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Best Moments of 2013: The Birth of My Son

I don't usually get personal on my blog but as the year draws to a close and I reflect on the moments that made 2013 such a special year (a few of which are featured in the Statigram above), I feel compelled to share a few things with you guys that I haven't had time or presence of mind to share sooner.

As you may know, my baby boy was born back in June. I never formally announced my son's birth here on the blog nor did I share details of his birth but I really wish I had because we're like family here at The Budget Babe and because I'm a very proud mama! So here goes... (Better late than never, right?)
Nearly 2 weeks past my due date, I was told my amniotic fluid was low and that I'd have to be induced. Early in the process my water broke and I delivered my son without an epidural a few grueling hours later. Later that night I had a postpartum hemorrhage, which shook me up a bit, and then unrelated to that, my son had to go to the NICU for low blood sugar.

Long story short, we were in the hospital 5 days. We experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. But when all was said and done, we got to go home with our beautiful, healthy baby boy, filled with a mix of elation and anxiety as we recovered and began our completely new lives as parents.

Now 6 months later, those scary first few days in the hospital seem so far away. The first couple weeks were a blur and beyond challenging, as any new parent knows, but so worth it. My little guy is absolutely amazing and wows me each day with his smile and curiosity and warm personality. I love watching him grow and I'm proud of the milestones we've reached.

Which brings me back to the topic of this post: The highlights of 2013 aren't exactly fashion related, they're family related. My priorities have happily shifted but I'm even more dedicated to making The Budget Babe a success because I have my son to think about now, and because, cliche as it may sound, I want him to see that if you work hard and dream big, you can achieve your goals.

I'm looking forward to all the fun and excitement that motherhood and blogging will bring in 2014 and I thank you all for being here with me each day. (And I'm also looking forward to getting my fashion game back on as well as outfitting my little guy in some stylish kid clothes now that I'm not so frazzled!)

Thank you for reading this far, I feel like I know many of you personally after all these years! Please know you mean the world to me and I'm always so appreciative of every comment and kind word, whether it's here or on Instagram or what not. :-)

Wishing each of you a fabulous & blessed New Year. Love always, Dianna aka The Budget Babe

UPDATE: Oh! And his name is Edward Sebastien Fisher - named "Edward" after his father and great grandfather. He goes by his middle name, Sebastien (French spelling since my father is from France). ♦
i love this so much!
#1 megan (Homepage) on 2013-12-31 00:39 (Reply)
How you manage to raise two little boys and blog is beyond me! Thanks for all your support, you know I love you ;-)
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2013-12-31 09:45 (Reply)
I went thru postpartum hemorrhage with my oldest son. I needed blood transfusion and then the anesthesiologist infiltrated IV so I was in ICU for ten days. My son, thank God was born healthy. I saw him after three days. I held him after a month. The memories bring back tears but man! Do they bring thousands of good smiles and laughs.

