The Story of Baby Boy Badzin

The story of Baby Boy Badzin is a simple one.
A little boy named Sam loved his sisters, but he asked God every night for another sibling. Then one day his parents told him a baby was coming in November. Sam, certain that his praying had worked, spent the next six months praying for a brother. “Bring home a boy,” Sam said when his parents went to the hospital. And they did. THE END.

If only ALL of our real-life stories could have such happy endings.

I’m so grateful to announce the arrival of Baby Boy Badzin, born on 11/6/11 at 8.3 pounds and 21 inches.

Why doesn’t he have a name yet?! I explain that here.

And did I really let Bryan choose the name? I did.

(Edited to say I’ve been reading the comments! Although I can’t respond like I normally would, I appreciate everyone’s warm wishes. It means a lot!)

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Nina is a columnist at The HerStories Project and a contributing writer at and Her essays have appeared regularly at Brain, Child Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Jewish Daily Forward and have been syndicated in Jewish newspapers across the country. Her short stories have appeared in over a dozen literary magazines, and she loved participating in the 2013 cast of Listen to Your Mother. Nina is a co-founder of The Twin Cities Writing Studio. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and four children.

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55 Responses to The Story of Baby Boy Badzin
  1. Women's Fiction Writer
    November 8, 2011 | 7:05 am

    MAZEL TOV to the whole Badzin bunch!

  2. Maytal Badzin
    November 8, 2011 | 7:11 am

    Mazal Tov! So excited!!

  3. Tanya
    November 8, 2011 | 7:11 am

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a beautiful family you have! <3

    • mommytanya
      November 8, 2011 | 7:46 am

      ^^ that’s me by the way! I was on my phone and too excited and happy for you to wait until I got to a computer to post. Tiny sweetness. Congratulations again. I can’t wait to hear his name. 8 days right?

  4. ThereseWalsh (@ThereseWalsh)
    November 8, 2011 | 7:11 am

    Congratulations, Nina, and to all of your family! Your baby boy shares a birthday with my husband. :-)

  5. Beth
    November 8, 2011 | 7:13 am

    Congratulations, Nina. What a beautiful family. Enjoy every moment.

  6. Jael
    November 8, 2011 | 7:16 am

    Mazel tov!! So happy for you all!

  7. ramblingsfromtheleft
    November 8, 2011 | 7:20 am

    How divine, Nina. Blessings to you and your husband, the three siblings who have waited for their new companion and hello to Baby Boy Badzin :) I know why you have not told us the name yet and I remember the post about naming the newest addition to the Badzin family.

    Mazel tov to all! Let the angels speak to him in dreams and make these wonder days of new life a joy :)

  8. Hilary LeveyFriedman (@hleveyfriedman)
    November 8, 2011 | 7:26 am

    Beautiful! Congrats! 2 of each– and all beautiful and helathy. :-)

  9. erikarobuck
    November 8, 2011 | 7:26 am

    Big, huge congratulations to you and your beautiful family. I can’t wait to hear all about Baby Boy! He’s a lucky little person to be born into your family.

  10. Hannah @A Mother in Israel
    November 8, 2011 | 7:29 am

    Mazal tov!!! May raising him be as simple as his birth. :)

  11. Kim
    November 8, 2011 | 7:34 am

    Congratulations and welcome to Baby Boy Badzin… the answer to a whole lot of prayers indeed.

  12. Alissa
    November 8, 2011 | 7:36 am

    Short, sweet and beautiful story. Love the pics too. So happy for all of you.

  13. Sandy
    November 8, 2011 | 7:37 am

    Love it! Can’t wait to meet him!

  14. erikamarks
    November 8, 2011 | 7:40 am

    Great big cheers and warmest congratulations to you all, Nina! What wonderful news!

  15. Ann
    November 8, 2011 | 7:44 am

    Mazel Tov to you Brian and all your wonderful children.
    She’Tizku legadlo leTorah Chupah ve Maasim Tovim ……… that should be enough for another blog post when you’ve recovered :-)

  16. Tracy Hahn-Burkett
    November 8, 2011 | 7:48 am

    Yay!! Mazel tov, Nina! I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to hear more about him–including his name. :) Best to your family, and enjoy this time as a new family of six!

    (Note: I’m so happy for you that I’m not even editing out my serious violation of the rule regarding exclamation-point usage. Look, I’m even going to throw in some more: !!!!!!!! Congratulations!)

  17. Jackie Cangro
    November 8, 2011 | 8:22 am

    Hooray! Congratulations!

  18. Lisa R.
    November 8, 2011 | 8:25 am

    Congrats! Hope everyone is doing well!

  19. Janice Leagra (@JaniceLeagra)
    November 8, 2011 | 8:25 am

    Congratulations to you and your family, Nina!

  20. Cym
    November 8, 2011 | 8:33 am

    I want all of life’s stories to end the way Sam Badzin’s did! Love that Sammy B!

  21. Julia Munroe Martin
    November 8, 2011 | 8:34 am

    EXCITING NEWS!! Congratulations to Sam and to the whole Badzin family — beautiful symmetry, lovely story!

  22. Raelyn Barclay
    November 8, 2011 | 8:49 am

    Congrats! You have a beautiful family.

  23. Colline
    November 8, 2011 | 8:56 am

    Congratulations on the new addition to your family.

