Parenting

August Ray Balch

August Ray Balch was born on Tuesday, February 8 at 4:38 in the late afternoon. He weighed in at 10 pounds, 1 ounce, and measured 22 inches long.

You may notice that my last update in the 4-6 Weeks Project is missing an entry for February 8. I’m writing this from the hospital, so I haven’t been home yet to edit and write the photo from that day.

My water broke at 2 o’clock in the afternoon while I was napping with Eleanor. I called Brandon to have him take me to the hospital and his parents came to stay with Eleanor. August was born less than three hours later in an unmedicated, natural delivery (all ten pounds of him). I was fully in favor of receiving an epidural, but I progressed so quickly that by the time the anesthesiologist had finally arrived, I was ready to deliver. Thankfully it was speedy!

August and I are doing well. Eleanor has already met him and she was very sweet to her little brother. I’m looking forward to going home tonight to my family of four.

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542 Comments

  • Reply
    Robin
    February 10, 2011 at 11:55 am

    congrats!!!! can’t wait to see photos! Love the name you chose! It reminds me of the book (and upcoming movie) Water for Elephants.

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    Holly
    February 10, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Congrats!!!

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    Reichel
    February 10, 2011 at 11:56 am

    CONGRATS! How exciting and August is such a GREAT name! Yeay Nicole, can’t wait to see your new little family life unfold. Cheers :) xoxox

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    Audrie
    February 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Congratulations!!! So thrilled for you guys :) And I adore his name… Can’t wait to see the little guy!

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    Liz
    February 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Congratulations! Had a feeling you may have gone into labor and so glad to welcome August :) Can’t wait to see how the next chapter of your lives unfold.
    Congrats Balch Family!

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    Fredericka
    February 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Congratulations to the family! I love the name August; it sounds very regal. And Gus makes a very cute nickname.

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    Mrs. Foot
    February 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Congratulations!

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    Michele
    February 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Congratulations!

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    Amber
    February 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Congrats! I too had the same problem delivering my placenta and I know how awful those blood clotting drugs can be! I got very sick! I wish you all the best with your new addition and hope you have a speedy and healthy recovery!

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    Sealicious
    February 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Contratulations Balch Family!!

    August is such a GREAT name!

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    The Sister Of
    February 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Congratulations to the proud parents and big sister!
    Love the name!

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    Adventures In Babywearing
    February 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Oh Congrats to you and your family. I am so glad you are ok. Enjoy, rest, nurse, snuggle and repeat!

    xoxo
    Steph

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    Whitney
    February 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Congratulations Nicole, Brandon, and Eleanor! Can’t wait to see pics!

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    Erin
    February 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Congratulations! His name is beautiful!

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    Mary
    February 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Congratulations and best wishes to you and your family!

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    Dana @ House*Tweaking
    February 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    So happy for you and your family of 4. Glad to hear everyone is healthy and well. What a big baby boy and one strong mama!

    I had a similar {precipitous} labor with my second born…48 minutes start to finish and so intense. I delivered at the nearest hospital {not the one we preferred and had already prepaid at} less than 10 minutes after arriving. The nurses had no idea how fast I was progressing and were trying to get a urine sample, start an IV, etc. I just kept telling them the baby was coming and was trying not to push. Finally, a doctor heard my late stage labor cries from down the hall and ran into the room just in time to catch our baby boy. She was from a different office than the OB had I been seeing throughout my pregnancy {my regular md wasn’t contracted to deliver at the hospital I ended up going to}. After the baby was handed over to the nurses for observation, the delivering physician stood up and said, “Hi, I’m Dr. Burchin. Nice to meet you.” It was so surreal. Thanks for stirring up the memories. I think childbirth is a wonderful thing to look back on. We women are much stronger than we think sometimes!

  • Reply
    Lydia
    February 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Congratulations!!!

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    Cristina
    February 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Congratulations! So happy for your family of 4! How exciting! Glad to hear you and baby August are doing well!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    February 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Congrats on your beautiful little baby! I’m glad it went so smooth.

  • Reply
    Emily
    February 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    CONGRATS!!!!!! Love the name! So glad you made it through labor and you and baby are healthy. Can’t wait to see pictures!

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    Yvonne
    February 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Congratulations to you Brandon and Eleanor. And what a beautiful name, August Ray … Lots of love, Yvonne xox

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    Amy N
    February 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Congratulations!

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    Rebecca
    February 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Congratulations! I love the name (I really love the name Eleanor as well)! The internet is an amazing thing, here I am getting all teary eyed over the birth of your son and we don’t really know each other. :-)

  • Reply
    Amanda
    February 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Congratulations!

