Tuesday, April 23, 2013

She's here!

Yes - a girl!  We haven't settled on a name yet, so she's still Phoenix for the moment.  At one stage I thought I was going to miss the birth (eh?) - (Mike writing this, not Francesca) - I had just parked the car in a long-stay car park some distance from the hospital, thinking we'd be waiting for hours before being called to theater, when I got a text from Fran saying she was going in.  It was like something from a bad Hugh Grant movie - I sprinted to the hospital, dramatically ran in the front door, and demanded to see my wife who was right now giving birth.  I'm sure they've seen it all before.
Anyway, back to the matter in hand.  Phoenix was delivered by c-section at 10:26am, and Francesca is now feeling much better (having had nausea for a lot of the afternoon).  She was 3.045kg (6lb 11oz) at birth.  Here's a picture of both of them having a nap (Phoenix is the one on the right):


Phoenix seems quite happy to be with us - she just wanted to sleep for most of the day after her rude awakening this morning.  Here are a couple of closer-up snaps (including some rarely-seen open eye shots):




Oliver was happy to scroll through lots of photos of Phoenix ("Baby!") on my phone as I collected him from the creche, but we'll really get an idea of what he thinks of this new addition to our family when I bring him to the hospital for a visit tomorrow (hopefully).
More updates tomorrow (hopefully).

27 comments:

  1. Congratulations to you all so thrilled to hear that your little girl has arrived safe and sound. Caitriona xxx

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  2. Congratulations to you all so thrilled to hear that your little girl has arrived safe and sound. Caitriona xxx

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  3. Yay! I've been thinking of you all day. Congrats on baby girl. She's adorable. :-)))

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  4. Candle was lit and Prayers were said and now Congrats! She is beautiful!

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  5. So glad to read this news - she's lovely. And so glad, Fran, that you are both out the other side of it (so to speak:) May these first days be wonderful ones. And a special squeeze to Oliver, who will be welcoming his baby sister home.

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  6. Congrats!! She is just precious. Hoping mommy will have a speedy recovery!

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  7. Congratulations!!! To both of you! Phoenix is absolutely beautiful!

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  8. Wow!!! So happy to hear this! What a darling girl!!! Congrats, mummy, daddy and big brother!

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  9. Welcome, Baby Phoenix! I am truly delighted you turned out to be a GIRL and I know that your Mommy, Daddy and Big Brother Oliver will soon discover how much fun a little girl can be. You are a beauty with that blondish(?) hair! Now let your Mommy get a bit of rest as C-sections are no stroll in the park. Warm hugs and kisses to you, Baby Girl.

    Congratulations, Fran and Mike. You did perfectly!

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  10. Hello Phoenix!

    Congratulations to the whole family on the safe arrival of this cute little girl.

    Rest up, Fran.

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  11. Huge congrats...what a beautiful blessing!!!

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  12. Congrats Mike & Fran! Welcome to the world gorgeous Phoenix (I had a feeling she was a girl all along...)

    May you all be very blessed as you learn how to be a family of four.

    Much love
    xxx

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  13. Well done Fran, Mike and Oliver! Delighted to hear all is well. Lovely baby.

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  14. Congratulations! I was thinking about you and I am ever so happy to hear such good news! What a lovely surprise, a little girl! Cannot wait to hear more about the birth and hoping you are having the best of times. Many hugs!

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  15. A Principessa! Thank you Mike for updating so quickly, and with those beautiful pictures too.
    From Amsterdam with Love,
    Valery

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  16. Darling girl! Congratulations. She is gorgeous. Love to mama as you recover and cocoon with you new sweet babe.

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  17. Yay!!! How wonderful! Such a little beauty! Welcome to the world Phoenix! So happy for all of you...

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  18. Yay! Welcome little Phoenix! So glad you are here happy and healthy with your mum,dad and big brother!

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  19. Congratulations, She is beautiful. so glad all went well. You will love having both the sexes. they are soooo different and so much fun. and Im sure Oliver will be a wonderful older brother.
    kd

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  20. Ohhhhh she's beautiful! And Fran looks amazing! Congrats on the new addition!

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  21. Amazing, Fran! Congratulations, I am so happy for your family. Welcome baby girl Phoenix!

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  22. I haven't checked my reading list in ages but I just HAD A FEELING. And I was right! Congrats my friends. She is beautiful :-) Heal quickly and enjoy those newborn moments.

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  23. Eeeek!! Congratulations Fran and Mike and big brother Oliver!! Phoenix is a beauty! I have been following eagerly (but been awful at commenting)...I am so happy for you all!!

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  24. YAY!!!! So happy for you guys! And Phoenix is gorgeous! :)

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  25. Awww...SHE is beautiful Fran!!!!

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  26. Congrats Fran!! She is adorable! :)

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  27. I am just reading this very happy news now. Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

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