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. :)
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. :)
Many many Congratulations Erin and Andrew!! Henry is gorgeous!! xx
congratulations to you both – enjoy your first days as a newly expanded family. ps, love the name!
Congratulations Erin!!! Henry is precious and oh so handsome! So happy for you and your family!
Congratulations to your little family!
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.
Congratulations on your precious miracle,
Welcome to the world Baby Henry Gates.
God Bless You!
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.
Congratulations. What a beautiful happy family!
Henry is adorable. Congratulations and blessings to your family. What a marvelous Christmas you will have. By the way you look amazing.
Congratulations Erin and Andrew! Henry is a dream!
The baby is so sweet <3 This is the best thing that can happen in your life!!! In my opinion, the family is the most important thing. :)
Congratulations! What a beautiful baby boy!??
Cute photos :)
Congratulations! He is adorable. The most precious thing you will ever have in your arms.
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!
So sweet! Congrats, Erin! Love the look on your hubby face in the second pic. He is smitten! <3
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.
Hello Henry! You’re precious and I just want to hold you, as all grandmothers reading this blog feel.
Henry couldn’t be any cuter. I am so happy for all of you.
Congratulations! Welcome Henry :o)
Congratulations sweet family! He is perfect.
Over the moon happy for you and Andrew! Congratulations!
Beautiful! Everything… just SO beautiful. Congrats!
Over the moon happy for you and Andrew! Henry is magnificent!
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.
Congratulations! He is adorable :)
Congratulations! He’s beautiful & you, my dear, look amazing too! Best wishes to you and your husband.
Erin, he is absolutely precious and I loved hearing that labor was uneventful! That’s just what you want. haha You and Andrew look so happy. Embrace ever moment and enjoy your break.
Congratulations Erin! He is lovely. I have been following your blog daily for many years but never commented. Such a wonderful news deserve a little word !
Marie-Caroline (from France…)
Hi Erin, Oh my gosh, little Henry is beautiful!!! I’m so glad that he’s finally here and that all went well! Congratulations and thanks for sharing his first pictures! What a joy!
Wonderful news and a big congratulations! You’ll make wonderful parents
Congratulations!! I’m so happy that your dream of having a baby is finally a reality. Wishing your sweet family of THREE lots of joy and love.
Congratulations! He is adorable! My daughter’s birthday is November 13th too! :-) Lucky #13!
Congratulations a thousand times over. Jus as a side note Erin, you don’t have to enjoy EVERY. SINGLE. MINUTE. with him. There will be times when he’s screaming and you’re over tired and he won’t sleep, etc etc etc. I just want to give you permission( as a mom of two) that’s its normal and OK to not be happy and enjoying things ALL the time. You will obviously love him and all that good mama stuff. But daily life will kick in and kids are hard I’ll be perfectly honest. I’m only saying this so that you aren’t taken by surprise if one day in the near future you aren’t feeling all hearts and flowers. It’s real, it normal, it’s ok and it will pass :) Congrats again.
He’s perfect!! You have him dressed up so cute!! Enjoy every minute with that precious baby boy!
<3 <3 <3
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! Is it weird that I gasped and then teared up when I read the headline when I DON’T EVEN KNOW YOU?? I am so happy for you and Andrew. Sending smiles and love to you and your family from afar …
WHOHOO!!!! Nice going you three!!! franki
Absolutely scrumptious. Congratulations!!!
Congratulations! Beautiful baby.
Welcome, Henry! Congratulations, Erin and Andrew! What a beautiful baby! I am so happy for you all!!!!
So glad you were born, Henry! I’m so glad the labor was uneventful–phew! Sending lots of congrats to all. Enjoy this special baby haze time…
Congrats!! He is perfect!!
Congrats!! He is just precious!! So darn adorable! I had to laugh, like I commented to you months ago, born on Friday the 13th when you were due on the 15th…exactly like my son 6 years ago. He has been good luck ever since, and I’m sure Henry will be the same! :)
Heartiest congratulation, Erin! Little Henry is adorable!
I am a big fan of your blog and book and this is probably my 1st comment to you, but I had to write something as I’m very happy for you and your family!
