Alexis Lennon says:

    Aw. Cute.

  • Mac says:

    And coming from a family that had three Als…get ready for some serious nicknaming…in our family it wound up being Al, Albie and Joe. Hee.

    Definitely! My dad is Daryl, and my brother is Daryl, Jr., called DJ, and his newborn son (February, making me the proud spinster aunt of FIVE) is Daryl Jackson, called Jackson.

    Still better than his best friend, who is the third "Dale" in a row. Grandpa was Big Dale, Dad was Little Dale, and BF was "Baby Dale." Frequently still is, even though he's 30 and both the older two have passed on.

    Congratulations, Sars – aunthood is GREAT! I took the oldest three (10, 9, and 4) to the movies this weekend, filled 'em full of popcorn, soda, and candy, and then took 'em home to their parents and went home to my nice cool quiet peaceful house. It's the best deal ever.

  • Tracey says:

    Congratulations to the Clan Bunting on the new addition!

    To Mr. and Mrs. S: I wish you joy, wonder, and some sleep.

  • Michele says:

    Congrats! I would like to echo that Aunthood (?) is the best gig ever. Especially now that my nephew is two. When he has the meltdowns, I have been known to say to my sister, "I just remembered, I don't have to be here!"

    I don't think she likes that.

  • Dawn says:

    Congrats Auntie Sars! :) Master S is super cute. Best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. S.

  • M. says:

    Chiming in to say Congratulations to all the Buntings on the new baby!

    I like the photo update. I have some like it with my sibs, although with much more boring wall coverings! "Little child and littler baby" photos make me squee.

  • Majella says:

    Congratulations! What the others said. Aunthood rocks!

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  • Diva says:

    He's very handsome – congrats Auntie Sars! PS – love the cut, the highlights, all of it. You're working that 'do!

  • KAB says:

    Aw. Baby! And I love 70s you, with your plaid and rockin' the Dorothy Hamil!

    Congrats to the Stupidheads!

  • Gatorade Girl says:

    Joy and happiness to you all! Cute, cute baby…. arg…. feeling insane cutsy-talk coming on..blarg …can't fight it…. aaaaAAAHHHH —

    Whoosa little cutiepie honeypie itsybitsy den? Whooosa a good boy???!?!! Pinch da lee-tell cheeksy den!!!!

    Ahem. Sigh. Attempting to regain composure…

  • Jen (the Australian one) says:

    1) Congratulations! When will you start teaching him to snark?
    2) After all these years of reading about your dad, finally: a photo. Where's your mum?
    3) That is awesome wallpaper
    4) Stuff the wallpaper, are you wearing a tartan snuggie?

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    4) Stuff the wallpaper, are you wearing a tartan snuggie?

    Hee. I believe it's a properly differentiated dress; it's just big (I wore a lot of hand-me-downs as a kid).

  • ferretrick says:

    Its the combination of that wallpaper with purple carpet that really makes interior decor art.

  • Erin says:

    Your Dad is so proud. Too cute!

  • jive turkey says:

    Oh my goodness! Congratulations, Auntie! I seriously never understood why people went nuts over babies until I became an aunt. Now I get it (and have a little peanut of my own). Beware the hypnotic power of babies!

  • Jaybird says:

    This brings up that "To and Fro" essay you wrote way back when. I am now imagining that sweet-looking man pictured above, in…a 'fro. And that hurts me, but in a good, not-at-all pervy way. "Cognitive dissonance" somehow fails to get it done, here.

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