To Rebecca: all about your birth day (plus your birth video)

September 27, 2016

Dear Rebecca

You entered this world as sweetly and as quietly as your current demeanour. You didn’t make a peep when you rose safely in the hands of the doctor. You looked around, and it was only when you were checked by the paed and prodded with an injection that I heard your newborn cry, making me feel relieved and a little anguished at once.

I am grateful for a birth that was uncomplicated and one that was full of laughter and happiness, and a beautiful you in our arms afterwards.

The morning of the 15th, your dad and I woke up at about 4am to leave for the hospital at around 4.45am. We watched some Paralympics while getting ready, and while straightening my hair, as one does before giving birth, I got emotional watching the courage of disabled swimmers. This was my first set of tears for the day (or hour), to be followed by so many more.

We arrived at the hospital happily and relaxed, and to diffuse my nerves and worry, I started making jokes and finding humour where I could. This continued beyond the delivery room, and we were fortunate to have such an amazing team of ย doctors, nurses and hospital staff along the way to add light, laughs and love.

There were hospital checks and questionnaires, and Natalie the birth photographer and then Grandpa David arrived. We prepped, I got into the hospital “gown” (technically it’s a piece of loose-fitting fabric, which doesn’t really close at the back. Mine didn’t even cover my back, so I had to use a second one to cover my butt as I walked back to my bed.

The tears began flowing when I was wheeled to theatre. It’s an unusual mix of anxiety, excitement, nerves, not knowing, hoping, wishing and also knowing the joy and miracle to expect if all goes well.

Your first clothes and nappy, ready for you…


Heading to theatre:


We were privileged to have the most amazing doctors in our court, and a theatre sister who felt like my guardian angel, along with your dad. The drip and spinal block didn’t hurt much, but the resulting nausea and light-headedness were hard to handle at times, and it took intervention from the anaethetist, and a lot of “pull yourself together” mantras from myself to focus and try to relax and “enjoy” the process.

Your dad, unsurprisingly, was the strength, support and help I would not have wanted to go without, and it’s continued beyond the birth, just as it began when I first met him.

As you took your first breath, I sobbed for the new life being “gifted” to me, and for the relief. And absolute happiness.


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You are healthy, loved and content. Thank you for choosing us, for healing me, for adding so much to our lives already.

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Professional birth photos by Creationography

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  • Alison

    Congratulations on her safe arrival. What beautiful names – have always loved Rebecca. Thank you for sharing this. So beautiful & what lovely memories. Shedding a happy tear or three as I type this.

    September 27, 2016 at 8:51 am Reply
    • Tanya Kovarsky

      Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment. Appreciate it!

      September 27, 2016 at 9:45 am Reply
  • Lisa Randall

    Ah wow… her little cry had me in tears and brought back so many memories. Congratulations on your beautiful daughter x

    September 27, 2016 at 9:28 am Reply
    • Tanya Kovarsky

      Agreed – any newborn cry makes me emotional. Thanks for reading.

      September 27, 2016 at 9:47 am Reply
  • MeeA

    I should know better than to read these things at work and risk being seen crying!
    Congratulations, all of you! She is just lovely!

    September 27, 2016 at 9:41 am Reply
    • Tanya Kovarsky

      Aaaaaaw sorry ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 27, 2016 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Karen at MomAgain@40

    Congrats, Tanya! Stunning photos and video.
    Love the blog title! It’s perfect!!

    September 27, 2016 at 11:32 am Reply
    • Tanya Kovarsky

      Thanks so much Karen!

      September 27, 2016 at 5:32 pm Reply
  • Chereen

    Oh my word – she is so gorgeous, Tanya! Really wish I had a birth photographer with Noah; how amazing to have these beautiful photographs to show Rebecca one day. xxx

    September 27, 2016 at 2:05 pm Reply
    • Tanya Kovarsky

      Thanks so so much ๐Ÿ™‚

      September 27, 2016 at 5:31 pm Reply
  • catjuggles

    Huge congratulations once again! What a gorgeous lovely girl – love her name too

    September 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm Reply
    • Tanya Kovarsky

      Thanks so much – I appreciate your reading and comment (as always)!

      September 27, 2016 at 5:31 pm Reply
  • Clea

    Wow! Such a beautiful video – brought back such happy memories of my own son’s birth last year! May she bring you much happiness!

    September 28, 2016 at 8:07 am Reply
    • Tanya Kovarsky

      Thanks Clea – much appreciated!

      September 30, 2016 at 3:01 pm Reply
  • MrsFF

    Welcome once again to our world Miss Rebecca. SO thrilled you are here and can’t wait to meet you

    Awwww so sweet!!! This made me shed a tear (ok who am I kidding), loads of tears but happy tears and how apt that I am reading exactly 2 weeks after her birth (YES you know I love my weekly counting ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    Ps: One of the joys of having a planned CS with no complications, you can make up and look good and take loads of before pictures

    September 29, 2016 at 9:47 am Reply
    • Tanya Kovarsky

      And she can’t wait to meet MrsFF, and her gorgeous mini-me!

      September 30, 2016 at 3:02 pm Reply
  • Marcia at Organising Queen

    She’s beautiful, Tanya – congrats to you both (and Max) on your lovely little lady!

    September 29, 2016 at 9:37 pm Reply
    • Tanya Kovarsky

      Thanks a mil!

      September 30, 2016 at 2:59 pm Reply
  • Sam

    That birth video is truly something else! So very beautiful. Rebecca is perfection – congrats to you, Andrew and Max again xxx

    September 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm Reply
    • Tanya Kovarsky

      Thanks so much Sam! Thanks for reading and watching x

      September 30, 2016 at 2:59 pm Reply
  • Debs

    Those beautiful big eyes! What a perfect blessing she is. Hugest congratulations again on what looks to have been such a happy day. xx

    October 11, 2016 at 10:12 am Reply
    • Tanya Kovarsky

      Thanks so much!

      October 20, 2016 at 4:55 pm Reply
  • Heather

    Special day. And I love that black and white photo of her.

    October 23, 2016 at 10:33 pm Reply
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