Mighty Life List
Feb 15 2007

He’s here!

Henry Martin Mason, originally uploaded by MaggieMason.

Hey everybody, we had a baby! A tiny, pink baby!

His name is Henry Martin Mason, but you can call him Hank.

I went into labor February 11 at 2 a.m., and he was born around noon that day — 8 lbs. 2 oz., and 21 inches long. I had a really good labor, and as you can see, he’s pretty much the sweetest baby ever.

I’ll tell you more later, after we’re a little less dazed. For now, thanks for all the happy wishes and strong support throughout my pregnancy. I can’t tell you how much I’ve appreciated you guys in the past few months.

Hank is one exceptional baby, and I wish you could snuggle him. He even smells soft.

179 Responses to “He’s here!”

  • Arwen Says:

    The warmest congratulations to all of you. And welcome to the world, Hank! He’s beautiful.

  • Amy D. Says:

    I wanna snuggle! Congrats again, hope the next few months are as easy as possible on you three!
    Amy D.

  • Chloe Says:

    Congratulations! He’s gorgeous… on no, there go the mommmy hormones again….

  • Sugapie Says:

    Whoot Whoot!! You Go Girl!! A thunderous applause for the Mason Family! Hank is one lucky babity.

  • shy me Says:

    Congratulations! So joyfully happy for you : )

    He’s so adorable!!!!!

  • bethany Says:

    Cherish this time, it’s too fleeting. Congratulations and welcome baby Hank!

  • Hi Kooky Says:

    Yay! Congratulations! Boys rock – I have two. He IS the sweetest thing and very cute to boot. Welcome, Hank!

  • Krista Says:

    He’s gorgeous! I wish I could snuggle him too. I’m sending energetic snuggles to all of you. Yaa!

  • melanie Says:

    Hello Mighty Hank! Congratulations.

  • Fred Says:


  • Hannah Says:

    He is beautiful, congratulations! February birthdays rock!

  • sabrina Says:

    could your family be more awesome. Congrats! Welcome Baby Henry aka Hank.

  • Duaneo Says:

    You’ll be pleased to know that Heather’s pictures from your hospital room came up on flikr’s interesting photos of the day on Monday I think. I recognized you immediately and was like “Haaaay. I know her! I read her blog. Awesome!” Congratulations!

  • Jenn Says:

    Look at him – he was born wise! Welcome Hank – you’re in for a lovely adventure.

  • Megan Says:

    Hooray for Hank! (Is it weird that I kind of hope he stays that pink?) Congratulations on your little bunny!

  • David Says:

    Congratulations to you both (or three!)
    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed following your – sometimes comical – pregnancy (non-stalkingly you understand. . . ) through mightygirl and wish you all the very best for the future – enjoy it before he grows up too quickly!

  • Katie Cook Says:

    Congratulations Masons! And a very Happy Belated Birthday Hank!

  • Rebecca Says:


  • Mrs. Kennedy Says:

    He is beautiful.

  • Roxy Says:

    Welcome Henry! Congratulations to both of you!

  • Jill Says:

    Warm congrats! There’s nothing, nothing at all, sweeter than a newborn. Enjoy every single second!

  • katie Says:

    Yay! Congratulations and welcome hank!

  • Jeanette Says:

    Congratulations! What a beautiful boy!

  • Mau Says:


  • Mau Says:

    Now we want ours soon so we can experience such joy too!!!

  • Lee Says:

    Congratulations Maggie and Bryan! He’s beautiful.

  • bandick Says:

    I’m so confused. The ticker fish says no baby for three more days. Just goes to show how unreliable fish are…

    Congratulations, Mighty Family!

  • Elly Says:

    Hank!!! Great name! Great baby! Can’t wait for the MightyMommyBlog!

  • Arin Says:

    Congratulations! He is gorgeous.

  • Laura Says:

    YAY! Congratulations.

  • Krista Says:

    Oh, congratulations!

  • jana Says:

    Awesome! Congratulations!

    And I must tell you that Henry was our boy name, if Charlotte turned out to be a he instead of a she.

    Seeing his adorable little pink new baby-ness brought back memories of Charlotte when she was born, too. She weighed about the same (8 lbs 11 ozs) and was 21 inches, too.

