Wednesday, July 27, 2011

So I huffed and I puffed...

And here he is:

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The little guy was finally born on Wednesday afternoon after a Tuesday that had many a contraction but sadly no action.

But who cares about the lead up - all that matters is that on Wednesday the mister handed me a crying, crimson, cross-eyed bundle that looked like a Himalayan sherpa garden gnome and I fell deeply in love.

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Aw, I'm sorry little man, but you were kinda funny looking.

The French hospital experience had its differences, but nothing too bizarre. Although let me say one thing (look away ladies who haven't yet had children) - stitches without a local anaesthetic beforehand is just not on.

As this baby wasn't my first (by a long shot) I could elect to go home after three days, so it was a quick stay.

The light was particularly lovely in my room:

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And I really dug the wallpaper:

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And the nice nun who brought me some free chocolates from Puyricard's amazing chocolatier:

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I'll be in trouble when the mister sees this as I failed to mention these to him. Nom nom nom.

And I managed to do a bit more sewing on this @#$% thing.

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I've just realised it's almost been a year since I started this project. *sob*

But mainly I lay around with a dopey look on my face and marvelled at the fact I had another baby in my arms.

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And gave thanks that I will never, ever have to give birth again. Phew.

49 comments:

Oma said...

He is so beautiful. I have tears of joy in my eyes for you and your family. Thank you for sharing!!!

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Congratulations on your new son. He is beautiful.

Sequana said...

He seems like he had a wonderful time on your vacation. *S*

What a beautiful boy.

B said...

Oh wow Kirsty - he is beautiful and not at all garden gnome-y!

Congratulations! Gros bisous xx

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Congratulations! - I spotted you on Susan's blog, and ended up here via a lot of other places this evening, just in time to see your cutie! x

blandina said...

Don't I know...stitches and no anaesthetic... fabulous to give birth in a Catholic country!
Such a cute little boy, congratulations again.

Susan Snooks said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! He is beautiful!! Quite a bundle, I see! Stitches and no anaesthetic- you're kidding! Give him a cuddle for me and enjoy every moment! Suz

**Anne** said...

Congratulations!! He is adorable. Enjoy him to the max!!
Anne xx

Selina said...

The news I've been waiting for! I assumed this was the reason for your absence, congratulations! He is just adorable (likeness to a Himalayan sherpa garden gnome or not!), I love that second photo so much!

I just couldn't help squeezing my legs together very tight with the thought of stitches, and no anesthetic, *shudder*.

A Treasured Past said...

Congratulations on your newest bundle of joy, he is too cute! Tamara x

p.s. you will never guess what my word verification was. It was belly! too fitting.

Miriam said...

Congratulations to you and the Mister, Kirsty!! Your new son is adorable!!

midge said...

congratulations to you and your gorgeous little family. i have been checking your blog regularly for news. so glad that he arrived safely. he is beautiful and not in the least bit gnomey

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Congratulations to you and your beautiful family on the safe arrival of your little guy! He looks so adorable.

Meg said...

Aw, Kirsty, he's just lovely! Enjoy every second!

Monkeysinmypocket said...

Congratulations! he's adorable. Good luck to you and your family. I must say that I have been following your blog for a while now and I completely envy you! Your photos are amazing. I dream of one day visiting Europe but fear I will never want to leave! best wishes again!

Christine said...

He is so cute! I so love that you can admit the funny-lookingness of a newborn, we used to call ours E.T. But, really, when he is not all scrunchy he is really beautiful. And lucky you on those yummy looking chocolates! Although I should think that you should have gotten more after the rude lack of anesthetic.....

Lauren said...

Well done! Sounds like the birth was a little rugged at times. But he's worth it - so gorgeous. Congrats to you and your family.

Connie said...

Congratulations on the birth of your handsome boy! Enjoy your sweet addition to the family.

knitalatte said...

Kirsty, your new son is so beautiful. I can see why you spend hours just looking at all his wonderfulness. Congratulations to you and your family.
You are one brave lady to go al naturale with the birth. You deserve chocolate, champagne, and much more!

Veronica said...

Congratulations! Your new son is adorable! Glad to hear that it went pretty smoothly. You certainly deserve chocolates after that ^.^

Sara Louise said...

He is the cutest, most adorable Himalayan sherpa garden gnome I have ever seen!
Congratulations Kirsty! And thanks for the heads up about the stitches without any pain relief... mental note... give birth back in US.
GROS BISOUS XXX

Belinda Saville said...

