First Day Home

by HEAB on November 7, 2010

CD, Summer, and I were given the okay to go home from the hospital after 24 hours, and we were so happy to be back in our own house with the pups. They love the baby, and I can already tell they’re going to be very protective of her – so sweet. We’ve had a great first day back. Summer sleeps a lot! She was born 12 days early and only weighed 5 lbs, 9 ounces. My labor did not go exactly as planned, but it turned out perfect in the end. I promise to share more details over the next few days.


Finally got this swaddling thing down. 🙂

Chris and I are both huge fans of breast feeding, and I’m doing everything I can to make it happen. Since Summer was early and so small, nursing thus far has been a bit of a challenge. Right now, I’m only producing colostrum, and we were afraid she wasn’t getting enough. So, to ensure that she doesn’t lose too much weight, and that my milk comes in strong over the next few days, I’ve been nursing as well as using a breast pump and feeding the colostrum to Summer with my finger and a syringe. I’ve also been upping my dietary fat to make sure I have enough for both myself and Summer.



One roasted white potato cooked in 1 TBSP butter, 2 eggs, and topped with the most amazing jelly ever. Thanks again Carolyn – I LOVE it! 🙂

For lunch I ate some grilled chicken strips followed by a bowl of oat bran topped with 1 TBSP of butter and more hot pepper raspberry preserves…


CD then made me chocolate oaties with butter instead of almond butter and no maple syrup. Oh my gosh, my husband can bake! I had no idea. He brought me one oatie fresh from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. CD, I love you!


Time to go pump, but I just wanted to thank everyone for all the amazing comments, Tweets, Facebook posts, text messages, and phone calls we’ve received over the last couple of days. Really, it’s been amazing, and CD and I are still reading through all of them. I hope to post pretty often, but I won’t be able to respond to comments like I have in the past. So, if you have a specific question, feel free to leave it in the comments or email me directly, but it may take me a while to respond…like sometime in the next 18 years or so. 😉

Much love to you all,

Heather, CD, Summer, and the pups 🙂


meredith huntley November 18, 2010 at 9:51 am

congrats on your beautiful baby. i love the name! hope all is well 🙂

maya @ finding balance in tokyo November 11, 2010 at 6:31 am

Thank you so much for sharing your birth story with us! I’m glad that things went well, even if it wasn’t totally according to plan. I can’t wait for the updates on Summer that I’m sure will come! 😀 November 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm

she looks like a little Almond tucked in a blankieeee!!! <3 HEATHER SHES BEAUTIFUL!! <3

Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 9, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I am SO, SO, SO happy for you and CD. I wish you and your family the very best, and all the happiness for little Summer. Congrats! 🙂
-Joelle (Pancake Girl)

Annette November 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm

She is adorable! Congratulations! I bet that was a very neat experience for you both 🙂

Britannie November 9, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Congratulations, she’s beautiful! 🙂

Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit November 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Welcome home Summer!
What a beautiful name Heather. Best of luck on your new adventure ^_^ Of course we’ll all be following!

Melissa @ For the Love of Health November 9, 2010 at 11:41 am

What a gorgeous little precious baby!! Congratulations!

Eden November 9, 2010 at 10:59 am

O good lord, I just came back from foodbuzz and only now getting to catch up on things!!!!
I’m so happy you are home safe. My mom had breast cancer while pregnant and decided to put off chemo so she could breast feed me. I she was too generous, I don’t know if I could be as selfless.
Anyhow, I’m so thrilled by your new addition and I’m so happy you didn’t call her heablet!

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Sounds like you have an amazing mama. 🙂

Tracy November 8, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I’m so happy to hear that you are breastfeeding!! You’re giving Summer such a special gift:) And don’t worry that you’re only producing colostrum…mature milk can take up to 2 weeks to come in. And just a couple drops of colostrum is enough to fill a baby’s belly

Paige November 8, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Congratulations Heather! Summer is so adorable and looks like infant perfection, of course. I hope parenthood is everything you and CD hoped for!

Sarah November 8, 2010 at 8:09 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!! I’m so glad that the HEABLET arrived safely 🙂 I’m also glad that the momma is doing well too!! Summer is gorgeous!!

Lea @ Healthy Coconut November 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Congratulations Heather (and CD) on your gorgeous baby. Looks like she has bangs already 🙂

I was at the Foodbuzz Festival this weekend and we were all talking about you. I wasn’t blogging or reading blogs since last week because I’ve been out of town and busy busy….so when I was eating my breakfast someone told me that you had your baby. Everyone was so happy of the news.

I am planning to be a mom soon after I get married next year so I will be following your journey and learn tips here and there.

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Thanks so much. Hope Foodbuzz was a good time – I hope to be there next year. A little busy this year. 😉
P.S. – you have so much to look forward to. I’ve been a mom for a little over a week, but it’s been utterly amazing thus far.

Dee November 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Aww. She is precious! Congrats again Heather!

luna November 8, 2010 at 6:39 pm


Sagan November 8, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Okay, I am so NOT a baby person and I tend to be of the opinion that all kids look the same until they’re 3 years old, but OH MY GOODNESS SHE IS SO FREAKIN’ CUTE!!!!

