Introducing our son, Charlie Starke Henderson …

Well, folks, we done had a baby … and life is all of a sudden perfect.

charlie henderson

Life was good before, of course. Great, actually. But this little guy just really put it over the top. He’s perfectly healthy, I’m totally healthy and we are home safe and sound from the hospital.

Some quick details while he’s napping:

He was born saturday morning at 8:30am, 10 days early. He weighed 7.2 pounds and is 19 1/2 inches long. He kinda looks like a snapping turtle, and the most adorable snapping turtle at that. I’ll write-up my birth story properly later – I don’t to rush it but you’ll get it soon before I forget all the details. Of course right now it seems impossible to forget that level of pain, but its already fading.

emily sleeping


It’s all totally amazing and I can’t believe the combination of both extreme joy and strange uneasiness at the same time. I’m not a worrier at all in life – I fancy myself pretty fearless, actually, but this ‘life in the palm of your hands’ thing is absolutely terrifying in a way that nothing ever has been before.  And don’t get me started on the obsessive staring problem that occurs the second you have a baby.

baby charlie

Here’s what I want you to know:

Of course, as of today, I’m not working as much as I was before and naturally my priorities have shifted. But I have worked my belly off the last 6 months writing so many posts in advance, and setting up systems so that the business can still run while we are taking some time as a family. I’ll be checking in daily, still writing the posts and I have an amazing design and blog assistant, Ginny, who is helping manage everything.

Business isn’t stopping, it’s just getting more streamlined and I need you to still come back and visit every day.

Happy Monday, friends. Mondays are famously  my least favorite day of the week, but not this one. Its totally, absolutely, tearfully perfect.

charlie Henderson

  1. BridgetG

    Sweetness. :) Congratulations to you both!

  2. Sarah


  3. Jill

    Mazel Tov! He’s gorgeous!! I am a faithful reader, I will keep coming back.

  4. welcome 2 the club lil mama!!! soooo insanely happy for you! exploding with all kinds of awesome and wonderful sentiments…but i’ll just suffice it to say…your life will never be the same again…it will be sooooo much better, richer, and messier! and that’s the glory of it all.

  5. Congratulations Emily! Just the cutest little snapping turtle!

  6. Wonderful news!! He’s a cutie and the photo of you both napping makes my heart swell. Congratulations to all.

  7. Bridget

    I’ve literally been checking every day multiple times for an announcement of the birth of your child. I had a feeling he’d enter the world early! He must have known your desire for imediate satisfaction. Congratulations to you and Brian, what an amazing miracle. Enjoy every moment. And love the name.

  8. Love this. Thank you for sharing. You are such an inspiration to me.

  9. Melissa

    He’s beyond beautiful. Congratulations! Enjoy every moment.

  10. Meg

    He is so completely perfect and my heart is exploding for you, truly. Congratulations, Emily!!!!

  11. Jenna

    Congratulations!! Looking forward to baby posts! :o)

  12. Ola

    Congratulations!!! I know that feeling! I have 2 little ones at home:) I just made a decision to go back only part time and I feel it’s the best thing I could do! I feel so good about it! All the best!

  13. Karla

    Enjoy these first few weeks…while it seems they aren’t flying by (because you’ll be in a sleepless daze at about week two, even more than now believe it or not!) I promise, they will. And it will all get better, and better. And easier over time. Beautiful baby!

  14. Wow! Conrats! I literally gasped when the page loaded. These photos are killing me, he is absolutely adorable! And you definitely don’t have to worry about us all continuing to check your blog daily–even if you post less I will still be here and happy :)

  15. Sandi


  16. Jessi

    So so happy for you guys!! Congrats, glad everyone is doing great and healthy!

  17. Julie

    Congrats!! He is beautiful!!

  18. Julie

    Congratulations Emily!!! Beautiful. ;-)

  19. Dana

    Congratulations!!! So happy for you!! Your little family looks so beautiful and happy!

    Also, so happy that your blog is continuing on because my days would just not be as fun without it! It’s my absolutely favorite blog and I follow about 100 so that’s saying something ;)

    Congrats again! Love his name too!

  20. Jane

    Ah! What a fun surprise! Thanks for sharing- and geeez, could you look any cuter post delivery in the hospital?


    • Julie

      I had the same thought!

  21. Ashley

    So sweet. Congratulations, Momma!

  22. Janis

    Such wonderful news! Congratulations!!

  23. Congratulations Emily! Such a joy to read this beautiful post! All the best to you and your beautiful family!

  24. Brandy

    Yay for babies!! Congratulations to you both :)

  25. what a surprise!! So happy little Charlie arrived happy and healthy- can’t wait to hear more and so glad you won’t be taking a blog hiatus…although I realize that sounds a little selfish of me :)

  26. Colleen

    Life is never the same! How lucky are you three? They are right…a baby changes EVERYTHING!

  27. Taylor

    Congratulations! What a great name and what a cutie!

  28. Eleanor Huang

    Congratulations! Enjoy every minute, it goes so fast.

  29. avital

    I’m so happy for you guys and selfilishly happy for me that you intend to keep going with the blog because I love it so…your style inspires me so much and you are one of the funniest ladies,so don’t worry you have my devotion and iternal loyalty:)…Enjoy the little one!