Congratulations!! He’s just stunning.
Congratulations, Erin! Henry is a beautiful baby and you are going to be a fabulous mom!
What a beautiful story to share with everyone. You guys feel like family to me. I swear! You have to be one of the most sincere and down to earth person I had the privilege of meeting. I am SOOO happy for you and Andrew. Many happy blessings! Enjoy motherhood to your son Henry Flynn. If your fur sons could talk, they would tell baby Henry what a wonderful mother you are. xoxo
Congratulations!! He is beautiful! Enjoy all your time with your new precious family.
A big congratulations to you and thanks for sharing the gorgeous photos! Soak it all in.
So thrilled that yours and andrew’s much anticipated baby boy has arrived safely and made his debut! Enjoy this adventure and thanks for posting such heartwarming pictures.
Congratulations! So happy for you and Andrew! Babies are the best!!
When our daughter was born, we were in Argentina, and our families were in Texas. My Dad made me promise to send pictures every week – and I did. Even if he is having temper tantrums because he wants to be held and not in the car seat, you will be glad you have them. For our son, we did well to get once a month, but got Daddy and son in the same pose. They are so fun to look at, now that our daughter is 16 and driving, and our son is a 13 year-old football fanatic. Many blessings to all of you!
WHOO! I am so happy for you! I can’t tell you how excited I was to check in to see how you were, and I am thrilled everything went well! You have been an inspiration and your blog is a gift. Thanks for all that you do!
He is perfect and handsome. Congrats to you and Andrew.
Congrats! Fourteen years ago I had my first child on November 13th!(a daughter). My husband and I so enjoy reading your blog everyday, and also your book. Enjoy every moment with Henry, they grow so fast!
(what else can I say?…)
Congratulations Erin! I took my father to NWH (where I had my own daughter recently) on Friday, for some tests, and said some prayers for you downstairs, that everything was going smoothly!! So happy you are on the other side now. Henry is absolutely beautiful. Enjoy every second!
Thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us. What a beautiful baby!!! Love and joy to your family!!!
He’s just beautiful Erin! So happy you found each other.
Congratulations Erin! I am so happy for you and Andrew. Welcome to the world Henry!
Congratulations! Beautiful baby – great name!!
Congratulations !!!!! You are a lucky girl.
Best tip I have given to new mom’s that is always ignored (because you think that will remember it all)
Take a photo once a week in the same chair of Henry. And create a book with just the weekly photo. As the weeks, then months go by you will capture how quickly he changes. A friend of mine did this many years ago ( back when you actually had to put film in a camera) and we loved looking at those books. She captured the entire first year with the “Wednesday photo” Each week with a new baby he looks different.
ENJOY every moment.
Henry is utterly perfect! He already looks plumped up—so unlike a newborn! Wishing your family a blessed life.
Lovely! Thank you for sharing!! This is just adorable!
Your son is absolutely achingly beautiful. In some photos he looks like a wise sage. Congratulations Erin, Andrew and extended family. There is no greater love. Enjoy.
He is so so darling!! I love the dogs reactions—I feel like my dogs would be the exact same way with a baby in the house! LOVE his name. So classic and I love that you did two middle names. Can’t wait for the nursery reveal!!
He’s perfect!!! I’m so happy for you Erin!! xo- Shannon
Congratulations! I am so happy for you. Enjoy every minute of that delicious newborn baby smell, the tiny hands, the soft skin. All of it.
This event was like a ‘family relative’ one for me! Really! I was showing off your instagram pictures of Henry and it was a happy feeling that warmed our hearts while feeling devastated for what happened in Paris, like every European did in the last few days!
It’s amazing how we can feel such a moment of love and cherish such moment of happiness for someone we only know from Blogging (well we actually met in person in Paris at Maison et Objet) but anyway I would say that it doesn’t count much considering I had tears running down my face when I saw your mom’s face holding Henry for the first time. Unforgettable and priceless! I guess your strugle for bringing little Henry to this world made us all mother very much emotional!
Congrats! He is precious!
Congrats, Erin and Andrew! This is going to be your BEST year yet!!!
