A New Arrival…

birth announcement ruth crilly

For those who don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram, an important update: New Baby has arrived! A boy! He was delivered on Friday 3rd February weighing in at 9lbs 7oz and he is just absolutely perfect in every single way. (Not the seventy eight thousand kilos I was led to expect, but then I suppose if I’d left things naturally and had him at 42 weeks like Angelica then there could have been big trouble as he’d very well have been edging over the ten and a half pounds mark and up towards eleven…) Everything went very well in terms of the c-section and we were home the next day after a stay of around twenty-seven hours. Which I have mixed feelings about, but that’s for another post.

On that note; I have so many posts in the making! I’d forgotten how boring it can be recuperating, when the newborn is asleep, so I’ve actually been rather productive, including drafting a rudimentary sort of “birth story”, some thoughts on the c-section procedure and recovery process and a load more gumph that’s been floating about in my head. Does any of this sound appealing or helpful? I’ll probably write it all down anyway…

ruth crilly and baby son

For now, I must get on with sleeping. Because opportunity has been rather sparse – New Baby has been having a little crazy session every night from about 11pm until 4am (I know!) and making the hours up in the daytime never works, does it? I mean, I can nap like an absolute pro, but I’m never going to get a full five hours slotted in – by the time I’ve done essential stuff like eat and go to the toilet and spend time with Angelica and check Rightmove for fantasy houses, it’s almost time for bed again…

So I just wanted to update you on the family news – we are all over the moon with our new addition, there’s a proper warm glow going on in the house that feels like we’re in one of those candlelit Christmas card scenes. Everything in order, both babies (big and tiny) safe in our arms…now all we need to do is to think of a name.

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71 Comments

  1. Wendy Brady
    February 8, 2017 / 8:05 am

    Wonderful news Ruth! And yes to all the posts, I love reading your perspective on things.

  2. Nikki
    February 8, 2017 / 8:06 am

    Absolutely thrilled for you all Ruth! Looking forward to hearing his name once you’ve settled on it.

    Lots of love to you all xxx

  3. Eleni
    February 8, 2017 / 8:08 am

    Congratulations!! Health,happiness and lots of love for your family!! xxx

  4. Donna
    February 8, 2017 / 8:08 am

    Amazing news Ruth! Absolutely delighted for you and Mr. AMR. I’m sure Angelica will be a great big sister! That is a very sweet photo of the three of you. Glad all went well and looking forward to hearing all about it 🙂 xx

  5. Lisa
    February 8, 2017 / 8:19 am

    Dear Ruth, I’ve been following you for years, over on AMR and on the uphill too since you started it. This is my first ever post btw. I’m so happy for you and congrats to this lovely addition to your family! I’m only a month older than you and have no kids (and currently no desire to have any) but I thoroughly enjoy reading and “sharing” your experiences outside the beauty world. All the best to the AMR family, Lisa

  6. Suzanne Cornick
    February 8, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Hi Ruth, what a beautiful new addition to the family. Congratulations! I would love to hear how a second C section and subsequent recovery has been. I had an emergency section with my little one and will need another section if I do have another baby. Hope you have a super speedy recovery. Also would love to know how the breastfeeding goes when you have toddler in tow! xxx

  7. Rossella
    February 8, 2017 / 8:35 am

    High congratulations for the new arrival! I had my second baby girl just a month ago and I can fully understand what you are going through. I’d love to read about your c-section experience. Personally I had two natural births . In one of your previous posts you mentioned that you were given the chance to choose between a scheduled c-section and a natural birth. I am Italian and in Italy after the first cesarean you don’t have choice but to have another one. Unless there is a 4/5 years gap between the deliveries. Also the time you spend in the hospital is different. Here you stay in hospital for at least 3 days, especially with cesarean. And you can’t leave the hospital with a nameless baby

  8. FloJo
    February 8, 2017 / 8:46 am

    Congratulations Ruth! So pleased for you. Such a gorgeous family! Really looking forward to your posts. I had a little boy three weeks ago and his sister is just over 20 months so a very similar situation to you (apart from the fact you look totally under control and I am a complete mess!). I think boys names are really hard and we still haven’t picked one – we have to register him in a couple of weeks so we’ll have to make our mind up by then! All the best. F X

  9. Sylwia
    February 8, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Congratulations Ruth!!! He is super cute. I follow you for over a year now and it seems like you are my very good friend, even though I have never met you 🙂 I’m so happy for you xx
    My little boy is due in 7 weeks and I love reading your stories, reviews, recommendations etc.

