Monday, 14 December 2009

Hugo Edward...


...was born at 9.50am on Sunday morning, after a labour that began at 4.30am on Saturday morning. There were a couple of complications, which meant we had to be transferred from our birthing centre to the Royal London Hospital at 1am yesterday. This gives Hugo an immediate 18th century connection, as the Royal London was founded in 1740 and moved to the site on which he was born in 1757, a most excellent year in British history. The Kiwi did brilliantly through a very difficult labour (she had to go into surgery immediately after Hugo was born) and after being kept in for observation we are this evening back home together (the NHS enforces visiting hours, so I had to leave the Kiwi and Hugo overnight). Incidentally, the yellow blanket in the photo is the same blanket in which the Kiwi came home from birth 33 years ago - clearly New Zealanders can wash stuff far more effectively than anyone else. So tonight we have one rather bewildered baby, an exhausted but happy Kiwi and a proud, if strangely tearful, dad. Normal service on this blog will resume in about 20 years...

41 comments:

PaulH said...

Great Work Giles!Great use of pinks and reds, i really like the deep Blues as well.Congratulations to you both.
I have another two weeks before mine will be vanished and based(due Jan 1st).
Regards
Paul

Andy McMaster said...

Congrats Giles! Glad all are well. He looks lovely.

All the best and enjoy the change. Your lives will never be the same and never be better!

Andy

Fire at Will said...

Normal service will resume in baout 25 years if my daughters are anything to go on, I think I can see light at the end of the tunnel.

Congratulations again

Will

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Top dog - well done to you both and congratulations! :o))

Conrad Hawkwood said...

Greetings Hugo
it is a weird world we have made for you..

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Congratulations Giles!Your life as you once knew it has forever changed.
I just had a little girl 2 years ago and your love will unbelievably just grow more!

Cheers
Christopher

Ubique said...

Nice mini!

Scott MacPhee said...

Congratulations! It just gets better from here on out. My little guy is 18 months old now, and he likes to pretend to paint miniatures already.

Iowa Grognard said...

Congratulations!
Scott took the words out of my mouth. I have a 7 and 6 year old with a 8 month old and one on the way, it does only get better. Great name by the way! I can't convince my wife to give the next boy the middle name of Davout...

Best to you and yours,
Jeff

Peeler said...

Hey! Large Congratulations to all three of you! Your life will now change an awful lot.. For the better!
Best Wishes and Care to you,
Peeler

Josiah Martin said...

Congrats!

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

Congratulations to all three of you. Your world will now be forever changed.

Tank Girl said...

Congrats Giles on your latest addition to the family.

This is a lovely Christmas gift for you all.

Best wishes to the family,

Helen

Paul said...

Congrats on your new miniature, Giles!

Sire Godefroy said...

Well done, all of you; and a warm welcome to your little epigone!

airhead said...

Congratulations to all of you, they start out small but the speed of scale creep is just amazing.

All the best from the Airhead family

Dinium said...

Congrats to you and the wife Giles, and welcome to the world Hugo.

Trade the brushes in for some sleep tokens for a little while!

All the best,
Dinium

Mosstrooper said...

Congratulations to you both

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Congratulations :)

Glad to hear mother and baby are doing well

Have a wonderful Christmas together

Greg Sapara said...

Best wishes to your entire family Giles! Your best work yet!

Now, when do you start the painting lessons?

GregS

Stokes Schwartz said...

Great news, Giles! And a wonderful way to usher in Christmas. Best wishes to your family.

Stokes

Author said...

Congrats!



BTW, when are you going to have pictures of the new Perry French up?

;)

Gunfreak said...

Congrats, on a job well done(to the kiwi not you, you didn't do anything :D)

Now you need to make another 700 of those, dress them in miniature AWI uniforms and you got your self the best BG game ever

painterman said...

Congratulations to the both of you.
Ready made wargaming partner in a few years.
have a great Christmas,
Simon.

honkingweasel said...

thats fantastic news, i wish you all the best. the sleepless nights are worth it, we are now 4 weeks into newbaby life and its hard but great too

AD said...

Congrats!!

GreenmanTim said...

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

Docsmith said...

Beautiful sculpting and animation - your finest work yet! Well done to both you and the Kiwi (after all, she did all the hard work!) Handsome lad - its that strong Antipodean influence of course.

If you thought collecting and painting little men was fun - now the real fun begins! Enjoy!

Doc

http://docsartofwar.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Giles,

Best Wishes to all 3 of you! I recall my own tears when my son arrrived ... It's a good sign!

Theo

Anonymous said...

Congrats and welcome to the International Brotherhood of Fathers! Mine is 2 1/2 already and as others have mentioned it only gets better. Sure, you will make your fortresses from legos and Lincoln Logs now, but I guarantee you'll have more fun than ever!

Aaron

Matt said...

Congratulations to the three of you!

Matt

Bluewillow said...

congratulations Giles, a future wargamer me thinks.

All the best, 6 to 8 weeks before you will get some decent sleep btw.

all the best for Christmas

Cheers
matt

Gallowglass said...

Congrats to all three of you, Giles.

Patrick

Grimsby Mariner said...

Hearty congratulations to you both.

No more excuses needed now - all future purchases are for the son and heir.

guy said...

V many congratulations to both you and the kiwi. My eldest is now 14. She came home from hospital wrapped in an old fashioned pale blue croched blanket made by an ancient aunt - blue blankie. She still sleeps with this thing. The nearest we have ever got to an international incident was when it was left by mistake abroad when she was tiny. DHL to the rescue.

Congratulations again.
Regards,
Guy

Long Island Wargammer said...

Oh goodness - enjoy!! My son is six and all I can say is there is no normal - every day is an adventure!

God Bless!

Phil Olley said...

Many congratulations Giles and The Kiwi; and welcome to the world Hugo.
May you have many adventures and great times ahead as a family; and cherish each and every moment.
Phil

Paul Marsh said...

Congratulations to you Giles and your better half.

He looks a bonny chap and he will change your lives for the better.

Best wishes
Paul

Betts-Davittovich said...

congratulations

Anonymous said...

Dear Giles,

On a more mundane note ... hav you painted any of the Perry Hessians as Brunswickers?

Enjoy all the emotion of being a new dad.

Theo

Fridericus said...

Congratulations. And enjoy the following years! I remember well when our son was born (he has now completed his 40th), and my head said to me (I was then a young teacher): "Now you will become a human being." How right he was.