I’m so happy for you, Heather, and I’m really glad that the birth went well even if she was early. So exciting!

PS I love a man who can bake 😉

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Thanks so much Sagan. I love a baking man as well. 🙂

Jenny R. November 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Aw so adorable!! I’m so happy for you! All the best xoxo

Beth @ bride in the little white dress November 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Aww congrats on your little sweetheart! Love the hair! 🙂

Pure2raw Twins November 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Heather she is adorable! Again we are soooo happy for you both 🙂 Good luck with breastfeeding and everything I know you will do great!!! xoxo
The Twins

Dani Hainds November 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Heather she is beautiful! A huge welcome from Colorado.

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Thanks Dani. 🙂

Sarah Anne November 8, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Oh CONGRATULATIONS Heather! I’m a bit of a lurker and rarely comment, but I am a faithful reader and have been so excited for you! Such a gorgeous name, I wish you and your family the absolute BEST!

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Sarah Anne, thank so much and thanks for reading as well. 🙂

Alina November 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

What a beautiful girl! And she looks so cute and cozy in her, um … swaddle? Congratulations again 🙂

Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama November 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm

She is just beautiful!! Congratulations again. Hang in there with the breastfeeding. It is so so hard in the beginning. I was definitely not prepared for how difficult it would be, but once we got past the initial 6 weeks or so, it was smooth sailing and I loved it.
Remember to take care of yourself and EAT EAT EAT!! 🙂

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Eat eat eat – roger that. 🙂

Katie November 8, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Yay!! Welcome home! I love reading about your little family – it makes me so excited for May when I can bring my little bun into the world and home to meet the puppy, and our house! I can’t wait to read about all the adventures (and maybe adjustments) you make to your life with Summer in it! Blessings! 🙂

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Katie – you have so much to look forward to. It’s amazing. 🙂

Nolita Morgan November 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Congratulations, Mama! What a nice surprise…beautiful family!

Bethany November 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm

If you haven’t already heard or been told about it, Mother’s Milk tea (can be purchased at Target or Krogers (in organic section)) is great for breastfeeding. It was recommended to me by my birth center, and it really seemed to help during those first few days (and after — I’m still drinking it!). Good luck with breastfeeding. It certainly is a commitment, but it’s well worth it.

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Just finished off a big mug of Mother Milk tea. Nasty stuff, but I’m going to keep drinking it. Praying it helps…day 9 and still no milk, but I haven’t lost hope. 🙂

Necia November 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Congratulations to you and your family on your new addition. I think it’s great that they allowed you to come home early, as the hospital can be more stressful then necessary. I too had my baby early, a complete month, and although breast feeding was challenging I urge you to stick with it as long as you both can! No worries, even a drop of colustrum will suffice the first few days, and by the time the baby is truly hungry your mama’s milk would’ve kicked in full force! Just wanted to chime in, because I know breastfeeding can be scary in itself, and it’s really not that bad at all! Congrats, again!

Maya November 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Oh Heather, Summer is adorable! Blog whenever you can and want to, we’ll be here waiting! Good luck on the breast feeding front.

Katy (The Singing Runner) November 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

She is adorable! Congratulations again! 🙂 I am so happy for you guys!

Maren November 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I can’t get over how cute she is! Take your time and enjoy everything. Put blogging on the back burner for a while. I’m so relieved the dogs are being good with little Summer, I know a few people who haven’t been as lucky.

Debbie November 8, 2010 at 11:29 am

We breast fed both of our children…and here are some secrets:
no chocolate
no broccolli
gives them gas really bad.

However, your nipple area will get very sore…if you put slightly warm tea bags on them it toughens them up and allows them the heal….air dry as much as possible…go toppless it helps them. Good luck!

Congratulations! Such a wonderful journey!

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Just catching up on comments. No chocolate, huh? Oops. Thanks for the tip!

Em November 8, 2010 at 11:27 am

Congrats! She is beautiful!!!

It’s awesome that you’re planning to breastfeed. It took 5 days for my milk to come in, but it finally did- after lots of skin-to-skin contact and lots of nursing (that 4th day, dd just nursed constantly and was pretty fussy- but that is what finally brought in the milk!). A newborn’s stomach is so small that they don’t need anything besides your colostrum, so what you’re doing is perfect 🙂 You can always call a La Leche League leader in your area (, who can answer your questions and recommend a lactation consultant if you’re interested. I promise, nursing is so worth the investment you’re making now!

Congrats, and take care of yourself!!!

Cindy November 8, 2010 at 11:27 am

and don’t forget to RELAX.

stressed Mama, stressed baby.

it’s going to go just fine. look how beautiful she is….can’t believe you are still posting.

and way to go CD…. husbands that bake are AWESOME.
you guys make me smile so big

Katie November 8, 2010 at 11:15 am

Thank you so much for sharing your first few days of Summer with us!

jessica November 8, 2010 at 10:46 am

Sooooo cute! Congrats! One thing is for sure… that lil one has a lifetime full of good eats to look forward to with a mama like you 😉

Natalia - a side of simple November 8, 2010 at 10:45 am

Keeping you and your family in my prayers. So happy that you and the baby are safe and sound now at home 🙂 Thanks for sharing this journey with us. She’s beautiful!

