Parenting

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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542 Comments

  • Reply
    donaville
    February 10, 2011 at 11:12 am

    huge congrats! here’s to a swift recovery for you! can’t wait to see photos :)

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    Kari
    February 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Wow, a 10 pounder! That’s a healthy baby, and you are my hero. Congratulations to the whole family!

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    Michelle
    February 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

    So many congrats to you and your family!!

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    Sarah K
    February 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Congratulations!

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    Amy
    February 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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    Catherine
    February 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

    HUGE congratulations to you and your family (of four!).

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    Kelly
    February 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

    hooray! congrats to you all! xo

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    Christina
    February 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Congrats Nicole, Brandon, and Eleanor!

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    amber of theambershow.net
    February 10, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you, and I love his name! Is he going to be called Gus?

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    Jenny at LGN
    February 10, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Congratulations, Nicole and family! You deserve some JEWELRY after a 10-pounder!! Wow! :)

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    heather
    February 10, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to see the newest member of your family and glad to hear you are all happy and healthy too!

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    Amanda @ willful/joyful
    February 10, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Glad to hear you and baby are doing well! I love the name and can’t wait to see pictures :)

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    katek
    February 10, 2011 at 11:15 am

    congrats! glad everything went smoothly…and hope your newest family of four member gives you a little shut eye so you can rest!

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    Ronnie
    February 10, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Sounds like a big healthy boy!! Congratulations to all of you!!

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    Carol
    February 10, 2011 at 11:16 am

    YAY! Nice job, Nicole! Can’t wait to see him~

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    Christa M
    February 10, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Congrats to all of you! August is a family name (and the month of my birth) so I am a HUGE fan of his name! Blessings to all of you! I almost cried….tears of joy!

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    kaelva
    February 10, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Congratulations!! I’m glad you are both doing well!

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    hannah
    February 10, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Congratulations! My nephew named August was born last year so of course I LOVE your name choice. I’m sure he’s beautiful!

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    Beth
    February 10, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Hooray! And you chose such a beautiful name for him. (I was kind of skeptical of “Frederick.” Haha.)

    Anyway, big congratulations to the Balch family, and prayers for a speedy recovery for you. I cannot BELIEVE that after all that, you still made time to blog! Can’t wait to see photos, but rest easy and enjoy your new baby boy. <3

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    thais
    February 10, 2011 at 11:17 am

    congratulations!
    and august is a BEAUTIFUL name.

  • Reply
    Candy
    February 10, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Congratulations to your wonderful little family!

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    Cliona
    February 10, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Yey! Congratulations, Best wishes at this very special time :)

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    liz @ btb
    February 10, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Happy Birthday baby August! I’m in shock… 3 hours?? I was a ten pounder at birth too. By the time my mom asked for meds, it was too late. congrats Momma! You are Super Woman!

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    lala
    February 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Hooray! Best wishes to the Balch family!

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    casey
    February 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I LOVE the name!! and congratulations on your family of 4! So glad to hear all went well… looking forward to many more updates!

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    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    February 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Congratulations Nicole, Brandon & Eleanor! August – such a perfect handsome name. Sorry to hear you had some complications Nicole but it sounds like the delivery went well. And 10lbs naturally – you’re awesome! Hoping you heal quickly. Can’t wait to see pics of your family of four.

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    Ashley
    February 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Welcome to the world August Ray!!!
    Congrats!!

  • Reply
    Kat
    February 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Congratulations on August! Can’t wait to see pictures!

  • Reply
    Molly
    February 10, 2011 at 11:20 am

    What a happy day! Congratulations to you and your family!

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    Jennifer
    February 10, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Congratulations!!! I’m glad to hear that everyone is well.

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    carrie
    February 10, 2011 at 11:20 am

    congratulations!!!

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    Tracy
    February 10, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Congratulations! That’s our little girls birthday as well. It’s a good day for a birthday. :o)

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    Carolyn
    February 10, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Congratulations!

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    Rae
    February 10, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Congrats on the new little one. God is so good!The fact that you even made time to blog about it is amazing in itself. I hope you get some much needed rest, and enjoy your new family! :)

  • Reply
    molly
    February 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Welcome August Ray! And congrats to you and your family, Nicole!