  30. Kelly

    What a joyous post!! Welcome to the world Charlie.

  31. Z

    Proud of you, lady! Enjoy this sweet time. These first days as a new family are so special… really… like you just joined an exclusive, awesome club that no one else is a member of. It’s amazing. Congratulations! :)

  32. Tracy

    Congrats! Obsessive staring at the adorable snapping turtle totally okay! They change so quickly, so enjoy and stare away!

  33. Gabby

    Congratulations! He’s so cute and I love the name Charlie! Little boys are so much fun, they stress you out one minute and then completely melt your heart the next.

  34. alandala

    Congratulations! Baby if beautiful!

  35. Jillian


  36. Shama

    Congratulations! I know everyone says they grow really fast, but as a first time mom myself I have to say it really is true! Enjoy your time off with your new baby.

  37. Angela A.

    Congrats Emily! And I have to say I’m jealous…my due date is also December 17th, just waiting. :)

    Can’t wait to read your birth story.

  38. rachael

    Congratulations, Emily and Brian! So happy for you, it brings tears to my eyes. God bless you in your new “job”. Not only was a baby born on Saturday, but a mother and a father. Take care!

  39. Victoria

    Congratulations Emily and Brian. I’m so thrilled for you both and baby Charlie. What a wonderful life to be welcomed into.

  40. Mary

    Such wonderful news! So happy for you and your family! Welcome Charlie!

  41. you’re a mommy!! congratulations on your lovely, bouncing baby boy!!!

  42. raqi


  43. Anne

    Beautiful baby boy! Enjoy your time as a new family…

  44. Karrie

    Congratulations! He is gorgeous!

  45. patty blaettler

    What a beautiful baby!!

  46. pamela

    I never comment on blogs but had to wish you both many, many congratulations!!! enjoy soaking in your perfect little guy!

  47. Erika

    Congratulations! You are positively glowing and your snapping turtle looks adorable. Enjoy time off with your family.

  48. Tina

    So happy for you!!!!

  49. Alima

    That’s the best!! So happy for you! Those first few months fly by so really soak it all in and let everything else be second on the list for a while! :)

  50. Danielle


  51. christelle harris


  52. Jackson


  53. stephanie page

    what a little doll! congrats

  54. Tracy K

    Congrats!! Charlie is gorgeous as is his name. Enjoy! :)

  55. So very happy for you! Been a fan since your first HGTV Design Star moment. Enjoy the moment. You will remember this time for the rest of your life as one of your best.

  56. Cindy

    Emily and Brian – Congratulations! I read your blog every day and feel like I know you. Tears were running down my face with happiness for you when I read this right now. Your baby and your pictures are beautiful and I look forward to reading your blog every day. Not only are you a great designer but you are also a great writer and I love your wonderful witty humor. Congratulations and enjoy the new little one!

  57. Whitney

    Congratulations!!! So thrilled for you both.

  58. Jenny

    Congratulations!! He’s beautiful!

  59. Anne

    Congrats to your beautiful family!

  60. Jacquelyn

    I have tears for you because I know how amazing it is to hold that new life for the very first time! So happy for a healthy baby and mama! Congratulations!

  61. Sunne

    Oh Emily! So thrilled for you!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. Sandi

    Welcome to motherhood. It rocks!

  63. Heartfelt congratulations to you and your family! You all look so happy and serene! :)

  64. bri

    congratulations, mama! this makes me so much more anxious for my second little to arrive in a couple weeks (although you totally scared me with the 10 days early thing. hopefully a trip to the doc today will ease those fears!)!

  65. Maria

    What beautiful pics and what a sweet surprise! Congrats mama!

  66. Laura

    Congratulations! Such happy news for your family! And he looks perfect!

  67. Erica

    Emily! Congratulations! Thrilled for you. You are beautiful momma and what an adorable baby.

    You are an inspiration to all of us working women out there that the work doesn’t have to stop. Will look forward to continuing to get my daily Emily fix.

    So happy for you.

  68. Congratulations! He is such an adorable baby and you look fabulous for just having a baby. Glowing! Enjoy your new family!

  69. Carolyn

    Congratulations-he is perfect!

  70. JJ

    CONGRATS!!! He is so cute!

  71. Karen Moorman

    Congratulations, Emily! He is absolutely gorgeous and you look amazing. Seeing first pics of mom and baby is one of my favorite things. It brings me back to when my sweet babies were born. It’s an experience I will treasure for always. Embrace every moment and sleep when sweet Charlie closes his eyes. Blessings upon you!

  72. Mar

    Congrats. I find myself a little embarrassed at the level of joy and sappiness I am feeling for a complete stranger. You are going to be an amazing mom.

  73. Trista

    Hooray! He’s beautiful.

  74. Libby

    Congratulation! Welcome to the world Charlie!

  75. Robyn

    What a perfect Christmas present for you two!!!! Congrats on the newest little VonHenderson!!!!!

  76. GumTreeGirl

    Congratulations Emily! He is adorable and precious looking and I bet even more so in person.

  77. Jessica

    Congrats Emily and family!! Don’t worry, I will still visit every day!

  78. Catherine

    The picture of you and your new little love sleeping is just about the most perfect thing ever.

