My Life Parenting Pregnancy

Eleanor Ann Balch

Eleanor Ann Balch was born Wednesday, April 29 at 2:42 in the morning. She weighed in at 8 pounds, 15 ounces (the exact same weight that I was as a baby), and she is twenty-one and a half inches long.

Eleanor Ann Balch

Thank you all for your sweet comments and support throughout the pregnancy! Today is Brandon’s birthday and we’ve just arrived home from the hospital after a slightly extended stay. There were a few complications throughout the inducing process and delivery, but I’m doing well and Eleanor is happy and healthy.

She has blue eyes, brown hair, and she’s just beautiful. We’re so in love with her.

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696 Comments

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    Alicia
    May 1, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Not sure why I’m bothering to post a comment as you’ve gotten so many but–Shes so gorgeous! Congratulations on that little bundle! :)
    xoxo
    Alicia B.

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    Evy
    May 1, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Congratulations! She is an adorable little baby girl!

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    Taylor
    May 1, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Oh, those cheeks! She is lovely! Congrats to both of you!!!

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    bink
    May 1, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Like her mother, she is making this world a little more lovely.

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    Heather
    May 1, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    What a beautiful little gift! I’m so pleased for you both. Congrats on expanding you’re beautiful family. ~H

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    magpiesandmagnolias
    May 1, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Such a pretty baby! Lovely rosy cheeks. Her name seems to suit her perfectly! Congratualtions!!

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    Jacci
    May 1, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Yay!!!! She’s such a love!!! :) Congratulations to you both!

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    Shannon
    May 1, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    She is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations to you and Brandon! What a blessed little girl to be joining such a loving family.

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    sarah h.
    May 1, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    congrats! she’s beautiful…

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    Vanessa
    May 1, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    She’s beautiful! Congratulations! So glad to hear that everyone is home safely (and Happy Birthday to Brandon!)

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    laura
    May 1, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    congratulations!

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    Eva
    May 1, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Congratulations!!! Both of you must be so happy!!! Your daughter is soooo pretty and lovely!!!
    I love the name, by the way.
    Best wishes for all your family from Spain!!!
    Eva.

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    NancyV908
    May 1, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I am thrilled for you both. What can be better than a beautiful baby (& with such a lovely name)? Congratulations!

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    Darlene
    May 1, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    She’s finally here!!! Congratulations Nicole and Brandon, you have made one beautiful baby!!

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    Christina
    May 1, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Congrats on little Eleanor! She’s adorable with such a lovely name. Are you going to call her Eleanor or Ella or Ellie?

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    Nicole RJ
    May 1, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Congrats! What a little sweetie!

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    Nichole
    May 1, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    She is the perfect little baby! Congrats! The two of you are going to be amazing parents! :)

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    Amanda
    May 1, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    She is precious and just so perfect and beautiful!!! Congratulations and glad to hear you are all doing well.

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    Jessica
    May 1, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Oh Nicole, she is so beautiful. Congrats!

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    marcy wacker
    May 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    wow. congratulations. she is absolutely gorgeous. you both should be so proud. now the incredible journey begins!

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    Eugénie
    May 1, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Congratulations to both of you ! Eleanor is adorable, and this is a very beautiful name. Welcome Eleanor !

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    Jane
    May 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    How wonderful!! I always love reading your updates and seeing the creative ways you have turned your house into a home. Congratulations! I am going to vote for your lovely front porch right now.

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    Tanna
    May 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    She is adorable! Congratulations!

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    amy
    May 1, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    congrats!! she’s adorable.

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    janelle
    May 1, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Welcome to the world little one! Congrats!

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    Jessibee
    May 1, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Well, why not add another one, right…? Congratulations! I think Eleanor is a great name choice. Happy Birthday Eleanor and Brandon…and Happy Mother’s Day Nicole!

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    Stacey Ball
    May 1, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Absolutely precious picture and baby! Congrats!

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    Lillian
    May 1, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Oh wow what a cutie! Congratulations!

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    Amber
    May 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    What a beautiful little girl! Hope you’re able to gets some rest and she’s a good sleeper soon!