Allison W. November 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

Congratulations! I’ve been a reader for awhile, and it was such a nice start to my Monday morning to see that you had the baby!!!! I love the name Summer, and she’s adorable!!!

ashley November 8, 2010 at 10:42 am

Congratulations to you and your family!!! Love love love the name Summer, and she’s gorgeous!

A lot of people have been saying it, and I’ll just repeat it – breastfeeding can be tricky (and overwhelming and frustrating…just being honest here!), but definitely try to stick with it! The first few days (or weeks) of trying to get it down can seem like a lifetime, but in reality, it’s not that long, and it’s SO worth it. If it’s any reassurance, my second son was born 2 1/2 weeks ago, and I thought breastfeeding would be easier this time, but he would not latch the first few days at all. So, I pumped and fed him out of a little cup at the hospital, and then pumped and fed him with a bottle when we got home. When we went for his 5 day check-up, he was almost back to his birth weight!!! I was ecstatic! : ) And then out of nowhere, on about the sixth day or so, we figured out latching and things have been mostly smooth since then. You two will figure out your rhythm : )

Take care of yourself…sending lots of good wishes your way…

Sammie November 8, 2010 at 10:06 am

Congrats Mommy & Daddy!! She is beautiful.

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 8, 2010 at 9:53 am

Congratulations on the new addition!
I love the name Summer too! So pretty.

Little Bookworm November 8, 2010 at 9:52 am

Glad you and Summer are home ok. Congratulations again! 🙂

natalie (the sweets life) November 8, 2010 at 9:51 am

oh heather, she is just precious! I am so excited for your little family, you have been blessed! 🙂

Victoria November 8, 2010 at 9:41 am

Congratulations! Don’t panic on the breast feeding, it can take a few days for the milk proper to come in, particularly if you had a long/ tricky delivery. It is worth sticking at though- if it works it is fab! My daughter was 3 weeks early and teeny tiny but we soon had her trained as champion nurser. She fed a LOT in those early weeks though and then if she slept too long I would encourage her to feed some more. Putting the baby to the breast and lots of cuddles with you is one of the best ways to get your milk to come in (and an excellent excuse for lots of baby cuddling!)
Good luck and well done!

grocery goddess jen November 8, 2010 at 9:24 am

So far each time I read a post about Summer I tear up! I can’t wait to read more.

sweeter salt November 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

Congrats, congrats, congrats! She is beautiful!

Good luck with nursing, I know it can be trying, but I’m sure you’ll do a tremendous job!

🙂 Laura

Sami November 8, 2010 at 8:52 am

AWHHHH HEAB she is BEAUTIFUL. and I love the name you guys chose. I can’t believe I MISSED this post. Guess that’ll teach me to “unplug” over the weekends!

Much love to you and your new family! xo.

Willow @ Making Food Simple November 8, 2010 at 8:39 am

From a longtime lurker (and one-in-a-while commenter!) I wanted to say congratulations and send lots and lots of warm fuzzies your way. You were so prepared for this little girl, so I have the utmost confidence that all will work out! Good luck with the breastfeeding, I know it can be a b*tch… Keep working at it and she’ll get the hang of it soon!

Kellie November 8, 2010 at 8:21 am

Wow! I was out of town this weekend and missed out on the HEABlet’s (err… Summer’s !) arrival. Love that name by the way. SO BEAUTIFUL.
Isn’t it amazing that even when things don’t go as “planned” it is all okay in the end…. a beautiful, healthy baby and mom.
I’m sure you will hear this many times (and have already heard it many)… give the breastfeeding time. It is hard to believe that something so natural can be difficult to get the hang of. Take advantage of any lactation consultant the hospital might be able to give you access to.
ENJOY your sweet baby girl! ~

Lynn November 8, 2010 at 7:45 am

Nursing can be quite the challenge, but I promise you will be happy if you stick with it. I only gave it 2 months and I feel certain that if I’d given it just a little bit longer, we would’ve broken through the rough patch and had it down pat.But oh well….next time! LOL Summer Juliet is a GORGEOUS name and fits perfectly. And you have the sweetest husband!!! (well, except for mine, but you know how that goes LOL) I can’t imagine the amount of messages you are getting. Just do what you can do and only do it if you are loving it. Lots of love your way!!!!

Tab - Just Weighing In November 8, 2010 at 6:53 am

isn’t it amazing how dogs can be so sweet with babies? We were worried about how our Cockapoo would react when we brought home our little guy (nine months ago today, in fact). We needn’t have worried – he loves him!

