Welcome, James!

Dear readers,

Please allow me to introduce a very special little man.

James John Adam Bowes.

James joined our family on Wednesday, November 14th at 12:50 in the morning, weighing 6 pounds and measuring 19 ½ inches. We are thankful for him and for how smoothly everything went. Okay, laboring for twenty-two hours and getting an epidural weren’t fun (I think I may have been the nurse anesthetist’s very first patient, argh…) but everything else was textbook perfect. We are also very thankful for your friendship and kind comments and emails along the way and as we welcomed our little bundle of joy.


Coming up with a name wasn’t easy. Had it been a girl I could have come up with a long list of names I liked but for a boy I was pretty uninspired. John and I wanted a name that we both liked, and frankly there weren’t that many. At the end, it was between James and William by a very close margin. For the middle name John had his heart set on naming his son after himself. I, on the other hand, liked the name Adam. I have always liked that name, and besides, I wanted a middle name that is also used in Morocco, a name that my family could easily pronounce. I had tried practicing James with my mom a couple of times over the phone but she just couldn’t say it right. It was something between Gems and Jams. I think she would have much preferred a name she could relate to. The only James she has ever heard of is probably from the James Bond movies, which I suspect weren’t her cup of tea. So, we decided to give our baby two middle names. We weren’t trying to be trendy or anything but I have to say the long name looked quite snazzy on the birth certificate application.



Big sister Maya is very happy. She is being a wonderful little helper and wants to feed, change and hold him all the time.

Papa John is very happy too. This is his first time. Nothing is sexier than a man with children. John has just gotten sexier, all thanks to me!

As for me…

As for me, dear reader, I am very happy with my little man. I didn’t know what I would do with a boy but I’m liking him so far. He’s sweet, wrinkly, proud and feisty. He has long, beautiful pianist hands and the wise gaze of somebody who knows it all. He grabs on to me like I am the most important person in the world. He doesn’t even seem to mind my raspy singing voice. I think he and I will get along.



Thank you so much for reading our birth story. It’s always a pleasure having you around.

Have a wonderful, wonderful Thanksgiving!




50 Responses to “Welcome, James!”

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    Susan — 11/20/2012 @ 5:11 pm

    So very previous. Thank you for sharing your story and many blessings to all of you.

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:36 am

      Thank you, Susan!

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    Monique — 11/20/2012 @ 5:32 pm

    Congratulations:-) What a beautiful beautiful boy..He really is:-)
    God bless you all:-)

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:36 am

      Merci. :)

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    Christine — 11/20/2012 @ 5:55 pm

    Congratulations on the birth of your new baby James! (My newest grandson, born Oct. 9th, is also named James.)
    Happy, happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Nisrine.

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:37 am

      Thank you! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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    Annette — 11/20/2012 @ 6:51 pm

    He is beautiful, and has so much hair! Congratulations :)

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:37 am

      Thank you! He does and it’s as dark as mine! :)

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    Christine — 11/21/2012 @ 3:19 am

    Congrats! Welcome to James into this world. Wishing lots of happiness with him.

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:38 am

      Thank you so much, Christine!

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    Sue — 11/21/2012 @ 6:28 am

    Welcome James! You are lucky to have such a loving and talented mother to watch over you.

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:38 am

      You’re very kind. Thank you!

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    modestgirl — 11/21/2012 @ 7:07 am

    Congratulations on your first bundle of joy! Mashah Allah, he’s so cute! May he have a happy & healthy life Inshah Allah!

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:38 am

      Thank you so much!

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    sandra axelrod — 11/21/2012 @ 8:01 am

    James John Adam is just gorgeous! What a wonderful Thanksgiving this is. Enjoy every moment.

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:39 am

      Thank you, Sandra!

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    Oriane — 11/21/2012 @ 8:12 am

    Bienvenue James John Adam! Félicitations Nisrine et John!

    What a beautiful baby, love the little toes and beautiful fingers, it is a small miracle isn’t it.

    I wish you all much happiness and thank you Nisrine for sharing this special time with us.

    Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving.

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:40 am

      Merci Oriane. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful! Best wishes to you!

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    Fiona — 11/21/2012 @ 9:26 am

    Congratulations, thank you for sharing your beautiful journey <3

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:40 am

      Thank you, Fiona.

