…and then I had a baby!

newborn baby photo

Apologies to those who don’t follow me on Instagram or Twitter: it must have seemed as though I had suddenly disappeared from the face of the earth! This is the first time I’ve had access to my main computer and also, more crucially, the first time I haven’t had a very small human being attached to my chest. The baby (a beautiful, beautiful girl, born on the 17th June, more details to follow!) is asleep in the pram and I’m seizing the opportunity to “get things done” – though this is the sixth attempt today, so we’ll see how far I get…

11pm: well that went well. A whole paragraph! I’m trying to remember all of the things that I wanted to say in this first update post, but my mind is still quite foggy and I’m not sure where to start. Believe it or not, I actually wrote my last post (Pregnancy Week 41) when I was in early labour. My waters had broken at 4am on the Tuesday morning (16th) and I had been to the birth unit for a quick check-up. I spent the whole of Tuesday and the early hours of Wednesday in a weird state of semi-established-labour: strong contractions that were sometimes only three minutes apart, but then whole periods of time where they weakened off and became less frequent. It was incredibly frustrating, and things weren’t helped at all by the fact that my birthing unit had a policy that labour had to be induced 24 hours after the waters had broken, so I really felt that I was under pressure to “perform” and get the labour established. Apparently the induction policy is because of increased risk of infection once the waters have broken, but quite a few people at the hospital told me that the risk is tiny, I have yet to look up the stats. I really got a bee in my bonnet about the whole induction thing, at the time, but as it happened I never got that far because…

…just before they were about to induce me, they did a final internal check and realised that what at least ten different midwives had thought was a head sitting on my cervix wasn’t a head at all. It was a baby bottom. Baby had been breech the whole time! The funny thing is that I had been paranoid about the baby’s movements for most of the latter part of my pregnancy but hadn’t wanted to say anything because I didn’t want to jinx things: I thought that it was very weird that all of the “kick” movements seemed very low down in my pelvis and the movements higher up were like a rolling sensation. I had mentioned it to a couple of midwives during my antenatal visits but they had said that so long as there were regular movements if I lay quietly then there was nothing to worry about. In retrospect, I should have trusted my instincts, because every time I put my hand on the hard, round thing that was at the top of my belly I knew that it felt like a head! I had felt it from around 32/33 weeks.

The hospital (I wasn’t allowed anywhere near the low risk birthing unit by this point) weren’t incredibly happy about the idea of delivering a breech baby naturally. Although it is entirely possible, the fact that my labour was progressing slowly (the contractions actually stopped completely when I got to the hospital) meant that they would only deliver naturally if for some miraculous reason my labour started again in earnest over the course of the day. And so I ended up having something I had never even considered: an emergency caesarean section! After all of my many hours of breathing practice and visualisation and leg-strengthening exercises (for squatting! Stamina!) I ended up having to confront my absolute worst fear (apart from being trapped in a small space) and prepare myself for surgery. I was an absolute wreck – I don’t know whether I’ve mentioned before that I am somewhat hospital-phobic, but to say that I was jittery would be a total understatement. If my husband wasn’t a total rock and brilliant at keeping me on the level then I think they would have had to have sedated me.

I’m wondering whether anyone would be interested in a proper “birth story” post because I don’t really have much wisdom to impart – once my body was numbed it wasn’t like I had to do very much! Just lie there and call on my meditation techniques (the hypnobirthing practice was still incredibly worthwhile, it kept me a whole lot calmer than I would have been!) and wait for the baby to take her first cry.

And what an amazing first cry it was: quite possibly the most surreal moment of my entire life. One minute I could feel lots of pressing on my tummy and a weird rolling sensation down my body and the next I heard my very own baby taking her first breath. I couldn’t see her because they put a bit screen in front of your face so that you don’t have to watch yourself being worked upon (which I imagine would be quite like having some kind of out of body experience!) but as soon as she cried I felt the most amazing sense of relief and excitement and I was a little bit worried that I might give myself a heart attack because it felt as though my heart was going to burst out of my chest. I had never really allowed myself to imagine what it would be like to hold my baby or see my baby and so I was absolutely unprepared for the moment the midwife brought her around to see us. On the one hand I was totally wired on adrenaline and whatever drugs they had me on and didn’t fully comprehend that this was the little being I had carried around for so many months, but on the other hand it was a bit as though I was being reunited with a very old friend who I hadn’t seen in a long time. The face was completely new and alien to me but at the same time weirdly familiar.

The baby’s sex was a complete surprise; absolutely everyone I know thought that I was having a boy. And I was convinced I was having a boy. Only my husband had a feeling that it would be a girl. So it was a true surprise when they called out “it’s a girl!” (we had asked them to be very old-fashioned about calling out the sex and the whole surgical team humoured us) and also quite a surprise to find out that she weighed a whopping 9lbs 11oz. The midwife at my 40 weeks appointment had guesstimated a baby weight of about seven or seven and a half pounds and so I had packed loads of “tiny baby” clothes rather than “new baby” – I couldn’t believe it when they told me her weight! Though she has an absolutely monster appetite so now that I’ve known her for a couple of weeks it doesn’t surprise me one jot. It definitely explains why most of my baby weight was in the bump – she was obviously snorkelling up those Cornettos and Tracker bars that I was feasting on in the last month!

Ah, The Guzzler is awake: that’s all from me for today. Apologies again that this update is so tardy – I shall be back with much more. If you do want more detail on the whole birth experience then let me know – as I said, there’s not so much to say about the actual delivery part, but I can remember every little thing about the day so if it would interest you then I’ll certainly write a dedicated post. And then I need to start on the baby stuff because I have so much to talk about – heatwaves, nipples, the list is endless!

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  1. Emily
    July 5, 2015 / 11:08 pm

    Gah – SUCH a gorgeous photo!! The whole story, yes please!

    • abby
      July 8, 2015 / 6:10 pm

      Love that SHE is finally here and healthy and safe. Thanks so much for sharing so much of your pregnancy and birthing journey with us. Please write more on this and your continuing thoughts on motherhood too. God Bless all your kids. Your baby girl, Dexter, and Mr. Bear!

    • chezza
      August 2, 2015 / 3:03 pm

      Ruth, what a gorgeous little Daughter you and your husband have created. Best wishes. xoxo

  2. Charlotte
    July 5, 2015 / 11:24 pm

    Congratulations and I’m so happy for your family. I hope you, Mr AMR and Dexter are enjoying every moment of Baby AMR . It’s good to know the hypno stuff worked well in every situation. I know what you mean about hospitals.

  3. July 5, 2015 / 11:24 pm

    Yes! You describe it so beautifully: that feeling of being reunited with a very old friend, and the face being new and alien but familiar. I felt that, too, with my boys! Isn’t it funny?

    Well, I’m sure the emergency c-section was no picnic and expect you’ll need plenty of time to process all that. Come to think of it birth any way it happens requires time to process; it’s such a big thing. Congratulations to you and to Mr., and the little one, too! So much joy for all of you!

  4. Brenda
    July 5, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    I would love to hear the whole story if you are willing to share. Both my children were born via c-section, my first was an emergency c-section after pushing for 4 hours. They finally decided the baby was getting tired so that was my first. Turns out she was stuck. Back 30 years ago, if you had one c-section, all following pregnancies had to be c-sections also, so that was why I had two of them. I think things are different now. Thanks for sharing what you have so far!