  • Reply
    Mandy Ford
    February 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Congratulations! Love the name :)

  • Reply
    nicolezh
    February 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Congratulations! All the best to you and your familiy of 4!

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    Jackie
    February 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Congratulations! So happy mommy and baby are doing well. Cant wait to see pics =)

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    Courtney
    February 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Many congratulations! Relax as much as possible and enjoy your family! Can’t wait for the pictures.

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    Erin
    February 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Congrats! I am especially fond of that name since it’s the name of my 2-year-old. :)

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    julia
    February 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Congratulations to you and your gorgeous family! Glad to hear you are doing well.

  • Reply
    Michelle Martins
    February 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Congratulations!

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    Rosemary
    February 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    HOORAY!

    Congratulations on your little bundle of joy! Love the name! And what a trooper for updating your blog from the hospital. :)

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    Funnelcloud Rachel
    February 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Oh my goodness – he’s here already! Congrats! And 10 pounds – wow! Can’t wait to see pics.

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    Jaye
    February 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Congratulations! I am glad for the good news, the quick delivery, and sad that you had to endure the procedure again. So happy that all is well with you and AR. Welcome, August!

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    Britta
    February 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Congratulations!!

    I had the same complication with my Elinor. I’m glad to hear despite you having it again, all ended well!

  • Reply
    Heidi S.
    February 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Congratulations! So glad to hear everything went well especially giving birth naturally to such a big guy!

    Best Wishes (and I love the name)!

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    April
    February 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Congratulations Mama! August is the most lovely name! I’ve always thought it was a sweet little boy’s name. (Although I’m partial to month names…ahem). Congratulations a million times over. So glad that it went well. And bravo for getting through natural childbirth. Ouch!

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    Caitlin
    February 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I love the name and can’t wait for pictures :)

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    Emily
    February 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Congratulations! Glad the labor and delivery was quick. Can’t wait to see pictures (after you’ve rested up of course)

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    val
    February 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Congratulations! I’m going to become a new aunt any day now, so I can’t wait to share (if ever so slightly) in this sort of joy. best of luck!

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    Kristin
    February 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I kept wondering! A’s I hopped on to see your blog today I thought “I’m going to read about a birth or the basement!”
    Congratulations!! Love the name!

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    Adrienne
    February 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Congratulations to you and your lovely family! August is a great name. Can’t wait to see baby pictures!

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    Christina Winters
    February 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Congratulations!! So glad everything went well, even if there was a hiccup in the whole thing you avoided surgery and that’s huge! Hope you and yours are all doing well and I hope it’s not too terribly stressful for you to be dealing with a new baby while you oversee your basement redo. Can’t wait to see pics. August is one of my favorite boy names, so distinguished! I imagine him being born in a dandy little suit with a tiny little gentleman’s mustache.

  • Reply
    Kim
    February 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Congratulations on your big, healthy boy!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    February 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Congratulations! I can’t wait for you to post pictures of August!

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    Nicole S.
    February 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Hooray! And congratulations!

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    heidi
    February 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Congratulations and Welcome August (so cut name !)
    “Bienvenue et félicitations aux heureux parents” as we said in France.

  • Reply
    Elissa
    February 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Congratulations! What a big boy, I can’t wait to see pictures!

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    Jessica
    February 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Congratulations! I have to say, I’m really impressed- natural delivery and a 10 pound baby! Best wishes to your entire family…enjoy your new bundle of joy!

  • Reply
    Lauren
    February 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Many congrats to y’all! I voted for the name August! It’s so cute. =o)

  • Reply
    jodi
    February 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    congratulations!!!

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    Ashley
    February 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Congratulations to you and your family! August is such a handsome name!

  • Reply
    alyse
    February 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Congrats! Love the name!!

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    Melissa
    February 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    10 lbs! Holy cow – congrats to you and love the name.

  • Reply
    Emily
    February 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Congratulations!!!!!!

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    Jennifer
    February 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    congratulations! i had a very similar experience with my second (all 10lbs 2oz fast and natural!) and it was crazy! wishing you a speedy recovery and so much joy and love for your new baby boy! eleanor will make a wonderful big sister!
    xox
    j

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    Alina
    February 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    congrats! can’t wait to see pics!
    Does he look like Eleanor?

  • Reply
    Megan
    February 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Congratulations! And many warm welcomes to August.

  • Reply
    erica
    February 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Congratulations, Nicole. Like everyone else, I’m looking forward to photos of August – especially with his sweet big sister!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    February 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Oh, congrats! Can’t wait to see some pictures of the new Balch family member.

