New Baby!

Well our "new baby" BOY finally came!   His name is Justin Alexander and he was born on December 22nd.  




We had a huge snowstorm here last weekend so we took Christian (our 2 yr old) to my parents' house just in case I went into labor. 



On Sunday night I started having regular (but not painful) contractions.  I didn't call the doctor until the next night when they were a couple of minutes apart (STILL not painful) and she told me to go on in to the hospital just in case.  SO we went in & yes I was having contractions but still wasn't at a point where I should stay, so we went home.  The next day (the roads had cleared up finally!)and although I was still having contractions, (going on 40+ hours--- seriously???)   we went to get Christian from my mom's to take him home.  (We'd missed him like crazy and I was giving up on ever going into real labor :)  And of course my water broke.  My first thought was "not the sofa!!!" and ran as fast as I could off of my mom's velvet sofa & off the rug & onto the hardwood. 



We said our goodbyes (again) to Christian and off we went back to the hospital.  They gave me a good ol' dose of pitocin and off we went into the real hard labor.  Justin was born at around 11 that night and it was such a smooth delivery.  He weighed 6 lbs 13 oz and is healthy healthy healthy!! :)



I feel GREAT and really couldn't have had an easier delivery and am so thankful.  I'm SO ready to jump & dance around but am being good & am going to wait until I'm supposed to.  (less than 2 weeks! wahooooo)
We came home from the hospital on Christmas Eve and I could NOT believe how big my little Christian seemed!!!!  He got to meet his brother & so far has been really sweet.  He gives him kisses and checks on him when he cries & generally ignores him most of the time.  :)  We had an awesome Christmas Day with just us & it was so crazy to look around and see that there are now 4 of us.  2 boys.  (Well, really 3 and I'm totally outnumbered.)  WOW. 



So for now, we're hibernating.   (It's pretty much what we like to do when we have a baby. ;)  I'll keep you posted & will try to muster up some design-related posts soon!! :)  Hope you all had a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and thank you all SO much for your kind emails & well-wishes.  It was really fun (and took my mind off things) at the hospital when my blackberry would ding and I'd get a sweet wish from one of you.  :)  I really appreciate it.


Right now we're in that sleep-deprived but lovey-dovey wonderful stage of life after a new baby.  He really is a little angel and we couldn't be happier.  We're so thankful to have such a healthy little boy and are taking each day (no hour!) one at a time...
xoxo,
lauren

130 comments:

Mike & Tanya Koets said...

Such a wonderful gift, the gift of life. We hope you have a wonderful Blessed New Year!!!

Velvet and Linen said...

Yipee! Welcome little Justin. Boys are great. Charlie (now 16) and Nick (now 13) are wonderful sons, and I know you will have the same experience with your little men.
I'm so glad everything went smoothly.
Enjoy your hibernation with your beautiful family and thank you for keeping us in the loop.

xo
Brooke

Dianne said...

It's so good to finally hear the news. Your boys are going to be so close and have a great time together growing up. Congrats! and....Happy New Year!

mrso' said...

Congrats!! He's beautiful!

goodniteirene said...

he's so perfect, and what a great name!!! huge fan of your blog.
xo, katie

nkp said...

Yipeeeee! Congratulations Lauren! What a beautiful baby and a perfect addition to your sweet family. I'm so glad to hear all went well. Enjoy this precious, fleeting time. My two older boys are 10 and 8 and I don't have a clue where the time went.

Congrats and warmest wishes-nelya

AnneHH said...

Congratulations and thank you so much for the update and the gorgeous pics!
My first two were also boys and what a blessing! I always say I never thought I could be happier than when I gazed upon my first child but that happiness was definitely topped when I saw my two boys interacting. One tip that I swear set up my boys to be best friends (they are 21 and 23 now). When the younger one was born, he "gave" the older one a present of a bike! My older one never doubted that he was blessed to have his baby brother.
Sooo happy for you!!!!!
Anne

Tricia said...

Congratulations. Justin is beautiful! It's amazing how big a 2 y.o. seems when you bring home a newborn. It seems like they grew overnight.

XO*Tricia

Lauren said...

Congratulations, Lauren! He's so beautiful! What a great Christmas addition! :)

Mary said...