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    Katie
    February 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

    So glad you are both well! Congratulations!

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    KT @ KT's Refinishing School
    February 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Congratulations!! August is a family name for us so I love it! Enjoy this special time together :)

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    Bethany
    February 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Congrats! I’ve heard it said that boys are early, girls are late…

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    Caitlin
    February 10, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Congratulations! Welcome to little August Ray!

  • Reply
    Elle
    February 10, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Congratulations to you and your beautiful family!

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    vika
    February 10, 2011 at 11:23 am

    OHMYGOODNESS!! A million congratulations to you!! I pushed out an 8lb11oz, I can’t imagine pushing out a 10lb baby, in 3 hours nonetheless! I’m glad you had such a quick labor.

    Can’t wait for photos.

    BTW – August is such a lovely name!

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    Stacy
    February 10, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Wow congratulations! I follow your blog very closely and this was such a nice surprise. I had the same placenta problem with my first baby. Having someone grope around in your uterus after you’ve given birth is one of the most unpleasant experiences.

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    The Maiden Metallurgist
    February 10, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Congratulations!

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    gen
    February 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

    wow, nicole, congratulations! i can’t wait to see the pictures! :)

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    NancyV908
    February 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

    So happy for you & the family! Sorry for the complications, but the result sounds perfect! Can’t wait for pix.

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    Amanda
    February 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Congrats! How exciting for your whole family.

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    Arin
    February 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Congratulations! (And great name choice!)

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    Megan
    February 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Congratulations! I had a feeling something was up when I didn’t see any posts for yesterday! You just broke the stereotype that 10 lb babies can’t be delivered naturally, and that’s amazing! I hope you’re having a ball with your newest addition!

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    Kathleen
    February 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Congratulations! I’m so excited for your growing family. Best to all of you!

  • Reply
    Manda
    February 10, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Congratulations!! I can’t wait to “meet” him!!!!

  • Reply
    Pati
    February 10, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Ten pounds!! Wow way to go Nicole! So happy for you and glad everything went well. Thanks for posting this.

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    Sarah
    February 10, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Congrats!!

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    Jenny
    February 10, 2011 at 11:29 am

    AUGUST!!! Yay!!! Congratulations to the whole happy family. :) Blessings for many beautiful days ahead…
    Love!!!

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    MegRuth
    February 10, 2011 at 11:30 am

    CONGRATULATIONS, Nicole!!! So happy for you and the fam. Can’t wait to see photos of your bundle.

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    Janice
    February 10, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Congratulations, and welcome to the world to your new little man!!!!!!!!!!!! Now rest up Mama!

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    Terri
    February 10, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Congratulations!

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    Vicky
    February 10, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Congratulations to you, Brandon and Eleanor. Wow ten pounds naturally, well done to you!

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    Catherine
    February 10, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Congratulations! I’m so glad you’re all doing well!

  • Reply
    Alice
    February 10, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Congratulations, Nicole! I love his name and can’t wait to see a picture. So sweet to hear the Eleanor is already the loving big sister we all knew she would be!

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    Melanie
    February 10, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Congratulations!

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    Dawn
    February 10, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Congratulations to you all! So happy to hear that his delivery went well. Good luck to you settling into your expanded family life. Thank you for sharing it with us. D.

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    holly | bijou lovely
    February 10, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Congratulations! Glad everything went smoothly. I love the name August, can’t wait to see photos!

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    Nikka
    February 10, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Congratulations! August is a wonderful name for your new boy :)
    As a longtime reader, i have been looking forward to this post, and can’t wait to see pictures! Rest & relish in these moments! Congrats again!

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    Karen
    February 10, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Congratulations! What a terrific name for what should be an adorably dapper little boy.

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    Angela
    February 10, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Congratulations!

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    Diana Smith
    February 10, 2011 at 11:35 am

    WOW you are a brave woman! Natural labor?!?! My goodness, you deserve an award for the especially a 10 pounder!! You are awesome!!

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    Kristina
    February 10, 2011 at 11:36 am

    BIG congrats! Natural delivery to a 10 pound baby boy, a mere seven days after a blizzard? That must be a record of sorts!