Can’t wait to hear your labor story! And congrats again…

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Oh my gosh, it’s the cutest thing. The pups are so protective of Summer and just love sniffing her all over. I think they’re going to be best friends – their own little pack. 😉

Rachel @ Suburban Yogini November 8, 2010 at 5:38 am

So many congratulations – she’s such a cutie!

elise November 8, 2010 at 3:02 am

ok, so i know im sooooo late in this but CONGRATSSSS!!!!!!

janetha, holly and i were all ooing and ahhing over the initial post announcing summer. how appropriate that she’d join the world on a food festival day – haha.

and i have to say, i just couldnt love you, CD, and her more.

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Thanks so much Elise. Hope you had fun at Foodbuzz. Hoping to go next year. 🙂

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 8, 2010 at 1:23 am

Oh my goodness, Heather! CONGRATS to both you and CD!! 😀 She is a doll!! I am so happy for both of you. :mrgreen: Welcome to the world, little HEABlet!

All the best to all three of you. <3

Marina November 8, 2010 at 1:12 am

welcome home! I’m glad everything went well. Everything will be ok with the milk, I’m sure all that yummy eats you have, good fats, peanut butter&co will show result, and I know Summer will enjoy it 🙂
You three are so adorable 🙂 (oh and the pups, so sweet that they already started being protective!)
All the best wishes,

Nicole November 8, 2010 at 12:23 am

Congratulations to you and CD! I am so happy for you. You have a beautiful baby!!!!! I am amazed at how good at keeping up with the blog you are. Thank you for that. I love reading everyday. Oh… BTW I am glad you like the cocktail sauce and squash combo. It’s very warming =)

Best wishes to you. =))))))))))))))

Namaste Gurl November 7, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Awwwh, I’m so overjoyed for you, the new babe and CD. Glad your doing well and every things going great thus far. I know everything will work out with breastfeeding and nourishment– I just know it will 🙂 You’re doing wonderful!

Love you SO much 🙂

Danielle (Runs on Green) November 7, 2010 at 11:31 pm

OMG CONGRATS!!!!! She’s beautiful!!!! I can’t wait to read more/see pics of her 🙂

Krista (kristastes) November 7, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Awww, CONGRATS, Heather!! She is darling 🙂

stephanie November 7, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Really, its increadable she looks so at peace with her new family. What a beautiful and heartwarming sight! She is a special one for sure! Be sure to get lots of rest and care for yourself. Take it easy on yourself and dont worry too much, she knows you LOVE her 🙂 Thanks for sharing little Summer first few days. You are amazing that you left the hospital already, I stayed 3 days….:)

Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly November 7, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Awww, what a little swaddler. So precious. I am so thankful that everything worked out well in the end.

A friend of mine wants to be a lactation consultant, so I’ve heard nonstop about the wonders of breastfeeding. You can do it! :-p Hahaha.

Bridget November 7, 2010 at 10:52 pm

She is the sweetest little thing! And I love the name Summer!

Glad to see things are going well in the Heab household 🙂 I’m sure you’re a busy bee right now.

Amanda November 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm

What a beautiful addition to your little family. Summer is so lucky, you and CD already sound like wonderful, loving parents. I wish you the best, and hope to see you update the blog here and there once you get all settled in.

Heather November 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm

You know what they say…Good (ahem, GREAT!) things come in small packages! She is absolutely beautiful! I am so happy for you and CD!

Ann Claire November 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm

She is absolutely precious!! CD sounds like such a sweet husband. What an incredible family the 3 of you make!

monicanelsonfitness November 7, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Welcome Home!

She is Precious!

CIndy November 7, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Congratulations. I read you daily but don’t comment often. I just wanted to share that my daughter was also born 15 days early at 5 lbs. 10 oz. I also nursed and things came in a little late. All babies are different, but I wanted to share that she put on weight so fast that she was my heaviest little girl by 6 months. If you continue to eat as healthy as you do.. Summer will quickly gain and be amazing healthy. She was truly my tiniest baby and gained more weight than all 3 :). Sleep when you can and enjoy every minute of her :))

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Thanks Cindy – very encouraging to hear. 🙂

Lena November 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I think Summer is such a pretty name, so befitting for HEABlet – Summer, coz she’s so pretty (: congrats again!

polly November 7, 2010 at 9:10 pm

LURVE YOU. Hugs and prayers. Summer will get the whole yummy food = momma idea soon. 😛 XOXO

Lorne November 7, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Welcome home!
I take fennel supplements to help with milk production Heather. Summer is precious and will start growing in no time at all. How fantastic it must feel to have her at home.

Minu is having a wee nap now, I just love looking at him while he sleeps….
Blessings to you all

Katie @ peacebeme November 7, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Congratulations! I LOVE LOVE LOVE her name! Summer is my favorite season and Juliet is so pretty. She is so little and adorable and I am happy for you. 🙂

kristinp November 7, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Congratulations! I’m so happy for all of you and you guys picked such a beautiful beautiful name for that little darling 🙂 I love it when babies get names that don’t give them any choice but to be fabulous amazing people – enjoy your days together!


Jessica @ How Sweet November 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Yay! I am just so happy for you. My heart is warm.