  5. Susan Schaefer
    July 5, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    Oh yes, please, please, as much detail as you feel comfortable sharing! Though my two girls are 21and 15, I remember their births in great detail and I love hearing other’s birth stories. I’ve followed you with so much interest and happiness for you and Mr. AMR and Baby AMR. More, please! xo

  6. Joana
    July 5, 2015 / 11:34 pm

    How absolutely wonderful! I’m so happy for you, Ruth!
    Like everyone else, I had a feeling it was a boy and with that weight she is as strong as any boy. I hope you will tell us her name soon.
    Often these things don’t go according to plan and it’s useless to make too many assumptions about what the birth will be like, but the important part is everything went well and you have your baby!!
    :)))

  7. anon
    July 5, 2015 / 11:51 pm

    Congratulations…..!!!
    I was soooo waiting for this update…best wishes for the new family.

  8. July 5, 2015 / 11:53 pm

    Great read Ruth. It seems you and your little girl are doing well. I’m 38 weeks today so soon it will be my turn! How long did you have to stay in hospital for after your C-section?

  9. Onya1213
    July 6, 2015 / 12:41 am

    I CANNOT stop laughing—The Guzzler. Perfect!!! Thanks for the update, Ruth. Your writing skills haven’t suffered at all from being away from the computer. I look forward to any and all posts you feel comfortable writing. And please do extend my congratulations to Mr. AMR on the birth of BAMR. And for helping you navigate the birth process. So glad he was such a dependable partner. Well done all around.

  10. Melody
    July 6, 2015 / 12:51 am

    Would love to hear it all!!! So happy for you and Mr. AMR!!!

  11. Xanthe
    July 6, 2015 / 1:17 am

    Congrats! Children certainly do have a habit of not following the parents plans don’t they. Glad it all went well for you. X

  12. AMS
    July 6, 2015 / 1:30 am

    Hello Mummy! Congratulations on your old and new best friend 🙂 Yes, would love to hear your delivery story, can’t believe you even had to ask! The part where you said you have a lot of wisdom to share. Please do. Lots of well wishes and congratulations to your new family.

  13. Chris
    July 6, 2015 / 1:49 am

    Congratulations Ruth!!

  14. Claire
    July 6, 2015 / 2:07 am

    Hi

    Just to say congratulations!

    I’ve followed your other blog for years and have been checking back daily for update posts! With my not so new little one waking me up at this ungodly hour I checked and you’d posted I never thought I’d have a little one so your story when you shared it touched me.

    All the best x

  15. Claudia
    July 6, 2015 / 2:57 am

    Congratulations Ruth and Mr. AMR! I literally had my heart in my throat when you explain the feeling of hearing your baby girl take a breath for the first time. What a magical moment. I am so so very happy for you and can’t wait to hear more.

  16. Elisa
    July 6, 2015 / 3:06 am

    Congratulations Ruth! I smiled through the whole post. I am so glad you and your lovely family are fine. Regarding the extra posts, I have always been curious about the post-delivery stage, since I find that most blog articles miss some details, but I belive you are the right person for the job. How is the c-section recovery going? Best of luck with your baby girl! xx

  17. Karolina
    July 6, 2015 / 5:04 am

    Ruth, so happy to hear from you at last! all the three of you take care and enjoy those beautiful moments 🙂 lots of love for you.

  18. Rachel
    July 6, 2015 / 5:27 am

    Absolutely cannot wait for more:) Thank you for sharing Ruth. As I am having my first baby in November, I have been keeping up with your pregnancy since your announcement. Sounds like it was a tough one at the end there, so glad to hear you are all doing well. I want to hear all that you want to share. It will help me get ready for what is in store for me in November . xoxo

  19. Kathleen
    July 6, 2015 / 6:27 am

    great birth story. That’s exactly how I felt when I met my baby for the first time. I couldn’t quite place him he was so familiar to me like an old friend I’ve known my whole life! Very odd

  20. Eve Bisset
    July 6, 2015 / 6:50 am

    Congrats Ruth, glad you and your baby girl made it through birth safely, and thanks for sharing your experience. a Birth post would be fanastic 🙂

  21. Donna
    July 6, 2015 / 7:08 am

    Congratulations Ruth! xx

  22. July 6, 2015 / 7:11 am

    Ruth, thank you so much for sharing this! I loved this post :). So happy for you and your family and very glad to see that you’re loving motherhood already.

  23. Marianne
    July 6, 2015 / 7:15 am

    Thank you so much for your update/latest blog.Many, many congratulations on the safe arrival of Baby AMR, I am so incredibly happy for you. Both of my babies were very tall and big, i got tired of all the comments rather quickly!!

  24. Alice Perry
    July 6, 2015 / 7:20 am

    Congratulations Ruth and Mr AMR!!! What a fabulous story and yes we’d love to hear more. Having followed you through my current pregnancy (25 weeks atm) it would be lovely to keep up with the baby adventures! X

  25. Franzi
    July 6, 2015 / 7:22 am

    Hello Ruth and lovely Baby Girl,
    every day I´ve checked this site for an update to know you´re both allright.
    I´m so happy for you and just shed some tears over my breakfast 🙂 My best wishes go out to your little family!
    Well done all of you three!!! Congratulations Ruth, you´ll deserve it so much and I honestly feel that you will be a wonderfull a funny and a loving mum!!

    Hugs Kisses and big love from germany
    Franzi

  26. maria
    July 6, 2015 / 7:26 am

    I don’t have babies yet so I’m probably asking the dumbest question ever…don’t they do ultrasounds to check the baby even late in the pregnancy? Couldn’t they see how she was placed?

    • Rianna
      July 14, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      They don’t do scans after 20 weeks unless they are concerned about something or you pay to have it done privately. Scary really as you don’t get to see your baby for 20 weeks!

  27. Katherine
    July 6, 2015 / 7:26 am

    So happy for you Ruth- massive congratulations !!!

  28. Dana
    July 6, 2015 / 7:27 am

    Dear Ruth! Thank you for sharing the precious moments of one the most intense and intimate experiences in human life! Your writing style gives this very authentic experience as almost I was present and saw everything with my own eyes. Thank you for that! You are and will be a great mom! Keep writing everything up – these memories will be also so precious for your child later in her life! Children grow so quickly! (mine two are already 28 and 16 and I still remember vividly days of their birth!)