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    Lily
    February 10, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Beautiful date for a birthday. congratulations!!

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    karen @ our slo house
    February 10, 2011 at 11:36 am

    congratulations & hugs.
    I’m glad to hear everyone is doing well.

    p.s. Love the name “August”.

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    Kelly P
    February 10, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Congratulations to the whole family! What a wonderful name. Can’t wait to see pictures :-)

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    Christine
    February 10, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Yay!!! Huge congratulations to you and your family! 3 hour labour? I can only hope that is me one day. Enjoy your new little babe.

    love the name “August” :)

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    Katie W
    February 10, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Congratulations! What a wonderful early surprise. I’m glad everyone is well and hope you find some time to rest in the upcoming weeks!

  • Reply
    Jessica
    February 10, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Congratulations!

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    Nicole
    February 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Super! Enjoy your arrival home!

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    Christine
    February 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

    p.s. 10lbs 1 oz!!? You are a trooper.

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    Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d
    February 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Congrats Nicole, Brandon and Eleanor! That’s so exciting! I’m sure you’re happy this one was early!

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    Amanda
    February 10, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Congratulations! Many Sweet Blessings to you and yours!

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    raya
    February 10, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I was just thinking about you this morning and wondering. Congratulations – I adore the name : ) Rest & snuggle…and can it be my turn now? xoxo

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    amanda james
    February 10, 2011 at 11:40 am

    congartulations to your little son and your family of four!!!

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    meta
    February 10, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Félicitations! I’m following you: first girl, now baking a boy :) Speedy recovery!

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    tia
    February 10, 2011 at 11:41 am

    awww congratulations nicole, brandon and eleanor! and welcome to baby august ray :)

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    Heather Maynard
    February 10, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Congrats! So glad to hear you’re both doing well! February 8 – August and I share a birthday!

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    Jen @ homeinthecountry
    February 10, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Congratulations!

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    Catherine
    February 10, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Congrats!!!! And if you didn’t buy that lapel medal…I think you might have just earned it! 10lbs naturally-wow!!!

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    Valerie
    February 10, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Congrats, to you, Nicole, and your entire family! Can’t wait to see pictures of the cutie pie! Great name for a robust baby boy!

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    Emily
    February 10, 2011 at 11:43 am

    So happy for you and excited that you chose August. I voted for it when you polled… it was my great-grandfather’s name. Although I never met him, I have some beautiful watercolors he painted.

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    jbhat
    February 10, 2011 at 11:44 am

    This is thrilling news. Congratulations to all of you! August is splendid name.

    jbhat

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    Lauren
    February 10, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I am sure I am not the first person to say this, nor will I be the last but natural birth of a 10 pounder? You are a ROCK STAR! Congratulations and I love his name!

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    Anu
    February 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Congrats & have a restful weekend.

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    Allison
    February 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Congratulations!! Best wishes for settling in comfortably as a family of four and good luck with the ongoing basement renovations!

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    Scraps
    February 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Congrats on your family of four! (and, wow, 10 pounds naturally? you are awesome!)

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    JLR
    February 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Congrats – and August is a fab name for a little boy

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    shalini
    February 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Congratulations! Wow, 10 lbs and a natural delivery, that’s quite something.

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    Sherri
    February 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I’ve been following you for a while but have never left a comment… I became hooked because of your darling idea of how you photographed Eleanor… my daughter is due to have her first baby (Yay!) and so all of a sudden baby things are on my mind. CONGRATULATIONS!!! There is nothing like ‘four’!!! Enjoy they grow up fast!!!

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    Tara Jane
    February 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Congratulations! August is a great name, will you call him “Gus”? Hugs to your family.

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    Kristin
    February 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Congratulations on your family of 4! Absolutely love the name too. :)

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    Kim
    February 10, 2011 at 11:50 am

    WOW! You are wonderwoman :) Congratulations!!

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    adrienne
    February 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Awww… Congratulations!
    My friend at work just had an August too, but he calls him Gus…
    Get some rest!

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    [email protected] Design
    February 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Congratulations Nicole!

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    Tânia
    February 10, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Congratulations Nicole! :D I’m really happy for you. Wish you a really happy home return and only good thinks to you and your family. :D

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