  24. Andrea Thomson Viner @ Iowa Dog Blog
    November 8, 2011 | 8:59 am

    Congratulations to the whole Badzin family! I’m excited to learn Baby Boy’s name.

  25. Ruchi Koval
    November 8, 2011 | 9:03 am

    Mazel Tov Nina!!! That’s wonderful!

  26. Kathy Dalle-Molle
    November 8, 2011 | 9:11 am

    Mazel Tov, Nina, to you and everyone in your family!

  27. julie gardner
    November 8, 2011 | 9:17 am

    Oh I can’t wait to hear the name (I know. I can be patient) and to follow the welcoming of BBB into your beautiful family.

    You KNOW how excited I am for you. And now, of course, for Sam.

    Wishing you much joy, smooth sailing and maybe a bit of sleep.
    Fingers crossed.

  28. Scary Mommy
    November 8, 2011 | 9:19 am

    Yay!!!! Such wonderful news!!!!!!! xoxo

  29. Lisa Pierson Weinberger
    November 8, 2011 | 9:25 am

    Mazel Tov, Nina! So glad that he arrived safely and that everyone is doing well. I’m excited to hear his name :)

  30. Hallie Sawyer
    November 8, 2011 | 11:55 am

    Yay! So glad to hear the great news! So excited to follow your story in this next chapter of your life. Big hugs to you and your new little man. XO

  31. Natalia Sylvester
    November 8, 2011 | 1:14 pm

    Beautiful, Nina! I am so very happy for your and your family. Can’t wait to hear his name, too!

  32. Angie
    November 8, 2011 | 2:38 pm

    Yeah for Sam!! We are very excited for you guys!

  33. Galit Breen
    November 8, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    Mazels Badzins! :)

  34. Stacy S. Jensen (@StacySJensen)
    November 8, 2011 | 3:21 pm

    Very happy to hear the baby boy news. Congratulations to your entire family.

  35. Kara Thom
    November 8, 2011 | 4:52 pm

    Baby Boy Bliss! So happy for you!!

  36. Anita
    November 8, 2011 | 5:48 pm

    woohoo!! Way to go, mommy! I want you to know, I’m in the edit cave right now (they’re due on Dec.12th) but this was so wonderful and newsworthy I crawled out so I could cheer for you and your lovely family. So happy for you!

    Take care and talk soon…

  37. Lois Sutton
    November 8, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    Mazel tov on your new baby boy! All of Sam’s prayers must have been heard. We’re thrilled for you and your family.

  38. Jen Erickson
    November 8, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    Hooray! Wishing you and your family all the very best! xo

  39. Amanda Hoving
    November 8, 2011 | 6:12 pm

    Congratulations to you and your beautiful family, Nina!

  40. Lara Schiffbauer
    November 8, 2011 | 6:52 pm

    Many congratulations on the joy a new baby brings!

  41. Christi Craig
    November 8, 2011 | 9:29 pm

    So sweet. Congratulations Nina!

  42. Nina Badzin
    November 8, 2011 | 10:15 pm

    Thank you EVERYONE for the warm wishes! Your notes are keeping me entertained during the many sessions of nursing! We’re doing well. I’m reading the comments and learning to live with the fact that I can’t respond to each one the way I normally would.

  43. Sarah Pearson
    November 9, 2011 | 1:06 am

    Congratulations! Sometimes the simple stories are the best :-)

  44. Cynthia Robertson
    November 9, 2011 | 1:33 pm

    Hooray!!! Congratulations, Nina!! So happy for you all. And happy Sam’s prayers were answered and he got a little brother too!

  45. Jess Witkins
    November 9, 2011 | 11:54 pm

    Congratulations Badzin family! Can’t wait to hear what the name is! 😉 Wish you all a healthy homecoming!

  46. Trisha Causley
    November 10, 2011 | 7:41 am

    Congratulations! And I love that your son wanted another baby after having two younger siblings already! How sweet is that? Those sisters of his must be really something to keep him enthused about the joys of big brotherhood. Good job!

  47. Sharon Bially
    November 10, 2011 | 11:02 am

    Belatedly: HUGE congrats! So excited for you. What a beautiful family! And you’ve already blogged and tweeted about it?!?!? Crazy, crazy. Hugs and xoxoxo

  48. alexandra174
    November 12, 2011 | 12:40 am

    What a wonderfully healthy boy.

    Congratulations and much happiness to everyone!

  49. Jolina Petersheim
    November 14, 2011 | 9:22 am

    Congrats, Nina! You have a beautiful family!

  50. Sara Grambusch
    November 14, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    Congratulations and you look beautiful pregnant!

  51. Finally, His Name – Nina Badzin's Blog
    November 14, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    […] Now that our son has been in our lives for a week known only as “the baby” or “mister” or “pumpkin breath,” I can say that waiting to announce his name added meaning and depth to the bris for everyone in attendance. I recommend trying it if you have the chance. If I could go back and make the same decision with our other kids, I would. […]

  52. Lisa Ahn
    November 14, 2011 | 6:17 pm

    Congratulations Nina — and many, many blessings. Your family is lovely.

  53. […] (might be a novel, might be a linked collection), and I hope to lose the baby weight, take care of these four kids without losing my mind, and still find the time and sense of humor to discuss things like […]

  54. Rivki
    November 29, 2011 | 4:58 pm

    How did I miss this? Mazel Tov! Mazel Tov! I’m totally reading the post about his name RIGHT NOW. Feel good and enjoy!

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