Sunday, February 13, 2011


Oona Mary Elizabeth Pirate!

Born on the day I saw the very first daffodils of spring (while walking to McDonald's for lunch while I was in labor!), and Pirate saw the first cherry blossoms (while walking home from work to take me to the birthing center).

And yes, that is a Star Wars T-shirt I'm wearing. I used the Force. It helped.

She weighed 8 lbs, 7.5 oz. Don't ask me how long she was, they don't do that measurement here so I have no idea.

We didn't go to a hospital, we we went to a midwife-led birthing centre. It was marvelous and peaceful. I was the only mother there, and I was waited on hand and foot by two fantastic midwives who had been working as a team for 30 years, knew each other inside and out, and had great humor and bantor, and by a materinity assistant, who did all the non-medical stuff like make me tea and draw me a bath after. I couldn't have received better care if I'd been the queen.

I stayed overnight with Oona in bed with me. They offered to let Pirate stay as well, since he was falling asleep on the tile floor of the delivery room. Poor wee Pirate; he was all pooped out after 11 hours of labor! *snort*

I'll post the whole story with the gorey details later, if any of you maternal vultures are interested. Right now I have to put the bed together for my maternal pirate-in-law, who is coming to stay for a few days to lend a hand so Pirate can go back to swashbuckling.


Ezri said...

What a gorgeous new pirate :) I'm sure she'll be swashbuckling with Mum and Dad in no time! Congratulations!

LC said...

Well done you. All I can tell you is that the next six months of your lives are going to be fantastic.

Wandering Wynie said...

So exciting!!! You both look beautiful in that picture.
When will she start blogging? I'm impatient.


Mr Farty said...

New humans are ace. And Oona sounds totally Star-Wars-ish even though it isn't.

Guess you'll be too busy to blog for a while, sigh.

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Zig said...

gorgeous! Well done on making a very nice one, wtf are you doing over the pond, come back so we can have a cuddle xx

Miss Melville said...

Congrats, darling! And, yes, gory details, please.

Geosomin said...

Amazing -she is lovely :)