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The Second Morning

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We all survived the second night – and now it’s our baby’s second morning.  Well, the night and the morning kind of ran into one another, if you know what I mean.  However, all things considering, I’m feeling much, much better than I did yesterday – as does the Husband and Henry.

 

Yes – he has a name (finally).  His name is Henry Kristien Boyle.  He’s already my favorite person in the entire world.

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I thought it would be fun to share how our second day has gone so far, bit by bit.

 

At midnight, Henry headed to the nursery to get checked out.  The doctors run a whole bunch of standard tests to make sure the new babies are healthy, which thankfully Henry is.  While he was in the nursery, Kristien and I got to sleep – two hours of uninterrupted sleep felt amazing.  It’s true – everyone says you can suddenly survive on much less sleep, and you really can after the baby is born.

 

Our hospital is fabulous (we delivered at Pineville, if anyone is local and curious). As you all know, I was really committed to the idea of a natural birth with minimal medication interventions (which I pretty much got – more details in the upcoming birth story), and Pineville is amazingly supportive of all types of mommas, no matter what they want to do.  They encourage things like skin-to-skin contact, rooming in with the baby (which means they don’t automatically take babies to the nursery like they did a few decades back), and breastfeeding. 

 

Another cool thing about our hospital:  the rooms!  The delivery room is the same as the recovery room. The rooms have a Jacuzzi tub and a balcony, and Dads get to sleep in a murphy bed, not an uncomfortable chair.

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So – Henry came back after his tests, and I stayed up with him, feeding and playing with him while the Husband slept.  Then, I woke up Kristien and he took over.  Kristien – by the way – has been a dream dad (not that I ever expected anything less).  He was a great birth coach, too.

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I slept for another three hours – A total of five!  Wahoo!  By then, I think it was around 7:00 AM.

 

The hospital will deliver food for me to the room, but not for family members, so the Husband got up and headed to the cafeteria to get his own breakfast.  It was time for Henry to eat, so I fed him again (he’s doing really well so far – I’ve had a few consultations with lactation consultants in the hospital, and the feedback has been so helpful), and then I noticed he needed his diaper changed.  Oh man.  I was ALL BY MYSELF and had to change his diaper.  And I have NEVER changed a baby’s diaper before.  I mentally got myself ready, gathered all my supplies, laid him in the bassinet, and he immediately freaked out.  I took off his diaper and realized it wasn’t just pee – it was poop, too!  All I could do was laugh as I tried to clean him up and thought, “I can’t believe I’m all alone! Trial by poopy diaper fire!”  Then, he sprayed pee in the air (boys do that) and soaked his pajamas.  So I had to change his diaper, clean him up, put on a new one, take off his pajamas, and put on new clothes.  I’m sure experienced parents are like, “Um, so what?” but like I said – completely new territory for me.  I was pretty proud of both of us for surviving the experience (this parenting thing is so hard that I’m really encouraging both myself and the Husband to celebrate every single small victory – we need to feel confident!).

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Afterwards, the Husband returned, and we laughed about my experience.  And then my breakfast got delivered, too.  This was my first really sturdy meal since his birth on Tuesday night.  It was so, so tasty.

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Baked potato, eggs, fruit, chocolate milk, and Mother’s Milk tea.

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After getting food in me, I felt like a million bucks.  I really do feel on top of the world!  Sure, I’m exhausted and smelly and sweaty and sore, but at the same time… I feel soooo good.  Yay, crazy new momma hormones.

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DadHTP came over a bit after that.  Our family has been really wonderful about visiting us in the hospital.  My dad is a crazy baby whisper and Henry really likes him.

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Kristien took this opportunity to take another nap – I was so happy he got some more shut eye.

 

While Dad was holding the baby, I filled out the birth certificate.  We really had trouble deciding on the name.  If Henry had been a girl, her name would’ve been Claire Joy, but we had multiple boy choices to debate over. 

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And then it was time for more baby feeding, and I got to take a shower.  Whew.  What a morning! 

 

We’re pretty excited because the hospital is letting us check out soon.  We thought they would hold us until 7 PM tonight because I was Group B Strep positive (a very common bacterial infection that required antibiotics during delivery), but they are letting us leave a few hours sooner because Henry is doing so well.  I can’t wait to introduce him to Maggie and James!  <3

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  • Jen Hofstetter (@photosbyjenh) June 14, 2012, 11:23 am

    He’s so handsome. And he has a GREAT name. Congrats again. :)

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  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 14, 2012, 11:23 am

    Henry is handsome, Caitlin. You’re still glowing! :)

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  • Katy Widrick June 14, 2012, 11:24 am

    YOU ARE AMAZING!

    Can’t wait for the birth story…

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  • Jackie June 14, 2012, 11:24 am

    LOVE the name! Classic but not too common.

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  • Laine June 14, 2012, 11:25 am

    He looks like such a little man! So cute. I’m totally tearing up at work right now and wishing my sisters would have 3 more babies!!

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  • Nancy June 14, 2012, 11:25 am

    Henry? What a perfect name, you guys. It’s great! I love his eyes. Sweetie!!!

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  • Jamie June 14, 2012, 11:26 am

    He is so beautiful Caitlin! Made my pregnant butt tear up- Congratulations!

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  • Jessica June 14, 2012, 11:27 am

    you look wonderful and Henry is just precious! I am so happy for you and your family! Best of luck with the first night at home!!

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  • Kristin @ Wounded Fawn June 14, 2012, 11:27 am

    He is so beautiful and I love the name! I can’t wait to read your new adventures with parenting! Congratulations to you and Kristien!

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  • Dana P. June 14, 2012, 11:27 am

    Congratulations! Henry is beautiful. Can’t wait to hear what Maggie and James think of him. I think they will be protective of him; especially James.

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  • Rachel June 14, 2012, 11:27 am

    I don’t even care if this is weird…I LOVE HIM!!! Agh.

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    • Christina June 14, 2012, 11:41 am

      Ha! this made me chuckle :)

      Caitlin, Henry is adorable! Congratulations to your family!!

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  • Ashley // Our Little Apartment June 14, 2012, 11:27 am

    Aw, I love that you’re blogging every day!

    I wanted to name my son (Gabe) Henry, but my husband vetoed it. Psh. I shall live vicariously.

    He is SO alert, Caitlin! :) What a cute baby!

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  • Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets June 14, 2012, 11:27 am

    What a little cutie! Congrats!

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  • meagan June 14, 2012, 11:28 am

    This post has officially given me The Second Baby Fever. So cute! And what a great name :) I laughed out loud when you talked about changing him–I hated changing Claire’s clothes for the first few weeks! I just sucked at it!

    Hope you guys get lots of rest :)

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    • Orla June 14, 2012, 11:36 am

      It’s given me first baby fever.

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  • Erika June 14, 2012, 11:28 am

    I wasn’t expecting to find out his name until the end of the birth story, but thanks for sharing now. A very nice name. Clair was our girl choice too, but we ended up having a boy – maybe next time. Our son is 10 months old and I miss those first baby days. Enjoy!

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  • Lisa June 14, 2012, 11:28 am

    Glad you guys decided on a name! Traditional is good. :)

    He’s a cutie!

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  • TC June 14, 2012, 11:28 am

    Henry is a great name. It’s a family name for me, though we all called my grandpa Jan. Congratulations.

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  • Bess @ Bess Be Fit June 14, 2012, 11:28 am

    Oh my gosh he’s so cute!!

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  • Jaclyn June 14, 2012, 11:28 am

    Sweet, sweet baby Henry. Congratulations!

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  • Sunny June 14, 2012, 11:28 am

    Congratulations! What a charming name and its perfect it fits every rule you had. You are positively glowing and Henry is so precious!

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  • megan @ whatmegansmaking June 14, 2012, 11:29 am

    Congratulations – he is adorable and you are doing awesome as a new mom!!

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  • Sara June 14, 2012, 11:29 am

    Love Henry! He’s so cute and really resembles you and The Husband!

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  • Kelly@Runmarun June 14, 2012, 11:30 am

    Hooray! You look amazing and way to go on the successful diaper/outfit change- everything is scary at first so you should be proud of yourself! Your dad looks so proud and happy! Looking forward to hearing your birth story!

