It’s a Boy!

Baby Riley

Riley John Franklin arrived safely on the 24 March 2013 at 7.05pm weighing 7.7lbs (3.5kgs).

He is absolutely perfect in every way (‘course I do have to think that though, don’t I?).

I’ll spare you all the birth story (for nows, anyway :-) except to say that it was a 21 hour labour which all started with a coughing fit, followed by a minor non-related car accident, and, despite some challenges, concluded with a successful VBAC delivery!

Thank you soooo much to everyone for all the well wishes (and, in advance, thanks also for your patience during my momentary blog lull whilst I enjoy some family time).



  1. Katie says:

    What an absolute poppet!!

    21 hours?! I think you should put your address on here so we can all post you a medal! :)

    (I say this as someone yet to have children… 21 hours seems like a very long time!)


    • He, he. It did feel like a very loooong time Katie, though I do know of women who have endured longer!

  2. cassie says:

    congrats! he is BEAUTIFUL! and one of each is the best blessing! :)

  3. congrats to you ! what a gift!

  4. Shaz says:

    Congrats. He is absolutely gorgeous.

  5. Oh my, what a handsome little fellow. Congratulations on your perfect little addition. :)

  6. Oh Kristine! He’s absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations. What a cute little fella!

    Anne xx

  7. Linden Townhouse says:

    Congratulations on the birth of your sweet little boy! Best wishes to your family.

  8. Congratulations to you all! Riley is just beautiful. Enjoy these early days.

  9. Nana Diana says:

    Congratulations on that beautiful, beautiful baby- xo Diana

  10. Alina says:

    congrats on the bundle of joy!!!!

  11. Suzanne says:

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful.

  12. Beautiful and handsome!

  13. Jule says:

    Totally Precious! Love his name! Congrats to you all. xoxoxo

  14. MrsSW says:

    Congrats – he’s beautiful.

    With a teaser like that I’m eager to hear the rest of the tale.


  15. Sandy says:

    Congratulations! A beautiful, beautiful boy!

  16. Ko S. says:

    Wonderful news!!!! Congrats to you and your little new pea :)

  17. Sue says:

    Congratulations – he is gorgeous. Enjoy spending time with your precious family. Forget about paint brushes, crafty things and blogging for now- you have your hands full with more important things!

  18. Frani says:

    He is PRECIOUS!!!! Congratulations!!!

  19. Eggie says:

    Congratulations with the birth of your beautiful boy!

  20. Congratulations! He’s just beautiful.

  21. cin says:

    He is perfect in every way. Such innocence when they are sleeping. sweet.

  22. Mariana says:

    What a bless!

  23. judi says:

    oh Kristine, he is so beautiful! congratulations!!

  24. Cynthia says:

    He’s beautiful! Do enjoy your much needed family time and rest. We’ll miss you during the lull, but anxiously await your return. Warmest regards!!!

  25. Katherine says:

    Congratulations, he’s beautiful.

  26. Congratulations on your precious little one!

  27. Kristine,
    As a mom of 3 boys, I’m so excited for you! I’m sure Charlotte will have so much fun with her little brother. Adorable photos! Congratulations!

  28. Jeanene MacLean says:

    Congratulations! He is adorable. I look forward to future posts but you shouldn’t feel pressured to blog more frequently than you feel like it. The children are young for such a short time. Shorter than you think. My “baby” is about to turn 25! It’s gone by so quickly. I loved raising a boy, by the way. I wish you all the best.

  29. Lisa O says:

    He is a beautiful baby!

  30. Hia Kristine, It’s me Judith , grandmother from USA who admires your Mermaid fern !
    I wanted to say with the heart of a grandmother…that this little cherub is precious. He is like a china doll, skin so perfect. So calm and sweet, feeling the love and protection of his family. Riley John is in good hands. Enjoy every moment of his precious life. Love, Judith

  31. Kelly says:

    So adorable, congratulations!

  32. Tina says:

    Congratulations on the safe arrival of your little man. That is wonderful news. Enjoy your time with your family and have a much deserved break…from blogging anyway!

  33. Congratulations. Riley is so handsome. What a gift. Enjoy this special time.

  34. Marion says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! Truly a beautiful baby………………………

  35. kim j says:

    Congratulations! What a beautiful baby boy, he is so precious.

  36. God Bless your family and your precious baby boy! Congratulations! enjoy your family time!

  37. Erin says:

    Whoah! I have a great deal of respect for anyone who can be in labor for that long! My two boys (now 3 and 10 months) together had a combined labor of 2.5 hours!

    And congrats, he IS beautiful!

    • He, he, thanks Erin. I guess your little ones were just more anxious to meet the world!

      • Erin says:

        Ha ha, I guess so!

        On another note, when are we going to get a peek of your kitchen? We’re in the middle of a budget reno of ours and I would love some inspiration from yours, as I’m sure it’s adorable!

        • Oh, Erin, I’m sorry to say that my kitchen is currently far from adorable!
          We are yet to properly touch any of our wet areas though I’m hoping to start tackling them once we finish Charlotte’s big girl’s room. The main issue with our kitchen is chipped and water- damaged laminate along with ugly cupboard handles which are actually built-in to the doors (which makes a quick, easy and cheap update kinda tricky). I have a few ideas though and will be sure to share when we get around to the reno.

  38. Carol says:

    Well done Mum. Thank you for your cleverness. Thank you for sharing. This is your best work, being a mum, give it all the time and patience you need. I’ll wait. A big bubble of love to you and family.

  39. Sarah B says:

    Congratulations! He looks so peaceful after so much excitement!

  40. Katarina says:

    Congratulations to you and your family!

  41. Kek says:

    Congratulations, Kristine. He’s just beautiful. :)

  42. artsnark says:

    Congratulations! Super cutie

  43. Nola says:

    He is adorable congratulations xx

  44. Congratulations! Beautiful baby boy!

  45. Kylie says:

    Congratulations. The first 6 weeks are a bit of a blur but enjoy them anyway.

  46. Stormygirl says:

    Congratulations Kristine!!! What fabulous news! Best wishes for your recovery, and looking forward to your blog return!!

  47. Mónika Horváthné says:

    Hi Kristine! Beautiful boy and a beautiful blog! I wish you much happiness from Hungary!
    Hi Kristine! Beautiful boy and a beautiful blog! I wish you much happiness from Hungary! Do not stand when you can sit, do not sit when you can lie! Rest a lot, then please provide us with many creative ideas! Thank you! :-)

  48. Kathy says:

    OMG he is ADORABLE……new babies are so sweet and the little hair on his skin…and the bonds…babies are so precious…wish I go go back and have my babies again since I would know what I was doing and of course more into my photography….congratulations to you and your hubby, a job well done. My babies are 9 and 6 and I have been very successful getting them to play board games together this holidays…I think that’s as good as having babies….check them out if you have a second…ha… you say
    Take time out and enjoy your little family and it’s new addition. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

    • Hi Kathy. Thanks so much :-)
      I’m sure Riley and Charlotte will be old enough to play board games together before I know it!

  49. Kathy says:

    Oh…correction 9 and 7 years old (just to be precise) Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

  50. Oh my goodness he is so adorable!!

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