Welcome, Avalon Elle!

We are so thrilled to announce the arrival of our second baby girl, Avalon Elle Brickner!  Avalon was born June 6th at 7:28 am, weighing 7 pounds & 2 ounces, and 19 inches long.  She looks so much like her big sister did as a newborn, we really can’t believe it, though her hair is a little more blonde!  So far, she is just the sweetest little lady, she loves to sleep, be swaddled. & most of all, to be held. 🙂  All of us are head over heels in love with her, she is the perfect addition to our little family & my heart is so, so full.
It was a long labor with a scary birth, but that’s another story for another day, all that matters to us right now is that we have a healthy, happy baby girl!  My recovery has actually been way easier this time, I am feeling great & was walking around within hours of delivery, I am really shocked at how much I already feel like myself again.  Avalon has taken to breastfeeding so well, something I was anxious about, I am so thankful & hope it continues, I really have loved that special time with her so far.

We have been at the hospital since Thursday & Waverly has been with family, honestly, it has been tough for all of us to be away from each other.  Waverly has had a harder time than I thought she would, but she is doing much better & I am so incredibly anxious to get home to her later today!  She has been to the hospital twice to see her sister, she absolutely adores Avalon & wanted to hold her the minute she walked in the door!   I knew she would love her, but did not anticipate (at all!), just how much, I can’t wait to watch these girls interact more as we transition to our new normal in the next few weeks.  I have lots of pictures of the girls meeting & will be sure to share them soon, for now, one of the three of us, missing big sister so very much!

Lastly, the BIGGEST thank you for your sweet well wishes & support for our family over the entire pregnancy & the last few days.  We truly are so thankful for it all, though I couldn’t respond to every comment, I read each one & they really mean so much to me.  I am excited to continue to share updates & pictures as we adjust to life as family of FOUR!


  1. June 8, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    So so so sweet and adorable!!! Congratulations to you two!!!

  2. June 8, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    So so sweet!!! She is so precious! Congrats again!

  3. June 8, 2015 / 2:13 pm

    Glad to hear you're recovery is going well after a long hard labor!! she just perfect 🙂 xo

  4. June 8, 2015 / 2:13 pm

    She is just beautiful Ashley; congrats to you all!!! Liam had a very tough time when we were at the hospital (and it was only for 24 hours), but he recovered just fine as soon as we were all home together!

  5. June 8, 2015 / 2:13 pm

    Congratulations! She is a cutie! 🙂

  6. June 8, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    she's just beautiful! congrats again!

  7. June 8, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    Congrats! I loved the pictures I saw over the weekend. Avalon is gorgeous and can't wait for your family of four pictures :)! <3

  8. June 8, 2015 / 2:48 pm

    Congratulations! She is precious and I love her name, I knew you would pick something perfect! 🙂

  9. June 8, 2015 / 2:52 pm

    Congratulations!!! She's beautiful!

  10. Anonymous
    June 8, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    Oh, Avalon you are just so sweet! Hope you get to come home ASAP. I bet Waverly is just the best big sister, EVER. Love that you have two babes to love on now!!

  11. June 8, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    Congratulations! She's beautiful! You guys chose such unique and pretty names for your girls – love them both.

  12. June 8, 2015 / 3:21 pm

    Congratulations! I've been following you for this whole pregnancy! Your family is beautiful!! Many blessings to you 4, and love from Texas!

  13. June 8, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    So precious!! Congratulations, again!

  14. June 8, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    She is absolutely precious!!!! Congratulations again!!

  15. June 8, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    Do you vacation at the beach or are the names a coincidence? There is a Waverly Hotel in Avalon, NJ…weird, hugh?
    Love the names for girls though!

  16. June 8, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    So so happy for you!!!! Congratulations!!

  17. June 8, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    Yay! I'm so happy that recovery and breastfeeding are going well for you. And I love that Waverly is so excited about her baby sister! Avalon is gorgeous! Love the name. Keep the pictures coming…I'm getting my newborn baby fix through you!

