welcome to the world, our little valentine…
Posted in personal, pia's photos March 1st, 2012 by pia

So here she is, our little girl, born at 6:30am on Valentine’s Day. She came into this world strong and determined, just like I felt she was in the womb. Her name is Laly (pronounced lah-lee) – it’s a French name Romain and I picked out many months ago but we wanted to meet her first to be sure it was right, and as soon as we saw her we knew that she was indeed our little Laly…

This has been an incredibly intense journey from the very beginning – the pregnancy, birth, and these first two weeks of motherhood… what a ride, it’s like nothing I have ever experienced. Even though I’ve always admired and respected the mums of the world, I have a greater found respect for all mums past and present. This is one tough job. But just take a look at these photos, they are snippets of the glorious moments to be cherished…

Everyone tells me it gets easier and that by week 6 or so, routines can be established and sleep can be had. I am counting on it. And I’ve learnt this: If there is one way to be sure you are living in the moment, have a baby.

Wow, we are a family now: Valentine’s Day for us will always be when two became three.


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  1. Carol says

    She is beautiful. And dare I say it? Laly looks a lot like her Momma πŸ™‚

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  2. Esti says

    Oh Pia, Laly is beautiful. Being a mum sure is a tough and never ending job, but you’ll undoubtedly get the knack of it. One thing I have learned is to look for that special moment that makes worth the troubles out of every single day. Congratulations to you both.

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  3. Carla says

    Every baby is different and I was told the same thing that by 6 weeks things start to get easier. If only that was true for my case. It wasn’t until my little boy turned one that I could finally have a good nights sleep. But I must say after he turned one, everything was so much easier and from then on they grow up so fast that sometimes you wish they were still little babies. Mummyhood is definitely one tough job but you do get rewarded in kisses and hugs.

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  4. Luisa Brimble says

    Oh Pia congratulations once again. A beautiful beautiful name Laly. Truly is such a blessed gift the feeling of unconditional love, there is nothing quite like it.

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  5. sya says

    Congratulations, Pia! She is such a lovely Valentine baby πŸ™‚

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  6. Karyn Patching says

    Simply gorgeous Pia – love the name and love the lil bub, she is amazing and I bet a day does not go by where you could just sit and stare at her all day long. Cherish every moment of your new journey and congratulations on your new little family. xoxo We are getting excited now, but I wish I could take all the pain away for Jayde. Hope to see little Laly soon.

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  7. Janie D says

    She is beautiful…. Congratulations. I wish you every happiness for this mothering gig – it’s such an amazing experience. But I also wish you much sleep πŸ™‚

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  8. victoria says

    so lovely! cheers to you & this beautiful adventure.


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  9. veronika says

    huge congratulations! she is gorgeous:) lovely name as well

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  10. SiobhΓ‘n says

    She is so beautiful Pia and I love her name! It’s so true…motherhood is the most amazing journey I have ever been on. Enjoy your little family xx

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  11. Kitty says

    Just divine. Congratulations to you both.
    Rest up & take be easy on yourself. It’s a hard, but intensely rewarding journey.

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  12. gudy herder says

    Welcome Laly! The pictures speak by themselves,no words to add!

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  13. Mika says

    Ahhhh congratulations!! Welcome Laly, to this extraordinary world – and to your parents whose world has just been made exceptional and challenging and blessed and coloured by so many more other shades & depths, now that you have arrived!
    From one mum to another – it does get easier – you will sleep again, have a shower, finish a cup of tea, remember your name and emerge from the (incredibly precious and special, but extremely intense) baby moon/bubble.
    If you can – draw inspiration from that bubble – it has an energy unlike i have ever experienced before….
    Be kind to yourself.

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  14. joan mckniff says

    love, beauty, a miracle no matter how many other births

    and before I get too mushy, I love her sleep like a cat sleep poses….maybe because cat sleeping right beside me now.

    beautiful name and a Valentine birthday……all wonderful.

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  15. Lindsey says

    So beautiful and what an amazing sentiment. Enjoy your petite Laly!

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  16. Nicole J says

    Oh, so special. Thank-you for sharing such intimate photos.

