Meet Nori

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In Bloom pajamas sz XS (love the cropped pant length for petites), Copper Pearl peach baby blanket, Top Knots stripe swaddle + hat, First Hello name tag 

I’ve been MIA from the internet lately, as Nick and I welcomed our little girl to the world a few days ago! She came in at 6lb 9oz and 19 inches long, and her name is Nora Wang Nelson. But we’re going to call her “Nori” for as long as she allows us to ; )

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Our expressive girl!

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Copper Pearl peach blanket (soft & stretchy – they have the cutest baby stuff)

Everyone tells me this sweet newborn phase flies by too quickly. As brand new parents we’re trying to take in every cuddly, beautiful, poop-filled, sleep-deprived moment, but it still doesn’t quite feel real that she’s here and she’s all ours. With each day we’re discovering new things about her, as she grows both physically and in her little personality. She’s part Chinese, Filipino, and mixed European – and we can’t wait for her to learn more about her heritage as she grows up.

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Dad’s first diaper change

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I got several questions about Nori’s birth story and can’t wait to share that in a bit along with hospital bag tips (now that I can actually speak to some things I found useful)! And no matter how you give birth, the postpartum period is no joke physically, mentally and emotionally, so I might share my experience with that too if there’s any interest.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all so much for your kind messages and comments and for being with us on our journey to her. We’re so excited to see where she takes us next.

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  1. Nasim wrote:

    She’s very beautiful & I’m not just saying that! You’re right about the postpartum period being no joke! Make sure to get your rest when you can! Also, while the newborn period is very sweet, I preferred everything after the first 6 weeks :-).

    I look forward to what you found useful in your hospital bag. I didn’t end up using ANYTHING from my bag haha!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  2. Nicki wrote:

    Congratulations! I’ve been a long-time follower, rare-commenter but have been so excited for you and Nick on this journey. Welcome to the world, Nori!! ❤️

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  3. Lucy wrote:

    Congratulations to the happy parents!
    Welcome to the little “Nori”
    A wonderful little girl
    May the mother and the little baby one rest from this intense moment!
    Affectionate kisses to you three …

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  4. KM wrote:

    Congratulations!!! I am a few months behind you with our IVF baby and welcome any tips for the hospital bag, recovery, etc. I’m also glad people have begun to talk about the “fourth trimester” and how important it is to take care of yourself. So happy for you and Nick and appreciate your honesty throughout this journey!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  5. Amanda K. wrote:

    Congrats, Jean (& Nick)! Another dream come true for you: Nori is adorbably cute. And I can see a resemblance of you both in her – not that I’m suggesting she isn’t yours, lol, she’s most definitely all yours and I think it’s sweet of you to share her with us. I look forward to reading about her journey into the world and your experience into parenthood. Thanks for updating us with everything and enjoy every moment!

    P.S. Would love to know if there was any special meaning behind Nori’s given name.

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  6. Jannet Hudson wrote:

    OMG! She is just THE cutest whittle Miss! HEAPS of Congrats to both of you! God’s Blessing to your SO LOVELY Family! 🙂

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    Congratulations! You did a great job, keep it up. They grow so fast, enjoy each moment

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  8. Mary wrote:

    Congratulations to a wonderful couple! Your baby is beautiful- just like her mummy. I have been following your blog the last few months and have gotten so much inspiration from it. Thank you for all your help Jean and wishing your and your family lots of love and happiness as you embark on a new phase of your life:)

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  9. FW wrote:

    Congratulations and welcome to the world of parenthood! Enjoy the crazy journey! She’s an absolute doll. Would love to hear if you are following any of the chinese postpartum traditions.

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  10. Emily wrote:

    Congratulations to all three of you. What a lovely little girl. I may be imagining things, but I already think I see a hint of you: one of the photos reminds me of your “curious face” in my all-time favorite post of yours ( ).

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  11. Kathy wrote:

    Congratulations to you both!! A beautiful, healthy baby girl. What a wonderful gift. My husband and I have two daughters (now 25 and 20) and the joy and happiness they have brought(and continue to bring) into our lives goes beyond words. Enjoy every moment Jean. There will be wonderful times and difficult times but with love and support from family and friends you will be fine. Never be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Every mum needs a helping hand xxxx

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  12. Carol wrote:

    Congrataulations!!! She is so beautiful! Enjoy it all. You must get tired of hearing it but the time really does go by so quickly – just dropped off my daughter at her second year in college and I still can’t believe it! All the best to you and Nick!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  13. Margaux wrote:

    Congratulations, Jean and Nick! She’s absolutely beautiful. I’m so happy for you all.