Caitlin (EatFeats) November 7, 2010 at 8:52 pm

So precious! I have no advice to offer, but I am sending my love and thoughts and prayers! <3

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Thanks Caitlin,
All 3 are much appreciated. 🙂

Nitara416 November 7, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Congratulations to you and CD. She’s totally awesome gorgeous!

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free November 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Oh!!!! I was out of town this weekend, and came home to see this picture of your beautiful child! Congratulations Heather and CD!!!! She is beautiful 🙂 (Summer Juliet is a gorgeous name to go with her gorgeous face, too!)

Virginia @ YtotheUmmy November 7, 2010 at 8:35 pm

aww you made me get all sniffly :’)

she is such a sweet, precious, tender little girl! I’m such goober around babies.

I’m so happy to see that you and the baby are healthy, and not only that but AMAZED you’re even blogging. haha

meagan November 7, 2010 at 8:34 pm

congrats on your beautiful girl 🙂 breastfeeding can be a challenge, that’s for sure! don’t let it get you down, it can become very emotional because the beginning can feel very uncertain–are they getting enough, why are they loosing weight, where’s the poop? where’s my milk? pumping is awful, etc. have faith and the number of a good lactation consultant! it really pulled me through.

good luck 🙂 she’s beautiful.

Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm

She’s so, so, so, so adorable, Heather! 🙂 Glad you all had a great first day home. I bet the pups absolutely love her 🙂

Shannon @ Philadelphia Phitness Pharmacy November 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Congratulations! She is adorable! Best of luck on your new adventures!

Emily November 7, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Happy to see that you are home and doing so well 🙂 Summer really is so gorgeous, you seem to be doing so well despite her early arrival! What a great man CD is for taking such good care of you (re: fresh baked oaties!!) Cannot wait to hear all about your new world…my loving thoughts are with you guys!!

girl paraphernalia November 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Congrats!!!! I love oats too…. wish I could incorporate them into my food more though.

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Girl Paraphernalia,
What’s stoppin ya? 😉

vanillasugar November 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm

summer. what a good strong yet beautiful name. you are going to be such a good mommy. congrats to you, she’s perfect all nice & wrapped in her burrito. 🙂

Cailin @ Stir Crazy November 7, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Have fun settling in with your beautiful baby girl! I’m so impressed you posted already 🙂 and even more impressed you’re eating and cooking so well on day one at home!

Sounds like you’re doing great with breastfeeding. It can be difficult at times, but you have a great positive mindset about it. It’s easy to get frustrated, but there is always help and support out there.

By the way, I love Summer’s name! And if we had a girl, we were going to name her Juliet. We still might some day 🙂

Lola November 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Congratulations to the HEAB family!! 🙂

Victoria Williams-Fisher November 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I love her already! Great-Aunt Vickey

Georgie Fear RD November 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Congrats Heather!! Its been a joy to follow your pregnancy and I am so excited to see your beautiful baby girl !!! So thrilled for you!!!
Georgie Fear

Kelly November 7, 2010 at 7:44 pm

YAY for breastfeeding!!! LOVE it!! (8 1/2 months and still going strong with my little one!) It looks like you have received a LOT of advice, and hopefully there is a lactation group in your area that can provide all the support you might need!!
LOVE your blog!! And can’t WAIT to follow you in your journey as a new mom!

Ida November 7, 2010 at 7:35 pm

It must feel good to be home! I hope you’re recovering well. Baby burritos are the best:)

Lisa Torres November 7, 2010 at 7:32 pm

WOW girl…YOU ROCK… I cant believe you posted already…I am so excited but at the same time…make sure you rest!!! You are already cooking too… I am most impressed…. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your new best adventure in the whole world! MamaHEAB!

Victoria (District Chocoholic) November 7, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Congratulations – so happy you are home where you want to be. Rest up!

meg November 7, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Summer is so, so beautiful! Congratulations Heather, you are going to make an amazing mother.
<3 Meg

Felicia (a taste of health with balance) November 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm

This warms my heart and soul. Thinking of you Heather, so glad you are in the comfort of your own home, and most importantly that she is healthy and everything went perfect!

Cynthia (It All Changes) November 7, 2010 at 7:12 pm

SO sweet that your pups are protective of Summer already.

And wow super mom posting 24 hours post delivery while getting ready to pump. Awesome.

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) November 7, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Amazing! And get in that fenugreek to bring in the milk 🙂

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Fenugreek – check! 🙂

Gracie November 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Heather…I could cry. AH! I am so unbelievably happy for you.


Emily Elizabeth @ Kisses for Breackfast November 7, 2010 at 6:56 pm

What a treat to see a post from you! It sounds like you are eating great and doing the right thing with the breastfeeding – keep it up and hang in there! I pumped in the beginning as well due to the fact that my baby only latched to one side for a while. As tough as this time can be (sleepless nights and worry), it will be gone before you know it – enjoy it. 🙂

MarathonVal November 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Congrats to you and Chris!!! She is beautiful and I’m so beyond happy for you both 🙂

Alison November 7, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Welcome home! Breastfeeding sounds like it’s going exactly as it’s supposed to go… your milk will be in soon. Her belly is only the size of a thimble, she doesn’t need very much at all. Remember that you are BOTH learning how to nurse right now too. It’s so scary in the beginning, your body knows exactly what it’s doing though – you’ve trusted it all along here, hold on to that! Nurse as often as she’s willing and your body will take care of the rest.

