Thursday, November 15, 2007

Welcome to the world Charlotte Loyalty Darbyshire

We are absolutely delighted to announce the birth of our first child, a baby girl, Charlotte Loyalty Darbyshire, who arrived at 1.23 pm on Monday 12th November 2007 at St. George's hospital in London, weighing 8 lb 8 ounces (3.85 kilograms).

Unfortunately the birth was not uncomplicated, Charlotte first had to spend 48 hours in the intensive care unit due to breathing difficulties upon birth. Leah also lost a litre of blood in an emergency assisted delivery to rescue Charlotte, narrowly avoided a blood transfusion and has since been on iron tablets, antibiotics and painkillers. However, we are so delighted that both Darbyshire girls are now fully recovered, sleeping together in the maternity ward and are set for discharge tomorrow, Friday 16th November, once Charlotte's course of antibiotics here at the hospital is complete.

We are both ecstatically happy and couldn't be more proud of our daughter who was worth every second. We are now very much looking forward to bringing her home and introducing her to Yishi, just in time to be a new family all together this Christmas.

Thank you to all those who have sent us their thoughts, cards, messages, flowers and gifts during what has been very much an emotional rollercoaster of a week.

Please find photos of our newborn daughter, Charlotte, on our Fiickr pages and we look forward to bringing more news of her shortly.

Charlotte's first Flickr photo album

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