    I recall the immense joy and amazement I felt at the birth of our first, a girl too! And like you, instantly I felt the combined fear and pride of being a mother, and with those feelings, the acknowledgment (ongoing) of how much my mum has done for me. Incredible!
    Good health and good luck to you and your valentines. xx
    PS: Essential early weeks tip – SLEEP WHEN SHE DOES!

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  17. Becka says

    Beautiful images and words, and a lovely name. Congratulations Pia and Romain. x

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  19. June says

    Congratulations, she’s beautiful.

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  20. jodi says

    Oh laly, you are divine. Welcome to the world little one.

    Pia, go gently. Use the word ‘rhythm’ in lieu of ‘routine’ – it’s much more suited to this mother/baby journey you’re on – from my experience anyway. Her rhythm will ebb and flow, rise and fall…enjoy x

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  21. Inge says

    Congratulations! Her name is lovely. I can not imagine what it’s like, I can only hope it gets easier for you. The bottom right photo out of those four is insanely cute πŸ™‚

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  22. Leslie Oschmann says

    She is just so beautiful! xo

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  23. one claire day says

    Congratulations to you both, she is just gorgeous! And what a beautiful name – although I might be biased – I have a Eulalie nicknamed Lalie!! xx

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  24. Larissa says

    Oh Pia how wonderful!
    I just clicked on your blog when thinking, let’s see if there is some great news..:) And there she is, just beautiful!! She is beautiful and so is her name, what a LOVELY day she picked to join you in this world! Congratulations. I’m wishing you many many many wonderful moments together!
    To Laly, Welcome! May your life be filled with joy.

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  25. Sunshine & Daydreams says

    Congratulations. Having a baby is the hardest & best thing you can do. She is adorable and your photos are beautiful.Good luck with the sleeping!

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  26. Alexandra says

    Congratulations on your sweetheart! Enjoy the journey and have a turbo refreshing sleep! πŸ˜‰

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  27. Jenni Booth says

    Welcome to parenthood, your doing so well!!

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  28. Kara Rosenlund says

    Laly – such a beautiful name. Thank you so much Pia for sharing such a heartfelt two weeks with us. Kara x

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  29. Ronnie says

    Oh Pia, congratulations to you and your husband. Laly is so beautiful, and looks so much like you already! Motherhood is definitely intense, and not like anything else in the world. I’ve written before – it can make me cry and make my heart sing all at the same time! And it does get easier, day by day, week by week. Store up every moment.
    Ronnie xo
    (Thank you for taking the time to post!)

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  30. anka says

    She is so beautiful and I love her name, so delicate. All the best to you three for this spring!

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  31. Amanda says

    She’s absolutely beautiful! Congratulations! Motherhood is the hardest, yet most rewarding, job a woman can have.

    Enjoy every moment. πŸ™‚

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  32. Sam says

    Welcome Laly, and well done, Pia. Mothers deserve admiration, gratitude and deep respect. Remember that whatever you’re doing, if you’re doing your best you are doing it ‘right.’

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  33. nathalie says

    quelle merveilleuse nouvelle,
    bienvenue Laly, tu es magnifique !!
    tous mes voeux de bonheur πŸ™‚

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  34. flowerpress says

    Congratulations, she’s beautiful πŸ™‚

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  35. Ulrike says

    Oh Pia, I am so happy for you! I am sure you will be a wonderful mum, even through the internet you exude such positive energy!
    I wish your little family lots of wonderful moments together x

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  36. annalisa says

    happy motherhood, pia jane.
    happy life to Laly.

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  37. islandsweet says

    everything changes with your first baby. it connects you to your ancestors and to your grandchildren and great grandchildren. and at the same time, as you say, firmly plants you in the moment. what a lovely family you are…

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  38. Dear Demoiselle says

    Oh Pia, she’s beautiful… How appropriate that she was born on Valentine’s Day =) I think she’s got your eyes? And the name is pretty! Congratulations to you and Romain – and to Laly, too; I’m convinced that you two will be the most lovely parents a child could want!

