Happy Halloween!

CATEGORIES: Lifestyle, Sara

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.

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

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

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.

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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.

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!

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!

84 comments

  1. 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 πŸ™‚

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  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. 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 πŸ™‚

  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Mazel tov! I swear my uterus twitched while scrolling your photos. What a blessing! Savor every sweet and delicious moment πŸ™‚

  15. I love this post! I am just over 5 weeks until I deliver my fourth, also a c-section, and also my last. My kids are 9,6, and 2-all boys and I’ll be joining you in your post-baby weight loss! I actually did I pretty well on the gain this time and have been meeting with a trainer twice per week still, but I was chubby to start with πŸ˜‰ I’ll be looking to you for inspiration!

  16. OMG, what a beautiful family! Congrats on your little angel!! πŸ™‚ You can just post a bunch of pictures of spaghetti recipes, or spaghetti-O’s… we will all understand. Enjoy your little ones!

  17. He is sooo cute! Congrats! And yes, they grow out of that phase so, so fast and even though you try, it just seems impossible to soak it all in. (My 5th “newborn” is now almost 7 months! :What?! ) Luckily, they get even more cute and fun as they grow. Enjoy!!

  18. I don’t usually leave comments, but your website is always pulled up on my laptop on my counter as I’m cooking. I’ve loved getting to know you from reading your posts. I’m making the sausage tortellini soup for our Halloween party tonight. Just wanted to say congratulations on the baby! And thank you soo much for your time and delicious recipes that have taught me how to cook. hope you get lots of time to recover and spend time with your cute baby!

  19. Welcome to the 4 Boy Club! I’m right there with you. Had 3 boys each about 2 years apart but waited 3 years for the LAST one. It’s so fun and difficult and wonderful. By the way, I think it’s impossible for you to post ‘super lame’ recipes. Your food is too good! Enjoy your sweet little baby boy!

  20. Congrats, Sarah! My oldest is Gavin and I so do love the name. It is strong and means white hawk! Congratulations again on your newest member and love him and kiss him!

  21. Congrats all around! I’m so excited for you. I’m the youngest of four sisters myself, and I will tell you that it is a very special way to grow up :). All the best to you.

  22. Congratulations to you and your family – 4 handsome & cute boys. Take the time to enjoy this new little one and we’ll look forward to more wonderful recipes when you have time later. You need time for you too!

  23. Your boys are absolutely adorable!!! Definitely enjoy them while they’re young cause they grow up way to fast and then you’ll be a missionary mom too!:) I’ll send you a box of kleenex when that happens!:)

  24. Thank you for sharing such precious photos! Congratulations, too, on your new addition, a sweet baby boy! Yes, they grow up too fast, so I am happy to hear that you are going to take time to enjoy that sweet baby!

  25. such a pretty baby boy and to see the older boystanding there each one the a different look on there face such a beauitful ya just w hich you could change the wold for all childeren in the world today comgrats on the four boys you have please be good to the four boys in this world today.

  26. Congrats! I also have 4 boys, two years apart! We did finally get a little girl 4 years after our last boy. In case you were wanting a little girl, don’t feel too bad. Boys are so much easier! Many days after many tears, doors slamming and drama, drama, drama; I ask myself, “Why did I want that little girl so bad!” I love her to death, but boys are definitely more rational and though it may not seem like it now, they are going to settle down and they don’t even climb on my cupboards anymore! (My youngest just graduated from high school last year) I do miss those days, though, believe it or not. Savor every second. Hug and kiss them as much as they’ll let you!

  27. Oh, my goodness he is BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations!
    Being a mother of 7 and now a grandma of almost 10, I can tell you they do grow up way too fast! Enjoy each moment!

  28. So happy for you and your family! I know what you mean about forgetting. We have 6 kids, and the distance between the last two was 14 years so it was like a new experience. Enjoy every single minute, it’s good to take a break when you are recovering from major abdominal surgery and caring for a newborn as well as 3 other little guys. Keep the pics coming though, we love them!