  29. Happy Mama
    July 6, 2015 / 7:29 am

    Congratulations Ruth! So very excited for you and your little AMR family.
    I’m sorry things didn’t pan out for you as hoped with the birth, someone said to me it’s a good taste of what’s to come in that despite best plans you can’t control anything with a little one! Glad baby is here safe and well though. C sections are incredible, I had to have one too and also found the hypnotherapy useful in that instance. I was expecting some kind of Frankenstein stitches where baby emerged from rather than a rather small neat line. Keep massaging the bejesus out of it with oils to reduce scar tissue and it keeps shrinking! I think of mine as a little smile to remind me of my son and it’s a scar I wear with pride. The recovery isn’t as easy as a natural birth perhaps, but in a way it’s a good excuse to let other people take the domestic strain so that you can focus purely on baby. Otherwise I would have been trying to do the washing and make cups of tea for visitors! I didn’t try to use my stomach muscles at all initially which paid off (another lady in my NCT group rushed it post c section and ruptured stitches. Bleurgh.) and I invested in some roll top high waisted yoga trousers which lay well clear of the scar then later some attractive tummy control pants to help ease things gently back.
    Enjoy this time with your precious baby girl. Much love xxx

  30. Kate
    July 6, 2015 / 7:32 am

    Congratulations Ruth! I am so pleased to hear the news that your daughter is here safe, sound and hungry! What did you decide to call her? Surely the hardest decision there is! Xx

  31. Jen
    July 6, 2015 / 7:40 am

    I DID see your lovely post on IG, and couldn’t be more thrilled for you, your husband, and your sweet, healthy baby girl! I would do anything to experience those newborn weeks again..savor every moment. xoxo

  32. July 6, 2015 / 7:54 am

    Congratulations Ruth! I hope you are enjoying motherhood. I think most mums enjoy a good birth story, don’t we?! After being totally prepared for a natural birth, I did hypnobirthing, read Ina May etc, it all went out if the window when my blood pressure shot up and I had to be induced. I felt totally at sea, not having any information about this procedure. It was a very tricky birth, including my epidural wearing off at the crucial moment, which was lovely. Thankfully I did not need a c-section (hope you are healing well) as I think I would have been flapping like a towel in the wind over that situation. I really morned the loss of my natural birth plan afterwards, which is silly, but this is the most emotional time of your life, i think. Our family motto after birth has become ‘No plan is a plan’. This works well from birth to toddler hood (so far). Doing it again in November, so will go with the plan to have a baby by whatever means possible this time! Bloody well done you for sitting down at your computer to do some work! I think I would have taken me about a year before I did this. My advice as a new mum (please feel free to disregard) would be don’t google too much, take all advice on board and then delete and just go with your instincts! Xxx

  33. Laura
    July 6, 2015 / 7:55 am

    Congratulations and well done Ruth!

    I’m no expert but I think the birth often turns out to be a completely different experience from what we imagine. Your little girl looks beautiful!

    And yes we want all the details! Are you going to continue the blog? I’d like to read about how you get on as a first time mum. I am at the stage of thinking about having children and I think the first few months of looking after the baby sound as scary as the pregnancy. Although everyone seems to manage!

    Anyway remember to look after yourself too, i hope you are getting some sleep xxx

  34. tahira
    July 6, 2015 / 7:57 am

    Hi Ruth
    Congratulations, I have really enjoyed your weekly updates and forwarded the blog link to my sister who is newly expecting.
    I really want you to share her name with us!
    xx

  35. Lizzie
    July 6, 2015 / 8:01 am

    Completely amazing to read this and so incredible how you pushed through the unplanned c-section with your meditation despite your nerves – absolutely trooper and probably harder for you then a natural birth. Can’t wait to read the rest of your posts over the year, been following you for ages for the beauty stuff, then incredibly luckily for me you got pregnant 4 weeks before me – been loving your new posts. P.S Thank you for the Pai Skincare recommendation…..life changing. xx

  36. Nick Barton
    July 6, 2015 / 8:03 am

    Congratulations!

  37. July 6, 2015 / 8:04 am

    Ruth, congratulations to you and MrAMR. As I was reading your post, tears welled up, and (almost) flooded the keyboard! So, so wonderful to see your photo with the baby at your breast. All the memories of the birth of my daughter rushed back – it’s wonderful having a daughter, the bond is so extraordinary. Your blog is amazing, and I am looking forward to the next instalments. Can’t wait to see a photo of her face!!!!!!!

  38. Henriette
    July 6, 2015 / 8:05 am

    Congratulations to you and mr. AMR with your beautifull baby girl!! She looks absolutely lovely!
    And how different all things went, not at all what you expected (if you ever can expect how things go or can go as far as having a baby concerns). Epologies for my poor English, but I hope you know what I mean.
    I wish your new born all the luck and a very happy, healthy life. Enjoy!

  39. Hannah
    July 6, 2015 / 8:06 am

    Massive congratulations to you and Mr AMR, I hope that you both and baby are doing amazing x

  40. Niharika
    July 6, 2015 / 8:06 am

    Congratulations!!! I’m biased towards baby girls so quiet excited about the upcoming baby posts.
    Would love whatever details you remember from the birth day and the post ops with a c section please.

    Also I was told having a big baby, anything above 8ish pounds increases the mums risk to develop diabetes later on in life. You’d need to check the stats on that though
    Hope you’re well x x

  41. Ro
    July 6, 2015 / 8:12 am

    Wonderful! Thank you for this! Huge congratulations – looking forward to more posts. I am half way through my first pregnancy and dreaming of the day I get to meet my little one xxxx

  42. Lauren Green
    July 6, 2015 / 8:20 am

    Firstly, Congratulations! Having followed this blog since day 1, it is so lovely to hear about the birth!

    I am 21 years old and not entirely ready to think about children yet, but your journey has been so so interesting to me; incitful and exciting.

    One thing I admire is your decision to keep certain things private, and therefore you should only write about your birth story if you feel comfortable sharing it, not because we request it. Although it might be nice for you to have a diary entry in the same place as everything else to look back on..? Only talk about what YOU as a couple are happy to share.

    I look forwards to reading more posts about having a small baby that depends entirely on you, it’s very daunting for me to imagine.

    Good luck with everything,

    Lauren x

  43. nicky
    July 6, 2015 / 8:31 am

    so glad you and little baby girl are happpy and well, even though the birth didnt go to plan, enjoy getting to know her, its magical.
    congratulations to you and mr amr.

  44. Georgie
    July 6, 2015 / 8:43 am

    How lovely to hear from you Ruth, it’s like getting an email/letter from an old friend. Sorry to hear you didn’t get the birth you wanted, as the mother of 2 c-section babies I have some understanding. I desperately wanted VBAC with my second (an 8 week old 9lb 2oz girl) after an horrendous 4 day failed induction with my little boy. However, I didn’t want to be induced again for it to end days later with another Emergency c section so went for planned section at 42 weeks. I didn’t have the confidence to go beyond that date against medical advice and there isn’t a lot of info out there on this. The surgeon who performed my second was very young and being supervised, at one point I could hear I’m say to her “yes that’s exactly what you want to avoid doing but don’t worry I’ll fix it” I can laugh about it now but at the time I wasn’t happy at all.
    On the ward afterwards was terrible too both me and the baby were on anti biotics and they got my baby confused with another on the ward it was so chaotic. So lovely to hear from you Ruth. X

  45. July 6, 2015 / 8:56 am

    Aw, congratulations Ruth!! I’m so happy for you 🙂 – I really love this blog & would definitely love to read your birthing story xxx

  46. Sophie
    July 6, 2015 / 8:57 am

    Oh my goodness, Ruth! Sat here in tears at my desk (having a sneaky read to cushion the Monday morning madness). Loved how you describe your heart when she was born and when you saw her face. Please tell us more, if you feel able to. Congratulations to you and Mr AMR. Soph x