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  • Stacy June 14, 2012, 11:30 am

    Congrats! He is beautiful and Henry really seems to fit him. I think it’s neat that you met him before committing to a name.

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  • Abbey June 14, 2012, 11:30 am

    He’s so so perfect. Congratulations! It sounds like you soldiered through your first diaper experience admirably. :)

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  • polly June 14, 2012, 11:30 am

    Henry is a muffin! so happy for you. i love his name so much!! XOXO

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  • Amanda June 14, 2012, 11:31 am

    The nurses were so nice and changed the poop diapers for me when Claire was born! But with the second baby they assumed I knew what I was doing and left me alone the entire hospital stay for the most part. I think the best part of it was when we got her home and she had explosively loud poops that you could hear in the other room, my Husband and I really got a kick out of it.

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  • Megan@ The Running Doc June 14, 2012, 11:31 am

    Henry is so adorable! And that is one fancy, schmancy hospital room! Much nicer than some of the ones I’ve seen.

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  • Dori June 14, 2012, 11:31 am

    Henry!!!! That is my brother’s middle name, and the name I call him along with tons of nicknames that are variations on it. LOVE that name, and your son is really adorable!

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  • Erin June 14, 2012, 11:31 am

    I LOVE the name Henry! It is on my “list” :) He is gorgeous, and you look amazing.

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  • Orla June 14, 2012, 11:31 am

    Stunning baby Henry, stunning mama, stunning papa & stunning grandfather.
    So happy for you all- as in tearing up and I done even know you happy for you!

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  • Eva June 14, 2012, 11:32 am

    he is sooooooo cute! and I love his name! Everyone looks so happy — congratulations!!

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  • Brooke@BittersweetBrooke June 14, 2012, 11:32 am

    What a perfect name! He is adorable!

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  • Tricia June 14, 2012, 11:32 am

    LOVE his name!!! And he’s adorable. You’re doing great :-)

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  • Chrissy (The New Me) June 14, 2012, 11:32 am

    Love the name Henry, and he’s just gorgeous. Congratulations to the happy family!

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  • Lindsay June 14, 2012, 11:32 am

    Getting a little emotional reading your day 2 recap. It is suddenly becoming so real that I will be having my baby soon too. I am due exactly a month later than you and now that you’ve had Henry it just hit me that I too will be writing my own story. I can’t wait to read your birth story!

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    • Lesley Zinn June 14, 2012, 4:29 pm

      I am with Lindsay. I am due on July 21st and I am just staring at the pictures on Baby Henry (who is too cute for words, i want to squoosh him :)) and thinking ‘Oh my goodness- I am going to have one of those- outside my body! -in 5 weeks!’ Simply amazing. Congratulations to you, Caitlin. I have really enjoyed following your pregnancy and can’t wait see what happens next :)

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  • Lisa Marie June 14, 2012, 11:32 am

    So excited for you! I practically lived for Daily Garnish’s baby posts and now I couldn’t be more excited for yours. Congrats and welcome to the world little Henry.

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  • Kimberly @ Redefining Kimberly June 14, 2012, 11:32 am

    Henry is quite the handsome little man. Congratulations on his arrival. I was chuckling at your telling of “trial by poopy dipaer”. A few hours after our daughter was born – she went from happy baby to SCREAMING…. we fed her, rocked her, burped her, everything – she still screamed. 30 minutes later, hubby and I realized she needed a diaper change. Duh! We laugh about it now – it was quite the introduction into parenthood.

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  • Cate June 14, 2012, 11:33 am

    What a great name! I think it’s perfect!

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  • Regina June 14, 2012, 11:33 am

    Holy crap, that picture of him on your neck is adorable. Congratulations to your family.

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  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) June 14, 2012, 11:34 am

    He’s so cute… hang in there and enjoy!

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  • Maija June 14, 2012, 11:34 am

    1. Henry’s eyeballs in that first photo- they are so big and cute!
    2. Your dad’s glasses! OMGGGG what a goober, those things are crazy (in an awesome way DadHTP if you read this)

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  • Wendy June 14, 2012, 11:35 am

    Love the name, and everyone looks great! Henry actually looks a LOT like my friend’s baby, who has turned out to be a redhead. :)

    True story: with my first, neither my husband nor I changed a single diaper until we got home from the hospital. We managed to get the nurses to do it the whole time we were there. :)

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  • Er June 14, 2012, 11:35 am

    I almost never comment, but had to today — he is SO adorable. Congrats!

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  • Melissa June 14, 2012, 11:36 am

    Love his name! So cute! Congrats!

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  • Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife June 14, 2012, 11:36 am

    Omigosh, Henry is absolutely beautiful! What a good looking baby :)

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  • Ashley June 14, 2012, 11:36 am

    He’s so alert! Adorable, love the name :-)

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  • amy June 14, 2012, 11:38 am

    That takes me back to when my first baby was born. Changing the first diaper and putting on a new outfit. I remember thinking it was impossible to get those little hands and fingers in a sleeve and I was sweating the entire time. And new baby poop is impossible to clean up! In a few months, you will look back and feel 200% more experienced and yet still feel like you don’t have a clue what you are doing because as they grow, you’ll encounter all new things!

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  • Sarah June 14, 2012, 11:38 am

    Putting on baby clothes is super hard, so many congratulations are due!

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  • Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength June 14, 2012, 11:39 am

    YAY! Congrats!! :) :)

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  • Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! June 14, 2012, 11:39 am

    A cuter baby I have never seen. That picture of him lying on your neck with his eyes open? Holy freaking cute. I think my uterus is glowing.

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  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 14, 2012, 11:40 am

    Ahh Caitlin he’s gorgeous!!!! I’m so so happy for you and your family. I never realized how much you and Dad HTP look alike! I hope you’re feeling good (despite all the weirdness that pregnancy brings – of which I’ve never experienced, but I’m sure it’s a strange feeling!)

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    • Krista June 14, 2012, 12:53 pm

      I thought the same, Caitlin you look exactly like your dad!
      Precious Henry looks like his daddy, I totally see Kristien in him!!

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  • Lauren T June 14, 2012, 11:40 am

    So cute! Glad things are going well, and great name choice! He even already looks like a Henry :)

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  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life June 14, 2012, 11:40 am

    Love the pictures! Congrats on the diaper change! You are right, even little milestones are cause for celebration. ;) Enjoy!

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  • Rose June 14, 2012, 11:40 am

    I love that strong name. Congratulations, you two!

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  • Kelly June 14, 2012, 11:40 am

    Congratulations! I’m glad to hear your bundle has a name. Welcome to the world!

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  • Willemijn @ Run Eat Travel June 14, 2012, 11:41 am

    I really like the name Henry! Will you call him shortly Harry? Just like Prince Harry?
    Either way,I love it!
    And SUCH cute pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Amanda June 14, 2012, 11:43 am

    Great name! This post makes it seem more real that in just 13 weeks I’ll be giving this new lifestyle a whirl myself! Crazy!!

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  • Laura @ My Pink Thumb June 14, 2012, 11:44 am

    What a beautiful boy. and I absolutely LOVE that you named him Henry! :) Glad things are going so well and can’t wait to hear about his arrival at home!

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  • Danielle June 14, 2012, 11:44 am

    Congrats! He looks like a good mix of both you and your husband. :)

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  • Laura June 14, 2012, 11:44 am

    Caitlin,
    I read this whole post with a goofy grin on my face!!! What a beautiful time for you and your family. And I LOVE the name….Henry…so perfect. What about those big gorgeous eyes of his?? So alert and already ready to take on the world! Congratulations, I cannot wait to hear your no-meds birth story. You are WO.MAN. to deliver an-almost-7-pound baby vaginally with no meds. You. Can. Do. Anything.

    Love, Laura

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  • Blair June 14, 2012, 11:44 am

    I definitely did not expect to be so emotionally attached to Henry and your story, but just seeing your newest addition and the smiles on your faces made me tear up a little. Congrats to you and the family!

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  • deva at deva by definition June 14, 2012, 11:44 am

    He is adorable and I love the name Henry! Congratulations!

