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hello little ruby…







Thanks so much for all your sweet comments the other day on the arrival of our little lady. Many of you have been asking about her name and to see some photos…so I'm so happy to introduce…
Ruby Katherine Cho to you! Ruby has been a name I've loved for a while and Katherine is in honor of a dear friend of mine {and relative of Bob's} who passed away several years ago. She also has Thai and Korean nicknames that her grandparents on each side will call her {ps. it was so fun to see what You Can't Call It It suggested for names}

Ruby arrived last Wednesday, October 12th and was 6 lbs, 11 oz. My labor was surprisingly quick {but far from painless!} as she was quite eager to join the outside world. She's only 5 days old today, and it's crazy how much I could love someone I just met this much. Our lives are forever changed in the most amazing way possible. While I don't always get super personal here, I've been thinking about sharing some of my tips, recommendations, and things I've learned after being pregnant and being a new mom with you all if you're interested in hearing. I'll keep you guys posted on Ruby from time to time as she grows and as we get to know our little lady more and more… โ€” Joy

{photos by Oh Joy}


  1. oh congratulations! I love the name, and you’re right – she’s got some pretty incredible little cheeks to snuggle up to. Congratulations to your budding little family!

  2. I would love to hear tips! I fear the day I have to give birth to a child, so any tips from someone who has been there would be comforting!

  3. Aw congratulations Joy — she is a stunner! And what beautiful names too (my name’s Katherine, so can attest to it being a wonderful name ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. congratulations to you and bob! ruby looks like a little angel, so adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚
    and yes, i would be interested to hear about your experiences when you get a chance. i’m about 12 – 13 weeks along and looking for any pregnancy tips! i already bookmarked the clothing brands you recommended ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Aw congratulations on your beautiful bundle of joy! She’s so precious ๐Ÿ™‚ Would LOVE to hear more of your experience during pregnancy and motherhood (as I’m almost 8.5 months preggo myself).

  6. Oh maaah gaaah! Everything about her is perfect – her hair is even naturally styled! Our daughter (17 months) is named Zoey Katherine. Katherine is a family name on both sides. My husband wouldn’t let me make her middle name Unicorn or Xanadu, so Katherine was obviously the next best choice.
    Advice and tips are always fun and I am sure a lot of mom’s will weigh in in the comments section!
    Enjoy the crap out of her!

  7. So exciting! Ruby is so beautuiful. Enjoy this special time, as mother to a 13 months old, I can tell you that those first few months are so precious and go by so quickly. It’s an exhausting time, but one you’ll cherish.
    I hope you’ll share your experience with us.

  8. Ruby is precious! You and Bob will never be the same! Relax and enjoy every moment because she will grow up fast. My baby is 18 now and it just feels like yesterday that he was little like Ruby!

  9. She’s so beautiful! Congratulations, Joy! I love her name and am so happy to hear your lovely family is doing well. Thanks for sharing. Her little lips and nose are just too cute! xxx

  10. Congratulations! What a beautiful name for a gorgeous little gal. Would love to hear your take on pregnancy and new momhood. Hope you are relishing every moment with your new one!

  11. We wanted to name our baby Ruby if we were having a girl! It’s a beautiful name! I would love to hear tips and such from a new mom since I’m about to become one. Congratulations again, she is beautiful!

  12. Thank you for sharing some pics, what a gorgeous little creature!
    Love the photo with Bob, Ruby’s going to have so much fun being a daddy’s girl!

  13. congradulations! i ve been reading you for a long time but i think i never left you a comment, but I could not pass on this one!
    I wissh her health and happiness in her life!
    And since you are asking, although I’m far from starting my own family i’d love to read your tips and experience here! You can see that since im only commenting now after all the time reading your blog!

  14. Wow, congratulations–she is truly a little beauty!
    I’d love to hear about your pregnancy experience, and any tips & wisdom that you gleaned along the way!

  15. Congratulations, Joy!
    She is so, so beautiful!!!! I’m even more convinced now that super cute pregnancies make beautiful babes!
    And her name is just so perfect– I love that you honored your friend and managed to pick something so perfect for your family’s sense of style! I blog about the intersection of design and names and this one is certainly very pleasing to my need for cohesion!

