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As friends, family, and regular readers know, I was pregnant. I can say “was” now because our baby girl is now out in the world with us! Baby made her grand entrance into the world last Friday afternoon and we’re so thankful both of us are happy and healthy. We’ve made the decision to not share full facial/identifiable photos Baby online at this time and I am going to use a ‘blog name’ for her here on The Artisan Life. For the time being, our little one will be known here as Little Gnome, or LG for short. πŸ™‚ In her hospital issue hat and blanket, she looked like a tiny, cute little gnome to us!

It’s a cell phone selfie that’s crooked, but this is the real life us on Saturday afternoon at the hospital with LG. I just can’t get enough of that newborn yawn!

I realize it sounds a little silly to call a photo of a newborn identifiable, but it’s a habit we want to set for ourselves. My husband was on a submarine for several years so “operational security” and “personal security” have been pretty drilled into us! We may change our minds at some point in the future, but it’s how things are for now. We are more than happy to share additional photos with family and friends privately, so please just ask one of us. We’ll be doing a newborn photo shoot within the next couple of weeks, so we’ll try to get some ‘nice’ pictures we consider post-abe, too.

As I’ve written multiple times over the last few months, I’ve been hard at work writing and scheduling posts. Things will remain at least mostly active here on The Artisan Life so don’t forget to check back for more tutorials and other goodness soon!





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  • Tasha's mom November 1, 2017, 06:30

    I love that newborn yawn, too!
    Can’t wait to meet her in person.

    • Natasha November 1, 2017, 08:48

      By December some of her clothes should even fit πŸ˜‰ Actually, the Gerber brand newborn size does fit, so the wrap tops I decorated and the set of onesies you gave us in May are a good fit, but all the other “newborn” sizes are ridiculously huge.

  • Carol November 1, 2017, 14:31

    She’s a cutie

  • Megha November 1, 2017, 17:05

    So happy for you! Congratulations!!
    Enjoy this very precious time with her, they grow up soooo fast!!
    Take care!

    • Natasha November 1, 2017, 18:34

      Thank you! We were just talking about how we can’t believe that she’ll be a week old the day after tomorrow. Unreal.

  • Julie November 1, 2017, 19:56

    Awww. guess LG wanted to come out before Halloween and partake in the festivities! πŸ˜‰ Congrats to you two on the newest addition to the family!!

    • Natasha November 1, 2017, 20:59

      We have a pumpkin hat for her but it is so enormous there’s no way she could wear it! As in it’s literally so big maybe she’ll be able to wear it next year. We’re so glad she’s out here in the world with us now!

  • Pamela Baker November 2, 2017, 03:07

    Special Congratulations on the arrival of your “little gnome”. She is precious. I don’t think I can tell you the joys you will have with your precious little one, but you will soon find out.
    I am not sure, but I do believe she is singing in the picture of the 3 of you!!
    You didn’t mention but how much did she weigh at birth? It is funny, when I had my first, a girl, I had to wait 2 days to name her, as I wanted to see her personality. Although Kelly was never on our list of names, it fit her perfectly!
    I am so very happy for you. Do keep us updated!!!! sending love and hugs!!!

    • Natasha November 2, 2017, 08:26

      My parents were still disagreeing over my boy name on the way to the hospital! I’ve always believed that pets will sort of tell you what they name is after you get to know them and I can easily see it applying to humans, too. We considered several other names along the way, but hers eventually really felt like the right one. =) I’m sending you an email with some more info about LG so keep an eye out!

  • BeadedTail November 3, 2017, 11:13

    She does look like a little gnome! Too cute! I’m just so happy for you, your husband and your new little one! Although I prefer that my little ones have fur, it makes my heart happy seeing a little gnome with two clearly totally in love parents! (With her and each other!) Congratulations!

    • Natasha November 3, 2017, 13:38

      It’s really funny – at first he wasn’t sure about kids and I felt like we should have one. Then I kind of chickened out for a while and he was totally all about it and had to talk me back into it! We’re really looking forward to raising her to be as “weird” as we are!

  • Cynthia November 5, 2017, 05:55

    She is so sweet! enjoy your new LG πŸ™‚

    • Natasha November 6, 2017, 06:31

      Thank you! We can’t get enough of her =)

  • Marieken November 6, 2017, 03:41

    Congratulations to the both of you with your Little Gnome! She looks perfect, wishing you lots of luck and health from the Netherlands.

  • Duni November 6, 2017, 06:11

    Congratulations to you both! She’s so precious! Wishing her a happy, healthy and blessed life journey πŸ™‚

    • Natasha November 6, 2017, 12:40

      Thank you! So far she’s doing fantastically. She’s little like her parents (but well within the normal healthy range) so we’ve been having trouble finding clothes that fit her but she’s passed all her tests and checks so far with flying colors. We’re so thankful to have a healthy baby and to have had a very positive birthing experience with an awesome midwife!

  • Malia November 6, 2017, 08:23

    Awwww, LG is adorable! Congratulations again and I’m right there with you about sharing pics of baby. I’m not entirely sure how I want to do that yet besides sharing them privately.

    • Natasha November 6, 2017, 12:34

      Yeah, it’s a tricky call, especially as a blogger! Maybe when she’s older and can tell me yes or no for herself. So far our online album is working pretty well for sharing photos with a controlled group of folks and everyone has been very respectful.

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