I asked my bloggy friend Mrs Miles, in Canada, for some inspiration on what to blog about today. She was as helpful as ever and came up with lots of suggestions, but I chose to share the following (instead of blogging about my pile of ironing – not at all interesting!).
Our first Christmas as parents came rather sooner than expected, as our first baby was not due until 21 January 1998. However in early December 1997 I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, and on 16th December I was admitted to Jubilee Maternity Hospital in Belfast for observation. Our consultant obstetrician advised that I would be unlikely to be leaving until the baby was born!
So on 18th December, he decided that an elective section was required, and it should happen the next morning. He promised me that this would mean that baby and I would be home in time for Christmas…..and he kept his word.
Our first daughter was born at 1.01pm the following afternoon, and the next 24 hours were
a hazy blur for me as my blood pressure was still misbehaving. Our daughter, however, despite being born at 36 weeks, was in perfect health!
So on 24 December, we were discharged and came home to place our baby in her car seat below the Christmas tree – a very early Christmas present.
On Christmas morning our first visitor was the mid-wife, and then we travelled to my parents for a family Christmas dinner. I don’t remember much of the day, but according to my husband’s diary she slept for most of our visit.
So what was your most memorable Christmas or Christmas gift?
Finally, a few more pics of some of my Christmas decor which (believe it or not!) I have not yet shared.
See you back here tomorrow (I hope!)