Mr. Frugalwoods and I are beyond thrilled to announce that our daughter Babywoods was born healthy and happy on Monday, November 30; clocking in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces and 19.5 inches long.

Mr. FW, Babywoods, and I are all doing well and are simply delighted to share this news with you all. Many thanks for your outpouring of good wishes and kind words–we greatly appreciate all of your support!

While we’re acclimating to the rigors–and joys–of parenthood, I have a slate of delightful guest posts lined up for your reading pleasure here on Frugalwoods.

The personal finance community came out in force to support Mr. FW and me during this time of great sleep-deprivedness and sheer jubilation, for which I’m tremendously grateful. You’ll be hearing from the likes of 1500 Days to Freedom, Root of Good, Budget Blonde… and many more of my personal finance and financial independence favorites!

Fear not, I’ll check-in with Babywoods updates periodically, but Mr. FW and I plan to take this time as a true parental leave in order to bond with our daughter and get our bearings in this new iteration of our lives.

So, please excuse our period of silence from email, social media, and the blog. But don’t worry, we’ll be back soon enough. I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and I can’t wait to share our stories (and mishaps) of frugal parenting!

Cheers and love,

Mr. & Mrs. Frugalwoods, Frugal Hound, and Babywoods!

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  1. Oh I’m SOOOOO glad everything turned out well for you. I remember my first born little girl. I truly thought she was the cutest baby ever birthed. I had three boys after that but oh that first born! You’ll be such fabulous parents with all the wisdom you’ve gained getting on the frugal bandwagon. Thanks for sharing your news!

  2. So beautiful! Congratulations. Thank you for sharing the joyful news and pic! We’re all rooting for your new little family. 🙂 Don’t worry if there’s moments you think “why did we do this again?”, lol, we all do. See you in a few weeks!

  3. Wonderful!! What a blessing!!! So happy for you!!!! Now quit reading this comment and go, go! Go be with your daughter and ignore us. We’ll just be over here ooing and aahing over here sweet picture. : D

  4. She is adorable! Can’t wait to hear of your experiences, my son turned 22 Nov 17, your pregnancy has brought back fond memories!!! Best of luck, I know you and Mr. FW will be fine parents.

  5. Congrats, I had my first baby girl on November 30th….1981 though. She will be an easy and delightful girl for sure.

  6. Congratulations to all of you! She is just adorable! I am so thrilled that you are all happy and healthy. Both of you enjoy your leave time doting on your beautiful daughter.

  7. CONGRATULATIONS! Get some sleep whenever you can, everytime the baby naps, it ‘s good parenting. She’s beautiful. Hope Frugalhound doesn’t get too jealous.

  8. YAY! Congratulations! I’m so glad to hear you’re all doing well. I hope Babywoods is prepared for her rockstar status, she is going to be the new darling of the personal finance community! Enjoy your time together, what a wonderful gift to celebrate this holiday season!

  9. Hey Frugal Hound – They still love you! Trust me. They have enough love and will find that it only increases each day!

  10. Congratulations to you both! Enjoy your time with your little one and get back to the rest of us when you feel less tired (that will be when she is about 35!!!!!!!).

  11. Yay!!!
    Welcome to the World wee Babywoods <3

    Thank you for letting us know y'all are doing well. Enjoy your time together. We'll all be here when you come back.
    Huggles and Best Wishes from Australia xx

  12. As the mother of a son (now 14) I still call my “miracle baby” because he came to me after infertility treatments, I know how blessed you are. Mazel Tov!

  13. Congrats to your beautiful babygirl, have found your blog a couple of weeks ago and have been checking twice daily for the good news! Now you deserve a rest and so I am wishing you a good time and a wonderful Xmas.

  14. Congratulations on your beautiful daughter! She will indeed be a blessing to you both. Enjoy this season in life as it does indeed pass quickly.