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  • Erica June 14, 2012, 11:45 am

    Absolutely perfect and beautiful name! It fits him completely. You look amazing and yes, we MUST celebrate ALL our victories as parents, no matter how big or small. Congratulations again and have a happy home-going!

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  • Alison (Fueling for Fitness) June 14, 2012, 11:47 am

    So thrilled for you and your new family! Henry’s a cutie. Congrats!

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  • Clare June 14, 2012, 11:47 am

    What a fantastic name! My youngest is a Henry! Best name ever :) Enjoy your new little boy!

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  • Dana June 14, 2012, 11:47 am

    Henry (LOVE the name) is adorable and it already seems like you guys are GREAT parents. Caring whether or not you are good parents is always the first step. :) Hope the dog/baby meeting goes well!

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  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 14, 2012, 11:47 am

    That is such a perfect name. I was smiling silly when I read it :D Again, congratulations to both of you. I’m so happy to see the baby healthy and both of you happy and healthy, as well!

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  • Janelle June 14, 2012, 11:47 am

    Welcome Henry! (Love that name!)

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  • Hillary June 14, 2012, 11:48 am

    Oh, Caitlin. What a perfect name for a perfect little boy. Congrats again!

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  • Hannah June 14, 2012, 11:48 am

    So happy for you and your family! :) Have fun!!

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  • Alex @ Raw Recovery June 14, 2012, 11:48 am

    Aww Henry!!! I’m so glad that he’s here, healthy, and has a name!! So very excited for you and to hear all about Henry’s birth story! By the way, I love the name Claire. I thought if the baby was a girl you’d name her Josie since I think you once said you wanted your name to be Josie Boyle. :)

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  • Jamie June 14, 2012, 11:49 am

    Awesome name and he is adorable!! glad you are feeling so well :)

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  • Kara June 14, 2012, 11:49 am

    Congratulations to you both! Henry is perfect!!!

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  • Angela June 14, 2012, 11:49 am

    I haven’t been commenting much lately, but I have been reading all your pregnancy posts, and now he’s here!!! I am so happy for you and your husband and your Henry. What a sweet little family you have!

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  • Angie June 14, 2012, 11:49 am

    He’s beautiful and you guys will be amazing parents. Henry fits him perfectly. Congratulations to your family, I’m so happy for you guys.

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  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life June 14, 2012, 11:50 am

    Oh my goodness, congratulations he is adorable and I am so glad you re feeling so well! I love the name, Henry is perfect!!!

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  • rosie @ rosalicious June 14, 2012, 11:51 am

    Congratulations! He is so, so sweet!

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  • Kendall @On An Inhale June 14, 2012, 11:51 am

    HENRY is so sweet! I am so happy for all of you!!! as my family says, MAZEL TOV! :)

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  • BethT June 14, 2012, 11:52 am

    You guys are doing great! I have changed a lot of diapers in my day but the first newborn diaper is scary (especially with the scary tar-like poop!) Enjoy your time with him.

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  • Lauren June 14, 2012, 11:53 am

    Oh I’m SO glad you went with Henry! Yay! He is ADORABLE.

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  • Amy June 14, 2012, 11:53 am

    He is precious and perfect!

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  • Megan June 14, 2012, 11:54 am

    Congratulations! Henry looks so adorable!

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  • claire June 14, 2012, 11:54 am

    Henry is my favorite boy name ever! (And Claire would have been a good choice, too, obviously.) Congrats on being a new parent. You look so, so happy and I am so happy for you!

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  • Kim @ Wonderings June 14, 2012, 11:55 am

    Henry’s eyes are so big. He is ready to take in the world.

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  • Katherine June 14, 2012, 11:55 am

    Rock on mama and celebrate the smalln victories. I have an 11 month old and you’ll be shocked how quickly you will become an old pro. Congratulation! His name is perfect. My baby also didn’t have a name for 48 hours or so. Savor this time. It is incredible.

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  • Marisa E June 14, 2012, 11:56 am

    OMG- did Henry get you with the black tar poo?? That is the worst!! Ha!! Anyway- you guys all look great, esp little Henry <3 Can't WAIT to hear the birth story.

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  • Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut June 14, 2012, 11:56 am

    I’m so glad you’re feeling well on your little one’s second day!!! You’re gonna be a rockstar mama!

    I am astonished that this was your first diaper change…seriously I thought all girls were forced to change their siblings or cousins diapers or babysit for their neighbors lol. Wait, maybe that was just me. ;-)

    I babysit twin one-year olds and believe you me…you have some fun coming!!

    Congrats to you both!! :-)

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  • Amy June 14, 2012, 11:56 am

    He looks like Henry.. love it!

    Congrats to you and Kristien both.

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  • Kate June 14, 2012, 11:57 am

    Henry is such a handsome baby! Congratulations again :) you are doing great as parents so far :) look at you changing his diaper and clothes like a pro!

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  • Jenn June 14, 2012, 11:58 am

    Congratulations Caitlin! Happy Birthday Henry!

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  • Allison June 14, 2012, 11:58 am

    Congrats! He is so sweet!

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  • Stephanie June 14, 2012, 11:58 am

    He is absolutely precious! I am so excited you are both doing well and that you get to go home today, enjoy!

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  • Caroline June 14, 2012, 11:58 am

    I love his name!! Congrats and thank you for sharing this journey!

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  • Anna D June 14, 2012, 11:58 am

    Your blog is twice as addicting now that there are cute baby pictures to “aww” over.
    Love the name, love the first changing story, yay for the Boyles!!

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  • Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut June 14, 2012, 12:00 pm

    Although you are super busy now…would you consider (or have you already) writing about why you chose to not use any medications during birth? I’m a couple of years from having little ones, but this is something I have a hard time deciphering fact from feeling. Thanks!

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  • Julie June 14, 2012, 12:00 pm

    Congrats! Thanks for keeping us posted. LOVE the name! You look so happy. :)

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  • Melanie_F June 14, 2012, 12:01 pm

    Congrats to you and your husband for a beautiful baby boy! I love the name!

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  • Julianne June 14, 2012, 12:02 pm

    Congrats! Henry is adorable.

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  • Soniathe Mexigarian June 14, 2012, 12:02 pm

    Freaking adorable!!! I literally have tears in my eyes out of happiness for you and your family. Huge congrats on baby Henry! I am so glad everyone is doing well.

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  • Kelly June 14, 2012, 12:03 pm

    So happy for you guys. He is darling, too. Maggie and James are going to LOVE him. And, I bet those two dogs will soon be Henry’s best friends, too. Yay for sweet families.

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  • Carolyn June 14, 2012, 12:03 pm

    HE IS GORGEOUS! Ohh you must be soooo happy right now…! Congratulations!!!

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  • Earthy Nicole June 14, 2012, 12:03 pm

    I love Henry’s name and all his cute photos! I can hardly look at them without crying tears of happiness for you! Congratulations a million times, you guys! And big hugs! xx

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  • Hannah June 14, 2012, 12:03 pm

    Lovin’ all the details!! And I loove the name Claire.. I hope you get your Claire Joy someday :)

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  • Claire June 14, 2012, 12:04 pm

    Didn’t think it was possible to feel so much joy for someone I stalk online :D. Glad everyone is healthy and happy and beautiful. And I don’t hate your choice of girl’s name!

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  • Lauren June 14, 2012, 12:05 pm

    Yaaaaaay for choosing Henry! I was rooting for that name :) You’re doing so wonderful! Congratulations on your first successful diaper AND clothes change! Looking forward to following your first baby journey, thank you so much for sharing!

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  • Elisabeth June 14, 2012, 12:05 pm

    I LOVE his name! I like a good, classic name. He sure does look like Grandpa, in my opinion. This is a little strange, but I’m in love with him & I don’t even ‘know’ him or you…ha! Congratulations!!!! :)

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  • crystal June 14, 2012, 12:06 pm

    omg he is so cute, looks just like you. how sweet :)

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  • Leah June 14, 2012, 12:07 pm

    Lovely post! I adore the name Henry. Great choice and very British! All of the names that you had as possibilities – you could not go wrong, they were all great. He is a lucky boy!! So pleased for you and your husband Caitlin!

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  • Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots June 14, 2012, 12:07 pm

    he is soo precious congrats!! I love his name he looks like a Henry!