  47. Sophie
    July 6, 2015 / 9:13 am

    Huge congratulations to you and your husband Ruth and thank you for the beautiful description of meeting your baby girl. I started my first round of Clomid last week and reading this has really reminded me of why i’m putting up with the migraines and hot flushes. Hopefully it will all be worth it in the long run. Enjoy every moment! xx

  48. Rhianna
    July 6, 2015 / 9:25 am

    Massive congratulations too you and Mr AMR! Would love a birth experience post but for now just concentrate on that beautiful baby of yours even though I am sure it is hard to concentrate on anything else! Good luck in this new, amazing chapter of your life! X

  49. Victoria
    July 6, 2015 / 10:10 am

    Yay! I’ve been waiting for an update, huge congratulations! And this might be a bit soon but my first labour went completely wrong from the way I wanted, but my second little girl was born in the birthing centre in a pool! Hope the bf is going well, after the 4-6 week mark it’s the easiest thing in the world (and great if you’re lazy like me and want to feed baby without even bothering to open your eyes) can’t wait for all your baby blogs xx

  50. Melissa
    July 6, 2015 / 10:18 am

    I’m so happy for you Ruth! I hope your recovery is going well.
    I can’t wait to read all about your journey of being a new mom!

  51. C
    July 6, 2015 / 10:21 am

    A very big congratulations… :). I loved to read all of your posts, backwards (!), and I will be looking forward to more. I will most certainly be interested in a dedicated post (if and when you have time, of course!). I’m 29 weeks tomorrow and have tears in my eyes reading your descriptions above… So lovely. x

  52. Amy Benjamin
    July 6, 2015 / 10:22 am

    Oh my! I’ve been waiting for what seems like forever for this post! I saw your Instagram so had already sent my well wishes, but this, this is real.
    You are such a trooper Ruth. I applaud you. And I’d love to hear your birth story – sounds like it was a tedious one!
    All my love from me and Mr Chicken (Mr Bear’s Australian brother). xoxo

  53. July 6, 2015 / 10:41 am

    Congratulations Ruth! I am so happy for you. I hope you have a lovely relaxing summer with your new gorgeous girl!! I cannot wait to read more posts!! Lots of love xxxx

  54. July 6, 2015 / 10:43 am

    Ahh congratulations Ruth!!! What a beautiful baby, you look absolutely thrilled. So happy for you and Mr. AMR! Hope the move and everything is going okay! XX

  55. MsDinoGal
    July 6, 2015 / 10:43 am

    Congrats! It’s 4:30 and I’ve got a little baby boy latched to my chest. I’m tired. He’s tired. But it’s also the best thing ever. In so glad you get to experience this. It just keeps getting better and better. All the congratulations in the world to you and MR AMR. Welcome, Little Miss AMR!

  56. Julie
    July 6, 2015 / 10:50 am

    Well done to you both and she is a good size. Love her like there’s no tomorrow they grow so fast, my girls are 22 and 21 I miss the days of them been small. Looking forward to your mummy update.

  57. Shelley
    July 6, 2015 / 10:54 am

    Congratulations Ruth & Mr AMR on the safe arrival of your baby daughter! I would love to hear more! Xx

  58. Beccy
    July 6, 2015 / 11:19 am

    Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl. My baby girl was born at 11.04pm on the 16th June. I’ve been following your blog and it’s been such a source of support and comedy for me!! I followed a course in hypnobirthing and the only type of birth I was prepared for was a calm water birth. This couldn’t have been further from what actually happened. After a text book very healthy pregnancy, when my labour started I developed pre eclampsia. My baby was in a very awkward position (although not breech) and I ended up in theatre having an epidural and assisted delivery. I am so very thankful that we’re both ok but can’t help feeling a little bit gutted that I didn’t really feel the birth of my baby. Do you feel anything similar? Obviously the feeling of love I have for my baby far outweighs any other feelings. I understand that we were in danger and what happened needed to happen for our well being. This is my first baby.

  59. Lina
    July 6, 2015 / 11:22 am

    Congratulations!!!!!! I’m so happy for you! So happy to read your post, was checking here and instagram everyday for news 🙂
    I’m 37 weeks tomorrow and can’t wait for that first cry 🙂
    Sending you both love, even though I’m just a stranger, but I think these tiny angels unite us in some way….

  60. Mia
    July 6, 2015 / 11:26 am

    Congratulations Ruth and AMR family! So happy for you! Big hugs from a longtime follower:)

  61. Cristina
    July 6, 2015 / 11:29 am

    Oh! So amazing! Congratulations on your baby girl! I’d love to hear about everything! The labour, the pre, the post the morning after, the first day at home just the new little family (at home or at the barn!) I’d love to read about it all!! Xxx

  62. Gaya
    July 6, 2015 / 11:35 am

    Congratulations Ruth! I am happy for you, Mr AMR and your baby girl. Knowing how you struggled to have a baby, this post was emotional to me. Have a wonderful day! XX

  63. Molly
    July 6, 2015 / 11:48 am

    What’s her name ruth!!??

  64. IzzyF
    July 6, 2015 / 12:36 pm

    A million congratulations to you and Mr AMR – welcome, Baby AMR! It is just lovely to hear your good news!

  65. Deepika
    July 6, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    Congratulations, Ruth! Many congratulations to your husband & the entire family. 🙂 The picture of you feeding your baby girl is pristine & magical. May her tiny steps be the harbinger of your greatest feats! Blessings from India. XX

  66. Susanamantha
    July 6, 2015 / 1:01 pm

    What a relief! Baby AMR is here. My first child was 9 lbs. 10oz. It’s such a good feeling to have a baby born so big that it looks 2 months old already, extra hardy to get past those first few weeks. Great job, Ruth.

  67. July 6, 2015 / 1:25 pm

    “… it was a bit as though I was being reunited with a very old friend who I hadn’t seen in a long time. The face was completely new and alien to me but at the same time weirdly familiar.” What a beautiful bit of writing!! It must’ve been quite a scary ordeal to need an emergency C-section, but I am happy to hear that you are all doing well. I hope your recovery continues to go smoothly!!

  68. Iram
    July 6, 2015 / 1:31 pm

    Iv been reading your main site for years and I just wanted to say a massive congratulations. I’m genuinely very happy for you.
    I have a 7 month old and our births sound very similar. My water broke and 36 hours later just before induction the realised he was breech and I was in surgery in under an hour, I was scared when I thought about the induction drip so was very unprepared for surgery. Good luck with the first few months I’m sure your doing amazing. It’s overwhelming but it’s true what they say the tiny ( or not so tiny in your case) little faces make it worth it.

  69. Gillian
    July 6, 2015 / 1:40 pm

    Congratulations Ruth & Mr AMR. I also thought your were carrying a boy but gasped with sheer delight when your absolutely beautiful photograph of you and baby girl appeared in my feed. What a beautiful way to introduce her to us. I’m dying to know what you’re going to name her, but I’m guessing you’re still working on that one. It is the most amazing, emotional, incredible feeling isn’t it when you first hear/see your baby. I’ve done it 3 times and still cry whenever I see a baby born or read a post like this one. I’m sorry she didn’t arrive quite as expected but she’s safely here so that’s all that really matters. My Mum had us 3 by section, me because I was still not appearing after 72 hours (sorry Mum), & my sister was a breech like your little darling. It’s just a miracle everytime & takes my breath away. Enjoy every single moment of your new journey as parents, it’s a blast it really is, so much joy. Welcome to the world little baby AMR.

