06 February 2011

heaven in n.c.

Pardon my absence, I was just having a baby is all.

I feel like it's taken me ages to stumble back into blogland/the online social community—
even though another part of me feels like one week's absence is really not that long.
A week is a quick comeback, but I think it's a good sign that it feels like years: it's a sign of feeling super loved.
Much thanks to all of you that have expressed such interest—and a need even—for pictures & updates.

Sheesh, as if I'm not blessed enough with a perfect baby boy, we've got the best friends and family to boot.

Also, special thanks to my close Knudsen kin
for your love & interest* in this boy of mine—er, your Baby Ben's baby.

*read: posting photos online—see the following links—
He came!    Photoshoot!    Snapshot!    My boys!    He's home!    We're a family!

And now, as graciously requested—more photos and a little update:

Sunday, 23 January 2011 — "the duedate" — still a family of two

Thursday, 27 January 2011 — "the moment" we concluded I was really showing signs of labor.

Friday, 28 January 2011 — "our final date" — labor signs faded, but Ben and I distracted ourselves with an outing.
He skipped his last class and we had the best Mexican downtown, saw a matineé at the dollar theater,
and stopped for popsicles at a little joint a-la-Provo Center Street entrepreneur shops.

Saturday, 29 January 2011 — labor "for reals" — not until dinnertime, but  contractions started all at once, 5 minutes apart,
and didn't stop. Called the doctor who basically said, "come in whenever you want." We rolled into the hospital at 9:15pm.

Sunday, 30 January 2011 — "He's really coming" — past midnight, fully dilated, fully effaced, and I could smile between contractions. How could I not? Baby K was nearly here, Ben was by my side, Mom & Becky were at my beck and call, and Parisa, my nurse, was calling me a rockstar.

2:56am — We have a son.

His name is Cohen Juárez Knudsen.

He weighed
8 pounds and 12 ounces.

He measured
21 inches long.

And he is


*more photos and stories to be told—most will continue over at the 'online baby book.' Hopefully soon.


  1. that last picture... OH MY GOODNESS! What an adorable little slice of heaven. Congrats to all of you!

  2. Cohen is so beautiful! Ah, your post is making me weepy. I'm really happy for you guys.

  3. ah. baby love. there's just nothing like it! So very happy for you... he is beautiful!

  4. He is so, so beautiful. I can't get over it. Love.

  5. Heaven is right! I love his eyelashes. I also checked out your mom's blog and LOVED the picture of you and Ben really close together--what a tender moment. So happy!

  6. Love the pictures and the update:)Cohen is adorable, seriously those cheecks! So glad all is well. What a lucky little boy. Enjoy every moment! All our love.

  7. what wonderful news! I got goosebumps as I read your post. What a sweet little family you have. :)

  8. hey awesome baby, awesome name, awesome everything! congratulations!

  9. PERFECT! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BABY! You can never post too many pictures. Don't forget that! I love the breakdown & how you have so many great shots. That's a big boy - way to go Mom for all that work! I have a million things I'd love to say - but - so happy for you guys! Wish I could come visit in person, hear in person, see & hold in real life too!

    More please!

  10. Wow! He's wonderful! Congratulations Ben and Olivia. :D

  11. Weird I totally made a comment and it isn't showing up! I am SO happy for you guys! What a wonderfully handsome boy Cohen is! Love it, love his name, love everything about your story! I am so proud of you lady!

  12. He is heaven! I want to snuggle with him while I talk with you. Come back to provo! You are a rockstar and i absolutely love the name Cohen.

  13. Pictures in focus!! ;) I LOVE that last one. I can actually see his eyes!

  14. oh my gosh....amazing.

  15. Tears to my eyes! He is wonderful! And so are you, and Ben. I couldn't be happier for you.

  16. Oh my gosh!! He is so adorable! I love the little green hat you took him home in. These pics are so precious--thanks for posting.

  17. oh he is so cute! and yes, he is heaven. thanks for the pictures. congrats!!!

  18. Good gracious that is one beautiful baby! Congratulations!

  19. Olivia, he is adorable! What perfect little face. This is definitely making me impatient!

  20. He's perfect, beautiful, wonderful! You're an amazing mom, I have no doubt! Congratulations!