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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    May 4, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Yes, you sure do know how to “make it lovely”, just look at your sweet new baby!!!! Congratulations!

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    May 4, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I agree with Seleta – you made her lovely!

    Take a breather, you’ve worked hard enough! Congratulations!!!

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    May 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Oh Nicole. She’s beautiful! Congratulations to you and Brandon (and happy birthday too!)! What love.

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    May 4, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    She is so precious! Congratulations. Glad you all are doing well! :)

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    May 4, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    She’s beautiful. Congratulations :)

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    Mariah DeMarco
    May 5, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Congratulations! …and then, there were 3… She is so beautiful Nicole! :)

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    May 5, 2009 at 4:02 am

    Congratulations. She is an angel. God bless you.

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    Steph Bond @ Bondville
    May 5, 2009 at 4:26 am

    HUGE congratulations Nicole and Brandon from Australia! Eleanor is absolutely heavenly (and the photograph is amazing too). Well done to you two!

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    May 5, 2009 at 5:59 am

    Congratulations! She’s adorable.

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    green ink
    May 5, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Congratulations Nicole and Brandon – she is just gorgeous! And what a beautiful name you’ve chosen. I hope parenthood is all you hope for. :)

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    May 5, 2009 at 6:50 am

    She’s so beautiful, you should feel very proud!
    Love your blog – and I definitely voted for your porch on BHG Challenge!

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    Alice Bath
    May 5, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Your baby is really beautiful! I haven’t visited the blog for a long time but I am happy to see so Big change in your life!
    I wish you happiness!

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    May 5, 2009 at 8:00 am

    That has to be the most beautiful baby I’ve seen! I just started looking at your site last week and am happy to see you have a gorgeous new addition to your family! Best of health to you and baby. :)

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    May 5, 2009 at 8:29 am

    So lovely! Congrats!!

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    May 5, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Congrats, Nicole and Brandon! She’s absolutely beautiful – best wishes for lots of sleep and good health for all!

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    agnes miles
    May 5, 2009 at 10:07 am

    so beautiful! she is so lovely! congrats to you both!!! xoxoxoxxx, Lulu Mae

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    May 5, 2009 at 10:16 am

    congrats to all! she’s beautiful.

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    May 5, 2009 at 10:45 am

    She is just beautiful and I LOVE her name!! Congrats on your daughter!!

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    May 5, 2009 at 11:03 am

    In case you didn’t see my other message on your porch transformation, I was just wondering what kind of flowers those are in the pretty green pot! :)

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    May 5, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Congratulations! What a punkin :)

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    May 5, 2009 at 11:58 am

    she is soooooo cute
    congratulation for both of you
    and welcome to our world Eleanor Ann Balch

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    May 5, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I almost didn’t leave a comment due to your 600+ but you know, new babies really are just that wonderful! so, congratulations, she’s darling and I love her name! it’s on my favorites list. :) I hope you’re resting up well and getting lots of snuggle time in with your sweet baby!

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    May 5, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    what a beauty and what a powerful Mom!
    painting the porch floor just days before her birth – yah!!

    have a wonderful time with her and cuddle lots…not hard I am sure!:)

    Congratulations to you both!


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    May 5, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    She is beautiful! Congratulations!

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    Alexis L.
    May 5, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Eleanor looks so sweet. Glad to hear that all is well. Congratulations!

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    May 5, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Oh my, she is absolutely gorgeous! I’m currently waiting to find out if I am *finally* pregnant so I drink in sweet baby news like this. Congratulations!!!

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    May 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Ok… I’m comment 627. Look at how many people are so happy for you! Well I’m happy too. She is precious! Hopefully she’ll become mommy’s little helper!

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    May 5, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    She is beautiful! I’m actually tearing up. lol.

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    May 5, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Congratulations! She looks great in pink!

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    May 5, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    She is so lovely. Congrats to your family. Take care.

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    May 5, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    She is so beautiful! Congratulations. Enjoy every moment with her.

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    May 5, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    At last she is here with you she is so so beautiful enjoy every moment with her .it’s the most enjoybale time to you ..

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    May 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Yaaay!! April 29th is my birthday, too! She picked a great day to be born. ;)
    Congrats!! She is SO beautiful.

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    May 5, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Congratulations Nicole and Brandon! Eleanor is beautiful!

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    May 5, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Congratulations. She is beautiful.

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    nurin elani
    May 6, 2009 at 4:25 am

    hi, been following ur blog silently. i’m from malaysia n been waiting patiently for ur baby arrival. nway, congratulations to you n brandon. Eleanor is sooo adorable.
    oh ya, ur house is superb. what u did makes me wanna have my own house. take care ya~

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    May 6, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Congratulations. She is beautiful. No doubt she will have all your creative genes! :)

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    May 6, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Your beautiful girl is here! Congratulations!

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    May 6, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Adding to the chorus to say congratulations! She’s beautiful! And lucky to have such wonderful parents. Hope you are following the #1 priority of the first two months, “getting the most sleep for the most people”!

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    Niky @ designitchic
    May 6, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Congratulations on your beautiful girl!!!!

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    May 6, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Congratulations to you both!
    Eleanor is a lovely name – I share it. ;)

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    May 6, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    your eleanor is lovely…. quite fitting, don’t ya think! congratulations on your greatest design,

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    May 6, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    sweet and adorable!

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    Paper InStyle
    May 6, 2009 at 8:29 pm


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    May 6, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Congratulations!!! She is beautiful. I hope you are resting and enjoying your babymoon.

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    May 6, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    omg! the baby is super gorgeous. congrats to you both!

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    May 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    She is just gorgeous – congrats on your precious little lady!

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    Melanie Anne
    May 7, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Congratulations!! She is beautiful!!

