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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  • Becca
    February 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    He is precious and what a wonderful name! You have a beautiful family of four:) Congrats!

  • Jessica at Lavender and Lilies
    February 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Congrats! He’s beautiful. So glad everything went well and quickly.

  • Rachel H.
    February 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Congratulations on your newest addition! He is beautiful. Can’t wait to see more pictures. Take care.

  • delseptimod
    February 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Congratulations from Argentina!! my boyfriend and are so in love with your blog we decided to create one when we recently moved in together. I hope to be able to create some day such a nice warm family like yours!!
    Sorry for my english (i don’n normally use it) and welcome “Agosto”

    p.s.: this is our blog:
    check it out!

  • maria
    February 10, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Congratulations! Welcome to the world, August!

  • nole
    February 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    So adorable! Congratulations Nicole!!

  • dana
    February 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    congratulations…he is just perfect!

  • em
    February 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Congratulations! :)

  • Marissa
    February 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Congrats! What a beautiful baby boy!

  • Nuit
    February 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    hE IS PERFECT!!!!!! best wishes from Mexico!!


  • melvel
    February 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Ten pounds! Wow!

    Congratulations to you and your family. He is super adorable!

  • Elle
    February 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Congratulations! He is beautiful. Enjoy your new family of four!

  • Lisa
    February 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Oh, he’s adorable! Congratulations! I’m so happy for all of you! :)

  • Laurie
    February 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Congratulations! So happy to hear that both Mom and baby are happy and healthy. :D

  • julie
    February 10, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Congratulations! What a beautiful family you have. And congrats to Eleanor on her new Big Sister-hood.

  • Ankur
    February 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Heartiest Congratulations to you and Brandon on your new bundle of happiness.Wishing all the bliss to August.

    All the best regards from Hong Kong.

  • Carla
    February 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Congratulations and best wishes to you and your family from Tacoma, WA!

  • Kate
    February 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Congratulations to your family! I had my son, August, in April 2009 shortly before you had Eleanor. We are becoming a family of 4 in a few weeks, so I will enjoy following the parallels of our experiences. Best to you all!

  • Jaime (Design Milk)
    February 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Congratulations Nicole! He is beautiful.

  • Deb
    February 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Congratulations, he is adorable! Love his name too! I have really enjoyed your 4-6 week project. What a great idea and cute little book it will be for Eleanor.

  • Erica
    February 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Congratulations Nicole! He is beautiful.

    I too had manual removal of my placenta for my little girl. I was just thinking I should ask my doctor what the chances are of it happening again as that was the most traumatic part of delivering my daughter. I gave birth to her w/o an epidural too.

  • Kristín
    February 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful! This post actually brought tears to my eyes, all the more since I’m expecting my son any day now, will be induced on Sunday (at 42 weeks) if he isn’t here by then. I hope you’ll recover quickly! God bless :)

  • katherine
    February 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Congratulations, what a beautiful baby! Glad to hear you and baby August are doing well :)

  • Grace
    February 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Congratulations! He is beautiful! And what an amazing delivery you had. 10 lbs and a natural birth in three hours. Wow. I guess he was ready!

  • Jenni
    February 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Congrats! He is beautiful!!!

  • Karen
    February 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm


  • Janis
    February 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Congratulations!! He’s so cute! And I love the name August!

  • Melissa
    February 10, 2011 at 8:41 pm


  • rashmi
    February 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Congratulations! He is beautiful!

  • g
    February 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm


    the 8th was a holiday in India ;) quite auspicious!

  • Marijke
    February 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Oh my, I had myself an August seven months ago! And a natural birth! And a manual removal of the placenta!

    Congratulations with your little boy!

  • Shandra Lenae
    February 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Welcome to this big world August! With an awesome name like that I’m sure you will conquer it in no time.

  • Mary
    February 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Wow, congratulations! So happy for your family of four. Best of everything to you! What a wonderful name!

  • joolz
    February 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I *love* his name, and you go! That’s a big boy!

  • Sandra
    February 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Congratulations Balch family!!!!

  • Sherry @ Young House Love
    February 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Aw congrats Nicole! He’s gorgeous. So glad he and Eleanor are already becoming best buddies!