  70. MM3Boys
    July 6, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    I am smiling from ear to ear reading this post! I want to hear every detail! Hearing your story and being an avid follower of your blogs, I can’t help but feel emotional and nostalgic all at the same time! My 3 boys are 9, 71/2, and 4. Reading your blog brings me right back. My first son was 10 days late. I was in labor for 36+ hours and he was almost an emergency c-section. He was born June 18th at a whopping 8lbs 10 ounces! Be thankful you had a c-section!!!! Please keep the stories coming! I am so happy for you and your family! I never like to give advice bc being a mother is a very natural and intuitive experience. My only words of wisdom would be to soak up every moment. You will never get to “re-create” the experience of your first child and everything that comes along with it. If your family expands and you have more children each experience is wondrous and amazing. But….it’s never again just you, your husband and baby. This is a magical time! Soak up every bit that you can!

  71. July 6, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    Many congratulations Ruth, to you, Mr AMR and Baby Girl AMR!

    Cath

  72. July 6, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    Congratulations Ruth and welcome to the world baby girl! I love reading your posts as you have such a brilliant way of writing.

  73. July 6, 2015 / 3:08 pm

    Yes, please do a birth story post. There are many of us who ended up with emergency c-sections and what woman doesn’t love a good birthing story? 😉 So happy that you are busy being a Milk Bar and that baby girl is healthy and nursing well. Will you ever tell us her first name or will she be anonymous like Mr. AMR? No matter I guess, you know your fans will all love her to pieces anyway.

  74. Bec
    July 6, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing Ruth!

    Personally (I did see the odd ridiculour twitter comment) I think it’s great that you are of course prioritising your family’s privacy over readers’ curiosity and if anything it means I will be more likely to take interest in and trust things you write about birth and baby! 🙂

    I have to say I ordered the mindful birthing book you recommended and can completely see how it would help you prepare for and manage the unexpected as well as the expected, so thank you for the recommendation.

    With around 18 weeks to go until my own arrives I eagerly await the posts about baby stuff!
    x

  75. Michelle
    July 6, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    Of course we want all the details! Well, all the details you wish to share.

  76. Marie
    July 6, 2015 / 3:40 pm

    Huge congratulations Ruth, delighted for you and Mr AMR. Don’t unusually comment but wanted you to know I’ve enjoyed reading your updates so much. After 2 losses I’m thrilled to be 29 weeks along with a very kicky little baba so can relate a little to your journey. Would love to hear any wisdom you have to share. Congrats again and welcome to your little lady x

  77. Lindsey
    July 6, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    Yes! Please post more of your birth experience! I am newly pregnant, terrified, and absolutely loving your take on pregnancy and birth! I think your way of writing would make even the scary bits easy to read, and I am all about preparation for any kind of scenario. Thank you and congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

  78. laura
    July 6, 2015 / 3:49 pm

    What a beautiful, gorgeous photograph 🙂

    So glad everything worked out well, despite the stress and fear that you must have felt throughout labour. I am not mentally prepared for a cesarean at all, but it’s nice to hear that it can be ok even in an emergency situation. I think I’d love to hear the detail, but maybe I’ll read it after I’ve had my baby!

    Congratulations on your bundle of gorgeousness, I hope everything is working out well and I can’t wait to hear all about it in preparation for my own baby in September xx

  79. e
    July 6, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!
    please tell us about your breastfeeding experience so far, mine was a nightmare.
    I am still struggling with sore nipples and my child is 3 months old now!

  80. Leslie
    July 6, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    Ruth…so happy for you and your new family! I, too, had an unexpected c-section. A baby who weighed 9 pounds 15 ounces (?!) and hips not made for ‘birthing babies’. It all worked out at the end and I had a beautiful son. Someone told me something that made me laugh……” Caesarean section babies are a cut above “. They really, really are, in every sense of the word. Treasure your little one and enjoy.

    Leslie

  81. July 6, 2015 / 5:05 pm

    I’ve been coming back here again and again to see an update about your sweet baby girl! I saw your instagram post and I was so emotional! I’m so happy for you and your husband. I’m a bit shocked to read your birthing story, I guess you can never be 100% prepared, so reassuring you are both doing well! Don’t worry about giving updates on here really, although we love them you should enjoy your new mummy life entirely (the good, the bad and the ugly haha). Lots of love from Germany x

  82. Ashleigh
    July 6, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    Many congratulations! I have loved reading your blog over the past few months, I’m 7 months pregnant so it’s been great to hear all about your pregnancy experience. A gorgeous photo of the two of you – hope you are enjoying getting to know each other! xx

  83. July 6, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    Congratulations Ruth and what a beautiful picture of you and your daughter! I’ve been following all of your updates for the past few months (since finding out I was pregnant in February) and have found them really interesting and useful, so I’d definitely be interested in any more detailed posts you want to share! I am hoping for a water birth, though I’m trying to be open minded about the whole birthing experience and just go with the flow – as you say, you never expected to have an emergency c-section so it’s best not to plan too much haha!

    Congratulations again. I hope you’re recovering well & enjoying every moment of your daughter. xo

  84. Clare
    July 6, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    Amazing, so happy for you all 🙂 Big congratulations! Sorry the birth didn’t work out the way you planned but what a happy ending! When I was pregnant people often shared their horror stories with me and I know many people hate that but tbh I’m really glad because then I was fully prepared for how it turned out because I wasn’t one of the lucky few that got to follow my birth plan either. Thanks for sharing your story and your pregnancy journey with us, and the beautiful photo too. Enjoy every single second with your precious girl! x

  85. Maryam
    July 6, 2015 / 6:12 pm

    Congratulations Ruth! Your gorgeous girl looks adorable I am so happy for you! XXX

  86. D'anne Long
    July 6, 2015 / 6:24 pm

    Congratulations and thank you for the information! It has been so much fun following your beauty advice and then being allowed to be part of this very personal journey of yours.

  87. Elisabeth
    July 6, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    Yes, I am interested in hearing it all lol! I’m curious to hear about the recovery after having a c-section. Glad you all are doing well and thanks for sharing! 🙂

  88. Susan
    July 6, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    I have been following you for the last year. love all of your posts/videos but being a mom myself loved the pregnancy updates.
    Congratulations on your baby girl. Enjoy every second!

  89. Carolina
    July 6, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You did it! You have a baby, yeeeeeeeey!
    And what a beautiful beautiful picture :_) Lots of love

  90. Johannah
    July 6, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    I am so happy for you and your family. All the best, stay healthy, and keep us informed 🙂

  91. Virginia Rosario
    July 6, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    I watch you on YouTube and have been on the edge of my seat waiting for the news. Wonderful, wonderful!!
    Best wishes to you and the new daddy, granny and so on. Baby girl will not suffer from lack of love.

    Most sincerely,

    Virginia (USA)

  92. Caitlin Storton
    July 6, 2015 / 7:44 pm

    Congratulations Ruth!! Can I just ask, when are u going to post a baby video on your YouTube channel??