  29. He is so beautiful! Even my husband agrees and he never thinks babies are cute! My babies are now 22, 20, and 14. All girls!!! I miss the baby days! Congratulations!

    Margaret

  30. Just another word of support from a fellow 35 yr old c-section delivering mom of 4 boys…you got this. Family is always first. And the blog will still be here. I don’t know what kind of help you have, but I wish I could come wash laundry for you or vacuum or whatever you need so you could savor those new baby breaths. Thanks for sharing such sweet, personal news and congrats!

  31. Sara, so happy for you and your new little addition. What an absolute doll! I love little babies. Congratulations and no worries about your recipes for a little while. I have “morning sickness” anyway so haven’t been cooking much. Just waiting to hear about your cute little guy. Enjoy and thanks for all you do!

  32. Hi Sara and Kate,
    Loved reading your story – sometimes two people are just meant to travel together.

    I started my own business with a friend 14 years ago and I’ve just stood all morning making biscuits in the shape of hands. (to match our logo) I googled to find icing that would work for me. Thank you your’s looks great!

    Please could you tell me whether you have ever baked biscuits, iced them and then frozen them iced?

    I’m making 300 biscuits to say thank you to various people at the end of the year.

    Loved the comment from Kim that you can make the icing ahead of time and keep it in the fridge….just what I was looking for.
    All the best
    Janet

  33. He is gorgeous! Well done Mom! I too have 4 boys (and 1 is a Gavin :). I have 2 girls too, and all of my children were also born by C-section (but only 5 as I have twins at the beginning). Anyway, keep enjoying your newest little one and recovering. That is the most important and the time does go so quick (my youngest babe is 5 months now and the time has flown!). Best wishes to all of your family!

  34. So adorable! I have 4 boys and had 4 c-sections. Good luck with your recovery! Enjoy every minute of the cuddling! My baby is 18 months old now and I miss those newborn cuddles.

  35. Sarah his little face just makes me MELT! And they crying picture is just so beautiful. He’s amazing. Congrats to your family – I even prefer these posts to any recipe you could offer. Now I will need to search the archives though so I can make something yummy for my own family.

  36. Oh my, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more perfect baby. And his brothers looking on is priceless. Congratulations to you and your family. Enjoy”

  37. What a handsome little guy–congrats. I had a 4.5 year gap after three kiddos and then had two more little ones (all c-sections). We now say we have the bigs and the littles and it is so much fun! Enjoy your snuggle time:)

  38. I agree with you! Spend a full 2 months in your yoga pants or PJ’s. These little babies grow up way too fast!
    One of my favorite pictures is of my son screaming his guts out when we tried to do a photo shoot at two weeks old. I got the picture blown up and framed it. My hubby thought I had gone completely batty, but I loved it. I still have it hanging on my wall and my son is now 6 1/2!
    I see Jacob all the time at Gold’s Gym. I would love to join you for a little weight loss competition when you are ready.
    Congrats! Gavin is perfect!

  39. You have a beautiful family. Gorgeous boys, enjoy every minute. Don’t care if your recipes are easy, some times it’s what everyone needs once in a while. Best of luck and enjoy.
    He is absolutely so cuddly. Squeeze material for sure.

  40. Congrats! What a sweetheart! I too, have four boys all c-sections. My oldest is ten and youngest is two! It goes by too fast, so take your time enjoying that sweet baby!

  41. Congrats! He’s beaitufl! My mother in law had four boys before having three girls! Boys are fun πŸ™‚ Enjoy all those baby snuggles, they are my favorite!

  42. Congratulations! He is absolutely adorable as are your other three boys πŸ™‚

    After multiple c-sections how did you manage to get such a flat tummy?! I’ve had two c-sections and it seems hopeless…PLEASE SHARE YOUR SECRET!!

  43. Your son is adorable! I also want to be apart of your journey. Please share all of the information with us you can for diet and exercise. Congratulations!!!

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