Our new arrival

Ten days ago our hearts expanded with the arrival of our third baby girl, Phoebe Grace. Her birth was a planned c-section delivery. I was the first booking of the day which meant Jacob and I had to be up at 4am to get to the hospital for 5:30am for a 7:30am delivery.

It sounds too planned when I explain it that way, and I know a lot of women prefer birth to progress naturally, but for me, knowing the day of delivery (and time) has always been part of my mental birthing plan. I’ve never felt guilty about delivering by c-section although I have noticed that when I’m asked about my labour I explain why I had to have a c-section. It’s a fear of being judged I think.

When Jacob and I arrived at the maternity ward, two of the midwives recognized me and were intrigued that I’d be back so soon. I had only given birth to Magdalene 17 months ago. Jacob and I were the lucky 1% that conceived using contraception. Our Phoebe was meant to be and her smooth sailing delivery proved her existence was part of God’s plan.

I was calm while Jacob and I waited in the delivery room. Jacob took a before photo of me using the Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera that I have been loaned as part of the Kidspot Voices of 2014 Olympus #myfamilylens Challenge. It was the perfect camera to use during the delivery because of its ease of use and compactible size. I know very little about cameras and photography as I’m a point and shoot kind of girl, but I’ve been really impressed with the quality of images this camera takes. Even the midwife who offered to take pictures during delivery commented on what a great camera we had. If only we owned it.

Bec in Hospital Gown

When I went into theatre, I couldn’t stop shaking. I was nervous about the epidural and worried about my reaction to the morphine. My anesthetist was great and he remembered my allergic reaction when I delivered Magdalene. He was reassuring that with a few changes to what he would give me, that there would be little reaction.

There were no issues with the epidural and once I was lying on the bed, I was excited to meet my little girl. I had no reactions other than a little bit of itchiness on the first night. The anesthetist did well.

As Jacob and I waited patiently for Phoebe to arrive, I heard the snipping. I’m so glad the sheet was up so I couldn’t see what was going on down south. Once Phoebe was pulled out, her cry was soft, not loud like her older sister’s was. That first cry is the best sound in the world don’t you think?

Jacob Cutting Chord

Jacob promptly cut Phoebe’s cord and she was gently placed on my chest. For some reason, my gown wasn’t opened for me to have skin on skin contact but I knew there would be plenty of time for that after I was stitched up and back in my room.

Bec meeting Phoebe

Jacob and I admired our beautiful Phoebe, and of course, she looked very similar to her sister’s when they were born. She had traits that she inherited from her mum. A cute button nose, full red lips, a perfectly shaped head with a soft covering of dark hair.

Jacob holding Phoebe

I was anxious about Magdalene’s reaction to her new sister, but my worry subsided the moment she walked into my hospital room and pointed to Phoebe, with a smile on her face saying ‘Bubby’.

Magdalene meeting Phoebe

Esther was smitten and said, ‘Phoebe is gorgeous mummy’. Yes, yes she is.

Esther Meeting Phoebe

The five nights I stayed in hospital were exhausting. I got little sleep at night and the midwives were busy with a nursery full of babies with special needs which meant I persevered with my happy, wide-eyed baby girl who wanted to feed all night and snuggle on my bare chest to sleep. I couldn’t wait to get home because I knew Jacob’s extra set of hands would help with the cuddling so I could get some extra sleep.

Bec & Phoebe cuddles

Phoebe has settled well at home. Esther and Magdalene love their baby sister. I’m managing on a couple of hours sleep at night. Usually those couple of hours are from 9pm-11pm and from 5:30am to 7amish. I’m looking forward to when Phoebe learns to sleep more at night than during the day!

Despite the lack of sleep, I’m enjoying the snuggles and I’m grateful for Phoebe’s existence. I’m cherishing every moment as I know the time will fly fast. Her birth has been a sweet blessing to my life and I didn’t realize our family was incomplete until she arrived.

going home


This is the first of 3 blogposts as part of the Kidspot Voices of 2014 Olympus Blog Challenge. I have been loaned an Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera as part of the #myfamilylens challenge to take photos and write three blogposts choosing 3 of 10 prompts supplied. I will detail more features about the camera in my next post as part of this challenge.

  • Congratulations on your most lovely arrival!