Ahhhh, I have been stalking your blog for days waiting for news!!! What a relief to hear that your little man is finally here!

He is SO gorgeous, Kirsty :-) And I know he will be oozing oodles of that amazing newborn scent...gosh, how I miss that smell... *le sigh*

Enjoy every moment with your newest bundle...you did good, lady :-)

B.
-xxx-

meredith said...

Congratulations! What a gorgeous gnome you have there :)

Sarah - Red Gingham said...

Oh my that's quite a face! I'm sure he will iron out and be a gorgeous little boy. Well done for getting through your last labour. It's a lovely feeling indeed.

My mother rang me with your big news this morning. She's been waiting with anticipation all week! We are both thrilled he's arrived safely. Have a wonderful time getting to know your sweet little man. Hope he's getting smothered in kisses and huge from his sister and brothers.

Betty said...

What a beautiful baby boy!
Congratulations to the whole family!!

Lauren said...

oh what a little treasure! glad to hear he is safely in the world, hope your recovery goes well and the big siblings settle in well with their new little brother! xx

Lisar said...

Congratulations to you and your family....what a little darling...Bless you all

Katherine said...

Congratulations! Happy to hear your little guy arrived safely and you're recovering (ouch! on the stitches with no pain meds - maybe the chocolates were some sort of compensation? ;o)

Enjoy your sweet boy, Kirsty. Best wishes to you and your lovely family.

diana said...

So you did it! Great job, I might add :). The baby is just perfect! Congratulations!

Marg said...

Congratulations, he's a real cutey. Not at all garden gnomey. beautiful photos.
Ouch, no anesthetic, that's not nice, you deserve more than chocolates for that.
So close to the 21st, sigh, lol!

my cup of tea said...

Awww what a cutie!!! Congratulations!
~Donna~

Lindy in Brisbane said...

Congratulations Kirsty. He's so beautiful. You made me recall the rush of love I had for my newborns. Not to mention the memory of the pain in the perineum! I too am glad I never have to give birth again! Well done!

Jasmine MacDonald said...

He is gorgeous, love his howling little gnome face!! (When S1 was born he looked like Syd James covered in wrinkles. Can't wait - well I can actually!!! - till he gets old so I can see if the wrinkles return...).
Congratulations to both, all of you, how wonderful to have anotehr little baby to sniff and cuddle. Hugs from Oz, xxxxx

Nicola said...

Absolutely gorgeous - I have been thinking of you, so glad to hear all is well. This is the best birth announcement I have ever seen - you are so funny :) The last baby is very special - enjoy lots of cuddles and forget about the sewing - I managed one row of a garter stitch blanket while I was in hospital with Florence. It was finally finished when she was nine months old!!!

Aurélie * Plumetis magazine said...

Congratulations Kirsty! Toutes mes félicitations !

Cally said...

Ah, he's beautiful! Congratulations to you and your family!

Anonymous said...

There's nothing so beautiful as a new-born. Best wishes & blessings to you & your family. from Jenny M

Suze said...

Congratulations. He is just so wonderful. New borns are so special and they change so fast. I have to agree with the others, those sutures so painful and although I am clucky I am glad childbirth is behind me.

serendipity said...

Congratulations. He's gorgeous.

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! He is such a handsome little guy!

Jennifer :)

magpie chic said...

Well congratulations!!! You got yourself a new project.
Well done.
Luv Jacqui

Dianne said...

Ah Kirsty! I was away in Melbourne and missed your post - Congratulations!! and he's just perfect - all that huffing and puffing was worth it. Beautiful little boy - Well Done! xx

Cathy said...

Congratulations on your adorable little bundle. What cute photos! Best wishes to all of your family.

Mimi and Tilly said...

Mahooooosive congratulations! Your son is absolutely beautiful. Em x

Anonymous said...

Hi Kirsty and Family,

Congratulations from Cathy and Randolph in Brissie!

Virginia said...

My first day to your fabulous blog and look what you produced just for me! HA I'm happy to be among the hundreds to say welcome to the world sweet boy and of course a hug for you for a job well done.
V

Connys Cottage said...

what a lovely baby!!!!gratulation!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! He looks like a lovely little man.

Hope you have lots of naps and get some time to craft over the next few months.

Birdie

~ Kim ~ said...

Congrats! I had my 4th too, also a boy and my last! Well done. I'm going to enjoy your blog.

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