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  • Courtney June 14, 2012, 12:09 pm

    Man those newborn poops are no joke!! Wait until he starts having some breastmilk poops. There were times with mine where you could hear the explosion across the room. Lol!!!!

    He’s a doll and I can’t wait to hear more about your birth story!

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  • Kim T June 14, 2012, 12:11 pm

    Thanks for being so honest. Seems like so many new moms are afraid to admit that they are clueless. Even if you have baby sat or been around kids, it’s so different when it’s your kid. The stakes feel pretty high, plus there’s hormones and everything else. You’ll be amazed how quickly you feel a bit more pro at everything. Nothing like trial by fire to kick learning into high gear. I do remember feeling like “What!!??!!” when they let us go home with our daughter. Thinking oh man how will we do this without the nurses. But we managed and thrived. You will too.

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  • Tara June 14, 2012, 12:12 pm

    Henry has the best eyes…they are so big and lovely! What a cutie! I look forward to hearing your birth story.

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  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt June 14, 2012, 12:13 pm

    He is SO beautiful, Caitlin! I cannot wait to meet him, and I am so happy that you’re doing well. :)

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  • Lauren June 14, 2012, 12:14 pm

    Congrats! You look great and Henry is adorable.

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  • Heather@YSP June 14, 2012, 12:14 pm

    This is AWESOME and he is gorgeous. Keep on celebrating Every. Single. Victory. Big or small, they all matter. Our daughter is three and we still cheer for every day without an accident, every little good thing. Parenting IS super tough, but you’re already getting a taste of how super awesome it can be too. Congrats to you and your husband.

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  • Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles June 14, 2012, 12:16 pm

    Love the name!!! He’s absolutely beautiful. Huge cograts

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  • Haley June 14, 2012, 12:17 pm

    He is so alert and precious! Congrats again but I must say, the best picture in this post is the one of your dad holding him….your dad looks so happy and content to have Henry in his arms!

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  • Dara June 14, 2012, 12:18 pm

    Hi Caitlin — Congrats! He is just precious and I’ve had so much fun following your pregnancy. I just had my second 2.5 months ago…

    Saw you are drinking mother’s milk tea. Just a little warning because it happened to me. I was drinking 3-5 cups of it a day to help increase my supply when I started having major stomach upset and cramping. After eliminating some other things in my diet, I realized it was the tea. I was so sick I couldn’t take care of my kids. It doesn’t happen to everyone, but just wanted to make you aware so it doesn’t happen to you!

    Good luck with everything!

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  • Julia June 14, 2012, 12:20 pm

    Whew, thanks for sharing the first adventures with us!
    Great name. So British, I love it!

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  • Kate @ Cupcake Runner June 14, 2012, 12:21 pm

    Henry is a very sweet and strong name! I’m glad that from all the hints you’ve given about Henry’s birth everything went well.

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  • Kristen @ The Concrete Runnee June 14, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Oh my, so cute! My 1st diaper experience was also by myself as we were getting ready to leave the hospital. She was wet and then proceeded to projectile poop meconium all over herself. It was quite the experience. 8 months later, I’d say I’m a pro! Definitely celebrate every small victory! Parenting is hard but worth every second!

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  • Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real June 14, 2012, 12:25 pm

    I love that you said he is already your favorite person in the entire world. Trust me, that will never change. It is wonderful that you are celebrating every small victory (like changing diapers, changing clothes and getting 2 hours of uninterrupted sleep). You and Kristien are already doing a wonderful job as parents. Congratulations to you both and I hope you get to go home soon.

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  • Maryz June 14, 2012, 12:27 pm

    Henry is so beautiful! You are in for so many adventures! Enjoy!

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  • Jess June 14, 2012, 12:28 pm

    Oh…he is so, so precious! Truly a blessing. Congrats to you and the whole family. And I love his name. :)

    Can’t wait to hear about your birth story!

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  • Jillian @ Reshape Your Life June 14, 2012, 12:30 pm

    It’s so awesome to see how your lives are changing! I can’t wait to hear more about your birthing experience and diving head first into parenting!

    Motherhood looks great on you!

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  • Heather June 14, 2012, 12:32 pm

    Henry Kristien Boyle sure sounds Presidential to me.

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  • Erin June 14, 2012, 12:33 pm

    Henry is gorgeous! Congratulations!

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  • Lu June 14, 2012, 12:33 pm

    Henry is an awesome name! You look amazing! I can’t wait to hear about the birth story.

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  • Liza June 14, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Oh Caitlin!!! I love him! His name is so classic. Great choice! He is a beautiful baby and I am so glad to hear everyone is doing so well.

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  • Gwen June 14, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Welcome, Henry! Such a precious litte man!

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  • Tara June 14, 2012, 12:35 pm

    I love the name Henry! Congrats:-)

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  • Kristine June 14, 2012, 12:35 pm

    Henry is beautiful!!! Congratulations

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  • Juli June 14, 2012, 12:37 pm

    Congrats! Sounds like things are doing well, and Henry is a lovely name. Actually, that’s the most common boy name round these parts it seems – 3 babies of my friends born last year were named Henry adding to the other 4 Henry’s I know under the age of 5 – if it’s popular you know it’s for good reason – it’s a great name!

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  • Lara June 14, 2012, 12:38 pm

    I love that DadHTP is the Baby Whisperer.

    Henry is the perfect name for your little man…it totally suits him! He looks so alert and satisfied. Well done, you two!

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  • Jen June 14, 2012, 12:39 pm

    Yay, so happy little man has a name now! He looks like a Henry – excellent choice! He’s so adorable…you two did good :)

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  • Amelia June 14, 2012, 12:43 pm

    Congrats and welcome to the world, Henry!

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  • Sarah June 14, 2012, 12:47 pm

    I just checked your blog today, I have not had my computer for a few days so did not even know you had your baby till today. Congrats!!! So so happy for you

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  • Katya June 14, 2012, 12:47 pm

    congratulations Caitlin and Kristien on your little boy, Henry! love the name, and he is so cute :) glad you are all doing well and happy homecoming!

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  • Aria June 14, 2012, 12:47 pm

    What a cutie!!! He’s adorable! The name Henry fits him well – he just looks like a Henry! :) Congrats to you both & I can’t wait for more updates :)

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  • Kath June 14, 2012, 12:47 pm

    Love little Henry! So excited for you both!

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  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde June 14, 2012, 12:47 pm

    I’m so impressed that you got such a long post up already!! Congratulations again – Henry is precious, and you look great :) I love his name, too!

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  • Carlee June 14, 2012, 12:48 pm

    So happy for you guys! I’m excited to hear about your birth story.

    Love the name! Henry was on our top 3, but it’s not what we are going with :)

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  • Lisa June 14, 2012, 12:50 pm

    Aww, congratulations Caitlin and Kristien and welcome to the world Henry. He is SO adorable. I am glad to hear everyone is doing well.

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  • Amber June 14, 2012, 12:51 pm

    Congrats! Love the name!!

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  • Jessica June 14, 2012, 12:51 pm

    So happy for you guys, what a beautiful family. Wishing you the best.

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  • Claire Zulkey June 14, 2012, 12:56 pm

    You have flawless taste in names, C. :)

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  • Abby June 14, 2012, 12:57 pm

    I am so happy to hear you are doing well. You are such a glowing new momma!

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  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed June 14, 2012, 1:01 pm

    Wow look at those eyes! So grateful that you found time to post and share him with us :) Congrats!!!!

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  • Nichole June 14, 2012, 1:01 pm

    What a perfect name! And he’s so handsome too!

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  • Cindy B. June 14, 2012, 1:01 pm

    There is no doubt that the two of you make beautiful babies together! I bet your house is going to be so fun the next few months! You should put up a video camera in the corner of every room so all of us can tune in to “The Henry Show”. That would be great!

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  • Amy June 14, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Funny that you couldn’t pick your name — we had the boy name all picked out (before we got married). The girl name — that was a struggle and we picked Claire! She is such a blessing!

    Enjoy every minute with Henry — the 12 weeks with Claire have flown by. I also find myself looking at everything differently. I just knew I would want to return to work and upon return turned in my notice. I can’t wait to be “mommy” and nothing else!!

