Le Pain Quotidien

by Ashley on August 1, 2011

I took this picture of Aron on the Saturday morning before I went into labor; I think le Pain Quotidien will, now, forever be linked with Hudson’s arrival. It seemed fitting to return there this past Saturday–on my actual due date (and for one of our first true outings together). How odd to think that we weren’t expecting to meet Hudson until this week. It already seems so hard to imagine him not being here, with us.

Looking back, I had so many of the classic signs of imminent labor, but I think we were in denial. We walked all over the city and fit in a showing of Harry Potter before spending some time at Babies R Us just before they closed at 10pm.  How we’d wished we’d gone to bed early rather than having stayed up until 1:30 am “nesting” when my water broke at 2:30 am.

That sleep deficit seems to be growing, but having this third person with us at breakfast makes it all worthwhile!


Thank you so much for welcoming Alli last week. I have another guest poster to introduce this week as well as a giveaway coming up. And do you also read Hither & Thither? If not, be sure to check out the guest posts over there, too!


Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) August 1, 2011 at 8:44 am

What a handsome little bugger! Congrats again 🙂

Ashley August 1, 2011 at 9:56 am

Thanks, Deanna!!

She Used To Walk Fast August 1, 2011 at 9:24 am

What’s this about sleep deficit? You all look great!

Ashley August 1, 2011 at 9:57 am

You’re very sweet! 🙂

Teryn August 1, 2011 at 9:59 am

First breakfast out at less than two weeks old? I’m very impressed! What a dreamy little guy 🙂

Ashley August 1, 2011 at 10:07 am

Wait til you hear… We were bold this weekend! Maybe naive, but bold!

Jill August 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

Funny to look back and know your were just denying the inevitable. So glad he’s here!

Ana August 1, 2011 at 10:48 am

What a gorgeous little boy! Those first few days are truly magical.

erin August 1, 2011 at 10:54 am

so tiny! and perfect.

Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) August 1, 2011 at 10:56 am

You both look SO well-rested and fresh…I’m sure it’s an illusion, but wow, I am impressed! Hudson is adorable. Congratulations again!

Ashley August 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Yes! Note dark glasses…:)

Claudia August 1, 2011 at 11:07 am

You are all looking so happy! Such a cute little baby you have.

Love Le Pain Quotidien. I can totally see myself going there with baby Alice for brunch. It is so relax and pretty stylish. It is sad that we don’t have one in Montreal…oh well, on our next trip!

Ashley August 2, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Thank you, Claudia. We like him quite a bit. 🙂 Hope you and Alice are doing well!

Lara Kasabian August 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

This little boy is so lovely ! You look great Ashley.. Your skin and you hair have a special glow in these pics!
Congrats to you two and I really hope you will share more stories about the childbirth experience, you are a very good writer! 🙂

Ashley August 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm

So flattered! Will definitely try to share more at some point… Thanks!

Maggie August 1, 2011 at 11:28 am

wow Hudson so adorable and …tiny (I’m sure he’s perfect for his age, I’ve just never seen a new born baby so have no comparison). You guys look so happy, it’s lovely to see you again 🙂

Ashley August 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm

You should see him when Aron carries him in the sling! So tiny! (But yes, perfect 😉 )

Samantha August 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Oh Ashley this pictures take my breath away! You can just feel the love coming from them. So beautiful and touching!
Congratulations again!

Much love,


paige August 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm

you look gorgeous! and your men are quite handsome…lucky lady. 😉
hearing your story makes me so excited for my own!
congrats, again!

Ashley August 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Thank you, Paige! I do feel lucky. 🙂 How are you feeling?

Ivonne Loving August 1, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Congrats! Spent a week away from my reader and I get surprised by this tonight! Your lives will be forever change in the best way possible. He is a very handsome fellow!

abby August 2, 2011 at 12:33 am

He is so beautiful you guys. You look beautiful and radiant for being so sleep deprived! Congratulations. So exciting.

Vivi August 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Your adorable Hudson is super photogenic! Thank you for sharing these personal moments with those of us who experience NYC vicariously through you!

Ashley August 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Thank you, Vivi! So nice to say!

Isabelle August 3, 2011 at 11:37 pm

That’s a lot of cuteness, for sure. I love Pain Quotidien, and miss the originals in Belgium where I grew up. Still none in Seattle, though I could go down to LA for a fix I suppose. A perfect mellow outing for the threesome. We took our little man out to restaurants so often, from early on, that one day he held up his empty sippy cup to a passing waitress as if to say… fill ‘er up, please!

Ashley August 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm

How cute, Isabelle!

Caitlin August 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm

This post is so sweet, I can’t imagine what it must feel like to have been to a place one week without Hudson and then have him with you just two short weeks later. How fast things can change in such an amazing way! He is absolutely adorable. Congratulations again!

Ashley August 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Thank you so much, Caitlin–so true!

gia August 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm

what a beauty!!

Ashley August 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Thank you, Gia!

Indira August 18, 2011 at 1:18 am

Hi Ashley,
First, let me just say, CONGRATULATIONS! You really have a beautiful babe there with you! I adore babies myself. I have two of my own. And I sooo know about what you’re saying regarding imminent labor. I almost gave birth to my second baby in our car, no kidding!
I am so glad that everything worked out great for you. And daddy seems to be all over the baby, that’s awesome! You look great too!

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