Lisa Loeb’s Blog: Meet My Son Emet

08/31/2012 at 11:00 AM ET

Our celebrity blogger Lisa Loeb is now a mom of two!

The musician, 44, and husband Roey Hershkovitz are parents to daughter Lyla Rose, 2½, and welcomed their second child, son Emet Kuli, on June 15.

In addition to her number one single “Stay (I Missed You),” Loeb also had hits with “Do You Sleep” and “I Do.” In the years since, she’s recorded two children’s albums, written a kids book, done voice overs, developed an eyewear line and started the nonprofit Camp Lisa Foundation.

She can be found on Facebook and on Twitter @lisaloeb.

In her most recent blog, Loeb writes about her birth story, explains how she and Roey chose their son’s name and introduces her 11-week-old baby boy!

Me and my little guy! – Roey Hershkovitz

Hello! I wanted to catch up and tell you all about my baby’s birth and what’s been going on lately. I was supposed to write this blog last month, but as new mothers (and probably all parents) know, sometimes life gets in the way of the “to do” list.

Here’s a short version of the birth story: I went into labor (for real this time) on June 15 and headed to the hospital. Since I’d had two false alarms earlier in the month, I wasn’t sure I was actually in labor, even though I was having contractions and feeling painfully urgent, as one does heading into labor.

My doula, who’s one of my best friends, came over to the house at 3 a.m. to confirm I was indeed going into labor and we caravanned to the hospital. Luckily our bags were already packed from a few weeks before, and in the trunk of the car.

They say to bring treats for the nurses at the hospital and I’d had a feeling I was going into labor soon, so I’d made a banana layer cake. I got to bring a special treat (one that reminds me of the old school Sara Lee cake in the metal pan)! Click here for the recipe.

We arrived at the hospital and I delivered the baby about 12 hours later.

I’d wanted to go as long as possible without any drugs, but halfway through or so, I decided it was time for a partial epidural because the contractions were so strong! I went from not wanting a lot of drugs to needing two more rounds of medication to help me with the overwhelmingly powerful contractions.

Then it was time to push. I had trouble feeling the muscles in my stomach, and was a little annoyed that I’d had so many drugs, which I didn’t want in the first place. In the end, I pushed 30 minutes or so and the baby came (and in the end, I was thankful I’d had that medication…)!

Our beautiful baby boy was born at 2:17 p.m. on Friday, June 15th. 20 inches long, 7 pounds 7 ounces, and very healthy and cute!

I held him right after he was born, and cried as my husband and I marveled at the sweet, amazing baby — inside of my belly one minute and a few minutes later, a person out in the world.

We named him Emet Kuli Loeb Hershkovitz, although he just goes by Emet, like when he goes to school or makes a dinner reservation.

We chose the name Emet because it’s a Hebrew word meaning “truth” that also sounds like a Southern name, just like our daughter Lyla — her name means “night” in Hebrew and also sounds Southern.

That way my husband’s family from Israel, my family from Texas, and other folks we see on a regular basis can pronounce the name in their own way, but correctly!

Kuli is Roey’s grandfather’s name — actually a nickname — the name he was known by for most of his life. Since he was a very fast soccer player, everyone called him “Kuli” a shortened version of the Hungarian word “kulimász” meaning cart grease, used to make wheels on carts faster.

My husband was very close to his grandfather, so we wanted to use his name. Lyla’s middle name, Rose, was my great-grandmother’s name.

Lyla’s been a great big sister, so gentle with the baby and so excited about how little his feet are and how soft his hair and skin are. Emet is very alert and loves to coo and smile. Lately, he’s been trying to talk to and grab his sock monkey blankie.

My husband and I are trying to spend some quality time together too, getting a babysitter to watch the kids while we have date nights — an early dinner out, or even a movie.

Or we just stay home and catch up on Nurse Jackie while eating our nightly ice cream — while I’m waiting for my Laloo’s goat’s milk vanilla snowflake to come back to the Whole Foods near us, my new favorite is Häagen Dazs Five lemon ice cream.

I started working within weeks after Emet was born, doing some short voice over sessions and even an acoustic concert a month after his birth!

My next goal is to figure out how to balance my work, which luckily is kind of like a stay-at-home mom and a freelance professional — musician, recording artist, voice over artist and more … and also two kids’ schedules.

How do you do it? Anyone out there with young baby and toddler schedule experience and some working too? Leave me a comment or send me a Tweet @LisaLoeb.

P.S. I like to get at least seven hours of sleep if possible. Eight is perfect. At night, if possible, but throughout a 24-hour period if necessary … All this talk about sleep … I should go to bed now.

— Lisa Loeb

P.P.S. I’m playing an all-request, fan favorite, live acoustic concert online on Thursday, Sept. 27th at 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET. Click here for tickets.

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Jen on

What a cutie pie!!

Anonymous on

He is adorable!!! and so happy!! Congrats ❤

Kris on

Squeeee! Congratulations – he is GORGEOUS!!