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  39. Patrice A. says

    hello new mom!

    and congratulations
    what a beauty she is!

    what they all say is so true
    try to enjoy those first weeks
    everything will past far to quickly
    and yes
    kids make that you know you are alive
    I think it is the most beautiful
    and the hardest job I ever had
    being a mum


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  40. Zosia says

    Congratulations! She is so beautiful! xx

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  41. nicola says

    i just popped across for the first time in a while to see if there is any news on bubs…and here she is, the little angel, warmest congratulations. x p.s. my sister said she felt like a zombie for the first 6 weeks…she promises it gets better!

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  42. Racha says

    Dear Pia,

    I have been waiting to hear the lovely news, so happy for you. Many congratulations on the arrival of your little angel Laly. May god bless her with health, happiness and all the good things life can offer. She is a mini you πŸ™‚
    I have been following your blog for a long time. It’s my little window to “magic”.
    Thank you for being such an inspiration.
    All the best,

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  43. Jac says

    So beautiful…. congratulations, enjoy every moment πŸ™‚

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  45. Beverly says

    Awesome. She’s simply adorable. And you 3 look happy πŸ™‚ Enjoy this precious gift.

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  46. Miranda says

    She is a true beauty! And what a great name. And…very recognizable. Like you are placed in another world. It still is.

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  47. Paige says

    Congratulations on your sweet, beautiful little one. Motherhood is so beautiful.

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  48. Rossella says

    I went here, today, for the first time but I’m very glad to meet your lovely Laly. Congratulations from Italy: she is a very precious gift! Thank you for the beautiful pictures.

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  49. Ameesha Lee says

    Congrats Pia! She is a beauty.

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  50. Annie says

    What a beautiful baby! Thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous pictures, and best wishes to the whole family. (Valentine’s Day is my birthday, too, so I’m especially excited to hear about another Valentine’s child joining the mix. It’s a fantastic day!)

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  51. Itsasne says

    SO beautiful! Love all the photos, the last one (arms raised above her head) is too good πŸ™‚

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  52. nadia says

    “when two became three” welcome to the world laly it is a beautiful place made even more beautiful by your mum and dad.

    congrats to you, such a wonderful moment to be in

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  53. Lana says

    She is gorgeous!! Congratulations to proud parents!

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  54. josephine says

    She absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!

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  55. Star says

    She is a little treasure. Many congratulations to you all!

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  56. sarah says

    Congratulations to you! She is so beautiful and the name is perfect. Hope you get some sleep soon.

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  57. Maria at inredningsvis.se says

    Great pics:) I really like your blog..so much nice inspiration.
    I wish you a lovely weekend:)

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se

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  58. Tara says

    Congratulations Pia! Great job! Thanks for sharing her. She’s beautiful just like her name. Sooo happy for you two. Enjoy every moment because one day you will look back, and it will have all gone so fast! It seems like yesterday I had my twin girls…. they just turned 12! Welcome to Parenthood you two…..she’s one lucky girl..

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  59. Briana Morrison says

    Wow Pia, how special! And what a lovely name. Congratulations to you and your little family. She’s a beauty!

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  60. Madeleine says

    Huge congratulations!, I really enjoyed your book, what an unbelievably perfect sequel that Laly arrived on Valentines Day, more of life’s poetry doing it’s stuff.

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  61. Libby says

    Laly is beautiful, and her name is so sweet. Enjoy being new parents!

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  62. Franka says

    Dear Mom,
    your baby is a unique sunshine!

    β™₯ Franka

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  63. rachel says

    congratulations!! Laly is beautiful. xo

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  64. Ashlee says

    Oh massive congratulation – she is oh so beautiful Xx
    And such a Lah-verly name :)))

    Beautiful blog you have here – about to become more so with sweet images of your little miracle!
    I’ve not commented before but been following for quite some time – a perfect post to say hello πŸ™‚

    Ashlee Xx

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  65. Ariane Reichardt says

    Dear Pia Jane and Romain,
    heartily congratulation to your Princess Laly, coming on Valentine…
    Very cute and strong and pretty!

    And you learn quickly… about living in the moment…
    and a little clue… sleep as much as you can.
    We are adults and can wait for you.