Congratulations! Soak it in!!!! Life will never be the same! :)
and GO PATRIOTS!
Long time reader, first time commenter – just wanted to tell you CONGRATULATIONS!
Congratulations! After such a long journey, he’s finally here!! And I’m glad he’s such a content little guy, enjoy your baby haze :)
Congratulations on your precious angel! What a beautiful baby boy.
So happy for you! He is adorable!
What a sweet boy! Glad to hear all went well. Congrats, Erin & Andrew!!!
yay! welcome henry! i have a henry too (he’s five now) and named him that for the exact reasons you said – classic, no nick name really, and surprise to find relatives had the same name too. he’s gorgeous erin! xoxo
Oh my word, he’s absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations to you both, Erin and Andrew. Praying special blessings upon Henry and your newly expanded family!
He is simply beautiful! Enjoy this newborn cuteness stage. Such a sweet time! Sigh. Congrats!
congrats,……so happy for your “little family”! henry is a doll and you look amazing! enjoy.
Congratulations! Baby Henry is gorgeous! So nice how you honored family members with his name. I have a 2 year old named Henry after my grandfather & so happy to have passed the name on to him. I also just rescued a pair of pups & one came with the name Oliver! Too funny! I bet your pups will be little Henry’s bodyguards!
He’s so perfect. Could not be happier for you! You will discover a whole new dimension of love with this precious being. Congratulations!
So happy for you all!!! Precious Henry!!! Enjoy your baby and this special time!!! And thanks for sharing!!!
You stay in that baby haze as long as you want!!!! We’ll still be here. Congrats and he is a doll!
Congratulations Mama! There is no family more deserving of a perfect delivery and healthy baby! He is a handsome fellow! Enjoy your break XX
Congratulations Erin and Andrew. He’s precious. Can’t wait for more updates.
You’re ok and Henry ok…. thank you thank you thank you …..
He is SO handsome already! Usually, some newborns don’t always look their best, but Henry is seriously one good looking little dude. And that last pic of him already holding Andrew’s finger *heart melting*. Your heart must be exploding left & right these past few days with him so far.
Congratulations, Erin & Andrew! Enjoy every single moment with Henry. They go by all too fast, so cherish everything, even the tougher moments, as they will certainly pass. <3
Congratulations on your handsome healthy baby boy!!!
Congratulations!!! He is just beautiful, and his name is perfect! So happy for you all!
SO excited for you and your family!! Henry is adorable! Such fun. My little girl is a blonde too and both me and my husband are dark brown hair. He jokes people will think she’s adopted, I had blond hair as a baby and my mom and her great grandma were both blond so I’m pretty sure that’s where she gets it. Can’t wait for the nursery reveal!!
It just doesn’t get any better than this. Enjoy every minute because they really do fly by. he is adorable. I wish him many blessings his whole life through. xo
Massive congratulations! And what a little cutie! Enjoy every minute of it, even the 2am moments where you’re questioning your own sanity. I’m looking at my 18-month-old son as I type this and wondering where the time has gone because I swear he was just the size of your new little man.
So precious. Love the name. Congratulations.
I am over-the-moon thrilled for you! Enjoy these sweet days. Can’t wait to meet him. xoxoxo
Congratulations Erin, he is so beautiful! I’m very happy for you! All best wishes, Marie
Oh my goodness what a precious little bundle you and Andrew have :-) So happy for the two of you and the fact that he is healthy and happy and treating his mama well. And I will never get tired of seeing baby pictures, so feel free to baby load us and post more!
As you’ve shared with us all, it’s been such a long journey for you and Andrew. But my goodness, was it worth it. I’m so happy for you and your beautiful family (including the dogs, obvs). What a knowing look he has already!
Congratulations Erin! You’re doing a great job!! Keep the pictures of your little nugget coming- I can’t get enough of that sweet mug!
So precious…Congratulations! XO
Congrats Erin and Andrew! Aren’t you just a huge pile of mush over this sweet little baby? Ugh, they are the best! I can already tell you’re softer – babies tend to do that to us. <3
Perfect in every way! Congratulations!