  • Reply
    marlene
    February 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    congrats to you and your entire family. can’t wait to see pictures of your beautiful little boy :)

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    Ashley
    February 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Congratulations Balch family! Cannot wait to see pictures of your handsome addition with his proud big sister! So happy to hear you didn’t have such complications with this labor. Rest well and enjoy this blessing!

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    Kat
    February 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Congrats to you and the family. Hope for a speedy post partum recovery with as much rest as you can get with two little ones!

  • Reply
    Katie
    February 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Congratulations Nicole!

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    Nicole
    February 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Amazing, and congrats. I’m so glad you guys are doing ok.

  • Reply
    Brooke
    February 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news

  • Reply
    Joy
    February 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Congrats!!! :) That is a HUGE baby! Can’t wait to see him, hope your recovery is speedy!

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    Alison @ thistleandplum
    February 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Congratulations to you and your husband. August is a wonderful name; we wish him a charmed life.

    And bravo to Eleanor, stepping into Big Sister duties at the first opportunity. We all know she will shine as a big sibling, and never lose her beloved place in her parents’ hearts as their only Eleanor.

    All of us hope for great happiness for you and your family on your new adventure.

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    Katie Truelove
    February 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Congratulations!:) Hope you and the family have a nice, restful time of recovery. And after that I can’t wait to see pics!

  • Reply
    Jessicah
    February 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Congratulations! How fun, can’t wait to see the pics!

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    Lauren @ chezerbey
    February 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Congrats Nicole!!

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    Lisa
    February 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations!!! Absolutely love the name, and can’t wait to see the pics!

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    Rachael
    February 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Congrats, and good for you!

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    Jessica
    February 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Congratulations!

    I had the same retained placenta issues both times I’ve given birth. It makes me scared to have any more children!

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    Tiffany
    February 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Wow!!! I knew it. you always post everyday. Love the name too.

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    Kris Mays
    February 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Aha! I suspected that is what happened after seeing no new blog entry for two mornings.

    Congrats on your very healthy boy! Take care!

    PS Good thing he didn’t go late, eh?

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    April
    February 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Congratulations!!! And wow, you are amazing to go through all that drug-free with a 10-pounder! Can’t wait to see pictures of the little sweetheart. And here’s wishing you a speedy recovery as well.

  • Reply
    Claire
    February 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Congratulations, and LOVE the name!

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    Emily
    February 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    You delivered a toddler, what a woman! Excited for the pictures!

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    Coasting anon
    February 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Many congrats!! I birthed a 10 pound, 5 oz boy naturally myself exactly nineteen months before your little boy…you go girl!!

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    Elizabeth
    February 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS NICOLE!!!!!!

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    sara@augustfields
    February 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    congratulations!! :) i love his name. my hank was 10 pounds….natural too. so WAY to Go mom!

    very excited for you and your family :)

  • Reply
    Kelsey
    February 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Mr. August Balch!

  • Reply
    mollyd
    February 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    congratulations nicole and family! i had a feeling you had been “preoccupied” these last few days. wishing you happiness with your new addition.

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    Carole
    February 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Congrats to you! Love the name!

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    Gwendolyn
    February 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Congratulations!!!!!!

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    Heather
    February 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Congrats! Welcome little August!

  • Reply
    kat
    February 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Congratulations! I hope to be joining you soon ;)

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    Andrea
    February 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Congratulations! You make me want to have another – our little girls are close in age. My granparents were called Grandma and Papa too and it makes me nostalgic everytime I hear it.

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    Danielle
    February 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I had a feeling since I came on here and hadn’t seen any new posts for a couple days. I am so happy for your family!

    Now I hope we can see the nursery pics, soon!

  • Reply
    Tammy
    February 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    How wonderful! Congrats to all of you.

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    Trena
    February 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Congrats on your new addition! Feb 8th is my dad’s b-day and my baby boy is due Feb 18th so I’m counting down the days!

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    Ashley T.
    February 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Congratulations and many blessings to the growing family!

  • Reply
    Desiree Fawn
    February 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Yayyyyyy! Congrats times a million & lots of love! <3

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    Luana
    February 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Congrats….Glad to hear that you and August are both fine. Many blessinigs to your family (of four)!!!!

  • Reply
    Colleen
    February 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    YEAH!! Congratulations & I love the name!

  • Reply
    amelia
    February 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Congratulations to you and your family!

  • Reply
    Clair McLaughlin
    February 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Congratulations! So excited to hear the wonderful news!

  • Reply
    kim
    February 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Congratulations! And such a handsome name!

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    Sara
    February 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Congratulations! With the silence on the blog that past few days, I figured the wee boy must have arrived! Enjoy and great job on the 10lb delivery!

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