28 January 2016

& then we were three



There's someone I'd like to introduce you to...

On Tuesday January 26th at 4:04am my partner and I welcomed our beautiful baby girl into the world. I was admitted into hospital on Sunday January 24th to be induced at 41+5 weeks, a massive 12 days overdue, and after a long labour of 19 hours starting at 9am on Monday January 25th and ending in an emergency c-section, we finally got to meet our baby at exactly 42 weeks. I won't go into the process and labour now, as I'm sure I'll eventually share a 'birth story', but let's just say, it was worth every second.

Baby Willow weighed 8lbs 8ozs, smaller than I expected, with brown hair like her daddy and more than a few features of her mama. Just like I wanted, my partner was the one to tell me that we'd had a baby girl and my first hello was to utter her name. Willow's name had been picked a couple of years before we even decided to start a family, and those of you who know me well should be able to connect the dots... the Buffy obsession is strong! 

It had been so hard keeping names quiet throughout our pregnancy but I never worried that it wouldn't 'fit' our baby if we had a girl, and it really is the perfect name for her. Willow means 'slender and graceful', and I'm sure she's more than likely to pick up a few Willow Rosenberg traits as the years go by. Everyone that meets her thinks the name fits her perfectly... but I still keep letting Gizmo slip out every now and then!

We've been home since 10pm on Wednesday January 27th and settling in to life as new parents with a baby we can't stop looking at. It's insane the way a baby will instantly change your life, from the moment you find out you're expecting and that love starts to blossom, to the moment you finally have your baby in your arms. The love is indescribable, more intense than anything I've ever felt in my life. I just can't stop looking at her, even with only 7 hours sleep since Sunday afternoon. This baby stuff is tiring! I'm so lucky that she's ours, our precious little girl. 

That's all for now... but I wanted to let you know Willow had arrived safe and sound. We're both doing wonderfully and daddy is just as in love with her, it melts my heart to see the way he looks at her, even through those already tired eyes.

Thank you for all your support and well wishes, and make sure to keep an eye on Instagram for the inevitable baby spam.

Love, 

Our little family xo

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63 comments

  1. Congrats. She is beautiful and so is her name.

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  2. Congratulations Mum and Dad, she's absolutely GORGEOUS! xo

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  3. She's beautiful, congratulations x

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  4. Congrats and what a pretty name. She is just so precious.

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  5. Congratulations!!! She is so beautiful :D :D D x

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  6. She is utterly beautiful, congratulations. And you've re confirmed my wish not to find out my babys gender til its born. Your story is perfect.

    Lots of luck for the coming days and weeks.

    Rach // illustratedteacup.com

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  7. She's BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations! xx

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  8. I am so happy for you!! Huge congratulations to you both, Willow is beautiful and the name does fit her perfectly, she's adorable!! Congratulations again xxx

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  9. Im so happy for you both. She's gorgeous

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  10. Having followed your pregnancy on twitter, sending a massive congrats on your baby girl :)
    Ruth | ruth-writes.co.uk

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  11. She's so cute! Congratulations to you both and welcome Willow (lovely name by the way!)

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  12. She's beyond beautiful. Massive congratulations to you both.

    Emily xo

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  13. She is so beautiful! Wish her life is full of love, joy and creativity. Congratulations to you both! She is a little miracle.

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  14. Congratulations - what a wonder gift. She is beautiful & I really hope you're all doing well. Sending you lots of love <3 xxxxx

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  15. Congratulations :) She's beautiful xxx

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  16. This is SO exciting!!!
    Enjoy every tiny moment with your new family.
    Looking forward to hearing all the stories xx
    Gillian  xx  EyelinerFlicks.com

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  17. I just teared up, my hormones are playing up I'm so happy for you. I noticed you went a wee bit quiet. All the best for your little family, and your partner and yourself through these hard weeks. Beautiful little girl xx

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  18. Congratulations! What a beautiful name. Wishing all three of you the best, and some sleep!

