38 Weeks And Beyond


Come on, I had to finish what I started, right?

Hugo was born about six hours before I officially reached the 38-week mark in my pregnancy, which was of course a lot earlier than we were expecting him. Truthfully, I kind of always suspected he might come a little bit before my due date—how else to explain the packed hospital bag, the well-stocked diaper drawer, and the carefully washed and folded onesies, THANK GOODNESS—and I guess maybe I was sort of secretly hoping he might be born on July 14th, which would have been my Omi's 87th birthday, but when I woke up at 2am a couple of Fridays ago to find that my water had broken, the first thought in my head was "Really? Now?" 

(The second thought was "Hang on, did my water break? Or did I just pee myself?" Then I spent a lot of time on google.) 

Thank you all so much for your kind words and congratulations on our new arrival. I hope you will forgive me if this entry is rather short, but if you have ever spent two weeks in the company of a newborn, you'll know that it's a bit of a rollercoaster, specifically a rather emotionally-charged and overwhelming rollercoaster during which you sleep only in several-hour increments and spend a surprising amount of time with cabbage leaves stuffed in your bra (hey, someone get Disneyland on the line because I've got a great idea for their next amusement park ride!) 

That said, we're now two weeks into it—two weeks! I have a two-week old who wasn't even supposed to be here yet!—and are slowly starting to settle into.....well, not a routine, exactly, but something slightly more orderly and managable than those first few whirlwind days. It helps that Hugo mostly just seems to sleep, eat, and look adorable so far—I am well aware that this will change fairly soon once he realizes he's out of the womb, but I'm soaking it all in for now—and we're incredibly lucky that we've had kind and generous family and friends taking care of us since we got home from the hospital. (Actually, they were taking care of us in the hospital too. Case in point: my mother smuggling in a handbagful of egg salad sandwiches—crusts carefully cut off—the day after I gave birth. Always with those egg salad sandwiches! They truly are the best you've ever tasted.) 

I have so much more I want to write about—Hugo's birth, Hugo's first couple of weeks at home, the ridiculous extent to which Sean and I are both joyfully, ecstatically, overwhelmingly in love with Hugo—but I'm trying to stick to that old "sleep when the baby sleeps" adage, which I have to begrudgingly admit is helpful, even if it does rather cut into my staring-in-wonderment-at-the-baby time. 

I will just say this though, and I hope it's not too sickly sweet: I am so blissfully happy with my new little family that I can hardly even believe I got so lucky. Even when I'm up at 3am for the fourteenth night in a row.

1
Liz
Jul 26, 2013

Beautiful pictures, beautiful family. Congratulations to you and Sean!

2
Georgie
Jul 26, 2013

Squeeeee! Been eagerly awaiting this entry, thank you for sharing this with us. He is so beautiful. X

3
AlisonC
Jul 26, 2013

Too cute!

4
Marcheline
Jul 26, 2013

Goodness. Weepy at six A.M. over these lovely pictures, and when I saw the one with the blocks over his head I howled laughing, because I pictured Hugo on his 25th birthday being forced to lie down while you put blocks over his head saying "1300 weeks"! Just beautiful, all of it. And I know I've said it before, but dayum Sean is handsome! Tell him he should never cut his hair.

5
Tori
Jul 26, 2013

So beautiful! Nb, this is written from one still on the other side, crazily googling things like 'pre labour or too much ice cream?' and hoping that when he deigns to arrive my little man is half as gorgeous as yours.

6
Lou
Jul 26, 2013

Thanks for sharing Holly, and congrats again! Also, your mum and dad don't look old enough to be grandparents!

7
Shes
Jul 26, 2013

I love so much about this post!! So glad everything is going (as normal as it gets with a newborn) well. I love that you continued your 'week' countdown with him in your arms. And I love the 2nd pic where he looks not so happy to be 'on the outside'.....my little one did the same thing. The cat snuggled next to Daddy and baby....swoon! And I should have known you'd already be prepared for Hugo's week count up with the adorable blocks. Best wishes that things continue on as they are......

8
ruth
Jul 26, 2013

what a beautiful little boy.
once again many congratulations to you and Sean and your family. I remember when my nephew was born, I couldn't stop staring at him, so I can only imagine how you guys must be feeling. All the best to you guys beautiful Hugo.

