he’s here! alden louis was born on the ides of july. he is the best thing ever.

i’ve been debating whether or not to type out his birth story here. going in, i was very excited to be able to eventually share mine, since reading others’ stories was really helpful to me in the weeks leading up to alden’s arrival. but i don’t want to scare anyone, as our story, though it isn’t necessarily frightening, has some parts that still freak me out and give me nightmares. suffice it to say, that what just about every mother will tell you is completely true: no matter how much you read and research, there is absolutely no way to truly prepare for the experience of giving birth. you never know what is going to happen and you can plan for a normal birth as much as you would like, but in the end, all that really really matters is that you and your baby are healthy. so! there we have it, for now.

ian went back to work today and the babe and i are just hanging out, eating and sleeping and looking at one another. he’s pretty irresistible. and he eats A LOT. so i’m operating on maybe three hours of sleep total for the past 24 hours. i’m pretty sure the past week has been like this, but the days run together like they’ve never done before. so pardon the quietness around here. we’ll post some more photos soon…


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  1. alison Says:

    hello valerie, he is amazing!!
    you are right about planning and preparing for birth. i assumed that my water wouldn’t break spontaneously because i don’t think most peoples do, but mine did and had meconium in it. so that was scary and i had to do my best to not freak out and remain calm. but that wasn’t something that i had thought about before hand so when it came out of no where…it was just like “uhhh???”. i thought about my birth for weeks and weeks afterwards, thinking about what could have been different or better. not sure why, but it’s what i thought about in the days, weeks, months that blended together. i had hardly any sleep because the baby ate ALL THE TIME like every hour it seemed. so if you’re breastfeeding just hang in there, it gets better (sort of… more manageable, i guess). eat a lot. drink a lot of water. have snacks by your bed. i would wake up at 5 in the morning and be ravenous. in the end the sleep deprivation and long nights and crying is TOTALLY worth it. babies are the bestest.

  2. mollie Says:

    I don’t know how since he’s a newborn, but he looks just like you. congratulations, valerie!

  3. Becka Says:

    I did a little gasp when I saw that top photo, I was so excited for your news! Congratulations! He is so beautiful, and I hope you’re loving your hang out time as a new mama.

  4. Carrie Says:

    Congratulations! I am happy to hear that you and the baby are well! I LOVE the name Alden!

  5. Rebecca Says:

    Congratulations to you and Ian. What a blessing! He is beautiful and wonderful news that all of you are happy and healthy!


  6. martha Says:

    so happy that you all are doing well! he is adorable.
    and I love the name. that is my youngest son’s middle name -it was my grandfather’s.
    now rest rest rest!

  7. erin Says:

    i have been dying to call you and hear all about everything, but know you need time with your wee sweet one. he is absolutely beautiful and looks totally like you!! i’m so proud of you and ian! can’t wait to catch up soon.
    much love xoxoxo

  8. linda p Says:

    wow, he looks amazingly adorable. enjoy this time together, even if it all runs into one big blur. xoxo

  9. karyn Says:

    congratulations. he is perfect! be well and enjoy every second.

  10. jess Says:

    yay! congrats!!!! 🙂

  11. kathy Says:

    He is a beauty – we have all been on the phone discussing how wonderful he is – and keeping grammie in the loop – just wish she were computer literate!
    You and Ian are on Alden time now – just give into it. Everything changes so fast – so once you think you have all the systems down – he will change – and that is good. take care of yourself.
    It is so exciting- I am a great-aunt- yikes
    love you all

  12. Nicole Says:

    He really is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations! I am so happy for you guys. Can’t wait to see more pics when you get back into it, but can certainly understand wanting to hole up and just enjoy one another for a while, as a perfect little family. I am so glad to hear you are all safe and sound! And what a great name!

  13. bree Says:

    Ditto Erin’s comment Valerie! You are awesome, glad you are hanging in there, having some warm fuzzy family times. We are all thinking of you…


  14. Kristien Says:

    Valerie, sending you and Ian and Alden lots of good thoughts for strength and health and joy at this very special time. I saw on your Flickr stream that Alden spent some time in the NICU and I am just very grateful that he is now home with you and that he is so robust. You must just love him so much. Take it easy and take care of yourself. All my best wishes.

  15. Anabela Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the difficulties you had getting him here — but I’m glad he’s here! Hooray for Alden and hooray for your little family. Sending lots & lots of love to you all.

  16. Karen Says:

    Hi, I am Ian’s Aunt Karen in Michigan. I was so excited to find your site and see that adorable baby! How awesome! Cherish every moment and take lots of pictures!

  17. liz r. Says:

    EEEEKKKKK! He’s so cute! Look at those big eyes! Welcome Alden! And here’s hoping Mama gets a little more sleep soon.

  18. juliane Says:

    nursing. let the weight loss begin! he has to suck it all out of you now. you thought those few extra pounds were for having him inside. no no my dear they are for now when your body becomes an amazing feeding machine!

  19. catherine Says:

    Congrats! What a gorgeous wee man.

    My youngest is 5 months and the days still blend together. Babies, be they your first, second or third, are all amazing. Do you find half your day goes by just staring at him?!

  20. Nancy Says:

    i couldn’t agree with you more
    congratulations again.
    he is amazing.
    i remember those fuzzy days

  21. erica Says:

    he looks so alert and serious, just like leon! i hope he’s going to give his mama more rest than i’ve had..

    i agree, lots of water, lots of snacks! i still have a snack right before bed, otherwise my stomach starts growling.

    it’s a real endurance test, isn’t it? you done good, valerie…enjoy those quiet hours of staring at each other. that was my favorite part. and take tons of photos. i hardly remember how tiny newborns are, but there are photos proving it!

  22. michelle@bluemoss Says:

    ohh congratulations….i know what you mean about preparing….you just never know what it will really be like
    ….but he is beautiful! try to get sleep whenever you can 🙂

  23. Jessica Says:

    I hope you do share your birth story, at some point. I’m due in October with a boy (to be named Rory Austin). And I would like to hear your story.

  24. Liane Says:

    awwww, awesome. i’ve been lurking and waiting to see when the babe was born. too true. i’ve been through it 3 times, each time a completely unique experience unto itself. you are embarking on the most amazing life journey (sorry, corny)..welcome to the world little dear birthday baby:)

  25. valerie Says:

    thanks so much, everyone! we’re still working on the sleep thing, but feeling pretty great, regardless. alden says hi!

  26. Michelle Says:

    He is beautiful!!!! Congratulations! 🙂

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  28. kathy Says:

    love the videos
    he is so wonderful
    have to go down to the cape to show grammie
    love to the three of you

  29. yana Says:

    Congratulations Valerie! He’s a cutie!

  30. Tovah Says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby! What a lovely name too 🙂

    I totally understand your hesitancy with sharing your birth story, I felt that way too after my daughter was born as ours did not go to plan either and I was afraid of sharing all the gory details lest it scare other people. I read all the birth stories too, and though ‘that doesn’t sound so bad!’

    It’s very true, as you said, that no matter how much you plan and research things don’t always (or usually!) turn out the way you imagined.

    Enjoy your sweet little baby!

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