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    Paula — 11/21/2012 @ 11:13 am

    What a great prelude to this year’s thanksgiving. Congratulations! Just loved your post; thank you for sharing the news. I absolutely adore James Adam.

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:42 am

      Thanksgiving was special this year. Thanks, Paula!

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    Emily — 11/21/2012 @ 1:07 pm

    Congratulations, he’s darling! I’m expecting a little boy in Feb and this made me tear up!

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:43 am

      Thank you. Good luck to you and your little boy! :)

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    Gaz — 11/21/2012 @ 5:01 pm

    Félicitations Nisrine on your beautiful baby boy!

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:43 am

      Thank you, Gaz!

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    Eha — 11/21/2012 @ 7:32 pm

    ‘Kasva tragidalt väike härra’: am truly smiling Mother dear! Oh, have not been rude: in my birth country of Estonia this would mean ‘Grow sturdy little Milord’!. Yup, pianist’s fingers for sure, dear Nisrine – God bless and have fun ;) !

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:44 am

      I love the Estonian blessing. Thank you so much!

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    Milly — 11/21/2012 @ 8:57 pm

    Congratulations to all of you, Nisrine! He is gorgeous. Enjoy every minute–they grow up so fast. And what a beautiful name. Blessings to you all.

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:44 am

      Thank you Milly. I’m hugging and kissing as much as I can.

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    Samawi — 11/22/2012 @ 2:54 pm

    mashaAllah he is so beautiful. inshaAllah yatrabba bi izzkum. (-: God bless and protect him and give you all the grace to guide and carry your expanded family forward with beauty and joy.

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:46 am

      Thank you so much, Samawi. Good wishes to you and yours as well!

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    Dana — 11/22/2012 @ 10:09 pm

    This is such a lovely post commemorating your beautiful new son. Congratulations!

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:47 am

      Thank you, Dana!

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    Lana — 11/23/2012 @ 3:30 pm

    This is a beautiful post and your little man is lovely! I chuckled when I read that you did not know what to do with a boy – I have three girls and know exactly how you felt.
    Congratulations! Enjoy each other!

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:47 am

      Thank you, Lana. You realize quickly that little boys are just as wonderful as little girls. :)

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    Jane — 11/23/2012 @ 3:49 pm

    Warmest congratulations on the birth of your baby boy. He is adorable. What a lovely present to receive just prior to Thanksgiving!

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:49 am

      Thank you, Jane. I’m extra thankful this year.

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    Leah — 11/23/2012 @ 4:33 pm

    Congratulations Nisrine! What a handsome little boy :)

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:49 am

      Thank you, Leah!

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    Cara — 11/25/2012 @ 8:28 am

    Oh Nisrine, I am so happy for you! Congrats, he is just perfect!

    • Nisrine replied: — November 26th, 2012 @ 9:49 am

      Thanks, Cara. :)

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    Sues — 11/27/2012 @ 1:19 pm

    How absolutely adorable! Congratulations :)

    • Nisrine replied: — November 28th, 2012 @ 9:12 am

      Thank you!

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    Eileen — 11/28/2012 @ 6:42 am

    Congratulations and God bless baby James!! Although we don’t know each other personally, I feel as if you are one of my closest friends. I love your blog and all of your fabulous recipes. All my best to you and your family!!! You truely will have a wonderful holdiay season!!


    Eileen in New Jersey

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    Nisrine — 11/28/2012 @ 9:13 am

    Thank you so much, Eileen. Honored that you think of me as a friend.

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    Roxana & Caitlinn — 11/29/2012 @ 8:15 pm

    Congratulations!! He is so adorable!! We miss you! Glad everything went well!!! God bless you!

    • Nisrine replied: — November 30th, 2012 @ 11:49 am

      Hey you two…Good to hear from you. I hope all is well!!
      Thanks! :)

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    Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice — 12/01/2012 @ 11:37 pm

    Smallah! He’s beautiful. Congratulations! I like the double middle name too, and chuckled a bit when you explained how your mother said James… I know that we’ll have this problem when my husband and I eventually have kids, finding names that our Australian, American and Arab sides can all pronounce! :)

    Hope you are resting up, happy and healthy. Cheers to the baby boy.

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    Nisrine — 12/03/2012 @ 12:33 pm

    Shoukran, Yasmeen.

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