Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all our friends and family.
At the hospital I was fully dilated and ready to deliver my baby naturally. My team consisted of my husband, my mum and my midwife. All things were going well but his position and my anatomy just weren't synchronised that day. The call was made to deliver him via surgery after several hours of labour. Knuckles was ready to make an entrance into the world one way or another.
My husband brings our baby to me for my first look at Knuckles. Our wee baby finally arrived on 17 December 2008 at 4pm, 4 days over his due date and via emergency ceasarean. Weighing 3.2kgs or 7lbs 1oz, Richard John Ngariki Toimata is in great health. Yep, new borns look funny but to me, this is the most beautiful vision in the world.My four men. How many people does it take to bath a baby? Three of course.My little bean in his pod finally at home after seven days in hospital. My mother has been here throughout the whole ordeal and what a blessing she is. I am so grateful to have had this experience with her. She has been invaluable in innumerable ways. My angel midwife, Penina who has been a godsend throughout the past 9.5 months and especially the last fortnight during the birth and after care. A good midwife is priceless.I am well, being cared for and indulged, and recovering relatively smoothly. Typical mood swings but this baby is so worth it all. I am so happy, we all are. Please forgive me for not writing sooner, and for the sporadic nature of the next month or so as we come to grips with our new baby yet again. Thank you for all your encouraging emails and comments, phone calls and gifts. Being older parents, we are so much more relaxed than 12 years ago with our first son, and even six years ago with our second son. The most amazing miracle is how our hearts just expand to fit this new little baby, with more love to go around. I now have three children and it is so exciting. I am definitely looking forward to being a 'creative crafting' mum this year as my career takes a back seat for a while. And if you want to cuddle the baby you have to take a ticket, he's in pretty hot demand.


Martine said...

Oh girl i'm so happy for you. Congratulations. What a wonderful way to start the new year. All the best for you and your lovely family.

Jackie said...

Congratulations to you and your family. I think the whole blog world has been waiting with baited breath!
Happy New Year

carole brungar said...

WOW! Congratulations! What a chrissy present!! And isn't he just the most darling child, you are soooo lucky. A beautiful baby, a loving family round you and YOUR MUM! What a blessing!

india flint said...

yay fantastic! wishing you every blessing me dears and SO looking forward to meeting Knuckles and having a Rachelle-hug in a couple of weeks time xxindia

Arija said...

Yay! Yippeee! Best news I could have had this New Year's morning. India and I were wondering to say the least but dared not ask.
Such wonderful news indeed and Knuckles does not look funny at all, he looks just like his mamma. Only in the first few days can you see the likenes and then much later when they are growing up.
God bless you all and your mom for looking after you as well.
Hugs, Arija.

turehutinker said...

Hi Ahipara Girl. Welcome to your new family member. Fantastic.
Im over between Opononi and the Waipoua forest and wanted to say a hello. I'm enjoying your site and creative work. Its great to discover another local New Zealander. All the best for your new year. Josie

ArtPropelled said...

Congratulations Rachelle and welcome to baby Richard! Perhaps he looks like his proud dad? All the best for 2009!

Kelly S. said...

We are so HAPPY for you all here at our house! Your bundle is certainly bringing you JOY!

You give me encouragement in knowing that you will continue your fabulous creative endeavors.

Be greatful for the gifts given to you, sometimes they are a handful, but well worth it!

Happy Nu Nu (as our 3 year old says) May this year be your most challenging and most rewarding.

Sparkly Wishes!

Juliet, Lee and Kelly too!

melissa said...

welcome to the world, little richard! he is beautiful, rachelle. congratulations! xx

Jacky said...

congratulations on the arrival of such a beautiful baby boy.