  79. Clementine

    Congratulations! I just have to say… our little girl, Ruby, was born Saturday night at 11:05, 7.2 lbs and 19.5 inches long. :D It was a good night for having babies! So glad that you’re doing well. Great job!

  80. Eszter

    Congratulations to you both! How perfect to start a week :)

  81. Megan

    Congratulations to you guys!!!! How amazing! he is GORGEOUS, and the name is beautiful. I am happy to hear you both are doing well! Our first (a boy) is due in just a couple of weeks and even saying that makes me super nervous! I hope it all goes as well as it has for you. :)

  82. Nicole

    Congratulations to both of you! You both look so peacefully happy.

  83. Sarah J

    Congrats! I love the pick of you two snoozing post-feed (you’ll wonder how your life ever became so topless and exhausting when you’re not an exotic dancer!)

    It’s hard, it’s awesome, and enjoy the wonderful journey of becoming a FAMILY.

  84. What a beautiful picture of you, your husband and new baby! I am so happy for you both to be on this new “discovery page” of your life and can’t wait to see how you translate it to design!
    I’m looking forward to peaking into this new life that tyou have both created.

  85. Shelby

    ahhhh!!!! He’s so gorgeous and perfect in every way! Good job momma! You look beautiful. Congratulations on your little miracle! And I’m jealous you were that early!!! I was 3 days late and it got pretty miserable waiting! :)

  86. Dana

    Perfection! Congratulations.

  87. Nicole M.

    YEA, Congrats Mom and Dad! You had your pregnancy pictures taken just in time :)
    I am so happy Charlie and you are doing well…he is a cutie!

  88. Rachel Snipes

    That’s just about the cutest baby name I’ve ever heard, and you look amazing!

    I had my little boy 4 months ago so I can totally relate to this post. Congrats and enjoy!

  89. amyks

    Wow, wow, wow! Congratulations, you all look beautiful! So excited for you and this next chapter of your life.

  90. Jody

    Congratulations! He’s perfect. I can’t wait to hear your birth story!

  91. Lauren

    you all look beatifully happy. enjoy and congratulations.

  92. On the day that you were born the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true. XO

  93. Cindy C


  94. Nicole

    Happy, happy, joy, joy! Welcome to the world (and a great one at that, given the parents he has!) Charlie! Can’t wait to meet you! xoxo

  95. meg

    Congratulations!! Such beautiful pictures of your little family!

  96. OH CONGRATULATIONS, HENDERSONS!!! I actually had a weird pregnant lady suspicion that you were having him this weekend, not sure why. Love the name to bits, he’s perfectly adorable, and you look amazing. Enjoy those snuggles!!

  97. Kimberly

    I was so excited when checking your Instagram account and I saw the pic of your family. I think I might have even let out a little scream of excitement. I am so happy for you and Brian and little Charles. You look so utterly at peace, many blessings to you and yours;)

  98. Gem

    Oh this is so exciting!!!!! He is beautiful, youre a babe of a mum!!! Oh congrats, good work, youre a champ! I CANNOT wait to meet my bump, you made me all excited!!!!!

  99. Chenell Tannure

    AW….CONGRATULATIONS!!! He’s beautiful!

  100. Melanie Price

    Such beautiful photos. Congratulations to you and the hubs!! Yes, this time is full of uneasiness (EVERY first-time mom experiences this…welcome.) but so much love had flooded your heart!! They grow so fast…enjoy every second!
    Cheers to your new family and little man. He is ADORABLE!!!

  101. Kara

    Awwww! Congratulations Emily!

  102. Maria

    ПОЗДРАВЛЕНИЯ! CONGRATULATIONS! Sending love and good vibes from Bulgaria! Let him be healthy, happy and lucky! Friendly advice – don’t blink! As I have gave birth to my third 5 months ago and I’m still amazed how fast they grow :) Blessings to you all!!!

  103. Congratulations for the birth of your son. It is indeed a cherished and wonderful event that will change you forever.
    PS: enjoy those first weeks, you’ll soon realize that he’ll sleep less and less as he grows :)

  104. Muoi

    Congrats! So happy everyone is safe and healthy. He’s absolutely gorgeous.

  105. louise hall

    Congratulations you beautiful family!! He is gorgeous!! Sending love and hugs xxx

  106. Carol

    Congrats. What a lovely Baby and family as well!

  107. A huge heartfelt congratulations to you and your husband, Emily! Noting in life will bring you this kind of joy and devotion. I’m am thrilled for you both; Charlie is divinely perfect!

  108. amy h

    Congratulations! He’s just beautiful. You are so organized to have blog posts at the ready. And I hope you are protecting your beautiful velvet headboard from projectile burpy spit-ups. It happens!

  109. Linda

    Congratulations to you both. He’s gorgeous. Rest well. And do pelvic floor exercises. x

  110. Caitlin

    So happy for your family! Happy birthday Charlie Starke!

  111. Congratulations! He’s gorgeous!

  112. amber peters

    Yay! Congratulations! He is gorgeous! There is nothing like having a baby!

  113. Estelle

    What a great surprise…that’s the way to have a baby (Surprise) take care and lots of love coming your way

  114. I am so unbelievably happy for your new family! I cannot imagine what you’re all feeling right now, but I have to tell you, I just felt your sheer joy leaping off the screen from those photos. He’s a doll…

  115. SamY

    Oh, how wonderful and sweet! Congrats to you and your husband! Welcome Charlie Starke!

