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Three.


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

Three. | A Practical Wedding

One week ago David and I joyfully welcomed a baby boy into the world. The birth process had complications, but we’re all home now, healing and healthy. More than anything, we’re feeling over-the-moon happy to have all three of us together.

At some point, I hope to have some words to wrap around the experiences of the last nine months: a hard pregnancy, a complicated but wonderful birth, traumatic first hours, the joy of new motherhood, and the way marriage has kept me afloat through all of it. Till then, I’ll say that motherhood changes everything (but you’ve heard about that part) and also nothing. We’re still here. Showering and reading the New York Times, just blearily and with more tiny cuddles.

I’ll leave you in the talented and capable hands of Maddie and the team. For now I’m going to spend time with my two guys: one big, one very small.

xo

Meg (and crew)

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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  • http://www.dtpotp.com Caroline

    Meg, I’m so excited for you & your family. I also can’t wait to read your thoughts on motherhood and the way your life has and hasn’t changed. You’re an inspiration.

  • Alia

    Congratulations, Meg! So glad to hear that you’re healing well and everyone’s happy. Enjoy the tiny cuddles!

  • carrie

    APW never ceases to make me smile. Congratulations on the next chapter for your family!

  • http://www.missgiggles.com/blog Giggles

    YEA!!!!

  • Christina

    Meg, so happy to see this announcement, and so glad to hear you guys came through OK and are home safe!!!

    Best of luck with the adjustment and hopefully the hardest parts are behind you for now. Take care and tell us all about it when you are good and ready!

  • http://itsloverly.blogspot.com nicole

    Congratulations, Meg! I’m so excited for you, and your little family. Those first weeks with a newborn are intense, the highs are high and the lows are low. Enjoy the nesting in, release all expectations, and enjoy those little snuggles!

    -Nicole
    (My post on new parenthood: http://itsloverly.blogspot.com/2012/11/new-parenthood-not-glowy.html)

  • Liz

    Aw, tiny toes! Congratulations, and welcome, baby!

  • Portia

    So glad to hear that everyone is home. Congratulations to you and David on the birth of your (adorably-footed) son!

  • Roseanna

    Congratulations! (my due date is exactly one week from today… so this is the period of must-be-ready-to-go-at-any-moment, or it could be multiple weeks from now, when every weird bodily sensation gets over-interpreted as, ‘is this it? is labor starting??’)

  • kyley

    I didn’t realize how very happy this news would make me, but when I saw those little feet and knew what I was about to read, my whole heart felt warm and my tummy felt full of butterflies. To Meg, who is a stranger but very much not a stranger, a heartfelt congratulations to your baby family, now with baby.

    • http://ahobbitatheart.blogspot.com/ rachel

      Agh, me too! Tears! Please know that you’ve got a grand group of ladies here with solidarity fist-bumps all around, cheering you and your new family on :)

  • http://newcomfortfood.wordpress.com JenMcC

    Mazel tov! So many congratulations and good wishes to you and your family!

  • http://misshappnstance.wordpress.com Miss Happ

    Congratulations! I’m glad all has turned out well.

  • Lauren

    Solidarity fist bump!!!!!!!!!

  • Lauren

    Congrats! What beautiful toes (no doubt indicative of the rest of him). Glad everyone is safe.

  • http://offbeatempire.com Ariel

    HOORAY! Hold that tiny little dude close and nom those little baby feet. No flesh is more delicious than tiny little baby toe knuckles.

  • http://www.readingmytealeaves.com erin

    hooray! congratulations, meg. sending along many well wishes.

  • http://www.agaishanlife.com Revanche

    Many congratulations!

  • http://www.christytylerphotography.com Christy T

    Congratulations you guys!!! Welcome to the world little guy.

  • Leigh Ann

    “Motherhood changes everything … and also nothing. We’re still here. Showering and reading the New York Times, just blearily and with more tiny cuddles.” So perfectly put. Can’t wait to meet him.

  • Ashley

    Congrats Meg!! I love the baby feet!!!

    Welcome to the world little man!!

  • http://akc09.livejournal.com Annie in LA

    Hooraayyyy!! So happy for you both!

  • Melissa (The Researcher)

    Congratulations, Meg and family! It’s the start of a great adventure.

  • http://www.twitter.com/babyinabar Shotgun Shirley

    Congratulations!! Oh, and I totally called it. ;-) I am very excited for you guys, and if I was closer I’d come over and feed you (parents). I hope everything is going well with pooping and feeding and sleeping so many, oh so many, cuddles.

