My Life Parenting Pregnancy

Calvin Edward Balch

I joked on Wednesday evening that I had just bought some fancy flowers to photograph in my entryway for an upcoming post, thereby guaranteeing that I would go into labor before being able to take pictures the next day. Well?

Calvin Edward Balch

Calvin Edward Balch was born at 8:18 a.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2014. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces (the smallest of our three), and measured 21 inches long. He has fuzzy brown hair with a polka dot of a blonde spot, right in the center on top, and very dark blue eyes that make it impossible to predict what color they will stay.

I’d given birth before without an epidural, so that part of the experience wasn’t new, but this delivery was the first that was free of complications (thank goodness). Calvin and I are happy and healthy, and our family of five is doing well!

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    Jen H.
    October 5, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    He is beautiful and perfect. Huge congratulations to you and your family! Welcome to the three-kids club. :)

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    October 5, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    You sure do make pretty babies…And he looks just like his brother and sister!! .CONGRATULATIONS!!

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    Karen L.
    October 5, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Soo happy for you, Calvin, and your whole family! So adorable and love that all went well for both of you. What a cutie-pie of a son! Love his name, too. Thanks for sharing such a sweet picture of your beautiful baby. Blessings on all of you!

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    October 5, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Aw, congratulations! He’s beautiful! Love his name.

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    October 5, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Congratulations! Calvin is adorable. :)

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    October 5, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Aww. He is so cute. Congratulations!

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    October 5, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Yay! Congratulations. Nicole and family! So glad to hear your beautiful boy is here safely!

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    October 5, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Huge congratulations!!!! He’s beautiful…and you’re great at naming babies, a trait I much admire (says the mother of another August ;))

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    Amanda B
    October 5, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Incredibly happy for you and your family! What a beautiful boy! Hope your family is enjoying their new little brother!

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    Grace @ sense and simplicity
    October 5, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Congratulations. He looks adorable.

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    Kelly K
    October 5, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    So happy for you! Our third baby seemed to round out our family beautifully – I bet Calvin will do the same for your’s. He’s just lovely!

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    October 5, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Congrats to you and Brandon on your new little blessing – he’s a cutie!

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    liz @ btb
    October 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    He’s perfect! What a sweet little face. Congrats y’all!

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    October 5, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Congratulations! So glad you & Calvin are doing well! What a sweet name :)

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    October 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I’m a silent reader of your blog, but thought this was worth a comment. Congrats on Baby Calvin, he’s a beauty!

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    Nat @ This Little Yellow House
    October 5, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Nawww that is awesome news. Congratulations and I love his name.

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    October 5, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Oh he is just beautiful. Congratulations to you and your family. Enjoy every moment.

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    October 5, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Congrats on the newest. Addition to your family! Glad to hear all went well!

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    October 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Congratulations! I know a couple of people with dark hair and blond spots. Our neighbor’s child has a blond spot right on top of his head and our neighbor likes to say that it was God giving him one more kiss before he came down.

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    October 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Congratulations! He is beautiful!

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    October 5, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    He’s wonderful. Congratulations!

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    October 5, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Congratulations! He’s just beautiful!

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    October 5, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Congratulations! He looks so snuggly and cute and just downright adorable. ^_^

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    October 5, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Congratulations to your family!

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    October 5, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Oh he’s so precious and beautiful! Love his name too, you guys have great taste in names. :) So glad to hear you didn’t have any complications with this guy, that will make the newborn period that much sweeter. Take care and enjoy your THREE kids!! It’s a trip at the beginning!

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    October 6, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Congratulation to all of you :) He looks absolutely wonderful.

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    October 6, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Congratulations, Nicole, and welcome to little Calvin!

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    October 6, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Congratulations ! What a cuteeee baby :)
    Enjoy !!!

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    October 6, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Congratulations! He’s adorable! <3
    Many greetings from Germany

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    sandi m
    October 6, 2014 at 3:54 am

    What a cutie!! Now hope he stays this quiet….
    Congratulations to all!

