Happy birthday, Elizabeth

On this day, four years ago, Elizabeth was born. In hindsight, it wasn’t very well planned but she was due on the 17th of December and kept us waiting. After two weeks, the hospital staff refused to let me wait any longer and so on New Year’s Eve 2009, I was induced and Elizabeth was born. I’m sure it was the easiest birth in all of history, being completely pain-free thanks to an epidural, and taking at most about an hour. I’ve had one child with an epidural and one child without and my view is that epidurals are definitely the way to go. She was born at around 7pm and we were back at home by 10pm.

Now she is a delightful and energetic four-year-old. Her main interests are in the natural world and her favourite toys are rocks, sticks and leaves. There is a never-ending collection of bits from outdoors in our living room. She’s got quite a husky voice so I’m convinced she’s going to be a soul singer when she grows up. She certainly likes to sing and dance.

Today we are throwing a fancy dress party for her and the adults are required to wear a costume too. Why should the children have all the fun? Ben and I have both chosen, separately of each other, to be villains. I’m Cat Woman and he’s Darth Vader. Daniel is Robin Hood and Elizabeth is the heroine from Brave, Merida.

Happy New Year to all. I hope 2014 is a good year.