  • Sandi Says:

    He’s SO cute! He even looks like he smells soft. I’d love to snuggle him! The rewards of parenting are many, and this is the first of them. Congratulations!

  • Jane Says:


  • Judy Says:

    I am so happy for you!! I just saw and heard the heartbeat on our little peanut about an hour ago. We’ve been having some early scares the last couple weeks. Get this – if ours is a boy he will be Henry Merrill the 5th. But grandpa is Hank and daddy is Henry, so I think he might be stuck with Merrill as a nickname.

    Your Hank is just perfect!! Thank you for sharing him with us. This is the first day I feel safe being excited about ours. Seeing your little guy makes that so much easier!

  • Heather Says:

    I am a long time reader, first time poster. Henry was born on my son’s first birthday! Yay! A marvelous day!

  • kate Says:

    Congratulations! Such a cute kid :)

  • Karen Says:

    Congratulations! He is so beautiful! Makes me all clucky and gushy.

    Welcome, Welcome little Hank! :)

    Many kisses and blessings on your family

  • evany Says:

    Oh, YAY! And also thirty-two soft sighs!

  • Hello Insomnia Says:

    The sweet new baby daze is the best. Congratulations.

  • reddirtroad Says:

    Yay! So happy for you guys! Congratulations!!

  • jackie Says:

    yay for the new little mason! he’s just beautiful, and i am terribly jealous and happy for you guys! and let me just say, as a lover of yarn, i think hank is an awesome name!


  • Denise Says:

    congrats! he’s adorable.

  • cj coppola Says:

    You and your husband are radiant! If only you could bottle that kind of joy. Congratulations on a job well done.

  • Tiredbuthappy Says:


    Good for you for posting a still-sticky picture. I like earthy pictures of infants better than overly groomed ones.

  • Joy Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS to you and B! Welcome Hank! You are precious. :)

  • samantha jo campen Says:

    Congratulations to you and your family! What a wonderful Valentine’s Day indeed.

  • Ken Says:

    Congratulations, Mighty Girl!
    That’s a mighty fine baby there, both the greatest joy and the greatest responsibility in life. I wish you all the best.

    Here now, from a much older parent (me), a haiku about the road before you:

    Soft is the baby
    So warm and loving to hold
    Oh no, the teen years

  • Head Squawker Michele Says:

    Mazel Tov. Hank is so beautiful.

  • blackbird Says:

    He looks very serious!

    Warmest best wishes to the three of you…

  • Sarah Says:

    Welcome, Hank! You are a mighty baby!

    Best wishes. And that dazed feeling? Well, get used to it because it’s going to be here for a while.

  • Mo Says:

    You know, I usually can’t make out this parental resemblance that people are always going on about until the kid is about a year and a half. But this picture has a lot of Bryan. That’s gotta count for something.

  • Quyen Says:

    Now the fun begins! Congratulations, good to see that everyone is healthy. Hank is beautiful, I love the name, and I wish you all much happiness.

  • Chollyson Says:

    Congratulations Masons!

  • Berecca Says:

    Maggie and Brian,

    Congratulations on your lovely little boy. I am an Aussie reader, who loves your writing, photographs, and humour. Hank is just beautiful, I got all teary looking at your photos of him, especially the family shot. Welldone!


  • Wendy Says:

    Congratulations!!!!! He looks just so darned adorable.

  • teri Says:

    i love it. congratulations :)

  • Paula Says:

    Congrats! What a lovely little bundle of cuteness.

  • a cup of tea Says:

    Happy Day Four On Earth, Hank! And listen to your mama: if her blog is anything to go by, she has lots of good stories to tell you.

  • Lynne Says:

    YAAAAAAAY!!!!!! Congratulations, Maggie and Bryan!!! What a great addition to your sweet little family.

  • Kimberly Says:

    Congratulations to the Mighty Masons three. He’s gorgeous!

  • Jane Says:

    Outstanding. He’s a lovely baby!

  • Tom Says:

    Congratulations to the three of you. He’s a real cutie.

