Hi friends! I’ve been quiet the past couple of weeks, because as you can probably guess: our sweet little baby boy arrived!

I introduce you to Coen Ryan Swift, born on September 21, 2015 at 3:58pm, weighing 7 pounds 13 ounces.

He decided to surprise us and come a week early. Another surprise: our plans for a home birth were foiled when it turned out he was in a breech position! So, things didn’t go totally as planned — I did labor all day at home and start pushing there, only to have to go to the hospital at the last minute for a cesarean (unfortunately) — but he is perfect and healthy and adorable, and that is what matters. We are so in love with our little guy!!

Look at how proud Ryan is:


This photo will melt my heart for all time.


As of yesterday, Coen is already up to 9 pounds! This baby loves to nurse nurse nurse, and he’s getting chubbier by the day. I can’t believe how much he’s grown already!

This is how our mornings often start:


The cats aren’t totally sure about having Coen living in our house, but they’re managing. They keep sniffing his head and then running away, and poor Juneau seems a bit sad because her spot right next to me has been usurped. Hopefully one day she’ll learn to love him and they can share me!!


His sweet face just kills me. You always here mamas say that the love you feel for your child is unimaginable, and I have absolutely found that to be true. There have been moments were just looking at his face brings me to tears. I’m so glad I’m not missing out on this extraordinary gift I have as a woman, to be able to create and grow a life within me and then bring him into the world! It’s like MAGIC!

Coen (sort-of) likes to ride around in the moby wrap:


It works best if I put him in there when he’s a bit sleepy.

He’s so wide-eyed and curious these days:


And honestly, how did we live without these baby feet???




Ryan likes carrying him around in the Ergo carrier — I haven’t tried that one out yet because my body needs to heal up a bit more, but I can’t wait to carry him this way! He’s so tiny, he needs the infant insert, and even that’s big! We’ve been loving taking him for walks around the neighborhood — fall in Portland is just the best.


Our foxy little guy!! (How cute is that outfit?? It was a gift from Pixie Lighthorse. Thanks, Pixie!)



And this:


Daddy love!!!

These past 2 weeks have been such a mix of everything — so hard, so tearful, so profound, so joy-filled, so challenging, so bewildering, so fun, so exhausting, so loving. Parts of me are longing for the way things were (as guilty as I feel admitting that), and all of me realizes that life will never, ever be the same. We are really, truly a family now. I am so excited to see who this perfect little person will grow to be. I am so excited for the adventures, the growth, the learning, the fun, the memories that we’ll make together. I am so excited to get some good nights’ sleep one of these days/months/years. ;)

Coen Swift, we love you so much. We are so happy that you’re here and that you chose us to be your parents. We will love you the best that we can forever and ever. That is a promise.