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Lila. 🙂

  • Kathy www.yinyangmother.com

    Phoebe is just beautiful Becc. Especially love those last two photos.

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Kathy, yes I love the last photo as well. All special memories for us.

  • Congratulations! These are really lovely photos, I love the last picture with Mummy and Daddy. What a great time to be loaned a snazzy camera! I remember all so well that newborn exhaustion fog. Praying Phoebe adjusts her sleep patterns and life smooths out a little.

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Caitlin, prayer is much accepted. You’ve been there I’m sure with the fog and sleep deprivation after having triplets. x

  • Nee Say

    That last photo is the sweetest thing! Congratulations on your newest princess. She’s perfect x

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Nee. Loving seeing Pebbles on your Facebook feed. She is one gorgeous bubba too. 🙂

  • What a beautiful blessing! She is the sweetest of sweets and those images of your girls meeting her… oh my heart.
    You poor dear getting such little sleep. How quick we forget how much hard work a newborn is and the sleepy haze we have to exist in. Stay strong and let others help you whenever there is an offer. Love will you get through xxx

    • The Plumbette

      I know, you do forget how hard it can be in the beginning. But Magdalene was an amazing nearly text book baby! But it’s early days and while they seem slow at first, the season goes incredibly fast. x

  • Congratulations! My youngest has Grace as a middle name too- so lovely.

    • The Plumbette

      Thank you. Grace is such a lovely middle name I think. x Great minds think alike. 🙂

  • Jody at Six Little Hearts

    Congratulations! She is so lovely! I really want a hug!
    I have had 5 C-sections out of 6 and I think they’re the very best way to deliver. (I had a very bad delivery the first time and I think everyone was relieved when I opted into the C-section thing.)
    I wish you all so much happiness together. (Baby looks so much like her Mumma!) xx

    • The Plumbette

      Wow Jody, 5 C-sections. I haven’t done the natural but C-sections have worked well for me too.

  • Gorgeous! She’s beautiful…and oh my goodness, doing a blogging challenge with a 10 day old baby. Not enough to keep you busy??

    • The Plumbette

      Haha Michelle, yes I may be crazy, but I couldn’t knock the chance of trying out a cool camera and having the chance to win one. 🙂

  • Lisa Berriman

    Awww she’s beautiful and you look stunning too. I am happy to hear that everything went well. Hopefully she will give you some longer stretches of sleep soon.

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Lisa, I’m praying the sleep situation changes soon and it has started too, it just takes time and patience. 🙂

  • This is bringing back so many memories. She definitely has your lips Bec. Hope she adjusts to sleeping soon. Hayley took about 3 weeks to work it out.

    • The Plumbette

      Yes, she does have my lips. Phoebe is slowly working it out now. Loved your tip and have been taking her out into the sun in the mornings and arvos too.

  • Congratulations, a very gorgeous girl! Wishing you a good nights sleep soon. xx N

    • The Plumbette

      Thank you Nikki. 🙂

  • Denise Mooney

    She is gorgeous, well done the both of you! I hope you get a night’s sleep soon, I remember what that part was like, it took my boy a while to get the hang of it:-)

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Denise. Gosh, I hope Phoebe works it out sooner rather than later. This week has been better though. 🙂

  • What a beautiful post! Such gorgeous photos and Phoebe is one very cute baby xox

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Kirsten. I think she’s very cute too. 🙂

  • I LOVE that last photo!! Phoebe looks just perfect, who could resist clicking through when she was the image next to the post! A massive congratulations.

    • The Plumbette

      Thank you Danielle. I’m a sucker for newborn photos too. 🙂

  • Congratulations!!! Hope you are enjoying those precious early days with little Phoebe x

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Carla. I’m enjoying every moment. 🙂

  • Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! I absolutely love her name and she is just beautiful. I love all the photos in this post. It’s so nice to read some happy news for a change. Take good care of yourself. These are hard days when you don’t get a lot of sleep. xo

    • The Plumbette

      So true Min. Such terrible stuff happening in the world right now. We need more joy don’t we?

  • Debbish

    Awwwww… and I just saw some formal pictures on Facebook which are gorgeous! Congrats again!