  • jessica Says:

    People will say sleep when the baby sleeps, but it’s so hard. I often found myself staring at our little girl whenever she would fall asleep in the first weeks she was home – and six months later, I still find myself absolutly mezmorized by her and unable to stop staring. They are the most amazing creatures, these babies, aren’t they? Hank is beautiful. Congratualtions. Now the real fun begins!

  • J. Bo Says:

    He’s so beautiful, Maggie. May he thrive and grow to be as mighty as his mama.

  • seejanemom Says:

    What a great Valentine!
    Happy Birthday Hank!
    Happy Birth of a Mom Day, Maggie!

  • seejanemom Says:

    Oh, and that bear with the gun? (LOVE that image!)…I think you will find him the least of your adversaries to come. As a mother, you slowly grow a whole NEW set of senses. Once that little piece of your heart is set free to walk about among the big dangerous world, you approach it ALL in a WHOLE NEW WAY.

    I became a mother twelve years ago today, in fact. And every year on his birthday I intentionally hold him in my arms, bless his spirit and pray for just one more year of strength to be the best mother I can be. It is a birthday tradition that started the moment he was laid wet and wiggly in my arms, and it continues now that he is almost a HEAD taller than I am(at 12!).

    There is NOTHING like a SON to hold you in his big strong arms and love you. Nothing.

    CONGRATULATIONS MAGGIE. Welcome to the sisterhood.

  • Sarah Says:

    What a cutie!! Get some rest!!

  • amanda Says:

    I can’t decide if I am more in love with his upper lip or his perfect little nose. His eyes are exquisite as well. Good job Hank’s parents, good job.

  • JewJewBee Says:

    Congratulations!!! Hank is quite the looker, already! Be sure to put tons of pictures on your Flickr!

  • Flaurella Says:

    Welcome to the world, Master Henry Martin Mason. I wish you a beautiful, joyful long life. What a handsome young man you are! Congratulations to your family.

  • Jill Says:

    Have you ever seen a baby so not fussed or disturbed about their entrance into the world. He looks so calm and chill.

    Congratualations!! And welcome to the world Hank. You’ve got a good strappin stromg name to carry you through.

  • John Says:

    Congratulations, Maggie and Bryan! And welcome to the world, Hank!

  • Melissa Says:

    Congratulations, Hank! You picked great parents!

    Here’s hoping the next weeks bring sleep, snuggles, and smiles.

  • Tammy Says:

    Welcome to the world Hank! Congratulations mom and dad, he’s beautiful.

  • nadarine Says:

    save all those snuggles for yourself & Bryan: you both deserve much soft-smelling-babyness without having to share!

    oh, my ovaries just twitched.

  • Andrew Says:

    A bit of birthday trivia for you and Hank. He shares his with Simpsons creator Matt Groening! (And my friend’s daughter, which is really the only reason I know when Matt Groening’s birthday is…) So, ya know, he’s got that goin’ for him.

    Congratulations. It’s so much work, and so much more fun. You’re gonna melt when he laughs at you for the first time.

  • Andrew Says:

    Dur. Scratch that. I can read…

    But not the congrats part!

  • HDC Says:

    New baby smell. Even better than the new car smell. Welcome Hank, you lucky little guy.

  • brunette babe Says:

    Ah Maggie, great, great news – how clever you are!

    Congrats to you all, enjoy this fun time


  • ThePseudoshrink Says:

    OMG! He’s so pink!

  • theinsider Says:

    Yay! Mighty Boy has arrived!

    Congratulations, it really is adorable.

  • Sara Says:

    Congratulations to your happy family of three. How lovely! How wonderful, as well, that you had a good labor. Enjoy each moment.

  • theinsider Says:

    Oh my god, I meant he! I swear I did! :::runs away in shame:::

  • Jen Says:

    He’s gorgeous! And so alert. Well done!

  • Five Flowers (Emily) Says:

    Congrats! He is beautiful and perfect. Enjoy his smells and little parts- they grow sooo quick!

  • Leah Says:

    Congratulations, you three!

  • kristi Says:

    Here’s to a healthy, happy baby and all the joys of parenthood! Congratulations!