9
Shelly
Jul 26, 2013

This post makes me smile. Love all the pictures, and like the commenter above me, especially the second one.

10
Alison
Jul 26, 2013

Aw! He's so cute!!!! i remember that Blissfully happy feeling and 2 1/2 years later i still have it! Children change you in the best possible way! its funny how they come in the world and without even knowing it, bring so much love with them! So happy for your family!

11
Leonor
Jul 26, 2013

The cuttest thing ever! I'm glad you guys are enjoying it. :)

12
Ris
Jul 26, 2013

Oh Holly I'm just so, so happy for you guys.

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jen
Jul 26, 2013

It goes by so so quickly. Miriam will be 5 weeks on Monday and it's absolutely crazy to fathom how quickly and completely your life changes (even though you have 9 months to "prepare"). Selfishly I'm glad Hugo came early so that our little ones are even closer in age and going through some of the same stages together. I love all the photos! Congrats again!

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Anna Louisa
Jul 26, 2013

So perfect! Congratulations on your lovely family, and we'll all be here ready for huge new mama data-dumps when you're ready :)

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Julie
Jul 26, 2013

Lovely family! Beautiful baby - congratulations. Isn't it amazing how much love you can feel for such a little thing? Thanks for sharing these photos!

16
Katt
Jul 26, 2013

Congratulations Holly and Sean. Hugo IS SO ADORABLE! There is nothing and I mean NOTHING more HANDSOME than a Dad and his Baby. I JUST LOVE LOVE LOVE the pics with Hugo and Sean. Your parents do not look old enough to be Grandparents. Enjoy these moments as MUCH as you can things will get CRAZY FAST. I look at me son now 21, married and on his own, think back to the day he was born. Thank you for sharing these beautiful moments with all of us.

17
Claire Choudhry
Jul 26, 2013

OMW those photos are just too gorgeous! and you look fab too. you are oozing happiness in your pictures and its lovely to see. And how tiny is Hugo. just precious!!

18
Kate
Jul 26, 2013

Oh congratulations again, the pictures are wonderful :)

19
Erika
Jul 26, 2013

I'm so happy for you guys! I remember that "this is MY family feeling". Overwhelming but wonderful!

20
Becky
Jul 26, 2013

OH Holly! I am beyond overjoyed for you! I've got 7 weeks to go for our baby boy and have reached that uncomfortable stage. Reading your blissful happiness and seeing your gorgeous little man has rejuvenated my very soul. Blessings to you, Sean and little Hugo.

21
Krista
Jul 26, 2013

Seriously one of the cutest babies I have ever seen! I can only hope my little nugget comes out that adorable. Congratulations, and welcome, Hugo!

22
Lesli
Jul 26, 2013

Beautiful boy! And your parents look SO proud and happy! Congratulations again!

23
Amy
Jul 26, 2013

It only gets better if you can believe it.

He's adorable.

24
deva
Jul 26, 2013

He is so adorable and you and your husband look so happy! He is so tiny, too!

25
lindsay
Jul 26, 2013

He is so beautiful!

26
Bonnie
Jul 26, 2013

I've been selfishly awaiting this post! Beautiful.

27
Ana
Jul 26, 2013

Despite I always said that I don't want to have kinds, lately I'm starting to change my mind (I'm 31), and this post and feeling your happiness just encourages me to think about it! I'm really happy for you and your family, you have such a beautiful baby boy!

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Dianna
Jul 26, 2013

Great pictures! i'm so happy for you and Hugo is just absolutely adorable. I look forward to more posts!! ENJOY!

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Rachael
Jul 26, 2013

So, so happy for you and your new family, Holly! Thank you for sharing so many photos with us. I'm swooning from all the cuteness! :)

30
Terri
Jul 26, 2013

So happy for you. This post sums up for me just how
beautiful this life is. Someone once described life after having a child as seeing the world in color for the
first time and I totally agree. Congrats!

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Sarah
Jul 26, 2013

So happy for you and your little family!! He is SO cute!

32
Karen
Jul 26, 2013

Awww... he is adorable! Thanks for sharing such great photos of your family - you look so happy and blessed in them. Also, is it funny that Hugo looks like a normal-size newborn in everybody's arms except those of your husband? In Sean's arms, the baby looks positively tiny! Congratulations!