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    Natz
    May 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Oh my… she is so perfect…
    congratulations, dear!!

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    Nolita Morgan
    May 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Congratulations! So happy for you three. LOVE the name! Get some rest, new mama!

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    vedjen
    May 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Congrats on your beautiful baby. Induction sucks, eh?! I had my first baby in December and was laid up in bed for 3 days before I finally delivered. I don’t wish it upon anyone, but it was all worth it in the end — as you probably know now!

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    Cherry
    May 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Congratulations on your lovely little girl!

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    Ellen Patton
    May 1, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    She’s a doll!

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    Anne
    May 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I have been reading your blog for a loooong time and have never commented – probably checked for baby updates 100 times a day! Congratulations to you and Brandon (Happy Birthday)

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    Jen B
    May 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Congratulations on your little miracle! Glad everyone is doing well now. Don’t forget to nap when you can ; )

  • Reply
    Katherine
    May 1, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Congrats! She’s lovely!!

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    Steph
    May 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Congratulations to your family! Eleanor is lovely….

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    Haley
    May 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Aww, she’s beautiful! Congratulations!! : )

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    Kelsey
    May 1, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    She is beautiful! Congrats!

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    lindsaywillman
    May 1, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS. She’s beautiful.

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    Dylan
    May 1, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Congratulations! :D She’s gorgeous.

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    Paula
    May 1, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Congratulations! She is beautiful!!

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    Bailey Leclerc
    May 1, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Beautiful baby, beautiful name! Congratulations!

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    Sara
    May 1, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    She’s so beautiful! Such an angel; congratulations!

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    Terri
    May 1, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Congratulations, Nicole and Brandon…and welcome to the world of mamas and papas! It’s a joyful ride. Eleanor is absolutely beautiful.

    Take care,
    Terri (your neighbor in Evanston)

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    Coty
    May 1, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Congratulations!!!
    She so beautiful!
    Get lots of sleep and smooches in!

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    Patricia Fontes
    May 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Congratulations! I was thinking a lot about you! I think I will have my baby pretty soon as well, this week… due date is May 9th!
    Take care,
    Paty

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    Viv
    May 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Ohhh she’s beautiful! Congratulations!! xx

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    Alissa
    May 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    very cute baby! Congrats.

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    jill
    May 1, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Congratulations… she is so delightful. What a true blessing for your both!

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    nicole, chicago, 27
    May 1, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    oh nicole, she is so beautiful. many blessings. enjoy this time. it passes quickyly.

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    Nancy
    May 1, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Beautiful baby!! Beautiful name!!
    Congratulations! On occasions like this I think of that line from the movie Steel Magnolias:,
    “My heart is so full, I need to loosen my bra!”
    Best wishes to you all. You make a lovely family!

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    L
    May 1, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    She is SO beautiful! Congratulations!

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    Enyasi
    May 1, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    What a beautiful little girl and a great name!!!!! Take care and enjoy..

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    puck
    May 1, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    What a perfect name for such a beautiful baby girl! Congrats momma! Take care of yourself!!

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    Meg
    May 1, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Congratulations!! She is beautiful. I, like so many others, have been checking in to see if everything was okay. Glad to see that you are home and have a healthy baby. Have a speedy recovery!

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    Kelly S.
    May 1, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    That is one beautiful baby! Congratulations and welcome home to a whole new way of life.

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    angeljoy
    May 1, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Oh, congratulations! I was hoping all went well for you! She is absolutely gorgeous!

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    Lori Danelle
    May 1, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    So precious!!!

    I wish they stayed little longer!

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    susana
    May 1, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I´m so happy for you!! Congratulations to you both, I was thinking about you and your baby! She is adorable and her name -beautifull!

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    dawn
    May 1, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    this photo of her is just perfect. she looks like an angel. i can’t imagine how you must feel :)

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    Amy
    May 1, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Oh my – she is so pretty! Congrats!

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    Adriana
    May 1, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    What a precious baby! And what a name! Congratulations.

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    Blondie
    May 1, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Congratulations on your pink little bundle! She’s absolutely divine! What a beautiful girl! I love her name!

    Blondie

    PS Just remember to sleep when she sleeps! I know it will be hard to tear yourself away from just staring at her!

