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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    February 14, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Félicitation et bienvenu à Auguste qui porte un bien joli prénom!

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    February 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Congrats! My Gus was a quick quick labor too; we barely made it to the hospital in time.
    A beautiful baby, yet again!

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    February 14, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Congratulations on a beautiful baby boy. You have the perfect little family now!

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    February 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    He’s just precious!! Congrats on your baby, I love his name :)

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    February 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Beautiful name for a beautiful boy. Enjoy this very special time!

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    February 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    How wonderful, congratulations to you and your family.

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    February 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Congrats! Love the name.

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    Melissa @ HOUSEography
    February 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm


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    Rhonda Mankin
    February 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! We just had a birthday too..My little Astrud was born 5 years ago on February 12.

    He is so sweet.

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    Keatley & Co.
    February 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Congratulations! He is super adorable.

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    Jussara Gehrke
    February 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Congratulations! August is a beautiful baby! for him much health and happiness for the family!

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    February 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Congratulations! I love his name (my birthday is in August!)

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    Mrs. Kinne
    February 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Oh, he is gorgeous!

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    February 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Congrats! What a miracle of life!! Wishing all of you god health and nights of sleep ;)

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    February 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Congratulations to you all! I am expecting in July and can’t wait to introduce my newest to his/her big sister. Get some rest- looking forward to seeing more pictures. What a beautiful boy!

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    Helen Carrillo
    February 14, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Felicidades!! es un bebé precioso :D

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    February 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! I’m impressed with your big boy! And a natural delivery? You are my hero.
    Enjoy time with your little people…

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    February 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful. February birthdays seem to be popular this year. My sister just had her little girl a few days before August. I have a cousin who’s due in about 2 weeks. Yay for babies!

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    February 15, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Awww, congratulations! How exciting. He is just perfect! Looking forward to more pictures :-)

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    February 15, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Congratulations on your adorable baby boy and August is such a wonderful name.

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    Ashley @
    February 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Congrats!! Love the name!

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    February 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Congratulations! The delivery of my youngest was the exact same. No time for the epi! I’m glad cause it made me realize I could do it without one, woohoo!

    He’s absolutely adorable. My baby fever temperature is rising!

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    February 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Congratulations on the arrival of your sweet baby boy!

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    February 17, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Congratulations!!!!! he’s so cute!

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    February 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    After 529 other comments, you probably don’t need to hear this again, but congratulations! August is so cute!

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    Heidi Jo the Artist
    February 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Congratulations!!! Glad you didn’t have to have surgery. This time around (son born January 28th) I tried so hard to have a natural birth but ended up with a c-section again, third one, and there were more complications this time around and it seems like it is taking longer to recover vs. the other two. I was in labor for over 27 hours and baby boy was stressed.

    Happy to have a healthy baby boy in my arms now, glad you do too. :)

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    February 19, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Congratulations!!!! He’s so charming!!! I hope all of you are OK, best wishes!!!!

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    February 20, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Congratulations! I am glad you are recovering well! I, too, naturally delivered a 10lbs 9oz baby in 2 hours! It is crazy but is a great story now! I love how shocked everyone is! Congrats again, August is soo sweet!

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    February 20, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Congratulations! Love the name!

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    February 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Congratulations, Nicole! What a beautiful baby boy and happy to hear that you and the little one are well and that you had such a speedy delivery!


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    Sarah Jane
    February 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you and your family. He looks so sweet. I’m glad you’re OK and everything went “well.” I’m SO hoping for a quick labor! Your story was encouraging.

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    Andrea Larsen
    February 24, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    WoW!!!! congratulations! He’s cute.

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    Jennifer Jean
    March 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    What a beautiful baby boy! I voted for this name because that was my grandfather’s name, and I think it fits him perfectly. Congratulations!

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    April 7, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Congratulations, he’s beautiful! I love the name, it was my grandfather’s name as well.

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