    Congratulations!

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  • Susan June 14, 2012, 1:06 pm

    What a handsome little guy! He looks so alert! And Henry is a beautiful name!
    Oh, and your hospital breakfast looks a million times better than what I got for my first breakfast after having my son last year. After two days of eating close to nothing (I was induced but didn’t progress so we had to get a c-section and I couldn’t eat anything of substance for about two days…), my first meal consisted of farina and apple juice, haha!

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  • Allie June 14, 2012, 1:07 pm

    Awww…your sweet little Henry is just fanning the flames of my baby fever! He totally looks like a Henry too :) Congratulations, he is so handsome!

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  • Kim L. June 14, 2012, 1:08 pm

    Henry is SO alert! He looks like a very sweet baby. So excited for the three of you. Really looking forward to your upcoming posts. You will be a great mother : )

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  • Larissa June 14, 2012, 1:08 pm

    Congrats!!! He really does look like a Henry!

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  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 14, 2012, 1:12 pm

    I just can’t believe it, you really have a baby now!!! And I’m so glad you picked Henry, that was my top choice! Congratulations, he’s so adorable!

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  • Brita June 14, 2012, 1:13 pm

    I CALLED IT!
    I KNEW if you had a boy his name would be Henry… I told my friend months ago!
    Gosh, I wish anyone else was as excited about this as I was, ha. I’m semi-clairvoyant!

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    • Lindsay June 14, 2012, 1:15 pm

      It’s true you guys, she really did call it. And I have to say– he LOOKS like a Henry. So FREAKING adorable. I know I don’t know you, but I am so happy and excited for you guys :)

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  • Amy June 14, 2012, 1:14 pm

    Okay, you just made me want to try for #2! Enjoy it. :)

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  • Kristen June 14, 2012, 1:14 pm

    He is sooooooooo gorgeous!!
    I can’t believe how alert he seems for just a teeny newborn! My babies slept for the first 48 hours – and whoa nelly, when they woke up, they WOKE up : ) Your little handsome man looks like he was born ready to say hello to the world. Congratulations!

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  • mollie June 14, 2012, 1:21 pm

    he is the cutest, and i love the name! congratulations, and much happiness!

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  • Caroline June 14, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Congratulations! I loved this post, thank you for sharing. I’m always so curious about new mamas and loved reading about your experience. Can’t wait to read the birth story too.

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  • Sarah June 14, 2012, 1:26 pm

    I love Henry!! Can’t wait to meet him and introduce him to his future wife :)

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  • jennyh June 14, 2012, 1:29 pm

    Love love the name, I wanted to name our son Henry but our last name is Hill and my husband veto’d it as Henry Hill was to Mobster for him ;)
    Baby Henry looks like Kirstien, so sweet, congrats to your new family! Sleep is over rated, and you have lots of adrenaline to get you through the first week or so!

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  • Tonya June 14, 2012, 1:29 pm

    What a beautiful baby. and granddad looks genuinely happy. u can feel the love thru the pics :-)

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  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) June 14, 2012, 1:30 pm

    Oh Caitlin, he’s so handsome and I LOVE the name! I am so happy that things are going well! Enjoy your time with your new little family!

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  • Tammy Root June 14, 2012, 1:30 pm

    First of all, I cannot believe you found time to blog!!! You are amazing. :) See, you’re already Supermom!

    I know exactly how you feel about the lack of sleep and adjusting. It is as if my body has adjusted to only a few hours of sleep. It’s amazing how I feel somewhat functional without my normal 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

    It’s all worth it though… :) Hope you have a great first night at home.

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  • Nicole June 14, 2012, 1:32 pm

    He is so cute! I love his name and I love Claire for a girl too. I can’t wait to read your birth story and to watch him grow up on the blog!

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  • Vikki June 14, 2012, 1:34 pm

    He is such a cute baby. I’m happy for you guys.

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  • Britt @ BalancedBritt June 14, 2012, 1:34 pm

    CONGRATS BOYLE FAMILY!

    Henry is just such a great name. I do say he looks like a mini Kristien! :) Cannot wait to read your birth story.

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  • Karen Ridout June 14, 2012, 1:37 pm

    Congrats! So happy for you and your family!

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  • Jennifer June 14, 2012, 1:39 pm

    Henry is just beautiful!! And I love the name Henry, it is my boy name if I ever had one.

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  • jen June 14, 2012, 1:40 pm

    so excited for you guys. i’m impressed that you could put sentences together to write a whole blog post so soon post delivery :) all newborns hate having their diaper changed-it always stressed me out to change the diapers for the first month or so until the screaming stopped during diaper changes!

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  • Sara June 14, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Congratulations! He is very bright eyed and sweet, and I love the name Henry. I can already see resemblance to mom and dad, and incidentally, you and your dad look so much alike!

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  • CarmenG June 14, 2012, 1:42 pm

    I have never commented on your blog before, but I had to tell you that your little boy is so adorable. I can see your excitement and happiness in all of your pictures. It reminds me how excited I was when I had my first child. Congrats and enjoy him!

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  • Kelli June 14, 2012, 1:42 pm

    I’m so happy to hear that everything is going well! And especially on surviving your first solo diaper change! I bet that in a week or so you will feel like an old pro. I bet you are very ready to get home, & I know James & Maggie will love him in no time too.
    That picture of your dad & his grandson is really, really sweet!

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  • Jordan @ Tiny Styled June 14, 2012, 1:42 pm

    Henry is the adorable, and I really love that name. I’m also clueless about diaper changes. It’s a good thing my husband has already gone through this, and my 11yo stepson is a pro with babies because he has 2 little sisters!

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  • Diana June 14, 2012, 1:44 pm

    So precious… And what a lovely name. Very cool.

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  • Reenie June 14, 2012, 1:44 pm

    He’s adorable. Congrats again to you and the Husband….and James & Maggie :)

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  • Colleen June 14, 2012, 1:44 pm

    Be love the name. He definitely looks like a Henry. Isn’t the first shower after delivery the best? It is definitely the little things that are the best.

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  • Katie of Cabbage Ranch June 14, 2012, 1:45 pm

    He’s absolutely beautiful. Love his name, too, and you look great! Happy homecoming later today!

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  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction June 14, 2012, 1:48 pm

    Congrats! You and Henry look great! He looks like a Henry!!!

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  • Susan June 14, 2012, 1:49 pm

    Way to go, Caitlin! I remember the first time I had to change my son’s diaper and you’re right! The first time is a big deal! You’re doing great!

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  • Katie June 14, 2012, 1:49 pm

    Oh my goodness, those eyes! Congratulations! So glad things are off to a great start!

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  • Alexa June 14, 2012, 1:50 pm

    The picture of Henry laying on your chest in the colorful little onesie had my eyes filled with tears. That’s my pregnancy hormones! So much love there.

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  • Joanne June 14, 2012, 1:53 pm

    This is all so exciting! I love hearing every minute of your experience. Must have checked your site about 15 times this morning waiting for an update. :) SO SO Happy for you all.

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  • Beth June 14, 2012, 1:54 pm

    This may be wierd since i don’t actually know you, but i got teary-eyed reading this because i am so happy for you guys. haha. He is such a beautiful baby and you look so happy you’re glowing. Congrats again…. you guys are going to be such great parents to the new little man!

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  • Amber K June 14, 2012, 1:59 pm

    He is just one of the most sweetest babies I’ve ever seen! I love babies and I LOVE the name Henry.

    That first diaper change story was hilarious. They can be quite eventful ;)

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  • Rachel C. June 14, 2012, 2:02 pm

    so cute and love the name….glad things are off to a good start and that you are feeling good

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  • M.C. Reddick June 14, 2012, 2:02 pm

    Henry!!! Hello Henry! :) I love the pics… the one with him at your neck.. he looks like he is hugging you and pondering this outside world business… he recognizes your heartbeat and thinks…. this is my mommma.. but something is definitely different about this outside place! :)

    So happy for you and your whole family!!!!!!

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  • Gillian June 14, 2012, 2:05 pm

    Absolutely precious!