    Mom of 2, Nana of 2 from Lakeville, MA

  15. Congratulations! Parenting is such a joy (once you get past those sleepless nights!). I’m excited to read about your adventures in frugal parenting… I’ll need some advice!

  16. Congratulations! Wishing all the best for a smooth transition. Enjoy your family time. So cliche, but it really does go so fast.

  17. Congratulations!!!! I am so happy to hear your news! And good on you both for taking time off to be with Babywoods.

  18. Congratulations on your lovely little daughter! Take the time to cherish her, and relish these hours because she will change ,grow and learn so fast. (From a mom of a n 18, 21, 24 and a son in law who wonders what happened?).

  19. Congratulations! She looks absolutely gorgeous – and what a wonderful idea, to have guest posts, and that *sort* of guest posting, lined up to keep things going.

    Have a wonderful parental leave 🙂

  20. She’s here! I’m so thrilled for all of you and will be looking forward to new posts after your very wise and loving decision to take a break from cyber world. I feel like a new great grandma (I’m 80) – love and hugs!

  21. Yeah!!! Thrilled that she made a safe arrival.
    I personally think November 30th is the best birthday (ahem, it might also be my birthday!)
    Enjoy this time with your beautiful girl!

  22. Look at that squishy little face. Congratulations to the Frugalwoods family!
    And make sure you’re paying attention to Frugal Hound–pets often get ignored when a baby arrives and if it’s used to being the center of attention there could be trouble (gives virtual skritches to the Hound).

  23. Congratulations and well done! Monday’s child is meant to be fair of face… my own Monday child, now 9 definitely fits that description! I have been – this is actually quite tragic – stalking to hear the news and I’m so glad she didn’t go way overdue and make you lose your mind (ask me how I know about this…). You are at the start of a real rollercoaster and should feel no guilt about switching off completely from us lot and just focusing on your little family (including Frugalhound, who is of course your first child, your fur child, precious thing). When you feel exhausted and worn out, just remember it absolutely 100% does get easier and better and colic / random screaming / no sleep / whatever passes in the twinkling of an inkling. All the best xxxx

  24. Congratulations to both of you. What a beautiful gift! Enjoy your time off, don’t even think of touching that keyboard. Everyone in your community is so very very happy for you both, and Frugalhound as well. Keep an eye out for jealousy there! Enjoy!

  25. If ever she gets cranky, sing to her – especially with her ear on your chest. Just a low, murmuring
    singing sound. Really comfortss them. Congrats!

  26. Congratulations! My wife and I are expecting in May and I’m excited and terrified all at the same time. Enjoy your new addition!

  27. Congratulations on your sweet baby girl! Love the miracle of children! And can’t wait to hear of your continued frugal family adventures!

  28. Congratulations! She is beautiful! I’m thrilled that she’s here. Take all the rest you need. Adding a new family member is no small thing. I’m kind of addicted to your blog and looking forward to the guest posts and upcoming baby posts! 😉

  29. I am SO Thrilled!!! I will be able to remember her birthday because it’s the day after mine. She is BEAUTIFUl !! Thank you Jesus for this adorable blessing !!!

  30. Yay Mrs Frugalwoods! It is a massive job to make a whole baby and I can see you are excellent at this. I wish for you and little Miss FW the gift of sleep as she adjusts to life on the outside and you rest and restore yourself for the job ahead. Mr FW, it’s time for you to spoil your beautiful wife as she performs yet another miracle and provides for the nourishment of little Miss FW. Felicitations to all! Life is good, isn’t it, Frugal Hound?

  31. Congratulations, Best Wishes, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the Frugal Family. I love you blog and she is beautiful!

  32. Such wonderful news -(and such a cutie, too!)
    I’m really happy for the whole frugalwoods family.


  33. A very warm welcome to the beautiful Babywoods! And a heartfelt congratulations to the Frugalwoods about whom I have a good feeling will be great parents! Enjoy the time while you have it!

