Baby photos

I started this blog because of the Christchurch earthquakes but many women start blogs as a way to record images of their children. My blog has certainly morphed into that over the years but there’s nothing of my children from before the earthquakes. I realised this yesterday when I went searching for a baby photo of Daniel. So I thought I’d share a baby photo of each them here now.

Here’s Daniel at less than 24 hours old. He was born in Christchurch Women’s hospital in 2007. He was born about 3 hours after my arrival at hospital and despite my pleas for an epidural, no pain relief was forthcoming because there was no anaesthetist around to administer one. This is one of the problems when you live in a developing country 😉 So Daniel entered the world listening to his mother’s foul language. Ben was there and noted that just as Daniel emerged he (Ben) was reminded of Zaphod Beeblebrox, the character with two heads from Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.


And here’s Elizabeth at about the same age. She was also born at Christchurch Women’s Hospital but in 2009 and her birth was also very quick (it pays to marry a man shorter than yourself). This time I did get an epidural because I asked for one about, oh, 6 months in advance, I think. Epidurals are the best. I was still able to return home about 3 hours after her birth which is why this photo was taken from home. And I have boobs, as you can see (apologies to my father if he’s reading this who will no doubt be embarrassed by the mention of body parts) but I’m very happy to have my own figure back again.


15 responses to “Baby photos”

  1. These are lovely photos. You look radiant 🙂 Wonderful memories to keep. 🙂

    1. Thanks. I think I look rather tired which is to be expected I guess. And yes, they are wonderful memories to have.

      1. Well, yes – you have just ‘laboured’ – but still the Happy New Mother shines through 🙂

  2. There is nothing more beautiful than a new mother. These pictures made my eyes tear up 🙂

    1. Oh, that’s so sweet. Thank you 🙂

  3. So beautiful. And if it’s any consolation (regarding your son’s entry to the world surrounded by colorful language), my firstborn entered the world, opened just one eye (as if he couldn’t be bothered with two) then gave us all the bird. Birth is indeed a miraculous and unpredictable thing.

    1. Haha, that’s so funny. They’re so cute when they’re little like this. I loved having a tiny little baby but they don’t stay little for very long.

  4. Absolutely gorgeous photos and funny commentary. Your ‘body parts’ look great. 🙂

    1. Thanks. I’m glad you found it funny 🙂

  5. I also married a man shorter than myself, but I didn’t get to test the birthing babies thing since the boys were surgically extracted. 🙂

    1. Your babies were probably smaller anyway since there were three at once in the one oven 🙂

      1. I guess I’ll have to just have one now. (Obviously very very kidding.)

        1. What’s the name of those YouTube videos where kids can learn to draw again? I forgot.

  6. Beauiful mummy & me pics here Rachel 🙂 I didn’t have any pain relief for all three of my births for one reason or another, despite begging for it…and yes, I am insane 😛

    1. Oh you poor thing! It really is a ghastly experience. But with an epidural it’s rather pleasant 🙂

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