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  14. Vidya wrote:

    Congratulations, Nori is absolutely beautiful!!! I would love to hear your genuine perspective on the first few weeks; I felt they were the hardest weeks of my life with the recovery, constant feeding, postpartum blues, etc. We often see only pictures of happy moments and I feel like that makes it feel even harder for new moms. I hope you have a smooth recovery and please do share your birth story as well!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  15. Elizabeth wrote:

    Congrats Jean and Nick! She is absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to hear your birth story/ post partum tips. I am so excited to follow you on this next journey!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  16. Mimi wrote:

    Congratulations to the new parents! Nori is absolutely beautiful. At certain angles, she looks like you. Then I saw the last picture of her in the car seat, she looks like Nick. She’s definitely a great mix of mom and dad. So glad to know that both mom and baby are healthy and doing well. I can’t wait to hear about your labor and delivery as well as postpartum recovery. God bless your beautiful family. Much love!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  17. Sandra wrote:

    Congratulations on your new arrival!! She’s soooo cute! Enjoy every moment – good and bad (I cried and worried over everything for no reason and yes watch out for any post-partum depression ( I had mild depression without realizing it until my family noticed it and helped me overcome this awful period) and reach out for help. Enjoy as they grow up so quickly! X

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  18. Margo wrote:

    Been such a pleasure following your journey. Thank you for sharing, and congratulations! Nori is perfect!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  19. Kerri wrote:

    Congratulations he’s beautiful! Yes, I’d love to hear your birth story and tips! Enjoy every moment with her!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  20. Oh my, she’s so cute! Congratulations! X

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  21. Anon wrote:

    Congrats on your beautiful little one! As a mama myself, I remember being super emotional postpartum and cried aaaalll the time over every little thing. It’s totally normal, but please please be mindful of postpartum depression and reach out if needed! Don’t forget to take care of yourself.

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  22. D wrote:

    Can’t wait to read about your birth story and postpartum period! Often times people share only the picture-perfect version of (brand new) motherhood but there’s so much more. I seek stories about the struggles not to rejoice in it but to take comfort in knowing that I’m not the only one that shed hormonal tears from the physical pain of labor and the emotional guilt and frustration whenever something doesn’t go quite as expected.

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  23. Congratulations you guys, I’m so delighted for you and beautiful baby Nori, enjoy every moment!

    Rebecca |

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  24. Anna wrote:

    Congratulations Jean and Nick!!! I’m almost 38 weeks pregnant of a little girl whose name is also going to be Nora!! I’m from Spain, been following you for almost five years now. Looking forward to reading your birth story. Wishing you a smooth recovery (postpartum hormones are no joke… this is my second baby, so I know what I’m talking about!).

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  25. Karen wrote:

    Omg she’s so beautiful and precious!! I literally cried when I read this and saw all the photos of her, you and Nick!!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  26. Laura wrote:

    Yes! There’s interest. ☺️ Enjoy those baby cuddles and rest!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  27. Jessica P. wrote:

    She is so beautiful!!! I can’t believe how much she looks like you. I have been following you and your pregnancy forever and am excited to see your future posts about baby. I’m due in a month so your post on the hospital bag would also be super helpful (still haven’t started packing!)(except the sushi menus!). Looking forward to all of your posts once you start feeling better!! God Bless!!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  28. Katherine Halcrow wrote:

    She’s so sweet. Look at those lips! Gorgeous name, as well 🙂 Congratulations and well done, mom and dad! It would be wonderful to hear postpartum information… I’m in my second trimester with my first pregnancy and a somewhat sensitive sort. Looking forward to hospital bag tips, as well. Thank you for sharing, Jean and Nick! Hi, Miss Nori!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  29. Congratulations!! She is beautiful and I wish you both the very best on this amazing journey that is parenthood. I really hope you do share your postpartum journey as it’s something I believe that is not talked about enough. Best wishes!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  30. sade wrote:

    congrats Jean! Nori is so adorable. Take advantage of any help you are offered.

