Like Mother, Like DAUGHTER…

1867 1867_ () 1867 1867 Hello Testosterhome family, this is Rachel’s sister, Joanna. As some of you may already know, Paul and Rachel welcomed a healthy and beautiful baby GIRL into the world last night.

Miss Isabel Annemarie Balducci was born at 10:00pm, weighing in at 6 lbs.12 oz.
She has already captured the hearts of her mom, dad, and big brothers (as well as the rest of us!).

Rachel and baby will be home soon and will update you on life with our new little lady.

Thank you for all of your prayers! 1867″ .



  1. Anonymous says

    SOOOOOO Happy for you! I know just how you feel!!!!! My 5th was a girl and I was shocked for weeks and cried everytime I looked at her. How WONDERFUL! God is good!

  2. Welcome to the world of PINK! Congratulations Balducci Family!! Wonderful news! Blessings and Grace to you and yours…

  3. Gretchen Little says

    Congratulations! I feel like shouting for joy and crying at the same time and I know you only through this blog! I am thrilled to hear the news. Just three months ago we welcomed a little girl into our family, our fifth child and first girl, so I can totally relate the the intense emotions of the "It's a girl!" announcement. The "girl thing" will take a few weeks to sink in, at least it did for us. At first it seemed that saying "she" and "her" was forced, it was so unnatural after after saying "he" and "him" for so long. Enjoy the excitement and the pink and being the parents of a little girl. God is so good! Blessings to you all!

  4. Kansas Mom says


  5. So awesome, Rachel!!! A little bit of estrogen to tame some of the testosterone. A little sister to gentle her big brothers. So, so happy for all of you!!!

  6. I guess since you wrote the book on boys, God wanted to give you a go with a beautiful baby girl. Congratulations!

  7. the good life mama says


  8. In all the world, there will not be a little girl who will be as loved and protected as this "little sister." What a gift for your family!

  9. Grace in my Heart says

    Congratulations Rachel! Such exciting news! You and little Isabel look so precious. So happy for you and your sweet family! 🙂

  10. Congratulations! So glad that everyone is healthy and happy.

  11. Congratulations and blessings to you all.

  12. Congratulations! I had a feeling this was going to be a girl. What a sweet picture of mama and daughter!

  13. Cristy Shea says

    Congratulations! My fourth was a girl…after having three boys! I know the excitement. So happy for you! I love my boys…but a little girl is something different…and you will see how much those boys will protect and love her. My little girl LOVES her brothers! God bless your beautiful family!

  14. Congratulations!

    We have a Maria Isabel who was baptized with three other girls who all had variations on the same name. I think we need a facebook page for people with this name variation.

  15. Congratulations!!

  16. Anonymous says

    Congratulations! Absolutely delighted for you and your precious family!

    Jen in OK

  17. So happy for you, Rachel. What a fun new chapter about to begin in your family's life! 🙂

  18. How wonderful! I have been following your blog for a few years and I am so happy (as a mother of a boy and two girls) you have a girl! Enjoy. You will notice the "difference" immediately. Congratulations!

  19. ViolinMama says

    Oh Rachel…what a great picture. What a blessing, and how fun! You have a backup now with all the testosterone in the fam now! I can't wait to see the new blog name lol!

    Enjoy the new journey…your whole family is blessed!

  20. Congratulations! She looks beautiful!

  21. lotusblossomjin says

    Congratuations!!! Welcome to the world, Miss Isabel (LOVE the name!)! God bless your beautiful family!

    p.s. I just got your book for Easter and my husband and I have been reading it. LOVE it! We have two little boys so far, but I know these adventures will be us someday, esp. b/c my husband can relate to pretty much all of them.

  22. Congratulations! Soooo happy for you (just as happy as if she had been a boy)!

  23. Congratulations—what a beautiful picture and a beautiful name! May God continue to bless you and yours!

  24. Congrats again! Had to come over to see if a photo had been posted. She is a beauty! What a wonderful blessing of sugar and spice!

  25. Wow-your baby has arrived! I only know you through your blog but love your writings. I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to see what kind of an effect that sweet girl has on all her big brothers. Congratulations!

  26. Oh so many congratulations to you and Paul and the boys on the new baby. I'm so incredibly happy for you!

  27. How wonderful!! I have 3 boys and 1 girl and it is so nice to have both. My girl (the 4th to arrive through adoption) is not a super girly-girl :-), but it is still fun to see all the pink in the house and she DOES love her "high heels" (dress up shoes). Can't wait to hear from you. Will you rename your blog? 🙂

    Carrie – mom to 4 from Korea

  28. the whole family must be overjoyed!



  29. I'm dying to know what Elliot's reaction was when the word girl came out of Paul's mouth! Congratulations to all of you, may the next great adventure of the Balducci family begin!

  30. Rebecca (Ramblings by Reba) says

    Congratulations! How exciting!

  31. Congratulations! What an exciting new adventure for the whole family!

  32. Granny Annie says

    This is too exciting! I am so happy for the parents and know the boys will get used to a sister. God has so richly blessed this wonderful family.

