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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