Glad your birth went smoothly, can’t wait to hear more details! Congrats again!

Nicole November 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Do you remember Oatmeal Swirlers? They were popular when we were young. That’s what your oats remind me of.
Did you get heartburn while you were pregnant? My sister said both of her babies gave her terrible heartburn and they both had full heads of hair when they were born. She thinks it was the hair lol

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I vaguely remember oatmeal swirlers. Ha, had forgotten all about those, and no heartburn was one of the symptoms of pregnancy I did not have. None at all thank goodness as I hear it can be brutal.

Jill November 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm


Congrats to you and CD! I am soooo excited for all 3 of you (well, make the 5-I forgot about the dogs :-)) and AMAZED that you are even posting/functioning so soon after your delivery. Clearly, all of the yoga/almond butter/Sweet Cece’s has helped you and Summer come through it beautifully. And Summer is such a beautiful baby-with AWESOME hair. Love her name, btw-didn’t guess it exactly but figured it would be something lovely, feminine and little unusual without being overly bizarre.

Don’t EVER worry about responding to my comments! I can only imagine how busy you are and of course you want to spend as much time as possible with Summer. I just feel so honored and glad that we’ve become friends-a multi-year response time is a TOTAL non-issue 🙂

Hang in there with the breast feeding-I’m sure that you’ll both fall into a good rhythm. Congrats again on your beautiful girl!!

Leanne November 7, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Congrats!!!! She is so precious. 🙂 🙂

e m l November 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Oh it will all work out in the end HEAB. I wanted to say that I loved the picture of CD with Summer in the last post as well. You could see the Love.

Also – do let us know! – why you chose the name Summer?! Beautiful choice!

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 10:01 am

e m l,
CD actually chose the name. I wanted something different, kind of unusual, but he’s more conservative and didn’t want anything really out there. So, being the researcher that he is, he got on the social security database and picked out 5 names that were in the top 500 but not in the top 100. One was Summer and one was Juliet, and I loved them both. 🙂

Kristen November 7, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Heather, congrats to you! I was due on Friday and the baby is still cooking, so I have to say I’m jealous.

My first was 6 weeks early and weighed 5 lbs, 4 oz. I was sold out on breastfeeding and it was very difficult, but after about 6 weeks we figured it out and it was SO worth it. Honestly, just plan to be half naked and in your glider/rocker much of the time. Between practicing latching, nursing, supplementing with expressed milk, and then pumping, it’s a long cycle but it WILL work and you WILL do it 🙂 Summer was much closer to full term than mine was so I’m sure she will get the hang of it quickly.

Everyone is different, but I found that the way I “normally” ate didn’t work while I was nursing. I needed way more carbs than I ever had in my life to keep my milk supply up, which was shocking but we rolled with it. I also ended up leaner than I’ve ever been and have stayed that way. Listen to your body, enjoy your little peanut, and good luck 🙂

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 9:59 am

Thanks for the advice Kristen. Very encouraging, and more carbs? No problem. 😉
PS – Have you had your baby yet????

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 7, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Heather, I swear to you that Summer is one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen in my life. She is just precious and I hope to one day meet her in person! Please don’t fret about the comments – go spend time with your baby girl!

Andrea November 7, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Your family is beautiful! I was in the same boat with my son (3 weeks early). I actually pumped and then he started to breastfeed around 1 month. Go easy on yourself. Breastfeeding is hard at first. It gets much easier.

It is wonderful to see the love surrounding a new family…thank you for sharing and best wishes!

VeggieGirl November 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Tears of joy over here. TEARS OF JOY.


Kristina @ spabettie November 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm

so happy for all of you, that you are home and happy and the pups are being protective! 😀

she is a beautiful baby. sending love and best wishes your way… <3

Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Oh Summer is so adorable!!! I still want to call her the HEABlet though 🙂

I’m glad you are home safe and sound!

S @ November 7, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I think you’re SO awesome for keeping up with regular posts! What a star! I’ll miss the personal HEAB touch, but I find your food choices totally fascinating and am happy to be along for the ride.

Good luck with the bambina! (And I’m dying to know: do you now weigh less than you did before the pregnancy?) 😉

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 9:58 am

Well, I finally got on the scale. Honestly, I’ve been so busy that I haven’t thought much about my own weight. I gained 20 pounds during my pregnancy, and I’m now about 7 pounds above my original weight.

S @ November 14, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Wow! May there be sleep and quiet (and maybe a little yoga?) in your near future!

