9.23.2011

She's here

I baked you something special today.


Her name is Mia Louise.


She came screaming out into the world on September 9, 2011, at 8:56pm, three weeks early, but healthy and strong. She weighed 6 lbs. 7.7 oz. and was 18 inches long.



Mia likes to eat in the nude, hiccup like it's going out of style, then settle in for a nice long cuddle.


She's also really into this guy.


Over the last two weeks, we've been doing a lot of this:


and this:


and, of course, this:


I already feel so privileged just to know her. So unspeakably glad. She's the best.

Back soon.

xo.

p.s. -- You can get a closer look at Mia in all her tininess if you click on any one of the photos here.

78 comments:

Danielle said...

Congratulations! You baked a really good baby. She's perfect, just perfect. I love the photos of you and Mia resting after some good on the bed nursing. I wish you so much wonderful time together! I hope you are all feeling well and that lots of friends are bringing you lots of food!

Molly said...

Practically perfect in every way.

Andrea said...

Congratulations, sweet Jess (and Eli!). She is absolutely lovely! xoxo.

Kasey said...

Congratulations, Jess! She is a beauty. Hope that you are totally blissed out by her :)

olgs said...

She is so delightful!! So beautiful!! And I love that shot of you and her sleeping. Congratulations, Jess! What a wonderful thing!

bferry said...

CONGRATS! What a beautiful girl. Enjoy these days.

El said...

Congratulations Jess and Eli. She's gorgeous.I know she'll have amazing baby food too. Enjoy the bliss.

Julia said...

YES! you are all so beautiful! congrats to the whole family. xo

Molly said...

Oh oh oh! She IS the best. Big grins over here for you three. xo

P.S. Wish I weren't so far away!

tara said...

congratulations and hip hip! here's to all of you. xox.

Luisa said...

Congratulations!!! She is stunningly beautiful! Hip hip hooray to the new little family!

kickpleat said...

omg, congratulations!!!! she is totally gorgeous and i just bet she smells great :) hooray for all of you!!

Astrid said...

Fantastic!! Congratulations so much!

(I have such a big smile on my face right now!)

jacqui | happyjackeats said...

Bursting with joy over here for you and Eli and darling Mia Louise (what an absolutely beautiful name for a beautiful girl!). I would like to meet her one day and give her a high five and a hug.

Julie said...

Congratulations on your brand new family of three. These photos are so beautiful they made me a bit teary! Enjoy every second of this special time.

A Day That is Dessert said...

!!! congratulations! She is exquisite. xo

Molly said...

beautiful xoxo

Sara said...

Congratulations--beautiful!

Keri said...

Congratulations!!! She is beautiful and makes my baby look like a giant (and he's only 4 months old). So happy for you.

nicole said...

So gorgeous - many congratulations to you all.

Sara said...

Yes, I got teary too. You are all so beautiful, and the sweetness is all around you. Thanks, from Sara in MA.

Jen said...

She is the most precious little peanut! enjoy every moment xo

kamran siddiqi said...

Big, Big, Big Congratulations to you and Eli, Jess! She's an absolute cutie pie. :)

Shayne said...

Mazel tov! She is unbelievable adorable. I want to eat her toes.

Anonymous said...

Yup, we're in love! 22 years ago this weekend = fateful Dairy Queen encounter. so glad you all are in my life.

tara thayer said...

she is perfect. and you look peaceful and beautiful.
best wishes to you three in these early days.
xo.
tara

Sally said...

congratulations! She is gorgeous, and the photos are exquisite. enjoy!

Elana B said...

Congratulations, she's gorgeous!!

Claiborne said...

Congratulations, Jess and family! She is spectacular. Enjoy it all.

Winnie said...

Your babe is just absolutely beautiful. Congratulations and enjoy all the sweet times to come :)

Lady Gouda said...

Wow, congrats! She is PRECIOUS. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos, and even more beautiful in person, I'm sure...

linda said...

we are the ones that are privileged…thank you so for sharing these first photos of mia (will you let us know how you came to her name?…hope this is not to presumptuous of me). mia louise is beautiful & very fortunate to have such wonderful parents.
mazel tov…you & eli have something wonderful to celebrate this new year!

Jess said...

Friends! Thank you for your cheers and for welcoming Mia so warmly.

Please excuse me for managing just a few quick notes in response:

Danielle - Did you know that you left your recent banana bread comment on Mia's birthday? How perfect and awesome is that?! (Thank you.)

Molly - Me too. I can't wait for her to meet you and B.

kickpleat - YES. So good.

Astrid - You're next, my friend!

Jacqui - We'll make it happen.

Shayne - I know the feeling. You'll have to get in line.

Anonymous - AMY. xoxo.

And to everyone - Thank you so much for being here. Have a wonderful weekend.

Jess said...

Hi again.

Linda - Oops, we were posting at the same time. Yes, I'm happy to share a little about the name, but better to do it once I have a bit of sleep under my belt. For now, I'll just say that Mia is after my grandmother, Marion, and Louise is after my grandmother Louise. Amazing women, both.

Trysha said...