  • dust Says:


  • tawnytoy Says:

    congrants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he is PERFECTION!!!!!!!!!!! SO YUMMY AND CUTE
    rest a lot and God Bless you and your family

  • steve Says:


  • Kristen Says:

    He is adorable. His eyes seem knowing, like an old soul. Enjoy every single moment!

  • ozma Says:

    There is nothing more magical than a newborn baby. Hank is spectacular.

  • catherine Says:

    Congrats! He’s beautiful!

  • Angela Says:

    Delurking to say “Congratulations!” He was born a day earlier than our youngest (who turns 2 in a few minutes).
    I will share with you the advice that my mom gave me when I was a brand-new mom, dazed and confused and utterly freaked out: “He will teach you everything you need to know.”
    Your life is about to be turned upside-down in the most magical, freakish, awesome way. Enjoy.

  • Megan Says:

    Congratulations! He already looks like the sweetest, bestest baby ever.

  • Lily Says:

    Congratulations on the new baby. He has such a sweet face.

  • colleen Says:

    Oh, Maggie and Bryan, I’m SO happy for you!
    Curious about the reasons behind “Henry”, but I’m guessing it’s a family thing. (Too many Thomases, perhaps?) Big congrats! He’s gorgeous!!

  • DDM Says:

    He’s so cute I’m shooting eggs! Congratulations Mighty family. Best wishes!

  • Auntie Yolanda Says:

    He is perfect! Love you

  • bushra Says:

    i only just got into ‘mighty girl’ recently and have been hooked on the pregnancy posts! congratulations!

  • Terri Sinclair Says:

    He’s definitely a keeper! What a beautiful, amazing son you have. Take care and many congratulations for a job well done!

  • Terri Pollhein Says:

    Congratulations! And eyes wide open too! Raising boys is a real experience! Keep your running shoes handy! LOL
    God bless.

  • Pip Says:

    a sincere congratulations! I love the name Hank! he is just beautiful!

  • Nathalie Says:

    Big big Congratulations to you from a reader in tiny Luxembourg :) He’s so cute!!! Love the name by the way!

  • Angeerah Says:

    Congratulations! He’s a beautiful boy!

  • Angie Says:

    So sweet! Congrats!

  • Gillian Says:


  • Garret Says:


  • geeky Says:

    just wanted to add to the multitudes who have already said congratulations!

  • Twomato Retread Says:

    Welcome Mightybaby!

  • Kate Says:


  • maggie Says:

    Congratulations to you, and welcome to Mighty Baby Hank!

  • TB Says:

    Congrats on the beautiful boy as well as the relatively short labor so close to your due date. You are charmed.

  • Lori Says:

    Congratulations, Maggie and Bryan, and welcome, Hank! Best wishes to you all at this magical time.

  • MomVee Says:

    Congratulations to all of you.
    The mobile update about fighting a bear made me tear up.

  • Julie Says:

    What a very handsome, sweet, mighty boy. Congratulations to both of you on the start of something unbelievably beautiful.

  • Jen Says:

    oh congrats! What a cutie! Makes me excited to meet our little girl in a few weeks… I’m glad to hear your labor was good as well!

  • Her Ladyship Says:

    Congrats! He’s darling.

  • Angeerah Says:

    Congratulations and such a sweet darling boy! Great name too!

  • mihow Says:

    Congratulations! And yes, as someone who is terrified of going into labor in 5 months, please explain (in detail) how awesome your labor was. And what you think you did to make it that way. :]

  • Sandra Says:

    Congratulations to you both on the birth of your beautiful son! He shares a birthday with my Mum, who is a fantastic lady. So I am sure he will be a fantastic young man!

  • Sarah Says:

    Oh my gosh, he is adorable! Congratulations!!!
    Not only is he pink and perfect and darling, but you can tell from his features that when he is 45 he is going to be one good looking dude!
    And I mean that in a totally non-creepy way.
    Welcome Hank!

  • The Fishmonger Says:

    Congrats from a longtime lurker! Enjoy trying to figure out who’s training whom.

  • LetterB Says:

    Delurking to offer a hearty congratulations! Welcome, baby Hank. So excited for you both.

  • alissa Says:

    He is beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Anne Says:

    I’ve been hounding MightyGirl for a couple weeks now waiting for the big day…congratulations! I got choked up seeing Hank’s beautiful shiny pink self. I’m so glad all went well and that the Masons are healthy and happy.

