Welcome to the Baby Jungle

We did it. We made a baby. Flint D. Sharpe, born October 28. After the easiest pregnancy and the fastest delivery ever (just over 6 hours, what?!!? My uterus is amazing.) we finally have the baby for whom we’ve waited over two years [ICYMI, read about the depressing Molar Pregnancy of 2012 here].

Flint Hour 1

Hey bro, you pissed?

It’s bananas. After nearly 10 months of being pregnant, you’d think you’d be totally ready for the actual baby. But baby, you ain’t. I still look at him sometimes and think, “That’s my baby? I have a baby? Where’d this baby come from?”. Granted it’s just been ten days. I’m sure I’ll get used to it eventually. Some observations Chris and I have made over the first week:

Your house smells different as soon as you bring a baby into it. Eau de bebe is a mixture of poop and vomit and pee and spoiled milk and when you take all those things together, you’d imagine that your house literally smells like a landfill. But it doesn’t. Not quite. There is a nice, good smell mixed in there, too. Baby breath, maybe. Baby head, definitely. Baby tummy, most definitely.

Dreaming about pooping

Sleep deprivation is a drug. Sleep deprivation mixed with the adrenaline and elation of a brand new baby plus some hospital-grade pain killers will make you feel like you’re on acid for the first few days after you bring baby home. Not like, full-on hallucinations (that would be dangerous) but like the 30 minutes of body-high that you feel before the acid kicks in. It’s kind of awesome, but try not to drive anywhere.

Having a newborn is like having the best/worst 24-hour-slumber party. In a way, it’s kind of fun to be the only ones awake at 3:30 in the morning. In the same way, it is super boring the be the only ones awake at 3:30 in the morning. On one hand, it’s fun to wear your pajamas/yoga pants/bathrobe/tank bra/fuzzy socks all day. On the other hand, all your comfy clothes smell like spit-up. You don’t have to worry about anyone freezing your bra after you go to sleep, but then again, a frozen bra would feel really awesome against your super-sore boobies.



  1. Terry on November 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Congradulations !!!!

    What a cutey pie ! Be proud because you have cause !! Hoot!

    So is he crawling yet…. 😉

    Best Wishes and again Congrats !

  2. FoodJunkie on November 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Congratulations Hilah.

    • Hilah on November 12, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Thank you!

  3. Pancho Solís on November 11, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Oh my dear precious lord, that baby is cute! I just can’t believe you are a mother! Not that I don’t think you can be the best one, but it just happened so fast, right!? I’m incredibly happy for you guys! I’m thrilled that you’re finally sharing some baby moments with us 🙂

    Keep up the motherhood, Hilah! And yay for the quick non-stressful labor 😀
    And YAY for cute little Flint!

    Greetings from the south of the world – Pancho.

    • Hilah on November 12, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Thank you, Pancho! I still find it hard to believe myself. 🙂 But we are getting used to the idea.

  4. Great Stone Face on November 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    We’ve sent congrats & mazel tovs to Chris & you at your other venues, but HilahCooking.com is home, right? So, many, many, congratulations and best wishes from Mrs. GSF and me to Chris and you! We wish all three of you nothing but all the wonderful things that we know will be in your future!

  5. Jan W on November 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Hilah & Chris – Great Job, Flint is a cutie-pattooti! Congratulations and best wishes for the three of you and the puppies.

  6. Linda on November 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

    There are no words…except you have an awesome bebe and you will be amazing parents! Take lots of pictures, they grow up before you know it!

  7. Erin on November 17, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Congratulations! xoxo!

  8. The Other Randy on November 18, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Oh, wow! Flint is only about the third baby that young that I’ve ever seen who is actually cute! Really cute, actually. Sorry, I’m late with the congratulations…a bad cold really knocked me on my ass.

    • Hilah on November 19, 2014 at 8:46 am

      I thought the same thing! 😀 Of course, you never know for real and for true because probably everyone thinks their own baby is THE CUTEST. (But for real, Flint really is!)
      Hope your cold has cleared up, Randy!

  9. Jen on November 20, 2014 at 11:40 am

    He really is super adorable, Hilah, and you look great as well considering I’m sure you are sleep-deprived 24/7! BTW I love the name Flint! Congratulations to you and Chris. 🙂

  10. Glen on November 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Congratulations Hilah!! He’s adorable and I’m so excited for you and your husband! I know that it is challenging to have a newborn but you’ll do super!!

    • Hilah on November 22, 2014 at 7:33 am

      Thank you, Glen! It’s been a joyful experience so far. 🙂

  11. Dennis Sacco on November 25, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Congratulations Hilah to you and your husband

  12. Molly on November 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I am so happy for you Hilah! My boyfriend and I love your show and we use your recipes so much- you are going to be the coolest mom ever. 🙂 I hope you get a lot of sleep!

    • Hilah on November 29, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Thank you, Molly! I wouldn’t say we are getting a lot of sleep, but maybe adequate sleep (as long as we don’t have to operate heavy machinery!)

  13. Darlene on November 29, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Well I noticed the new baby when I moseyed on over to your IG acct.

    Baby and more baby pictures!

    But what are you supposed to do when you are blessed with one as adorable as yours?

    ~darlene 🙂

  14. John Snell on December 25, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Just watched your Christmas video on YouTube, introducing your son and explaining that there may be changes in the wind, because you’ve been doing Hilah Cooking for five years.
    1. I’d hate to see the site go away.
    2. Your son is one handsome little boy and deserves as much of your attention as you can give.
    3. You look tired. But you also look happy, and the hell with what make-up companies say, there is nothing prettier than a happy, fulfilled person.
    So do what you need to do to stay this way. As I said, I love Hilah Cooking, but if doing something else, or being as great a mom as you can, conflicts with it, remember it’s only a cooking show and will never making you as happy as the little man who throws up on your shoulder and pees on you sometimes during diaper changes.

    • Hilah on December 27, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Thank you, John.
      Don’t worry about the site going away, it will always be here. What I continue to do with it might shift, though…
      While we think on it, we sure are enjoying getting thrown up and peed on by this little cutie. 😉

  15. Lee Roy on January 18, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Hilah you have a good looking boy with some good strong lung’s.Hope all goes well with him…..

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