Kate Truesdell and Frank Carpenteri welcomed Tapley Brooks Carpenteri to the world on Aug. 22 at 3:43 am.
Tapley’s mom, Kate runs Greenwich Dance Studio, which is set to open in a permanent home in the former Callahan Bros Movers warehouse in a manner of weeks. Dad, Frank, runs Garden Catering.
Frank and Kate met at GHS, which means they are officially “high school sweethearts.”
Kate tells Greenwich Free Press that Tapley weighed in at 7.9 lbs and measured 20.5 inches long when she was born.
“She was two weeks early, and a surprise,” Kate said. “We didn’t know the sex of the baby, but were kind of expecting another boy, since we already have two sons.”
“Our 3-1/2-year-old son, Boden, has been absolutely convinced that she would be a girl, right from the get-go,” Kate said, adding that she was actually only five weeks pregnant. “No one other than Frank knew that I was even pregnant, and Bo said to me, ‘Mom, I’m going to have a sister,’ which gave me chills!”
Kate said that for the full nine months, Boden talked over and over again about how she was the best sister in the world, and he wanted her to be named Boo. “His sibling intuition was spot on,” Kate said.
Tapley, a family name, was Kate’s great-grandmother’s maiden name. But brother Bo only refers to her as “Boo,” so the Carpenteris are wondering whether that nickname might stick.
Kate reports that Greenwich Hospital did not disappoint. Or maybe three time’s a charm, as Tapley was their third delivery there. Kate said Greenwich Hospital has a professional photography service. “Bella Baby knocks on your door on day two,” she said, sharing the beautiful shot of their little sleepy head.
She said the infamous, delicious lobster dinner is still an option on the last night of a new mom’s visit, and that the menu selection includes shrimp cocktail, filet and cheesecake.
One surprise was that the champagne, which she said was much appreciated with her deliveries in 2010 and 2012, is no longer on offer.
“We even have the corks saved with our sons initials written on them,” Kate said. And though there was no explanation as to why the champagne had gone missing from the Celebratory Dinner menu, she and Frank spent most of dinner imagining the different scenarios that might have prompted the hospital to end the flow of bubbly.
Not one to complain, Kate described her experience at Greenwich Hospital was wonderful, and, of course, resulted in the wonder of little baby Tapley!
Congratulations to the Carpenteris. Tapley is a beautiful name for a beautiful baby, and we’re all so happy for you.
Check out GFP features on Kate’s Greenwich Dance Studio and Frank’s Garden Catering!
- Greenwich Dance Studio’s Kate Truesdell Finds Home in Cos Cob
- Garden Catering: A History Built on the Nuggets We Love
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