Mike, Milly and I are delighted to introduce you to little miss Emma Edgley Potts, who entered the world at 1:01pm Friday.
Weight: 3.045kg / 6 pound 11 ounces
Induced around 8am in the morning, it was a slow build-up until she was demanding entry into the world and everything happened in the space of an hour - intensifying contractions, demanding more pain relief, feeling like a space cadet on the gas, the epidural that didn't have time to kick in because suddenly I was pushing and then she was here. A perfect little girl.
There's a moment, an image, I hope I never forget - with my head forward and bent over pushing, seeing the obstetrician catch and hold her up. In the background I could hear the midwife announce 'It's another girl!' although as I type this Mike tells me that he was the one who said that.
Like with her big sister Milly, Mike and I had decided not to learn the gender of our baby ahead of time. Mike was predicting a boy, as I'd had more nausea this pregnancy, but I was thinking girl again. It didn't take me too long to gently point out I was right. ;)
Milly is fascinated with her 'little sister'. Their introduction has gone better than we could have hoped, with Milly walking into the hospital room for the first time and doing her happy dance. Climbing onto the bed to have a closer look at baby sister, she whispered 'wow!' and held out her finger for Emma to grasp onto. (Then instructed Mike on how to do the same.)
Every visit she climbs up onto the bed into position to have another hold - this morning we were chatting and look over to see her sitting ready with hands out, like gimme gimme - and her only real grizzles these last few days has been because she wants another cuddle and didn't vocalise it well.
Last night we finally settled on Emma's name - not knowing gender we never really wrote a shortlist - and Milly was the first one to use it, leaning over the bassinette to say 'Goodbye sister Emma'. Heart melted.
Mike and I are feeling so incredibly lucky right now (and a touch sleep deprived) to have these two wonderful girls in our lives.