Our New Arrival

After all those months of fretting and waiting (and generally grumbling), the time finally arrived. Albert James was born on 7th May, weighing a distinctly average 7lb 8oz (not quite the 12lb that was predicted). He was two weeks early. I may have taken a vow against over-sharing lately, but hey, I’m a proud parent so I’m bending the rules.

My waters broke on Saturday night, and he took 45 rather painful and sleepless hours to emerge into the world. I will not regale you with the full details, but I will say that I have discovered two new tastes: I love epidurals and hate pushing.

Anyway, I’ve pretty much forgotten all the bad bits now. He’s beautiful. I was afraid that I would become a different person after I’d given birth, but I’m exactly the same me as before, it’s just that I’m now in love with a strange new creature. I pointed out to him yesterday that no woman will ever drink in his face so adoringly as I was at that moment. That was after I’d had a little cry because he was so lovely. Don’t worry, I am also doing entirely normal things like swearing at the telly and being fondly reunited with gin. I’m just a bit smitten, that’s all.

As I write, I can hear Herbert chattering away to his ‘little one’ while he runs a bath. I am quite, quite content. Already, I know that I’ll miss these precious first weeks when they’re over, sleepy and vague as they are.

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16 Responses to Our New Arrival

  1. thorn 18/05/2012 at 16:52 #

    He is utterly lovely. Well done to you and Herbert.

  2. littlebrownbird 18/05/2012 at 16:56 #

    Fantastic news. He’s gorgeous Betty. Congratulations to you and Herbert xxx

  3. Lynne 18/05/2012 at 17:05 #

    You overshare away to your hearts content. He is absolutely gorgeous. With very pretty feet :))

  4. Fiona 18/05/2012 at 17:06 #

    Aw Betty! Congratulations again.
    Perfect little guy. He’s gorgeous.
    What a happy little post x x x

  5. Gail 18/05/2012 at 17:10 #

    Teeny weeny feet. Sigh. How very very lovely!

  6. katyboo 18/05/2012 at 17:17 #

    He is glorious. I love his jumpsuit. Congratulations and enjoy every last bit of him.xx

  7. Betty Herbert 18/05/2012 at 17:42 #

    Thank you all *proud face*. Can’t believe I made that!

  8. Jess 18/05/2012 at 18:05 #

    I second the jumpsuit love. What a gorgeous little man! Congratulations to you two. Savor away!


  9. TeacherMommy 19/05/2012 at 17:05 #

    Oh CONGRATULATIONS!!!! He is beautiful indeed.

  10. Keris 20/05/2012 at 19:01 #

    He is delicious. Congratulations again. x

  11. Papoy 21/05/2012 at 10:53 #

    I´ve just read your book thinking what are you up to in these days. I can´t believe my eyes clicking on your page – wonderful and charming beautiful baby boy surprise, congrats!

  12. Muddling Along 21/05/2012 at 11:47 #

    Congratutations! well done all 3 of you!

  13. Sue 23/05/2012 at 09:13 #

    What lovely news and what a lovely baby you have. It came as a huge surprise to me how overwhelmingly besotted with love I was when my babies where born. But honestly my 3 are now in their twenties and its never gone away. IEvery day all that love…….its truely remarkable. Well done and happy time ahead.

  14. Melissa cinnamon 24/05/2012 at 19:07 #

    Congratulations! He is gorgeous! Good job mama!

  15. Korhomme 24/05/2012 at 19:22 #

    Awww, AJ is just lovely! Congratulations!!

  16. Rebecca Emin 05/06/2012 at 08:55 #

    What gorgeous photographs. He looks absolutely adorable. Congratulations!

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