It’s a Girl!

1 placental abruption.

1 dash to the hospital.

19 nights on the High Risk Maternity Floor.

35 weeks and 4 days of pregnancy culminating in

1 call to Husband and

4 words: “My water just broke.”

A 3rd c-section.

1 baby girl.

Born 1 week ago.

6 lbs., 8 oz. and 19 1/4 inches of healthy, snuggly pink magic.

And, with a single look at her, a reminder that numbers don’t always matter so much.

She’s here.  Our daughter is here.

So I won’t be.  Here, that is.  Not for awhile at least.

I’m taking maternity leave.

But I’ll be back soon with more musings and new tales of Big Brother (i.e. the artist formerly known as Big Boy), Little Brother (née Tiny Baby), and our newest addition, Baby Sister.

In the meantime, be well.  Wish us luck.  And stay tuned.

Image: Hand in hand by Images by John ‘K’ via Flickr under a Creative Commons license.




58 responses to “It’s a Girl!

  1. Congratulations! Best wishes to all of you!

  2. WOW WOW WOW!! Congrats!
    I’ll leave you alone for a bit to settle in, but be forewarned….I’m totally coming to see that sweet girl of yours. Oh, and to see her gorgeous Mama too, of course. Take good care!

  3. Yay! I don’t know what brought be by here today, but I am so glad I came. Wonderful, wonderful news. Congratulations to you and your family. Enjoy your new daughter.

  4. Congrats! Glad everything worked out – sounds a little scary. Hugs.

  5. Congratulations and wishing you all the rest, happiness and family bonding you can get!

  6. WOW! I’m so excited to see this today! Congratulations on your baby girl and your brand new family.


  7. Snuggly pink magic indeed! So thrilled to get an update; so filled with warm, happy wishes. YAY!

  8. I love good news like this! Congratulations, proud momma! Hold these moments close. xx

  9. Congratulations!!!! Sugar and spice yeah!

  10. Yay! Was thinking of you the other day and wondering if the little one had arrived. The 19 nights on the high-risk floor sound pretty awful, but it’s all worth it once you’re holding your bundle of pink goodness. Congrats and hope all of you adjust easily.

  11. Congratulations! Enjoy these sweet times.

    Much loe,

  12. I’m still bursting with joy over your news. Be well, all of you. We’ll see you when you are ready.

  13. Yay! Congratulations my friend. Happy happy joy joy! Nay, for you and your family it should be happy happy happy joy joy joy!

    Enjoy every delicious moment of newborn goodness.

  14. Congrats Kristen! So much love to embrace. Enjoy every minute of it!

  15. Couldn’t be happier for you, Kristen! Enjoy her!

    Delia Lloyd

  16. Wishing you much joy, Kristen. Welcome to your daughter.

  17. Take your time, and enjoy.

  18. Congratulations!!! 🙂 🙂

  19. Hi Kristen, Congrats and Warmest Wishes—and Lots of Love to all you guys, BD

  20. So happy for you and yours!

    Peace to you.


  21. Dear sweet friend! Many congratulations and blessings for you and your beautiful new family! Can’t wait to hear about your new adventures as a family of five…Wishing you nothing but beautiful memories for you make!!!

  22. Again, congratulations!!! 🙂 I’m just so thrilled for you guys! And happy that you are all healthy and recovering. xoxo

  23. The happiest post I read all day. Hooray for all of you. No rush to get back here, you know, none of us are going anywhere. So savor the days, the little moments that, as Jon Kabat Zinn reminds us, aren’t little.

  24. Kristen,

    Big sigh of relief.
    Congratulations and all good wishes.

  25. Hooray for healthy, snuggly pink magic! Savor this exhilarating, exhausting time, friend. Congratulations!!

  26. Congratulations! We’ll be here when you get back. Just treasure that baby girl 🙂

  27. So glad everything worked out wonderfully and your little one is safe where she belongs. Can’t wait to hear about your life as a mom to 3!

  28. The Love caught in my throat. “She’s here. Our daughter is here.” Why does Love do that? Catch like that? And come out my eyes?

    Congratulations. We’re so glad she’s come.

  29. CONGRATS!! a girl… at last!!! You’ll share with me the amazing experience of raising a baby girl!! a completely different from the boy’s!!
    enjoy her AND them of course!!
    I’ll b waiting 4 your useful tips, now that you are merging into the female-raising environment!!

  30. Congratulations from one mother of a daughter to another!

  31. Congratulations! I’m glad to hear that everything turned out OK. Healthy baby, healthy mom is all that matters in the end.

  32. Kristin, Mazel Tov! And Congratulations! 🙂 I’m so happy for you! Such good news!

  33. Congratulations to you!! wow 19 nights in the hospital! eek! So glad everything turned out beautifully.

  34. Hugs hugs hugs to all!!!

    xoxo, BLW

  35. Well, you didn’t skip the drama, did you? Congrats, Kristen. So happy that everyone is safe and healthy. And so happy for you to have added a girl to the mix. Hugs and kisses to you and your whole family. Take all the time you need. We’ll certainly miss you, but we’ll still be here when you get back. Congrats again, friend. Sending much love your way! xoxo

  36. I’m very very happy for you, especially because one mother here who had the same thing did not have the happy ending. I will spare you as right now you need angels sprinkling stardust and happy thoughts. 🙂

  37. Congratulations!!! I am glad that everyone is safe, healthy, and happy. 🙂

  38. I had noticed that things were a little quiet over here.

    Big Congratulations to you all! Sorry that it was filled with a bit more intrigue/drama than you probably would have liked, but glad to hear that all is well, that all are healthy and that you are busy soaking in the little baby girl goodness.

    Looking forward to hearing more upon your return!

  39. Oh, how this makes me smile and smile and smile some more as I sit here typing late at night, reaching my arms around my vast belly so they reach the keys, waiting for my own little girl to arrive. We have so much to chat about – baby pinks and baby blues, maternity leaves, and so much else. But for now, know that I am so unbelievably happy for you and your bigger brood.


  40. Oh such splendid news. Welcome to the world, Baby Girl. And Kristen, would you please bottle some baby scent for me and send it my way?


  41. Congrats for having this beautiful addition in your family.
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  42. Yay! Congratulations!!! A baby girl….oooh, the pink magic.
    Enjoy your maternity. Can’t wait to hear about this new stage of your lives.
    PS What’s a placental abruption? Was wondering b/c I had an emergency sitation with my c-section, but don’t remember what it was called. So glad it all went well in the end!!

  43. Congratulations! You enjoy this cuddle magic time. We’ll still be here when you get back. 🙂 (Just know you are missed, all the same.)

  44. Mazal Tov! Enjoy your time with your family. Daughters are a lot of fun.

  45. Oh my gosh! Yay yay yay–congrats, welcome to the world baby, and enjoy your maternity leave, deserving mama 🙂

  46. Congratulations! Welcome baby sister!

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