I'm so happy that this has been such an incredible.for u and your family. He is absolutely adorable. Here's wishing you and your family well wishes and blessings for the next year.
#2 Salmeen on 2013-12-31 01:20 (Reply)
Gosh sorry to hear this but thank you for sharing and of course, you pulled through and you're stronger for it! I know I am. There were many tears but now it's all tears of joy. Thank you for the comment and wishing you a happy & blessed New Year as well!
#2.1 The Budget Babe on 2013-12-31 09:44 (Reply)
WOW - I had no idea all that you went through with your labor/birth! I had a similar scare with my firstborn and had to have an emergency c-section. We were also in the hospital 5 days! So glad that everything worked out for you - he is absolutely adorable! Can't wait to see what 2014 brings for TBB - I'm so grateful we have met through our blogs. I truly respect & admire everything you are doing on your site! Here's to another year of affordable fashion!! xoxo
#3 Kimberly (Homepage) on 2013-12-31 07:02 (Reply)
Aww your son is so cute!
#3.1 Diana on 2013-12-31 07:42 (Reply)
Many thanks!
#3.1.1 The Budget Babe on 2013-12-31 09:42 (Reply)
Thanks Kimberly, and thank you for sharing - I had no idea either! Hearing from other moms and sharing our birthing stories in those early weeks was so critical to my well being and recovery, it's amazing what moms go through just to bring life into this world and then the job doesn't end there, of course, it's 24/7 love and attention! Thank you for being such a great friend and support. Cheers to a fab 2014!! xoxo
#3.2 The Budget Babe on 2013-12-31 09:41 (Reply)
You're such a strong and inspiring (and gorgeous) lady, Dianna! So many congratulations and I can't wait to see what this year brings for you and your little!
#4 Molly (Homepage) on 2013-12-31 07:57 (Reply)
Thank you my dear sweet Molly, I'm so glad we got to know each other this year. Wishing you many wonderful things in 2014 as well! xoxo
#4.1 The Budget Babe on 2013-12-31 09:39 (Reply)
Adorable! Thanks so much for sharing him. What is his name?
#5 Wanda on 2013-12-31 08:46 (Reply)
Thank you & thanks for asking! I've been conflicted over how much information to share but I've decided to "reveal" his name so-to-speak! It's Sebastien. I've updated the post above, too.
#5.1 The Budget Babe on 2013-12-31 09:38 (Reply)
Awww Miss D, thank you so much for sharing this amazing recap and for sharing your biggest treasure with us, your son. He is beautiful God bless him. May God continue to bless you and your family, and wishing you a Happy New Year. xoxoxo
#6 Berty Morales (Homepage) on 2013-12-31 11:43 (Reply)
Thank you Berty, much love and best wishes to you for a happy, healthy & fashionable New Year! xoxo
#6.1 The Budget Babe on 2013-12-31 12:28 (Reply)
Dianna, congratulations to you on the birth of such an adorable son! I'm so sorry to hear that you had the hurdles of health scares to get over, but so happy that you and Sebastien pulled through and are doing so well now! I am currently 5 months pregnant and very scared to become a first time mom, but reading about all the joy you are experiencing is very inspiring! Happy New Year to you and your family :-)
#7 Sarah on 2013-12-31 13:53 (Reply)
I should have put a disclaimer at the top - Do not read if you are an expectant mom! LOL! I can honestly say don't worry, don't be scared, everything will be okay! You will find inner strength you didn't know you had. The birth of my son was the hardest thing I've ever done BUT it was also my greatest triumph. And it brought me and my husband even closer together. We love raising our little boy and after bringing him into the world, everything else in peanuts! You'll do great!! Congratulations. Keep me posted! xo
#7.1 The Budget Babe on 2014-01-01 12:43 (Reply)
Whoa! that was a lot of info to get out, had no idea it was rough first few days last June..thank God for modern medicine and good doctors and especially nurses. Hi Sebestian, so good to meet you and hear your name at last. Have a wonderful 2014 Dianna, you are the Mother of the Year!, in my book.
#8 margot (Homepage) on 2013-12-31 16:56 (Reply)
Yes indeed, I met some incredible people at the hospital who I'll never ever forget. Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment and Happy New Year! xo
#8.1 The Budget Babe on 2014-01-01 12:40 (Reply)
I love your blog and your inspiration! Your son is truly a blessing from God! I love and cherish my 3 kids. Glad you and he are doing well! Happy New Year!
#9 kathryn young on 2014-01-01 11:44 (Reply)
He's my little miracle for sure (as I now believe all babies are!) Thank you for the well wishes and have a fantastic 2014!
#9.1 The Budget Babe on 2014-01-01 12:33 (Reply)
Dianna - what a handsome little man you have there! A scary start for sure - especially for a first time mom. I'm so glad everything ended up being OK and that everyone is healthy. Happy 2014!!! Sto Lat!
#10 Ania (Homepage) on 2014-01-02 11:55 (Reply)
Thank you Ania! I was just checking your blog, your little Cooper is just darling! You have a beautiful family and I loved your year in review - I need to do something similar, time is flying and Sebastien is changing every day! Happy 2014 and Sto Lat to you and yours!!
#10.1 The Budget Babe on 2014-01-02 16:08 (Reply)
Thanks for sharing BB! So glad you made it through the trauma, drama to the joys of motherhood! You're little boy is adorable. I can feel the love in the pictures.
Have a great 2014, look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
#11 Mary (Homepage) on 2014-01-05 19:33 (Reply)
Thank you Mary, I can't wait to see you and toast to the New Year. 2014 is going to be fabulous, I can feel it :-)
#11.1 The Budget Babe on 2014-01-06 13:54 (Reply)
He is adorable. And I love his name!
#12 Roxanne on 2014-01-05 23:41 (Reply)
Thanks Roxanne, it suits him well!
#12.1 The Budget Babe on 2014-01-06 13:53 (Reply)
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