I'm so happy for you! I'm also happy everyone is healthy. What a great Christmas you must of had.

Cote de Texas said...

What a cutie! That outfit! only you !!!!

Congratulations - I checked in on the blogs last night and figured you had had the baby becuase yours was "shut down" and so quiet. Enjoy your time off with your baby. I'm so jealous!!!!!! It must be so wonderful to have a real live snuggie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joni

Nikki said...

Congratulations! He is beautiful.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

What a precious gift! Enjoy...and get some rest when you can~

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Congratulations, Lauren! He is such a sweetie. What a beautiful boy!

Maria Killam said...

Congratulations, he looks just like an angel! I mentioned your blog in my post today! Is this the guest blogging time? Should I get on it?
Let me know,
x
Maria

Things That Inspire said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful, wonderful Christmas present for you and your family. Best wishes for a wonderful 2010!

pk @ Room Remix said...

That is so awesome, Lauren! Congratulations. He's SO adorable! Enjoy this time with your family.

Shannon said...

Congratulations! What an amazing Christmas gift. He is so adorable.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Beautiful baby boy, Lauren! THat is so wonderful for you. What a fun New Year you will have.

vignette design said...

Congratulations!!!!! Welcome Justin--you are so cute. Enjoy your snuggle time Lauren with your boys and husband. What a wonderful Christmas gift. --Delores

Alicia said...

Congratulations!! Beautiful baby boy!!

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

Congrats! What a wonderful Christmas gift! I remember bringing home my twins on Christmas Eve 3 years ago - there is something very special about a birthday the week of Christmas.
Hope you can get some sleep soon!
Danielle

Norma said...

Congrats..............he is as sweet as his big brother....adorable

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Justin is absolutely beautiful! All the best to you and your family. Congratulations!

sara@augustfields said...

what a beautiful Christmas blessing! :) Congratulations.

Renee Finberg said...

what a blessed event!!
thank you so very much for sharing it so beautifully with us.

congratulations.

happy new year....but how could it be any better or happier than how you feel right now.

xxx

Megan Lee said...

What sweet pictures! Congratulations on such a great delivery and a healthy baby. What a great Christmas present. Stay warm, make the most of every moment and Happy New Year to you and your new family :)

Keri said...

major congratulations! 12.22 is my dad's birthday- good day to be born on :)

when my second was born and i brought him home, i couldn't believe how big my almost 4 year old seemed. i had never noticed it before then.

Natalie said...

Congratulations from Austin, Texas! So exciting!

My Vintage Modern Farmhouse... said...

Boys are AWESOME!! Congratulations on your new little bundle.

LeAnn:)

Angie said...

He's gorgeous!

Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury said...

Hooray!! and CONGRATULATIONS!!! Another beautiful boy! Enjoy your quiet time and your new--bigger!--family, Lauren. (oh, and I'm pretty sure you're woman enough to stand up to being outnumbered so I wouldn't worry about that AT ALL if I were you!)

Thomas said...

Congratulations. Welcome Justin! :)

brynalexandra said...

Congrats Lauren!!! I have all brothers and my husband's family has all boys, so I just LOVE little boys! They are so fun! He's such a sweet little angel, so cute! Congrats again:)

Wilhelmiina said...

Congrats! and Happy New Year!
he's so beautiful.

EvyRealtor said...

Congratulations! Best wishes to all of you at this special time. Your boys are beautiful! Enjoy every moment.

I love your blog!

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

Congrats on your new bundle of joy! I have three boys and they are great!!!

BTW, I'm redesigning my master bedroom and your bedroom is one of my inspiration rooms! Please stop by sometimes when you have free time!!!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Congratulations -he's so beautiful!
My mom was talking about how she was in LABOR for 40 hours before having a C section when I was born -can you imagine! I'm so glad I won't ever have to experience that pain, lol, but I'm sure it's already forgotten!

A Country Farmhouse said...

Oh Lauren, he's absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on your sweet baby boy. xoxo Trina

Windlost said...

Oh Lauren, I am so excited for you! Congrats to you both and so pleased that it all went off well and he is healthy and so sweet! I thought of you today when I got up and had to check the blog. I have been avoiding the blogs to get a little break but was so excited when I saw your BABY! tag!