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    October 6, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Congratulations! He’s precious. :)

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    October 6, 2014 at 5:34 am

    He’s beautiful! Congratulations to you all.

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    October 6, 2014 at 5:46 am

    He’s beautiful! Congratulations! :)

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    October 6, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Oh my gosh Congratulations and welcome to little Calvin!!! My son had a little polka dot of a blonde spot on the back of his head when he was a baby and he’s 9 now and still has it – I love it!

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    October 6, 2014 at 6:07 am

    I am so happy for you.
    Lots of love from long timer reader, first time commenter from Norway

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    October 6, 2014 at 6:12 am

    I found you through the Chicago Tribune when Eleanor was a newborn. Now there is sweet Calvin to join her and August in the patter of little feet around the Victorian. Joy!!


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    October 6, 2014 at 6:35 am

    congratulations!! what a sweetheart.

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    Sarah @ Sarah's Daybook
    October 6, 2014 at 6:53 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! That was worth all of the unnecessary exclamation points. :)

    He is so beautiful and I am so excited to see how he grows up in the lovely home you have made with your family. Enjoy the early days, hate to say it, but before you know it he will be in college! What am I saying, I’m only 16 and it feels like 4192 years until I go to college.

    Much love to the whole family! Can’t wait to see how the nursery comes along!


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    Jenny G.
    October 6, 2014 at 6:54 am

    He’s beautiful! Congratulations! Get some rest and enjoy your new family of 5.

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    October 6, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Congratulations! 8 lbs 9 oz is your smallest baby?! You deserve some pretty fantastic Mother’s Day breakfasts for the rest of your life! ;)

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    October 6, 2014 at 6:58 am

    So precious- Congratulations to you and your family. I am looking forward to watching him grow through your posts.. XO

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    October 6, 2014 at 7:34 am

    He’s perfect! Congratulations! Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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    October 6, 2014 at 8:19 am

    congrats! what a beauty he is.

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    October 6, 2014 at 8:31 am

    What a beaut! Congrats to all and kudos to the parents for another stellar name pick!

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    October 6, 2014 at 8:32 am

    He is a perfect, beautiful baby! Congratulations!

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    October 6, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Ahhh congratulations! I love his name. He is the same birth size and weight that my daughter was…how freaky is that!!!

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    October 6, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Congratulations to your family for the new baby!

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    Mary Kay Nelson
    October 6, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Congratulations! He is absolutely beautiful!

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    October 6, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Congrats! His photo looks so much like the one you took of Eleanor! You know with a name like Calvin to expect a lot of stuffed tiger toys for presents, right?

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    October 6, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Congratulations! He is adorable–such clear, perfect skin for a newborn!

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    Amie M
    October 6, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Congratulations! I am waiting for mine to pop out any second. Any second now. C’mon baby.

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    October 6, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Congrats to your family! What a great day to be born…my birthday too! :)

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    October 6, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Congratulations to you and your family!

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    October 6, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Congratulations! And what a lovely name!

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    October 6, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Félicitations ! He looks perfect – just like his sister and brother :) Take care.

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    October 6, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Congratulations! He’s just adorable. I’m so glad all is well with you both!

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    October 6, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful — take care!

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    October 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Congratulations! He’s adorable.

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    October 6, 2014 at 11:01 am

    So happy everything went smooth for you and Calvin! Congrats to you and your family!!

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    Desiree Fawn
    October 6, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Yay!! Congrats :D

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    October 6, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Amazing. Congratulations on the family expansion.

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    Marcee ... ILLINOIS
    October 6, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Mazel Tov! ;)) May Calvin bring you naches! At first glance, I thought it was Eleanor. For sure, August and big sister will absolutely adore their baby brother. P.S. Everyone get some sleep!

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    October 6, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Congratulations, he’s perfect! Also, glad to hear that they delivery went just fine without complications!

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    October 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Congratulations!! Both on the beautiful baby, and also on the labour going well — what a relief!