  34. Yea. Congr8ts. Your sharing has brought back many memories for me as son 40+ .No grand babies. So your sharing is really joyous for me. Its my bday today so what a nice surprise! God bless your little family.

  35. Oh so sweet, congratulations and what a blessed way to spend Christmas! Enjoy this special bonding holiday time!

  36. How cute! She is beautiful. Just remember tempest fuget aka time flies and my Latin spelling leaves a lot to be desired. Congrats and I am sorry. It is worth it and breast milk is soooo affordable aka free and cheap.

  37. Can’t tell if she takes after mom or dad – HA – but this is certainly GREAT news!
    She will live in interesting (and frugal) times!
    Best to all including Frugalhound.

  38. welcome to the world, beautiful baby girl! such a wonderful life awaits you….congratulations mom and dad???? now everyone get some sleep!

  39. Congratulations and welcome to the world Babywoods. Mr & Mrs FW don’t you worry one bit! everyone will be here when you are ready to resume blogging. You’ll never get these first days back, along with all the other first that you will be experiencing. Happy Holiday Wishes & Paws up to a job well done 🙂

  40. Congratulations!! I am so excited for you…I have been checking every day to see if she is here yet! She is beautiful. Enjoy this precious time with your little one!

  41. Oh so many warm wishes for you, congrats on the safe and healthy arrival of Babywoods. She is stunning. I’m a long time reader, first time poster, and I’ve been stalking your FB to check on her arrival too (all the way from remote Australia). Enjoy your newborn- it’s a well worn cliché but it’s true- time flies when they’re little xx

  42. Congratulations on your growing family. This is beyond exciting news and hope you are enjoying every second bonding with your little one.

  43. I’ve been a faithful reader for many months.

    Congrats on the new baby, and thank you for many helpful posts that have made a great difference in my own life and how I live it.

  44. That day will be etched in your memory, as is the day my oldest daughter was born 27 years ago. Congratulations and enjoy her. And try to relax!

  45. OMG, she is an absolute little angel. Blessings to you both and a swift recovery for you. You are going to be great parrents! Hugs~~tdc

  46. She’s gorgeous! Well done. It goes so quickly- especially these early days, enjoy it.
    My baby is twenty now and still the best thing in my life : )

  47. So happy to finally see Babywoods!!! Big congratulations and good luck as you guys embark on this wild chapter in your lives – parenthood! I will miss your posts dearly but shall remain patient and wait for your return to the blog for stories. In the meanwhile, savor every moment (good and not-go-good) of this exciting time. Happy holidays to everyone in your family! 😀

  48. Congratulations! Remember to take time for yourselves as hard as that is with a newborn – it’s still so important! Even 5 minutes alone to enjoy a hot cup of coffee/tea is worthwhile!
    Enjoy your time off, and I look forward to reading more of your adventures when you return!

  49. God bless all of you on your frugal journey together-she is beautiful, I never expected to see her face-so glad we are able to.

  50. Congrats… there are no words for such a gift.

    My son was born this past January and the year I’ve just had was unlike any I would have expected. What you want out of life just seems to crystallize when you’ve got someone looking up to you for support.

    Enjoy your time with Babywoods, it truly flies.

    – Rick from GRB

  51. Many congratulations to your whole family! What a beautiful life changing event. Enjoy the time with your most important people in the world, including the furry one….

  52. Congratulations! She is perfect and is very blessed to have such clever, caring and financially responsible parents who will secure a life full of love. Enjoy this wonderful time!

  53. Congratulations! What a gorgeous wee thing Babywoods is!
    I’m a new reader here, loving your blog (and in particular your polite, pleasant replies to comments).
    My little girl was born on the 12th November – very close in age!

  54. Hello! I really enjoy your blog! I am hoping that you will make a post about the cost of childcare. In my experience, the cost of daycare is by far the greatest cost involved in being working parents. You can avoid if you have amazingly available grandparents, but those are hard to find. I would love to hear about your exploration of this topic!

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