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July 10, 2012

A baby brother

As most of you have probably seen on Instagram… he’s arrived! He snuck in 2 weeks ago after a short and intense labor in the very early hours of June 27th.

2 weeks! They flew by. Apologies for the huge delay in announcing things here. I’ve been in computer hell since then with a nasty iPhoto issue that’s just been finally resolved. Which means, I have pictures!

And he does have a name:

Forrest Henry Meltzer
Born June 27th at 12:45 am
A bit under 8 pounds, a bit over 20 inches long.

I can’t believe we have another little buddy in the house all of a sudden. More soon… the birth story, perhaps some thoughts on welcoming a second. It’s more than I imagined it would be, in lots of ways.

(Rocking the newborn hospital shirt! I apparently saved no newborn clothes. Oops.)

For now I am so incredibly happy to have him here and healthy and perfect… and also that I’m not pregnant anymore. That relief was nearly instant, I have to admit.

Here’s to a warm summer around the house. Hopefully with fall comes a new rhythm for our family. We’re figuring it out and I’m reminding myself what so many more seasoned mamas have told me… that this level of sleeplessness and disorganization is so incredibly temporary. And that my second little guy will only be a teeny baby for a few short weeks. It’s time to majorly lower expectations around here and enjoy.

Thanks for all the love, you guys.


  1. Christy Tyler said on July 10, 2012

    Congratulations, love! What a beautiful family you have. So exciting to see it grow! All the best! xoxo!

  2. Kelsey said on July 10, 2012

    Oh congrats, I love seeing pictures of your beautiful family! Welcome Forrest! Love the name, could I hire you as a baby name consultant? ;) Thank you for sharing, I’m sure life is busy!

  3. Kristy said on July 10, 2012

    Love the name. Love his sweet, little face. Dying to hear more about what it is like with two,

  4. alyson said on July 10, 2012

    hi Forrest! you’re suuuuper handsome! {and that picture with Brock, Dashie and Forrest!? LOVE!}

  5. erin said on July 10, 2012

    YEHOO!!!!! COngrats on your beautiful baby boy. I cannot wait to hear all about how it is to have a second. Enjoy every minute. xoxo Erin

  6. nicole said on July 10, 2012

    Congrats, mama! Love that photo of your three boys. ;)

  7. jamie said on July 10, 2012

    yes. gorgeous baby, family, name (!) gorgeous photos.sigh. congratulations again! all our love!

  8. Alison said on July 10, 2012

    congratulations. you are in such a beautiful place. enjoy! (will be welcoming labor details and such when you can share!)

  9. myka said on July 10, 2012

    congrats! love his name.

  10. Elena said on July 10, 2012

    Congratulations! :)

  11. amy said on July 10, 2012

    i’ve been checking daily, waiting to hear all about your 2nd experience….i’m 38 weeks (and counting!!!) and ready for our 2nd to arrive any time!!! congratulations on a beautiful family!

  12. Rachel (heart of light) said on July 10, 2012

    Sweet! Congratulations to all of you.

  13. Holly said on July 10, 2012

    Congratulations, Kristina! He’s beautiful and I love his name. My little family is all set to welcome a baby brother in about 5 weeks and we cannot wait. Thanks for the reminder that the insanity is only temporary :)

  14. Xtine said on July 10, 2012

    Beautiful Xtina! Enjoy and Congrats :)

  15. elizabeth antonia said on July 10, 2012

    i AM SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY FOR YOU!! Forrest & Dashiell, sigh… the only expectation from me is that you enjoy every second of this time. in 10, 20, 30 years from the only thing that you will remember is every new moment you are making as a family!!

  16. Claudia said on July 10, 2012

    What a beautiful boy! Congratulations!!!

  17. Meg said on July 10, 2012

    All the love in the world you guys. All of it.

  18. Emily said on July 10, 2012

    Congratulations! Forrest is such a great name for an amazing little boy. Much love to your family!

  19. bridger said on July 10, 2012

    So happy for you. Enjoy relax relax relax and sleep with that little man. ahhh….

    look forward to the birth story and all the in betweens…take your sweet time! We aren’t going anywhere!

  20. anne-marie said on July 10, 2012

    Kristina! I’m overjoyed for you and your newly-expanded crew. HUGE congrats. And welcome Forrest Henry!! I took so much comfort in your posts while I was in the wee stages of motherhood, I hope you have a chance to go back and read some of them for yourself. You are a wise Mama, and I’m so truly happy for you. xoxo, ams

  21. Audrey - This Little Street said on July 10, 2012

    Congrats, Kristina – Forrest is absolutely gorgeous!!

  22. simplyblythe said on July 10, 2012

    oh yea!
    welcome little forrest.
    he’s beautiful.

  23. Ashleigh said on July 10, 2012

    What a handsome fellow, and a great name too! So happy for all of you! I am so looking forward to hearing about life with 2; I’m 39 weeks now and #2 will be here before I know it!

  24. blake said on July 10, 2012

    Ah, Forrest! What a fantastic name. Your boys… great names, beautiful guys. Congratulations on the perfect little addition to your gorgeous family. Can’t wait for birth story, plus all the details about mothering two that you’d care to share ;). xoxo

  25. Emily said on July 10, 2012

    Congratulations!! Forrest is perfectly beautiful. Lot of love to you all.

