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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  • Jana
    February 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

    sniffle sniffle, the birth of a baby always gets me so emotional. Congrats to you and your family! I can only imagine all those wonderful new baby feelings you are having…and I am so glad you did not have serious complications :)

  • HollyP
    February 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

    10 pounds unmedicated? Lord have mercy. Congratulations, and may your family enjoy a long happy life together.

  • susan
    February 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Wow, 10 lbs. My husband was a little over 10 lbs and he grew up to be a very tall (6′ 5″) and skinny individual. I guess he took all that weight and just stretched it upward!

    Congratulations on the new addition to your delightful little family. Have fun being a big sister Eleanor!

  • Jen @ Fresh Crush
    February 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Just gorgeous. Congratulations to you and your family.

  • Sarah
    February 11, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Congratulations! :)

  • Clair
    February 11, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Congrats! He’s beautiful.

  • Kristin
    February 11, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Congratulations! He’s gorgeous. Enjoy him!

  • Kathy
    February 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Awwww, he’s beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Béa
    February 11, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Welcome to this world August! Congrats to the parents, sister and family!

  • Roxanna
    February 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    August is a beautiful boy! Congratulations to you mama for the good work getting him here and to the rest of the family XOXO

  • Sarah
    February 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Aww, so cute! Congrats! Can’t wait to see his room!

  • Jessica
    February 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm


    What a beautiful baby (and I just love the name!)

  • Elizabeth
    February 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    August! Handsome, classical name- but I’m biased because it’s my grandfather’s (and great-grandfather’s) name!

    Congratulations, and cheers to big-sis Eleanor!

  • Sarah K
    February 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    What a cutie! Congrats again.

  • ayuni
    February 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    congrates nicole..he’s so cute..same birth date as my dad..take care..xoxo

  • joi
    February 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm


  • susy
    February 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Oh, wow. He is beautiful and handsome all at once. Congratulations to the three of you on your wonderful new boy. Happy you are feeling good. xo susy

  • Julie
    February 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Congratulations to you and the whole family!

  • Valerie
    February 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Congratulation to you and Brandon and E. He is super handsome (and what a cute name!) Much love from our family to yours, take care!


  • Emily Sandberg
    February 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Congratulations! Hoping you have a speedy recovery & enjoy every minute with your beautiful growing family!


  • Rebekah
    February 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Congrats! That’s a great name and such an adorable baby!

  • alicia
    February 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Congratulations…I love that name and have been trying to convince my hubby to like it as well for our babe, due in April! Enjoy your family of ‘4’!

  • Renee
    February 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    congratulations!!! he is gorgeous!

  • elz
    February 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS. Good job, mama, he’s a keeper!

  • Jennifer Love
    February 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Swoon! He is a truly beautiful baby boy! Every precious little bit of him. I love the name August. Will you call him August or Gus? Both are wonderful. Congrats to your whole family, especially his big sister Eleanor, he is a very luck boy to have a wonderful family as yours. Cannot wait for more and more and more photos!

  • N.
    February 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm


  • Jenna
    February 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Many, many congrats!! He’s lovely. :)

  • Fiona
    February 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Congratulations, and a GREAT name x

  • Mrs. VJ
    February 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Absolutely precious. Congrats and welcome to the world Baby August!

    February 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Wonderful news for your family, and awesome, awesome name!!!

  • Zen Weekend | Studio Rose Flash
    February 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm

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  • lara from oakland
    February 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Congratulations! Love the name…it’s my daughter’s too…August Pepper:) Hope you and baby are well.

  • Hilary @ My So-Called Home
    February 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Congratulations! And I adore the name- I suggested August in your name options post, so great choice :)

  • Ana
    February 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Congratulations!!! He’s lovely. And he’s got a wonderfull family to grow in :)

  • Sarah
    February 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! I too, had a retained placenta and manual removal with my first, and -holy-hell! – it is more painful than childbirth!

  • Teri in Colorado
    February 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Such perfection! Congrats!

  • Julie
    February 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    HURRAY! LOVE his name, LOVE how cute August and Eleanor sound together. So glad you are well! Congratulations.

  • Marla
    February 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Mazel Tov! Enjoy your beautiful boy!

  • lyn
    February 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm


  • Jacinta @ modelmumma
    February 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    CONGRATS!!! So glad everything went well considering. Enjoy him and rest up! xoxo

  • JJ Keith
    February 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Hooray! He’s lovely indeed, and the lucky recipient of a fantastic name. August — I love it. Congrats mama.

    And holy wow! He’s almost bigger than my 4mo. Gold metal to you!

  • Erin
    February 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Oh congratulations to all of you!!! And I love the name choice! Are you going to have a nickname for him?

  • Erin
    February 11, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Congrats! Mine are 18 mos and 8 weeks in the belly so I really love to follow along with you!

  • Amy S
    February 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    He is GORGEOUS! 10 pounds — that is no joke. My best wishes to you and your family.

  • tara
    February 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Beautiful boy for a beautiful family. Congratulations!

  • Erika
    February 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I’m all teary-eyed over here. He is just beautiful and I am glad to hear that you are both doing well. 10 pounds- WHEW!!


  • Amy Vermillion
    February 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    WOWEE! Congratulations! He’s beautiful and glad to hear you are all doing well.

  • CK
    February 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm


  • Elisabeth@YCCII
    February 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm


  • Joy
    February 11, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Wow, congratulations! He is precious!

