Saturday, July 12, 2008

News from Home


at 5.21am yesterday Katie and I became proud parents of a baby girl.
She weighed in at 7lbs 6oz, and Katie wanted me to stress that giving birth really really hurts. So don't let anyone tell you different.
When we got to the hospital on Thursday at about 7.00pm, there was organised chaos. One woman was giving birth in a car outside and another had collapsed throwing up in the waiting room. However, everyone at the Whittington was brilliant, and we were treated wonderfully well.

We haven't quite decided yet what to call her. And i've been banned from having a 'name that baby' competition on the blog, so don't ask.

Things we have learned so far.

1. I can write a blog despite having had 2 hours sleep in the last 50 hours
2. Babies cry a lot. Especially when there's no-one else around
3. Babies cry a lot and have no concept of night and day.
4. Babies cry a lot and sometimes for no reason that you can tell.
5. It's amazing how beautiful something that looks like a mini version of William Hague really is.

6. we are incredibly happy.

Her feet are a bit squashed up, where she's been using Katie as a kickbag for the last few months, and we have to see an orthopaedist about them in a week or so, but they'll probably point in the right direction by the time she takes up ballet, or whatever two week old baby girls do, so it's nothing to worry about.

And she sneezes in a very cute way.

And finally, here are the two stars of the show..



MarkF said...

Aww very cute.

Congratulations to you all...

Shena said...

That's great news - congratulations!!


JMcGinniss said...

Many congratulations and best to your growing family!

San said...

She's lovely!!! Congratulations!!

Karen said...

Aw, congratulations! Lovely news! Best wishes to you and your growing family!

pierre l said...

Congratulations. Your daughter is indeed lovely, and so are the pictures.

Mary Cavanagh said...

Many congratulations to you both. She has a very sweet face. Looking forward knowing Miss Key's name.

Anonymous said...

HOORAY! Congratulations to you both! see you soon, Nina x

Kate said...

Many, many congratulations.

Anonymous said...

I'm really, really happy for you both.

There's nothing like it!

Michael (Compass)

MarkFarley said...

many congrats again, bitsy. xx

Judy D said...

Many congratulations on baby Key's arrival. Well done and I bet you're both besotted..

Judy xx

Jude said...

Congratulations to you both.She is beautiful.Good to see a baby bookseller from the beginning

martin said...


I know a bookshop with a comfy sofa in it if you need to get some kip...

Simon Key said...

thankyou all so much for your lovely comments. Katie and I are enjoying a wonderfully steep learning curve, albeit without much sleep. Freya is an all night party animal at the moment, just like her parents, but you know what 3 day olds are like don't you?
I love my life.

Lucy Diamond said...

She is absolutely gorgeous, many congrats!

Lindsay said...

Congratulations! She's lovely, and beautiful photos, well done to Katie too!

Olive had squished up feet (or positional talipes as the midwife called it) when she was born too, but we got some little exercises to do from a physio every time we changed her nappy and they straightened out really quickly.

How Publishing Really Works said...

Oh, she's lovely: congratulations on her arrival. Don't expect any sleep at all, any time soon.

My son was born at the Whittington nearly 13 years ago, and had severe bilateral talipes: his was severe and didn't stretch out: he's had surgery, but is fine now. Your little girl looks enchanting, and talipes-free, but I was only adoring her gorgeous face so might have missed something important!

My memories of the Whittington are ones of panic, vomiting and women in chains clanking round the labour ward, fresh from Holloway. Has it changed since I left London?


CPMatthew said...

Belated congratulations from C & P Simon and Katie.

New bookshops VS New babies?

No contest!

Kelly said...

Belated congratulations!

Well chuffed for you all

Kel x