  18. June 8, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    Hi Ashley. I was stalking your IG account every day to see if you'd had the baby yet. I was so happy when I saw that you had! She is beautiful (like I said on IG). I love her name, too. Did you plan on naming her with a V in her name? Are you going to change your blog name? LOL. Hope you heal quickly!

  19. June 8, 2015 / 4:30 pm

    Congratulations! She's so adorable!

  20. June 8, 2015 / 5:37 pm

    Oh how I am over the moon happy for you guys!! So glad to hear everything is going well and you and her are happy and healthy now! Can't wait for more updates!

  21. June 8, 2015 / 7:24 pm

    she is beautiful, and i love the name! congrats!

    yes, recovery is MUCH easier the second go-round (and third, too! as i'm currently finding out!!) except for the after pains. ouch!

  22. June 8, 2015 / 7:38 pm

    She is such a little doll! I am so glad to hear that everyone is healthy and safe, and that she is eating well for you! Sorry to hear about a not so great labor and delivery, but I am so glad you and your sweet new baby girl are doing well now. I can't wait to read more about her delivery and about Waverly meeting her for the first time! Rest up mama!

  23. June 8, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    She is exquisite! And so are you, mama! Praise the Lord everything turned out okay…thankful for happy, healthy babes who love to be held! Also that gold polka dot swaddle….YES. xx

  24. June 8, 2015 / 7:44 pm

    She's so beautiful! And you look fabulous. Congrats momma!

  25. June 8, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    Aaaah! Congratulations! She is so incredibly adorable! I am glad to hear that you are feeling well and can't wait for the details plus more pictures!

  26. June 8, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    Congrats, she is absolutely adorable!

  27. June 8, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    you my friend make some cute ass babies. and sweet avalon is serious perfection! happy going home day. i hope its smooth and your road to recovery is short n sweet!!

  28. June 8, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    Oh she is pure perfection! And you look fantastic!! So happy for you and your sweet little family <3


  29. June 8, 2015 / 10:02 pm

    I'm so glad little miss Avalon is here safe and sound, and glad to hear that you are recovering well, Mama! I'll be so excited to hear more when you share her birth story, but for now, am just loving all the precious pictures. She's beautiful!

  30. June 8, 2015 / 10:49 pm

    Congrats! She's beautiful! So happy to hear how much Waverly loves her already 🙂

  31. June 8, 2015 / 11:25 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS again! She is just the sweetest, most perfect little thing! And really does look like big sis! May your family reunion tonight be wonderful!

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

  32. June 9, 2015 / 12:28 am

    Congratulations!! I'm so happy to hear that everyone is doing well! Xo, Stephanie

  33. June 9, 2015 / 4:37 am

    Congratulations mama!!! I'm so happy for you all that Avalon is here safe and sound and that you are doing well! I kept checking all day to see if you had had her yet and then saw her gorgeous picture. So happy Waverly has transitioned to big sister so well. Can't wait to see pictures of the two of them together. So, so happy for you! XO

  34. June 9, 2015 / 11:38 am

    Congratulations! She is adorable!!! Absolutely perfect!

  35. June 9, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    Congrats 🙂 she is so adorable and I just love her name! If you ever have any breastfeeding questions or just want to chat please don't hesitate to reach out to me! XO chelsea play. wash. rinse. repeat.

  36. June 9, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    Oh Ashley, she is PRECIOUS! She looks like a little slice of heaven! I hope you are all home together now! I can't wait for more pictures/posts! I'm so happy for your family of FOUR!

  37. June 9, 2015 / 2:58 pm

    Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! I'm so happy for your family of FOUR!
    Avalon (LOVE her name) is perfection, and looks so much like her big sister!!

  38. June 9, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    She is beyond beautiful!!! Congrats again. I hope transitioning back home is going well. I can't wait to see the pics of Waverly meeting her new baby sister.

  39. June 9, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    Congratulations!! She is absolutely precious and so scrumptious! Hope you all are adjusting to being a family of four!

  40. June 10, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    SO many congrats! She's gorgeous and I love that pretty name.

  41. June 11, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    Congratulations again. She is just PERFECT and so beautiful. I cannot wait to watch her grow!!! xoxo

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