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Welcome little girl!

by Clare Mansell
Welcome little girl!

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.

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Fiona Sadler October 30, 2015 - 7:47 pm

So happy you got your home birth and such a different experience. I love all the photos so far and can’t wait to see more.
By the way, I had bet on you having a girl! Theo looks thrilled.

My Two Mums October 30, 2015 - 7:51 pm

Welcome to the world little one.

Carie @ Space for the Butterflies October 30, 2015 - 8:30 pm

Yay yippee hurray and many congratulations!! She is absolutely adorable:)

Nancy October 31, 2015 - 2:32 am

Clare, Jim and Theo-
Such lovely photos of your wee girl. She is beautiful and will bring you so much joy. I think that having the birth at home with all the support of a midwife is a wonderful way to welcome a child.

All mine were born in hospital and some with a fair bit of intervention. But the last one was really special because she was born without an induction and without drugs. I felt that by that point I had figured out how to work through the birth experience. It seems that you had a similar sense of peace and joy with how things went.

Names – such a challenging thing. By the time you rid yourself of the names of old girlfriends, mean girls at school and ones that rhyme with something awful, there are so few to choose from. But you will pick something lovely and it will fit her. She looks like you Clare.

Teresa October 31, 2015 - 7:13 am

Wonderful news.. So pleased it all went well… My grandson was a home water birth & both he and his Mum were very calm. He has continued to be a very relaxed easy baby. Good luck with it all & don’t fret to much about her name… They all seem to grow into whatever is chosen…. xx

Linda October 31, 2015 - 8:30 am

Congratulations! Wonderful news, fabulous photos. Theo looks a happy big brother and the baby is gorgeous. Well done!

karen October 31, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Oh my goodness she is beautiful. I’m so pleased it all went as planned. What a beautiful name too xx

Louisa November 1, 2015 - 8:12 pm

Congratulations on your beautiful new arrival! I’m so pleased you got the home birth you had hoped for. Theo looks like a very excited big brother! x

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Kara November 2, 2015 - 8:32 am

Huge congratulations, she is beautiful xxx

Verily Victoria Vocalises November 2, 2015 - 9:46 am

Congratulations to you and your family. She is gorgeous x

susankmann November 2, 2015 - 11:06 am

Congratulations lovely xx

Emma Shilton November 2, 2015 - 12:36 pm

What wonderful news, congratulations to you and your family. She is gorgeous and Theo looks so happy to start his new role as Big Brother xx

Carin November 2, 2015 - 5:10 pm

Congratulations! I’m so happy for you all. xx

Kara November 2, 2015 - 9:57 pm

Huge Congrats, how beautiful is the picture of your babies together, pure pride in big brothers eyes xxx

Lizzie Roles November 4, 2015 - 11:36 am

Huge congratulations again Clare to you and your family. She’s an absolute beaut! You will find a name just sticks, so just let it come naturally, I know you will choose a great name and fits her perfectly xo Lizzie xo

Jane November 4, 2015 - 10:24 pm

Congratulations Clare and your lovely family. She looks adorable.

Indianna November 11, 2015 - 2:45 pm

Beautiful baby girl and a very proud big brother. Congratulations and most people I know suit the name they have. I think they grow into them!


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