Friday, 2 August 2013

She is here!

I can hardly believe that I am writing this, partly because I am more exhausted than I ever remember being so am impressed I still have the capacity to make sense (maybe I don't but I'll only find that out when I read it back in a few days). But mostly because the seemingly impossible has happened:

Six and a half years after we started trying we have a daughter.

A gorgeous, tiny, wonderful little mite.


She is called Olive Frances (so narrowly escaped being called Ivy F!). She is the most beautiful baby in London/ the UK, I know, what were the chances we'd end up with the best one?!


She arrived on Wednesday (the 31st, was that Wednesday?) at 36weeks and 6 days. She was 5lb 9oz.

I want to write about the birth but that will have to wait until I have more energy, a computer, and home (I'm still in hospital just now).

In the meantime say hello to our little one (*** update seems no one can see the picture, she is real honest! Will upload as soon as I get home - still pushing hard to leave today):




73 comments:

  1. Hello little Olive Frances and welcome to the world. Congratulations! I am so happy for you both after such a long wait. She certainly is the most beautiful little girl and I'm sure you will make spectacular parents. Speedy recovery. With lots of love from Carolineno's Mum.

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    1. Obviously I meant to say most beautiful baby girl in London, Arthur being the best boy! Thanks xxx

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  2. Hello little most beautiful baby girl in London!!
    So very very welcome, so so happy you are here!

    From Amsterdam with Love (also from a slightly bigger beautiful baby girl, who would love to go to London one day)
    VV

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  3. So glad to hear that she is here, safely. Huge congratulations to all of you!! Wishing you a speedy recovery as well.

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  4. Brilliant news! So pleased that she is safely here. Hopefully you get to escape soon. Post-natal wards get old quickly....Unfortunately I can't get the photo to load so can't coo over her but prepared to accept she is indeed the most beautiful baby in London!

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  5. This really is the best news.... so pleased for you, I am crying... and I don't even know you... but of course, I have been following your blog for at least a year or more of the 6 years it took you to get here...

    Time for a new blog ... where I am sure you will entertain us with news of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRL in London (maybe even the WORLD!)

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  6. Congratulations, I'm beyond thrilled for you. Couldn't get the photo to load either but am sure that she is just gorgeous. Enjoy all those soft, snuffly cuddles xx

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  7. I've been following your blog for a long, long time now and just wanted to add my congratulations!! So glad she has arrived safe and well and here's looking forward to lots of happy times together.

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  8. She's here! I could not be more delighted for you!
    A thousand Irish welcomes to Olive. Many many congratulations to you all!

    xxx

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  9. Wonderful news - many congratulations. I've followed your journey for quite a long time now and I'm thrilled for you.
    PS Ivy F would have been good!

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  10. We can't see her but well done! I am so glad this day arrived x

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  11. Ack I can't see the picture!

    But DELIGHTED for you both, I don't think I've ever read such a happy post from you, long may it continue. And welcome to Olive Frances :)

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  12. I have followed your blog for years. Thrilled for you. Best wishes from Ireland.

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  13. Oh fantastic, congratulations – so happy for you all! You did it!

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  14. Aargh! I can't see the picture!!! Help! Must see!

    Many, many congratulations and welcome to the world, Olive. I am so pleased for you. Enjoy all the cuddles!

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  15. How completely random- just spotted an old bookmark for w4i and clicked through- "Is she still doing the agony aunt stuff?"- what a brilliant surprise. Congratulations on your completely improved womb and here's to what will surely be a fantastic blog on being a new parent: 'The 3am Diaries', perhaps?

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  16. Wonderful! I can't see the picture, but I'm sure she is just gorgeous!! Love sent from the states!

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  17. Sandy in Florida2 August 2013 at 12:35

    Congratulations! I couldn't be more thrilled for you all. I remember years ago reading your blog, thrilled when you had leaps forward and crushed when things didn't work out. Through it all you never stopped trying, fighting, wishing & hoping. You never let it truly crush your spirit, and you'll need that great attitude because the toddler years will test your resolve. But again, congratulations and have a wonderful weekend as a new family.

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  18. Congratulations from a long time reader of your blog! All best wishes for your beautiful new baby girl!

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  19. Ahh HUGE Congratulations this has made my day! What a beautiful name xx

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  20. I am sat at my desk in work in tears... Huge congratulations, I am so happy for you. A family of three, how absolutely wonderful xxx

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  21. Congratulations! I love the name.

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  22. Mazal tov!!! I've been following your blog through years and my own IF struggles - little girls are the BEST!!! I'm so happy for you!!!!!

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  23. So glad to read this, and to know that you are both well. So very, very happy for you. All feels right with the world today. xoxo

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  24. This just made my Friday. I am so beyond happy for you and I absolutely adore the name. Enjoy this crazy, exhausting time!!

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  25. You have a baby! An adorable wonderful baby daughter! That is such fantastic news, I'm so pleased you have your happy ending.

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  26. I knew it !!! You have been silent the past few days, and the BP was climbing up.... yep... induction time !! Congratulations. Best. News. Ever.

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  27. Woooohooooo!!! Big congrats mama!!! Big smile on my face :)

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  28. Congratulations. Enjoy your time with the most beautiful baby in London!

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  29. THRILLED THRILLED THRILLED~ Healthy baby and healthy mom! Such great joy for you all!
    Looking forward to pictures and hoping you will continue to blog about the wonders of new parenthood and the glories of your daughter!

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  30. CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  31. Congratulations!!! I'm so incredibly happy for you!!! :)

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  32. Congratulations!! SO pleased to hear your news - all the best to your little familiy! xx

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  33. A BIG congratulation! It's been a long road, but it lead you to her! I's so happy for you! Can't wait to see the pic!

