On Wednesday lunchtime with exceptional timing and finesse, an 8lb 2oz little girl arrived to join our family. She made her appearance at a planned home birth, on a beautiful autumn day and her half-term birthday meant was able to spend her first afternoon surrounded by her extended family .
We chose not to find out the baby’s gender before her birth and had convinced ourselves she was going to be another boy. As a result we’ve struggled a little with names and although we’ve announced one already to friends and family (and on Instagram) two days on we are starting to waver a bit. Choosing a name is such an enormous commitment to be made at a time when your head and heart are all over the place that we want to make sure we get it right.
After a difficult hospital birth with Theo, this second one was different in so many ways and I’m pinching myself that we were lucky enough to get to do it as we wanted. Part of that list of things we hoped for was to have the first few moments of the new baby’s life captured in photographs and my sister managed to do this beautifully.
At some point soon when I have digested it all I will share the birth story and some of those pictures. Homebirthing was a great experience for us and one which I feel strongly that I want to share for anyone considering their delivery options. I really enjoyed reading other people’s stories of the ways they brought their children into the world and it’s great to at last have a story I want to tell too.
Thank you all for the lovely messages we have received already on social media, we are currently enjoying some precious time as a family of four, but we’ll be back with more updates shortly.