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    Amy
    May 1, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    She’s so sweet! And what a beautiful name!

    Congratulations to your whole family!

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    Ed
    May 1, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Oh congrats , she is so so beautiful , may she fill your days with love and laughter !!!

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    laurajane
    May 1, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    She’s, well, lovely! Congrats on the new addition- she’s gorgeous! LOVE the name too! Rest up- we’ve missed you!

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    Joyce
    May 1, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Congratulations!! She’s adorable!!

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    megan
    May 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    what a pretty and healthy looking baby!!! congrats to all of you! i’m so happy you posted – i’ve been checking your site obsessively!

    being a mommy is fabulous! i hope you are able to get some rest.

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    Stephanie
    May 1, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    congratulations!!! she’s adorable!

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    Kim
    May 1, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    She is darling and so is her name. Glad you all made it through safely. Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Lisa
    May 1, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I stumbled upon your blog today and had to stop and tell you what a beautiful baby you had!! Babies are such miracles! Cherish her well because babies grow up MUCH too fast!

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    Beth
    May 1, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Ah, the name seems to fit you and Brandon so well.

    Congratulations a million times over!

    Here’s a quick little (very simple) acrostic for you:

    Everything your
    Little one brings will charm you.
    Everyone will know she’s an
    Angel.
    No matter what life brings now, she will be your
    Oasis, what centers you, your
    Ray of light.

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    Lilie
    May 1, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    She is an angel!!

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    Lucy
    May 1, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    congratulations….and many blessings!!!

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    Jesselyn
    May 1, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Congratulations, I’m so happy for you!

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    Lucy
    May 1, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    p.s I’m voting 4 u !!!

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    ashley morgan
    May 1, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    What a doll-face! Congratulations!!! And Happy Birthday, Brandon!

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    Ashley
    May 1, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    She’s perfect!

    A million congratulations and happy thoughts.

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    aspatria
    May 1, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Awwww….she’s truly lovely! Congratulations :)

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    this humble abode
    May 1, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    yeah! she’s adorable, and so is her name.

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    Samantha
    May 1, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Oh, she’s the most beautiful newborn in the entire universe! Congratulations!!

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    Ameya
    May 1, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Aww, she’s beautiful!! Congratulations! :D

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    stefanie
    May 1, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    HUGE congrats! I absolutely adore the name Eleanor.

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    Josephine
    May 1, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Worth the wait, huh? She’s perfect. Eleanor is my sister’s name and I always though it was special.

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    Amy
    May 1, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    She really is a lovely baby. Congrats. Hope you are feeling well.

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    Cara
    May 1, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    How wonderful! We’ll of course need more pictures of that cute little girl!

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    kandice
    May 1, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    i like the name eleanore for your daughter. that fits perfect for you and brandon. she is so sweet :)

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    katiedid
    May 1, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    OMG! Soooooo pretty! Stunning….but then I had no doubt.
    Oh wait….I just said that.

    I am so very happy for you. She is just perfect! I hope you are doing well and are getting some rest! All the best.

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    Jess @ sliceofdrywall
    May 1, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    She is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!! Congrats!

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    Rebecca
    May 1, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Oh! – She is so perfect.
    I’m so happy for you guys!

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    Inspired Events
    May 1, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    ONMG!!! SHE IS ADORABLE!! Congratulations!!

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    Sharla
    May 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    What a beautiful little girl! Congratulations!

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    bethany
    May 1, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    oh my word!
    she is beautiful!!!
    and look at all these comments!
    don’t get overwhelmed–well, at least not by us.
    just lovelovelove and enjoy all this newness.
    and cry whenever you need to :)

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    Dewi
    May 1, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    congratulations!
    What a beautiful baby.
    The finest thing you ever created!

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    Breanna
    May 1, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Beautiful name…beautiful baby! Congrats!

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    CostumeDiva
    May 1, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    What a perfect little new-per! Congrats!

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    Lucia M
    May 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    She is just gorgeous! Beautiful:) Congrats to you and Brandon!

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    Emily
    May 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Awww. Will be fun to see how your house changes with baby. Congrats!

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