Elsie was born by scheduled Caesarean at 12.15 on the 19th of June 2002, weighing 10lb 9oz. This time five years ago I was happy and relieved she was here and safe, but also tired and sore and nervous - and about to have a very disrupted night! I lost count of how many times in the first few weeks I worried I was messing it all up; many days I still get to the evening and think I could have handled things better, but we have lots of fun, they make me laugh all the time and we love our babies to bits.
This morning we were woken at 5.30 by Elsie loudly whispering to Millie, "Wake up, wake up, it's my birthday!" They settled down for another hour, but then we couldn't stop them rushing downstairs for presents.
Elsie had asked for a talking dolly which came in a huuuuge box - you should have see her face when she saw the size of it! We'd also got them some fairy figures for their pink castle doll's house, and there were more gifts from grandparents, aunts and uncles plus cards galore.
She asked for fish & chips and a strawberry cream cake for her birthday tea and who was I to refuse?
Happy birthday, my little angel.