  • Little Gray Pixel
    February 11, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Congrats! I’m just a few weeks out of the hospital myself (baby girl born 1/28). Love the name, glad you’re recuperating OK. :-)

  • ARTiculateART
    February 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm


  • Melificent
    February 11, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Congratulations – he’s beautiful <3

  • Amy
    February 11, 2011 at 11:16 pm


  • sunny
    February 12, 2011 at 12:58 am

    I love his name! You had mentioned you had some names in mind when we had lunch at IKEA but I couldn’t tell what you’d settled on.

    August. Very cute name and he is beautiful! What a gorgeous baby! Congratulations, Nicole!

  • Anja
    February 12, 2011 at 1:27 am

    oh ehm… more than 450 comments… ok… in case, you really read this ;-)
    congratulations from germany to you and: R E S P E C T ! 10 pounds. OMG.
    he looks like his sister, huh?
    enjoy you´re life as a family of four.

  • lazylol
    February 12, 2011 at 1:58 am

    aaawwwwww…he’s lovely. Congrats x

  • Dimitra
    February 12, 2011 at 2:20 am

    I have been reading your blog for months now but I have never actually posted a comment before. This, now, is a unique and divine occasion! Congratulations on your beautiful baby!!! Best wishes!

  • Lisa
    February 12, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Congratulations! He’s adorable!

  • Michele
    February 12, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Yeah! You are going to fall so in love with your sweet little boy:) He is so precious! Congrats!!!

  • Isabel
    February 12, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Congratulations! Best wishes to the four of you!

  • Monica
    February 12, 2011 at 7:40 am

    What a lovely name. Congratulations and all the best!

  • Married In Chicago
    February 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Congratulations! He has such a sweet face.

  • Amy
    February 12, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Congratulations! Beautiful baby, wonderful addition to your family. I bet Elenor will be a great big sis.

  • patricia
    February 12, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Congratulations Nicole! He’s so beautiful. So glad that everything went well. Love his name too!

  • Stephanie
    February 12, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Congratulations!!! August is adorable!!!!!

  • Michelle
    February 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Congratulations and what a beautiful name!

  • Leah
    February 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Congrats, Nicole! August is simply beautiful and already looks so happy and contented to be a new part of your family!

  • justme
    February 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Congrats! A beautiful BIG boy!

  • Jo
    February 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Congratulations, glad you and he are doing well!

  • Peps
    February 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Congrats! :-)

  • Down and Out Chic
    February 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    i’m so glad that both you and baby are safe and happy. huge congrats! he’s beautiful

  • Sara
    February 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    congrats! what a beautiful boy!

  • Lulu
    February 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    congrats! a lovely baby boy! :)

  • jja
    February 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm


  • Kelly
    February 12, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Congratulations! He is a gorgeous little man.

  • Hollyg
    February 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Contests to you and your family! Love the name! Will you call him Gus?

    • Hollyg
      February 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      Congrats I meant! Darn iPhone!

  • Sharon
    February 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    10 lbs!! You are Superwoman! Congratulations!

  • Molly
    February 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Congrats!!! We both have baby boys named August!

  • Meera @ firstsense
    February 13, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Hi Nicole, I have only recently discovered your blog and it has been an absolute delight to have a nosey around!

    A huge congratulations and well done!!! August is an absolutely beautiful baby.

    Happy recovery and I look forward to following your lovely blog!

    Meera xx

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  • Ana
    February 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Congratulations,8th of February what a great day,it´s my birthday too : )

  • RebeccaNYC
    February 13, 2011 at 10:16 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Congrats to you and your lovely family!!!

    Wonderful name. Is it pronounced Au-gust as in: marked by majestic dignity or grandeur or Au-gəst as in: the eighth month of the Gregorian calendar?

  • Celia
    February 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I was sitting at work bored and got to thinking “when is she going to have this baby already,” and realized I hadn’t checked the blog in a couple days. I’M SO EXCITED!

  • Brooke Evans
    February 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    He is beautiful, congrats!

  • Rita
    February 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    So many comments this will get lost for sure but hey, congratulations! Was just sitting, doing my blog rounds after a week of limited internet and though “hey, wasn’t nicole having her baby soon? Let’s check”. The internet is an interesting thing. Though we never met I let out a little happy “ah! there he is!” and felt emotional. Really glad all is ok. all the best from this side of the World :)

  • Mel
    February 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm


  • Princess Perez
    February 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Big Congratulations!! I too had my daughter on February 8th, 2011!!
    You a boy, me a girl…Miss Jordyn Hope. 6lbs 4oz…tiny*

    I too also have a toddler daughter…isn’t it amazing how big they’ve grown seeing them beside their new sibling?!

  • lindsay
    February 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Aw congrats on the new addition.

  • Kim
    February 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    he’s beautiful! congratulations to you and yours!

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    February 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm


  • kara
    February 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    In the words of John Lennon, “Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy”. Congrats + LOVE the name.

  • Jodi Kahn
    February 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Nicole:
    I’ve enjoyed your blog for a long time — and many times have wanted to leave a comment — This time I decided to finally do it! You’ve shared so many fabulous ideas and posts, and this is truly one of your most lovely ones (next to the posts and pictures of your daughter, of course!) Congratulations — I have so enjoyed watching you create your beautiful family and home. All the best to you!

  • coral
    February 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Congratulations and sweet wishes for your growing family!

  • Erin
    February 14, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful, and I absolutely love his name!

  • Viv
    February 14, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Ohh!! Congratulations!! x

  • Kris
    February 14, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Congratulations, he’s beautiful.

  • LindsB
    February 14, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Congrats on the birth of your son and to your new family of 4!!

    PS- LOVE his name, you picked two great names for your children!!

  • laurenjanelle
    February 14, 2011 at 8:42 am

    oh so precious. can’t wait to find out what he thinks of your beautiful home.

  • MaNai
    February 14, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Congrats on the new addition! he is gorgeous!

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