33
Kristin H
Jul 26, 2013

He is so beautiful! And so *new*! I love that everything about him is brand new. He almost makes me want to have another baby. Congratulations again!

34
Fiona
Jul 26, 2013

Congrats! He is simply adorable!
Welcome to the club of the sleep deprived, my Catherine is now 4 weeks, they need apps to occupy one during night feeds.......something that takes little focus both mentally and physically! Lol

Treasure every moment, time flies.

35
Emily
Jul 26, 2013

Hugo is so precious! Congratulations!

I laughed when you said you googled to see if your water really broke because when I went into labor, we consulted the books we got in our birth class and googled "contractions" to try and figure out if we were timing them correctly, etc.

36
beth
Jul 26, 2013

What is this about cabbage leaves? I suddenly have an odd hankering for coleslaw...

37
lise
Jul 26, 2013

Yay! An update. He is beyooooootiful! Mucho more handsome than that George baby born earlier this week ;) Welcome to the big ole world, Hugo! xxx

38
Annie
Jul 26, 2013

Holy hot stuff, fatherhood looks good on Sean. Congrats to you all, and continued sickly sweet in lovey-ness !

39
Amy
Jul 26, 2013

Congratulations to your little family, he is absolutely lovely!

40
Leanne
Jul 26, 2013

Welcome to motherhood, Holly ... that blissful happiness? It never leaves you (well, 13 months and counting for me ...). Welcome to the world, Hugo!

41
niobe19
Jul 26, 2013

Sean, Holly & Hugo, Best wishes to all of you as you embark on the most gratifying, fun-filled, puzzling, challenging, happiest, loveliest time you will ever know! I am happy to be privy to your lovely pictures and stories. He is a beautiful, perfect little boy! AND YOU ARE LOOKING AMAZING POST BIRTH!!!!!!

P.S. If I may ask a small favor? I would love a copy of the famous egg salad sandwiches.

42
Ashley
Jul 26, 2013

Absolutely beautiful family. I've tried so hard to not "like" all your photos on instagram, but it's so hard because he's so adorable and you're so lucky. Lucky Hugo.

43
Ashley
Jul 26, 2013

Absolutely beautiful family. I've tried so hard to not "like" all your photos on instagram, but it's so hard because he's so adorable and you're so lucky. Lucky Hugo.

44
Carroll
Jul 26, 2013

It's official -- your mother is by far the youngest-looking grandma on the planet, Sean the hottest new father ever, you the most gorgeous, glowing and together-seeming new mama one could possibly imagine, and your father? The epitome of proud! Hugo, of course, is beyond adorable. I have been smiling giddily for days to think of how happy you must all be with each other. Precious moments, every single one of them.

45
Carroll
Jul 26, 2013

Also, that "doing nothing all day except stare at the baby" thing? I remember it well. I think it was at some point during the second week when Jim came home at the end of the day to find me in the same rocking chair, wearing the same robe and the same bemused expression on my face I'd had on when he left in the morning. Oddly, the pile of laundry seemed to have doubled in his absence even though I had apparently not moved a muscle. Enjoy every moment of your new love affair.

46
Pam
Jul 26, 2013

The pictures are just wonderful! And your mom and dad look like the second happiest couple on the planet! Oh, and did Hugo's bum live up to expectations? He's just gorgeous.

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nonsoccermom
Jul 26, 2013

So precious. Congratulations on a gorgeous little guy!

48
jas
Jul 27, 2013

Hugo looks absolutely adorable but your husband looks exhausted! You , on the other hand, look positively radiant! How do you do it?

49
Caitlyn
Jul 27, 2013

He is just so perfect! I still remember those first few weeks - in fact, I remember coming home from the hospital, placing the carrier down in the kitchen, and bursting into tears because I didn't know how to do this. Those first few weeks are exhausting but magical, feeling those tiny hands wrap around your finger. And try to smell him as much as possible - that new baby smell is fantastic. The old adage about them growing too fast is too true - mine is now two and giving me a run for my money.

50
Megan
Jul 27, 2013

Thank you for posting the pictures of your adorable Hugo and family! Also, couldn't help but wonder: is that the sweater you bought when you first found out you were pregnant?! So cute!

51
lori
Jul 27, 2013

So lovely - congrats on it all!

52
Nothing But Bonfires
Jul 27, 2013

Thank you all so much!

