We scrubbed up and entered the operating room ready for the c-section. Not to leave any stone (or, in this case, baby) unturned, the doctors first performed a version. It was seen as a Hail Mary attempt to flip the baby out of a breech position — the odds were not in our favor. But after man-handling the unborn Boy Zou for 10 minutes, he inverted! The OR erupted in cheers like mission control at the end of a NASA movie. We were as shocked as the professionals in the room and became instant celebrities in the ward. Our little guy was now known [unofficially] as the Boy Who Flipped.Read More
Filtering by Category: The Fam
As Christine and I are moments away from #babyboyzou’s arrival, we celebrate the kiddos that have already given us a tiny taste of parenthood. Last October, we took a “sister trip” to a place called “Tybee Island,” which is an actual name for an actual island off the coast of Savanah. We spent five days with our four nephews and one niece and two pregnant ladies under one roof. And only eight of us got sick afterwards.Read More
With the newly-established Valentine’s delivery closing in, Jenna and Josh threw a big shower for #babyboyzou. Like, really big. We continued to disrupt stuffy shower etiquette with a co-ed bash that saw family flying into Wheaton from up and down the east coast.
In the much anticipated meeting that no one anticipated, our nephew Jonas finally met my Papou. Christine and I enjoyed the first snowfall of the season before warming up to Yia Yia’s warm hospitality and greek cooking. Lianne, Jenna and Josh joined with Maria — also celebrating her first snow. Ever.Read More
Christine and I continued to follow the Roman Norton Calendar, with this year’s holiday rotation landing us in Tampa for a week. With five kiddos and two pregnant ladies, we spent the days prepping all the food, eating all the food and sleeping (from all the food).Read More
Resurrecting old traditions, the Loizou’s returned to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for some good ole’ fashioned European fun. With an ominous weather forecast, the park was just as ominously empty, making way for our pick of the attractions. Pet Shenanigans? You bet.
This week, my dad ran his sixth marathon — the Boston Marathon. The Loizou clan united for a rare family trip to support Dean’s running milestone. We even made t-shirts!
As in, this was a baby shower that entertained many ages. Like, generations of people. From newborns to great-grammies, Christine and I hosted Jenna and Josh’s shower for the unborn Baby B. And the party saw a cast of dozens of friends and family, while doubling as a networking event for other babies.Read More
Three birthdays. Two Nephews. And a full-house of “prezies.” This was Christmas at the Loizou’s — the first holiday season that Christine and I could properly host on the Norton rotation. Becca, Jarod and the boys flew up. Jenna and Josh stayed over. And the Loizou’s joined in a rare mixing of the families.Read More
Days after the election, Christine and I fled to Tampa to see our newest nephew Benjamin James. With the country divided, we left a city of grownups for an island of children. Baby Mayor Maddox was there. Emerson and Weston, too. Playthings mattered more than politicsRead More
Following National Uncle and Aunts’ Day (that’s a thing), we remember that time when baby-nephews Maddox and Baby Weston road-tripped to DC. Technically, they came for a timeshare. And technically they flew with their parents. But the whole thing was very well-received.Read More
Look, Christine and I are not dog haters. While we might not “get” them, some of our best friends own dogs! And last Father’s Day, we watched Juliet, a proud Pomeranian, meet Xavi, Lianne and Nico's new newborn pup. The exchange was notable.Read More
Christine and I witnessed a moment of matrimony for cousin and friend Kathleen and I-Hsien. While technically on Mother’s Day, we could have just as appropriately celebrated the ceremony on something like Cousin’s Day (which is obviously July 24).Read More
After a week in New York, Christine and I fled for warmer weather to meet Baby Weston, brother to Baby Maddox and cousin to Baby Emerson. And just before we said our goodbyes, the blizzard of the century (#jonas, #snowzilla) kept us in Tampa for a couple of extra days (#workfromhome).Read More
The traditional Norton holiday rotation continued, this year with Thanksgiving in Tampa Bay. From yankee-swapping and manatee-canoeing to potato-peeling and publix subbing, the baby-filled affair had everyone saying, “JOSH!” (the favorite word/uncle of Maddox and Emerson).Read More
Several weeks ago, the Norton girls continued their annual tradition of “sister trips.” This time, the boys and babies tagged along in Gainesville, Georgia — a little lake town with a lotta heart.
Today was the 40th Anniversary of the Marine Corps Marathon. My dad completed his third race with a secure qualifying time for Boston. Maneuvering through the screaming crowds, Christine and I caught a glimpse of him charging for the finish line.Read More
Illustrating the quintessential evening at the Loizou's, we celebrated Father's Day by drinking smoothies, cooking on the grill and watching previously-recorded TV Land shows. Here's to Dean Loizou, the guy who taught me the value of hard work, the meaning of being a family-man and the impact of a well-placed dad joke.Read More
Happy birthday to Lianne, my "first" sister. Graduating from college a year early, she kept the rumors alive that we're actually twins. An ambitious go-getter, Lianne teaches high school kids math, while teaching all of us the importance of teaching high school kids math. More importantly, she shows us the true power of a contagious smile. In addition to smiling, Lianne has been known to go on family camping trips, watch Scandal and reimagine her kitchen with her husband Nico. To honor her 27th, I've posted some photos. Like all proper family albums, there's a weird gap between childhood and adulthood.Read More