Pinned by Cuteness

Eleanor’s a very snuggly baby. It’s really sweet, but I’ve not accomplished much lately other than perfecting the art of being a human pillow and milk supplier.

Me and Eleanor

Hopefully soon we’ll find our rhythm. In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying this time with her.

I’ve been checking in here too… I’ve read each and every comment on my last post announcing Eleanor. It’s amazing to hear from so many people all over the world! Thank you.

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  • Taylor
    May 9, 2009 at 11:24 am

    She fits in perfectly! She looks like the happiest baby ever.

  • Becky
    May 9, 2009 at 11:40 am

    She is a doll! Can’t wait to see more pics.

  • Michele
    May 9, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Belated congratulations!!!! She is gorgeous and perfect, and you have fallen in love. The bad news is I don’t really think you can expect to get too much done for the next few weeks (or in my case it was nearly 18-24 months – I just couldn’t tear myself away from my little bundle). These gorgeous little creatures that are given to us are huge distractions, and rightly so. Enjoy your time with your precious girl, she will grow fast…..and whatever you do don’t feel guilty about spending time with (whether it is as a pillow or diary!) Enjoy!!

  • Michelle
    May 9, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Laying around, bonding, nothing getting done…that sounds about right. Enjoy it! At least you get to lounge around in your beautiful space. What a beautiful baby!

  • Jodee Leader
    May 9, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Enjoy every second! She will grow up soooo fast!

    Don’t worry — you will get your groove back! However, it took me about 12 months after each child!

    Happy First Mother’s Day!

  • cdelphine
    May 9, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    That is a beautiful picture. Congratulations!

  • Joyce
    May 9, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    snuggle snuggle snuggle!! :)


  • John at This Young House
    May 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Sherry and I were just commenting this morning how we couldn’t wait to see more photos of your cute little Eleanor.

    You two make a lovely pair!

    -John (& Sherry)

  • Whitney
    May 9, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    She’s gorgeous. Enjoy the “off” time – it’s a time warp, but a good one!

  • Katlyn
    May 9, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Happy Early First Mother’s Day! She is a BEAUTIFUL baby! =)

  • amy purple
    May 9, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    awww! happy mother’s day too! :)

  • robin
    May 9, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I am so happy for you that things are off to a lovely start. That is wonderful :O)

  • Sharon
    May 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Congrats!! you have such a beautiful baby&you two look so cute on this picture.

  • Jasmine @ Experiment in Poverty Blogspot
    May 9, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    you two are so sweet snuggled up on that couch together. enjoy your time with your little baby eleanor. :)

  • laura
    May 9, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Well you look so happy and content and Eleanor couldn’t be more beautiful!

  • life a colorful life
    May 9, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Your baby is beautiful. The weirdest thing: two of my other friends were both overdue, and you ALL had your babies on the very same day. Anyway, enjoy your Mother’s Day (and Eleanor is a beautiful name).

  • Anna
    May 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    sweet. beautiful. both of you.
    I hope that you keep getting all the rest you need.

  • elizabeth
    May 9, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    She is absolutely beautiful!!! She fits right in :).

  • Emma Woo
    May 9, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Just enjoy yourself. I have baby number 2 on the way in November and know that I won’t have the time to devote to snuggling that I had first time round. Milk it for all it’s worth (excuse the pun)!

  • Nuit
    May 9, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    This picture makes me happy :)

  • Miss Kris
    May 9, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Snuggly babies are the best!
    The only way I got things done when my son was a newborn was if (1) family or friends came over and snuggled with him, or (2) wore him in a baby carrier like the Moby Wrap.

  • jenny
    May 9, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog regularly for the last few months. never commented before. wanted to stop for a moment and say thank you for putting out an exceptional blog and glad you are enjoying the precious first few days, and thank you from taking time out of the to update and let everyone know things are going well. she’s beautiful. absolutely gorgeous. and you’re looking like quite the radiant mom too, btw.

  • Bianca
    May 9, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    What a sweet picture. I read a book called Baby Wise (link below) and it really helped me and my little one get into a great routine. By 8 weeks he was sleeping through the night.