Evan Thomas November 7, 2010 at 6:07 pm

“Chris and I are both huge fans of breast feeding”

And exactly which part does CD play? 😉

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 9:56 am

Hehe – he plays a supporting role, but a very important one. 😉

Quix November 7, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Woah! Congrats and glad everyone is doing well. I was 3 weeks early and tiny, and I turned out alright (I think, hehe). 🙂

Natalie S. November 7, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Heather, she’s adorable! I’m so amazed you are blogging–how do you have all the energy to be such a wonderful, entertaining writer AND a mom?!

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 9:55 am

“how do you have all the energy to be such a wonderful, entertaining writer AND a mom?!”

CD. He has been so helpful and amazing. He’s going to be such a good dad. 🙂

tracey November 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm

congrats to you Heather. I am glad she is healthy and you all are doing well. i will keep y’all in my prayers, especially that Summer gains weight quickly and breastfeeding goes well.
God bless,

Hayley November 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I’m so happy for you and your family! I love your daughter’s name…Summer is gorgeous! Enjoy every minute with your new baby. Lots of love.

Mama Pea November 7, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I have been thinking about you guys so much these last 24 hours. Don’t get too discouraged with the breast feeding. Gigi was also small and early and had trouble getting a good latch. We taught her with an eye dropper and a clean pinky, squeezing in a few drops of breast milk and then sticking our finger in and letting her suck on it so she could learn that if she sucked she would get some grub! Before long she was eating like a champ!

Much love to you all!

Melissa @ I Never Imagined November 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm

You’re so amazing and inspiring, Heather! I can’t believe you did a post today! You just take everything in your stride. Much love! x

Deadra November 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm

You’re totally going to be a super mom. On your first day home you’re blogging! I can barely manage 2 posts a month!
Your milk will come in, it’s pretty amazing how the body works.
Did you know that dark beer, nootch and oats all help? If you search for lactation cookies there is a recipe out there. I bet you can make a mean HEABified version. (pretty much just oatmeal cookies with nootch, they’re extra nutty)
Also she’s so adorable, and well she is small she looks so healthy and pink! (my oldest was also tiny)

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 9:53 am

Just catching up on comments. Made Oaties yesterday and should have added nooch! Oh well, next batch as the ones I made yesterday are almost gone. Thanks for the tip. 🙂

Monique November 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Congrats! She’s sooo cute 🙂

Emily November 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm


What a beautiful baby girl; I’m so truly happy for you and CD! She is so precious!
Congratulations, you are so blessed!!


Annie@stronghealthyfit November 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Glad you are all home and healthy 🙂 Sounds like everything is going pretty well!

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood November 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Aww I think it’s so adorable that the pups are so protective of Summer already. And she is so beautiful! Glad to see that even though she arrived early, she’s doing pretty well. Congratulations once again and I MUST try that jelly too! =)

Susan November 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Once again, Summer is absolutely beautiful! You will make amazing parents!

Melissa Cline November 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

She’s gorgeous! So happy for you! To get support for nursing I highly recommend the Weigh To Go Baby sessions (I think they are Monday and Friday mornings 10am, $15) at 9 Months & Beyond 877-365-MAMA

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 9:52 am

Thanks Melissa. All your advice has been so helpful. Day 9 – still waiting for milk, and when it comes in, I’ll definitely have to check out the Weigh To Go Baby sessions, and I really hope I can soon!

Lauren at KeepItSweet November 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm

so glad that you and summer are healthy and doing well. what a beautiful baby!

Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks November 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm

You have a beautiful family, Heather! Congrats again.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Skylar was 14 days early, weighed 6 lb 7 oz at birth, dropped to 5.13

There is NOTHING harder and more taxing than feeding a very small newborn. They are sleepy, cant latch well, the less well they latch, the hungrier and sleepier they get. And the less well they can latch. It’s a vicious downward circle. That’s why although my you know what wouldn’t have wanted a 9 lb’er, my breasts would have. No easy answers 🙂

Ok this is the lactation educator in me…..pump pump pump. I know you will be exhausted. But the best thing you can do is pump and latch her. 20 hrs a day you will be pumping or having her attached.

You need a Medela Symphony. It’s a hospital grade pump. Don’t be using a Pump in Style. That’s a good over the counter pump but not for what you need. Rent a Symphony. I actually own one and if you need it long term, email me and we can chat:)

If she’s not feeding well, some babies swaddling “centers” them and calms them, for others, it puts them to sleep. You may need to strip her down and let her get mad (cry and scream) so she’s awake enough to feed properly.

Email me if you need help. Trust me, the first week in a nursing new mother’s life is pure chaos. Even if it all goes “right”. In my case, nothing did. Which is why I am now a lactation educator to pass on help to all the new mamas out there 🙂

She’s beautiful, perfect, and you all will get the groove down too. And arent you glad you’re not cloth diapering right at this very moment too 🙂


rebecca lustig November 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm

she is BEAUTIFUL!! ahh it’s things like this that remind me of the beauty of the gift of life. isn’t it just miraculously insane?!

Corey November 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Oh she is so precious! Wonderful that you are eating well to take care of yourself and your little one — I hope you take some much deserved time to rest and recover.