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Deb. Yes I love the formal photos. Luisa is amazing. 🙂

  • Sophisticated Mumma

    Great photos! What a whirlwind you must be in right now with 3 youngsters! You have an adorable family and I’m sure it won’t be long before you’ll get a few more extra hours in at night. I had 1 C-section out of 4 deliveries and I hated having to explain to everyone why I had a section. It’s almost as if some people think you cheated or something! Normal, assisted births and C-sections all have pro’s and con’s. Hope you’re resting! x

    • The Plumbette

      You totally get it. I don’t understand the fuss over C-sections. Probably because so many women opt for them before trying to go natural, but at the end of the day it’s mum’s choice and in most cases, it may be medically safer which was what mine were.

  • Congratulations!!!! Phoebe Grace is adorable and I LOVE the name. It was on my list of girl’s names when I had my daughter xx

    • The Plumbette

      Aww, that’s so lovely to hear. I love the name too. Obviously. I love the meaning behind the name too. x

  • Thanks for sharing those special birth photos, always such a privilege to see a newborn baby. I hope you are all well… Rest when you can lovely xx

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Emily. Resting when I can. You totally understand having done this before. x

  • awww she is gorgeous, and has 2 loving devoted big sisters already, I can tell! Jealous of your camera testing! -Aroha

    • The Plumbette

      I’m pretty crap at taking photos Aroha, but loving experimenting with a camera that makes an amateur better than what they are. x

  • Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos and precious moments in your family life. Wishing you all the best and lots of SLEEP! Julia was very nearly Julia Grace 🙂 we ended up with Julia Kate instead.

    • The Plumbette

      How funny Janet, because Kate was another middle name I liked to go with Phoebe too. I was looking for one syllable middle names. 🙂

  • Travelling Macs

    Congratulations to you and your family on your beautiful new daughter. Your photos ooze of the love and pride your family has for each other. I had c-sections for my two children and maintain its not how they arrive here but the fact that they do 🙂

    • The Plumbette

      Thank you and totally agree that it’s the fact they arrive not how. We’re so blessed to have medical services that can help ensure the best decision for mum and bub too. Having been to third world countries, the women are denied such options. x

  • Such brilliant photos, she’s gorgeous. Congratulations! xx

    • The Plumbette

      Thank you Hope. 🙂

  • She is perfect Bec. Such a beautiful girl. So happy for you all. Xx

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Jess. I agree. She is beautiful and perfect. God is awesome. x

  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    Oh she is a doll. That last picture is beautiful. Congratulations again xx

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Renee. The last picture is one of my faves. I love it. x

  • Jacana


    • The Plumbette

      Thank you Jacana. 🙂

  • I love this honey – soooo gorgeous!! You’d shouldn’t feel judged about how your give birth – it’s totally your choice. What a lovely story xx

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Robyn. Thank you for your affirmation too. x

  • Congratulations, she is gorgeous and these photos are too precious. I hope you’re getting rest and healing well x

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Becky. I am resting when I can and healing is going good too. It’s a bit harder to rest when you have two other little ones to look after but I have my husband home to help out for the next couple of weeks which is awesome. x

  • Michelle

    HUGE Congratulations, thank you for sharing the JOY x

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Michelle. x

  • Deb @ home life simplified

    Congrats again. Gorgeous especially that last shot.

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Deb. Yes, the last shot is one of my favourites. 🙂

  • May

    Absolutely gorgeous and heart warming photos. Congrats & enjoy the little bundle.

    • The Plumbette

      Thank you May. I’m loving every moment. 🙂

  • Wah what a cutie! And I’m glad you don’t feel bad about your birth. People who judge other mothers’ births are assholes x

    • The Plumbette

      Thank you. Your comment made me smile and laugh and punch the air. x

  • TeganMC

    She is absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations again.

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Tegan. x Will you be at Problogger this year?

      • TeganMC

        Unfortunately no, it just wasn’t in the budget this year.

  • Sophie Allen

    Beautiful! Congrats and I hope you are getting enough rest. My little one is 11 weeks now, it has gone so fast! #teamIBOT

    • The Plumbette

      I can’t believe it Sophie. Didn’t you have your little man like yesterday? I remember reading on your blog about his arrival. The time flies doesn’t it? x

  • Wow. Just gorgeous. Congratulations. Your photos made me smile.

    • The Plumbette

      Thanks Druime. They are special memories for us. 🙂

  • Oh how sweet she is, what a wonderful birth story, glad it all went so well. They sure do grow far too quickly xx