Congratulations! You have chosen a beautiful name. My Grandma was Louisa. :)

Amy said...

The oven was the perfect temperature.

Michele | Cooking At Home said...

Congratulations to a beautiful family.

Janet said...

So very happy for you and your husband. Congratulations!! She's gorgeous.

Kate said...

Beautiful baby girl, and I love the contented looks on all your faces, as if to say 'We knew we'd end up here all along.'

Congrats Mama and Papa!!

Barbara said...

Congratulations, Jess. And welcome to the world, Mia. You are a cutie!

Erin said...

Congratulations to you! Mia is such a lovely name for such a beautiful baby girl. Thank you so much for sharing these precious images! I look forward to more popping up on your blog from time to time. I'm sure she'll be a wiz in the kitchen as well.

Katrina W. said...

She's amazingly beautiful. Babies are just the most blessed miracle. Congratulations!!

alexandria said...

What a beautiful little girl! Wonderful news and so glad you shared with us.

tea_austen said...

Blogger seems to have eaten my comment! I am SO delighted for you, and she is truly gorgeous. I hope you are soaking up the beauty of these early days (and as much sleep as you can manage). So happy to meet your sweet, beautiful daughter! xox

squirrelbread said...

A new set of eyes to see the world. Always a wonderful occasion. In my line of work (a registered dietitian at WIC), I am fortunate enough to see many new little people daily. Brightens my days. Yours in particular is immensely sweet.

Congratulations and cheers,

*Heather*

Sasa said...

What an adorable baby! She has the sweetest little face. So pleased that you are both healthy, and congratulations to you and Eli xxx

Shannalee said...

OH my goodness! Love her sweet little face and her beautiful name. So happy for you, Jess! Soak it all in. I know you will.

kindsofhoney said...

She is stunning. Congrats!

Megan Gordon said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Jess! What a sweet, sweet face.

Adrienne said...

Jess, she is exquisite. Congratulations to your family :)

Suzanne said...

So beautiful. And what a treat to finally see your face too, and Eli's.

Lisa said...

Congratulations Jess!She's a beauty! Welcome to the world Mia!

Amanda :: Grace & Gusto said...

Congratulations!! She is absolutely adorable!

Žiupsnelisdruskos said...

Congratulations! She's wonderful!

Missfrizzly said...

Mazel tov!! She is adorable!!

Kelsey (Happyolks) said...

She is absolutely gorgeous. Welcome to the world, miss Mia. Sending light and good energy your way.

Summer said...

Congratulations!!! What a beautiful little girl! I love the leaf outfit! Precious! Baked some whole wheat snacking bread (and added some apple) just for the occasion!

Adrian J.S. Hale said...

Congratulations to all three of you! This puts the biggest smile on my face. What a beautiful start to this unbelievable journey of parenthood. Thanks for sharing.

jodi said...

she's gorgeous! congratulations!!!

Holly said...

Jess! She looks absolutely perfect, a million congratulations!

Irene said...

Congratulations - I'm so happy for you :)

janna said...

De-lurking to say congratulations! She is beautiful! And I love her name!

Valerie said...

Dear Jess, warm congratulations from Brussels. And welcome Mia, fellow virgo! As a newish mum who's seven months into the stint all I can say is this: welcome to the most wonderful part of your life. And it only gets better. Enjoy every magical, heartachingly-beautiful minute of it. And rest assured: you'll find your way back to the stove...and we are all looking forward to hearing about it...Hugs from Brussels!

Jane said...

ADORABLEEE!! Congrats! She also has the best outfits :)

Charlotte au Chocolat said...

She's so precious! Congratulations!!!

Maddie said...

I am in awe. She is so tiny and beautiful—I'm very, very happy for you and Eli! Congratulations, Jess. :)

art and lemons said...

Oh my—what amazing adventures await your family, enjoy them all and congratulations!

sonya said...

Mazel Tov to you and Eli! What a little sweetie pie :)

Suzanne said...

She is beautiful!

Julie said...

Such a doll. Welcome to the world, Mia Louise!

Nadine said...

Congratulations to both of you! Your Aunt Eileen just told me your wonderful news and promptly directed me to your blog so I could see the pictures! Beatiful, just beautiful!

Nithya said...

Dear Jess, She is so lovely! Congratulations. And Mia Louise seems like the perfect name for such a wee, perfect baby. I'm so so so happy for you. :)

linda said...

just dropped by to wish you, eli & baby mia a wonderful & sweet new year…joy, magical moments & good health always!

anya said...

Hello, beautiful Mia Louise! Congratulations, Jess and Eli!

Rosiecat said...

I'm a little late here, but I just wanted to say congratulations! She is tiny and exquisite. I hope all is well with you and yours, Jess.

monica said...

Mia Louise is a lovely name, and she'll love you in Kindergarten when she only has to write 3 letters over and over! She's gorgeous. Congratulations on your precious, little gift.

Kim M said...

Mazel Tov Jessica! This is Kim, from Me'ah class. She is beautiful and I'm so happy for the three you. What a wonderful way to start the year.

With Love,
Kim

Mindy said...

Congratulations!! Beautiful baby!