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm

You are doing GREAT and just what needs to be done. 🙂 Put her on the boob often and keep on practicing and things will get easier. I remember it being rough for us too for the first 6 weeks almost…then it was smooth sailing and worth every moment of booby frustration.

Robin November 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Congratulations Heather! Summer Juliet is beautiful and I adore the names, both are on my list! I am 5 months behind you in my pregnancy so I can’t give you advice on feeding a little one, but I just wanted to say once again that you are truly an inspiration and I am just thrilled for you and CD.

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 9:48 am

Thanks Robin, and I hope you’re feeling well these days. 🙂

Ana November 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm

You have no idea how happy I am for you Heather!!
So nice to see you are all well, and Summer is precious, she is so beautiful!
And she has lots of hair, just like her mama! (no wonder you got lots of sickness during the pregnancy, my mom and grandma always said that a lot of morning sickness meant baby was going to arrive with lots of hair!)

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 9:49 am

Really, that’s so interesting. Never heard that one before, but I believe it! 🙂

Katy November 7, 2010 at 5:25 pm

OMG she is honestly the cutest new born that I’ve ever seen!!!!

Please make more 😉



Candice @ ChiaSeedMe November 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Congratulations Heather! I’m ecstatic for you – what a sweet sweet baby girl. You are so blessed:)

I hope the transition back home and with feeding smoothes out. It sounds like you are doing such a great job at not only taking care of Summer, but also taking care of yourself! You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for sharing such a special time in your life:)

kathleen November 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm

as long as there are 1-2 wet diapers per day the first 2 days. then 5-6 wet diapers per day when baby is 2-6 days old… you are doing fantastic and baby is getting enough colostrum (then milk when it comes in) !!!!!

at least that’s what I learned in breastfeeding class. i’m sure she’s getting enough and you are doing fantastic. talking to friends who had full-term 8lb babies, breastfeeding is quite a learning process for you and the baby even without having been born a little early. keep up the good work. it gets much better in 2 weeks (so I’ve been told).

Erin November 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I’m so excited for you guys! Congratulations:-)
When I worked at Wild Oats/Whole Foods, we sold lots of the Motherlove products. They are really great. I’ve also heard wonderful things about the ayurvedic herb shatavari for milk production and also helping the body recover energetically from childbirth and rebalancing hormones and boosting libido;-) Acupuncture can really help too!
Best wishes!

HEAB November 14, 2010 at 9:47 am

I started the Mother Love supplements. Fingers, toes…and boobs crossed. 😉

rachael (peace, kale, and yoga) November 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm

So happy for you! My son was a peanut too (5 lbs 7oz). 🙂 I ate a TON while I was breastfeeding, it takes a lot to feed a baby. All my best to the three of you and can’t wait to hear more!

betht November 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Sounds like my exact situation…hang in there Mama! Let me know if you need any encouragement. Summer is gorgeous!

Jennifer@ knackfornutrition November 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm

She is really adorable. I am so happy for you. 🙂

Dorry November 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm

So happy y’all are back in the comfort of your home. She’s so beautiful, Heather! I hope the breast-feeding gets into a more normal production/routine for y’all very soon! xo

Shannon November 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm

What a beautiful little girl. I struggled with breastfeeding and wanted to make it work. So I tried the motherlove herbal supplements and loved them. Pumping and nursing and co-sleeping really helped as well. And as far as food goes… coconut oil is your friend, so is lots of pastured red meat for building the blood and quinoa was used traditionally in south american cultures as a mother’s milk building grain. I soaked mine and then ate it like oatmeal.

Best of luck!

christina cadden November 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm

She is so precious!

sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I get chills every time I see her! She is just too precious! I know things are a bit overwhelming right now and there is probably some information overload, but I know you will get through it…mostly sane. If you have any questions or need anything, let me know. I know you have tons of support already, but I am always here for you too! Jay was super tiny and dehydrated when he finally made his way out after 46 hours of labor, so we actually had to do bottles and breastfeed, but it definitely worked out in the end. CD, you are the best, well next to Tony anyway. Congratulations to you all! Much love to all of you!

babycakes November 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I am beaming with happiness for you Heather! Sending lots of love your way 🙂

glidingcalm November 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm

she is sooo beautiful.. still so excccccccited and happy for you!!! can’t stop thinking about you, Heather!!!

Talia @ Texas Gunslinger November 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Beautiful mama, I can’t believe you even popped in to say “hi”! Wow! But, what a treat it is that you did so that we could all see that precious baby girl! I am so happy you and CD are home as you begin the amazing family adventures! I’m praying little Summer gets all her nutrients and that she begins to grow and grow and grow! Many blessings to you all! ♥ November 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm

She is perfect!! I love her name! What an amazing experience to bring HOME your little one!! Hopefully you can get some sleep tonight. I am just so so happy for you!

Erica November 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Such a cutie. Glad you are home safe. Signs of a wonderful mama: already making sure you’re eating the right foods to properly fuel the baby. Get some rest

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