And good luck finding that ever-elusive balance. My son just turned four, and I’m no closer to figuring it out now than I was in 2008! =)

Shannon on

i have never heard of you or your music,,,,but i must say you have a beautiful baby. Best Wishes

MRJ on

What a little doll! He is so cute.

Sharmela on

What a precious angel.. He’s just too adorable. Congrats!!!

annachestnut on

Beautiful mommy and baby

kristin on

Sleep is so overrated when you have kids! Congratulations, he is beautiful!

Holly on

I wanted to name one of our boys Emmett, but my husband nixed that name.. and then my cousin named her dog that name, but I think it is a very cute name and like the way she spelled it.

Lisa B on

Awww…look at the smile!! He’s sooo cute! Congrats to Lisa and her family. I’ve been a fan for years and even sing her songs on karaoke when I’m out and about. I’m glad she’s happy and doing well!

missmiggles on

That is one freaking cute baby you have there – congratulations! And I LOVE the name(s). When you figure out the time management thing let us all know, I just have one 21 month old girl and I have no idea what I’m doing 🙂

Marky on

Congrats on your precious baby boy, and what a special name! You sound like someone I would love to have living in my neighborhood……

Shannon, where have you been? Lisa Loeb has been a name in her career for years! I’ve got grown kids and I know who she is!

When people say “I don’t know who this person is” and they haven’t bothered to Google first, or even check Wikipedia, it make the poster look, well, ignorant. She’s posted on this site for a long time, if nothing else….. Yours is not a hateful comment, but I’m just saying, why don’t people look the person up first, or not say “I don’t know who you are”, or “who cares”, either one.

Jenny on

I think youre the one that needs to chill, I didn’t feel that Shannon’s post was offensive or ignorant. She congratulated her even though she hadn’t heard of her… No big deal. You made it into something big when it was nothing in the first place, geez just be nice!!

beazley on

Lisa, what a beautiful baby!

Congratulations to you and your family.

Anonymous on

Wow!!!!! He is so cute and awesome!!!! like his mom!!!!

librababe on

Wow does he look like his mama!

K.B. on

He’s so adorable! What a cutie!

denise on

He is beautiful. Best wishes to the whole family.

Kris B on

I love Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories. One of her best songs is “I Miss You” from the mid 90’s…listen to it on ITunes. “Do You Sleep” is also a great song.

Congrats on the adorable baby and thanks for sharing this with us!

mary on

He is so cute, just want to pinch his little cheeks.

Elisa on

Congratulations! Your son is adorable with such beautiful eyes and smile!

Balancing home and work is never easy, but I was lucky that my parents could watch my little ones while I was at my nursing job.

Brooke on

Oh he is PRECIOUS!!!! Those cheeks…I need them.

Today on

one more to work on wall street

abby on

He is such a beatiful boy! And that name is just great. I love hebrew names. They are timeless.

Abbie on

Such a beautfiul lilttle baby!!! Congrats to Lisa and the family. I love his name too!

Nanita on

precious little angel!

Mrs JP on

Awwwwwww cute baby and love the name, adorable. Much love and happiness to the new mom and dad 🙂

Dana E. on

Congrats!!! So adorable! & great names! My advice is sleep as much as possible!

Beach Mom on

Congratulations on your precious baby boy! I have two kids, an 8 year-old and a 1 year-old, and work full time. You asked how others do this… The toughest thing for me has been the guilt of being away from my kids while at work. I work to give them the benefit of a good school zone, fun extra curricular activities, and a safe neighborhood. For us, finding a safe, loving daycare for the baby was crucial.

I’m not sure if anyone has the perfect solution – I’ve dreamed that being a stay at home mom is the answer. It sounds like you have the best of all worlds, working and being able to be home with your kids a lot – and you have date nights, too!

Keep having fun and enjoying the ride :-), and congrats again on that little munchkin!

lisa on

He’s adorable. So cute.

Yellowknife on

Ugh, ditch the huge nerd glasses, Lisa. They might have been cute for a hipster millisecond back in the 90s, but they’re just annoying to look at.

Guest on

Why do you feel like you “need” to give the nurses a treat??? I hate it when patients do that so the nurses will treat them better. It doesn’t work; in fact quite the opposite is true. Reward nurses with a treat after the birth if you feel they did a good job. Every birth is special but unfortunately, forgettable for the nurses on a busy L&D. Almost every nurse working takes pride in the fact we treat homeless and celebrity clients exactly the same.

jsp81355 on

What an absolutely precious little boy. Then again, I’m partial to boys because I’ve had two sons of my own. God bless Lisa and her beautiful family.

Anonymous on

Congratulations, Lisa, on the wonderful new addition to your family! He is absolutely adorable!!!

Jessi on

That is one adorable baby! I know, I know…all babies are cute, blah blah blah. No, HE is CUTE. I’m glad his arrival went well and wish you luck as you continue to adjust to life as a family of four (because just when you think you have things figured out, kids like to throw you a curveball. “Hey Mom, those six-hour stretches of sleep I was giving you? Hope you appreciated them…now it’s back to waking every hour, bwahaha!”).

