Wednesday, March 11, 2009

that's my boy (and girl)...

First things first: profuse apologies for my lateness posting this. Since getting home from hospital last week Wednesday I have totally failed to engage with the outside world, instead living in a surprisingly blissful bubble of mummydom. But here he is, miniature Corvette #2, aka Ben, and for good measure here's his big sister, aka Leila (not pronounced like the Clapton song, in case you're wondering), looking like a cute-chip. Ben was born in the early evening on 3/3 - the same birthday as saneshane's son, I discovered today - weighing in at 6lb 11oz, and since then has done such proficient eating that he's already put on 7oz and counting. Apart from a few typical toddler outbursts, including a tendency to claim any presents given to Ben as her own, Leila has been unspeakably brilliant about his arrival in the house: she's learned that when he cries it means either hands off my nappy or more food please, she's trying hard to be gentle when stroking or cuddling him, and today she even attempted to swaddle him, by bundling a muslin cloth on top of his tummy. Awww... As for me, I've got my mum staying with me at the moment, cooking huge suppers, doing all the toddler nappy changes, scolding me when I don't have a nap, and generally being fantastic. Despite all her help, I'm basically knackered most of the time (note underlying quiver of dread at thought of her imminent departure), hence failure to get to computer before now. In fact, I might not have posted this for another month or two, except I got something utterly wonderful in the post today: the RR/Spill present. I love it! I so love it, I don't really know how to thank you because I feel a bit overwhelmed by your collective thoughtfulness and loveliness, and because words seem a bit inadequate for the job. So please accept a virtual bear-hug each, a round or two on me in the RR boozer, and of course my very most heartfelt thank yous to one and all. You're all magic. Off to bed now, but I promise not to be a stranger in the coming weeks - and this time I mean it. Thanks again xxx

40 comments:

debbym said...

Well done, Maddy, two beautiful children, you should be sooooo proud of yourself. I'm off to have a snooze on your behalf!

saneshane said...

congratulations Maddy..


There's two more 3/3 in my other halves family... don't know what that means in the zodiac RR.. but it must be all good.

Glad the Shhhhh...It's the Maddy project! got to you okay and hope you get a little chance to listen between feeds.

I'm sure the Bliss will continue.. the little ones look gorgeous.. big hugs from us here.

Shoey said...

Congratulations, Maddy! Glad to hear all are doing well (Not sure Leila should be kept in a cage though).

steenbeck said...

Ooh, they're both so beautiful!! Thanks for the thanks. I'd say more but I'm feeling a little weepy...

ToffeeBoy said...

One of each! Well done - congratulations - and to Mr Maddy as well. You have two beautiful children - how long before we see you all on tour as a classic rock four piece?

nilpferd said...

warmest congrats Maddy, take good care of yourself and your wee ones.. now we're off to pour a small dram to toast you all with..
*clink*

magicman said...

congrats and love maddy - what a clever mummy you are ! thanks for posting the pix - very thoughtful....we're all very proud...

*cheers*

Japanther said...

Big congratulations Maddy!

goneforeign said...

Maddy: I just re-heard Paul Simon's 'Father and Daughter' and gave it a good listen, it brought tears. Apart from the gender issues it's a perfect song for the occasion, Lets just rename it 'Mother and Son' and add it as a ps to the CD's.
It goes without saying, warmest congratulations to all four, stay calm and come back when you're ready.

tincanman said...

Congrats, and grab your rest while you can. When I had my second, a friend who already had two kids said I bet you think your workload just doubled? LMAO, he said (although this was pre LMAO days of course), the workload increases exponentially.
My crest fell.
But, he said, so does the joy.

Enjoy

(and, by the camera angle, looks like Ben took the picture of Leila-not-Layla. Clever kid already.)

cauliflower said...

Wonderful news! Lovely pictures of gorgeous children - I look forward to pix of them and you all dancing, corvette-style ;-)

Mnemonic said...

Congratulations Maddy - love the pictures

Blimpy said...

Donds to all the above congrats!

So happy for you Maddy!

Marconius7 said...

Wow! The kids are beautiful! Congratulations to you and Paul on the new arrival. So glad you liked our little project and hope you get a chance to listen to them all (and sing along with some of them to the little ones!)

We're very proud of you Maddy! Well done!

DarceysDad said...

Laser-guided donds for what tincanman's friend said, Maddy.

Wholehearted congratulations to the entire Costa clan.

And re your mum's impending departure- well yes it's also true you'll miss her help, but take it from me, that one is nowhere near as scary as arriving home with your firstborn to discover that your house doesn't have a *CALL NURSE* button next to baby's/your bed !!!!! Remember that feeling? Well this one's a breeze in comparison, because your mum is now attached to your house by an invisible bungee (Ben-gee??) cord.