Such a blessing. Will you have one for me? haha.

Love to you and Dave and Christian and darling baby Justin, who will be beautiful like you and I hope an easy baby! xo Terri

Riviera Boardwalk said...

You have been so kind to me encouraging me with chemo and sharing your mural. I just want you to know how happy I am to know you are ok and feeling fine. The baby is beautiful, really! And you just take as much time as you need to in order to be with him and enjoy every minute with him. love to you, nancy

The DIY Show Off said...

Aw. Your boys are soooo precious and I just love little newborn packages. Congratulations!

Roeshel

Erin said...

This is such wonderful news, Lauren! He is absolutely precious in every way! I'm thrilled for your family! Congrats!

my favorite and my best said...

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!
so happy for you. he is delicious.

On the Border, By the Sea said...

What an hysterical moment when your water broke. Your humor is precious!

Congratulations upon the arrival of Justin Alexander! We wish all four of you abundant blessings and our love today and always!

Haven and Home said...

Yeah!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!! Please let me know if you need anything!!!!

Xoxo,

Marianne

cousin Deb said...

Congratulations! What a dear little baby.

Jill said...

Congratulations on your new son! Children are such a great blessing.
Thank you for sharing in your joy with us.

Blessings and have a Happy New Year!
~ Jill

Re:Fresh Design Studio said...

Yay! Congratulations, Lauren! I have two little nephews who are so fun to be around, you're going to love having two energetic little boys! So great you guys were able to be home to spend Christmas together!

Katie

Cottage Dreamers said...

Congratulations!!! He's beautiful! I know what you mean about wanting to jump all around now that you're no longer pregnant! I always daydream about running right after I have a baby because it's been so long since I've been able to move freely! Enjoy those little sweeties because they really do grow up fast! (Don't let that get you down though, EVERY age is so much fun!)

Melissa said...

Yay! I'm so happy for you. I also have two boys-- John Harper will be 1 tomorrow (eek!) and Grady will be 3 in January. They are already the very best of friends and it's so sweet to see them together. I know yours will be, too!

Good luck and rest up!

DoxaHome.com said...

Congratulations!! What an angel, the ultimate present;)

Happy holidays love,
Jaime

Anne said...

Congratulations, Lauren!! I have been anxiously waiting for PureStyleHome to pop up on my reader with a new post about the new baby!! :) I hope you enjoy your time together as a family and that the transition from one to two kids is a smooth one! God Bless.

Brillante Home Decor said...

Welcome to the world Justin! You were born with a lucky star because of your lovely family and a super mom.

Kelly Green said...

Congratulations on your new little bundle! What a wonderful Christmas present. Hibernate all you like and enjoy this special time.

Aja said...

Oh YAY!! Congratulations, he's adorable!

Lisa said...

Congratulations!what a wonderful post christmas angel!
Lisa

southerninspiration said...

congratulations!!What a beautiful little bundle!

Suzanne

A-M said...

He's absolute perfection. I have 2 boys.. they are best friends, always within reach of each other. It is beautiful to watch. Enjoy them! A-M xx

Cristin said...

Congrats!!! He is beautiful. Enjoy this most special time.

Congrats to big bro too!

xo,
cristin

Pat said...

He's beautiful. I've been checking your blog daily waiting for the news! And you picked a GREAT name...my Justin is now ... OMG 40! They do grow fast! He has always been a joy as I'm sure your Justin will be for your family.

Susie @ Maddie G Designs said...

Heartfelt congratulations on the newest addition to your family!

simply seleta said...

Lauren!!! Congratulations on adding another little prince to your lovely family! Wow, he's sooooooo sweet and cute!!!!

Enjoy this precious phase with your brood...there's nothing like it, is there?!?

{big hug}
Seleta

Katie said...

Sooo precious! Congrats!

Jennifer said...

how wonderful!! big, big congratulations, Lauren! he's beautiful!

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Congrats! Your son looks adorable! Enjoy your Christmas present!

Tina said...

Congratulations to your family - what a special Christmas gift to you all!! Enjoy this very special time with your two gorgeous little boys :) Best wishes to you all for 2010!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Congratulations on your precious, baby boy! Wonderful to hear of your smooth delivery, too! Happy Hibernating!!

bluehydrangea said...

congratulations!! you got the best gift of all!! And he is adorable..can't wait to see more photos!!!