    Sherry (& John & Clara & Burger)

  • Lindsay D.
    February 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Girl, you are a rockstar. I mean that in the most awestruck way possible.

    He’s just perfect, I’m glad that all is well.

  • b.a.
    February 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    ooooh! i know there are a billion comments (which hopefully aren’t overwhelming…everything seems overwhelming in those first few days!) but, i just wanted to say congrats and i adore the name august! if we’d had a boy, august was high on my list of names. (my hubby wasn’t convinced because it stemmed from a junior high crush on a boy named augustus, aka: augie. :)

  • Anna
    February 10, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Congratulations! He is so sweet! All the best to you & your family!

  • Julie Anne
    February 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Many congratulations, and thank you for sharing your family’s latest joy!

    Best wishes to August and all of you!

  • Christa
    February 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Congratulations! I love the name.

  • Michelle
    February 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Congratulations!! I’ve been hanging out to hear your news – I’m sitting around myself at the moment waiting for my first baby to pop! He’s beautiful.

  • Ali
    February 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    He looks so deep in thought in this picture. Precious!

    Congratulations to you all & sorry things didn’t go as smooth as they could have, but glad you are all doing well now. :)

  • Bonnie
    February 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    What a beautiful surprise. Congratulations to the entire family. My grandfather’s name was August.


  • Wendy
    February 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Congratulations Nicole! He’s beautiful!

  • Felicity @ Our Little Beehive
    February 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Such a lovely name. Glad to hear you’re recovering and everyone is doing ok. Congratulations! xoxo

  • Athina
    February 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Congratulations! He is just gorgeous! And his name is amazing!

    xoxo much love to you and your sweet wee family of 4 xoxo

  • janet
    February 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    You are amazing! Welcome August. And congratulations family.

  • amy j.
    February 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Wow, wasn’t expecting that one, lol! Took me a minute to realize that baby was yours…one day you’re pregnant and waiting and then boom…guess it does happen that way : ).

    Welcome August!!

  • Andria
    February 10, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Congratulations! I have a little babe named August Grey so I love your little guy’s name!

  • Jane
    February 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Congratulations! This is so wonderful!

  • elise
    February 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Beautiful boy, beautiful name. Congratulations!

    February 10, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    A darling name for a darling little (all 10 lbs of him–you OWNED it, girl!) guy. Relieved to hear that you are doing well now. Congratulations, Balch family!

  • Karlita
    February 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    I am very happy to hear both of you are doing great and heading home soon. Lots of fun awaits you now with two little darlings.

    I also wanted to say I am a fan. I read every post. Thanks for sharing all these great things with the rest of the world!

    Hugs and have a wonderful ride home.

  • kara
    February 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    congratulations! he is beautiful!

  • Arianne
    February 10, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Congratulations! I look forward to seeing more photos and hearing more tales of your adorable family!

  • Little Edie
    February 10, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Congrats! We need more Balch boys in the world to carry on our wonderful legacy.

  • Lisa
    February 10, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Congratulations, he is so handsome. Glad to hear your labor went well. Hope you are all getting good rest. Have fun with your new little family.

    Take care,

  • cristina
    February 11, 2011 at 12:34 am

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Benvenuto piccoletto!!!!!!
    complimenti a mamma, papà e eleanor

  • Birdy
    February 11, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Congratulations! He’s so cute!
    I’ve discovered your blog some time ago and enjoy reading it for some time now. :)

    Greetings from Germany

  • Milena
    February 11, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Hey Nicole that’s great news SO glad you are doing fine and everything went well. Your son is adorable just like your daughter. You are one lucky lady and you work hard to deserve it all!
    Greetings from Serbia!

  • Kelly
    February 11, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Congratulations! August is such a cute little man!

  • Milena
    February 11, 2011 at 3:26 am

    I didn’t mean to say ‘to deserve it all’, what I meant is and deserve it all, obviously ;-) Silly me!

  • Jo
    February 11, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Congratulations, what a handsome young fellow!

  • Sanja
    February 11, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Congratulations! I hope everything stays well in Your sweet family of four. Sending best wishes Your way :)

  • Michelle
    February 11, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Congrats from Perth Australia. So glad to hear about the safe delivery of your baby boy.