  93. Vicky
    July 6, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    Congratulations! She looks beautiful and thank you or sharing your birth story with us.

  94. Alison
    July 6, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    It’s lovely to hear your “voice” again but am sure everyone understands that you need some time to spend with your new little girl so don’t feel under pressure, enjoy this time. Hope you’re managing to get enough sleep – I could never catch up with sleep during the day so hope you’re able to. Would be lovely to know how you’re finding the first few weeks, I know I found them hard and I felt quite isolated too, think I had totally unrealistic expectations of myself and my baby, luckily it all got a lot better. Congratulations to you all xx

  95. Fatima
    July 6, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Congratulations on your girl!!!!!
    You forgot to mention her name
    Xx

  96. Ursa
    July 6, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    Congratulations again. 🙂 And don’t apologize, baby comes first. 😉

  97. Angela
    July 6, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    Huge congratulations to you and Mr AMR on the birth of your baby girl! Almost exactly the same thing happened to us two years ago when we discovered our son was breech whilst preparing to be induced, at 12 days overdue. I hadn’t gone into labour though so ended up having to have an ‘elective’ c section which I was incredibly miffed about at the time. But, like you, I found my natal hypnotherapy preparation still valuable, just in a completely unexpected way. They said it’s rare to have surprise breech babies but you’ll be surprised how many people you come across with a similar story! Enjoy your baby x

  98. fran
    July 6, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Congratulations Ruth 🙂 it’s funny, the same thing happened to my sister with my youngest nephew. She had a midwife check the day before she got into labor, who said that everything was OK when in fact he was breech! The strangest thing was that the doctors decided to have a natural delivery, not a caesarean…but with the help of forceps :S it was very traumatic for my sister, but luckily my lovely nephew was OK and she recovered eventually. I’m glad that your girl is healthy 🙂 good luck!

  99. July 6, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Congratulations. It must be a girl think about being breech as my little girl was too. Although, they didn’t realise until her foot came so i delivered her naturally breech. It was so hard but wouldn’t have had it any other way. My breech baby labour story is on my blog when you have 5 minutes spare in 18 years time!! Lol. Hope it’s going ok. And congrats again xx

  100. Denise
    July 6, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    I’m so happy for you and your hubby! It’s a wonderful life!

  101. Vesna
    July 6, 2015 / 10:41 pm

    Finally reading much awaited post! This is definitely the loveliest story you could give us. My eyes filled with tears, I’ve never imagined it is possible to have such strong feelings when we don’t know each other personally, I believe your exceptional writing style is one to blame.
    Big congratulations on your new little family, nice to hear you’re all doing well. Please keep sharing your journey with us, it feels like listening to a very dear friend. Take care and enjoy your new role!

  102. Helen
    July 6, 2015 / 11:29 pm

    Massive congratulations. I’ve been checking the blog religiously for a birth update. Thoroughly enjoyed reading. I’m really looking forward to reading all about your first couple of weeks with baby. My baby is due and January and I’ve already found your blog so helpful. X

  103. Jaime
    July 7, 2015 / 12:58 am

    Sounds like you did so well and YES to the full story! Takes me back to my own story <3 Congratulations!!

  104. Hannah
    July 7, 2015 / 1:05 am

    Sounds like your baby will be tall, strong and gorgeous like her mama! Congratulations, Ruth. I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing about your pregnancy journey and am sure hearing about your motherhood journey will be even more exciting! I’m sure we’d all love to hear as much as you decide to share. Until then, enjoy your little girl! xo

  105. Lucy Honeychurch
    July 7, 2015 / 6:06 am

    That is such WONDERFUL news Ruth. A hearty baby girl, I’m so pleased for you all. I couldn’t help but think how timely it was to watch the womens world cup soccer final on the same day as hearing about the arrival of your daughter. So wonderful to see these inspirational, vibrant girls following their dream and being so brilliant. x

  106. Julia
    July 7, 2015 / 7:17 am

    Congratulations! I know the feeling when you try to do something and then the baby wakes up. For me it was usually when I would just sit down to eat a warm meal. I don’t remember eating or drinking anything warm the first couple of months. 🙂

    How come they didn’t do the ultrasound to check baby’s position? Maybe it’s a difference between Belgium and UK but I had my ultrasound at around 40 weeks, baby was breech from 37 to 39 weeks and then decided to turn, which all the doctors said was impossible as there was simply not enough space so they were preparing me for c-section. But nothing was impossible for my little one.

  107. Louise
    July 7, 2015 / 8:16 am

    Hi Ruth
    Congratulations. Lovely news, I hope you’re recovery well.
    Louise

  108. Karen
    July 7, 2015 / 8:50 am

    Congratulations to you and Mr. AMR! This is wonderful news. Well done. So glad she is safely here. Isn’t it amazing to love someone in this new and different way?

  109. Amore
    July 7, 2015 / 10:28 am

    Congratulations to you and Mr AMR!! Wishing you and your new family so much love and joy. x

  110. Ellyn
    July 7, 2015 / 11:03 am

    Huge congratulations to you and Mr AMR. I’m sorry it was not the birth you had planned and I’m amazed that you have managed to post anything at all. I’m sure she is absolutely gorgeous (she looks very cute on the photo above) and I can’t believe how much she weighs! I hope you are settling into motherhood well and I would love to hear more about the delivery and recovery etc. if you have time to spare. I think it is really lovely to read a blog where all the other people commenting are saying such lovely and supportive things 🙂 xxxx

  111. Jess
    July 7, 2015 / 11:49 am

    Ahh it’s so lovely to hear from you Ruth! What a beautiful baby girl. I was so engrossed in your story I’ve dropped houmous onto my expanding bump (31 weeks) and I have to go to a meeting in 10 minutes with a weird stain down my front! Why is it that bumps seem to be some sort of magnet for food? Anyway, I digress, really looking forward to reading your posts now that lovely baby AMR has arrived x

  112. Lauren
    July 7, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    Already replied to your instagram announcement, but just to say congratulations again and what a happy ending to your difficult journey. Thank you for sharing this update and please don’t feel pressure to share any more than you, as a family, are happy to. Family life is sacred, particularly as you are in the public eye. “Baby AMR” is a fine enough name for us and there’s no need to show her on camera if you don’t want to. Advice about being a new mum, however, is always welcome – once you are settled and have time! xx

  113. Ko
    July 7, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    Congrats Ruth!
    I likened early motherhood to being like Jack Bauer from “24.” Once that little bundle goes off to sleep, the clock starts ticking to get all your stuff done in time!
    Seriously- enjoy because they don’t stay small and compact for long. I lamented when my daughter (now 8 months) grew out of her size 1 nappies! x

  114. Katy
    July 7, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    Congratulations Ruth to you all! Brilliant news. I’ve been following your pregnancy avidly as I was at the same stage of pregnancy all the way through – and I had our beautiful baby girl Lyla on the 14th June (also bigger than expected at 9lbs). Isn’t it all just a total shock to the system?! The most overwhelming thing ever. Hope you’re recovering OK from your section, cant believe they didn’t realise she was breech!! Xx

  115. July 7, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    Congratulations! You must be so happy with your new little girl, wishing you and your family all the best.