  116. Melanie

    Congratulations, beautiful photos of your family!! You look awesome! Can’t wait to hear how it all went!

  117. Beyond wonderful! Congratulations and rest well. Thank you for sharing your sweet boy with us. :)

  118. Babies will do that to you…make every day your favorite ;)

    Thanks for sharing your family with the world wide web. We are all so happy for you guys!! Healthy mamas, dadas and babies – it doesn’t get much better than that.

  119. Raven

    Emily! He is absolutely perfectly adorable! And so is his name. I gotta say…that picture of you two sleeping together is over the top cute. You are beautiful, girl, and you two made a beautiful baby! Congratulations :) Thank you for sharing your family with all of us who don’t know you in person, but adore you and your family!

  120. Christina

    Congratulations (big time) to you and your partner! I am filled with joy for you both!


  121. Beth Liebetrau

    Congrats Hendersons!!! I don’t think he could be cuter or the pics of your little family more gorgeous! Enjoy this sweet time as a new threesome. xo

  122. wendy

    He’s so beautiful. I’m so happy for you guys. He is a lucky baby to be born into such a fun and loving family!

  123. Ursula

    Congratulations! You’ve made my Monday too, and as someone else said in the comments, it’s absolutely embarrassing how happy I feel for a total stranger–but then again, I read your blog every day. What a wonderful journey you three will have.

  124. Sarah

    Congratulations!! I look forward to your posts everyday and was so happy to see this one. What a wonderful Christmas present. Cheers!

  125. Uju

    Awwww he is the cutest thing!! CONGRATULATIONS Emily!!

  126. Amanda K


  127. Ofelia, from México City

    OMG! He is so cute and perfect! Love the name, Charlie, like my dad’s. The second pic is my fave. Congratulations the three of yours, now you are more than a couple… you are a family, and that is a new world. Blesings!

  128. Oh my gosh, what a pleasant surprise in my blog reader this morning! Congratulations! You all look great and the baby is adorable!

  129. Paula

    Nothing illustrates quite so simply life changing in an instant as the birth of a baby. Congrats, so happy for you all. Enjoy the journey.

  130. Ilaria


  131. Giuliana

    Saw the pics on Instagram and was sooo excited for all of you! Congrats again! You look stunning!!!!! Don’t worry I’ll be visiting/stalking your page as I do daily. :). Charlie is AMAZING!!! Is Starke, a family name? Your maiden name? Not sure if someone asked that already. Love it!!

  132. Cecilie

    Awwww, thats my birthday too! Congratulations!

  133. Congratulations Emily!!! What a beautiful baby and family!

  134. Tracy

    Congratulations! Of course the joy is there, but the terror is totally normal too. I think that each month it gets a little better, as they grow. It probably never goes away (my oldest is 4), but the newborn phase is the hardest that way (at least in my experience). Hang in there!

  135. Susan


  136. Deb

    Sheer joy, Emily, Brian, and Charlie!!! What a wonderful Christmas present, albeit early, nevertheless, I am absolutely thrilled beyond measure for all of you. Having raised two sons I can tell you that your lives will never be the same; they will be enhanced beyond measure. Get alotta legos, and stuff to build with, and I know little, (well, right now), Charlie, is in the best possible hands. Now this is what the season is all about! CoNgRaTs!!!!!!!

  137. cheryl

    Beautiful mom and dad, sweet delight son. Happy for you three — nuzzle in and let the world go for a glorious moment in creating your new family.

  138. Congraaaaaaats!!!! Is it weird that I had a feeling this weekend?? So happy for everyone!! Rest up and enjoy every second!


  139. Pearl

    Congratulations to you both! He’s so cute and you all look like a very happy family indeed.

  140. Stephanie

    How wonderful! Congratulations.

  141. Evelyn

    Congratulations! What a wonderful holiday gift. :-)

  142. Kelli

    This news brought tears to my eyes! Congratulations to you and Brian! What a beautiful family! Thank you for sharing pictures of your precious Charlie with us! So happy to hear everyone is healthy and well.

  143. corrin

    ohhh. What a beauty he is. Congrats to your beautiful family!

  144. Leigh in Houston

    Congratulations and God bless your family! As a mom of 4, I remember the day our oldest was born like it was yesterday. He’s 21 now. Nothing in this world can compare to the flood and depth of emotions that you feel. Enjoy and sleep as much as you can.

  145. Margo

    Congrats! He is beautiful!

  146. Arli

    You are truly blessed! I am so happy for you and your husband. What a perfect family! Thanks for filling us in (so soon). Now take some time off to enjoy that love bug.

  147. LaineyR

    Yaaay! Huge congratulations winging their way to you from a little corner of the west of England! Nothing I love more than baby news and this is just all kinds of awesome. He is beautiful, you look beautiful, and Brian looks so proud – adorable! I will still check in every day but don’t worry about us – just enjoy this deeply special time (but maybe do post a few photos of little Charlie, you know, when you have a spare moment…) Well done – you did it!