  • http://www.stitch-witch.net Christina McPants

    CONGRATS ALL AROUND!

  • http://abasketcase.blogspot.com Basketcase

    Lovely little photo.
    Take care of yourself and we look forward to hearing about it all later :)

  • Angeerah

    Congratulations! Parenthood is a beautiful thing!

  • Sam

    Welcome to the world, newest practical family member! I wish you all the healing, snuggly, happy time you could desire! Take an extra sniff of that baby smell, it’s soo good.

  • http://medeamaterial.com jules

    Congratulations! The best for the three of you. Felicidades.

  • Catherine B

    Congratulations! What lovely toes! I’m so impressed with this and the twitter announcement. Loved the cupcake and whiskey, but the toes are cuter….

  • Caroline

    Mazal tov! Enjoy your newly expanded family.

  • http://www.restrepoleather.com Robin

    Mazel tov! Glad everyone is home and healthy.

  • Ashley

    Oh so many congratulations! After a rough patch with family (my baby family and family of origin) and going through the emotions that comes with paying a lot of money to celebrate said families with a wedding, reading this and seeing those nummy perfect feet gave me the wind in my sails to keep going, and the breeze of it has cooled my cheeks and reminded me to be so so happy for the journey.

    I texted my partner to read it immediately upon reading “marriage has kept me afloat…”, because we both need that nice reminder of all of the beautiful things about marriage.

    and also, gah to have two boys to cuddle up to! i am so so happy for Meg, and thank you for being brave enough to share with us brief tidibits of the not so Pampers commercial aspects of it. My doctor has warned me that pregnancy will be an unusually hard process for me, so it’s nice to feel not alone, no matter the scale of the experience.

  • http://elissarphotography.com Elissa

    I’m so happy for y’all :)

  • Ari

    Mazel tov! I’m so delighted for the three of you.

  • Heather L

    Congrats! Health and happiness to you!

  • http://www.thehousealwayswinsblog.com Rachel Wilkerson

    Sending a teeny tiny fist bump to the little one, and big ones to you and David! So glad to hear you’re all doing well!

  • KB

    Yay!!!!!!!! SO MANY FIST BUMPS!!!

  • http://landlockedlove.blogspot.com Kelly

    On another note: STRIPED BABIES FOREVER! Stripes are the best! Babies are pretty awesome! Together? Unstoppable.

  • http://poppiesandicecream.blogspot.nl/ Amanda

    It’s a boy :)
    All the best wishes to you three, I am sorry to hear there were complications, but glad to hear you are all now healthy, home and finally meeting your new baby. Enjoy all of it, how exciting.

  • Kat

    How wonderful. All the best to you all.

  • http://andwontonmakesthree.wordpress.com Heather

    Congratulations! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on motherhood as well! It is rather funny how it changes so many things, and yet doesn’t. Enjoy yourselves as you settle in!

  • http://www.laughterinthelou.com Emma

    Weeee! I was hoping for a little note like this :)

  • Anne

    Many happy wishes to your newly enlarged family. Looking forward to hearing about this adventure.

  • Heather

    I have been stalking Twitter in hopes of reading exactly this news! How absolutely darling those little tootsies are, and how happy I am for all three of you!

    I cannot wait to read more of what you have to say, as always. YAY!

  • Erin

    Overjoyed to see this post! Best wishes to the three of you for an extra special holiday season and a new year of health, happiness, and wonder.

  • JT

    Hooray! Congratulations on the expansion of your family!! I was so excited to read this announcement and to see those tiny toes!

  • http://cmorrisphoto.com Lauren

    CONGRATS!!! I’m so happy to finally see this post – now go snuggle that little one of yours (and your husband!).

  • mimi

    Congrats and exactly to all of the above!

  • http://www.jandrfoods.com Rachel

    Hooray! All the best to you and David.

  • http://thecelebrationgirl.com Marcela

    Congratulations, Meg and David! And welcome to the world, tiny one!
    “Motherhood changes everything and also nothing”: yes, that is it.
    Enjoy the ride.

  • http://onwardfulltilt.blogspot.com Caitlin

    Congratulations! Happy to hear you three are home safe and sound and snuggly. Look at those feet! Too cute.

  • http://arduousblog.com ruchi

    Mazel tov!! Baby toes are the best.

  • http://highdivingboard.wordpress.com Morgan

    Yay for tiny little baby feet!

    And hey, the fact that you get to add the word wonderful to the the experience of a complicated birth is a pretty big bonus, from one complicated birth person to another!

