Oh Baby: She’s Here!

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I am overjoyed to share that Eden Eliot Saul arrived on August 30, 2014. She was almost four weeks early, but I guess she just couldn’t wait to join the party! She was a tiny little thing at 5 lbs, 9 oz and 19.9 inches long.

We chose the name Eden because this little girl is our own slice of paradise and Eliot after T.S., who is my very favorite poet. I’ve had the name in mind since around the same time I met Mark, when I was 15 years old.

The first couple weeks have been blissful and so full of love and also overwhelming at times. There have been so many moments when I start longing to be past this phase of middle-of-the-night-feedings and never-sleeping-for-longer-than-two-hour-stretches. Draining doesn’t begin to describe it. (At first I felt guilty for feeling that way too, but I’m pretty sure it’s perfectly normal!) But then I look at her little face and her tiny little toes and my heart is so full it could burst. And then there’s the feeling I get when I watch her daddy holding her. I’m so full of love for him too, and so grateful that I have such a wonderful partner to share this experience with. I’m a lucky mama indeed!

Anyway, I’m trying to find time for some blogging here and there (and hope to share our birth story soon), but for now you can also follow along on Instagram.

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Photos: Stephanie Todaro

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Skyping with the Baby

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Mark and I refer to ultrasounds as Skyping with the baby. That’s pretty much what it’s like when you think of it—getting to video chat with little Baby Saul from inside my belly! We had our 20-week Skype sesh this week, and everything looked healthy and just like it should look. (At 16 weeks, we only got to hear the heartbeat, which was more like a regular old phone call.)

They also confirmed the sex, which they were only mostly sure of at our previous visit… Continue reading

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Hooray For: Real Flowers and Paper Flowers

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On Saturday, Mark and I drove a couple hours south to visit The Flower Fields in Carlsbad. They grow rows upon rows upon rows of ranunculus on 50 acres here. It’s really breathtaking! They’re open to the public for a couple months each spring, when the flowers are in bloom.

Then, on Sunday, I hopped over to Poketo in Downtown L.A. for a paper flower making workshop with Blooms in the Air. They host a ton of cool workshops at Poketo, just like this one. Unfortunately I had to cut out of the workshop early because I was having crazy morning sickness again yesterday (yep, still), but I was able to play around some on my own once I got home.

So… real flowers or paper flowers? I can hardly decide which one is prettier! Luckily that’s not a real question that any of us actually have to answer.

More photos from my weekend below… Continue reading

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Parisian Love Locks

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Have you heard about the campaign to ban ‘love locks’ in Paris? When you walk along the Seine in Paris, all of the bridges are covered in padlocks with the names of lovers scrawled on them. The keys are thrown in the river to represent everlasting, unbreakable love. But it turns out the old bridges have been creaking under the weight of the locks, and locals have started a campaign to get them banned. Ha!

When Mark and I were in Paris on our honeymoon, we bought a love lock from a street vendor to take back home (because we heard they have to cut them off every so often to make room for more). We secured the lock to our balcony railing in L.A., and then threw the key in our beloved Silver Lake Reservoir. In retrospect, I’m sure glad we did it that way! And anyway, it’s kind of sweet to get to see our lock everyday.

Illustration: Mark Saul for Hooray Hurrah

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Our Exciting Baby News

Our Exciting Baby News

When Mark and I were teenagers, we fell in love. 10 years later we got married on a clear day in June. I wore a white dress but aquamarine shoes and he wore a bowtie to match. We dined on lasagna cupcakes and walked down the aisle to “Champs Elysees.” We both had stars in our eyes. We decided that we would relish in our first year of marriage without making any big changes to our relationship. But the truth is, we spent most of that first year talking and dreaming about what it would be like to have a baby. Whether we were at the museum or the farmers market or cuddled in bed, we would talk about what it would be like to share those moments we loved with a tiny human, too.

They say there’s never going to be a “right time” to have a baby. You just have to take that leap of faith, and figure it out afterward. But for two people who are normally such Type A planners (and could easily just talk about something for months and months, without making any moves), the timing just felt right. We were so sure we wanted this. So, we decided to make a baby!

I think the thing that excites me the most about this baby is that Mark and I get to share in the whole experience. It makes me giggle to think that I met a boy in drama class when I was 15 years old, and now here we are almost 12 years later, having a baby together. And I can already tell you, this is hands down the coolest thing we’ve ever done together. I think about that everyday. Our trip to Europe, moving into our first house, our wedding even—they ain’t got nothing on this experience. Little peanut is set to arrive on September 22nd, by the way.

P.S. I apologize for abandoning the blog lately, but at least I can finally share why! I’ve had pretty nasty morning sickness these past three months, which has made it hard for me to keep up with Hooray Hurrah. The biggest misconception is that morning sickness only happens in the morning. It’s actually been the worst at night in my case! Luckily, it’s finally starting to subside, so I promise I’ll be back blogging asap.

I’ve also been busy cofounding my own digital media company with two of my colleagues (and amazing friends) from my last company. We’re still running LaurenConrad.com with Lauren, but now we’re overseeing all the big picture strategy and sales, in addition to the editorial like before. Exciting stuff! Plus I have the flexibility of working from home now, which will be ideal when baby gets here. See what I mean about the timing for all of this just feeling so totally right?

P.P.S. When I snapped the above photo Mark was like, “Are you taping our baby to the wall with washi tape?” You betcha.

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