After 42 weeks and 3 days of pregnancy, and a lot of patience, Anneliese Claire was born!

And let me tell you… if you’re pregnant and want to go into labor, I figured it out.

It’s not walking, sex, castor oil, or spicy food.

It isn’t eggplant, acupressure, a special pizza, pineapples, or bouncing on a yoga ball.

The only thing that will make you go into labor for sure (it worked for me, so I know!) is watching the X-Men movie. While eating homemade graham crackers. Yup.

I’ve been meaning to type up the whole big birth blog post for a while now, but my brain just isn’t in that mode right now. So until then, I’ll appease y’all with photos of my beautiful baby girl.

July 27, 2010 @ 5:56pm

8lb. 15oz.

20.5 inches

Here’s our first family photo, about an hour after her birth.


1 day old:

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My favorite people!


So sweet, taking a nap.


And today, at 9 days old:

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Thank you all for your VERY sweet comments, emails, tweets, etc over the last several weeks! I know I haven’t been the best at responding/replying (probably best at twitter these days, since I can tweet on my phone while I nurse) but I appreciate every word of excitement and encouragement you’ve shared with me.

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  1. My daughter is also named Anneliese and spelled the same way! She was born in Holland I chose the name because it was a gorgeous old-fashioned Dutch name (and also the full name of Anne Frank, which most people don’t know!) She is 25 now and has always been complimented on her beautiful, memorable name. I’m sure your Anneliese will have the same experience!

  2. I know this is an old post I am responding to.. but I had to do it when I saw the title of this post. I found your website looking for a corn on the cob cooking technique, and ended up going to your About page and then here. My oldest daughter shares the same name as your daughter. Mine was born in 2006, was premature, and I can’t say that the X-men had anything to do with the timing of the Big Delivery… but aside from the slight variation in spelling, I have an Annelise Claire of my own. So, high snaps for the corn on the cob recipe, and high snaps for choice of name for your daughter! 🙂

    • My daughter’s name is Anneliese Claire Huntington.

      She is 23 years of age.

      When she was little, we called her, “Liese Claire”.

      She has always preferred to be called Anneliese: not Anna, Anne, Annie, just Anneliese.

      Yes, we are asked to spell her name often.

      I chose her name after Anne Frank (Anneliese Marie Frank).
      We chose Claire just because we love the name, and it goes so well with her long first name.

      Our last name is Huntington, so we wanted a short middle name to. All Ce the sound.

      Our daughter. Anneliese, has always enjoyed having a somewhat- uncommon name.

      • Aww thank you for letting me know! It’s a beautiful name. I hope my Anneliese loves her name as much as your Anneliese does. And I love that it’s Anne Frank’s name too (I knew that, but it’s not the reason I chose it). <3

  3. I love how her legs are still folded up like they were in your belly in the second to last picture 🙂 So precious! Congrats!

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  4. Hello there!
    How BEAUTIFUL!!! What a blessing!! Congratulations.
    It seems like just yesterday I had my first daughter. 18 years later.. I miss those sweet moments.
    Thanks for following me on Twitter. I love your blog. Can't wait to start following.

  5. I just found your blog today, through Mark's Daily Apple. I am a mom of two boys, 3yrs and 7mo!! I am always go go go….My husband and I just went Primal and I was so excited to find all of your awesome recipes here!!! I love the cake, cookies and dips!! I was so worried that I wouldn't be able to have cake on my birthday in a few weeks!! I also was worried about what to give my 3yr old for snacks, and I was very happy to find your graham cracker recipe too! Thank you sooo much for posting!! And a huge Congrats on your baby girl!!! I hope its all going well for you!! Welcome to Mommyhood!

  6. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter! She's beautiful!

    I hate to bring this up, but the contact page doesn't seem to be working. I click submit, and it goes to a 404 Error page.

  7. What a beautiful little girl!! Can't wait to hear(read) the full story!

  8. She's beautiful and everyone looks so happy! Enjoy her!

  9. I've discovered your blog via Twitter. I have a 3 year old (was breastfed 'til 18 mos) and an 8 month old (still going!). Just wanted to encourage you that your efforts to nurse your daughter are SO worthwhile!! Yes, the first two months are definitely the most challenging, but by the time you get to month 6…month 12…when your baby is sick, or tired, or anxious, or hurt…besides hungry!…you will be so glad that you kept on keepin' on! I just started eating primally a couple of months ago and wanted to say what an inspiration you are. 🙂 Wish that I could bring you a hot primal meal, new mama! GO GIRL! And congratulations on your beautiful family.

  10. Congratulations Lovely! 🙂


  11. Congrats! You look beautiful! A glowing new mama.

    I hope these first few weeks are peaceful and sweet. You can't beat the feeling a new baby brings to your home.

  12. OMG she looks so much like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 She's beautiful, and you look so beautiful nursing her! Keep up the good work mama!

  13. Congrats!!! That is simply wonderful, I think all will understand a lack of computer time!! Enjoy that new little baby!

  14. Congratulations! She looks so adorable and looks like one health human being! That little girl is luck to have wonderful parents who know the secrets about how to live a long lasting healthy and happy life 🙂

  15. You look positively glowing! Just a hour after birth, look at you, supermodel mom!
    And that delicious baby!

    Congrats to both of you. I have no doubt that you will both be wonderful parents.