    Lauren

  116. Sara
    July 7, 2015 / 4:40 pm

    Congratulations! Picture perfect Mom & precious baby. Please share everything with us.
    Love from USA

  117. kirsty
    July 7, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    Such amazing news! After what it seems like going through your whole journey with you (via a very funny and well written blog by the way Ruth), I’m totally over the moon for you both!!!! You’ll be incredible parents and hope the family and pets will be back together in your real home again very soon. Sending love and laughter x

  118. sophie
    July 7, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    Congratulations to the whole AMR family! Such a lovely photo xx

  119. Natalie
    July 7, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    A huge huge massive congratulations! What a beautifully written post. I’m so pleased that you’re both well xxx.

  120. Katie
    July 7, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    This post really outlines why an anomaly scan is a MUST. An emergency c section at that stage is highly dangerous & would have been avoided if a growth scan at 32 weeks was done. Them midwifery led units are madness. Proper scans are essential throughout pregnancy.
    Best wishes to you & baby! I have a beautiful baby girl & 23 weeks pregnant .

  121. Rifat
    July 7, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    Congrats Ruth & Mr AMR

    I had a simile story like ur self where by it took me 7 years to get pregnant. Was about to start my Ivf program when I found out I conceived naturally the month prior. All excited crying overwhelmed but mainly looking forward to motherhood. Pregnancy was absolutely amazing no issues flew through it had my little boy at 41 weeks weighing an amazing 9lb 5oz on the 16th June 2015. We are home enjoying each other he is now 3 weeks old.

  122. Joanna
    July 7, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    I know the feeling when u didn’t want c section and u end up with emergency one. I was so scared of being awake that I even asked the doctor to give me some extra dose as I’m fat.
    Congratulations.
    Take time and enjoy your baby. They grow so fast. My boy it’s 9 month but I fell like only one just gone.

  123. Alison
    July 7, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    So glad your girl is here safe and sound, and I hope you’re recovering well!

  124. Amy
    July 7, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    If you wouldn’t mind, I’d love to hear how you felt about your birth ‘plan’ taking such a dramatic turn, both straight after and now, a few weeks on.

    I had my little girl 2 weeks before you, also by emergency c section and have really struggled to accept it and find myself, even now, getting quite upset by it. I think I feel a little robbed of the experience I’d prepared myself for.

    Thanks
    x

    • Julia Bartlett
      July 10, 2015 / 11:40 am

      Amy, never feel ‘robbed’ of the natural birthing experience! If we didn’t have experienced obstetricians who can step in when things go wrong, we will return to the dark ages of high infant and maternal mortality rates! The end result is what’s important – a healthy child. Your body has still done it’s thing – experienced additional trauma on top of childbirth, and still allowed you to care for your child! You are the real star of the show and don’t let anyone say otherwise!! Congratulations on your beautiful daughter.

  125. Val T
    July 7, 2015 / 10:40 pm

    Congratulations to you all x

  126. Kimberly
    July 7, 2015 / 11:11 pm

    Congratulations! I guess having a birth plan is nice, but realizing that it could go completely opposite (and quite often does) is crucial. I gave birth to my little baby-man on the 11th of June. Also planned a natural birth… thank god my husband insisted we deliver him at the hospital because after dealing with some very suspicious decelerations and contractions right on top of one another, my OB decided I needed an emergency cesarean as well. Turns out the cord was wrapped around his neck twice, I’m so thankful for the way things turned out, even though it was not at all what I wanted and a bit traumatic, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Would love to read about another experience (not to mention how you handle breastfeeding and the sleep deprivation). Xoxo

  127. Louise
    July 8, 2015 / 1:17 am

    Massive congratulations Ruth! I’ve been following your blog avidly throughout yor pregnancy and am delighted to hear your news! I Was pregnant at the same time as you, only a few weeks behind you, and I also had a baby boy on 17th June. Similarly to you, the birth couldn’t have been further from the one I envisaged in my birth plan. I can’t wait to read about how you’ve been getting on in the last few weeks. Xx

  128. Cynthia
    July 8, 2015 / 5:03 am

    Dear Ruth and Mr. AMR,
    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby girl! I’m sure that your hearts expanded in size the moment you saw her. I wish you and your family happiness, good health, peace, and love. Your stories and updates over the past months have been such a pleasure to read and I look forward to hearing more about your new addition! Best wishes always.
    Cynthia

  129. Dee
    July 8, 2015 / 5:13 am

    Loved hearing about your experience. I am so happy for you and your hubby. May we see a photo of your beautiful girl?

  130. Diana
    July 8, 2015 / 7:11 am

    Not gonna lie, I totally broke in tears when i saw that picture! You look so happy, peaceful, content und zen as anyone could possibly look like, its breathtaking. I am so very happy for you, my dearest congratulations!! Im 20 weeks now and cant stop thinking about the moment i will hold my little baby for the first time and just cant really imagine it, its just something so extraordinary that its beyond everything. So please, share everything you want to share, your birthstory, your first days with that beautiful girl, how you feel and recover….!
    All the best to you three, im looking forward to the future 😀

  131. Carly Stanley
    July 8, 2015 / 8:35 am

    Hi Ruth

    I did your makeup one time a zillion years ago, so I’ve followed your AMR blog since then. What’s uncanny, and made me comment finally, is some similarities.

    I’d not long had a miscarriage when I met you, and I have also used traditional chinese acupuncture (as well as more ‘modern’ acupuncture) for my fertility problems and overall health, and – I FINALLY managed to get pregnant (after years) not long after you!

    So it is with huge interest that I’ve read the uphill too. I just wanted to wish you well and send congratulations. Like alot of people here, I know a bit of what you have been through, and having once met you in real life I just felt I should not just think the congratulations but actually say it too 😉

    So well bloody done!

    Best wishes

    Carly

  132. Char
    July 8, 2015 / 9:45 am

    Yes please Ruth tell us more about the birthing! I’m curious as I only contemplate c section birthing (due to having heard a number of stories of natural births gone wrong) so I’m most curious! Thanks and congrats on your baby!! Can’t wait to hear the name.

  133. July 8, 2015 / 10:02 am

    Many congrats on your baby girl! Glad it went smoothly if not strictly according to plan! All the best. xo

  134. Pinar
    July 8, 2015 / 10:43 am

    Oh my Goodness! She seems absolutely adorable. I am 100% sure that you will be a great mummy. I wish you all the best and suggest you to do whatever you feel is right. You have this perfect motherly morale so use it, anywhere and everywhere! I just love you so much and I am so sure that everything will happen properly!

  135. Becky
    July 8, 2015 / 11:05 am

    Congratulations!!!!!! I’ve been following your blog since you started the uphill, I can honestly say that I’ve looked forward to every post but this one took the biscuit, you had me in tears, I’m so pleaded for you and your little family 🙂

    I’m sure everyone would love to hear the “full story” when you have the energy. I’m 34 weeks pregnant and it’s amazing how much reassurance, peice of mind or just plain smiles your posts bring me.

    Congratulations once again and I wish you and your family a lifetime of happiness and beautiful memories x

  136. Karin
    July 8, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Dear Ruth,

    I’ve never commented on your website or blog before (though I’m an avid reader), but today it’s a MUST:
    Congratulations on your beautiful daughter!