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  • Angie All The Way June 14, 2012, 2:08 pm

    Lovely lovely name! I was uncommitted to a boy’s name as well and had convinced myself we were having a girl. When he came out, I felt compelled to name him right then and there and when the husband turned to me to ask what his name would be (after never agreeing on a name up to that point, there’s something about watching your wife give birth that caused him to concede a bit more for some reason lol). At that moment I blurted out “Cameron Alexander” – Cameron being one of the boys names that we had written down “just in case” and was the husband’s idea and Alexander after my Dad and it just seemed right. I’m kind of glad that I “impulsively” decided at that moment because otherwise I would have never felt like it was “the one” I don’t think. Cameron now, of course, could never have been named anything else because he’s entirely “Cameron”

    Henry is perfect and so happy to hear you are doing well :-)

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  • Lauren @ Sassy Molassy June 14, 2012, 2:11 pm

    Oh my, Henry is such a cute lil guy! And you guys are great parents already. I’m sure every experienced parent remembers being in your position so just focus on your journey and enjoy. Thanks for keeping us tuned in and sharing your experience!!

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  • Morgan June 14, 2012, 2:19 pm

    Congratulations!!! I LOVE the name, Henry is my number one boy’s name, if we ever have a boy:) He is a cutie, cannot wait to hear the birth story!

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  • Annette@FitnessPerks June 14, 2012, 2:24 pm

    Wahooo!! COngrats. He is adorable. LOVE the name too–my sister’s little guy is Henry too. SO I think it’s awesome :) YAY for a great birth!

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  • Ryan June 14, 2012, 2:27 pm

    Great post! Congrats on your pregnancy and the new addition to your family! If you’re looking to regain your pre pregnancy figure, I highly recommend Fullbar (www.fullbar.com). Not only do their products help you lose weight, they also help you maintain your weight loss.

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  • Jenifer June 14, 2012, 2:28 pm

    Congrats Momma. He is absolutly adorable! Looks like he got the red hair you were hoping for.

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  • Amanda June 14, 2012, 2:31 pm

    Henry is so beautiful. He looks peaceful, and I think that he is the perfect mixture of you and Kristien.

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  • Lindsey June 14, 2012, 2:36 pm

    Henry is absolutely adorable!

    I’ve never changed a baby diaper either, but I used to work in Special Ed so I have changed 8 year olds diapers. Hopefully when I have a baby it’ll be a piece of cake compared to 8 year olds with Autism!

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  • Marissa C June 14, 2012, 2:37 pm

    Best advice I ever got from my midnight the day after our daughter was born:

    “At about the 4th day, your hormones go crazy. Don’t be surprised if you are crying and depressed.”

    Like clockwork on the evening of the 3rd day, I felt awful. I was crying for no reason–I understood that but still felt sad! If our midwife hadn’t warned us, my husband and I would have been really concerned.

    All of that passed and after 2 weeks things were much better!

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  • Maria June 14, 2012, 2:37 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing, loving all the details. Henry is a lovely strong name for a little boy with such sweet soulful eyes.

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  • Jen June 14, 2012, 2:39 pm

    You look amazing! Glowing and radiant! A truly lovely family…

    Congrats again!

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  • Brigid June 14, 2012, 2:40 pm

    He’s such a cutie! I’m glad you went with Henry. It suits him. I hope you guys break free soon. Look forward to reading the birth story!

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  • Stephanie C June 14, 2012, 2:40 pm

    LOVE the name! And what a little cutie. Congrats again. I love hearing you talk so positively about this experience. I’m not pregnant and won’t be at least until I graduate from grad school and part of me is really scared about the lack of sleep! Your words are so encouraging!

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  • Breanne June 14, 2012, 2:50 pm

    Love the name – Hi Henry! He’s precious. Glad to hear you’re doing so well. :) Thanks for the update! AND congrats on the poopy diaper victory!

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  • Kamaile June 14, 2012, 2:54 pm

    Love his name! He’s soooo cute and I love the one with your Dad holding him, proud Grampa! You looks ectatic and I’m just so happy for you and your husband. :-)

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  • Michelle@Peachy Palate June 14, 2012, 2:57 pm

    He has the most gorgeous eyes! He looks so alert! You’re looking fantastic too and great to hear you’re feeling amazing! :)

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  • Jocelyn June 14, 2012, 3:01 pm

    Henry is too cute! My baby fever is going crazy! The name Henry is actually my top boy’s name because I love it plus both me and my husband have grandfathers named Henry.

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  • clare @ fittingitallin June 14, 2012, 3:03 pm

    oh Caitlin, Henry is beautiful! So perfect, and it sounds like you two are doing so well.
    BUT I think you need to have another baby and have it be a girl so you can have a Cla(i)re:)

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  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 14, 2012, 3:06 pm

    Gosh, Henry is such an adorable baby! And has a great name! What was the other boy’s name you were considering?

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  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) June 14, 2012, 3:10 pm

    Ahhhhh! Congratulations again and I am so glad that everyone is healthy! I adore the name Henry and I have a funny story about that!

    I had just talked to my husband about two random boy names I liked…Henry and Oliver. Literally, the same day we got a wedding invite for a friend of my husbands…she was marrying a guy named Hank. I thought, “What kind of name is Hank!” As I opened the invite I saw my husbands friend was marrying a guy named “Henry Oliver”! I have never laughed so stinking hard!

    Anyway, all that to say I adore the name Henry!

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  • Ashley June 14, 2012, 3:19 pm

    Congratulations. You have one of the cutest and most alert. Infants ive seen. I wish you all the best of luck

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  • Nicola June 14, 2012, 3:19 pm

    He is adorable! Congratulations!
    My daddy’s name is Henry, so of course I love the name choice :)

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  • Cait June 14, 2012, 3:20 pm

    Congrats Caitlin. Best wishes on this new and exciting journey :)

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  • Julie June 14, 2012, 3:21 pm

    Congrats to you & your family, he is perfect & adorable! Love the name too.

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  • jen June 14, 2012, 3:22 pm

    Beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing the pics! The one with your dh and Henry sleeping on his stomach reminds me sooooo much of when my dd was born….she was very sick when she was born and we slept that way for 6 months….she flourished with the skin on skin contact…love it!!!!

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  • Maggie @ Healthy Urban Hearth June 14, 2012, 3:26 pm

    Congrats Caitlin!! Henry is so beautiful and alert. I can’t believe he’s only a few days old in that picture! I love his name (and I love your girl name choice too) – it’s funny, Henry and Clara are mine and hubby’s top choices for when we have a baby :) Great taste and congrats again!!!!

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  • Kim June 14, 2012, 3:27 pm

    So awesome! My daughter is Claire:) she is just over a year old now and I am pregnant with #2. We have a much harder time with boy names also do I am not sure what will happen if this one is a boy!
    Enjoy Henry!

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  • Ellen June 14, 2012, 3:30 pm

    Oh my gosh, he looks like a Henry!! And he looks so much like you, too. Glad you guys are doing well, and I can’t wait to read your birth story.

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  • Juli June 14, 2012, 3:33 pm

    Congrats!! He is SO precious!!!

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  • Ashlyn June 14, 2012, 3:36 pm

    I don’t normally comment, but I just had to say congratulations. Henry is absolutely precious, and you look like you’re over the moon!

    I’m so happy for you and your family!

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  • Erin June 14, 2012, 3:41 pm

    you look absolutely radiant, Caitlin! congrats to you and your family of (now) three, so happy for you!

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  • Emily June 14, 2012, 3:51 pm

    Congratulations Caitlin!!!

    I actually let out a little “aHhH!” as I read today’s post because (super bizarre) yesterday as I saw your beautiful baby’s picture and you wrote that you hadn’t yet picked a name I honest to God thought to myself “he looks like a Henry”.

    Your family is beautiful!

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  • Jen @ The Well Read Fish June 14, 2012, 3:54 pm

    Oh my word! That lil face is amazing.
    Congrats!

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  • allpointswhole June 14, 2012, 3:57 pm

    Soak up these moments. Time stops and nothing compares

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  • Trish June 14, 2012, 4:02 pm

    HENRY IS MY BOY BABY NAME TOO!!!! I LOVE IT!!! Congratulations, enjoy everything with your new family it’s amazing!!!!

