the reveal

we saw baby toes and a little nose.

we saw two eyes and a wee bum.

There were legs and arms waving around.

This baby was here, there, and over there.

Upside down, sideways, and behind my belly button.

Cuddled up to every nook and cranny in my uterus.

Even nuzzled the placenta for us.

And then there was a wave and what looked kisses being blown.

head measurements

spine measurements

arms, legs, heart…

and then…


Charles Thomas Sluiter

Eddie’s little brother, Charlie.

We are so very much in love

with our baby boy.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Aww!

    Congrats on your bouncing baby boy!

    So, so happy for you!

  2. Congratulations Sluiter’s! So excited for you all!

  3. EEEEEKKKKK! Two boys?!?!?! So exciting! Congrats Sluiter family!

  4. Yay for brothers! I got chills while reading your poem. Will you call him Charles or Charlie?

  5. Congratulations!!!
    Such amazing, exciting, wonderful news!
    Eddie is going to love having a baby brother.
    So happy for all of you, my beautiful friend. xoxo

  6. Congratulations!!! 🙂

  7. Aw, congratulations!! I am so happy for you & the rest of Sluiter Nation.

    Side note, T was almost going to be named Charlie or Eddie. Weird, huh? 🙂

  8. So very much in love.

    So nice to meet you, Charlie.

    Congratulations, all.

  9. Yay! We have a Charlie!!!! :))))

  10. Gulp!

    Two boys so close together is heaven, let me tell you. Also, twelve kinds of hell but mostly, heaven.

    So thrilled for you guys.

    Bless you, little man, Charlie.

  11. Oh, that is so wonderful!

    Hello, little Charles!

    Congratulations Sluiter Family!

  12. YAY!!! Hi, Charlie! 🙂

  13. Eep! So precious. What a wonderful name! Thrilled for your family!

  14. So wonderful!!! I might be slightly biased, ahem, but two boys is a blast. The brotherly love, oh the love. Here’s to mama and baby Charlie – may the remaining weeks be happy and healthy.

  15. Kim Roetman says

    Congratulations Kate! So happy for you, Courtney and Eddie. Love the name selection as well, very solid & respectable names.

  16. Congratulations! Charlie and Eddie will be the best of buds! LOVE it! So happy for your family.

  17. BalancingMama (Julie) says

    Yaaaaaay! They will be buddies. Congrats!

  18. Aww Congratulations on the newest baby boy

  19. I’m a little biased with the name- love it! 🙂 Congrats to you, Cort and Eddie!

  20. I just tried to post and not sure if it worked… but YAYYAYYAYYAYYAYYAYYAYYAYYAY!!! And I love the name.

  21. As a mom to two little guys, 26 months apart, I can tell you, they are so much fun to see together. Bros for sure! You’re going to love it!!

  22. Congratulations. And welcome to the “Mom of Boys” club!!

  23. In my heart I knew it!!!!
    The name makes me grin from ear to ear- it’s all just perfect!!!!

  24. Aww, congratulations, two boys close together is the best.

  25. I knew it!!! Congrats!

  26. So excited for you all!!!

  27. Yay for boys! Eddie is going to have so much fun with a little brother!

  28. Congratulations! I had two girls first instead of two boys, but they are the best of friends. Can’t wait to “meet” Charlie!

  29. For some reason…I just knew it was going to be a little boy! Congratulation Sluiter Nation! And…LOVE the name Charlie. It is one of my faves.

  30. Aww! Congratulations! Best wishes for a continued healthy pregnancy 🙂

  31. Congrats, Katie!!! 🙂

  32. congratulations!

  33. Awww – how precious! I love how you wrote this out! Congrats again my friend. 🙂

  34. YAY!!!! I told you that I’m never right! 🙂

    Congratulations! I take it everything is happy and healthy also?

  35. 2 boys!!


    I love having a houseful of boys.

    I truly do.

    Congratulations, and so very happy for you!!

  36. mrshiggison says

    Congrats to the FOUR of you:) How very exciting!!

  37. Congrats. There’s nothing like having multiple boys. I have three. They rule!

  38. LOVE the way you announced it. Boys are great and I love the name. Congratulations and best of luck for the rest of the ride.

  39. CONGRATULATIONS!! how very exciting! my cousins were 30 months apart and were the best of friends the majority of their lives!!

  40. I’m so happy I’m crying…right here at work….YEA!!!!!

    so happy about Charlie and all the joy he is going to bring your family. (plus you’ll have 2 boys now…and we’ll have lots to talk about 🙂


  41. Eddie and Charlie. I LOVE it! So, so so happy for you four 🙂 Congrats!!

  42. Awww! A baby brother! Congrats!!

  43. woohoo to little boys! (I just knew it).
    and I love the name, amazed at how you already have a name. My kid will probably go home from the hospital “baby boy elling”…

  44. Nice to meet you, Charlie – don’t drive your mommy or daddy or brother too crazy . . . yet 🙂

    And I’m glad to hear that he sounds healthy, Katie 🙂

  45. There is something so special about having two little boys (not that I know from personal experience, but I’d love to)!

  46. I love the names Charles and Thomas… my husband disagrees. So glad someone can give those wonderful names to a deserving little boy! Congratulations!

  47. Two little guys is going to be so fun! Charlie is a fantastic name 🙂

  48. I hope it is smooth sailing from here on out.

  49. Congratulations! I hope everything looked healthy. And blown kisses! How sweet.

  50. Congrats!!

  51. Congrats to you! So great.

  52. Congratulations! Eddie will be an excellent big brother. It’s nice that you already have all the “boy stuff” to pass down to Charlie 🙂

  53. Congrats to the Sluiter family! Two little boys? So much fun! I know that for a fact. 😉

  54. oh congrats! love the name!

  55. Congratulations!! 🙂 So exciting, and what a beautiful name!

  56. Oh the name Charlie just makes me smile so big, love it! Congratulations – two boys is so awesome!! xoxo

  57. Yay! Eddie and Charlie just fit so great!

  58. Amanda Venema says

    Woot! Nice work–love the name!

  59. Love the name – Love this post! CONGRATS!!

  60. I love how excited you were about finding out the sex and the anticipation and build was fun for your fans too. I swear I thought you were having a girl though! Either way, congratulations. You’re half way there… 🙂

  61. LOVE.That.Name! Seriously, how awesome! Congrats!

  62. Welcome to Sluiter Nation Charlie! Congratulations y’all!

  63. i never knew that reading the words placenta and uterus in the same post would make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
    Charlie is perfect.