  148. Stassa Annison

    Congrats Emily and Brian! Born the day before my birthday! He is absolutely perfect and I can’t wait to see all the cute outfits you dress him up in!! Rest up mama :)

  149. Janine Coleman

    Congrats! I’m so happy for you guys!

  150. Brandy

    Congrats!! This is totally cliche but soak up every stinking moment because it really does go by in the flash of an eye! BTW, your baby is absolutely perfect!

  151. ansook

    Many, many congrats! I had my little guy 3 weeks early one year ago. As they say, days feel long, but the years are short. Enjoy every minute. He is gorgeous.

  152. HIllary

    Congratulations!! He is pretty darn gorgeous. Your best work yet!

  153. Rae Ann

    Emily, Brian, and oh so adorable charlie
    You make a beautiful family . The joy on your faces is palable. Not to worry about all of us continuing to come back to this blog. Thanks for sharing your pregnancy with us. Much Love to you and your guys.

  154. Lainie

    Congratulations on your precious little bean -pea. He is beautiful. I have two little boys, and the great thing about boys is that they LOVE their Mamas. I know you will just love him up. Happy to hear you are all doing well.

  155. Zorah

    Congratulations! Little Charlie is just adorable!

  156. Erin

    Joy has arrived!!! My two cents: everything that is challenging about a newborn gets easier, and fairly quickly. Week 6 and 16 are both magical. Everything that is wonderful about a newborn actually gets more wonderful. You will think-it can’t get better!?–and then it does. So when you are sleepy and your boobs are tired, remember that equation, the hard gets easy and the joy multiplies. And that’s how ppl end up with multiple kids ;)

    • Sarah

      Amen sister!

  157. Bek W

    Hooray! I’m so very excited for you both! Babies are the BEST!

  158. Bee

    Congrats, Emily and Brian! Little Charlie Starke is adorable. Thanks for sharing this happy news with your readers! Hope you and Brian are squeezing in lots of naps of your own.

  159. Kate

    As a daily reader of your blog, I am so thrilled for you and your family. Thanks so much for sharing with us, and a huge congratulations!

  160. Lisa B

    He is beautiful!!! Congratulations!!! I have been reading forever and can’t wait to read your new adventures.

  161. Salmon


  162. Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you and your family.

  163. Sara

    Congratulations!!!!! He is perfect!! SO, SO excited for you…you deserve every bit of joy and happiness he will bring :).

  164. Julia@Cuckoo4Design

    Congratulations to both of you!
    CHARLIE STARKE HENDERSON is beautiful ;)

  165. Robyn

    Congrats Emily! He’s beautiful!

  166. laurel

    The photo of you two sleeping is beautiful…he has your lips and nose! He is so so so lovely, many congratulations Mama!

    Wishing you as much sleep as possible,

  167. jeannette

    so happy he made his journey safely and that you’re all well. love and congratulations to all, you so deserve this happiness.

  168. Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!!

  169. Sara

    Congratulations Emily!!! I couldn’t be more thrilled for you & Brian!!!!!!

  170. Sarah

    There is so much love in these pictures!
    Such an honor to see them!

  171. Kate

    Beautiful beautiful happiness. Endless waves of wishes for continued joy.

  172. Suemi

    Congratulations! All good wishes forever!

  173. Clara

    So happy for the two of you! He is precious!!! Enjoy these sweet and tender moments. I’m a preschool teacher and will testify that they fly by so fast! Congratulations!

  174. Jennifer

    We call that staring problem, “baby gazing,” and it takes up many blissful hours of the day and night! Love to you all!

  175. He’s beautiful and you look more gorgeous than ever. Congratulations mama!

  176. Lisa

    Congratulations! Your little turtle is too adorable. My oldest will be 26 tomorrow and I still remember that overwhelmed and excited feeling. And we stared and stared watching every little muscle twitch and lip smack. Enjoy all of it, it gets better and better.

  177. Ruth Vallejos

    He’s a keeper! Just a beautiful little boy. Every time you start to feel a little freaked out, remember every set of parents started out as rank amateurs. And yet at the end of the day, we are all alive and happy. Just breathe and be fearless, again. You will be the coolest Mama ever!


  178. Charlie is beautiful! Congratulations to you and Brian!

  179. Heather B.

    YIPPEE!!! Wow, that was a fun surprise to see!!! Congratulations and enjoy!!! FYI, the obsessive staring thing will never go away…

  180. Harmony

    Didn’t expect that post today, but it made my day. Welcome to the world of mamma hood. It is the best thing you will ever do. And now you have a little boyfriend to keep you company when your hubby is away. Does it get any better? Congrats!

  181. ahhhh— that pic of the 2 of you napping is so special– captured a sweet moment. congratulations– and enjoy all that snuggle time.

  182. Saw your instagram pic yesterday…such a happy moment. Glad to hear everyone is healthy and happy. Takes me back and so easy to forget how tiny these little guys start out! Please take time to enjoy your new family — the blog (and us) can wait — we’re all so very happy for you!

  183. Laura

    oh my goodness, hugest congratulations!!!

  184. Melissa

    Yay!!! Savor these blurry sleep deprived times! So happy for you ;)

  185. Linda

    Wow! Thanks for sharing your happiness. Congratulations and best wishes
    to all three of you. Thought we might get a peak of your new home today.
    That boy is much better!!

