Early days with baby


As of today, I’m 19 weeks along in my second pregnancy. I find myself getting distracted on the computer, looking back at photos from our first few months after Hudson was born, trying to remember exactly what it was like. (Of course photos hardly tell the whole story; no camera is out for all of those middle of the night feedings, for example. Boy was I caught up on current affairs… and Mad Men.)

I keep coming across images I’d forgotten all about, like these ones of Hudson and I at one our favorite breakfast haunts, Untitled, at The Whitney Museum.

Plenty of those early pictures make my shoulders raise up with trepidation—images taken at the hospital during labor, photos of tired eyes and a puffy post-partum face, the weary smile in an iPhone pic snapped while one of us ridiculously bounces for what feels like hours as we hope for Hudson to sleep. It’s probably best not to think too hard on it.

But most of the photos—ones like these—make me incredibly nostalgic and I get really excited to think we get to have a brand-new little person in our lives, someone so sweet as this all over again.

And so soon, too!

P.S. Some other favorite nostalgia-inducing photos, Hudson at one year, and his mini-crib in New York. Oh, and what is was like traveling with a baby at 8-months.

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Let’s Discuss

  1. your sweet little family is such an inspiration to me. it’s wonderful to see you three experiencing life (albeit in a bit of a different way) together- including meals out and trips abroad with your little one in tow.
    Wishing you a wonderful rest of your pregnancy. You’re a great mama!

    • Ashley

      Thank you! And I just realized that I got it wrong: 19 not 18 weeks… growing faster than I can keep up with!

  2. we’re in negotiations regarding number #2 right now, so i feel you on the mix of emotions. there is so much that i already feel like i’ve forgotten, but still, i’m almost ready to take that leap again. there’s nothing like it:)

  3. Sarah J

    My second is now 7 months old. In the beginning it feels so hard, so terribly hard to have two – a newborn and a toddler/pre-schooler. We found our feet though and now we’re loving it. Still far too little sleep happening :)

    Best of luck with it all!

    • Ashley

      Funny, 7 months was when I felt like things turned the corner with Hudson. The first 6 months were heart-expanding and joyful, but I really loved everything from 7 months on. Thanks!

  4. Awww, I love your realistic perspective Ashley. I am so excited for you guys! I have watched Hudson grow up through this blog and Instagram and know he will be a great older brother. :) We had our second six months ago (also a surprise and we have decided two boys is enough kids for us!) and it is tough to find your footing at first with two. Everything is chaos and as my close friend with two kids said, “Someone is always crying”

    BUT the upside, and what I wanted to mentioned to you, is that they are SO different. Everything can be different the second time around, for better or for worse. But sometimes that is hopeful, if you had a difficult labor the first time around, maybe it will be easier, etc. I didn’t breastfeed with my first, it never clicked, and I had PPD, and now with the second nursing is going so well and I don’t feel depressed at all! Hooray! Although he is MUCH more active than his brother was and never sleeps… but that’s another story. 😉

    Good luck! Will you find out the sex?

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Shannon! I really hope it’s true on the matter of labor…
      Really appreciate your perspective. (And still deciding re the sex. :)

  5. Adorable photos of you and Hudson! We are also getting ready for baby2 in December. I was doing the same thing recently, looking through baby pictures of my son and getting so excited about having a new baby again (and trying not to think about sleepless nights too much!).

  6. Mary

    Congratulations on number two! I haven’t checked in here for a while but am happy your family’s growing~

  7. Shannon

    Those photos are beautiful, Ashley ! I’m only 21 but your blog makes me awfully excited to be a mother someday.

  8. cynthia

    I’m only 4 months into baby #1 but I already feel nostalgic for the “early days”. :-) Sweet post.
    Good luck with #2!

  9. Christine

    I am 19 weeks now, too! This is my first and I can only hope someone will be around who is as good with a camera to capture images like you have.

  10. We just started trying for our second. I completely feel everything you’re saying here. Isn’t it incredible how you forget what it’s like to have a newborn?! The journey of motherhood is so amazing. Lovely post and congrats! xo