Hey, Baby: Expect a run on Bugaboo strollers and Louis Vuitton diaper bags — the denizens of New York’s social world, both uptown and down, are in the midst of a mini baby boom. Patricia and Gerrity Lansing are expecting theirs. Liz Cohen and her husband, Jimmy Hausman, are awaiting Miranda, who designer Ana Abdul and Cohen’s sister Laurie Prince will welcome with a baby shower next week. Lila Francis du Pont, Lauren and Richard du Pont’s “dumpling,” hit the scene four months ago, as did Susan Fales Hill’s daughter, and Sadie Grace Kargman, Jill and Harry Kargman’s “nugget.”
“I’m trying to get back into college mode,” says Jill, “going day after day with no sleep.”
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But while there are plenty of new darling daughters uptown, downtown it’s a different story. “Everyone downtown is having boys,” says Jessica Craig-Martin, whose son, Finbar Kuma Craig-Martin, was born in late July. “They all have names that make people say ‘what?’” Take, for example, Yvonne Force and Leo Villareal’s very own bundle of joy, Leopoldo Brite Force Villareal IV, a.k.a. Cuatro, or Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s newborn, Charles Star Matadin.
Besides Sally and Rufus Albermarle’s seven-month-old Augustus, the downtown crew will gain a new playmate after Rachel Feinstein and John Currin’s baby shower on Sept. 19. “John Currin said we’ll have the blue-collar boys who will marry their uptown girls,” jokes Craig Martin.
Meanwhile, downtowners Amanda and Christopher Brooks are anxiously awaiting Zachary, due to arrive any minute now. “I might not be at the Tuleh show,” says Amanda, the label’s creative director. “I’ve called the doula. I’ve found a babysitter. I’m ready.”