  • dunsany Says:

    My eyes are tearing up. It must be dusty in here.


  • Bani Says:

    Aaawwww look at the babba! He’s very very adorable! Be sure to tell us all later what “a really good labour” entails more precisely… :P Blow him a little bellyfart from me.

  • CHIRKY Says:

    A tiny, tiny pink baby! Welcome, Hank! (Am I getting ahead of myself by wondering when he’ll have his own website?)

    (Okay, yes. That WAS a bit overboard.)

  • Tammy Says:

    Congratulations. He’s absolutely gorgeous. And I love the name Henry. As the mom to a Sam, I’m a big fan of the old-tymey names.

    Have decided I would fight a bear for this child. A bear with a gun.

    This made me laugh out loud. On the third night after Sam was born, I was lying in bed and watching him sleep in my arms (FYI, you’ll never spend as much time just staring at another human being as you you will at your children), and I had this sudden crazy hormonal surge of maternal protectiveness that made me feel absolutely ferocious and reduced me to tears at the same time. I still get weepy when I think about it. Such as right now.

    P.S. This crazy protectiveness doesn’t go away, but you eventually get a slightly better handle on it. At first, though, you’re all Drew Barrymore from the beginning of Firestarter. But I digress. Mazel tov!

  • Katherine Says:

    Oh that? Was my ovaries exploding. Sorry. He’s just so cute, I can’t even stand it. Congratulations, Mighty Girl!

  • Jane Says:

    Congratulations! Now you can start on your list of reasons that having a baby doesn’t suck. ;)

  • Swankette Says:

    Congratulations to the Mighty Family!

  • SparklieSunShine Says:

    WoooHooo! Congratulations on your adorable new baby. Can’t wait to hear your new insights.

  • Emily Says:

    He is perfection.

  • Starshine Says:

    What a precious little nugget of joy! Congratulations to you, Maggie, and welcome to our world, little Hank!

  • Anja Says:

    Oh, he’s beautiful. He looks Mighty indeed. Congratulations!

  • Hannah Says:

    He’s gorgeous, and Henry is an excellent name. Congratulations!

  • Macy Grace Says:

    Sweet baby. Congratulations.

  • The Doc Says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby!

  • Dmom Says:

    Congratulations!!! He’s the cutest little baby boy I’ve ever seen that is for sure (I can say that because I don’t have a boy..{;o))

    Sleep when baby sleeps…seriously!

    “May your moons always be full,
    your starts always be bright,
    may your home be FILLED with laughter
    and your steps always be light!!”

  • Kristen Says:

    Maggie, I had Nathan on the 11th too!!!! Congrats with Hank.

  • jr Says:

    I’m a daily lurker on your site (I started visiting a while ago when I saw you mentioned on Heather[dooce]’s site), and just wanted to wish you a huge “Congratulations!!” Being a momma ROCKS! Have fun! :)

  • Brenda Says:

    Congrats! He is indeed very pink.

    If little Hank could sing, I bet he’d sing this:

    http://www.jonathancoulton.com/mp3/I'm a Mason Now.mp3

  • apostol apostolopoulos Says:

    Much happiness to you and your new family Maggie, and THANK YOU for sharing this experience with all of us.

  • Stephanie Says:

    Congratulations to you and Bryan, Maggie! He is indeed beautiful and I wish you and your new family the greatest happiness.
    Best wishes!

  • Alison Says:

    Congratulations to all three of you! Pink delicious baby!!

  • JC Says:

    Congratulations, Mason family! I’m single, not even dating, and Henry Martin is the name I have picked out for my own future little man. Henry just because I love the name, and Martin for my grandpa. Glad to see the names work together someplace other than in my own head. He’s beautiful, Maggie. Best wishes to all of you.

  • raych Says:

    stopped by for the first time (though i’ve heard of you often) and saw the picture of your baby, thought the ‘henry…originally uploaded by maggie’ was a clever pun about how you ‘uploaded’ him into the world. kept perusing your posts, found other pictures with similar labels that blew my pun theory out of the water. found other things to laugh at here that didn’t make me question that last martini (or 3).