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    May 7, 2009 at 9:16 am

    a star is born!
    wishing you much happiness with “eleanor.”
    lovely name!

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    Keren @ ChicTip
    May 7, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Congratulations to you all from us at
    She is beautiful!!! Enjoy every moment!

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    May 7, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    What a gorgeous baby! I wish you all the best!

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    May 7, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Well done and congrats, she’s gorgeous!

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    May 7, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Congratulations. She is absolutely beautiful!

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    May 7, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Congratulations :)
    she’s absolutely beautiful and I cant wait to hear more about her!

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    May 7, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    i am new to your blog–but am wishing you a very hearty congratulations nonetheless! what a beautiful babe!

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    Mucha Muchacha
    May 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Congratulations to you both. Your new baby girl is absolutely beautiful!!

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    May 8, 2009 at 2:41 am

    Congratulations!! She’s gorgeous!! :)

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    May 8, 2009 at 8:44 am

    and she doesn’t look the least bit overcooked!
    just darling :) congratulations

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    Stacy of KSW
    May 8, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Hey Nicole,
    Looks like we were even closer than we thought. My son was born on 27 April and he’s also a beautiful bundle of joy. Enjoy your sweet little angel as much as you can these next few weeks and be sure to take tons of photos.
    Best Wishes,

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    Down Comforter
    May 8, 2009 at 9:05 am

    She’s such a sweet little thing :) Congratulations!

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    May 8, 2009 at 9:26 am

    She’s finally here! WELCOME ELEANOR!
    congratulations and all the best to the new parents!!

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    May 8, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I can’t help but add my well-wishes. The picture of your new precious little one is stunning. Here’s to you and your growing family. Congrats.

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    May 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    isn’t she lovely!! just absolutely beautiful!

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    Carrie O
    May 9, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I LOVE her name. I know an Eleanor Ann that goes by “Rannie”. It was a family name and I always loved that “Rannie” was unique and meaningful.

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    Zoe, Conversation Pieces
    May 9, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Congratulations! Haven’t left a comment on your blog before but it seems like the perfect time to ;)

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    May 9, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Congratulations!! she’s so beautiful… enjoy the motherhood ride..

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    May 9, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Congratulations, Eleanor is so beautiful! Rest up and enjoy!

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    May 9, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Congratulations! A beautiful baby indeed :)

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    May 9, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Congratulations from London – what a beautiful baby! They say that when a baby is born, so is a mother. Enjoy those first weeks – they’re so special x

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    May 9, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    congrats! She’s a star. Don’t worry too much about the schedule, it will come with time. She’ll be big before you know it. Enjoy her.
    Save Gocco Blog

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    May 9, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve been a ‘regular reader’ of your site for the last few months – and seeing your prego pics…and updates toward the end of your pregnancy (when she was STILL snuggled in your tummy) kept me on the edge of my seat! It reminded me of my pregnancy 6 years ago! (She was 2 weeks overdue and I had to be induced, too….!)

    The other similarity – she was born 2 days before my husband. How fun to have them so close together in bdays. We all know how sweet girls have daddy’s hearts wrapped around their fingers……!

    Take your time with her, and these days of ‘getting to know each other’ – you’re going to have such a special day tomorrow, your first Mother’s Day!

    You know we’ll still be here – don’t rush back or feel obligated to!

    Have a great 1st Mother’s Day tomorrow.

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    May 10, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Que bonita!

    C’est une jolie fille!


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    May 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    she is just beautiful!

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    May 10, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    She’s gorgeous!! Congrats :)

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    May 10, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Congratulations! She’s so beautiful!

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    May 11, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    She is beautiful. Congratulations :) Also, whoever took that photo is a fantastic photographer :)

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    May 11, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Oh my what a beauty! Congratulations to you! I hope Mommy and baby are snuggled close and resting well. What a joy! ^_^

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    May 11, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Sorry this is a little late but huge congrats to you and your family.
    Look forward to reading more about her on your wonderful blog!

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    yvette claire
    May 11, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    been following your blog and never commented til now. just wanted to congratulate you on your bundle of joy. what a beautiful, sweet baby! you and brandon are blessed.

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    May 12, 2009 at 3:58 am

    Best wishes!! She’s gorgeous!!

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    May 12, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Congratulations and mazal-tov
    she is beautiful

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    May 12, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Eleanor is absolutely beautiful. I adore her rosey cheeks!!!! (-: Congratulations and best of luck to you on the start of a new journey in your life.

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    ROOM design studio
    May 13, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    congrats! she is so pretty and cute!! like an angel..

    She shares my birthday by the way :)

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    May 13, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve been following your blog about 1 year and really like what I see here. And now I see your so-expected baby.
    Such a cutie!

    Welcome Eleanor :)
    Greetings from Brazil!

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    May 14, 2009 at 10:43 am

    such a beautiful baby for such a beautiful parents ;) congratulations!!!!

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    May 14, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    she’s gorgeous! welcome, eleanor!!!

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    May 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Napakagandang bata!

    The best of wishes from the Philippines!

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    red.neck Chic
    May 14, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Yay! Congratulations – She is absolutely Gorgeous!!!

    “Welcome” from Texas!

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    May 14, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    What a beautiful blessing. Congratulations.

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    May 16, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Congrats!!! She is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

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    May 21, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I’m a ‘little’ late here, but congratulations on your adorable baby girl! Aaawwwww. :)

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    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Congratulations! She is the sweetest!

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    Rehan Ahmed
    May 25, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Oh my God, Lovely baby Congratulations …:-)

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    Lorie Smith
    March 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    She’s beautiful and her birthday is the same as my oldest daughter Emily Caroline’s…she was born 6 years earlier. :) I somehow came across your blog and love it.


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