The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 15, 2001


Fathers Day: A Mosquito photographer talks about life with his three-week-old son

If you haven't noticed, for the past few weeks there have been no photographs published in the Mosquito taken by Mosquito photographer Mike Quayle. The reason Laura Quayle gave birth to the Quaile's first child, Michael Griffin Quayle, born Friday morning, May 18.

As Mike tells it, the birth came off without a hitch. Laura's contractions started at 4 a.m.; by 7 a.m. they were occurring every five minutes, and by 7:30 they had driven to Emerson Hospital where Laura gave birth at 10:30 a.m., by natural childbirth, to an 8 lbs. 11 oz. pound baby boy. As for his son's name, Mike explained that there were too many Michaels in his family -- father, grandfather, uncles, cousins -- so he and Laura decided to call him by his middle name, Griffin.

When called at his home this week to get an update on how things were going in the Quayle household, Mike was asked what was it like to be a new father. "Other than tiring?" he laughed, "Well, it's exhilarating, stressful, amazing... It's not my life anymore. It's a life to take care of a baby. Do you know that ad on TV that goes 'You have been deposed as ruler of your world?' "

Mike, a computer programmer and software engineer in Acton, took time off from work the first two weeks following Griffin's birth. Now he is working four days a week, and has plans to keep to that schedule for four or five more weeks.

"Griffin feeds every three hours, so there is no time out together for Laura and me; no time in together, either. We take shifts caring for Griffin," added Mike.

Mike is quick to report that Laura's parents live nearby in Andover and have been down to see their grandson on a regular basis. And a steady stream of photographs taken of Griffin have been speeding their way, via e-mail, down to Texas to Mike's parents.

Although life with their newborn can be tiring, one thing that both parents have enjoyed is meeting more of their neighbors, while out on walks with Griffin in his stroller.

Yes, having a new baby in the house can be exhilarating, stressful, amazing and tiring. But one thing is for sure, there will be no prouder father on Old East Street this Fathers Day than Mike Quayle.

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