    Enjoy! and thank you very much for sharing your luck!

    Ariane from Germany

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  66. Jessie says

    Aw, congrats on your sweet little bundle of joy! I love her name. Warm sleeping vibes from Iceland…

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  67. Jennifer says

    Laly’s beautiful. Enjoy this time together. My little one , Hugo, turned six months today. The time passes so quickly. It’s hard work but so so satisfying.

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  68. Maria Ernest Fragopoulou says

    Oh my god! What a beautiful baby! Congratulations. She is gorgeous and you both look calm and peaceful. Take the moment, the deep breath needed to cherish the first weeks. They are so unique. Our bond with our babies is so valuable. I have two girls, a 7 and a 3 year old, sweet and beautiful, and when I get exhausted, I try to remember those first moments and then I get strength to keep on. It is a great ride. Enjoy it….

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  69. Cassaundra says

    she melts my heart!

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  70. chelsea says

    you make it all look effortlessly beautiful, as usual, pia! i am thrilled for you. welcome, Laly!

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  71. Anne says

    Congratulations to you and Romain from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Beautiful pictures and Laly looks so lovely!


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  72. jessica says

    Oh, what a divine, gorgeous gift for you on Valentines Day. And for Laly to forever celebrate her birthday on a day filled with love.
    Beautiful name, and beautiful bubba! Congrats x

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  73. little dotty bird says

    Congratulations, she is beautiful. How sweet to be born on Valentines Day..(my kids were born new years eve and Autumn Equinox!)The first few months really are a crazy, and incredibly amazing time, they change so quickly and there is nothing in the world to prepare you for it! peace x

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  74. Geri says

    What a beauty she is. And what big happines is coming from your photo’s. It makes me smile.

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  75. Nic squirrell says

    How wonderful, congratulations to all three of you.

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  76. Anita says

    Congratulations Pia, the photos are beautiful!

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  77. carla says

    Thanks for showing us your daughter Laly!
    She looks strong and determined, a true Laly.
    I’m sure she taught you already many things, like how truely wonderful taking a shower really is, or sleeping several hours undisturbed. You will never take simple things for granted anymore. Laly will take care of that. Having a daughter is great, i have two. I’m sure you will want more as well in due time…
    Enjoy this very special time despite the tiredness and take good care of yourself. Also congratulations to Laly’s daddy.

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  78. Sarah says

    Wishing you all the best, congratulations!

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  79. Tricia Rose says

    What a darling baby, and with exquisite timing! Love every minute.

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  80. Amanda says

    I am SO very happy for you my friend. She is beautiful and I wish the three of you nothing but happiness.
    *hugs* xo

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  81. katiecrackernuts says

    She’s a dot. Congratulations to your newly-minted French Aussie. Snuggle up in this awful rain – perfect for a little water carrier.

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  82. Miss Rosanna says

    How gorgeous that she was born on Valentine’s Day – for you a lover of hearts. It does get easier (I have two boys aged 6 and 3) but there’s nothing quite like that whole first year and the shock of first time parenthood. Hang in there and enjoy this special time as a family – when you look back later it passes so quickly…

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  83. magnoliaverandah.blogspot.com says

    Welcome to the safe arrival of Baby Laly – she is just perfect!

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  84. Jan Fry says

    Dear wee Laly is beautiful. Congratulations on beginning one of lifes most joyous love affairs.

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  85. Nikki says

    Welcome to the club Pia! What a wonderous, exhausting, rewarding club it is the one of motherhood. The pictures of your darling daughter accompanied with your honest words are so moving. I am a mother of two boys aged 6 and 2, yes having a baby is life changing like no other and yes it does get easier and sleep does come but for now in this newborn moment I have one word for you: surrender.
    A dear older friend said to me when my first son was newborn ‘this time will enrich you in ways you don’t even know yet’ I so appreciated hearing that.
    Your baby is beautiful. Congratulations.