Beth: you do not want to know about the cabbage leaves. Trust me!

Niobe19: I am pretty sure the egg salad recipe is just eggs, mayo and butter, but the exact quantities are a mystery. A LOT of each, I would imagine!

Pam: curiously it did not! It's tiny! Not a Burns Bottom at all. Not yet, anyway.

Jas: Ah, you're so sweet, but I rather suspect it's mostly caffeine and adrenaline. And I think Sean has the kind of face that ALWAYS looks exhausted!

Megan: It's not, but good memory! That one would swamp him right now, but should be wearable in about a year!

53
jen
Jul 27, 2013

Holly, he is ADORABLE. congratulations again! can't wait to more about little Hugo.

54
Jo
Jul 27, 2013

Gorgeous gorgeous photos, Hugo is just adorable. I love his facial expression in the '1 week' photo (love the blocks too), it's a real "holy crap, I'm here" look, beautiful!!

So glad to hear that all is going well and that you and Sean are enjoying parenthood. Your parents look absolutely delighted to be grandparents too (go your Mum with the egg salad sandwiches!), best wishes to you all :)

55
Chris G
Jul 28, 2013

Oh Holly and Sean he is so beautiful. I love the pictures and am glad he arrived safely. Love the pic of your mom and dad. What beaming grandparents they are.

56
kim
Jul 28, 2013

Congratulations! Love all the photos. Hugo is such a cutie.

57
Heather
Jul 28, 2013

So happy for you all. Yay for baby boys!

Congrats again! xoxo

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Angela
Jul 29, 2013

I don't have any specific part of this to comment on, but just so pleased that everything is going so well for you and your family. Life is wonderful.

59
yours truly, melissa
Jul 29, 2013

A million congrats. He is precious!

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Raz
Jul 29, 2013

He's so beautiful! Congratulations, and it's lovely to hear how happy you are

61
gina
Jul 29, 2013

I've been anxiously awaiting this post!! what beautiful pictures! I've got a 7-week old and seeing how little Hugo is reminds me of just how quickly they grow. And my little girl is only 7 weeks!!! Congratulations, congratulations!

62
Zaren
Jul 29, 2013

Beautiful family! So happy for you and Sean. I am so looking forward to having my cute little one as well. (I'm 15wks pregnant, YAY!)

63
Sarah
Jul 30, 2013

Congratulations! I can't believe how amazing you look in that last picture! So, I have been loving your Hugo pictures so much I actually had a dream my friend and I (both avid readers of your blog) went to your house to meet you and the baby...because that's not weird.

I am LOVING all your FB posts (particularly the caption) of baby Hugo, and have been waiting rather impatiently to see if he takes Mom's last name or Dad's ;-)

65
jrm
Jul 30, 2013

I am late to the game: Congratulations!

The photo of your parents holding him made me a little misty eyed! So sweet.

66
Jordan
Jul 31, 2013

He is the cutest thing ever! My baby just turned 1 so this time last year I was also wrestling a newborn. It was overwhelming, but I really, really miss him sleeping with me, on me, attached to me, etc.

I did the cabbage leaves trick a few months ago. Felt great, smelled horrid.

67
rene
Jul 31, 2013

Congratulations from another Hugo's mother- mine turned one on July 9. :) Enjoy.

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Stefanie
Aug 01, 2013

Hugo is beautiful! I'm sitting here holding my own little 6.5 week old bundle of boy, typing with one hand. Already I feel that bittersweet sense that my son is growing and changing. I never thought I'd feel that way so early on, but I do. So soak up each and every moment and enjoy your new little family!

69
jill
Aug 01, 2013

I can't even stand it, the sheer adorableness of it all.

Also, hot grandma alert!

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edj
Aug 01, 2013

Aw, he's so so so lovely! Post as many pics as you can :)

71
Zak
Aug 02, 2013

He is just adorable.

72
Nolita
Aug 06, 2013

So happy for you guys! What a beautiful blessing!

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Lisa
Aug 09, 2013

Yours is the sweetest family Holly. My baby is now 6 years old. I remember when he was born I just could not believe how much my heart was bursting with love. I kept looking around at all the other parents, everywhere we went, thinking that we were all part of this secret, awesome, why-didn't-anyone-tell-me? club. Welcome to the club Holly. :)

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Aug 12, 2013

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