  33. Congratulations! Welcome to the wonderful world of pink girly stuff! Isabel is beautiful!

  34. Congratulations!!!! What a sweet, sweet picture. So excited for you all!!!

  35. Congratulations!!! What a sweet baby girl!

  36. Courtney says

    Oh my gosh…CONGRATULATIONS!! What a perfect picture of Mom and little baby girl!

  37. Karen E. says

    Congratulations, Rachel and Paul! What pinkly wonderful news!

  38. Kate Wicker @ Momopoly says

    Congratulations! I don't know any differently since we live in an "Estroden" full of girls, but sugar and spice sure is nice! God bless your growing family. What a joy to have so many men watching over your sweet baby girl.

  39. Oh, I am so happy for you! Congratulations to you and your family, and welcome all of you to the wonderful world of pink… and princesses… and ponies… and, well, you get the picture!

  40. Lisa Sweet says

    Congratulations!! My 4 year old, Annemarie Isabella (!) was born after a "run" of 4 boys (oldest is a girl also). Returning to the land of pink was heavenly…just as wonderful as the land of boys. It's all good, and it's all a blessing. So happy for the Balducci family!

  41. Congratulations! So happy to hear your blessed news. Be assured of my prayers.

  42. The Reader says

    Rachel, Congratulations to you and your family! Isabel is a beautiful baby 🙂

  43. Charlotte (Waltzing Matilda) says

    So happy for you all! Now you get to experience diaper changes that don't require ducking for cover! Welcome to the world, Little Miss Isabel!

  44. Anonymous says

    How Wonderful!! My 5th ws a girl and my family walked around in disbelief for weeks. (She is two now and sometimes it still surprises me.) My husband and the boys adore her and crack up at all of the little girlie things that come so natural to her but is so very foreign to them. Every journey with a new baby is magical and the best part is watching siblings fall in love with baby. Prayers to you and your gang as you transition from a family of seven to eight. Blessings! Kelly in Texas

  45. Veronica says

    Sooo sweet, congratulations Rachel and family on your precious pink addition. What a gift from God!

  46. Anonymous says

    You so knew it was a girl

  47. Patti Doughty says

    Rach, I asked Ethan after school yesterday what he thought about her. He actually got starry-eyed and said, "She's SO-O-O cute!" I asked him if she was going to be their Princess and he responded, "She already IS!" Those big brothers adore her already. Isn't it wonderful? We're so thrilled for you, but also those brothers that are embarking on a new adventure. Love you.

  48. Mrs. 2nd Lieutenant says

    aww, this (and the comments) made this preggo lady teary. that picture is darling.

    so so many congrats to you and all the balducci men. 🙂

  49. So simple yet so complicated says

    Congrats!! So happy for you =)

  50. Anonymous says

    As the sister to 5 brothers and a mother of 3 boys, I am thrilled that you had your daughter. I was my mother's only daughter and we had a special relationship. We all know that boys are wonderful, but a daughter is a daughter for life. Best wishes and blessings to you!

  51. I was so excited when I read the tweet that you were about to deliver. Then when I called my wife to tell her that you had a girl, she almost started to cry, and we've never even met you! We are so exited for your entire family, and will continue to keep you in our prayers. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  52. Kristen Laurence says

    What a BEAUTIFUL picture!! Rachel, I think I'm happier for you than I am for myself this week. Seriously. And, could you have chosen a more beautiful name??

    I love you and your family, Rachel. Congratulations!

  53. TheFiveDays says

    Congratulations! Wonderful news! 🙂

  54. congratulations on your great blessing! a girl – wow!

  55. Congratulations! Now you can fulfill the urge to dress a little one in pink and little girl cuteness!:) Blessings to you all!

  56. Keri Sullivan Ninness says

    That picture is simply priceless. Whoever took it has given you such a sweet memory. Congrats Sweet Rachel. You are a rockstar in every way!

  57. Oh I didn't know you were so close to delivery! She is lovely and I'm so happing you have a little girl to add to the clan! God bless your new addition and the whole family!

  58. Elizabeth says

    What Joy! Congratulations to your beautiful family that keeps us all smiling!

  59. I also only know you and your family through your blog but was SO EXCITED to see that you had a baby girl! Congratulations!

  60. Rachel, Isabel is adorable! I just had a feeling it would be a little girl! When my mom saw the picture, I think she got a little teary, even though she said she has naturally "wet eyes". I am so happy for you!

  61. So immensly thrilled for you!

  62. Amanda M. says

    She's just perfect and wonderful and amazing! And what a beautiful name! God bless!

  63. SyrianCatholic says

    Wonderful. Congratulations!

  64. Rachel & family,

    I am literally crying tears of joy for all of you. What a wonderful surprise to have a girl! I am so happy for your new family and I know your boys will be surprised at how much they love having a sister.

    God bless you all,

    love, Amy W from Colorado

  65. Congratulations Balducci Family! I have to say, I'm surprised. I really thought you'd have another boy. But, I'm absolutely thrilled for you all. Blessings!

  66. I just started following Rachel's blog recently and I've so enjoyed reading about this wonderful family. I'm overjoyed for her and Paul that they have a baby girl! How exciting for the entire family. Blessings to all!