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  86. Prudence @ Flotsam Friends says

    Pia, these are such great shots and really sum up the whole newborn experience. One difference though is that Laly is one incredible looking baby. Such amazing skin and beauty. It’s a roller coaster ride that’s for sure, it’s quite scary being responsible for someone so tiny. Remember, Super Mums are crazy. Baby steps is the way to go. You have nothing to prove (except taking more fabulous photos). Love the photo of Romain, it’s hard for them too. Pruxxxxxxxxx

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  87. wendy says

    Beautiful words for a beautiful baby i wanted to share with you……Congratulations to you both….

    My Daughter
    Ride softly and surely through the years my daughter
    For I am in no hurry to see this tender childhood pass
    Nor do I want unsympathetic time to hear your foot falls
    treading too soon into the future
    Travel safely sweet one holding tight to your innocent dreams
    wherever they take take you….

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  88. jane says

    Congratulations Pia and Romain. Laly is beautiful! x

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  89. anne says

    fΓ©licitations!!she looks wonderful and such a lovely name – lots of happiness for the three of you!

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  90. judith b says

    What made me think of you today?
    Laly is your most perfect creation yetβ€”and what a amazing valentine! Congratulations on your little darling, a tiny reproduction of Pia from what we can see in these gorgeous first shots – there’s got to be some Romain there too, but we don’t “know” him as well!
    Sleeping when Laly sleeps is the best advice I can give, and the hardest to follow! All the best to you three!


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  91. shannon says

    Congratulations!! Ahh, the ‘divine chaos’ that is motherhood! Little Laly will provide you with a 1000% span of emotion- the joy and the pain, and its through this that she will also be your greatest teacher.

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  92. christine says

    Congratulations. xoxooxoxoxo

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  93. Patricia GW says

    Congratulations! Welcome to the world little Laly β™₯

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  94. Tara Bradford says

    She is gorgeous, like her mum! So thrilled for you and Romain, Pia. Une petite cadeau will soon be winging its way to you! xx

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  95. nyla says

    Welcome to the world lil Laly! A Valentine birthday, how utterly poetic. Is too soon to say she looks like you because I think she does! Especially in that 5th pic. An absolute doll.

    Wishing you many nights of luscious, blissful sleep, Ms. Pia!

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  96. Pia says

    Just found your website, what a glorious way to be introduced to it! Congratulations on the birth of your daughter, looking forward to your posts in time. And remember, it will be a tap on the shoulder and she is going to school, time flies with kids!

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  97. Dorothee says

    She is SO beautiful.. very happy for the 3 of you!
    All our wishes
    DorothΓ©e and Annabel

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  98. Erin says

    Ih wow, congratulations to both of you! How amazing!!!!!

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  99. eat my shorts says

    Such sweet photos πŸ™‚

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  100. {gemmifer} says

    How wonderful! Congratulations, and welcome to the world, sweet Laly!

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  101. Jenny says

    Congratulations on joining the largest club in the world. Thanks for sharing photos of your precious little girl. Life will never be quite the same again. You will be able to view everything once more through the eyes of a child. I’m sure she will bring you much joy. Oh dear, feeling a little clucky.

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  102. cathy says

    WOW !!! Oh such gorgeous little glimpses into your life…Valentine’s Day seems so very appropriate for such an amazing journey that you have been on…Motherhood is one of the most special gifts we have been given in this life and I know you will LOVE every second of it… After reading your blog and your books thank you for letting us all share in such a gorgeous, precious moment…Blessings to you three πŸ™‚

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  103. Calico Child says

    What a precious valentines gift & baby Laly looks gorgeous I know you will have many happy times all 3 of you, enjoy the next chapter in your lives!!! πŸ™‚

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  104. tzintzuntzan says

    Well done Pia! Your daughter is lovely. Thank you for sharing such a sweet/tender/intimate time in your life. We are all, of course, delighted for you. All my best to the three of you.


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  105. jen says

    a big congrats to you and Romain, wishing you every happiness with Laly

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  106. ArteMamma says

    Dear Pia,
    great congratulations to you and all your sweet family.
    May I share your post on my blog?
    I like it so much.
    Enjoy the miracle of life!

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  107. Marloes says

    Congratulations, she looks like a little dream!! Please enjoy everyday intensely, because time really flies with kids.! My eldest is now 18 and I have the feeling he was born a few weeks ago!!

