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Ooh Baby Baby

 

 

The epic story is this. Boy met girl and girl met boy and there were flowers everywhere.  Fun and merriment ensued and eventually a baby made them three. And  happily they all lived until the girl worried was this to be the only baby. And in a feat of miraculous proportions, girl manifests her hearts desire as the last grains of sand leave the hourglass.

 

 

On March 5th, the girl who is me, gave birth to a little girl at 4:47am at the Memorial Hospital at Easton, Maryland in the USA. I was surprised and delighted she was a GIRL and her name had always been Fiona Marie Peach. She’s a charmer. And I’m told beautiful for a newborn.

The nursing staff were dutiful. And I owe a great deal to nurse Kelly who cared for me until the baby was out. And she was the lucky one to give her the first bath. Nurse Shannon was funny and sweet took care of the baby and me through the next night so I could get those meager few hours of sleep. And nurse Connie was my advocate to get me released from the hospital early so I could come home and find the beginnings of my zen with a newborn.

 

 

To say that this baby has brought joy to many would only be the a preface to a life I know will spread happiness beyond the expectations of her parents and family. There’s something about this Wee Fiona.

Or maybe newborns seem to promise HOPE to everyone in their presence. I now get it daily. It’s doing wonders for my complexion.

Shalagh and Fiona several hours after the birth.

 

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22 Responses to “Ooh Baby Baby”

  1. kathy says:

    No Kidding you look FANTAStic!!

    What a sweet little girl! Can’t wait to meet her!

    • Shalagh says:

      Kathy,
      I’ve been thinking of you because you were one of the ones that knew she was a girl. Want to share her with you soon. And talk pictures.
      I think she’ll be as photogenic as Eamon is. Calling Soon.
      Love,
      Shalagh

  2. Leslie says:

    She is beautiful! I’m so very happy for your family.theres nothing like a daughter! Love to all!

    • Shalagh says:

      And I will be calling your butt up when I end up with my sweet little love love turning into a sassy pants. And I hope you will be the wise grandma by then.
      Thank you so much Leslie.
      Love,
      Shalagh

  3. Sandra says:

    You and Fiona are gorgeous! Huge congratulations!!!

    And good on you as an older mom. Yay!

    • Shalagh says:

      I got the love to spare. My body will heal. And my heart is swelling to a new capacity. Thanks Sandra and know you are an inspiration as well.
      Love,
      Shalagh

  4. Y says:

    This is *the* awesome: “To say that this baby has brought joy to many would only be the preface to a life I know will spread happiness beyond the expectations of her parents and family.” Lovely writing, lovely sentiment. Awesome awesome awesome.

    • Shalagh says:

      Yellie,
      I am glad that the sentiment that I was trying to convey came through. At least to you. And that means the world to me. Thank you so much.
      Love,
      Shalagh

  5. Amy says:

    Wow! What a peach she is! Bringing dinner tomorrow and can’t wait to hold her! I LOVE her name!

  6. Oh, Shalagh, she is so amazingly beautiful. I love the photo of the two of you staring at each other. What a magical moment. I hope you’re getting in that zen time with her. Much love, Amy xoxo

    • Shalagh says:

      Amy, It’s just starting now with the chaos abating. My body’s still messy but I am digging on the baby groove. And thanks for your encouragement and sharing Becky with me. I read her verbal “d’ post yesterday and needed it.
      Love,
      Shalagh

  7. Awww Mrs H – you done good! Fiona is adorable – and I dont say that easily as a lot of new borns just look like Winston Churchill to me!

    Congrats – times like this I wish the pond wasn’t so big so I could get a baby hug….sending one across the virtual airwaves 🙂

    Love Mrs Smiff x

    • Shalagh says:

      And Mrs Smiff if you were here, I’d let you hold her and gaze into her face. For at least a half hour… until her next admirer came. Mark says her older brother will negate the need for a moat. But he may still need razor wire to keep her suitors out. She’s beautiful to me but I didn’t expect anyone else to say so. But she sneezes like a pug dog! Thanks for your love. I’m saving it all in my heart.
      Love back atcha,
      Shalagh

  8. Amanda says:

    Holy hell, how do you look so gorgeous after pushing a baby out?!? 🙂 You are both beautiful! Congratulations!!!

    • Shalagh says:

      Good genes. Even the nurse at the hospital didn’t realize I was an old broad until the last day. Thanks Amanda. Now I have a girl too. And, epidurals take the pain away and allow you to laugh your baby right out.
      Love,
      Shalagh

  9. Jane Barry says:

    Shalagh, this is a beautiful post but the main thing I can’t get over is how beautiful you look! Look at you! So happy you are on this side of things and hope you’re well x o x Thinking of you and sending much love from Ireland

    • Shalagh says:

      Thank you for the compliment. I wished you could have an hour with me over tea and a baby. My neighbor just gifted me Early Days onesies from Ireland today. And a little soft hedgehog from Germany as Mark’s grandfather was from there. The baby is sleeping in a Moses basket which I saw for the first time outside someone’s door in Ireland. So you’re here in a way.
      Love back atcha,
      Shalagh

  10. Jennifer says:

    Sending loads of love to your Wee Fiona. She’s just gorgeous! You do look amazing. And she is full of hope…I love that most of all. She’s the hope of everything new and lovely and wonderful. Lucky baby to be born to such a mother.

    xoxo

  11. OMG! This completely slipped past me 🙂 Congratulations Shalagh. She is worthy of an industrial sized brrrrrr. Beautiful. xo

    • Shalagh says:

      Oh dear. No worries.You are on the other side of the earth and we’ve not yet met. I am flattered beyond belief at your enthusiasm and well wishes. Thank you so very much Marg. I have a girl! So now I expect you to offer up unsolicited advice on raising her. That’s what friends do.
      Love to you and yours,
      Shalagh

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