Introducing Henry.


He’s finally here!  Our baby boy made his debut into the world on Friday (the 13th!) evening after a pretty uneventful labor (more on that another day).  I still cannot believe he’d real and he’s MINE (especially because he came out BLONDE?!?!)

His name is a mix of tributes, and one we loved from the very beginning (before he was even a real possibility).   I will never forget when we had to cancel our first round of IVF because I had a bad reaction to some medication and I was devastated and blaming myself and Andrew looked at me and said ” We need to give Henry the best chance to come meet us” and I lost it.  Ever since then, we knew we’d name him Henry (and as it turns out, we each have relatives named Henry!)  I wanted something classic, so it stuck even as we tried to find something more “unique”, but we knew in our guts this would be it.

For middle names we doubled it up as Andrew is actually Andrew Bradley Stephenson Gates and we wanted to follow that tradition.  Flynn was my middle name until marriage and my paternal grandmother’s maiden name. I’ve always loved it and knew I would give it to my first child either as a first name or middle name.  So that was super easy. :)  Stephenson is Andrew’s maternal side of the family (his mother’s maiden name and his dearly beloved Grandpop’s last name whom we wanted to honor in Henry).

Here’s our little family the morning after birth. And yes, I did wear pajamas and loved having them. :)


Heading home!


Meeting Baxter and Oliver with Nana and Daddy- they did SO well. Oliver is actually quite obsessed with him- he wants to be next to him ALL the time! Baxter has been ignoring him, exactly as I predicted.  But doesn’t seem mad or depressed, just non-chalant.


And we made it home just in time for his first Patriot’s game with Daddy.


Thank you for all your well wishes and prayers and good thoughts.  He is the picture of health- crying very little, eating like a champ and sleeping really well and thriving.  We are so happy.

I’m going to post his nursery reveal on Wednesday (it’s so wonderful) and birth story on Friday. So I’m not gone, just in a baby haze. :)




  1. He is precious! Congratulations to you and Andrew. Enjoy your time at home with your baby boy. We will be here when you’re ready to return.

  2. Wow Erin, Congrats to you, Andrew, your parents and little Henry! I know you waited a long time for him, he’s so adorable and special, and I’m sure you will enjoy all that motherhood brings to your life.
    Best regards,

  3. Oh bless!!! You have traveled such a road to have that sweet prince finally in your arms. Enjoy every delicious smell and gaze and cuddle and moment! And don’t rush back to work, take as much time for your cozy little family as you need. Best wishes!

  4. Henry is adorable. Congratulations and blessings to your family. What a marvelous Christmas you will have. By the way you look amazing.

  5. Just so happy for you! Our black lab was incredibly protective of all of our kids. She would actually sit between them and the door to keep an eye on things. I am sure you will have many happy child/canine experiences ahead! Enjoy every crazy moment.

  6. Congratulations! Henry is just precious! By the way, I have always thought of Friday the 13th as a special day as oppose to it being superstitious. And clearly, it was a special day for your little family.

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