And then there were two. Announcing the birth of our second son!

Eliano León Hernández was born January 25th, 2020 (Chinese New Year!) at 5:45pm weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and measuring 21 inches long.

Annoucement

Greetings everyone!

Thank you so much for your good thoughts, prayers, check-in messages, gifts for Giove, and excitement for us these last couple weeks. Eliano came two days early (just like his brother!), and we have been recovering and getting to know our little guy ever since. The team at the hospital was awesome – everyone from our delivery doctor, the nurses, and our super compassionate and caring postnatal nurses. We are grateful for the outstanding care we had. Yesterday afternoon we came home and by some miracle we all got good sleep our first night in!

So far our oldest is a confident, curious, and eager big brother! He couldn’t wait to hold his sibling and check out is tiny tiny toes and hands. (Oh, and his diapers. He is facsinated by his brother’s poop. Must be a boy thing.)

What’s in a name?

Many of you who know us personally know that name choice is a big deal for us! We love unique names that have meaning to us, our personal past, or our adventures together. Eliano is a name that my husband thought of, and I loved it immediately. León is a city in Northern Spain, that we stayed in for a week in 2017 when we completed the Camino de Santiago with our first son, Giove. We loved that city, felt very cared for there, and it left a special place in our hearts. Eliano is derivative of “sun” in ancient Greek (Hugo calls him our little bundle of sunshine), and of course, León, like Leo, means lion. I should mention that our first son named him “Baby Jet” while he was in my belly. When his teachers asked him this morning what we named the baby he reported “Jet”.  🙂 We happily accept Jet as his nickname, but it didn’t quite make the birth certificate.

How am I feeling?

So happy, relieved, and contented that he is here, that I am not pregnant anymore, and that we have a bit of time together as a family!!  Some of you have asked if you can make us a meal, and that is so kind of you. I do not have a meal train set up, as I don’t want to impose, but because some of you have offered, we graciously want to acknowledge and accept. Just send me a text and we can sort out a date. It’s so nice to have a proper appetite again, so thanks a million!

I hope you all are well and in good health and spirits.

I look forward to hearing from you as time permits.  In the mean time, keep up your practice! Keep moving!
xo,
Francine

I’m still here! 39 weeks and counting :-)

I’m still here! 39 weeks and counting 🙂

Almost 39 weeks

I’ve received a lot of questions this week

…asking me if I am “ready.”  It is a fair inquiry, completely appropriate and understandably sincere. Yet it is quite hard to answer! Am I ready to not be pregnant? Yes.  Am I ready for a completely different pace with two children rather than just one? Hmm….I hope so! Am I ready to meet this little human whom I have been growing inside of me and who has dictated what I eat, how I feel and how I look? Um, double yes. Am I ready for inevitable sleepless nights, newborn surprises/concerns and ‘new’ parent worry? Come on, can one ever really be ready for that?  At 39 weeks pregnant, I know this for sure: I am ready embrace whatever this next adventure brings forth for myself, my family and my career.  I am ready to integrate this little being into my life.  And that, my dear family, friends, and clients, feels really good to write down.

What’s going in the Gratitude Journal tonight? Definitely this:

This pregnancy has not been without its ups and downs with how I have felt week to week, but I am beyond grateful I was able be with so many of you in the studio during the past 8 months.  The picture above was taken on my last full day of teaching, last Thursday, a day that felt so satisfying and fulfilling that I can happily say there is no filter on my smiling face.  To teach up the 38th week of my pregnancy, including my Buff Bones mat class, had been a goal of mine all along and I was elated to complete it.  And, I’ll admit, I wanted all your good vibes and well wishes as close to my labor and delivery date as possible! I don’t know who wouldn’t!

Of course I’ll miss you…but I always come back!

So many of us have been together through life’s ages and stages.  Ultimately, that means we support each other even when we have to be out of the studio.  Colleagues and clients alike – THANK YOU SO MUCH for supporting me throughout my pregnancy and now during my leave.  Please keep in touch, send me texts and pictures and keep me updated on how you are doing.  I know some of you have some important doctor appointments coming up, family trips, anniversaries, etc. and I want to hear about them as you can.  For my part I will post a bit on Instagram @yourdailypractice, but really the best way to stay in touch is via email or text. I am just a smart phone away. 🙂

Please continue to keep me and my family in your best intentions, prayers and thoughts as we make this transition into a family of five. (We count Lulu, our dog, in case you are wondering where I got that number 🙂 The next newsletter will be a baby announcement so stay tuned!

Till then, in love and life –

xo,
Francine