  16. I know you’ve gotten lots of messages already, but here’s some more love: CONGRATS! Also, as a gal who plans on getting pregnant with my 1st kid next summer, I’d LOVE to hear more about your experience & tips with pregnancy and being a mom ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I am always happy when I see healthy and happy babies, moms and families. Congratulations!
    PS: I have to say that Ruby is one beautiful five day old baby.

  18. Oh my goodness, she’s absolutely gorgeous! What a perfect little bundle. Congrats again, I’m so happy for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. You just grew a new chamber in your heart! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish I were closer so I could stop by and hold your her! :)) Enjoy this time, it’s so fleeting and precious! xoxo

  20. absolutely love the name! (i’m biased on the Katherine since i’m a Kathryn) but it’s awesome you got to name her after someone you both cared so much about! too cute! enjoy every second!

  21. She’s so beautiful and so is her name! Beautiful photos and you look so happy and well rested! I don’t remember being that way! Enjoy!

  22. oh she is so beautiful – congrats to your family ๐Ÿ™‚ I am a new follower, and being Asian (East Indian) I fully get the multiple-(nick)names, it’s the best ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. เธ”เธตเนƒเธˆเธ”เน‰เธงเธขเธ™เธฐเธˆเนŠเธฐ..เธˆเธญเธข

  24. Many congratulations! She is precious. And yes, I am five months pregnant and would love to hear your insights and advice!

  25. Oh my gosh Joy!! She is just so adorable and LOVE the name! Biggest congrats again. And I’d love to hear your tips about what you learned ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Oh my goodness, congratulations!!! She’s sooooo beautiful- and what a pretty name too!
    Also I’d love to hear your tips & thoughts on pregnancy and momhood. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Congratulations!!! She is SO beautiful!!!:D
    And you both look amazing (you have that mom-glow Joy!!)
    Really happy for you!! kisses and all teh best from Portugal and Amsterdam!

  28. She’s so cute and her name is perfect! Love all the pics esp. the one of Ruby and Bob hehe Thanks for sharing your wonderful family with us ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Joy, congratulations!!! She is lovely. And the picture with Ruby and her father, so funny!
    I follow your blog since a long time and there’s nothing I don’t like about it.
    I’d like to tell you also that october 12th is the children’s day here in Brazil (I’m brazilian) . That’s a great day to be born!!!

  30. Joy, Ruby is a “jewel”! What a gorgeous little girl and what a head of hair!! Congratulations to you and Bob!
    I’m years away from having my first child, but I’d love to read about your experience. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  31. ruby is so gorgeous and i love the photos. you look so amazing (seriously, did you JUST give birth? you look so great!) and so happy. beautiful family! CONGRATS all around!

  32. Congratulations! I’ve only recently started following your blog and ever since then, my soon-to-be three year old, Olivienne, and I have been big fans. She especially loves the this & that’s – ‘Same, same Mommy!’ Little Ruby was born on a great day (aha my birthday too!) and we hope you’ll continue to share little updates of her on your site. Thanks again for sharing inspiration and happiness! <3

  33. Love the name Ruby! She is beautiful! I would LOVE to hear your tips and your thoughts on pregnancy and the early stages of motherhood. We’re hoping to start our family soon, so I’m eager to hear about your experience and get some needed advice! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. I like how she’s nestled lovingly on the Philadelphia Eagles logo in the first pic. Ruby must be good luck because they finally won yesterday. Congratulations!

  35. congratulations mama and papa! i am just thrilled for you both and a warm welcome to ruby who is just gorgeous with her head of hair, she doesn’t at all look like a newborn. Enjoy every minute of the newfound bliss, just remember she’ll soon be too big to fall asleep on your chest. Sending sleep vibes your way!

  36. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations!! She is beautiful and I love her name! I’m so happy for you and am looking forward to hearing and seeing more about little Ruby and how she’s already changed you in the most positive ways.

  37. Wonderful! congrats! She’s a beauty. Love the eagles pillow she’s lying on!
    When do we see her room?

  38. I am due December 7th, so if you have ANY helpful advice for a first time mom please post!! Congrats to you and your family!

