Showing posts from October, 2011

Two weeks

My name is Ella and I am almost two weeks old. So far life has been great: sleeping as much as I want, screaming when I’m hungry and getting lots and lots of attention from my sister. Apart from a few midnight episodes I have been pretty soft on my parents. They seem to think that I’m a relaxed and happy baby. Already we’ve been making trips to the city and the hills. Mum is ever so excited that this time around breastfeeding works fine. No bottles so far, which saves them a great deal of hassle. So all good down here.
My strategy: let my parent believe that I’m an easy baby. I’ll make them pay for it one day ;-)

Many thanks everyone for the congratulations, presents and well wishes. Hope to see you all in person one day, but I understand that my parents have made this quite hard for all of you guys overseas. Apologies for that. I must have rather difficult parents ...

Mum's birthday

After a day-of-birth last Thursday, it was time for a birthday today. With Ella just three days old, Mum’s birthday started off in the hospital. Bubs got her final tests done, and all looked good. That was a great birthday present in itself. Daddy’s and Nora’s day started with putting up balloons and baking a birthday cake. Then it was off to Mt Barker to pick up the ladies, and bring them to a decorated home for a big welcome party. Happy birthday Mummy! And welcome home Ella!

Ella seems to be a happy baby. She drinks well and looks relaxed and chubby. She’s a hungry girl, but once fed she settles easily. And she loved her first bath so much that she fell asleep! See video below.


What an excitement. After spending a day and night with Tristan and Miles (Amanda & Stephen’s kids) Nora was picked up by daddy and they drove to the Mt Barker hospital. See how Nora greets Mummy and meets her newborn sister for the very first time….


Finally, after such a long wait, there she is: another little girl. And what a surprise she has for us: dark hair and dark eyes! The longer we look at her, the less sure we are of the exact colour of her eyes. Is it brown, dark blue or even dark green?
Her birth was in many ways similar to Nora’s one. This time it took 12 hours (who says the second one is easier?!?) The baby was almost two weeks late and had to be induced.  We did so early in the morning in the small countryside hospital of Mt Barker.  After a couple of hours the contractions really took off, and Mikaela got her epidural. Then things slowed down again, and it was not until nightfall when showtime started. A couple of tough and stressful hours followed of hard labour and a stubborn baby that just would not come down.  Assisted by some of the best midwifes in the business, Mikaela pushed herself beyond all limits. She was the hero of the day. She finished it almost completely on her own, but just needed some help of a…