  67. The new and updated "Testost-her-home"! 😉

    Many congratulations and blessings to you all; what a beautiful picture of the two of you.

  68. Thanks, Joanna! What a beautiful picture!

    Congratulations, Rachel and Paul on your gorgeous baby girl! I hope rocks the world of her brothers in a blessed and fruitful way by living the authentic femininity she was created for! 🙂

  69. Sprittibee says

    I've never even met you and I wanted to congratulate you on the sweet pinkie! What a joy after so much 'testosterone'. 😉 Although – you might be wondering what happened to that sweet little thing when she hits puberty. OY! Mine is 11 and my sweet baby has her MOODS now.

    😉 Enjoy!

  70. Allison Kennedy says

    Rach, this is one of the cutest pictures I've ever seen!
    Glad you will now have an "ally" in the house!
    Love allison

  71. I can't believe it! A GIRL!!! WOW! Congratulations Rachel.

  72. Mary Kate says

    Alleluia! God Bless ALL of you!! And, welcome to the world, Isabel Annemarie!! (Beautiful name!)

  73. Congratulations! I know how you feel my sixth baby was finally a girl named Anna Marie(followed by 2more boys) I am truly happy for you and you family!! God is Good!


  74. Anonymous says

    How exciting, Rachel! I was so excited I told my husband, my mom, my dad…and I've never even met you! And you don't need to change the blog name at all; she will never balance all the testosterone in your home! That picture is so precious!

  75. The Vosslers says

    Oh how absolutely exciting! I love all four of my wonderful boys … and I also am thrilled that we had our first girl last fall. It's a delight. I'm still shocked every time I change a diaper. 🙂

    I can't wait to hear all your thoughts about this!

  76. Busy Boys says

    Congratulations! I'll bet God enjoyed that surprise!

    Now quick…think of a clever response to "you finally got your girl" and please, please share it with us moms who delight in our rowdy boys too. But as a mom to 3 boys and a baby girl, I have to admit that it is awfully fun having pink around the house and watching the boys delight in their baby sister. Your little girl is a blessed baby!

  77. I just popped on to check and see if you'd announced yet, saw the word, "daughter" and put my head down and cried a little for joy for you and your family, Rachel. Wonderful. Thank God for a healthy baby and a precious girl for you!!!

  78. Anonymous says

    When we had our daughter, my husband ran his fingers across her tiny chin and said, "Now I get to watch Mommy grow up all over again." So different with a girl and so glad that you get to experience the softer side of parenting. She has five great protectors, ready to guard her at all times! Wonderful!

  79. Congratulations!!!I am thrilled for you and your family! Enjoy it to the fullest! She will be the princess of your house!

  80. What a lucky little girl to grow up with 5 brothers to watch out for her! (On the other hand….I feel so sorry for her potential suitors!)

  81. Congratulations — especially to the lucky big brothers!! What an adventure for all.

  82. Awaiting your next book, How to Tuck in a Princess. Congratulations, Balducci Family!

  83. Congratulations Balduccis!

  84. Congratulations on your Easter season blessing!

  85. Awwwww! Congratulations!!! I'm so excited for you!!!

  86. Congratulations!! Praise God!

  87. Oh my gosh, congratulations! A girl! hehe…
    Still waiting for my Henry to arrive…we had the same due date you know. So, I'm very pregnant still and a bit jealous, hehe.

  88. What a gorgeous picture!! When my daughter was born (she's the only one with four brothers) I marveled at how things just felt different with a girl in the house, and she was just a brand new baby! Enjoy your treasure– each and every one of them!

  89. CONGRATULATIONS! I was surprised with the birth of my daughter, our first girl after 3 boys, and am so pleasantly surprised to find an ally in all things girly in my house now! Enjoy your little bundle of pink!

  90. Congratulations!!!! I was so excited to hear the news, and tickled pink that she's a GIRL!

  91. I was just getting ready to finish reading your book and decided to check your blog first. So excited for you all! I feel like I know you and your family and couldn't be happier for you! God Bless you!

  92. Congrats Rachel! I am so happy for you and your family. I am sure you were shocked when you heard it was a girl…I am always shocked no matter what they tell me. I love the surprise. So few of those left. I am still in awe that I have another boy…so I am sure you are still in shock that you finally had a girl.
    I love her name and the way you spelled it. So cute! I hope you are all doing well. May God continue to bless you and your family.

  93. So you can't say anymore that I don't read your blog!! Looking for pics of that sweet bundle. Love you!

  94. Beautiful! Congratulations! Blessings to you and your family!

  95. Congratulations! Our first born is named Isabel, so I am extra excited for your sweet new addition. Truly a blessing!

  96. So happy for you! God is good!

  97. Matthew Speed says

    Congratulations. I have been hearing stories about you and yours from Dorian for a couple of years now. We just got your book and I had the pleasure of reading it knowing you had a girl the day before. I can tell from your book that deep down you wished you had just one girl so it made me happy reading that knowing that you do. It will be wonderful hearing about how she grows up with 5 older brothers, as long as they don't make her be the cheerleader for their basketball team.