Meet my new son, Isaac Jacob Neilson Saunders

Baby Isaac wearing a white hat
Isaac Jacob Neilson Saunders

Isaac Jacob Neilson Saunders was born at 10:30 this morning by Caesarean section in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee; he weighed 3820g (8lbs 6½oz) and he is beautiful.

It was all very calm, the staff were a paradigm of lovely and little Isaac is a quiet wee sweetie.  Quiet all but for the way that he’s been ‘bleating’ all afternoon like a little lamb.  A soothing little “meh… meh… meh… meh”.

What has been most peculiar is that there is only one baby. For the last two years we’ve thought in twos. When the nurse handed me the paperwork for the registry office to confirm his birth I was ready to say, “Hang on! Where’s the other one?”

Reuben and Joshua got to meet him this afternoon, which we really wanted. Jane was still on the labour suite at the time so I wheeled the little cot out to the corridor.  They both stroked his tiny head and wanted to give him a cuddle, all with a running commentary from Reuben: “Cute… cuddle! Daddy baby… in cot. Gentle…”

It was really interesting to see their responses. Reuben, quite the extrovert, was hands-on, getting right in there; once Jane was up in the ward he even got to ‘hold’ Isaac, sitting on the bed and under Jane’s close supervision. Joshua, more of an introvert, sat back, observed and cuddled in to me.

I just can’t wait until they come home and we can just get on with it…


I’ve just corrected Isaac’s weight which was 8lbs 6½oz, my original calculation was a rough one done in my head because no-one at the time could give me an accurate grammes to pounds conversion.

From Vauxhall to Citroën: our new car

Thursday morning

This was the view of our drive on Thursday morning.  Our hearse-like black Vauxhall Vectra Estate (09 plate, 1.9 litre engine) poised, as ever, ready for adventure.

Vauxhall Vectra Estate
Vauxhall Vectra Estate CDTi 1.9

The only problem was that it wasn’t really equipped for the adventure that we’re rapidly heading towards (the birth of Baby 3.0) in as much as it won’t accommodate three infant car seats side-by-side.  Seemingly the law looks disapprovingly on you if you keep one of your children in the boot.

Friday morning

This was the view of our drive on Friday morning.  The gloomy, unaccommodating Vectra has gone, and has now been replaced with a shiny, silver, seven-seater Citroën Grand C4 Picasso (56 plate, 1.6 litre engine).

Citroën Grand C4 Picasso
Citroën Grand C4 Picasso

We looked initially at a Ford S-MAX which was looking promising: nice drive, great storage, right size, but it was above our budget; about £3,500 above our budget, which is quite a lot really.

In the end we opted for the Citroën, which doesn’t have quite the same oomph or storage, but we got £500 back on the exchange and we have a car that we’re happy with.

This car will definitely enable us to embark on our next baby-enhanced adventure in January safe in the knowledge that neither Reuben nor Joshua are rattling around in the boot.