Ok, so this post doesn’t contain the best quality photos I’ve ever taken but I’m so so so happy to announce I’m a daddy. Liv and I have been together for some six and a half years or so, married for 4.5. Two years ago we tried for a baby but sadly Liv had a miscarriage. We believe this was mainly because of the way she was treated by the management and the conditions with which Liv worked in at a popular hotel in Edinburgh (NOT The Witchery!) but on Saturday 10th March at 9.12 Liv gave birth to Amelia Honey Radley.
The labour, as I’m sure most are, was really brutal. Liv started having painful consistent contractions on Wednesday night which increased in strength on Thursday. By Friday she was bent over with pain and just after midnight she had a really heavy discharge and was experiencing contractions every 2-3 minutes.
We had originally planned to go to the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh (simply for convenience) but they were completely full and so we had to go to St Johns Hospital in Livingston. Livingston is bit of a pain in the ass to get to when you’re in a rush as it takes around 50 minutes to drive each way. Because of where I’m located I have to drive through the city centre and out the West side of Edinburgh. Once I’m on the motorway it’s easy, just another 20 minutes.
The staff at St Johns Hospital were absolutely awesome. All of the midwives were absolutely lovely. They took care of Liv perfectly, coached her through everything and there’s simply no way we can fault them. Liv has stated that she would like to have her next baby in Taiwan (very different medical system there, ie you can choose to have a caesarean or not) but if we’re still in Edinburgh and we haven’t won the lottery, we’d love to return to St Johns.
By the time Liv went into labour on Saturday she was really tired and there was a real scare about her blood pressure. At one point her blood pressure shot to something like 217/115 (lucky she didn’t have a stroke!) so they had to give her some really extreme doses of medicine to try to bring her BP down. They eventually managed to control her BP (although this meant she had to stay in the hospital for 2 nights after giving birth) but the medication seemed to eradicate the effects of her epidural. In effect Liv gave birth without an epidural.
Her labour lasted 12 hours and we have some photos from when she was going through labour but Amelia is so so beautiful. She has mum’s eyes, ears and nose and the paediatrician said she has exceptionally long legs for a newborn (supermodel!). The first 24 h0urs with her at home were quite restless and it’s only really this afternoon that’s started to settle down. In a couple days time I’m planning to take more fun photos with her and within the next 10 days we’ll be doing some studio photography with her, which should hopefully turn out great.
So what else is going on? Well, with the long labour, constant travelling and the need to look after both Amelia and Liv, my photography work has unfortunately stalled. I have some catching up to do, including with emails, but Liv’s step-mother and her mother are giving us great support and Liv absolutely loves looking after Amelia (she’s already an awesome mum) so I should be back up to date within the next couple of days or so.