Congrats Erin! SO happy for you guys. You can see the joy on all of your faces. It’s lovely. Best wishes during this special time :-)
So so awesome and sweet! Enjoy!
I am unbelievably happy for you guys! Thank you for taking us on this journey with you – I actually got choked up when I saw your first Henry instagram post (to which my fiancé responded, “um, do you actually know her?” YES. Emotionally, YES. Haha) Seriously though, lady. So so happy for you, Andrew, and little Henry. He’s perfect. And so lucky to have you for a mama. xo
Your son is absolutely adorable. Congratulations!!. What fun times you have ahead of you. Be sure to video as much as you can. It’s one thing I regret not doing. I have a TON of pictures, but I sure do wish I could watch and hear my little man when he was younger. He is now 18 and doesn’t let me make any videos of him. Boys ROCK! :)
The brilliant smiles say it all. So happy for you!
Congratulations to you and your family! Enjoy that baby haze!
He’s already a comedian..just look how funny he is!
Congratulations and best wishes!
He is delicious and I can hear the proud mama in your writing and certainly see it on Andrew;s face. Enjoy this next phase of your life. Congratulations!
Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and Andrew. Your little man is gorgeous. Have a happy time getting acquainted! Thank you for making time to share your news with all of us.
Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! What a fantastic, classic name! Erin, you look wonderful!
Bravo!!! Congratulations, mamma and pappa. You look like delivery was a breeze for you, Erin. Henry looks like he was born at 3 months—so much awareness in his gaze already. Enjoy!
Congratulations! I’ve loved following your updates on Instagram! I’m so happy for you and Andrew and can’t wait to see little Henry’s nursery!
Congratulations, Erin and Andrew! Thanks so much for sharing your journey — and for giving us a peek at baby Henry’s infinitely precious little face. He is ADORABLE. (And Erin — you look beautiful in your chic PJ’s.) So happy for you and your family!!!
Congratulations! So happy for you and your family.
Congratulations and best wishes Mom, Dad and Henry!
Congratulations, and welcome baby Henry! That carseat photo is the cutest thing ever! Enjoy your precious baby boy!!
Henry is such a cool little dude! Love that he got a chance to watch the Pats on his first day home. Congrats and enjoy.
Welcome darling Henry! A huge Congrats!!!
He’s lovely! It’s the biggest cliche in the book, but it goes SO fast, so try to just take moments to commit special moments to memory. Also, our dog was fascinated by our newborn just like Oliver, and after a few weeks we noticed she would literally get in between our baby and any one who came to visit. It won’t take long before Baxter sees Henry as one of the pack. Thrilled for you guys!
What an absolute doll! With an awesome regal name! Congrats to you both!
What a beautiful baby boy! Congratulations! Enjoy every minute of him. They grow soon fast. My first born is currently applying to colleges!
You made my day. Tears of joy!
Congratulations! He is absolutely beautiful! Enjoy every wonderful moment. : )
Perfection! Soak in this time because it goes by much too quickly. I hear pure happiness in your words and see it in these pictures. You are beaming! And I’m so glad you brought and wore your PJs. Now you’ve got me wanting a second baby:)
Was in tears reading this! So so thrilled for you. He’s beautiful and perfect. Enjoy!
So many congratulations Erin!! He’s such a cute little man! Love the PJs and that you wore them despite all the silly chatter around them – you look beautiful and so happy in them! Just bc you are now a mommy doesn’t mean that you are any less the stylish, accomplished, polished woman that you’ve always been!
Welcome to the world, Henry! He is a perfect doll, and I can’t get enough of your proud mama Instagram posts. Keep ’em coming!
I, too, am a Friday the 13th baby (Sept.), and it is a fun birth date club to be a part of. Every Friday the 13th feels like a mini birthday! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! I am just so happy for you and your family! xoxo
Congratulations!!! He’s beautiful! In the picture of Henry in the car seat he looks so big!!
Lots of love,
Congratulations! So happy for all of you!
Mazel Tov on baby Henrys birth !
My daughter Rachel was born 23 years ago – also on a FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13! Luckiest day ever!