  • erin loechner
    February 11, 2011 at 6:36 am

    congrats, sweet family!!!! august and eleanor sound like they were made for each other. ya!

  • Just
    February 11, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Congratulations! :)

  • joy
    February 11, 2011 at 8:07 am

    My daughter keeps kissing his picture on my phone, he is definitely ten pounds of beautiful baby!!

  • Stacy
    February 11, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Congrats to you all! He’s a handsome little fellow@

  • Ulrike
    February 11, 2011 at 8:16 am

    More greetings from Germany. I love your blog!
    So wonderful to have a new baby. Such a beautiful boy!!!

  • Lisa
    February 11, 2011 at 8:16 am


  • Ginylle
    February 11, 2011 at 8:16 am

    A huge “Félicitations !!”
    It’s a bit weird how happy I am for you, whereas we don’t even know each other…But it’s true: I am very very happy for you and wish you all all the best, and all of sweet happiness.
    Bienvenue, August !

  • megan
    February 11, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Congratulations! I checked out the baby name conversation and I was rooting for August! Love it.

  • Emily
    February 11, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Felicidades Nicole– a beautiful baby, to add to your wonderful family. Well done you!!!

  • Carrie
    February 11, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Beautiful boy…beautiful name! Congrats!

  • meg manion silliker
    February 11, 2011 at 8:36 am

    gorgeous gorgeous babe. and what a stunning name. many congratulations and happiness always. xo

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture
    February 11, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Just adding my congratulations to all the rest! How wonderful. What a perfect son. Blessings!

  • Amanda
    February 11, 2011 at 8:47 am

    He’s beautiful, and what a fun, unusual name. Love it. Congratulations!

  • bungalowbliss
    February 11, 2011 at 9:04 am

    He’s just precious, Nicole! Love the name and am so happy for you, Brandon, and Big Sis Eleanor. Congrats!

  • Erika
    February 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Such a beautiful baby boy!

  • Andrea
    February 11, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Just beautiful! And a beautiful name as well :) congrats to you guys and I look forward to seeing more posts!

  • T
    February 11, 2011 at 9:39 am

    WOW 10lbs! You go mama! I’m due in 7-8wks and hope to be as blessed with our little boy too. Congrats.

  • Didi
    February 11, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Congrats. He is a beautiful healthy boy. Glad Mom and Baby are doing well.

  • Nolita Morgan
    February 11, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Oh what a beautiful baby boy! Congratulations! So happy for the Balch Family!

  • Karina
    February 11, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Congratulations, this is a big change for your family.

  • Dawn
    February 11, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Congrats! He’s beautiful! Looks like Eleanor when she was a baby. Same features, and cute chubby cheeks…:)

    You’re a better woman than me…lol…I would have scratched out some nurse’s eyes without an epidural…;)

  • Peaches
    February 11, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Congratulations!! I’m so excited for you and your family!

  • Allison
    February 11, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Im so excited to share a birthday with such a precious little fella!!!

  • Chanzée
    February 11, 2011 at 10:02 am


  • Stacey
    February 11, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Congratulations! He is adorable!!

  • Alana
    February 11, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Awww…congratulations!! He is beautiful. I also celebrated my 28th birthday on February 8…its a good day!! :)

  • Karen
    February 11, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Congratulations!!! Our guest room is painted ‘Wild Aster’ because of you. Today that sunny room in California has an extra glow about it.

  • Lori
    February 11, 2011 at 10:33 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Beautiful, simply beautiful — you’re a great mum!

  • Jessica
    February 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Yay! Congratulations!

  • Laurie
    February 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Congratulations, he’s beautiful.

  • Megan
    February 11, 2011 at 10:47 am

    WOW! You are amazing! Can’t imagine how big the boy would of been if actually went to term and past your due date like Elanor. CONGRATULATIONS!! He’s beautiful.

  • Uchenna
    February 11, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Congratulations on the birth of your baby boy! Congratulations to Eleanor for becoming an elder sister :) May you always have a happy family…

  • Brigitte
    February 11, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Congratulations! I’m so happy to hear that, while there were complications, that you’re both healthy and happy.

  • Tara
    February 11, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Congratulations to you and yours. August Ray is a beautiful baby – so robust and perfect.

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