Baby Girl Lyker arrives

As my sister posted in the comments yesterday… the baby is here!

Maggie Elise

Margaret Elise Lyker – we’ll be calling her Maggie. 6lbs 11oz, 19 1/4 inches long, born 12:42pm on March 28, 2007.

We’re in love. And tired. And happy. And overwhelmed. And it’s fantastic.

I’ll post more later, of course. There are some fun twists and turns in the birth story, which I’ll probably need several sittings and days to write out and record for history’s sake :)

Until then: Try not to say ‘AWWWWWW!’ to this one. Just TRY.

Maggie and Daddy


  1. Laura

    March 30, 2007 9:28 pm

    I’m so excited for you! Congratulations Jen and family!!

  2. Priscilla

    March 30, 2007 9:32 pm

    Congrats Jen! I am so happy for you guys, she’s beautiful. The name is adorable too!!
    Have fun and take it easy!

  3. Corrie

    March 30, 2007 10:04 pm

    Congratulations to you guys! She is beautiful and that is really, really a pretty name. Get some sleep and have fun!

  4. mel

    March 30, 2007 11:05 pm

    oh, i absolutely love that name. it’s on my baby name list, too…it was my greatgrandmothers name. she is sooo precious. :) get lots of sleep! :)

  5. megan

    March 30, 2007 11:09 pm

    I’ve already commented on flickr, but let me say it again – congratulations! and I love the name maggie, it’s actually one I have hidden away on my list of names, too.

    I have been reading your website for years and years now – I’ve seen you and Dan dating, graduating, getting married and now you have a baby! How weird and cool is the internet? :-D

  6. elisabeth

    March 30, 2007 11:12 pm

    Congratulations, Jen! Like Megan I’ve been reading your blog for years (seriously, like eight, maybe?) so I feel as happy for you as I would be for any of my “real life” friends!

  7. elisabeth

    March 30, 2007 11:15 pm

    I just realized you categorized this post as ‘motherhood’. The very first one! *sniffle*

  8. hoya_saxa08

    March 30, 2007 11:26 pm

    Congratulations, Jen and family! :)

  9. Dreama

    March 30, 2007 11:43 pm

    Congratulations! This is wonderful, she’s a lovely girl with a great name. :D

  10. Gina

    March 31, 2007 12:13 am

    omg omg omg! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! She’s gorgeous! I saw the pic before I saw the post title and thought it was someone elses baby because I didn’t think you would have gone into labor yet….yay! congrats! :-)

  11. Steph

    March 31, 2007 2:43 am

    My heart is fluttering – I’m SO happy for you. :)

  12. Stefanie

    March 31, 2007 3:33 am

    Congratulations!!!! I am so happy for you!!

  13. Sarah

    March 31, 2007 4:10 am

    Congratulations! She’s a cutie. :)

  14. michelle

    March 31, 2007 4:30 am

    Congratulations!!! Little Maggie is beautiful, so is the name. Can’t wait for your birth story and all the details. ;-)

  15. Melissa

    March 31, 2007 10:07 am

    OK, now I’m all weepy and wanting another baby.

    Many blessings to the three of you. Enjoy this “babymoon” time, it goes by so fast. :)

  16. Teresa

    March 31, 2007 1:52 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhh Congratulations, she is such a precious little angel!!! :D

    What a beautiful name too! :)

  17. Claire

    March 31, 2007 2:05 pm

    Congratulations! Like Megan and Elisabeth, I’ve been reading your site for many years – it is wonderful how strange the internet is and how happy you can be for a total stranger! :-)

    Maggie is beautiful! I love the names you have chosen, very pretty… and she is so gorgeous for a new born! I can’t wait to see who she ends up looking like! xxxxxx

  18. Kristin

    March 31, 2007 2:34 pm

    Count me as another one who has been reading your site for years and years, so I do feel like I ‘know’ you and am totally thrilled at your new little bundle of joy.

    She is simply beautiful. Congratulations. The next few weeks are going to continue to be exhausting, overwhelming and amazing.

    Congrats! I can’t wait to see more photos. And congrats to Dan as well for being the supportive, wonderful guy we all know he is. :)

  19. daia

    March 31, 2007 3:20 pm

    Congratulations! She’s an adorable little baby girl! :)

  20. Katie

    March 31, 2007 3:39 pm

    Congratulations!! I am so happy for you and Dan! She is absolutely beautiful :)

  21. mel

    March 31, 2007 3:56 pm

    it’s amazing how many of us have been ‘friends’ with you all this time! :)

  22. Julie

    March 31, 2007 6:16 pm

    Awww! Congratulations! She is so beautiful! I love the name!

  23. Jamie

    March 31, 2007 7:17 pm

    Count me in on the reader for years and years and years. I think Maggie is beautiful and I couldn’t be more happy for you and Dan. You look like a beautiful family!

  24. Shana

    March 31, 2007 9:44 pm

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful. :)

  25. candacen

    March 31, 2007 10:33 pm

    She is gorgeous!! I can’t wait to hear all about it :)

  26. Heather

    April 1, 2007 3:23 am


    Mommyhood is so much fun…even with the lack of sleep!

  27. Pei

    April 1, 2007 10:04 am

    YAYYYYYY!!!!! congratulations to the both of you…she’s beautiful! can’t wait to see more pics soon…it’ll be amazing to watch her growth online, the way i’ve seen your life evolve through the years. i’m getting all sentimental :)

  28. Allison

    April 1, 2007 1:07 pm

    Unlike the rest of them, I’ve only been spying on you for a few months, but still – that’s crazyawesome. Congratulations, SO much! It’s an awesome name you’ve picked out, too, one of my best friends is Elise! :)

  29. Alyson

    April 1, 2007 2:23 pm

    Congrats again! I, too, have been lurking for years and remember the day you were married! Looking froward to watching Maggie grow here, too! :)

  30. Lisanne

    April 1, 2007 7:30 pm

    Hi there, and many congratulations! :) My name is Lisanne, and I came here via Laura’s blog. Your little girl is beautiful! Our daughter was born on Halloween 2006, and her middle name is Elise, too! :) Neat coincidence!

  31. janet

    April 1, 2007 11:13 pm

    I was gone all weekend and came home to this surprising post!!!!! Congratulations. She is beautiful. What a cute little family!

  32. Sunshine

    April 2, 2007 7:44 am

    Congratulations again!

  33. Dana

    April 2, 2007 9:13 am

    yay! congrats to you and your *family* and we can’t wait to hear all about her arrival!! :)

  34. Claudia

    April 2, 2007 4:35 pm

    She looks perfect & beautiful.

  35. Jennifer

    April 2, 2007 8:33 pm

    She’s adorable! Congratulations!

  36. Jenn

    April 2, 2007 9:17 pm

    She is so precious. And Dan looks thrilled (and tired). Congratulations!!!

  37. Gina

    April 3, 2007 4:03 pm

    Jenn, I hope all of you are doing well…and when you have the energy I hope you post a gazillion pictures! :-)

  38. Crissy

    April 4, 2007 2:23 pm

    Such cuteness! I’ve been keeping an eye on the flickr account ;) Congrats!

  39. Kellie

    April 4, 2007 11:19 pm

    Congratulations on your new baby girl Maggie! She’s adorable and I love the name!

  40. Jasmin

    April 5, 2007 1:27 am

    Congratulations and hello Maggie!

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