  10. Tracy
    February 8, 2017 / 8:48 am

    Congratulations! So happy to hear it all went well!

  11. February 8, 2017 / 8:50 am

    Congrats and all the best! I have a daughter and a boy as well, a little more apart in age than yours, and I love both to pieces. And they do get along exceptionally well.

  12. EB
    February 8, 2017 / 9:05 am

    All the congratulations, Ruth!

  13. Jini
    February 8, 2017 / 9:13 am

    27 hours is not long for a c-section. How did you manage this good recovery? I would love to read your birth story.
    Good job!
    Our little boy’s name is Jonathan. This was my husbands idea and I have to say I love it. It is international 🙂

  14. Sarah
    February 8, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Sending so many congratulations, Ruth! You must be so pleased! Enjoy having one of each!
    I am 34 and still without children. It’s just never seemed the right time and I am starting to think I should have them sooner rather than later…or is that just the pressure of modern society?! Hmmm….who knows. Anyhoo, hope you have a speedy recovery and I am looking forward to more posts soon!

  15. Kirsty
    February 8, 2017 / 9:26 am

    A massive congratulations again to your lovely little family. Have you come any closer to picking a name? Think your right and he’d have probably been bigger if he’d gone as long as Angelica! Xx

  16. Anna
    February 8, 2017 / 9:48 am

    Congratulations Ruth! Although I was about 6 weeks behind you, my baby arrived by c-section due to preeclampsia on exactly the same day!! So slightly the reverse – teeny tiny and still in hospital, but doing well. I am so happy for you all! Wishing you all the best for these early days x

  17. Shelley
    February 8, 2017 / 9:52 am

    Congratulations Ruth, Mr AMR & Angelica on the safe arrival of a gorgeous little boy! Can’t wait to read your posts when ur feeling up to it Xx

  18. February 8, 2017 / 9:54 am

    Absolutely wonderful! Congratulations to you and your family!

  19. Kirsten
    February 8, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Congratulations Ruth – please post lots of photos!

  20. Emma
    February 8, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Aw, lovely photos and congratulations again. He is just lovely. Aaaah, the old feed all night scenario. Are you feeling like its easier second time around knowing what to expect? All those posts sound amazing and would love to read them.

  21. Katy
    February 8, 2017 / 10:38 am

    Huge congratulations Ruth! Cant wait to read the new posts and hear how life changes now you have two… Expecting our second in June (my daughter is the same age exactly as Angelica) and I’m feeling a bit of trepidation! So your blog is so relevant to me and I love hearing about your experiences. Congrats again to you all xx

  22. Barbara M
    February 8, 2017 / 11:21 am

    Congratulations from across the pond! Can’t wait to hear more but take your time and enjoy every minute with your sweet family. ❤️

  23. Stephanie-M-M
    February 8, 2017 / 11:59 am

    Congratulations to you! I very happy everything is healthy. But just so you know, just because he is Mr. AMR jr doesn’t mean you are not allowed to show us his face . Can’t wait for more infos on your wonderful journey. x

    • Stephanie-M-M
      February 8, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      There’s an “am” missing! Has someone found it?! 😀

  24. Lois
    February 8, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    Congratulations to you all! Beautiful photos x

  25. April
    February 8, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    Post it all. You have great, sensible perspective. Congrats on the new baby. Best wishes to you, Mr. AMR, and Angelica. Enjoy your glow!

  26. Megan
    February 8, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Congratulations! How wonderful for you all! I’ll be up with you, feeding my 16-week-old as she has decided waking several times a night as she did when newborn is a good idea. I try to remember to cherish these moments and I know she needs me/the extra nourishment that only I can provide.