  186. awww. congrats lady. welcome to the best days of your life. PS, can’t believe you’re posting so soon after delivery! whoa.

  187. BooBooNinja

    Congratulations to the you and Brian.
    The newest Henderson is a lucky lucky boy.

  188. Emily K.

    All three of you are absolutely darling. Welcome Charlie!

  189. Congratulations! You have a beautiful family, and your baby is especially adorable and beautiful! This is a fact because I see babies every day:)

  190. Meg Kelly

    Eek! So happy for you and your little fam! Y’all look crazy precious. Congrats!!!

  191. Bia

    Congrats Emily! I wish all the happiness for both of you! He looks very cute! Best wishes to your family from brazil! Xoxo

  192. Carly

    Congrats to you both on your new addition to the family. I’m an avid reader of your blog and love the work that you do.

  193. Adriane

    Congratulations to the three of you! This makes me so excited for my little one…three more weeks. Can’t wait to hear more and don’t worry, we aren’t going anywhere!

  194. Congratulations, Emily and Brian! Charlie is an absolute doll! Enjoy this special time with your family. My daughter just turned three on Saturday. December 7th is a very special day for me, too. :)

  195. gah! you guys are adorable. the picture of you two sleeping together is too sweet.

  196. Sasha

    The birth of a child is the most amazing thing. It’s hard to believe that one body can contain so much joy. So, so happy for you all. The blog is amazing because YOU are amazing. We all read because we think you’re the bee’s knees, and we’ll be delighted to read whatever you have time to post. Enjoy this special time with your beautiful family!

  197. karen

    So happy for you — hope your lives stay perfect forever more!!

  198. esther

    congratulations! what bliss. what work. love your blog and can’t wait to hear all the details. great work!

  199. Lily

    Amazing! Wishing you lots of sleep as you all get settled into family life and eventually back into work/family life! xo

  200. Lauren

    Splendid! Congratulations! And now the real fun begins… Best wishes!

  201. Alicia

    Yay!!!! Congrats!

  202. Samantha

    You’re right—he’s perfect. Congratulations and enjoy these glow-y days.

  203. Liz B.

    Oh my! What a beautiful baby! Congrats! So happy for you!

  204. Elizabeth

    Im so happy for you Emily! I love reading about motherhood through your eyes! Cheering you on.

  205. anna

    oh gosh! those cheeks! and those big baggy trousers! so adorable! congratulations!

  206. Annie

    So happy for your family. The first weeks are so surreal and beautiful. Enjoy!

  207. Lucy

    Call it intuition but I had a feeling there might be baby news so I decided to check in even though it’s the wee hours of the morning here.
    As for your beautiful baby boy, what can I say but congratulations and enjoy every single minute. My daughter was also born early (15 years ago) and was about the same size as your little Charlie which is to say, absolutely perfect!

  208. Sarah

    Congratulations!! And Welcome , Charlie!!

  209. Z

    Congratulations! Life will never be the same and you will never believe how one little person can change you for the better and how nothing else matters but their health and happiness – enjoy! Zx

  210. joellen

    yippee, skippy!!! your bundle of joy, it. is. amazing.

  211. Bethany

    Congratulations, Emily! I can’t believe how absolutely gorgeous you both look! I can’t wait to hear more details, but you, dear, have plenty to do just soaking this all in for a while. I’m expecting my first in May so have been following your baby posts, along with all your usual bits of inspiration, with glee! Thank you for sharing so freely with all of us, by the way. Much love, Bethany

  212. Congratulations!! Such wonderful news! Nice of Charlie to come out ten days early for you :) our Charlie did nearly the same when he came 9 days early 3 years ago. Enjoy your wee man!

  213. Judith

    congrats, Emily. this is amazing!

  214. Cassi

    Aw he’s perfect! Congrats!

  215. Malcolm Begg

    I LOVE reading your blog and this is such a lovely post to see. He’s gorgeous!!CONGRATULATIONS (all the way from Scotland)

  216. Oh happy day! What a beautiful family and a lucky little boy!

  217. Zoe Royall

    This is so awkward (but I’ve over it), but I was thinking of you this weekend thinking you might have that (perfect) baby! Congratulations on Master Charlie. Wishing you and Brian every happiness with your new family of three!

  218. manasi bhalerao

    many many congrats – enjoy every moment

  219. congratulations emily! he’s a darlin…

  220. Mary

    Congrats on your son! What a perfect looking little dude.

  221. Renee

    So happy for your family! And thank you for sharing with us!

  222. Deb

    This is a random comment but Emily, are you familiar with the gorgeous Stark rugs that are sold on OneKingsLane? Even though the spelling isn’t exactly like Charlie’s middle name, wouldn’t it be kinda cool to have one in his room? Perhaps a chic designer such as yourself could get a deal. I saw them and thought of you and yours and toss this out for whatever it’s worth. Bundles of congrats on the birth of Charlie, and to you and Brian for entering parenthood!!!

  223. kim

    Hooray!!! You guys are one smart-lookin’ family!

  224. Wendy

    Joy to you! Wonderful!

  225. Congratulations! You’re going to be an awesome mom :)

  226. Anthony Amiewalan


  227. Jessica

    Congrats, Emily, he is beautiful! Welcome to the world, Charlie!

