Isaac giggling (video)

Jane took this video of Isaac giggling the other day, using her mobile phone. It makes me laugh every time I watch it. Isaac is one of the smiliest, happiest babies I’ve ever met: what a joy!

Annoyingly the original video was at 90° because of the phone interface (there is nothing to encourage you to record videos in landscape) but I used Free Video Flip and Rotate from DVDVideoSoft to rotate it.

Isaac and Jane are home

Baby Isaac asleep in his cot in the living room
Baby Isaac asleep in his cot in the living room

This morning I dropped off Reuben and Joshua at their grannie’s house, the plan being that I’d drive up to Dundee to the hospital to spend some time with Jane and Isaac before grannie brought them up later at visiting time.

I arrived on the ward just after 11:00 to discover that they were keen that Jane gets home today. Quick change of plan, followed by a long six hours wait until various physical checks to Isaac and Jane and whatever items of paper work were completed.

We drove away from Ninewells Hospital at 16:45 feeling decidedly less nervous than when we had made the same journey 26 months before. This time we didn’t even stop in St Andrews to see if he was breathing!

Thank you

Thank you so much to everyone who has sent, emailed, Tweeted, ‘Facebooked’, voice mailed messages of congratulations, and for everyone who has prayed for us and kept us in their thoughts. We love you all. x

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.

Baby #3 – 20 weeks scan

Ultrasound image of baby #3 at 21 weeks
Ultrasound image of baby #3 at 21 weeks

Today marked the start of the 21st week of Jane’s pregnancy. This morning we drove up to Ninewells hospital in Dundee for Jane’s 20 weeks ultrasound scan.

As you can see from the image above baby #3 (whom we discovered will be a brother to Reuben and Joshua: he’s a boy!) was facing down for the duration of the scan. We didn’t get a good look at his face sadly, but he appears to be doing really well the little miracle that he is.

Reuben and Joshua, who accompanied us to the appointment, were delighted to see and point at “BABY!” on the computer monitor.

Getting ready

This weekend it’s going to be my task to dismantle the bunk beds in the second guest bedroom in order to create nursery #2.  We’ve scoped out a programme of work to get things ready between now and the end of November.

Baby #3 is due to make an appearance on 27 January 2011.