  39. Congratulations! Ruby Katherine is such a beautiful little girl! I love the names too, and that her middle name has meaning. Looking forward to seeing your tips for the future. (I think Joanna Goddard really balances it well with her Motherhood Mondays ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Congrats to the whole family! She is sweetness all over and I love her name. Ruby was at the top of my list for girl names…but, I ended up having 2 boys. My name is Katherine so I love that as well ๐Ÿ™‚
    Enjoy this time!

  41. Oh my… she is so cute! And you look so good Joy! And Bob… well he looks quite fine also. Can’t wait to hear more about your adorable family! Congrats!

  42. a beautiful name for a beautiful girl! soak up these precious, wonderful moments, especially before you jump back into work — people really aren’t kidding when they say it goes by quick. my little girl just turned 6 months last week and i am just floored at how much has changed in a short period of time! congrats again :)!!

  43. A belated congratulations from me and my family! What a precious time for you guys – cherish every moment. Joy, I think Ruby is probably the most beautiful baby girl I’ve ever laid eyes on. Wow, her eyes are just stunning. I love that first photo. Yes, labour is painful but a beautiful healthy child is totally worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Ronnie xo

  44. Ahhh, she’s beautiful… And what a lovely name! I think tips about pregnancy are a great idea, would love to hear them.
    Enjoy this wonderful time…

  45. I see a lot of Joys beauty and foresee a lot of Bobs humor coming from a little Ruby… haha, she’s adorable! Congrats again to you all!

  46. She is so precious! My little niece Abigail Jeanne was just born two days before Ruby. I’ve totally got baby fever now!
    I love your blog and would definitely like pregnancy tips and anything else you’d like to share.
    Congratulations on your precious baby girl! (And Ruby Katherine is a great name!)

    can you please be one of those moms that posts a bajillion photos of her on your blog? you can create a separate blog if you have to. she is just too darn cute!!!

  48. Oh my God she’s super beautiful!!!!
    (oh I’m moved to tears, but that’s the effect of others’ happiness on me LOL)
    -The Red Dot-

  49. What a lovely name; Ruby! And she is ohh so beautiful! Congratulations! When I read your post it takes me back to the birth of our son! And after 8 weeks he will get a little brother..
    Love your blog; thanks! Greetings from Holland..

  50. Congratulations to the whole Cho family! She looks happy and healthy, which is all anyone wants with babies really. I look forward to seeing her pop-up in future posts!
    Congrats again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Congratulations, Joy! She’s beautiful. My best friend gave birth in late July and named her baby girl Ruby Kathleen. She loved the name Ruby and Kathleen is her mother’s name; sadly, she passed away a couple of years ago. I’m surprised to run across such a similar name, and they were both born with a head full of dark hair, too!

  52. Thank you for sharing the photos and Ruby’s name. What a lucky little girl to be born into such a loving and creative home. I’d love to hear Momma tips and advice. I’m a daily reader and am due this Dec.!

  53. When I think of Ruby, I think of the show, Felicity, which is still my most favorite show. Therefore, I LOVE her name–so simple & precious. I bet you both are so happy she is finally here. Congrats!

  54. She’s so very beautiful. I’d personally love to hear your thoughts on pregnancy and mommy hood as I’ll be having my first in April. You always have such wonderful ideas and opinions that I can imagine that everyone would love to hear your personal tips. Congratulations and enjoy!!

  55. These are the best photos – those lips! Hope you are spending lots of time in bed cuddling and eating all the yummy food you want. Congratulations xoxo

  56. She is just perfect and isn’t that wild the intense LOVE you feel the second you see your child…it’s like nothing else in the world! Welcome to the club Joy! Congratulations to the whole family!

  57. Shoot, that’s a cute kid ๐Ÿ™‚ Many hooray’s for you and your family!! PS – Ruby is an ADORABLE and classic name! Good choice ๐Ÿ™‚
    Kristina Gulino

  58. Just catching up on my blog reading… congratulations on your beautiful daughter! I hope you and Bob are getting some zzzz’s in between the feedings and cuddles. I was there 8 months ago, so I know. Enjoy the journey!

  59. Congratulations on little Ruby! I’d definitely be interested in hearing your take on things. I’m due next week and have been following along with your pregnancy, so the fact that your baby is here is a reality check for me!