    My son was overdue and I was induced – it was a pretty straightforward and quick birth (3 hours, though pretty painful), so to any mums to be out there: it’s not always that bad!
    Just wondering: why wasn’t the breech position discovered earlier? I’m based in Germany and both the gynecologist and midwife regularly checked the baby’s position…

    All the best to you and your family!!!

  137. Katarina
    July 8, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    Dear Ruth,
    I was so touched by this post like an old granny and I had to swallow down tears twice 😀
    Congratulations! And please do write a post about about the birth day. I think we’d all like to read about it.
    <3

  138. July 8, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    I am so happy for you and your baby girl, congrats again! I would love to hear more about the recovery after c-section, as I have no experiences with this myself.

  139. July 8, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Congratulations Ruth and Mr AMR – that’s a beautiful photo of you and baby AMR…although personally I think I prefer ‘The Guzzler’ as a nickname…Ha ha! I loved the way you described meeting her for the first time too…enjoy these precious moments.
    Helen x

  140. July 9, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    I love how you write!!! It’s very fun and interesting. Thank you

  141. July 9, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    Oh and congratulations of course on your beautifull baby girl to you and your husband!

  142. Carolyn
    July 9, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    Congratulations! I had a very similar experience with my first baby.. Read all the books, considered everything apart from a c section… Went into labour naturally and to hospital with my 3 page(!) birth plan to be told I was headed straight to surgery as baby girl was coming literally feet first! Please do share your story…I think there is a shortage of sharing positive c section stories and acknowledging that the final method of delivery is actually not the whole of your birth story. All the very best to all three of you xxx

  143. Julia Bartlett
    July 10, 2015 / 11:30 am

    Congrats to you both! Don’t down play your role because you had a C section! You nurtured your baby for 41 weeks and then with a little help you ensured that you delivered into this world a beautiful healthy little girl! More baby posts would be lovely, plus your experiences during labour, as until you are about to give birth, you never know what will happen! My sister experienced the very same thing – told she was breach on her 40 weeks appointment even though she had been telling them she felt that it was breach for ages! She had a normal delivery (her first child) and the baby’s head got stuck- 27 years later, she still has nightmares of the whole thing, although she did deliver my beautiful niece (with her big head) who is a happy, healthy confident young woman today!

  144. K.
    July 10, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    Congratulations! And yes, of course we want to hear about how things went! Your c-section birth story is every bit as legitimate as any other birth story. Goodness! It is a huge thing. You had a baby! Huge! And beautiful and wonderful and at the end of the day perfect because both you and baby are safe and sound. There is nothing better than that!

  145. July 11, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    How can you articulate your feelings so well so soon after giving birth! That to me is the real wonder here..you must be a genius. Seriously if it comes that natural to you…brilliant. And well done on breastfeeding after a section.some women find that v difficult. Happy days xx

  146. Victoria
    July 11, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    Congratulations little AMR family! I am glad your beautiful baby girl is well and kicking. Please do write your birth story. I am 20 weeks now and have been following your blog for a while now. All the best x

  147. Cristina
    July 12, 2015 / 3:08 am

    CONGRATULATIONS! I have been following your pregnancy this entire time, as I was pregnant as well. I also gave birth to a baby girl via emergency c-section on June 17th! I would love to read your birth story, and especially curious about what your recovery has been like, since mine has been kind of a bummer (but getting much better now!). These first few weeks are incredibly hard, aren’t they. But at the same time, it’s an incredible precious and rewarding time. So happy for you, congrats again.

  148. July 12, 2015 / 7:36 am

    Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl!! I’m a little bit behind, but I hope you’re enjoying motherhood and have recovered well. I had an emergency c-section with my daughter, except I was put to sleep as it really was a mad dash to get her out. I’m currently 31 weeks pregnant and have opted for an elective c-section, though I’m slightly nervous as I will be awake this time and have no idea what to expect!!!

    Kay xxx

  149. July 12, 2015 / 7:53 am

    Ahh Ruth I had no idea you had a baby blog!! just found out via AMR. lovely to know a bit more about the whole process. again, congratulations and so happy that weren’t any (major) complications with the baby! xxx

  150. Angeline
    July 12, 2015 / 8:59 am

    Congratulations Ruth! What an amazing post – please do a “birth story” post, I’m excited to see what you’re going to write xx

  151. Helen
    July 12, 2015 / 9:01 am

    Aww massaive congratulations!! I had a similar issue when giving birth to my daughter, my contractions just kept stopping and they had to keep inducing me. I made it to the labour ward and they were still having to induce me, desipte being in established labour. I’m so happy for you and your lovely little family – enjoy these first weeks as they will fly by. My daughter is now 14 weeks and it’s been/is an incredible journey, with a side of challenging times for good measure.

    Helen x

  152. July 12, 2015 / 9:21 am

    Congratulations to you Ruth & your husband!
    What a simply gorgeous photo & look at all her hair!
    Im glad it went well for you. I have missed your Sunday tittle tattle!
    Look after yourself Ruth. It sounds as though you have a wonderful family to support you
    Love from Munich! Xxx

  153. Jan Shruger
    July 12, 2015 / 10:28 am

    Congratulations, so nice to see you as a mother, you seem to know what to do naturally. Enjoy her as much as you can while she is little. so happy for you.

  154. Susan Dahl
    July 12, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    Congratulations Ruth! Love you videos.
    many many happy motherhood memories to you!

  155. Louise
    July 12, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    Congratulations to you all, reading your birth story took me back to my experience, I had to have a c section too, natural wasn’t happening so I was rushed to theatre. My little girl was 9 pounds 1 ounce, we called her Matilda, she’s 6yrs old now, it’s gone so quick. Love n hugs to all.xxxx

  156. Kate
    July 12, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    Congratulations! You write about it in a really lovely way, I’m sure lots of people would be interested in hearing about your experience (apparently I was a similar birth albeit 30 odd years ago!). I think it most definitely is a ‘proper’ birth story. So glad to hear you’re all well, congratulations on your little Guzzler!

  157. July 12, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    Huge congratulations! Reading this totally takes me back to last year when I had my little girl – that feeling of meeting her for the first time is indescribable!

    I’d love to read a full birth story – nosey mummy alert! Haha.

    Hope you and your little beauty are doing well and enjoying life as three!

    Nicola x

  158. July 13, 2015 / 8:30 am

    Congrats on your new precious little family member! Wish you all the best!

  159. Leigh Cooper
    July 15, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    Yes, of course we want to hear EVERYTHING! And I’m so happy for you! You almost — ALMOST! — make me, at the ripe old age of 36, want to have another baby. And I’d love to have another girl. Congratulations!

  160. Celina
    July 16, 2015 / 1:30 am

    I’m a longtime reader, second time commenter! Congrats on your beautiful baby! My best to your happy little family!

  161. July 31, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    Congrats Ruth!!!

  162. Laura
    August 6, 2015 / 8:14 pm

    Awe my daughter was born on the 17th of June 15 years ago! congratulations!

  163. Princy
    December 1, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    You look stunning Ruth! Congratulations a ton and love for the baby

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