  16. What a cutie! It's wild that my daughters' middle names are Annelise (different spelling) and Claire. Congratulations to you all.

  17. Congratulations, you look like your glowing and so happy, well done! 🙂

  18. Congratulations to you and your husband! She's perfect and so alert for being so young! Love her name – a beautiful name for a beautiful girl 🙂

    Love your website, too 🙂

  19. she is honestly gorgeous. newborns are often wrinkly and old-man-ish, but Anneliese is a true baby beauty. treasure every moment, they grow FAST.

  20. Yaaay! I've been checking in every day to see if she was here yet. Congratulations! And take your sweet time with the birth post. You're kinda busy right now 🙂

    Also, I can't believe how much she changed between day one and day nine! Wowie.

  21. Amazing! You both look great. Congratulations to all three of you!

  22. Those cheeks! And you are so beautiful too. Congratulations. *tear* Im up next :O)
    I wont look as good as you do though. I promise lol

  23. Congratulations! She is adorable!

  24. CONGRATULATIONS! She is beautiful! May God Bless her all the days of her life, Amen.

  25. Congrats!! She is absolutely beautiful! She looks like she has such a little personality already and an adorable smile.

  26. Congratulations! You will fall in love with this little girl more and more every day. I know I sure have with my daughter!

  27. Amazing! Congratulations on your daughter – she is undoubtedly worth the wait. Enjoy every minute!

  28. she's beautiful! congratulations! i love her chubby cheeks and her name is just gorgeous!

  29. Congratulations! She's just adorable and you look great!

  30. Remember seeing this on a wall hanging:
    Cleaning and scrubbing can wait 'til tomorrow,
    For babies grow up-we've learned to our sorrow.
    So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep,
    I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep.


  31. My goodness! She is so pretty … and one big baby !! lol!! I love those pics of her in the bright pink! Congratulations to you … your husband … and your new little daughter! God Bless!

  32. congratulations! I've been checking back daily…and I'm so happy to see her beautiful face. I hope you're all enjoying these first few weeks…they're precious! I love her name too…congrats!

  33. Very happy for you! I'm waiting for my own little one, 'due' this weekend–as a first time mom also, your waiting it out gives me hope for it all being GREAT in the end! You and baby look fabulous!

  34. yay! check out that cute kid and her bright peepers!
    everyone's looking healthy and happy.

  35. So happy for you all! I really like the picture of her sleeping, so sweet. 🙂

  36. Oh YAY! Welcome baby Anneliese. Every day I've been logging in to my feeds going “Oh I hope she's had that little bundle and isn't still pregnant!” Good for you for letting her tell you when she was ready and not rushing the process! She's just precious! Enjoy this special time together as a family.

  37. Ooooh. PS. How do you like your gDiapers?! All I have are orange and vanilla, I LOVE those green ones!

  38. BEAUTIFUL! All of you are! I am so excited for you guys, and I apologize stalking your blog for the last week…. Just so precious, enjoy these days, take them in as much as you can, and as slow as you can. Dishes, laundry, vacuuming all can wait – I wish I would have taken that advice more.

    Really looking forward to reading the birth story, I love to share them with other moms, its especially great to hear one who also went natural or did the best they could to!

    Much love to your new addition and both of you. *hugs*

  39. Awww…congratulations to you both! She is absolutely precious!

  40. I am so THRILLED for you both! You look amazing and she is SO precious! Enjoy your babymoon!

  41. Congratulations to you and hubby!!! “Anneliese Claire” is a gorgeous name and I pray she brings you nothing but lifetime of happiness!

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    Caren Gittleman
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  42. She is absolutely adorable! Congrats to you and Topher! A beautiful family!

  43. Gorgeous baby – blessings to your lovely family. Thank you for sharing some precious moments.

  44. I've been thinking of you (which I know is weird since you don't know me, but I've been following your blog for years). 🙂 (Someone else did that to me, and now we're pretty good friends.) Anyways, I'm so excited and happy for you and can't wait to read her birth story!

  45. Congratulations! Everyone looks so happy and healthy 🙂
    (P.S. She's the only other person in the US that I “know” that has my exact first name – spelling and everything. I'm tickled!)

  46. Congratulations, she is beautiful and well worth the wait!

  47. Ooooh. PS. How do you like your gDiapers?! All I have are orange and vanilla, I LOVE those green ones!

  48. Congratulations! And Happy Birthday! 🙂

  49. awww, I am sooooo THRILLED for you guys! 🙂 She is beautiful! Such a sweet name, too! 🙂 I ADORE the taking a nap photo. 🙂 awwwww! Can you believe you are a mommy?! It was so weird for me to realize that….. Enjoy nursing her–that was so my fave thing–and I SOOOOO miss it! 🙂 But now I get snuggles and hugs and kisses… I guess it's all ok. 🙂

    I am giddy with excitement for you! YAH!

    🙂 Jennifer

  50. Congratulations! I knew when you hadn't posted for a while that you must have gone into labor.

  51. It should be criminal to look that good after pregnancy! You look AMAZING. And she is just PRECIOUS!!!! Congratulations!!! (Did I use enough exclamation marks? I'm just excited for you.)

  52. Congratulations! I love those little round cheeks! Enjoy every minute of her!!

  53. She looks like you! What a beautiful blessing! Love the name. Isn't it wonderful to not be pregnant anymore and to hold your sweet bundle in your arms!

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