  228. Jodi


  229. Venus

    Congratulations and God bless!

  230. Saraheagle


  231. Terree

    Congratulations! Looking forward to the angst-filled teenage years when Charlie insists on being called Starke. (Of course I don’t have any personal experience with this!) Get some sleep, woman. We’ll all keep coming back.

  232. Richelle

    Congrats! Can I just say that you look amazing for just having a baby! Enjoy this wonderful time with you family!!

  233. Candace


  234. Carrie

    So thrilled for you and your new family! Congrats!

  235. Erin

    Congratulations Emily and Brian! He is beautiful! And you have never looked more gorgeous Emily!

  236. Sara

    Congratulations! I actually gasped when this picture popped up on my Facebook feed. So very happy for you. I don’t know you in person, but as so many do, I follow your blog and watched your TV show and feel as though I know you. You have a beautiful way about you and I can tell you will be a very thankful and wonderful mother.

    Stare away, Momma. He’s beautiful!

  237. alice

    huzzah! enjoy the sweet, chaotic baby moments. it is such a huge adjustment and you do not have to be perfect at it just survive it. enjoy the sweet baby toes and squishy cheeks.

  238. Paula

    You have a beautiful snapping turtle. Congratulations.

  239. Congratulations! You and your family look beautiful and so happy. My babies just turned seven and one in the last couple of weeks and I can still remember that feeling of blissful contentment that you are feeling right now. You are going to make a wonderful Mommy!

  240. Ali

    Congratulations Emily!! He’s absolutely perfect! I know what those first few weeks home are like so take it easy and soak in every second of it. It goes lightning quick. Cheers!!

  241. erica

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see how you will style his photo shoots. Two words: bow tie!

  242. congrats! enjoy this little bubble of happy time…its amazing and goes in the blink of an eye. enjoy staring at your little guy x

  243. Tanya

    congratulations! So glad to hear that both you and the baby are healthy! And yes, it’s amazing the kind of terror one feels once there is a life they are responsible for. It’s great but scary ^_^

  244. Jenny B

    Congratulations! The best thing in life is a happy, healthy baby. Crazy how a little 7 pounder suddenly changes everything about life. Enjoy this time!

  245. Kathy

    Congratulations. Even though I don’t know you personally this post brought tears to my eyes. He is so beautiful and you look so at peace & beautiful in the photos. I am so happy for you, Brian and your family. Enjoy!

  246. Kasandra

    He’s absolutely perfect!

  247. Lindsay

    Congrats to you and your family, beautiful mama!

  248. oh yay! Is it weird that I was walking around over the weekend thinking “I wonder if Emily has had her baby yet…?” Anyways as one of my digital besties congrats to you and your precious, precious family. I concur about the purely terrifying nature of having a little life in your hands. I didn’t necessarily “bond” at first with mine, but the protection and safety instinct was always there. I <3 the name – when I was born my sister refused to call me Charlotte and called me "Charlie" instead.

    Congrats Emily and Brian!!!!

  249. Emily U

    That is such a beautiful picture of you and baby Charlie sleeping on your bed.
    I have never been so thankful for instagram and all the peeks of #charliehendo.
    don’t stop. won’t stop. #charliehendo!!

  250. Mary

    Congratulations! You’ve found true BLISS :)
    It’s not going to be perfect (referring to motherhood which is both magical and humbling) but it WILL be perfect (just maybe not in the way that you planned, but instead in the way that you really need). What a beautiful little fella! Well done Mama!

  251. Kimberlee

    Congratulations from Frozen Fargo! You look so happy and pretty and in love :) Little Charlie is adorable!

  252. Jelina

    Congrats! He’s so cute :) what a wonderful Christmas present!

  253. Kaaren

    So, so happy for both of you. You look and sound blissful! What a great feeling and he is a total doll. Enjoy! Every day is notable and new. Take a lot of pics, do a lot of journaling on each of his “firsts”. You are on the “ride of your life”. Have fun.

  254. Leah

    Yay for Charlie! Congratulations!!

  255. Elizabeth

    Yay yay yay yay!! Congrats to you and Brian. Charlie is SO precious! He’s actually a beautiful little newborn which basically never happens! I am so happy for you. Woo!

  256. Alice

    Such a beautiful little person… congratulations!

  257. Kelleigh

    Just wanted to say congratulations! : ) He looks like an absolutely handsome baby boy, and I can’t say enough how beautiful you look laying next to him – motherhood suits you! Wishing your family all the very best in life.

  258. Julian

    Miss Emily! I do believe I just saw some shoulder. Would you and your gorgeous self please start wearing some strapless dresses?

  259. Pamela

    I have been checking back every few days to see if there was news– and now there is! I am SO very thrilled and excited for you and Brian and I send lots of loving energy to Charlie to welcome him to this world. As they say across the pond– well done!

  260. Kelly

    What a beautiful family! So happy you all found each other :)

  261. Yay! He’s here! Congrats, mama!

  262. Dee

    Congratulations and best wishes! He is adorable!

