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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  • Anna
    October 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Congratulations!! He is such a precious little sweetie!

  • Sarah F.
    October 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Congratulations! Calvin is beautiful. And I’m glad to hear things went smoothly for you. Enjoy this special time!

  • Jessica
    October 7, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Congratulations! I’m glad there were no complications this time.

  • Margie
    October 8, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Congratulations. He’s beautiful.

  • Eva
    October 8, 2014 at 10:14 am

    What a beautiful baby! Congratulations! BTW, our oldest had dark blue eyes when he was born, and they turned into dark brown eyes after a couple of weeks.

  • Sandra
    October 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    He is beautiful. Congratulations!

  • Sava
    October 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Congratulations! He is a cutie.

  • v.j. kohout
    October 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Congratulations to you both. He is all Eleanor, well, with a little distinction.

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  • Kristin
    October 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Congratulations! He is beautiful, and I am glad that you are both doing well. I have three kids too (7, 5 and 2) and I wish you luck! I found it to be a bit of a circus once the baby started to walk and all of a sudden it seemed like 2 adults was not quite enough to manage 3 kids. But now that our youngest is 2 it has settled down and we are in a good groove. It is sometimes a circus at our house, but it’s always lots of fun. Congrats!

  • Cindy Wick
    October 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

    i love October 2nd! My 4th one just turned 21 on that day. He’s an amazing kid, traveling in Europe right now. I predict the same ‘amazingness’ for Calvin. So glad everything went well for you. :)

  • Stephanie
    October 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm


  • cassidy
    October 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Congrats! I saw his little face and instantly thought of Eleanor — a click back to an old post confirmed the impression. You do make them cute :)

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    October 18, 2014 at 2:42 pm


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