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  31. MissLilly wrote:

    Congratulations!!!! She’s so adorable and you look so polished! I looked like out of a zombie movie. Enjoy this phase its such an amazing time, especially the first week of baby blues 🙂

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  32. Congratulations to you and Nick. You have been blessed with an adorable daughter and I wish the three of you lots of happiness. Love, Lieske

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  33. Awww, welcome to the world little Angel … and congratulations to you both on a new journey as parents to this wonderful bundle of joy! 🌷👍🏻🌷

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  34. Alice wrote:

    Congratulations!!! Nori looks so healthy and beautiful! Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us.

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  35. Kat wrote:

    Congratulations! Baby Nori is so adorable. Good luck with post partum recovery – it can be tough but you’ll power through as we mama’s often do! Are you planning to do zuo yue zi? I did it and thought it was really helpful. I didn’t eat/drink the Chinese medicine but I did pretty much everything else. Can’t wait to read about your birth story and watch her grow! Sending love and hopefully some sleep your way 🙂

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  36. Anonymous wrote:

    She is absolutely beautiful (just like her mama)!!! I have been checking every day, waiting to hear the news. Congratulations!!!!!
    They say the days are long but the years are short. It’s true. I can’t believe my LO is hitting two and a half this week. Good luck!!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  37. Oh my gosh, congratulations! And Nori is the most adorable baby ever! ❤️ I swear, I have a thing for Asian babies (they’re the cutest), though maybe I’m bias because I’m Asian myself, haha! 😉

    Please do more updates on her! I hope your new motherhood journey is going great! ❤️❤️

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  38. stepf wrote:

    Omg she is sooo adorbs! Congratulations to you and Nick! Share everything about your journey!! And how do u look soo effortlessly amazing during this whole process?! Motherhood looks sooo good on you! So happy for the both of you!!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  39. Lisa wrote:

    I’d love to hear about your birth story, hospital bag tips and postpartum recovery. I too went through IVF to conceive our baby boy and love your story! Congrats on a healthy and happy baby Nori!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  40. Lena H wrote:

    Congratulations, Jean and Nick! It’s been such an honor and privilege reading about your journey. Thank you for sharing your pictures and I really look forward to hearing more about Nori growing up!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  41. Lily wrote:

    Congrats! She’s adorable. It’s been incredible following on your journey with Nick to parenthood. Can’t wait to read about Nori’s development and how you dress her!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  42. Jothi wrote:

    Beautiful and amazing. Congrats!!!

    Posted 8.24.18 Reply
  43. Sophia wrote:

    Congratulations, she is soooo precious! Beautiful family💛 Lots of love to you and your family as you take this time to recover and bond with your little one!

    Posted 8.23.18 Reply
  44. Tatum Solis wrote:

    Jean and Nick
    Many blessings for your sweet new family!! So extremely happy for you! Would love to hear all about it, but first you take care of You!! Ps she looks like your mom 👶🏻❤️

    Posted 8.23.18 Reply
  45. Jo wrote:

    congrats Jean!!! I’ve been your OG follower for a long time and been following your IVF journey from the beginning. Your journey has given me hope that I can someday have a beautiful child of my own in the future as well! Although you want to soak every moment in with your girl, make sure to take care of your body first! I’m so excited to follow her journey on your blog and page! ♥️

    Posted 8.23.18 Reply
  46. M wrote:

    Congratulations, Jean and Nick! She is beautiful! Nori comes to this world just one week shy of my daughter’s first birthday. It has been an amazing first year with Sophie and our lives are just so much brighter with her in it. You and Nick will be wonderful parents and I look forward to reading about your adventures in parenting!

    Posted 8.23.18 Reply
  47. Tina wrote:

    Congratulations! She’s so picture perfectly beautiful! Enjoy this time and follow your maternal instincts, you were born to do this! Don’t consult Dr. Google and tune out “well-meaning” comments. Now is all about you three as a family and appreciating every single moment, no matter how exhausting. Please share your birth story – I love reading them and reflecting on my own. And happy recovery! You WILL be normal again someday, I promise!

    Posted 8.23.18 Reply
  48. Trish wrote:

    Conrgats!! she is beautiful! would love for you to share your birth and recovery story!

    Posted 8.23.18 Reply
  49. Andrea wrote:

    Jean, I’m so happy for you and Nick! Nori is so beautiful, just like her mama! Sending lots of love your way as you embark on this new adventure!

    Posted 8.23.18 Reply
  50. Paige Ma wrote:

    Congratulations to you both!! She is beautiful. Blessings to your family!

    Posted 8.23.18 Reply

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