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Introducing: Elliot Henderson


Well, Elliot (Elle, Ella, Ellie, Lotty) Henderson has joined our family. She was born Monday morning, October 19th, at 8:35 am. We are all home now, thank God, and life feels soooooooooo good. I might go into details later (not that much, don’t worry) but I wanted to check in and say that we are all good and healthy, after a day or two of hospital stress.

She looks like a mini-Charlie, yet totally delicate and girly at the same time. And speaking of, Charlie is the most adorable big brother ever. I wrote down a lot of his quotes which I might share, but for now I need to run back to hang out with a toddler and a newborn. Because I have ‘kids’ now. Not just a baby. Not just a toddler. We have kids. As in “honey will you take the kids to the park, ” or “Brian, who should watch the kids next Thursday?” That’s a legit family right there (and we are old and I don’t care!). It’s so wonderful.

This morning was our first morning home and Charlie crawled into bed with us at 7:30 like he always does, but this time we got to live out our fantasy of having little Elliot in there, too. We all read stories together as Brian and I drank coffee. Apparently your ‘fantasies’ change as you get older. I don’t think my 18-year-old self would have ever thought that this morning would have constituted a “fantasy” morning, but it was. I feel like the luckiest person on the planet right now.

More to come, I’m sure. But don’t worry, we have weeks of good design content lined up – some that I wrote beforehand, some I’m writing after the kids go to bed, and a lot of good makeover takeover stuff that my team is doing for y’all (THANK GOODNESS FOR THEM). Doesn’t mean that you won’t see a lot of pictures of a baby and toddler cuddling, though. I can be edited, but can not be stopped.

Happy Birthday, Elliot. You are my little delicate angel and I feel like the luckiest mama on the planet.

*Also if we have a 3rd child I’m going to name it “epidural, ” because I loved it so very much.

Fin Mark


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Congratulations! Hooray!

That’s so wonderful! What a cool name. I wish you and your beautiful family all the happiness in the world.

The sweetest. Thank you for giving me hope that life with kids can still feel like a fantasy! haha (obviously, this one is childless at the moment). Did you always know you wanted more than 1?

Thank you for sharing this special part of your life! I hope you soak up this time with your family and enjoy it to the max!

<3 Megan <3


Yay! My mom’s birthday is the 19th and she is the sweetest woman alive, such a good day to be born. Your little family is so adorable πŸ™‚


Hooray for your healthy, lovely girl. Congratulations to the new big brother. May she be a champion sleeper!


Congratulations! So excited for you, she’s beautiful! Cannot wait to watch her grow up.

xo, Sarah

CONGRATS!!! Elliot is the sweetest baby girl name EVER. And please, PLEASE share more baby + toddler pics. please.


Love this post! Bring on all the baby pics!

Congratulations!!! I must say you have impeccable timing. Get the book out, then the baby…

Congrats! I love her name. My daughter is Elliott Henderson, too!
Great times ahead for your family.


So happy for you! it’s such an amazing time. Those early days/years are so special. And every day get more amazing. What a cool name. Ella was on our list for girls names as well, great choice!

aww, congrats. love her name, and her multitude of nicknames already.


Congratulations on Elliot or Ellie as I am referring to her in my mind!

Cannot wait to hear details of her birth and yes, Epidurals are the best!




Wonderful, wonderful. SOooooo happy for you. Isn’t it amazing? I loved it SO much that I did it 4 times!! Enjoy, and yes please bring on the baby/toddler pictures. Enjoy being a family of 4.


Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you…and yes “kids” are the best thing ever!


Epidural rocks. Congratulations on baby Elliot. Have an awesome time getting to know each-other.. and speedy recovery!

Isn’t it the craziest thing in the world to suddenly become a FAMILY with kidS! Huge congrats on the newest arrival! Those of with babies and those without still love a few cute baby snuggle pictures here and there, so bring them on! πŸ˜‰

Sydney F

Congratulations!!!!! I (and I’m guessing a bazillion other people on the interwebs) look forward to lots of baby and toddler cutie patootie pic’s! Enjoy this time!

I had no idea Elliot was a girl’s name! That photo is so cute <3 Congratulations!


So so sweet. Enjoy every moment, it’s been such a joy to share your journey.


Congratulations Emily! But look, as much as I love love love your blog, please do not write posts after your kids go to bed. Use that time to sleep, hang out with your husband, or just veg out in front of the TV. πŸ™‚

I AM ALWAYS SAYING THAT ABOUT THE EPIDURAL! Like seriously, delivery was a dream thanks to that miraculous medicine. Congratulations on your beautiful family! And what a sweet sweet name!

oh my goodness CONGRATULATIONS!!!! (and epidurals are prrrrretty awesome)


OMG! Congratulations. What a precious family of four! Enjoy those newborn snuggles. Those days fly by at lightening speed!


Happy days! I wish you health and happiness in the years to come! And bon courage! πŸ™‚


CONGRATULATIONS!! πŸ™‚ enjoy everything, sweetpea! xo


congratulations! i love elliot for a girl. xo

She’s beautiful.


Congratulations!! I can feel the love. Can’t wait for the announcement of Epidural Henderson!

Elliot – I love it! Congratulations Emily!

Ah how amazing! What a beautiful little girl with a great name. And it makes me stupid happy that she was born on my birthday! She is bound to be a super cool chick like her mama.

My husband and I both have birthdays on Oct 19th – so perfect day! Congrats on a sweet little bunny!


Congrats! You are now in management πŸ™‚


Your happiness is contagious. I’m sending you and your family so much love!

Congratulations!! What a great name πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear more stories and see more pics! So sweet!!

Amy E Jones

Having kids is a dream come true, isn’t it?! I miss the newborn stage (my ‘kids’ are 10 and 7). Enjoy those snuggles. XXOO

Congratulations Henderson’s! Enjoy the moments – they are fleeting!

Congratulations and happy birthday Elliot! πŸ™‚


Emily, you are a riot! If there is a #3, just think; then you’ll have a Charlie, an Ellie, and an Epi; perfect πŸ™‚ ! So glad you’re all home safe and sound. Huge congrats to the Hendo family!


Welcome Elliot! Congrats Emily and Brian, your kids are beautiful. Glad everything went well and that you are home with your littles now. Wishing you lots of 4+ hour blocks of sleep!


Much Congratulations!!! So thrilled for your family of 4… perfection! (LOVE the name… nickname Lotty is adorable!)


Congrats!!! So happy for your family! Please do a thousand more updates on the baby and your little boy, I love them!


Welcome to the world, Elliot, and congratulations to the whole family!

Diane Jaynes

I’m so pleased for you. Love the name. As my Gran told me after my son was born (50 years ago) don’t forget to take a nap in the afternoon.


To heck with the design posts–let’s see more of that beautiful baby! πŸ™‚


Yayyyyy, congratulations!!!!


Beautiful & hilariously summed up – congratulations!! Completely understand your sentiments about changing stages in life & how wonderful they are – enjoy your kids πŸ˜‰


Woohoo!!! Congratulations!!!


Great to hear she’s arrived & all happy. I once worked with a girl named Epi so maybe it was really short for epidural. ?

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