  26. you are super pretty said on July 10, 2012

    I’ve been watching and waiting for this post :)
    Congrats, congrats!!
    I’m so happy for all of you and look forward to hearing your birth story.

  27. Victoria said on July 10, 2012

    Congratulations. Your new little man is gorgeous. Lovely photographs.

  28. Sebastian Hochman said on July 10, 2012

    Beautiful photos. I can’t wait to meet Forrest Henry. The photo with Brock and the boys is my favorite one. Greetings from Stockholm.


  29. Mills said on July 11, 2012

    Congratulations! What a beautiful addition to your family. He’s adorable.

  30. Miss Marie said on July 11, 2012

    Love the name! And the second photo is so precious, all your boys in one go!

  31. Lindsay said on July 11, 2012

    Hooray! Congratulations! Forrest is beautiful!!

  32. Elizabeth said on July 11, 2012

    Awesome! Congratulations! Forrest looks so much like his big brother; what a wonderful family.

  33. Roseann said on July 11, 2012

    He’s beautiful. Nicely done!

  34. Jenna said on July 11, 2012

    Congrats on baby brother – what a sweet house full of men! I have been a blog reader/stalker for a few years — avid fan!

  35. Melanie said on July 11, 2012

    love it. love you. love him. love them.

  36. Amy K said on July 11, 2012

    Congrats! He is adorable!

  37. Giovanna said on July 11, 2012

    he is soo gorgeous! congrats!

  38. shalini said on July 11, 2012

    Congratulations. He looks like a calm baby!

  39. Kjersten said on July 11, 2012

    Congrats to you and your family on Baby Forrest! Beautiful photos and beautiful family!

  40. Ros said on July 11, 2012

    He’s beautiful, what a little dote, well done!

  41. Anna Louisa said on July 11, 2012

    woohoo! I’m expecting, and can’t wait to read your birth story :)

  42. Hayley said on July 12, 2012

    Congratulations, he’s beautiful. Lovely for Dashie too!

  43. Deanna said on July 12, 2012

    Awwweeee!!! What a beautiful little boy! My son, Verbon Dale Jr. was born on June 27 at 12:15 a.m. 33 years ago, weighing 7 lbs. 14 oz. and 21 inches. Forrest reminds me of him alot, lol. Congratulations!!

  44. sara said on July 12, 2012

    super late to the comment here… such is life these days. relate?!

    forrest is delish. absolutely perfect!!
    and dashie looks like one happy big brother… such sweetness…

    i hope all’s well down there… sending love… xx

  45. erin said on July 13, 2012

    absolutely beautiful! A big congrats to all!

  46. Judy Oliveira said on July 13, 2012

    Kirstinia you and Brock make beautiful children. Forrest is a handsome young man. Congratulations to the four of you, You make a very lovely family. You got the right formula. Just enjoy your boys and don’t worry about everything being perfect. Just live, love, laugh and enjoy your three men. : )

  47. allison said on July 13, 2012

    YAY! love his name! we are rocking the hospital shirt over here too…where did all those teeny newborn clothes from last time go??!! and seriously….the instant relief of not being pregnant anymore was amazing! thanks for the reminder that this period of sleeplessness and disorganization is temporary…i def needed to be reminded of that! CONGRATS!

  48. TheRachelSyn said on July 13, 2012

    Congrats on the new addition – he’s dreamy!

  49. emily said on July 13, 2012

    he’s beautiful, congratulations

  50. Malwina said on July 14, 2012

    congratulations! both your boys are beautiful :)

  51. Dan Olson said on July 14, 2012

    Congratulations from your Uncle Dan and Anna.
    You two have truly been blessed with one more gift from God. Now 2 beautiful children…Dash and Forrest.
    Humm..Dashing through the Forrest…cool

    Love Dan and Anna

  52. Rachel said on July 16, 2012

    Congrats, Brock and Kristina! (It’s Rachel, from Demand :) Gorgeous baby!!

  53. meaghan said on July 17, 2012

    oh, kristina, he is amazing. welcome, forrest.

  54. Barbara Olson said on July 17, 2012

    What joy another precious beautiful baby boy. What fun to see Brock, Dash & Forrest. Hope Forrest will be extraordinary in developing good sleep habits so Mom & Dad can get rest now and then. I love you all.
    Grandma Barbara

  55. MK said on July 24, 2012

    Congratulations! He is adorable. I can’t wait to have my own little ones!!

  56. Lauren said on July 26, 2012

    Congratulations on the new addition to your lovely family!

  57. Kim Grey said on July 27, 2012

    Congratulations! What a beautiful family you have.

  58. stephy-lou said on August 1, 2012

    love. love. love.

    such gorgeous pictures. my LO is 14 weeks tomorrow and it makes me feel better to hear you say that this period of total exhaustion is temporary…i’m still waiting for it to end, but now i have hope that we’ll get there.


    but in the meantime i have a beautiful baby boy who shares a middle name with your cutie-pie.

    congratulations & best wishes. your family is beautiful.

  59. lulu and family said on August 4, 2012

    he is so handsome!! congratulations to you and your family!

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