Sara’s Newest Addition

Often for Halloween we give you easy ideas for quick dinners or fun sweets to entertain tired out trick-or-treaters, but honestly I haven’t really been thinking about any recipe ideas lately because I have the best friends and neighbors ever, and I’ve had hot home-cooked meals delivered to my door nearly daily since I’ve been home from the hospital.  I can’t even tell you how grateful I am for that.  If you ever have a chance to take a meal to a new Mom, do it.  It’s been a while since I’ve had a baby and I forgot how much that helps when you’re trying to manage everything and recover from giving birth.

So instead of a recipe today, when I figure everyone is busy with Halloween festivities anyway, I thought I’d give a little update since so many of you have reached out via social media and offered your well wishes and inquired as to how I was doing (thank you!)

Last Monday my husband and I welcomed our 4th kiddo into the world.

Post Surgery Baby

It’s also our 4th boy, and my 4th c-section.

Baby Post Surgery

He weighed 8lbs 8oz, we named him Gavin, and I even think he’s adorable when he screams.

Baby's First Cry

My three older boys are all about 2 years apart on the dot.  Then we had a 4 1/2 year gap before having little Gavin.  So it’s been a different experience this time around and one of my favorite things is having kids old enough to really be excited about having a new baby around.  I shared this picture on Instagram when they were absolutely memorized the first time they all saw him.  It was one of those moments as a Mom that just sticks to your heart forever.

Our Best Bites Kids

I forgot how amazing little tiny people are.  Everything about a newborn from their their fuzzy little heads to their tiny little toes make grown adults just sit and stare.  Which is exactly what I’ve been doing for 10 days straight.

Our Best Bites Saras Baby

I’ll try to get cooking again soon, but in the mean time, if my recipes look super lame or super easy, just remember I’m busy snuggling this little guy because they don’t stay little for very long and it’s my last chance to savor it.  I plan to spend the next 2 months lounging around my house in yoga pants and over-sized hoodies and after that we’re re-visiting this post for a little Phase 2.  If anyone wants to join me- get ready!

Our Best Bites Baby 2

Thanks so much for all of the well wishes during my pregnancy and after.  We have an awesome community of readers here and we really do love you all!  Hope you all have a happy, and safe, Halloween!

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Meet The Author

Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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  1. Oh he is so perfect! Congratulations! I’m having my 4th baby after a 4 1/2 year break too, (any day now) and I am so stressed out about it! I think I have forgotten what it’s like to have a newborn and I’m so anxious about all the changes to my family. Your post has calmed me down a bit, so thanks for that.

  2. He is adorable! I love his name too. I hope that you will be able to get all of the help and rest that you need to recover for the next couple of months.

  3. Congrats! You have 4 gorgeous boys! What beautiful blondes they are! Have a Happy Halloween 🙂

  4. I have 6 boys- I never knew boys could be SO amazing! Congratulations, continue to enjoy each moment- this is such a unique time in your life that will go by all too fast…

  5. Absolutely beautiful! This pulls at the heartstrings being that I just sold my crib. Enjoy your time it goes by WAY too fast!!! Cooking and recipes can wait…and no worries your readers will still be here 🙂

  6. Oh my gosh I just teared up because he is so precious. You make the handsomest kids. Here’s to a quick recovery!

  7. Sara, you are amazing!! Four c-sections is incredible, you are really a super-woman. He is so, so adorable. Congratulations :).

  8. That is a kissable little guy! Get some snuggles (and a little sleep) while you can!

  9. Most jobs give 6-12 weeks of maternity leave, so I think you have at least that long to post super simple recipes. Your recipes are always awesome, but we all have times when we need something simple and quick, so we like those posts, too! I hope you have lots of snuggle time with sweet little Gavin and your other boys. If sometimes you post “no recipe today because I was snuggling my baby” we will all be happy for you.

  10. Congratulations Sara! Your post is bring back memories. Six years ago I had my 4th child and my 4th c-section. It had been 5 years since number 3. I loved that my kids were older and they were HUGE helpers while I got better. It took me the longest to feel better afterwards. Perhaps it was because I was older or I had 3 other children to worry about or the fact the my husband had a spinal fusion when she was just 7 weeks old. Anyway it was rough for a while there but I promised myself I would enjoy the baby. And I did. We had really simple food for about six months so I could just enjoy the whole experience of having a baby in our home. Looking back, I would not have traded that time for anything. My advice to you is to enjoy your baby and don’t worry that your blog seems to be a bit off. Your priority is your family. ENJOY!

  11. OOOhh! That picture of your other boys gathered around him is SO beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. You are a lucky lady!

  12. Congrats! He is so perfect and beautiful. I love the pic of your boys together. I hope you recover quickly and put everything else on hold to soak this in. I have 4 girls who are similar ages to yours so I guess it all balances out:) Also, thanks for sharing your kitchen design. We are building and just ordered Thermadore appliances and that ice machine:) My husband’s hoping with your cookbooks and the kitchen I won’t have any excuses for not cooking haha!

  13. Congratulations, Sara and family! Little Gavin is adorable!! So glad to hear that you both are doing well!

  14. congratulations! That last picture of him is especially adorable. Good luck transitioning to 4 kiddos, looks like your boys will be good helpers.

  15. Thank you for sharing pictures of Gavin! He couldn’t be more wonderful (as you know.)

  16. Congratulations! He is adorable and makes me baby hungry even though after the last one I decided we were done. What a sweet family you have.

  17. Congratulations! They are just unbelieveably tiny and grow so fast…your post had me tearing up. And your 4th c-section…you go girl, those are tough! Enjoy and Happy Halloween!!

  18. Congrats!! He is so cute! I can relate w/ the yoga pants. I’m up feeding my new little man Davin. I have the same sleepers, they are so soft.
    I’m so inspired by your weight loss, are you going to share your workout plan? Would love to have more info.

  19. Congratulations! Your boys are all so incredibly adorable! And that little Gavin… so precious! I wish you a smooth c-section recovery and I hope those little men of yours bring you lots of hugs while you’re snuggling your new little one. <3

  20. Congratulations! He is perfect! I have to agree on how amazing tiny people are… I work in the newborn ICU so I see them almost everyday and I still just sit, stare, and marvel at how cute they are 🙂