  27. Louisa
    February 8, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Congratulations Ruth to you and your family! A boy how sweet now you have one of each !!
    As others have said before, I too absolutely love reading both of your blogs, I spent many night-feeds ( in the early months with my now six month old boy) catching up on your posts, reading/watching and chuckling to myself and trying not to disturb my baba!! It was really uplifting for me especially in those early sleep deprived weeks and I would skip through your baby/body updates with Angelica to see what I could look forward to with my own baby. I don’t how you juggle it all but I do hope you continue to share your journey with both Angelica and baby number two… parenthood is the most challenging job for which we no training or preparation and are just learning all the time… it’s so reassuring to read about other people’s experiences!
    Right back to trying to get a wired baby to nap
    Oh yes and that newborn smell… lap it up!!!!!
    Much love xxxxxxxxx

  28. Vivella
    February 8, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    Wow that’s a quite a big baby, congratulations! Am so pleased for you all and hope everything settles down into a good routine soon, and that you recover well. Looking forward to hear more!

  29. Jemima
    February 8, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Here are all my boy names suggestions: Felix, Hamish, Magnus, Aleric, Leo, Moses, Ferdinand, Hector, Atticus, Cassius, Albert, Gilbert, Caspian, Rory, Remus, Hugo, Theo, Gus, Angus, Gabriel, Jesse, Barnaby, Rufus, Caspar, Roan, Teddy, Ferdinand. OH, or Wilfred (Wilf or Wilfie for short – my son’s name. And he’s amazing.)

    Massive congratulations on the birth of your little boy. What a lush little fam you’ve got. I too have a boy and a girl. Sending well wishes to you all. xxx

  30. February 8, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    Oh yes! I’d love some insight in to your c-section journey etc, as I’m hoping to do the same in the next year. 🙂

  31. Louise
    February 8, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    So many congratulations, so glad to hear all is happy and well. I’d definitely love to read all the posts you have mentioned above. My second is due in May and I’ve been really enjoying all your thoughts and musings and musing along with you! X

  32. February 8, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    Congratulations Ruth! Why is anything for 7 or 8 lbs considered large in England? Both mine (I’m Canadian) were over 9 lbs and thats the norm back home. Maybe its all that space in Canada eh?

    I hope Angelica is pleased with her little brother. What a lovely adventure for her, becoming a big sister! Take care of yourselves!

    Ali x

    • February 9, 2017 / 3:00 pm

      I think anything over 8.5 is considered big, I might be wrong. 8 is average I think?

  33. Lisa Harris
    February 8, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Please do ALL the posts. Thank you.

  34. February 8, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    Congratulations! Baby has the best birthday as well (mine is 3rd Feb too!)

  35. Sandra
    February 8, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    Dear Ruth, congratulations, I am so happy for you!!! I would love to read your c-section/recovery story. Also, since I am currently expecting our second baby, it would be nice to hear how you manage with a baby & a toddler in the house.

  36. February 8, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    Congratulations ruth to you and your family..so happy for you..Just perfect a lovely baby brother for big sister Angelica..best wishes Xxx

  37. AM
    February 8, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Congratulations! Yes would love to read all the topics you mentioned.

  38. Becky
    February 8, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Congratulations Ruth! I’ve been following your pregnancy journey and the safe arrival of your beautiful baby boy has made my day. So happy for you and your beautiful family. Would love to hear your birth story (even the not so nice bits if there are any!) Sending you lots of love Xxx

  39. Hajnal Simon-Burton
    February 8, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    Ohhh, how lovely and what a beautiful picture!!! Congratulations!!!!

  40. Laura
    February 8, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    Congratulations Ruth!You must be overjoyed,i have loved reading your blog posts on the uphill especially as my little boy is only a couple months younger than Angelica and I can completely relate to you. Best wishes,hope you make a speedy recovery too x

  41. Lisa
    February 8, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    Massive well done to you Ruth what an achievement… I have 3 boys and my 2nd was called Oliver for quite a few days until we realised it didn’t suit him and changed it to Daniel (Dan to his friends!) take your time in finding the name that suits your little man xxx

  42. Rachel Sp
    February 8, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Congratulations to you all. Have been waiting for news. Enjoy these earlier days,they go even quicker second time around.

  43. Stuart
    February 9, 2017 / 12:57 am

    Congratulations Ruth and Mr.AMR, a beautiful baby, a little brother for Angelica I hope all settles down to a great routine for you all

  44. M
    February 9, 2017 / 2:32 am

    Congratulations on your new addition! Looking forward to reading more!

  45. Rebecca
    February 9, 2017 / 4:15 am

    Anjelica looks super happy to have a new baby brother. 🙂 Very sweet.

