Christine and I are delighted to announce the slightly earlier-than-planned arrival of our daughter, who we’ve named Elizabeth Eva Turner. She was born yesterday morning at 38 weeks. She weighed 2.56 kilograms, or 5 pounds and 10 ounces.
We’re all rather exhausted; Christine’s waters broke just before midnight on Boxing Day, although her labour didn’t begin in earnest until the morning. She was delivered without an epidural; not through choice though – the contractions progressed so quickly that there wasn’t time. Elizabeth is fine; Christine is okay but will need a bit more time to recover and so they will both stay in hospital until today at the very earliest.
We chose the name Elizabeth, after one of her grandmothers, but also because it’s not too pretentious and can be abbreviated in several ways (Liz, Lizzy, Beth etc.) . And her middle name is after the storm which caused all of the flooding, and very nearly meant that we couldn’t make it to the hospital. We were lucky to find one route out that wasn’t completely flooded.
We’re looking forward to bringing her home very soon, and starting a new chapter of our lives as parents. Also, we owe a big thank you to everyone who looked after us at the hospital – especially over a holiday weekend.