Monday, October 27, 2008

Introducing to you...

Our little daughter, Stevie Nell Madden. And I must say, I am in love. Other than the ups and downs of learning how to look after a baby, and the fears of keeping this little thing alive and kicking, generally I am over the moon about our little bundle of joy. I cannot stop staring at her little face and giving her hundreds of kisses.


So, just over two and a half weeks early I went into labour on Tuesday night the 21st of October, and 4 hours later, Stevie was born. I have quite a birth story to tell you, and one of which I am very proud of and feel that it is my greatest achievement to date. I feel teary when I think about it and I have all the awesome staff at the Warragul hospital to thank for the way it all turned out. It was intense and painful, but also very amazing at the same time. The memory is already starting to fade, so when I get some more time I am going to write it down so I don't forget the details. It feels like it happened about six months ago already! For now I'll just show her off to you guys, and get into the nitty gritty later.

Here is Jim, me & Stevie at home. We came home on Saturday, after I spent a few days in hospital.


Here is Stevie doing what she does best, sleeping.


This is me with my little cocoon baby still in hospital.


Here is my labour-room hero and the little nugget.


Some more snaps at home in the backyard.




And a shot of us right after the birth in the birthing suite.


So I'll leave you with those photos for now, and few words but I promise I will be back soon with more. For now I need to go and regain some energy and do some chores before the little sweetheart starts demanding her next feed.

Hope you've enjoyed our photos :)

33 comments:

lil kim said...

Yayayayayayayay!!!!!! Congrats Jules, Jim and especially Stevie for making the great journey into life. She looks beautiful - so much hair! Glad you had such a wonderful experience with the birth, despite how hard it must have been. Look forward to hearing about it. Love,
Kim xx

susannah said...

Hi Julie, Congratulations. She's gorgeous! I've been quietly 'stalking' your lovely blog for a while now and couldn't not comment on your exciting news! Enjoy these next few precious weeks with your newborn baby girl. It's such an amazing thing. Best wishes, Susannah

Kate said...

Congratulations! She is adorable!

tiel said...

so nice to see and hear that all went well and to see your gorgeous little girl. Can you believe that you're a mummy now?? Freaky or what?

My son was born on the 22nd, albeit 6 years ago. So nice time of the year.

Enjoy every cuddly moment Julie, you won't realise just how special this time is until you look back on it and remember her little tiny self.

lori said...

congratulations, she is a doll! you look so happy and relaxed... i am so happy for you.

:)

Rebecca said...

2 weeks early? wow. how sweet Stevie looks. i'm sure you'll have a grand adventure with her. best wishes!

Hanna said...

such an adorable baby!

Caroline said...

Oh!!! I'm getting all teary-eyed. She's beautiful. Congratulations!!

kat coyle said...

congratulations!!!!

Anna Lloyd said...

Stevie is beautiful, congratulations on a speedy birth and healthy bub!

futuregirl said...

Stevie is a gem! I can already see the hints of her adult face ... she looks so much like both of you. Congratulations! What a beautiful family. :)

Georgie Love said...

YAY! I have said it all over the place, but she is just gorgeous! Much love to the new family. :-D

ruby-crowned kinglette said...

she is gorgeous. congratulations.

binny Talib said...

congratulations, what a sweetie, she is divine Binny :)

Bec said...

OH MY GOD!
let it be known, jules knoblock makes the prettiest babies in the whole world!
stevie is such a doll!
instantaneous print buyer/lover - bec

Lauren said...

Oh my what a delightful baby! And glowing mama!! Congratulations from me, Obe, Xanthe and Audrey Blossom!

Anna Laura said...

I saw the post sitting in bloglines and thought, wait, that could be THE POST! She is so cute, and I love the name. Great photos as well. Congratulations!

leslie said...

so lovely! i'm so happy for your little family and i have to say, i think stevie as a name RULES. nice work : )

Swirlyarts said...

Oh what a cutie!! Congrats :)

Lauren said...

congratulations!! she's beautiful :)

zime said...

Congratulations Julie!! You've a wonderful family!!!
(^v^)

Kirsty said...

Gorgeous!!! Well done!!

Get lots of new born video...I just LOVE watching back now....It's hard to believe they were ever that small and reliant on you......Make the most of it!!!
Don't try and clean the house etc just hold her lots!!!
Kirsty

manda said...

congratulations :-) stevie is so very very cute, so precious! and you are glowing :-)

Sarah Epstein said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful little girl! :o)

Christiane said...

Congratulations!
You all look pretty relaxed about such big news!

Danielle said...

Congratulations!! She is just beautiful :-)

Yiyi Wang said...

she got perfect skin! lol congratz, and take care

Anja said...

Congratulations. She´s very sweet. And you look so happy.

Shannon Melville said...

Congratulations Julie to you and your husband :) Stevie is beautiful, her skin is so clear and perfect. Glad you found it to be a good experience. Take care and hope you enjoy being a new Mum.

Pikaland said...

JULES!
Congratulations and Stevie is so, so beautiful!

take care and big hugs,
x
Amy

Julia said...

Your baby is beautiful. Some babies come out, well, squished, and then you have to say "awww...isn't she something." Not yours! She's perfect!

Anonymous said...

congratz jules and jim and on your amazing birth story! fantastic! xx

love isy

inaluxe said...

Hi Julie! don't know where to start, but to say WOW WOW WOW! Stevie is soooooo adorable! Congratulations, and thank you for sharing this awesome experience with us all.... the three of you all look so incredibly happy! Lovin' that heaps! You're so fabulous, it's really nice to see you so happy! xoxoxoxo K