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August 24 2012 by Kristin at The Kitchen Sink in Miscellaneous » 40 comments

Three weeks ago, we finally got to meet her—our baby girl. She was born on August 2, in the wee hours of the morning. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and she was 20.5 inches long. Her name is Avery Raleigh, and we are completely in love.

Meet Avery




I’m slowly making my way back into the kitchen, but the majority of the food we’ve eaten during the past few weeks has been prepared by others. There was a lovely dinner in the hospital—takeout from one of our favorite Italian spots in Chicago, eaten on a wheeled dining tray while Avery slept nearby. There were several meals a day for days upon days made by my mom, who was a hero in those early days. There have been weekly dinners delivered by mother-in-law, who has been keeping Avery and me in very good company.  And there have been bagels, lunches and dinners delivered by friends.  We are a lucky little family, I tell you.

Avery has also been to the grocery store several times and, I’m proud to say, she seems to love it as much as her mama.


She’s also been to the park for a picnic to celebrate her parents’ five year (!!) wedding anniversary.


And she’s dined al fresco a few times.


She’s so much fun, and I’m thrilled to finally introduce her to all of you.


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  1. Magda says on August 24 2012 at 8:43 am:

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful :)

  2. Ann says on August 24 2012 at 9:35 am:

    CONGRATS! What a beautiful name for a beautiful girl. Take your time getting back into the kitchen. I always get inspired by your posts!

  3. Tracey says on August 24 2012 at 9:45 am:

    Congratulations, she is absolutely stunning!

  4. Jacqui says on August 24 2012 at 10:00 am:

    Congratulations! She is perfect. I love that head of hair!

  5. Whitney says on August 24 2012 at 10:10 am:

    Congrats! She is so beautiful and I love her name!

  6. Mary says on August 24 2012 at 10:41 am:

    Congratulations! Absolutely beautiful.

  7. Mary says on August 24 2012 at 10:48 am:

    What a beautiful girl! Congratulations!

  8. Becky says on August 24 2012 at 11:00 am:

    Enjoy – time will fly by and soon she’ll be in the kitchen with you helping.

  9. kaela says on August 24 2012 at 1:14 pm:

    Welcome to the world, Avery! And congratulations to Mom & Dad. Enjoy it all!

  10. Maggie says on August 24 2012 at 1:47 pm:

    I cannot wait to meet her! only 7 more days…such great pictures!

  11. Holly says on August 24 2012 at 3:58 pm:

    She’s absolutely lovely. I’ve been checking back anxiously awaiting the news.
    Our little guy was born June 21…isn’t this just the most amazing thing?!

  12. heather @ chiknpastry says on August 24 2012 at 4:08 pm:


  13. Liz says on August 24 2012 at 4:38 pm:

    Congratulations! She is fantastic! They certainly do change your cooking style for a while. Enjoy every minute!

  14. Stephanie says on August 24 2012 at 5:40 pm:

    Congratulations! I had a complete hysterectomy in 1998 and it has been a looong time since I saw a baby and had an instant longing to snuggle one! Thank you for sharing your beautiful Avery with us, enjoy these days!

  15. Laura says on August 24 2012 at 6:05 pm:

    Congratulations! She is so beautiful!!

  16. Shanna says on August 24 2012 at 9:18 pm:

    Kristin. She’s pure perfection! And PS Avery Raleigh? Such a good name.

  17. Dawn | KitchenTravels says on August 24 2012 at 11:07 pm:

    You. Have. A. BABY! Could not be happier for you and your family. Remember to sleep when you can, take pictures that include you and the baby together (trust me, you’ll look great even if you think you don’t), and most of all… enjoy every second of this very special time. Such joyous news! xo

  18. Kate says on August 25 2012 at 4:56 am:

    Kristin, she is just stunning. Congratulations to all of you, for the journey ahead is an amazing one and I could not be more thrilled for you.

    She will be a well-fed and beautifully photographed baby, no doubt.

  19. Amy says on August 25 2012 at 5:15 am:

    Many many congratulations to you and Kevin, Kristin!! Avery is perfect — such a sweet, contented face! xo

  20. Becky says on August 25 2012 at 9:02 am:

    She is just so adorable. I love those tiny hands and feet.

  21. Lara says on August 25 2012 at 1:03 pm:

    That last picture makes me melt. Congratulations again. Love you guys. Looking forward to more posts that include Avery, Kevin, and your kitchen adventures. xoxo

  22. Lindsey says on August 25 2012 at 6:01 pm:

    beautiful. congratulations!

  23. Tiff says on August 25 2012 at 10:26 pm:

    She is very cute! Congratulations!

  24. Inés says on August 26 2012 at 11:16 am:

    Beautiful girl, beautiful name… Congratulations! And I hope everything’s running smoothly so far.

  25. diane says on August 26 2012 at 6:00 pm:

    The pics you cose are perfect and I can’t wait to get back to you all soon. Maybe you can log a little kitchen time then,back to family dinners. Love, MOM

  26. Nicole @Eat This Poem says on August 26 2012 at 6:06 pm:

    Congratulations! Avery is one of my favorite girl names.

  27. natalie@thesweetslife says on August 27 2012 at 10:30 am:

    she’s absolutely beautiful! congratulations!

  28. Rose says on August 29 2012 at 10:12 am:

    Congratulations to you and your whole family! What a blessing!

  29. Mary O'Brien says on August 29 2012 at 2:57 pm:

    Oh joy!

  30. Jen Kotila says on August 30 2012 at 2:29 pm:

    Congrats to your family!! Ali is one lucky aunt, Avery is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the photos :)

  31. kendra says on September 01 2012 at 11:58 pm:

    Shes absolutely beautiful. Congratulations.

  32. Nicole @ the dirty oven says on September 03 2012 at 10:45 am:

    Super cute!!! Enjoy each moment. They grow so fast. I always thought that was such a lame thing to say to new moms, but it is super true. Before you know it she will be helping you make cookies and eating ice cream cones. Welcome to the best job ever. Enjoy!

  33. Hannah says on September 03 2012 at 11:53 pm:

    Okay, she is too cute. Congratulations!

  34. xuka says on September 06 2012 at 11:43 pm:

    how lovely! congrats!

  35. Emily says on September 07 2012 at 5:36 pm:

    I love these photos, love that baby. Congrats!!

  36. Anne says on September 13 2012 at 4:17 pm:

    Congratulations!! I just checked your blog for the first time in a few months and was so happy to see the new addition to your family! She’s beautiful!

  37. Julia says on September 16 2012 at 9:13 am:

    What great news! Congratulations!

  38. Molly says on September 16 2012 at 2:14 pm:

    I love her so much already! And what a beautiful little family you have. Love!

  39. Kristin at The Kitchen Sink says on September 16 2012 at 9:00 pm:

    Thank you all so, so much for the warm wishes. I’m thrilled to have introduced you all to Avery!

  40. Ingrid says on September 30 2012 at 7:17 am:

    Congrats on your beautiful baby girl!

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