So… How About A Baby Announcement?

Just thought we should mention that we recently welcomed a new member of the family.

On Friday the 14th at 5:57pm, Clara Kenley Petersik was born with a paint brush in her hand weighing in at 7 lbs 10 oz and measuring 20.5 inches long. We’re insanely in love with her. And she and Burger are already best buddies. Seriously, he thinks it’s his job to stand guard next to her at all times.

Clara was named after John’s grandmother on his dad’s side. And her middle name, Kenley, is an homage to my dad (Ken) with John’s mom’s maiden name worked in there (Kelley) along with a reference to my great aunt on my mom’s side named Lee. Gotta love rooms and names that multitask.

We’re all home from the hospital and happily settling back into life here at Casa Petersik (there’s nothing like a four day hospital stint to make you miss your house like crazy). Yes, we actually had an extended stay due to a pretty terrifying scare during Clara’s birth (an unexpected placental abruption paired with an umbilical cord prolapse had a slew of wonderful doctors and nurses performing an emergency c-section in under three minutes to ensure that Clara was a-ok). But although her delivery was anything but restful, we’re both over the moon that she’s 100% healthy and 1000% adorable (not that we’re biased or anything).

And now that we’re all back home, Clara really seems to be enjoying her new surroundings. Everything from the chandelier in her nursery to the mantel in the den have caught her attention. She even smiled when we showed her our laundry nook (ok, maybe it was just gas).

In short: we feel like two of the luckiest people in the world. And we’re so thankful to be able to share this amazing time in our lives with such wonderful readers. Thank you all for the well wishes that you’ve passed along throughout our big journey to parenthood. We can’t wait to detail all the ways that our house grows and changes to accommodate a little person and we promise to share all the organization, storage, and simple living tips that we pick up along the way (while tackling even more DIY adventures and cheap-o room makeovers of course).

But now back to our regularly scheduled blogging. We have a killer house tour to share, so stay tuned…

Psst- We’ll also be announcing the random winner of the big baby pool (and a $100 West Elm gift card) tomorrow, so stick around.


  1. nic says

    Hey CONGRATS!!!!!!!

    Glad to hear everyone is OK. I too had an unplanned C-section and my best advice is – take their advice and DO NOT lift more than 10 pounds for the 6 weeks….even when you feel like you can – don’t do it! And…you really do statrt to feel better after the 6 weeks. Recovery can seem slow but it will happen.

    Enjoy that sweet little snugglebunny!!!!!

  2. Beckyg says

    She is beautiful! Congratulations to you both!!

    I am in love with the photo of her little feet…so precious! :D

  3. Grace says

    How wonderful!!! Congratulations!!! She’s beautiful! What a beautiful name! Glad to hear mom and baby are home safe and healthy!

  4. Tracy says

    Congratulations! I knew something was up when you only commented about the rumors and didn’t deny them….

    Glad to hear everyone is doing great! Love your blog and am itching to try out some projects this summer. Looking forward to getting some baby news snuck in with the regular posts!

  5. Sarah says

    Congratulations to you both! She is beautiful. All our best for a happy and hopeful well rested first few weeks!

  6. Ericka says

    Oh my goodness!! I am so happy for your family! She is beautiful and I’m glad that everything turned out well. CONGRATULATIONS!

  7. Katie Cortes says

    Also, forgot to add, Kenley is one of my favorite names, too! My dad is named Ken and I always figured it was a great way to pay homage to him for a girl’s name.

    Glad you are okay and that baby is okay!

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