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  108. Teresa says

    Yours is the first blog I started following almost three years ago during a hot July in Arizona. The soundscape from your little houseboat in Amsterdam was so refreshing that it literally brought tears to my eyes. I recently started my own blog, and although I’ve never left a comment here, I couldn’t resist letting you know what an inspiration your writings have been to me. As a mother of two beautiful young women of my own, I wanted to congratulate you and frenchboy on the birth of your precious little one. The pics are amazing and it appears that she has the same sweet spirit of her mother. Best wishes for all the happiness life can bring to all of you.

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  109. Nancy says

    you could say “your heart wandered” to the very core of your love…on valentine’s (aka ‘heart day’)! how precious this time is–congratulations!

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  110. Patricia says

    Congratulations! Valentine’s day is a beautiful day to have a baby: our Valentine’s-“baby” turned 11 this year! Time flies…. I red somewhere the following sentence, that is so true: Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things!

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  111. Mary says

    Beautiful Little Valentine.

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  112. Josephine says

    Ah, she’s just lovely! Congrats to you all, and thanks for introducing us to Laly.

    Oh yes, those first months are intense. My own son was a tricksy night sleeper until he was 11 months old. While we didn’t get the magic transformation at 6 weeks (or 8 weeks or 3 months!), there were more subtle changes at play and my coping mechanisms improved! I wish for you that Laly quickly settles into a mutually beneficial rhythm, but don’t panic if it doesn’t happen as quickly as you hope!

    Best wishes to the family!

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  113. Sarah says

    Pia and Romain, congratulations! What a gorgeous little girl! Cherish being new parents, and get some sleep where you can!

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  114. Cheryl G says

    She is beautiful!

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  115. Miss Heliotrope says

    Best to you all.
    & again, I admire that you are aware how lucky you are.

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  116. meenal@maison marigold says

    Many congratulations!!! Laly is a beautiful name for your gorgeous girl.a baby is indeed the most precious gift.. Enjoy every moment.. It only gets better… warm hugs.. xx meenal

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  117. hilde says

    Ooo she ia a cloud of a baby(een wolk van een baby). That is a dutch expression, it means that she looks healthy and gorgeous! She has her mothers eyes. Sweet,sweet greetings

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  118. Elisa Bartels says

    two’s company, three’s a family

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  119. sarah-jane down the lane says

    Oh how wonderful ~ congratulations to you all! She is very beautiful and your photos are so tender, enjoy Laly ~ such a treasure,

    Sarah -x-

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  120. Lisa says

    congratulations on becoming a mama…it really is an incredible journey both challenging and beautiful. It will change you forever and yes after six weeks you can get better sleep patterns πŸ™‚

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  121. Deborah says

    Welcome to the world baby girl x Congratulations!

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  122. bea says

    Beautiful little girl. You are right too. The richest and most amazing experience it is to become a mother. Nothing can prepare us to it. A fascinating journey ahead. Getting to know her, and her asserting her personality. My little Lulu is now 3….time goes by quickly and it’s full.

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  123. alma says

    Bienvenue Γ  Laly ! I’ve read “My heart wanders” and it is so incredible how this heart is the sign of your life!

    March 5th, 2012 | #

  124. Hagar says

    Dear Pia and Romain,

    Congratulations and welcome little Laly!

    Love and lot of happiness from Amsterdam,…

    March 5th, 2012 | #

  125. lucinda Keller says

    Beautiful!!!! Congratulations to you and your wonderful little family!

    March 5th, 2012 | #

  126. paula mills says

    Hold and cuddle as much as you can. All the very best for you, Laly and Daddy settling in together. Paula xxx

    March 5th, 2012 | #

  127. Athena says

    Wow, she is gorgeous! Many congratulations to your family of three.