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    October 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations! So happy for you and your lovely family – Calvin looks gorgeous!

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    October 6, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Welcome welcome welcome Baby Calvin! Hugs and rest to you all :)

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    October 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Awwww – he looks perfect! Congrats mama, and glad to hear the birth was complication-free!

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    Mary Ann
    October 6, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    He’s perfectly gorgeous!

    Congratulations on your handsome new boy, and thanks so much for sharing – it’s a delightful way to start a new week!

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    October 6, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    What a beautiful Boy. We are so happy for you and your adorable Family. Love from all of us. We have followed you since you were carrying Eleanor and enjoyed your writing and wonderful Creativity.

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    October 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    How exciting! He is just precious. Congratulations to your family, on your newest addition!

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    Tina Slocum
    October 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Congratulations to you and your Family! Welcome Baby Calvin! He is a Beautiful Balch Baby for sure! So glad all went well, Nicole.

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    Ursula Ellis
    October 6, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Congrats! He is beautiful.

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    October 6, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Congrats! We also named our son Calvin, so I love and endorse the name. And though I say we also used the same name, we’ve never run into another Calvin, so it’s unique without being odd, and no worries that he’ll ever be 1 of 6 Calvin’s in his class.

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      Marcee ... ILLINOIS
      October 6, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      The baby’s name is really lovely. I had a friend named Calvin in art school. Everyone called him “Vin” though. A cool nickname.

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    October 6, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    What wonderful news! I wish you and your family all the best.

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    October 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Wahooooo! He’s adorable. Welcome to the world, little Calvin. So happy to have you!

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    October 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I don’t usually comment, but I’m a long time stalker and just had to today….. he is ADORABLE! I LOVE LOVE the name! Congratulations!

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    October 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    congratulations! what a great name. enjoy!

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    October 6, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Wonderful news, and congratulations to all of the B5! I love Calvin’s name, and am glad his “birthday party” went smoothly for you. :)


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    Tara Jane
    October 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Congratulations, he is beautiful. Great name!

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    October 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I’ve never commented here before but Calvin is just so gorgeous I had to say congratulations!

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    Noelle @ Noelle Mullins Design
    October 6, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Congratulations! So exciting and such a sweet name. The first few weeks are so extra special, enjoy it!

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    October 6, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Congratulations! Calvin is a lovely name for such a beautiful baby boy.

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    October 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Congratulations! He looks just like Eleanor.

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    October 6, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Congratulations! I’m so thrilled for you and your family :)

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    October 6, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Congratulations to you and your family! He’s perfect!

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    October 6, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    He is SO handsome, his name is PERFECT, and I’m so very glad you didn’t have any complications! Congrats, Balch Family!

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    October 6, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    He is adorable! I love his name. Congratulations :)

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    October 7, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Congratulations Balch family! What a sweet and handsome boy he is.

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    October 7, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Congratulations!!!! And I wish you a very nice and peaceful first time altogether!

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    October 7, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Congratulations!! He looks adorable. I hope the family is doing well.

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    Morgan Wilson
    October 7, 2014 at 9:20 am

    He is seriously perfect! Congratulations!!

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    October 7, 2014 at 9:35 am

    The new in the family is so adorable!

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    October 7, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Congrats on that bundle of perfection. Your oldest two cuties are almost the exact same ages as my two boys. This is making me want another!

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    October 7, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Congratulations! He looks perfect. Good job, Mama!

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    Haley J.
    October 7, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Congratulations, Nicole! He is absolutely beautiful!

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    October 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

    wow, Nicole, you sure do make beautiful babies! Many congratulations! Calvin looks so peaceful and mellow. Looking forward to watching him grow with his siblings….

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    October 7, 2014 at 11:12 am

    He is SO very lovely. Perfect, even. I love how you choose such good, solid names as opposed to way “out there” names kids would probably be tempted to change when they come of age. A beautiful family you have! Can’t wait to see more Calvin Edward!

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    October 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Félicitations! Gorgeous child!

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