Also a miracle IVF baby. You’ve been imagining this baby your entire life, and boy are you gonna fall in love like never before ❤️
Congratulations, Erin!! How wonderful to have your family together for the first time in person! He is beautiful!
So happy for you! Enjoy these first few weeks of baby bliss! He’s absolutely adorable!
Congratulations! Your little boy is gorgeous! I have been following your blog for a long time and am so happy for you, Andrew and your family. Enjoy this time :)
Life is beautiful and so are you! All the best for you Erin! Xo Lisabeth
Ahhh congratulations!!! Henry is gorgeous, and you and Andrew look so happy! Love the name!!!
Congratulations to you and your beautiful family! Wishing you a lifetime of health, happiness, and good fortune!
Congratulations! What an awesome name . . . it made me tear up on this bright Monday morning. Wishing you and your family all the best!
Congrats Erin!!! He is absolutely precious and perfect!! Enjoy these early weeks and just soak up all the love and snuggles!
I am so happy for you and you family! The blond hair is the first of the many wonderful surprises Henry has in store for you:)
Congratulations! He’s beautiful!
Congratulations on such a blessed and joyous occasion. He’s wonderfully perfect.
Cherish the start of the greatest ride you will ever know.
I had my own Friday the 13th baby (coming up on 19 years ago) and I always strive to be worthy of him.
Congratulations! This has been so long in coming – and it’s been a joy to have a chance to follow the journey. Xo. Soak him up!
Aww, he looks just like Dad. Many blessings and congrats to you and your family!
CONGRATULATIONS! What a beautiful boy.
Just so much perfection all around! I am so happy for you all! Welcome to the world, Henry!
A blog post you will always hold dearest to your heart. He is a perfect little man! Congratulations & very best wishes!:)
Absolutely fabulous! So thrilled for you. He is a lucky little man!
He’s perfect! Congrats to you two!! I think he looks like your hubby :) Oh, and I *love* the name and the fact that it has meaning. Both of my girls have family names; classic and meaningful. Best wishes
Aww, congrats Erin! He’s so precious. Enjoy this time … And rock those pajamas mama! :)
Where are your striped PJs from?! Please share
Congrats Gates family! Henry is abdolutely beautiful and you all look SO happy! Nothing but the best for you and your family of 5 :)
PS – Love the PJ’s and glad they worked well in the hospital! I may steal this idea from you if that’s ok!
Very, very sweet – love his name! Congratulations!
He’s PERFECT, Erin! So happy for your little family! Congrats and big hugs!
Congratulations on your new addition, Henry! I am so excited for you both. Enjoy all the little moments.
Yay, just yay. Soak it in!
Congratulations!! Henry is precious!! I am so happy for you!!
Congratulations! I also have a baby Henry! I love the name. He is so handsome!
Congratulations for the birth of your little Henry! It sounds like all went smoothly – how great ! He is simply beautiful and how cool that he is so fair ; I guess that was unexpected! Lovely news – thank you for sharing it in such a sweet post so quickly.
When your favorite blogger has a long-awaited for baby and he is completely adorable and all is well, you cry happy tears. CONGRATULATIONS!
Meeeee tooooo! I’m so stupidly happy for you Erin! He is perfection. ❤️
Welcome to the world, sweet Henry! I am overjoyed for you precious family. His name is perfect. Made me tear up!
Congrats Erin, Andrew & family!! Henry is beautiful!!
I can’t say it enough–congratulations!! You seem to be doing wonderfully, and already posting!
He looks like a little Andrew! Breathe in that newborn smell and just enjoy :)
What a happy day! I’m thrilled for Henry’s whole family. And once Henry starts dropping food tidbits on the floor, he’ll have two puppy friends for life. Henry looks very loved and wanted and adored.
Oh, the things he’ll do and the places he’ll go… his big adventure is just beginning.
Enjoy this magical time & congratulations – he’s gorgeous & so are his names! X
Congratulations! He is beautiful and I am very excited for you and this new chapter in your life. Thank you for welcoming us into your life and I look forward to continuing to read this amazing blog!
This is really lovely news – congrats!
He’s darling. Congratulations! I’ve been following your Instagram pics . I can’t tell you how excited I was for you on Friday.