    March 6th, 2012 | #

  128. jen jafarzadeh says

    Oh Pia, she is so sweet and I absolutely love the name Laly! When I saw that amazing pic of you nursing her, it brought me right back to those first weeks with my baby girl. It’s good to have people snap photos of real moments like that β€” I wish I had a few more pics of those moments in the beginning. It’s so true about being present in the moment. A good friend also told me to try not to think about how things will be easier when this or that happens. Because while it’s true that certain things get easier, your little pumpkin also changes by the hour and day and it’s good to cherish where she is right now. That helped me in the hard moments of those first couple months. Congratulations and welcome Laly!

    March 6th, 2012 | #

  129. Micha Merrick says

    How wonderful! Laly is one lucky little girl.
    Sending you and your family so much love.

    March 7th, 2012 | #

  130. Anna-Maria says

    Congratulations to a lovely girl!

    March 7th, 2012 | #

  131. Mandy says

    Congratulations Pia,she is just perfect … take care XXX

    March 7th, 2012 | #

  132. cindy says

    congratulations to you both. she is a beauty. have fun! xo, c

    March 7th, 2012 | #

  133. jen says

    total sweetness…wishing you three much happiness.

    March 7th, 2012 | #

  134. Meg Manion Silliker says

    oh so much happiness. there is nothing better than a baby – your life has been changed. enjoy every moment – sleep when you can + trust your instincts. xo

    March 7th, 2012 | #

  135. Jean Lofts says

    Congratulations, your baby girl is beatiful.I enjoy your blog
    so very much,it brings much pleasure.Continued happiness to the
    little family.

    March 8th, 2012 | #

  136. Motherkitty says

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby girl! Laly is a beautiful name for a beautiful girl. Much happiness and many blessings to you and yours.

    March 8th, 2012 | #

  137. chenoa says

    oh how special!!!

    March 8th, 2012 | #

  138. Angy Braine says

    Sigh…. no words… just sigh…. πŸ˜‰

    March 8th, 2012 | #

  139. j says

    congratulations, she is beautiful and definitely has her mother’s eyes.

    March 8th, 2012 | #

  140. liza says

    She is so beautiful. Congratulations to all of you! Yes, there is nothing to bring you into the moment like caring for your little one. I am sure you are doing marvelously!

    March 11th, 2012 | #

  141. Devi says

    Belated congratulations, Pia & Roman, and welcome to the world, Laly!
    Being a parent is an adventure, but so is being a child πŸ™‚ I wish you three a great journey together!

    March 11th, 2012 | #

  142. call me debbie says

    aww she’s so sweet!

    March 12th, 2012 | #

  143. Karen says

    It is a while since I have looked at your website, but my husband recently gave me the gift of “My Heart Wanders” for my birthday and I wanted to say what a beautiful and inspirational book it is. You can imagine my surprise and happiness for you when I logged on saw your latest post. Your baby is quite simply, beautiful. Namaste to you all. Karenxx

    March 12th, 2012 | #

  144. Sophia says

    Beautiful!! Big congratiolations!! Enjoy Pia Jane!

    March 12th, 2012 | #

  145. Nancy W. says

    Congratulations to all three of you. She is beautiful!

    March 12th, 2012 | #

  146. Meghan says

    Of course you had a baby on Valentine’s Day! Couldn’t imagine it any other way. Welcome to the world, baby Laly. And welcome to motherhood, Pia. It’s a joyous, beautiful (tired) club.

    March 13th, 2012 | #

  147. sonrie says


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  148. diana says

    Congratulations! It is the most amazing miracle, every time!

    We are blessed with two beautiful girls. I find motherhood never gets “easier” because there are always new challenges πŸ˜‰ but it does stay as beautiful, fulfilling and miraculous as it is now!
    All the love for your family!

    March 15th, 2012 | #

  149. isabel says

    Such a beautiful little lady. Best wishes!

    March 15th, 2012 | #

  150. Dedee says

    I don’t normally say this about babies (apart from my own πŸ™‚ but she is truly beautiful. Enjoy every moment – its goes so fast…

    March 17th, 2012 | #

  151. karen from CT says

    I was hoping to see pictures when I logged on tonight. Laly is so beautiful and you have many wonderful times ahead of you. So happy for you all.