    However you approach it enjoy this time and enjoy the rest you can get in-between. She is beautiful and you look great!

  • Sarah
    May 9, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Well think of this non-productive time as a requirement for your new job of being a momma. Enjoy the moments of needed rest and interaction with your baby–the hectic pace of regular life will return soon enough!

  • Jenn - california dreaming
    May 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Happy first mother’s day!!

  • Rachel H.
    May 9, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Take time off! Ill still be here when you get back!


  • Viv
    May 9, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Aww, look at her holding your finger. So precious. Happy mother’s day Nicole!

  • Aura
    May 9, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I love all the colors of this picture…beautiful! Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Your Mother
    May 9, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Ah, but see you are accomplishing the most important thing you can possibly accomplish – the bonding of mother and child. Enjoy this time with Eleanor and take the opportunity to rest when you can. Motherhood is 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and there is nothing better than snuggling with your wee one. Happy first Mother’s Day to you.

  • Rebekah
    May 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Oh, there is no greater accomplishment! Treasure these days. They may seem long when you are in the midst of them, but they are so, so few.

  • Simone
    May 9, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    oh, what a beautiful baby!
    I forgot to comment on your last post, so – congratulations!

  • megan
    May 9, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    this is such a sweet photograph. happy mother’s day to you and your new addition! xo

  • luuvely
    May 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    get used to it! this is the best times :) and dont think you are being Unproductive…you are being a mommie..its what we do :)

    happy mothers day to you…

  • catherine
    May 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Happy very 1st mother’s day! Being a human pillow and milk supplier are two very important jobs so you are accomplishing a lot.

  • Kelly S.
    May 9, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Enjoy and wallow in these early, cuddly, sleepless days — and beware that the moment you all settle into a routine, little Eleanor will be switching it up on you again!

  • Nat Nat
    May 9, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Holy CUTENESS! take your time and enjoy your time together! Been voting every day!

  • Midori
    May 9, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I love how you managed to produce a beautiful baby in the right shades of pink and brown.

    She’s really lovely and she looks cuddly indeed.

  • alison g. (brazil)
    May 9, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    It is as it should be for a brand new Mommy.
    Just precious!
    Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Ed
    May 9, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    congrats again from dublin , thanks so much for keeping me enthralled in such a wonderful occasion xx she truly is a doll

  • Dewi
    May 9, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    What a sweet photo.

  • Laura
    May 9, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Just in time for Mother’s Day! :) It’s so nice to see a happy baby and mommy. Enjoy.

  • Desiree Fawn
    May 9, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Awe! I hope everything is going well!
    Much love to your and yours!

  • Deb
    May 9, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Ah, such a perfect place to be! Happy Mother’s Day!!

  • Jessibee
    May 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    You both look so happy. I’d say that you have been accomplishing quite a lot actually. Congratulations again!

  • Allison
    May 9, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Sounds like you’ve been doing just what a new Mom should be accomplishing! Enjoy your lovely, snuggly time.

  • Kristin Wolter-Canfield
    May 9, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Yay for human milk supply! Congrats. I celebrated my first Mother’s Day last year. It is amazing. I have followed your blog for two years. Eleanor is going to be one stylin baby! I look forward to all the fun posts about your awesome home with its new occupant.

  • Elizabeth
    May 9, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    These are the days!!! You and and Eleanor look like two peas in a fab pod!!! Enjoy your first Mothers Day!

  • Kim
    May 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    There is nothing else you should be doing….this picture is so so sweet. Glad things are gong so well.

  • LaVonne
    May 9, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Beautiful picture and baby! I am a recent member – not so recent fan. I’ve been following your site for a while now – and love it! You have great products – and a great blog. Being a fellow designer – I so admire your style. Congrats on the new baby! Enjoy every minute of it! I’m right there with ya – I just had my 3rd in December! What an experience! :-) Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Marina
    May 9, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Hey there! I read your blog for ages and I saw each new situation you were dealing while expecting! Your baby is beautiful! Its amazing to be a human pillow and food provider! Enjoy every moment of it!
    Xoxo from Brazil!
    God bless your new family! =)

  • sarah
    May 9, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Wow. Keep up the good work! She looks as snug as a bug in a rug.