  • Theresa Sea

    CONGRATS! So excited for you three. :)

  • Denzi

    Mazel tov! It’s encouraging to hear that everything and nothing has changed, as that’s the way I felt about marriage. I think I could maybe handle that, some day.

  • Kat

    TINY CUDDLES! Yay! Many, many congratulations! :)

  • Autumn

    Over the moon for you and your newly expanded family!

  • Amy

    Mazel tov, Meg! So happy for you and your boys!

  • http://www.marjmerges.com/ Marj

    Congratulations!! Lots and lots of happiness to all three of you. :)

  • Hannah

    He’s quite a lucky little guy to be a part of such a smart, loving, and beautiful family. Since this marks the end of your pregnancy chapter, it seems a good time to say one last big thank you for all your transparency through that. You are a world-changer, Meg. Sending heartfelt well-wishes your way.

  • Janet

    Congrats to you and David on your new little bundle (in striped pjs, eeeiiii!)! Can’t wait to see how things are going to stay the same around here and how there going to change too!

  • Shiri

    Mazel tov to you and your boys, Meg!! We all treasure him already, because we treasure you.

  • Julia

    Meg, YAYYYY! Congratulations and best wishes for this big transition!

  • Margi

    Congrats to you and your family, Meg! Looking forward to reading what you share!

  • Hlockhart

    Congratulations, Meg! Thanks for sharing this news with us.

  • LMS

    So excited to see this news! Best wishes and happy thoughts.

  • MDBethann

    Congratulations and best wishes Meg and David on the arrival of your little one. Sorry to hear that things have been rough for you but we all wish you lots of relaxation, joy, and cuddles with your new little man. Thanks for giving us a peek of your familial joy!!

  • http://www.whataboutsara.com SJG

    Yay, Meg and family! Kiss those baby toes for all of us.

  • http://www.beckymochaface.com Becky Mochaface

    Congratulations Meg, to all three of you! I look forward to reading about it all when you’re healed and ready to write it down.

  • Kayakgirl73

    Congrats. Enjoy your baby cuddles. I’m glad to hear that everything ended okay even though you had some difficulties. I sit hear awaiting my own baby and what life will bring. I’m due early next month, but baby is breech so we are headed for a scheduled C-section on New Year’s Eve unless something changes. Not what I planned but sometimes life throw us curve balls.

  • http://www.sweetmamam.wordpress.com Sweet Mama M

    Awwww yay! I guessed when I saw the header “Three” in my reader that this would be the news! All the best! Look forward to hearing more details when you are ready to share them!

  • Copper

    Congratulations! Happy to here that all are well.

  • Cassandra

    Congratulations to you both on the sweet little baby attached to those cute little baby feet :) Enjoy all your tiny cuddles!

  • Edelweiss

    Congratulations. Thanks for sharing those adorable feet and a bit of your heart with us. Wishing you many snuggles!

  • Edelweiss

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing those adorable feet and a bit of your heart with us. Wishing you many snuggles!

  • http://anniecardi.com Annie

    Congratulations! Best wishes to the whole family. (And oh my lord, tiny feet!)

  • http://www.newlyla.blogspot.com Ashley

    Ohhh those adorable little feet! Congratulations!

  • DKR

    Happy to hear Meg and baby are healthy and doing well, and safe at home! Solidarity fist bumps and well wishes to the whole family!

  • Zeph

    Congratulations!
    So glad you hear that everyone is safe and sound at home…enjoy the time with your guys!

  • Mmouse

    How wonderful to hear your expanded baby family is all home, safe and sound (and SHOWERED!!), especially with the word “traumatic” in there. I’m excited to hear your thoughts on marriage in the context of a new baby. Our little dude is 9 weeks & I keep finding myself thinking about how our marriage has evolved in such a short time. How much I’m learning about my husband and myself that I didn’t realize before. How important our relationship is and how much I love the crap out of him. Funnily, I felt this way when planning our wedding (which also included irrational fears, doubt about my life choices, and joy for what’s to come).
    Also, cuddling up with two boys, big & small, is one of my greatest pleasures these days!

  • Jessica

    Congrats to your family! What happy news. And I love this – motherhood changes everythng and nothing.

  • Sarah N.

    Congratulations, Meg, David, and Wee Bairn!! What a wonderful thing to be grateful for this holiday season. Blessings on you all.

  • http://cuvikingadventures.blogspot.com/ Jenny- Adventures Along the Way

    Congratulations. I hope your adjustment process and healing goes smoothly, and that this season is filled with peace and love and lots of amazing day-to-day moments now as a family of three.