  60. Congratulations!!! She is so adorable. Enjoy her!
    We just had a little one and he is growing so fast. He is now 6 months and so much bigger. You’ll be surprised how the newborn stage goes in a blink of an eye. So make sure you put on the outfits you want on her before she grows out of them. LOL. Can’t wait for your tips. Here are a tip, I’d love to share: I love the Safety1st nail filer. So much easier than nail clippers or needing teeny tiny bandaids. ;D I just file his nails while I nurse him with boppy pillow of course. So happy for you guys!

  61. Oh my word – she is gorgeous! Such a beautiful little girl – Ruby! I’ve loved following your tips and cravings throughout your pregnancy – and I was following them even before I got pregnant! Can’t wait to hear the advice and tips you have as new mom! Congrats!!!

  62. I haven’t been keeping up in blogland lately but was just on pintrest and saw a Lin from you and thought “oh my goodness I bet my had her baby” so I rushed to your blog to see and you did!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ so exciting!!! Big congrats! I know you don’t kow who I am and I don’t comment much but I really admire you and I am so happy for you! Best wishes on your new journey, mommy hood!!!! Xoxo FC

  63. Little Ruby is absolutely adorable! October 12 is a special day around our house as well since both of my girls were born on October 12…just 4 years apart. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Congrats to both of you and enjoy that little cutie!

  64. oh, congratulations!!! she is such a beautiful little girl. on the day your lovely gal was born, we were celebrating the birth of my daughter 18 years ago. she also shares her oct 12 birthday with her grandfather. what a great day to be born!
    all the best to you

  65. Ohh she’s just precious! congratulations!!
    reading your post gave me goose bumps, and immediately reminded me when I just had my now two year old boy… those first days of pure and blissful connection… to hold them and love them like you never thought you were capable of…
    Ohh.. enjoy every second.. you know what the best part of this is? this HAPPINESS AND LOVE NEVER STOPS!! IT ONLY GROWS MORE AND MORE!!
    Can you believe it?..

  66. Congrats! She’s beautiful. Love the name ๐Ÿ™‚
    would love to hear about your tips and tricks. All the best to you and your family!

  67. Joy , I can’t get over how precious she is! What a beautiful name too!
    Welcome to the wonderful world of motherhood! I can only imagine how much fun this little girl will have growing up in such an artistic family! ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. Oh my goodness she’s adorable! Congratulations to both of you and I hope you have an amazing life with little Ruby together ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Hi Everyone,
    Thanks so much for all your sweet messages and wishes! Ive read every single one of your comments and truly appreciate them all.

  70. Wow! That is an adorable baby! She looks so serene. I hope you are doing well, and getting rest. Congratulations to your family!

  71. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! Congrats to you and Bob! I’ve been following your blog for a while and it’s been so fun to see your pics and follow you through this. What a doll!

  72. Ruby is SO darling it hurts! Somehow I knew that being absent from blog-reading for a few days I would miss something big – did I EVER! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats Joy and Bob – she is PERFECT! And yes please to sharing tips – I am 4.5 months along with my first and would love any advice you have to share!

  73. Oh Ruby! So sweet. Congratulations. This is the most important and best job ever. Enjoy every second. Please do post about motherhood!

  74. the biggest congratulations for your new bundle of joy, Joy! (tee-hee) ๐Ÿ™‚ she is perfect and you and your hubs must be on cloud 9. wishing you nothing but love as a new mommy and a new family.

  75. Oh Joy! I’m so thrilled for you! I’ve been on vacation and am totally late to the news of your latest addition to the family. Your little girl is adorable! Congratulations and best wishes new mommy, daddy, and baby!

  76. Congratulations! She is perfect. i was born on Oct 12th as well! I feel already bit connected with ruby! Tak care of yourself.

  77. Oh my, I can’t believe I missed this! I didn’t realize you had her already. We had our daughters about the same time! Congratulations, she is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Aya โ™ฅ Strawberry Koi

  78. Ohh! What a truly beautiful baby! Completely precious. And you and your hubby look so sweet and happy! Enjoy your time getting settled as a family of three.

  79. OMG JOY you’re daughter, Ruby, is GORGEOUS!!!!! I’m just catching up on your blog and can’t believe she’s here already. She’s sooooo adorable!! congratulations!!!

  80. What brand of onesie are these? I’m a few months away from my first baby, and like the look of these soft whites which is what we want to put our little lady in during her first week. All the ones I have seen so far don’t look too soft.


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