  • kristi
    May 9, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    She is so beautiful. COngratulations and happy mothers day. As a mom of the 4 coolest kids I know I can tell you to just enjoy this precious time. There will be time to inspire us all later!

  • Katie
    May 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Do not even worry about not getting “stuff” done. The most important thing for you to be doing right now is what you are doing. You never get these first days back so enjoy them while they last!

    Happy Mothers Day!!

  • Marie
    May 9, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Beautiful picture of 2 lovely ladies! Enjoy your very first Mother’s Day.

  • Renae Moore
    May 9, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Enjoy every moment because you cannot get them back, the world will wait!
    Blessings and cuddles with that little one!

  • Elizabeth
    May 9, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    You guys look very cozy,and Eleanor looks so pink and sweet!
    Enjoy every min.

  • DawnMarie
    May 9, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    What a wonderful photo. A belated congrats to you and your hubby. She is beautiful and has an equally beautiful name. A very happy first mother’s day to you. Enjoy!

  • Becky @ Farmgirl Paints
    May 9, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    She’s just beautiful. Enjoy those precious first days. They fly by. You’ll have forever to do everything else. I’ve been wondering about you this week. Glad it’s going well:)

  • Lori Danelle
    May 9, 2009 at 11:28 pm


    As a mother of two, I might mention that the first few weeks, are rough. . .and over before you know it. My youngest is just about to crawl and I feel like I just brought her home from the hospital!!

    Sleep and shower when you can, and remember that she will never go back to being this small, so ingrain it in your mind by gazing at her often.

  • dawn
    May 9, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    you both look so peaceful and content :) enjoy your first mother’s day tomorrow and all the days ahead!

  • Jennifer DeDonato
    May 10, 2009 at 1:31 am

    you will be a pillow for a very long time…trust me you wont mind one bit!

  • meta
    May 10, 2009 at 1:34 am

    It took me 4 months to establish a routine, since I had many problems with breastfeeding. Hope everything is going smoothly for you and you can feel like your normal self again soon! Kisses to Eleanor! Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Amanda
    May 10, 2009 at 1:45 am

    You look great and she is a doll! Glad you guys are doing OK and hopefully getting some rest too.

  • southern hostess
    May 10, 2009 at 3:39 am

    So precious! Congrats!

  • Charla @ For the Sake of Time
    May 10, 2009 at 6:50 am

    You are lovely making her lovely. What a beautiful picture for this Mother’s Day. God bless.


  • Denise
    May 10, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Happy Mother’s Day! She’s adorable and just remember that you need your rest and lots of pillows, too.

  • Anna
    May 10, 2009 at 8:46 am

    She’s a gorgeous little girl, and you must be a VERY proud mama! Have a wonderful first Mother’s Day!

  • dawn
    May 10, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  • msmezzo
    May 10, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Happy Mothers day! And look at the two of you, all pink and brown. so pretty.

  • AussieMum
    May 10, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Happy Mother’s Day from Australia! Your little girl is just gorgeous. Just sit back and enjoy the cuddles. The time goes too fast, my little one is 6 this year and I would cuddle her for hours.

    ps. lots of people tell you not to cuddle them to sleep, I couldn’t help myself and I did do it and loved every moment of it.

  • creative*type
    May 10, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Happy Mother’s Day Mamacita!

  • Melanie
    May 10, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day! She is beautiful – Congratulations again :) What does the dog think of her? How is his leg by the way? Well I wish you the best and I hope you get some rest!

  • Kelly
    May 10, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Nice article today in the Tribune magazine….What a Mother’s Day treat! Congrats!

  • Angela
    May 10, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Your baby is beautiful! :DDD
    And this picture is so lovely ^__^
    Congratulations :****

  • Kelly McCollum
    May 10, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    sweet little bebe :D congratulations, and happy mother’s day! best wishes

  • Erica Burns
    May 10, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Ah! How sweet! Congrats Nicole & happy first Mother’s Day!