  263. Rebecca

    Baby advice I was hoping to share with you before Charlie’s arrival! Both of my daughters use cloth baby wipes and water instead of baby wipes in packages from the store. After starting with the packaged ones they switched and their baby’s bottoms were much happier (no more redness). Their skin is very sensitive! They also both use cloth breast pads for nursing. They are much softer and comfortable for Mommy and both of these things are better for baby, Mommy AND the environment! You can get a little step stainless can for the wipes so they are ready to toss in the wash! One daughter also uses cloth diapers (her daughter Indigo is now 19 months old). They require more of a commitment and financial investment to start off, but honestly they’ve been really happy with them. I ordered a bunch for her online from Lotus Bumz. I actually used the old fashion cloth diapers for all 3 of my kids, but the cloth diapers now are way different :) Anyway, just wanted to pass that along.

    Like all of your followers have said, this is truly a once in a lifetime experience – take time to enjoy it! You thought you knew what love was when you fell in love with Brian, and then came Charlie…….. So happy for you all!

  264. kaela d.

    You are glowingly beautiful. He is a doll. Your husband looks handsomely proud of you both. Hope you get good sleep and enjoy all of this to the fullest. I know I’ll keep checking in for posts and will definitely be here when you get back! Congratulations :)

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  266. mariana

    beauty and warmth all around. many blessings

  267. Wonderful wonderful wonderful wonderful. There are so many comments here already but one cannot have too many congratulations – ever. Enjoy the hours of staring (and hopefully some sleeping in between). All the best. x

  268. Michelle

    There he is! CONGRATULATIONS! Beautiful photos too.

  269. Sarah W

    Oh Emily! He is absolutely perfect! Congratulations! I can’t wait to hear your birth story. I love birth stories. And I will definitely keep up my faithful visits to the blog. You can basically do no wrong in my book, so add to that incredibly adorable infant, and I’m hooked! :)

  270. Charisma Broadbent

    I love that first picture you posted so precious you can truly see the joy in both your faces. I remember with my son who is now 13 I went through 5 rolls of film. I can only imagine the amount if I’d had a digital camera. Best thing I can say is cherish every moment because they go by so fast and there will be some days where you’ll come home after not seeing Charlie for a few hours and you will see growth, IT’S CRaZY! So happy for you I wish I could go back and smell that baby smell and pay more attention to my 3 babies because it will never be enough. Congratulations to both Brian and you!

  271. janet

    Surprise! Congratulations. Ya’ll are in for a beautiful ride.

  272. Heidi

    I’m so happy for you … i was WAY fearless before kids too and don’t fret if paranoia takes over for a bit, everyone understands and if they don’t it won’t matter because you’ll be too concerned about your little man to care…and it will pass. loads of love for your sweet family

  273. Candace

    Congratulations–such a handsome boy and what a dapper name! Happy holiday!

  274. Ingrid

    Congratulations! He is gorgeous! Enjoy this special time!

  275. Yahaira

    Congratulations! Savor every moment with your sweet bundle of joy. :o)

  276. Amy

    Congratulations on delivering your sweet baby and thank you for sharing it with us!

  277. Eliza

    Congratulations!!! That photo of you and baby Charlie sleeping is GORGEOUS. You should never wear makeup again because you are one of those women who glows and looks beautiful au naturel! Wishing you much happiness and love with your new family :-)

  278. Christiana

    Congratulations again! LOVE his name. You all are too adorable! :)

  279. Kristin

    Congratulations! He is perfect and adorable and I am so happy for you guys.

  280. Andrea

    Congratulations on that sweet, sweet boy!

  281. Rachael

    Congratulations Emily! I’m very happy for you and your fam, and he made it just in time for Christmas :)

  282. Deirdre*

    Congratulations! What a beautiful family!

  283. michelle

    congratulations! (and what’s the gorgeous blue velvet thing you’re nestled against? a bed? couch?)

  284. Bee

    Congrats to you from someone who loves your blog. My son Charlie, now 14, is a great kid, so naturally I think you picked the right name. Enjoy your beautiful family!

  285. Anne At Home

    Oh my gosh, probably 5000 comments already but congratulations! Enjoy this very special time. What an awesome Christmas present

  286. Amalia

    Congratulations, Emily and Brian!!

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  289. Alex

    Congratulations!! I’m not one to write to a stranger on their baby’s birth, but seeing as I’m typing this with my left hand; I’m right handed, while holding my 4 month old that is needing extra cuddles today so I just can’t bare to put him in is crib even though he’s fast asleep, I feel this intense need to tell you to cuddle them as much as possible because they grow, and they do it all too quickly! I know, I also have a 5 year old that thankfully still asks for cuddles, but not as often as I’d like! Kiss him and snuggle him and love on him every second you have!

  290. Heather

    Congratulations, he is beautiful.

  291. Chrystie Scott

    Surprised to see he came early and thrilled we don’t have to wait any longer!!!! I am blubbering all over my ipad as I write this. He is almost the most beautiful baby I’ve ever seen (of course after my own two and my two grandchildren, but I nearly forget how they looked)… seriously he is GORGEOUS!! Congratulations and I’m dying to hear every detail after you get some rest!


  292. Congratulations, Emily! I love reading the love in your voice and remembering how time stops when you have a baby. Love just radiates from these pictures (or is it just me?) and I’m so happy for you!

  293. Kara


  294. Ana

    Congratulations! He looks amazing & you will be a top notch mom. Best wishes.

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