  • Dan Says:

    Congratulations Maggie and Bryan. Hank is a doll. I’m very happy for you both.

  • Mick Says:

    Congrats to the both of you! What an adorable little guy! ::sighs:: Aren’t baby toes just the cutest things on the planet? They are like puppies wrapped in giggles with baby ducks on top.

  • Jeni A-W Says:

    Congratulations M & B! He is just beautiful! Welcome to this world Hank we’ve been waiting for you!

  • Nienuh Says:

    Whow, what a beautiful boy! Congratulations!

  • Auntie Raina Says:

    What??!!?!! It’s a good thing I just happened to go on your blog or I might NEVER have found out! I thought I was on your “call list”! He is absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to meet little Hank! Much love to the three of you!

  • Mary Tsao Says:

    A belated congratulations! Glad to hear your L&D went smoothly. Good luck with breastfeeding, sleeping, adjusting, and all of that good stuff. Let the fun begin.

    I think you’ll find that exploring The City with baby (then toddler) in tow will introduce you to all kinds of things you never before knew existed. e.g., The new Westfield mall has a great family room for breastfeeding and/or relaxing with a whole row of changing tables and dads are okay to be in there, too. Just a tip!

    Have fun!

  • Jen W. Says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever commented, but I have read your site for awhile. Just wanted to say congratulations on Henry. He’s very cute!

  • Mrs. Wooden Nickels Says:


  • Britgirl Says:

    Love your blog and sites, wanted to send my congrats on Henrys arrivial. hes just ADORABLE! May he sleep soundly for you tonight;)

  • Anne Says:

    congratulations! :)

  • megan Says:

    A pink baby, a good labor, that’s great news. Congratulations from a complete stranger. :-)

  • Charmaine Says:

    He looks beautiful. Congrats to all of you.

  • Cathy Says:

    I have been lurking for awhile on your site (came over from Mighty Goods). I wanted to say congratulations to you and your husband on your beautiful baby boy. You definitely made pregnancy seem less frightening (I don’t have any kids yet). Thanks!

  • Danielle Says:

    De-lurking here. Congratulations on your beautiful child! Ahh, I can’t stand it I want another one! Hank. LOVE IT! Exclamation points galore from the east coast!

  • tomthumb Says:

    Spontaneous smiling verging on tears over here; who knows why, but I feel very happy for your family

  • Kate Says:

    He’s adorable! Congrats on the birth of Mighty Baby!

  • Katie Says:

    Look at how precious! Congratulations Mommy!

  • Kathy Says:

    Mazel Tov!!! and welcome Henry!

    So where do I send my baby gift?! I’ve looked everywhere for your email address to ask!

  • Shelley Noble Says:

    He’s beautiful. And how wonderful to hear you had a good labor! Many blessings to you and your new little family.

  • laura Says:

    Congratulations! He is so new! A photo to treasure forever. He looks so healthy!

  • ein han Says:

    He’s so cute~~~~~
    Welcome to world, Hank!!!!!
    -from South Korea-

  • amy Says:

    BEST original upload ever! Good job Maggie! Congrats to you both, and welcome Hank.

  • catherine Says:

    well done! :) he’s adorable and precious, congratulations!

  • roxanne Says:

    Congratulations – since I’ve been reading you for years it feel like I know your whole family! Huge hug! Beautiful!!

  • Milinda Says:

    What a beautiful baby you have! Congratulations!

  • Johschmoh Says:

    Welcome, Hank. It’s nice to meet you.

  • KOREAN Says:

    he is cute…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!hello Hank..

    The Japanese people say, 97% of the world map marks’ Sea of Japan ‘ so give up. But Korean people say, 3% of the world map marks ‘ East Sea’so we will start arguing. It doesn’t take even 20 seconds to turn this. Just sacrifice a little time. Let’s show the power of the Korean netizen to Japan

  • Jessica Says:

    Perfection. Congratulations. Hank: Try not to tinkle on mommy and daddy too much. They really love you.

  • Keri Says:

    Delurking to say…Congratulations, Masons! As a fellow San Fran native, that’s for bringing another one to the Bay. It’s a great place to grow up…and what cool ‘rents he will have.