  46. Anja
    February 9, 2017 / 5:24 am

    Congratulations again! I really can imagine the “Christmas card scene”. I am so happy for you and your family! The ideas for new posts are ace, I’m looking forward to reading them. Especially the one on going home after 27h! O.O

  47. Ellenn
    February 9, 2017 / 5:32 am

    Congratulations, he’s lovely. I would love to hear all about the Section and your stay please! I have until the Friday after next to decide on my section and just feel I want to hear all experiences.

  48. Rachael
    February 9, 2017 / 9:44 am

    Huge congratulations! Glad it all went well xxx

  49. Heather
    February 9, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Congratulations again! And yes to all of the above post options

  50. Charlotte
    February 9, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    Congratulations Ruth & Mr AMR! Hope you are enjoying every minute of your new family! Looking forward to finding out what you have decided to call him!

  51. Susan
    February 9, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Congratulations to you and your family! Yes boy’s names are hard. I have three adult ones now. Time is precious it goes so fast so enjoy every moment! XO

  52. Angela
    February 9, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    Congratulations to you and your gorgeous family Xxx

  53. Estelle
    February 10, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    Congratulations!! I don’t know how you manage to go home only 27hrs after the c-section. It took me 5 days!!!
    My husband and I also went for a surprise delivery and we only one name in common for a boy so I know what you mean. Enjoy those first moments, they go by so quickly. My son is now 9 months old and I don’t know where time went. Xxx

  54. Jana
    February 10, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Congratulions! Health and happiness for you and your family! With lots of love x

  55. Sophie
    February 10, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    Ruth! I am delighted to hear you and your new baby boy are both safe and well. Despite never having met you you have nonetheless been on my mind the past few days and I have been wishing you a safe and happy delivery. Wonderful news. 😀

  56. Sian Young
    February 10, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Congratulations Ruth, speedy recovery to you xx

  57. Sophia
    February 11, 2017 / 11:55 am

    I’m soooooo thrilled Ruth – now you have one of both.

    Love to you, Mr AMR, Angelica and baby

    xxxxxx

  58. Jenny
    February 11, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    Congratulations dear lovely Ruth, he is so awesome!!!

  59. Boumi
    February 11, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Congratulations dear lovely Ruth, he is so awesome!!!

  60. Karen
    February 11, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    Congrats! So glad it went smoothly!
    I’m a bit emotional at seeing this post (also cos my 4 month old twins are going into separate cots tonight! Growing too quickly!!!)

    I have a boy and girl too. Xanthe and Miller Otis (in case you need any inspiration )
    Xxx

  61. February 11, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Huge congratulations Ruth!! How lovely to have a boy. Fabulous news.
    Rachel xx

  62. Meg
    February 11, 2017 / 11:47 pm

    Oh Ruth, congratulations! All the best for settling him in.

    Meg xxx

  63. February 12, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Congrats Ruth & family! 3rd of Feb is MY birthday too!!Purfect!! So happy all is well. Can’t to find out his name.☺️ I think boys names are hard to come up with personally! Love to hear what you think of being discharged earlier. For my first (18 months ago!) I had emergency c section but I wanted to be out of the hospital – tho I’m sorta glad I had the time there coz of the support. Hoping for 2nd one day…so looking forward to hearing about your experiences with toddler and bub over the coming months! All the best and hope you get a snooze as much as you can Take care! xx

  64. Promise
    February 12, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    Congratulations Ruth! Everyone looks so healthy and happy! Well done! I think you are a stellar mom! And new baby…. so sweet. His face looks like he might be named an Anson, or Aiden to me. <3

  65. Melanie
    February 12, 2017 / 11:57 pm

    Congratulations with your newborn son!!! How nice to have a girl and a boy!
    Wishing you and your family all the best and enjoy the precious moments!

  66. Mariana
    February 13, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Congratulations Ruth !!! All the best for speedy recovery and best wishes to all of you . Your beatiful family is complete 🙂 x

  67. Emma
    February 13, 2017 / 10:28 am

    Congratulations ^_^

  68. Tanya
    February 13, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    What a wonderful news!!! Congratulations! I absolutely love your blog. Was waiting for your great news! Again, a lot of happiness to all of you!!!

  69. Sammy
    February 15, 2017 / 9:17 am

    Look into safe cosleeping / feeding while laying down. You’ll feel like a new woman, you snooze, baby feeds, everyone wins! And congratulations! X

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