On becoming a dad
Monday, July 21, 2008 7:44:26 PM
Looking at history July 18th has certainly been an eventful day — the great fire of Rome happened in 64 BC, Intel was founded in 1968, Jane Austen died in 1817, Hunter S Thompson was born in 1937, it's Constitution day in Uruguay...and, urm, Adolf Hitler published Mein Kampf…
But regardless of anything else, July 18th will always be a wonderful day. At 4.55am, Elva Violet Mills — my daughter — was born.
We did it in a nice natural way; in a birthing pool, in our kitchen, with no major painkilling drugs (a bit of gas was all it took). Kirsty started her contractions in the evening of the 17th July, went in the pool in the early hours of the 18th, and a few hours later, it was all done. It was a pretty uneventful, trouble-free birth, and our daugher is beautiful...absolutely beautiful. I can do nothing but smile, as I gaze at this tiny little chilled out babe...may her future be golden, as she grows up to
We are all well, and my mood is most definitely happy right now — I hope I can share some of my contentment with anyone who is feeling a little low, wherever they are.
Elva just after birth:
Elva at 5 weeks
Elva at 8 weeks, looking like she's in bad company
Elva at 11 weeks, smiling away
Elva at about 5 months, just before her first Christmas
Elva at 6 months, still looking cute!
Elva at 9 months, travelling in Portugal
Elva looking cute in her hoodie
My family - they're a cute lot, really
Elva at almost three, with me - oh how she's changed!