Miss E said...

I just found your blog via Paloma at La Dolce Vita...just love your style! Your house is so beautiful.

Congrats on your new addition. He is too cute!

Happy New Year!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I could just eat him up with a spoon!!! Adorable!

Cocoon away...enjoy your babymoon!

Jen Jen in Jakarta, Indonesia said...

Congratulations on another gorgeous boy!

Laurie Jones said...

Congrats! I love the name Justin! What a great Christmas present! I especially love the last photo, he looks like a sweet little stuffed animal!

Linda Merrill said...

Lauren - so happy for you all!

tarheel said...

Congratulations! He's beautiful and is a perfect Christmas blessing!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Congrats!!! What a wonderful blessing!

Jenn said...

Congrats!! What an awesome way to kick off the new decade!

Susie (So Blessed) said...

he is precious...congratulations!

3 Peanuts said...

Congratulations...he is just adorable. Enjoy hibernating...there is nothing as magical as that time right after you have a baby. Those first few days are miraculous.

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Congrats! What a wonderful present!

~Chandelier No. 4~ said...

Awww... beautiful baby boy! Congratulations and enjoy your hibernating! (P.S. love love LOVE the 'going home' pic)

Irina said...

congratulations!!!
the best Christmas gift ever!

Copy Cat Chic said...

Congrats Lauren to you and your family and welcome little Justin! :)

Gosia said...

Alles gute !!! Liebe Grüsse aus Austria ! margaretha

Easy Does It Redesign and Consulting said...

Many congratulations and blessings to you all!

A Diary of Lovely said...

Congratulations! What an amazing family! All the best to all of you!

Linda in AZ * said...

* Dearest "New Mom & Dad again!"~

Soooo many beautiful blessings in your life for which to be grateful ALREADY, and NOW this perfect lil' angel "Justin" enters the scene, to make it even MORE BLESSED!!

Love, warmest & most sincere hugs on this new & oh-so- heavenly sent occassion! How I wish I could have experienced this miracle even ONCE in my life, and He blessed you TWICE! Life is sooo good, Lauren~~~ enjoy it to the fullest, my young friend!

Linda in AZ *
bellesmo1234@comcast.net

Treehouse Press said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful family! Enjoy this time hibernating and, hopefully, napping a bit in the cold newborn weeks. I had 3 winter babies and just loved that! Your fans will be here when you come out!

LindsB said...

I'm so late on checking my blog, but a huge congrats to you and your family!! What a beautiful name for a beautiful boy!!! Now you almost have enough for a football team :) Just kidding, but what a wonderful thing to have three men in your life now- congrats!!! xoxoxo

qerat said...

Congratualtions
Beautiful Baby

Karah said...

congratulations lauren! justin is a DOLL! what a blessing! enjoy this special time with him! and rest up..we need your blog updates when you're ready..they make my day!

Gena D said...

Congratulations on your bundle of angelic joy Lauren!!!!

P/F said...

Congratulations, you have a lovely family. My older brother also has a birthday on Dec. 22 - and he is the funniest, smartest, and most kind person I know. Happy Birthday baby Justin.

CC said...

Congratulations! He is PRECIOUS. Looks like his big brother is ready to take good care of him!!! Thanks for sharing him with all of us! Enjoy every sleep deprived moment! :)

paula said...

he is darling! congratulations. have a wonderful new year!

CC said...

Lauren, may I add one thing? I had to giggle at your comment about your mom's reaction about the velvet sofa. I would have probably been the same way. I bet y'all have had a good chuckle over that one. :)

jvw home said...

He's absolutely beautiful!!
My kids are now 23, 21 & 10....enjoy each little moment and this special newborn time (even though sleep-deprived) is so beautiful and sweet....a great way to hibernate and enjoy....
so excited for you and your family...congratulations and welcome to the world JUSTIN!!
Jeanette


htpp://jvwhome.blogspot.com

Peggy and Fritz said...

Congratulations on your new baby boy. I love his "designer outfit" beyond cute! I grew up with a Justin Alexander - great name. How lucky to be surrounded by all men. Congrats!

bagfashionista said...

congratulations and god bless!!

