Updated: Baby Ball Is Here!

Looks like Branford Patch readers are good at baby gender predictions!

Updated: May 14, 2012

Hello Branford Patch readers! Jenn McCulloch, editor of North Branford Patch here to share some great news. It looks like Branford Patch readers got it right as 60 percent of readers voted Nicole would have a baby boy.

Baby boy Ball arrived very early this morning, weighing in just shy of eight pounds and at 20 1/4 inches long! Mom, Dad and baby are doing great! While Nicole will be off on maternity leave for the next couple months, I'm sure she'll be checking in on the site so if you'd like to pass your congrats on, you can do so in the comments.

Original story: May 4, 2012

Dear lovely, loyal and dedicated Branford Patch readers:

As many of you have noticed from my not-so-discrete appearances on during town meetings, I am having a baby! Our due date is May 14 and I will be on maternity leave starting today.

While we are still on the topic of babies, the photo of me included with this story was shot by Branford Chamber member Jess Smith of Jessica Smith Photography & Design (“Like” her page on Facebook). She’s based out of East Haven and is also the Chief of Multimedia and Photography for Shore Publishing!

My husband and I have opted not to find out what the sex of the baby is. We’d like you to vote in the attached poll to guess if it will be a boy or a girl. My husband and I will be making a donation of $1 for every correct vote cast to the  up to $100.

During my leave, Gary Jeanfaivre will be taking over Branford Patch for the immediate future. You can e-mail him at gary.jeanfaivre+branford@patch.com. I hope to be back on the job as soon as I can! 

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Jaimie Cura (Editor) May 04, 2012 at 04:48 PM
How sweet, Nicole! I can't wait to meet Baby Ball! Is there a way I can vote for Baby Ball as the baby's name? ;)
Dana Schmidt, RN, IBCLC May 04, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Enjoy every sweet baby moment!
Pam Landry May 04, 2012 at 05:20 PM
All the best...we'll miss you while you are gone. Do you think the baby would want to blog??? xo
Debbie May 04, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Hi mama! We have said from day one it's a BOY!!! Love you both! See us soon!
Debbie May 04, 2012 at 05:38 PM
And I'm sorry your not going to give us the news for awhile but ENJOY, these early precious days! They grow up fast and they are easier the first few years! ( then they become , Jordan) lol xoxo
Gary Jeanfaivre (Editor) May 04, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I say girl! But no matter what your baby is, Nicole, it will be the light of your life every day from the moment he or she is born. I am looking forward to jumping in to cover your beautiful, engaged community, and hope to hear from Branford Patch readers so we can continue to serve your needs and interests every day. Thanks! Gary Jeanfaivre Patch Regional Editor gary.jeanfaivre+branford@patch.com
Christopher May 04, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I do love this photo of you. You look so happy and excited for the arrival of Baby Ball, and as always, beautiful too! Very excited for you and Joe, and cant wait to meet the little one soon!!
John DeCarlo May 04, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Nicole, congratulations and best luck to you and your husband! My wife and I just had our son last year and suddenly, he's going to college this fall! Make sure to savor every moment! Warm regards, John & Catherine DeCarlo
Pem McNerney (Editor) May 05, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I hope it's a girl, cuz I love my baby girl so much!!! But either way, can't wait to meet Baby Ball!!! =)
SolarPete May 05, 2012 at 11:31 AM
I do have to ask if it's a boy will you be calling him Beach Ball or a girl Princess Ball? To hide the extra bulge maybe painting the shirt to look like Beach. lol as big as ur ball is u will get a boy
Mary Grande May 05, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Happiness Nicole...Enjoy your new baby....In a blink they are almost 22 and graduating from college tomorrow from UCONN. I wish you much love and joy.
Wendy Cowles May 05, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Hi Nicole, I voted for boy, but then my computer froze and it wouldn't go through. I just pray for healthy and happy baby for you both. A big thank you for putting us (Branford Food Pantry) in your poll. Have a short, easy labor and a bouncing healthy baby. Wendy
Bill Keane May 06, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Terrific Nicole! I voted for healthy... Truth is, I never noticed you even might be expecting. God bless you and your baby.
Jenn McCulloch May 07, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I can't wait to meet Baby Ball!! Enjoy every minute! xoxo
Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead May 07, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Nicole... lots of luck and we at The Patch look forward to seeing a picture of your son (oops!) as soon as possible!
Dottie Packer May 12, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Nicole, Regardless, boy or girl, your little Patch-lette will be truly such a wonderful blessing in your lives. Enjoy your time off. Miss ya already! Be safe, happy and heathy! Do keep us posted!!
Anthony Paecht May 14, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Congratulations Nicole!
barbara May 14, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Pam Landry May 14, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Congratulations on your bouncing baby Ball!! xoxo
Anna Iacovella May 15, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I had told you before Christmas! Congratulations!Congratulazioni!
Noah Golden May 15, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Congrats, Nicole!
Janis D'Andrea May 15, 2012 at 01:08 AM
We love you Joseph Raymond Ball the fourth! ♥ grama Jan and papa bear
Deborah St. Thomas May 15, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Congratulations, Nicole and Joe! I was just thinking of you earlier today, wondering if you had the baby. Welcome, little one!
dena jara May 15, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Congratulations Nicole and Joe!!!!!! Do you think Joe "paid off" the ultrasound tech to secretly find out what you were having??? :)
Tina O'Neill May 15, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I am thrilled for you and Joe! Welcome Baby Ball! Enjoy every glorious moment. Keep in touch. xx
Joseph M. Lynch May 16, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Congratulations Nicole! Health & Happiness to you and the two men in your life, especially the little one. =)
Victor Amatori May 16, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Congrats Coach Nicole and Joe!!! We expect Baby Ball to be part of all our programs at the Recreation Department soon.!!!! :) All the best to the entire family!!! Enjoy all the happiness you will receive from your little bundle of joy. Alex, Dale, Andrea, and Vic. Branford Recreation Department
Nicole Ball May 24, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Thanks to everyone for the good wishes, kind words and gender predictions! I thought for sure it was a girl at the end so we were very surprised to meet baby Joey IV! Our first week home has been great and Ill be out and about town very soon! Thanks for all your support! I look forward to seeing each and every one of you and introducing Baby Ball to Branford! Much love, Nicole Ball @Wendy Cowles: when can Joey and I stop by to bring you your check for the pantry?!
Wendy Cowles June 01, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Congrats to you both, I'm so glad to hear you are all doing well. Somehow I missed the first announcement. I would love to have you stop by anytime, we are open Tues & Fri. 8a to 11a.m. C'mon down. Thanks again for thinking of us. Wendy


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