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  34. CONGRATULATIONS!!! OH I'm so SO excited for you, your husband, and Olive. I'm so happy to hear she's arrived safely and though exhausted you're all doing well. Nope still no picture, but I believe you....can't wait to see the gorgeous little one though....as I'm sure she is absolutely the most adorable newborn around :)

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  35. HURRAH! Congratulations! Welcome, much longed-for Olive Frances. Olive is lovely name. Olive trees are the most noble and elegant trees ever.

    Best wishes for a swift recovery and lots of delighted tearful hugs.

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  36. Congratulations and welcome Olive Frances! I will call you Ivy anyway...

    Can't wait to see pictures! Hope you're quickly on your way home, that your blood pressure is back to normal, and that you are feeling fantastic in short order.

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  37. Congratulations! So pleased for you all. Janine told me the news on weds so looking forward to seeing a pic xxxx
    (Leanne, Granines sis) x

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  38. I can see the photos....she is beautiful. I have been checking your blog often after your last few posts and sending lots of good thoughts your way. Congratulations. I am so very very happy for you. Looking forward to hearing all about it when you have the time to inform us. In the mean time...enjoy all your snuggles with little Olive!

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  39. so beautiful - what a lovely name (I'm mum to Stanley...) much love to you all xxx

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  40. At long last, I can welcome you to the ‘other side’, and now I can also breath again even if my fingers are now fixed permanently crossed.

    That wonderful rush of falling deeply and completely in love with your baby is great isn’t it?

    Congratulations and welcome little Olive ☺

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  41. Congratulations! She is lovely. I am sure she is the best baby London has ever seen :-) Very cute.

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  42. She is as beautiful as you say! Congratulations, and many, many warm returns!

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  43. Congratulations and welcome, Olive Frances! What a beautiful name and a beautiful baby. I'm so very very happy for you.

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  44. Sandy in Florida3 August 2013 at 01:44

    What a gorgeous baby!

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  45. I've been following your journey for so long! So very happy for you and hubby! Olive is gorgeous!

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  46. Just seeing the photos now.Beautiful. On so many levels.

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  47. Aha! There she is! Isn't she beautiful?! I love how they look so concerned with their little furrowed brows...

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  48. OH the pictures are up! She's GORGEOUS!!! That first picture is so sweet it nearly makes my teeth hurt! SO SO SO happy for you all!!

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  49. Welcome to the big wide world, Olive! So very happy for you guys (gals)! I hope you think she is worth every second of your wait! Rest up and enjoy this first moments with your new little family!

    (this comment has way too many exclamation points...)

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  50. So wonderful!! Love the name Olive. Love the "Tiny" hat. And love her. So adorable :)

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  51. Congratulations! She's perfect.

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  52. Now I can see her! And she is the most beautiful baby in London, definitely. (Am OK with saying that as we don't live in London!)

    And so tiny! Enjoy every single precious moment you can.

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  53. No she really is beautiful. I am so thrilled for you (which is not stalkerish at all) so wonderfully happy! Get ready for the best year of your life!

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  54. She is beautiful! Congratulations!!! Enjoy these first precious moments together.

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  55. I am so happy for you. Many, splendid, wondrous congratulations to you. There are so many sparkly days ahead (there are shit days too, believe me - but the sparkle ALWAYS outweighs the shit).

    All of those long years you waited will be worth it.

    Happy, happy xx

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  56. Amazing. Wonderful. Congratulations to you and your husband and welcome beautiful little olive. So happy.

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  57. She is beautiful! Well done

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  58. She is beautiful, massive congratulations to you xx. Also a huge thank you - as someone who is screwing up the courage to attempt ICSI again, thank you for giving me a glimpse of the end result.

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  59. She's beautiful! Congratulations!

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  60. OH!!! She's so amazingly gorgeous!!! Congratulations MAMA!!! I'm so happy for you!

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  61. She is very clearly the most gorgeous, wonderful baby in all of London/UK. I feel quite confident in saying that, even though I've never been! She is sublimely beautiful. Too good for grammar, for sure. I hope everyone is taking good care of YOU these days, mama,and that the pesky blood pressure problem resolved itself soon after birth. Cheers to a job well done!

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  62. I'm a bit slow, but it has just occurred to my that Olive shares my nephew's birthday. He is 25, Irish and now currently on a working/drinking visa in Australia.
    It's good to know, that apart from a birthday, they will have absolutely nothing else in common :-)
    Hope all's going well. All your stalkers here are now eager for the next update on your happy news.

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  63. what a beauty! Congratulations.

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  64. Congratulations! What a lovely baby!

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  65. Congrats! A beautiful baby girl, and I'm sure one glance at that tiny, perfect face made every minute of those six long years well worth it! Best wishes for the future!

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  66. Congratulations! She is gorgeous. Hello to the most beautiful baby in the UK from the most beautiful one in Switz ;)

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  67. So SO happy for you. Huge hugs. She is beautiful. XXXXX Amanda
    http://deardarl.wordpress.com/

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  68. This is a long past due congratulations on your little one. She is beautiful!

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  69. Overdue congratulations! Thrilled for you, and welcome to Olive!

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  70. Ahh huge congratulations! It has been way too long since I visited your blog but decided to come by today and so pleased to read your news! My baby arrived on June 28, my struggle wasn't as tough as yours and that made me I admire your positivity, honesty strength and humour even more. Enjoy every moment, it really is the best thing ever isn't it. : ) X x

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