Alicia B. Designs said...

Congratulations!!! He looks so beautiful! What a wonderful Christmas present. Rest up you deserve it!!
xoxo
Alicia

alice said...

Congratulations! What a sweet addition to your family! Hope all continues to go well!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Congrads! He is beautiful! So happy to hear that all went well. Kiss him for me...

Donna @ dh designs said...

Congratulations to ALL of you on your precious little gift! Lucky you for having such an easy time! Enjoy your hibernation!

COCOCOZY said...

Oh! I just sent you an email and hadn't looked at your blog today! Congratulations on your adorable little baby boy!
xo
Coco

fromtherightbank.com said...

Well, if he isn't just the best Christmas gift ever I don't know what is! He is just precious! Enjoy your hibernation and time with all the men in your life. :) I'm so happy for you. And thank you for keeping us all posted. xoxo, Ally

Stacy said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful little family you have! So happy for you!

Leah said...

Yay Lauren, congratulations! What a sweetie!

I'm so impressed with your timing--your husband off for vacation, too perfect. Enjoy every minute!

Mrs. Dimple said...

What an adorable little guy!! Congrats! :)

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

Congratulations! He's just beautiful. What a Merry Christmas you had!

Alaina

SogniSorrisi said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a wonderful Christmas gift! The photo of both your sons is adorable!

Kathysue said...

Congrats,he is a beautiful baby boy. Nothing like the smell of a new baby! Enjoy all the cuddles and sweetness. I have 3 sons and they are all grown men now, Nothing like having boys, it is great fun!!! Bless you and your sweet little ones. Kathysue

Carolyn said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new son! I love the pictures.

Take care,

Carolyn

Katie Lewis said...

My birthday! : ) Congratulations on your new baby boy - love the blog!

Katie Lewis

shella said...

Hi! I just happened to land in your blog & I love your philosophy! I'm excited to get caught up on all of your interesting posts. I also want to send congrats to you and your family on the new beautiful addition!

acanthusandacorn said...

Lauren,

Congratulations!!!!!!!!! Think of all the fun Christian and Justin are going to have playing together in your fabulous backyard. Boys are wonderful...couldn't be happier for you. Now rest and relax, you deserve it!

Greet said...

Lauren,
CONGRATULATIONS with JUSTIN!! He is so beautiful! And I so love the name Justin!

Sorry for reading your post right now!
Wish you and your family a HAPPY, HEALTHY 2010!!!
A big hug to all of you and especially the little Justin!

xx
Greet

Deliciously Organized said...

Congrats! He is so precious! What a beautiful baby, such a wonderful Christmas blessing.

thestamfordwife said...

Oh how wonderful! Congratulations!!

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

oh wow congratulations!! I love his name...he is adorable!

Anna said...

Oh Lauren..he is just divine!! Makes me all mushy inside for another baby...a little sister or brother for my little Jacq. Congratulations...what a magical Christmas gift to receive. Anna x

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

He is so beautiful!! Congratulations and Happy New Year! All best to you, Barbara

Devon said...

What wonderful news. Congratulations Lauren and co. What a happy new year!!

Love Where You Live said...

The best Christmas gift ever!! He's gorgeous. Well, the both of them are! Congrats. Happy New Year! enjoy...-susan

Porchlight Interiors said...

Congratulations Lauren! What an adorable little man...I know what it is like to be outnumbered (with 3 boys + a big boy)! Let the fun begin! Tracey xx

Traci said...

Congratulations, Lauren!! I'm outnumbered as well (twin boys), but it's great ... and they love, love, love their mommy. And we have our design work to counter all of that testosterone! :-)

Traci

Viera said...

My bylated congratulations, Lauren! He's so beautiful!
Take care
Love
Viera

Carly Skinner said...

Both of your boys are adorable!! And I love the detail of when your water broke you ran off the couch and rug..hilarious!

Geisslein said...

warm congratulations for this wonderful gift....wish you all the best!

pve design said...

love to send a little pressie your way for that little boy.
shoot me an e-mail with your address.
pve at pve design
pve

Living It At Home said...

Contratulations on your new beautiful baby boy! I have been off the radar...in need of a break and I am just catching up on my blog reading.

So happy for you and your adorable family! He is precious!

~jamilyn