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  • Regina June 14, 2012, 4:13 pm

    You look fantastic mama! Congratulations :) Can’t wait to hear the birth story! I’ve been following your journey from the beginning and am 10 weeks behind you so it’s helped a lot with ideas, etc. reading your posts :) 30 weeks pregnant here, 10+/- to go!

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  • AJB June 14, 2012, 4:16 pm

    Love his name!! You look fabulous and baby Henry is adorable!!

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  • Mckenna June 14, 2012, 4:18 pm

    I thought FOR SURE his name would be Jack. (why? I have no idea, I saw his photo and thought – Looks like a Jack Kristien)

    I do like Henry though. :)

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  • Katie June 14, 2012, 4:19 pm

    So excited for you – hes’s adorable!!

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  • Keva June 14, 2012, 4:22 pm

    Henry is one seriously cute baby. I admit, I find most newborns to be sort of alien looking, but he’s ridiculously adorable. Congratulations to the whole family!

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  • Kristin June 14, 2012, 4:23 pm

    He’s so alert! Funny about your first diaper experience. They make these things called pee-pee tee-pees that are like little tents you put over the little one so he doesn’t squirt you.

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  • Lindsay June 14, 2012, 4:31 pm

    He is so sweet! You are making me have major baby fever!!! :)

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  • Elaine Glynn June 14, 2012, 4:35 pm

    Such a handsome young man and so alert. Taking in all this new world around him. Wishing you all good wishes and happiness.

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  • Shari June 14, 2012, 4:36 pm

    Oh my goodness, he is PRECIOUS. What a little dear heart! I’m so glad to hear your second day together has been going so beautifully. Wishing you so many more of those in the weeks, months, and years to come!

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  • Angie June 14, 2012, 4:46 pm

    so very cute!! As a mom of 3 boys, i can empathize with the peepee incident. We always had the clean diaper ready to drape over the top while cleaning the backside – kept me from getting sprayed many times.

    Fun fact…my 3rd boy (and 4th baby) came out of me and as he was being placed on my chest he let loose and peed all over the L & D nurse!

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  • Angela June 14, 2012, 4:58 pm

    Henry is such a great name, I’ve always said if I ever have a boy Henry would be the name I used. Congrats on the first diaper change on your own! I have never changed a babies diaper in my life so I think you are pretty awesome haha!

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  • Rebecca June 14, 2012, 5:01 pm

    That is the best name. Oh my goodness. It’s so perfect. I can’t think of anything that would fit better. And Henry is SO CUTE.
    Loving the pictures–I think the one of K + H sleeping is probably my favorite. Precious. :)

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  • Mary June 14, 2012, 5:04 pm

    Your dad is so cute!

    I love that your baby’s name is Henry. My Friend just recently had a baby and Named him Henry Nolan after her husband’s Grandpa. :) Congrats again! You are a beautiful family!

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  • Jenn June 14, 2012, 5:05 pm

    Congratulations! He is gorgeous!!

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  • Kate June 14, 2012, 5:12 pm

    Your Dad’s glasses rule!!!

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  • Jenn (eating bender) June 14, 2012, 5:15 pm

    Henry is amazing! I love the joy emanating from every inch of this post. You look great, momma. Congratulations again! :)

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  • emily June 14, 2012, 5:16 pm

    Holy crap that is a handsome baby!!

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  • Kristen June 14, 2012, 5:20 pm

    Oh, Henry! You are just too, too cute. When I saw the first pic, I thought he looked just like you, but now I see Kristien in him too. Funny how that works, huh? ;-) Congrats to both of you!!

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  • Susan June 14, 2012, 5:27 pm

    Congratulations!! Henry is totally adorable! And I love the name–it’s one we’re currently considering!

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  • Rebecca June 14, 2012, 5:28 pm

    So cute! I love his name!

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  • bearrabbit June 14, 2012, 5:41 pm

    Holy Cow! That kid is cute! Job well done.

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  • Natalie @fitjamericangirl June 14, 2012, 5:42 pm

    Henry is a GREAT name. He has your chin and mouth, but the rest of him (especially the top of his head) is your husband. A perfect little mixture of both!

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  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed June 14, 2012, 5:47 pm

    Gorgeous!!! Yes do celebrate every small victory :) Henry is a beautiful name!!
    Heidi xo

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  • Effie June 14, 2012, 5:56 pm

    June 12 must be a day for Henry! My cousin and his wife also gave birth to their first son Henry that day as well. Congrats to you both!

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  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras June 14, 2012, 5:59 pm

    Caitlin he is SO adorable!! You look fantastic, and the picture of Kristien and Henry almost made me cry! (I’m a complete sap when it comes to dads and new babies). I’m so happy for you all!

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  • Faith A. June 14, 2012, 6:12 pm

    Caitlin – he is absolutely precious. So happy to see how happy you all are :-) Love his name too. Can’t wait to hear more about him – many congratulations to you. xo

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  • caronae June 14, 2012, 6:18 pm

    The name is beautiful! I love “Henry”. So happy that your baby is healthy and happy. What more could you ask for? :)

    You should definitely feel good about the small victories. Everything counts!

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  • kirby June 14, 2012, 6:19 pm

    he is precious – congrats again.

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  • Eliza June 14, 2012, 6:23 pm

    I love Henry. The name and your baby too. How cutttttttttteeeee. So precious. And I love your girls name idea too. I like rare names but names that are real, so I love the middle name Joy. I also like Hope and Faith!
    He so perfect looking, I love the photo with DadHTP!
    xxxx

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  • Eliza June 14, 2012, 6:25 pm

    Also, how did you go with using baby wipes? I am a nanny and pretty much go through a pack per poop lol

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  • Alexis June 14, 2012, 6:41 pm

    Looooooove love love the name! And he is so adorable:) looks so much like you!

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  • Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana June 14, 2012, 6:43 pm

    I love the picture of Henry laying on your chest, such a cutie :)

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  • Mary June 14, 2012, 6:51 pm

    I love the name Henry, and he has such gorgeous big eyes. Congratulations!

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  • Kelly June 14, 2012, 7:03 pm

    Claire and Henry are the names of the main characters in “Time Traveler’s Wife”. They both have always been my favorite names!

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  • Molly @ RDexposed June 14, 2012, 7:03 pm

    Can’t. Stop. Looking. At. Him.

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  • Hotpotatokate June 14, 2012, 7:05 pm

    Pee on day 2 suggests he’s feeding great! Nice work. He’s such a cutie, and sounds like you guys are getting great post-natal care. Yay!

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  • Heather Busher June 14, 2012, 7:21 pm

    I’m in love with him already! He’s totally date-worthy material for Mirabelle! ;) So precious!

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  • Leanne (Simplicitlee) June 14, 2012, 7:37 pm

    I love the name you decided on! It’s old fashioned and so lovely.

    Today a lady at work came in with her 3 week old baby named Carter and he was so adorable. Between Carter and seeing all the babies on the blogs, its giving me a little baby fever!

    So cute! Wishing you and your little family of 5 all the love in the world <3

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  • Laura June 14, 2012, 7:37 pm

    He’s so precious! And photogenic :)

    I’m so glad you updated and that you’re doing well.

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  • Kelly June 14, 2012, 7:39 pm

    He’s a dream!! Love the name!! :)

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  • Stephanie June 14, 2012, 8:07 pm

    Congrats on your new baby boy! I’ve been reading your blog for years. Though not consistently. It’s been about 2 weeks so I was super excited when I saw that you had your baby! I really thought he was going to be a girl and I like the fact that you kept it a secret from yourself and the world.

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  • Sarah June 14, 2012, 8:12 pm

    Great job!! Hospitals love some trial by fire – they came into my room one night while the husband was at home – and it was midnight – and they asked me if I wanted the baby! Uhh. I said no cause I was asleep and felt horrible about it.

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  • Pam June 14, 2012, 8:17 pm

    I love his name, Henry! It’s such a cute, yet distinguished name :)
    You are doing great, thank you so much for sharing with us all!

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  • Amanda June 14, 2012, 8:22 pm

    What a doll! I think I see red hair too. Funny coincidence: I was walking around this morning thinking to myself ” Henry, I wonder if they’ve thought of Henry as a name. Henry Boyle has a nice ring to it.”