    March 18th, 2012 | #

  152. twiggs says

    oh my she’s beautiful! congratulations!!! and you almost made me cry with your last sentence about valentine’s day… that is pure love! have a beautiful day and enjoy every moment! twiggs

    March 18th, 2012 | #

  153. Mike says

    Maybe she knew the 14th was a special day…


    I have a baby coming – if it’s a girl I’ll lobby for Pia πŸ™‚

    March 19th, 2012 | #

  154. mo says



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  155. Edwina says

    How incredible! Congratulations to all of you. It’s going to be one hell of a ride! Enjoy every moment, before you know it, she’ll be a teen. The only bit of advise my mom gave me was 1. get them into a routine asap. It was always bath, boob (later bottle), bed. To this day at age 10 and 11 my boys know it’s bed time after dinner and shower and 2. Never rush them. They will potty train, walk, talk, read and do all of those wonderful things when they are ready and indeed, it’s so much easier to go with the flow than push them into a pre conceived idea of when they should be doing when. Just relax and enjoy. Oh and to preserve your own sanity sleep when she sleeps. X

    March 21st, 2012 | #

  156. Maria says

    Congratulations!! Laly is so beautiful as her parents are.. Pia, you deserve every happiness because you bring so much happiness to all of us.

    March 21st, 2012 | #

  157. jen laceda says

    congratulations, pia! i just had baby #3 last January 13…Friday the 13th πŸ™‚ now i have a 5-year-old, a 2-year-old, and a 2-month-old! life is crazy busy!

    March 21st, 2012 | #

  158. Vicki Archer says

    Congratulations Pia… Laly is beautiful… Enjoy every moment, even the sleepless nights ( there is something so idyllic about the quiet of night alone with a newborn) for they too will soon be over… xv

    March 22nd, 2012 | #

  159. Ann Marie says

    congrats! you three are such a perfect family. i love her name so so much.

    March 22nd, 2012 | #

  160. Amina Qureshi says

    your blog is truly beautiful and inspirational… i hope someday my own blog can have the depth and insight that you so effortlessly bring here.

    March 25th, 2012 | #

  161. Michelle says

    Congrats! There is certainly something about coming a family that is SO special. And routines can be established; but it will take a while. Be easy on yourself and trust yourself to trust your instincts!

    March 25th, 2012 | #

  162. Tania says

    Hi Pia, I just read your book and loved it, so thought I would check out your blog too. It was lovely to open it and see your wonderful news on the birth of little Laly. I wish all of you much love and happiness, and thank you for your inspiring writing and beautiful photographs.

    April 2nd, 2012 | #

  163. bronwyn says

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl, Laly. She is gorgeous. The early days are rough, but as the days go on, you start to pine for the days when you were their whole world. What a very special time this is. And something to look forward to is that as children grow and you start to look at the world through their eyes, the world becomes an exponentially more beautiful place. This has been my experience. How very lucky you are. πŸ™‚

    April 2nd, 2012 | #

  164. Jane says

    Welcome to world litte Laly. congratulations Pia and Romain. From one mum to another, you have begun the greatest journey of your life! Jane x

    April 3rd, 2012 | #

  165. Moody says

    I’m pregnant and these image moved me. She is wonderful.

    April 15th, 2012 | #

  166. Maia says

    Where have I been? How did I miss this? What a beauty she is, and lucky her, she has your eyes! xo

    April 17th, 2012 | #

  167. Jane says

    I only just reached here… woo hoo!! She’s GORGEOUS !

    May 1st, 2012 | #

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  169. mark + Kate says

    What great news; I’m sure you will be great parents, you both have so much love to give.
    All the best from Mark + Kate; we miss you guys!

    May 17th, 2012 | #

  170. Mandy Behrens says

    A much belated congratulations, but one that has double meaning since our daughter, Addie, was also born on Valentine’s day. She is now 9-1/2 years old and lives with us in Seattle (we adopted her from China in 2004). Congratulations once again. Cheers!

    October 23rd, 2012 | #

  171. jual baju korea says

    congrats! you three are such a perfect family. i love her name so much.

    February 26th, 2013 | #

  172. PEARL says

    Beautiful name…..enjoy watching her grow, the years pass so quickly

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