No Jiggety Jig

Well, we’re home again, home again, jiggety jig, as they say. Though on account of my stitches, more likely ‘no jiggety jig’, as Finn always insists :giggle:

The news, in very brief…

In true Small fashion, she decided to rebel against all plans, and arrive a little early. Almost three weeks, actually, and boy, we were so not ready! But yay, I got to have my VBAC after all! Brief gory details: my waters broke Friday night and the hospital admitted me with the intention of going into surgery the following morning if labour didn’t come on naturally. It did. It was (relatively) fast and seriously unpleasant, as she was posterior. By the time I got an epidural, I was already fully dilated, but I’m not sure I could have successfully survived the rest without it – in another measure of conservatism on the part of the hospital, I was given a 1-hour-pushing ultimatum. From there it would have been straight to theatre. Let me tell you, that worked wonders for my motivation – I sure as heck got her out in an hour… but just! Small was born on June 3rd, 11.05am.

The girl herself is (of course) just beautiful, and true to name, and contrary to the double-chinned photo OtherHalf posted, she’s Small, at just 2.87kg (6lb 5oz)! So much tinier than Finn was, at 3.78kg (8lb 5oz).

It seems the other cat is already out of the bag – no doubt I let it slip more places than I realised 🙂 Finn’s new baby sister is Niamh Mary. For the curious, and I know you all are, Niamh is pronounced ‘Neeve’, and comes from Celtic Mythology – Niamh of the Golden Hair, daughter of Mannanan, the Celtic God of the sea. I’ll let you Google the rest of the story if you’re interested 🙂 Mary is for OtherHalf’s mother who I never knew – she died from cancer many years ago. June 3rd was also Mary’s birthday (and, coincidentally and quite sadly, her death-day), so it seemed appropriate for us to choose ‘Mary’ for a second name instead of ‘Sara’ as originally planned.

So yes. I had a rather interesting weekend! Thank you everybody for such wonderful wishes, I appreciate each and every one of you, and I’ll be back soon with more attractive pictures!

By the way… You’ll like this. Completely appropriately, my waters broke while I was sitting stitching my latest start – ‘You were hatched’, by TW! I’ll show you a WIP when I get a chance.

8 responses to “No Jiggety Jig

  1. Welcome home Mel amd Niamh

    It’s a lovely name and story and considering the significant date your choice of middle names is just beautiful…

    Blessings to all of you 🙂

  2. Congratulations on the new addition! What a wonderful name for a precious little girl.

  3. I hope I didn’t spoil the surprise by printing Niamh’s name but you didn’t let it slip…when I put my cursor over her picture her name popped up!

    I think it’s lovely that you gave her her grandmother’s name as her middle name. I hope all is going well with getting settled at home!

    And as an aside, she shares a birthday with my DF as well! 🙂

  4. What a happy day! And such a wonderful name you have given her. I’m glad that she was both small and came early, given her positioning!! She was definitely trying to give you a break, I think. 🙂 The photo your other half posted was really lovely; she’s a gorgeous girl. Congratulations to you and your family. And I so love that your water broke with you were stitching You Were Hatched. LOL

  5. How glorious!!! I love love love that name! She must have decided she is a TW fan – already claiming “You Were Hatched” for her own!

  6. Oh, Melanie, she’s just beautiful – to match her beautiful name! Congratulations to everyone!

  7. congrats! and such a beautiful name *hugs to you all*

  8. I lurk a lot and have been reading along for a while. Seeing your beautiful baby and her name spurred me to leave a comment…

    I’ve been trying for a baby with my partner for the last few years.

    Niamh is a name I’ve always loved and we had decided on if we are ever fortunate to have a baby girl. My aunt who died before I was born was called Mary-Ann, so our daughter will be Niamh Mary-Ann.

    (On a side note a boy will be Nathan Benjamin).

    Congratulations to you both, she really is beautiful.