I had a girl then a boy and love experiencing the entire spectrum of parenting. I SAH so no advice on a work/life balance, but everyone figures out what works best for their family. Don’t let anyone judge your decisions. As long as everyone is healthy, safe, and (ideally, relatively, somewhat) happy, you’re doing a great job.

Enjoy watching your babes grow together and love each other. There’s nothing sweeter or more rewarding to me than watching how protective and sweet my girl is toward her worshipful brother. They are the best of friends, and I wish the same for yours.

Melissa on

What an adorable baby!

Jen on

OMG, what a beautiful baby! Congrats Mama.

kendrajoi on

He’s so cute! Love this family! Just the other day I listened to Lisa’s greatest hits- ALL of them- on Spotify Can you say huge fan????

meghan on

Guest, do you ever NOT find something to complain about?

Rhonda on

Awwwwww he is so cute! I just love babies.

cynthia on

wow, what a cute kid!!!!!!!!!

amy on

He is adorable..and so is she!

Anonymous on

ahhhh, he is lovely

ann on

He is so sweet. As a self-employed mom of a four year old, I don’t have balance and don’t think I will for about 3 years.

Enjoy your new baby!

Irl Sanders on

Hi Lisa – Irl of the Purple Tape interviews fame here 🙂 Mazel Tov on the new baby, what a sweet family.

Laila on

very cute baby

GoofyChicken on

Holy moly that’s one adorable kid!

I love the story behind both children’s names. My son was named Jack, after my fraternal grandfather. His name was Martin John but everyone called him Jack. My son’s middle name is also my maiden name, so he’s LITERALLY named after my grandfather and I love it. My cousin’s little guy’s middle name is Martin. I love that both great-grandsons’ names honor him. I just wish he was still alive to see them. I know he’d be so proud!

Ms. Anne on

Good looking kid!!

Jen S on

Bounty and Stacy’s Pita Chips! I knew that was you! Love hearing your voice on TV. Congrats on your beautiful family.

Marky on

I should apologize to Shannon for coming on a bit strong. She wasn’t hateful like those who say, “Who ARE these people?”, or , “Who cares?”, so I should have kept my counsel, so to speak. It may seem as if it’s easy to look someone up, but I didn’t intend to come across rudely, and I did. One of the things that’s been bothering me is how hateful some posts can be, and I got a little too close for my own comfort. Sorry, Shannon!

Anonymous on

oh my what a little cutie!

ClaireSamsmom on

He is one cute little baby boy! Not so sure about the getting sleep thing. My kids are 6 & 3 years old and though they sleep great at this age, I have yet to really go back to my pre-kid sleeping days. I can hear anything…like the quiet-est cough out of the kids and I am up and checking on them!

Beth on

What a cutie!!

JessicaB on

cute baby!! really darling, congrats!

amanda on

“Why do you feel like you “need” to give the nurses a treat??? I hate it when patients do that so the nurses will treat them better. It doesn’t work; in fact quite the opposite is true.

“Guest,” sounds like someone has a chip on their shoulder!

It is possible to give a gift without expecting anything in return. Perhaps she was just trying to be a nice person by thanking those who helped her in what was a very special moment for her. It does not mean she expects you to treat her any better than anyone else. If it makes you uncomfortable, say thank you and let the other nurses eat the cake.

and for “quite the opposite is true”…fingers crossed no-one “offends” you with cake then!

angie on

Sooooooo cute!!!!!!

Anonymous on

I love the name, but it kind of reminds me of Emmett Cullen from Twilight 😉

Beth on

Ok, all babies are cute. I know. But wow…that is one absolutely completely, adorable baby!. Like perfectly so! That little angelic/devious smile and those cheeks! I need to give raspberries on those cheeks!

Congrats Lisa! Best wishes and much happiness.

Hea on

Congrats! I admire your music, Lisa. Your song “How” is simply brilliant.

Jen on

OMG how cute is he!! Congrats to the family!!

Greta on

What a beautiful photo, he looks so much like Lisa!

Cathleen on

What an adorable baby! I loved her including how she chose each of her childrens’ names. Unique, but not unpronounceable or bizarre. Best of luck to your family!

Baybay girl on

Aww what a cute baby! She seems like a cool lady 🙂

Toni on

Cute, cute, cute!!!!

utterone on

He is flipping adorable!

Gina on

Cute baby! Love the name..

Anonymous on

He’s adorable!

notsosure on

Alright now……….he is just TOO darn cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

angelus5by5 on

If that baby grows a personality to match his looks, he will be amazing. Congratulations to the whole family!

Non mother on

Does she mean she has to give treats to the nurses because she is a celebrity or any mother is supposed to do that? I have never heard of that. I don’t know anybody who has done that and have not seen any of the mother’s on reality shows do that before their births. They were all focused on having the baby and that’s it!

Sabra on

What a cutie!

Yvonne on

Lovely Hebrew name! How do you pronounce it Lisa??? Is it E-mET (like in ‘bet’ or E-mIT (like in ‘sit’)?

Emet Schneiderman on

Congratulation on your handsome son! My parents had the same reasoning when they named me Emet a little more than 60 years ago. We lived in Pennsylvania at the time, but it is fitting that I ended up in Texas.