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  19. Oh this is so lovely! I can't stop smiling :)

    Congratulations Sophia, Willow is absolutely beautiful!
    Im glad you are doing well and I hope you manage to get a little rest :D

    Lucy xx

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  20. Congratulations! She is gorgeous! You two are blessed. :)

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  21. Congratulations, she is so beautiful! xx

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  22. I noticed you were quiet on Twitter and I let myself wonder and SHES GORGEOUS! Congratulations! And Willow is a perfect name <3

    www.northeastnerd.co.uk

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  23. Congratulations Sophia, what a beautiful baby xx

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  24. Omg woo finally haha =] she's gorgeous, plus love the name =]

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  25. Congratulations! Willow is a beautiful name & a beautiful baby too!

    L x

    www.loulabeth.co.uk

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  26. She's gorgeous, well done! Lovely (and cool) name too xx

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  27. OH HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! Welcome to the world, Willow. I think you'll like it here. LPMx

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  28. Congratulations :)
    She's gorgeous!
    Helen

    www.jumblebug.co.uk

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  29. Congratulations! She is perfect.

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  30. Oh my word she's beautiful! Such a gorgeous name for a wonderful tiny lady.
    Congratulations mama, enjoy every second of it!

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  31. Congratulations! What a cutie pie, I love her name!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  32. She's absolutely stunning. Such a pretty name too. Congratulations to you all x

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  33. congratulations! She's is absolutely beautiful and her name is just perfect! xx

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  34. Congratulations - she's gorgeous, what a beautiful name as well!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  35. Congratulations! A beautiful baby girl. Well done on such a long labour. Totally understand the Buffy obsession. I don't have any children so named my dogs after characters, I have a Riley & Willow. Look forward to reading more about baby Willow x

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  36. Congrats to you both! Willow is beautiful. A long labour for sure - but at least she is here safe and sound.

    Hope you and she are recovering well. Can't wait to see more baby posts in the future. Enjoy all your 'firsts' with her.

    Rachael | Fizzpoppers

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  37. Oh my goodness!!! She is just perfect <3 So happy to hear everything went well and you're all home safe and sound. The name is beautiful! We're also keeping out names a secret until baby arrives. More fun that way ;) haha Wishing you all the best xx

    Renee | Lose the Road

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  38. Congratulations - she's absolutely beautiful! Love the name xx

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  39. Congratulations! She really is gorgeous and Willow is an unusual & lovely name!
    Megan x
    London Callings

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  40. Massive massive congratulations to you both! What a beautiful little lady. Enjoy getting to know her <3

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  41. She is beautiful!! What an amazing blessing xx

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  42. She is the cutest thing in the world! Im so glad you are both doing well :D
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  43. Ooh congratulations 😊 love love love her name :) xx

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  44. Congratulations, she is beauty!

    I love the name Willow, it's such a pretty name xx

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  45. congratulations, she is beautiful. Enjoy every minute.

    Amelia
    www.mumsbeautyspot.co.uk

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  46. I absolutely love her name. Big congratulations to you all lovely! She is absolutely beautiful xxxxxxxxx

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  47. Huge congratulations to you both, sorry you had such a long journey to meet her but oh she is just beautiful! I wish you a speedy recovery - and welcome to motherhood! xxx

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  48. OH MY GOD. LOOK AT HER!!!! She is the cutest little thing. Congratulations lovely xxxxxx

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  49. So happy for you. And she is just scrumptious. Bless her. Maleka x

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  50. Congrats to you and your partner. Willow is a beauty. Kate XxX

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  51. Congratulations Sophia she is absolutely beautiful. Well done, get some well-deserved rest! xx

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  52. Congratulations!!! Willow is beautiful, and is also such a lovely name.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  53. Ah, huge congratulations! She's a little stunner - enjoy all those magical moments of just staring at her in wonder (and just plough on through the sleep deprivation!!)

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  54. Congratulations. she looks lovely!

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  55. Congratulations to you both. She is genuinely beautiful like her mother
    Jenni x
    The Thrifty Magpies Nest

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  56. Amazing news, congratulations! She's beautiful xx

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  57. Congratulations to you both, she is beautiful. Love the name you chose too.

    Maxine x
    Www.chatterboxmax.blogspot.co.uk

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