Damn that I haven't found this until one in the morning ... is it too late to wet the baby's head? Mmmm, I don't actually have to drive anywhere in the morning ... ach, where's the good stuff?!

Here's to the very good health of you and yours, Maddy: cheers!

ejaydee said...

Congratulations Maddy, MrCorvette and your two beautiful children, this is beautiful.

richardrj said...

Congrats on choosing a great name. My son's name is Ben as well.

ShivSidecar said...

Congrats to all concerned - enjoy that bliss while it lasts...

Be seeing you.

Abahachi said...

Awwww. Very many congratulations, and don't be a stranger; we've missed you.

TatankaYotanka said...

Lovely to hear your good news Maddy, wishing you and the family all the best, ... love TY x

DarceysDad said...

Oh, and it's something I have to do at work on an almost daily basis, so I'll be the one not too embarrassed to ask:

If Leila isn't pronounced as in (D&tDs) Layla, is she a (Dr.Who-style) L-ee-la, or a(n, ulp, Oasis-inspired) L-eye-la?

maddy said...

thanks again everybody! little man resting and dr who-style leila (judging by a dictionary belonging to my father-in-law, such was the accepted pronounciation in the 1950s, which rather appealed to me, especially since paul refused to call her my favourite old-school girl's name, dulcie) at nursery, so it's time to attempt to deal with the email inbox, glad i checked in here first though. i recently bought a 4CD set of rembetika so the house has been a bit greek lately, but that's now been officially booted off the stereo. hurrah!

gordonimmel said...

It's all been said above, but I'll just add my congrats aswell. Great pictures. Can't advise on having two children - one's enough for us. Must be time for another nap (that's you, Maddy, not Ben!).

Chris said...

I feel like the one who gets the office card to sign after everyone else: there's nothing new to say! It's my own fault for only just checking in here.

But anyway: many, many, many congratulations and very best wishes indeed, Maddy. Long may the bliss continue.

barbryn said...

Donds to all the above - congrats Maddy and clan.

May1366 said...

Fantastic news - what a beautiful and impressively coiffeured young man and great to see the newly-anointed boss of the mini-Corvettes as well - wishing wonderful times to the whole Corvette dynasty x

snadfrod said...

Huge congratulations Maddy. Two fantastic children and all the best from all the Snadfrods. Like Chris its my own fault for not checking earlier, but I missed Japanther's Britpop disco too and am gutted about that...

I'm with Toffee and the dram. Cheers.

Two questions, though:
1. What was the final tracklist on the gift?
2. Quite off topic, does anyone know anything about good primary schools in SE London? Me and Mrs Frod are in a bit of a panic station...

CaroleBristol said...

Maddy, my congratulations to you.

He is lovely.

saneshane said...

@snadfrod

final tracks might be here:

http://rrindex.com/maddy.htm

glasshalfempty said...

Another Johnny-Come-Lately offering belated congrats. Fantastic job there, Maddy, and great to see the pix. Cigars are in the post, yes?

ToffeeBoy said...

Maddy - just a final comment from me on the CDs - I thought you should know that they were indeed an authentic RR production - like all the best A-Lists they were entirely untainted by any ToffeeBoy contributions - but the thought was there...

DarceysDad said...

Blimey, Toffee, and I thought I was having a barren run!!

;o)

By the way, people, who nommed Creed's With Arms Wide Open? I keep shoehorning that into RR topics, usually to a resulting embarrassed silence, but noticed someone got there before me on The M***y Project (or can we now openly refer to it as M.A.T.J.?)

AliMunday said...

Better late than never - congratlations, Maddy and family! They are both beautiful. Enjoy the music!

AliMunday said...

Or even congratUlations!!

TracyK said...

Aw, such a cutefest! Take care Maddy xxx

GarethI said...

Congratulations Maddy – really pleased you like the music and hope the lovely little ones enjoy it as well.

Dee Sawdeley said...

Bless you all Maddy and well done!

DaddyPig said...

Very belated congratulations from MummyPig & me. It's bringing it all back, the broken sleep and the worry that child #2 will wake child #1. But do enjoy the little baby months, they're soon over aren't they ? xx

treefrogdemon said...

Even later (and it's not cos they haven't got computers in Texas, because they have), many many congratulations Maddy and family - he looks like a proper poppet!

I saw that Louise Jameson in Carnaby Street once...

FP said...

Very belated congratulations from me too. He's a little cracker. And so is Leila. Lovely family. Now get ya feet up and have a cuppa!