    Kinda wild eh?

    Oh and that pic of your dad and Henry is too sweet for words. Welcome to the world Henry!

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  • Kim June 14, 2012, 8:22 pm

    He is so sweet-looking! What a beautiful little human being. And I love the name!

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  • Emily June 14, 2012, 8:33 pm

    I have to congratulate you on the name, very sweet: Henry Kristien:) You have that “very proud mother radiance” as well!

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  • Pam June 14, 2012, 8:38 pm

    So happy for you and the Husband. I love the name – I knew you’d go for something classic because of Margaret and James’ names ;) Your bebe looks so sweet and looks soooo much like you! You look great as well – can’t wait for the birth story. Congrats!!

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  • Monica June 14, 2012, 8:42 pm

    Congrats! So glad you had a great experience at Pineville. I delivered there, too, and mine wasn’t as positive. Our room seemed to be the room that was missing everything – each time the nurse came in she had to walk the halls to find a computer. No TV remote either:) I also didn’t get to see a lactation consultant:( The nurses were great for the most part but I’m glad you had a good experience. Best of luck with Henry!

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  • Alexandra June 14, 2012, 8:42 pm

    The entire family looks SO lovely. And Caitlin, you do not look like you just delivered a baby! Thanks for sharing with us :) Congratulations!

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  • Amy June 14, 2012, 8:54 pm

    so happy for u! sounds like everyones doing really well :) congrats!

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  • Kelley June 14, 2012, 9:06 pm

    Congrats, Caitlin! Henry is amazing! i delivered on Friday and we BARELY survived the second night. ha! Sounds like you had a great experience. I hope you’re feeling great and enjoying motherhood so far. Congrats!

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  • Lee June 14, 2012, 9:09 pm

    Henry is a cutie!

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  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 14, 2012, 9:34 pm

    Aww Henry is a beautiful name for a beautiful baby boy! :) What made you choose it?

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  • Scargosun June 14, 2012, 9:47 pm

    You look fabulous! Your little boy is adorable! I am so happy for you all! I actually did some work at that hospital. It was really nice back then too. I am glad to hear it was such a great place for you to give birth.

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  • Tricia June 14, 2012, 9:47 pm

    I guessed a boy and Henry for the name so funny. I’m on top of baby guessing this yr! Dare I say he is one of the most beautiful babies I have seen in a while and he has such strong eyes!

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  • Amelia June 14, 2012, 9:54 pm

    Caitlin, you are radiant!!! Henry is so adorable. At first glance I immediately thought he looked like Kristien. Definitely a very cute baby. I see some red hair potential too. :) Enjoy your new addition!!

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  • Laura June 14, 2012, 10:01 pm

    Gosh! You guys are making it look so easy:) Congrats on a healthy delivery and baby! Henry is precious!

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  • Claire June 14, 2012, 10:01 pm

    Love the name Henry – gives a nod to your hubby’s british heritage too. Clearly you have good taste in names (you even had the right spelling for Claire!).

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  • Sarahbear June 14, 2012, 10:04 pm

    You have the most non-newborn looking newborn I have ever seen. Most newborns are so sleepy! Henry looks so alert. The definition of bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! He’s adorable. =)

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  • Kate June 14, 2012, 10:08 pm

    Henry is adorable! And my 7 month old daughter is Claire Elizabeth…you have good taste in names! ;)

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  • Julie June 14, 2012, 10:12 pm

    I really love the name Henry. He’s beautiful. Congrats!

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  • Gina G June 14, 2012, 10:14 pm

    I couldn’t be any more excited/happy for you guys than I already am! Congrats again! :)

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  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats June 14, 2012, 10:34 pm

    Ahhhhh he’s so cute! He looks a lot like you both actually! Congrats to you both and so glad you’re feeling so great!

    This is not helping my baby fever ;)

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  • sarah June 14, 2012, 11:10 pm

    Congratulations, Caitlin and Kristien! I like the name. It’s classic, which seems to be rare these days. I would have been just as clueless as you about the diaper. ;-)

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  • Jessie @ Graze With Me June 14, 2012, 11:14 pm

    Awwww Henry! I love that wee little face. He looks like a perfect blend of the two of you.

    I love hearing about your experience as a new mom. Your life is changed forever and it’s so amazing. I had never changed a diaper either until my baby girl. It’s second nature now!! Can’t wait to read more.

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  • Jen June 14, 2012, 11:20 pm

    LOVE the name and just cannot get over how beautiful he is! Also love that you gave him his father’s name as a middle name…that is the tradition in my husband’s family as well! Also love the pic with your Dad…he looks sooo happy and proud!!! Wow…this post has just filled me with love. :)

    Can’t wait for the birth story & to see how Maggie & James react to their new little brother!

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  • Kris @ tryingtotri June 14, 2012, 11:31 pm

    Congratulations on the birth of your adorable baby boy. :)

    Love his name – it’s a classic!

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  • Amanda @ phd and parenthood June 14, 2012, 11:38 pm

    Wonderful, classic name and a handsome little boy! Mazel tov to your entire family :)

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  • Shauna June 14, 2012, 11:50 pm

    I LOVE the name Henry! It doesn’t matter what I think, of course, and people’s opinions of names are so subjective anyway (do I only love it because I’ve never personally known a bad Henry?) but it’s just such a sweet, classic name. I hope he reads Henry Huggins books when he gets older :)

    Thanks for the update!

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  • Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl June 15, 2012, 12:48 am

    Congrats!!! What a classic and fitting name for your son xoxoxo

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  • Jaclyn @ JustJac! June 15, 2012, 12:51 am

    Congrats Caitlin!!!! He is beautiful, love the name, and you look great too! So happy you are (both) healthy and on the *other side* of things!! I have been thinking about you during my days for the past week+ wondering “when”, ha!
    Can’t wait to read the B.S> and looking forward to seeing more of that cute face :] Much love!! <3

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  • Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel June 15, 2012, 1:54 am

    such big eyes. so adorable!

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  • Penélope June 15, 2012, 3:38 am

    Awwwww, he’s adorable!!!!!!

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  • Buttercup June 15, 2012, 4:46 am

    In that photo of Henry resting on your chest, he looks like “Whew, I’m exhausted by that first diaper change too!” In no time at all, you will be an “old hand” at this stuff. : ) Btw, you look great!

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  • Emma June 15, 2012, 6:54 am

    Congrats. Can’t wait to hear more updates.

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  • Lynna June 15, 2012, 7:02 am

    Oh, Caitlin…this brought back such wonderful memories. Enjoy all your firsts!

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  • Reka June 15, 2012, 7:07 am

    Awww, how cute! Congratulations to all of you!!!! Really proud of you. Long journey, but you did it! You will be a wonderful mom Caitlin, I just know it.

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  • chelsea June 15, 2012, 7:30 am

    Henry is such a great name!! He is adorable, Caitlin! Congratulations to you and kristien! I can’t wait to hear more!!

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  • philippa June 15, 2012, 8:16 am

    Wow, I hadn’t checked in for a few days and thought I’d see if you’d had the baby yet…and what do you know, he’s here!! Congratulations!! What a lovely little boy he is. Can’t wait to hear more. I hope being parents is everything you and your husband hope for :) xx

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  • Emily June 15, 2012, 8:19 am

    Henry is just beautiful! Congratulations!!

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  • Ellen June 15, 2012, 1:52 pm

    Henry is TOO CUTE!!! Those eyes! (Great name, btw.) Congrats!!

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  • Jessica June 15, 2012, 4:17 pm

    Congratulations to you and your husband! Your little guy is absolutely adorable!!!!

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  • Meredith June 16, 2012, 6:57 am

    So happy for you! We also had our first child this week — on Monday, Eli came into the world. I’ve LOVED reading your blog and following your progress as it was so similar to what i was experiencing. So, so thrilled fr you! It’s been the most difficult and Best week of my life so far. Cheers!

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  • Alisa July 3, 2012, 8:49 pm

    I know this post is from awhile ago, but that’s funny that you would’ve named a girl Claire Joy – my middle name is Joy, but it was supposed to be Claire but my parents decided they liked Joy better (it was a game-day decision). I actually really like the name Claire – I might go by it if it were my middle name.

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