  • Amy Awesome
    May 10, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I think the early weeks of nothing but cuddles and milkies make some of the sweetest memories.

  • Woodlawn Mommy
    May 10, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Congrats and Happy Mothers Day – that baby is too cute and what a blessing, right?! Enjoy her now, the time will go by really fast and remember to live in the moment and relax and have fun.
    BTW: Great article in the Trib, but it hardly does your place justice!

  • Sarah Jane
    May 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    happy first mother’s day Nicole! Wee Eleanor is just sweet. Don’t worry about getting things done. Baby is much better than productivity.

  • Alma
    May 10, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    They don’t stay little for very long! Enjoy that sweet little baby—she’s beautiful. I definitely didn’t do anything at all for at least 2 months.

  • Jenny
    May 10, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Happy, sweet Mother’s Day!

  • Jen
    May 10, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Congratulations! I enjoy reading your blog so much. Wishing much happiness to you and your family!

  • Brandie
    May 10, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I wish you a very happy first Mother’s Day!

  • Shannon
    May 10, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Happy 1st Mother’s Day! Congratulations on your new sweet bundle of joy. Cherish and treasure this year of firsts – they are ever so special and rare. Wishing you many hours of cozy cuddling and that yummy new baby smell.

  • gillian
    May 10, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Eleanor is beautiful, but the real treat is that you look so well! I hope you’re both listening to lovely music!

  • Jane E.
    May 10, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    You’re the most stylish new mom ever!! Even snuggled on the couch, everything is so put together :)

  • Anita
    May 10, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    I’ve had two babies and these are my absolute favorite memories, so lounge away and enjoy!

  • erin
    May 10, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    congratulations and happy mothers day! you both look so content! enjoy it… theres time for all the other stuff later! i know everyone says this but they do grow so fast! i cant believe my little guy is 20 mths now. it seems like just weeks ago that he was an itty bitty newborn!

  • erin
    May 10, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    ohhh and everyone GO VOTE for nicole on the bhg contest!!! she’s in second place right now :(

  • Erin
    May 11, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Nicole, she’s just lovely. I’ve been thinking of you all week, trying to remind myself to come back to the site and check since I just knew she would have arrived by now.

    She sure does look like Brandon! Happy Mother’s Day to you. Trust me- it only gets better. My little one is about to turn two and each stage has been better than the last.

    Take care and get as much sleep as you can. You deserve it.

  • Mirjam
    May 11, 2009 at 6:12 am

    You both look so cute together!!! Happy (belated) Mothers Day!

  • Hallie
    May 11, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Congrats – hope you had a happy mothers day – she is just beautiful:)

    As a first time expecting mom I was wondering if you had any good blog reccomendations on expecting and all things baby!

  • susan
    May 11, 2009 at 9:05 am

    ahhhh. those were the times I miss the most. it is lovely having your baby all to yourself and holding her and loving her. seeing the sweet little face right there snuggled close. she’s the best mother’s day present you could have!

  • Fiona
    May 11, 2009 at 9:14 am

    I second Meta’s comment, if only to reassure you if you are finding anything difficult, although of course, I hope you aren’t. The time does fly, and no, you are pretty much unable to do much else, which is fine. That said, try to get out as much as you can, even in the yard, just because summer is on its way and if it’s really hot, you may not take advantage later.

  • Michelle
    May 11, 2009 at 9:21 am

    She is such a beautiful baby!!! Congrats again :)

  • Boston Bachelorette Parties
    May 11, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Really beautiful baby.

  • Amanda
    May 11, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    This is so awesome.

  • Fernanda
    May 11, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    What a lovely photo!!!

  • Amy
    May 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    She is beautiful. Never ever feel guilty for this time with her. Dirty dishes and bills are forever, but Eleanor’s babyhood is a beautiful, irreplaceable gift that goes very quickly. The picture of you two enjoying each other is wonderful. Congratulations!

  • Jen
    May 11, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    what a beautiful picture!

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