  • Kris

    Congratulations!

  • Lauren

    A million congratulations to you! I also got a little sniffly reading this. I can’t wait for your sane, normal insight into parenthood. :)

  • RachelC

    MANY CONGRATULATIONS!!! All the best wishes from Connecticut!

  • Jenn’s Mom

    Congratulations to you both. If you’ve already managed to fit showers into your life you’re doing well (no surprises). Hope you’re fitting in some sleep as well!

  • http://unexpected-moments.blogspot.com/ Sheryl

    Happy baby! I’m glad to hear you are all healthy and healing and that things are doing well.

  • LifeSheWrote

    Fist Bump to you, Meg! Sending good vibes!

  • http://meanestlook.com Sara

    All the love possible to you and your boys.

  • Class of 1980

    What joy.

    It never ceases to amaze me when new little humans come into our world.

    Those feet!

  • http://turningtoward.blogspot.com Kara H.

    Yay! Congratulations! I am so glad you all are healthy and happy!

  • Peabody_bites

    Every possible fist bump to you and to David and welcome to the tiny person in stripes. Gorgeous feet… Good luck with this liminal time.

  • http://www.wrightremedy.blogspot.com Addie

    SQUEEE baby feet!!!! Ahem, all better now. Many congratulations to you both! So glad you are all healthy and happy.

  • BLIMUNDA

    I was waiting for this announcement because my sister had her due date close to yours, and my niece is already 3 weeks old! I’m glad to hear you all are fine. Welcome to your little boy :) tiny toes! striped onesie! the world seems a beautiful place…

  • http://www.elopeusa.com Maureen

    Best to you and your new family!

  • http://www.safarimama.blog.com Manya

    You’re showering!? Well done! That is a HUGE accomplishment at this phase!

  • http://www.mollyeverafter.com/ Molly

    Mazel tov, Meg! Love the tiny baby feet! <3

  • Sophia

    This announcement made me ridiculously happy.
    I also had a complicated delivery but our marriage and family are both happy ad healthy a year later. The days and months ahead will be exhausting and wonderful. Congrats.

  • http://fancystephanie.wordpress.com Stephanie

    Congrats on your new baby boy! Glad you are recovering well.

  • http://nerdycare.blogspot.com SelkieKel

    Ah! Congratulations! Sending the best possible vibes to you, David, and the adorable-toed new addition!

  • Benny

    So much love and joy to all three of you. This put a tiny smile on my face for the whole morning.

  • http://www.advancedlivingforbeginners.com Jen W

    Many congratulations! Glad to hear you are all safe and well and getting lots of cuddles.

  • js

    Welcome, Baby Practical! Congratualtions to you and to your whole team!

  • Vmed

    Yay, congratulations! I am so glad to hear you’re all safe, always the most important thing. Best wishes as you establish your new “routines”.

  • http://hodoeporicon.blogspot.com Stacey

    Congratulations!!! Also – love the reference to “tiny cuddles.” <3

  • Penelope

    Congratulations!! I’ve been waiting for this post and so glad to hear the good news.

  • http://seventhandw.wordpress.com Nora Rose

    Congrats!!

  • Midwest Melissa

    Congratulations!!!

  • Katherine

    Mazel tov!

  • April

    Welcome, to the new little man in your life. :-) Hopefully, having him here (on the outside!) will erase the difficult parts of the pregnancy and birth. Congrats and enjoy the sweet time with the newest member of the family!

  • http://Brokensaucer.blogspot.com Sera

    Hooray!!!! I’m so happy to hear you are well with your boys! As always, take good care of yourself! I’m wishing you the best!

  • http://theladieshomebrewsociety.wordpress.com/ Kelsey

    Mazel Tov to you, Meg and David, and to the little one! Sending you all so many happy thoughts.

  • Elly

    Mazel tov! All the best to you, David, and your new one!

  • Sam

    Amazing. Congrats & happy thoughts to all 3 of you….

  • http://www.empapers.com Eleanor

    Mazel tov!

  • http://www.marriedwithkittens.blogspot.com MWK

    YAAAAAY MEG!! YAAAY DAVID!! YAAAAY BABY BOY!!

  • http://bigBANGstudio.blogspot.com bigBANG studio

    Was just thinking about you and had to come over here to send you love On The Record, APW-style.

    Congratulations, dear friend. I am so very happy for you, for D, and for your little family.

    Love you! xoxo