Amy and I are proud to introduce to the world our son, Richard Charles Chidley, born at 19.56 on Wednesday 23rd November 2011. He weighed in at 6lbs 8oz and is entirely handsome and perfect in every way.
Amy experienced an extremely challenging labour and an overly-swift final delivery. These resulted in our son being whisked off to the Special Baby Care Unit where he will be until they deem him hardy enough for a cuddle. We expect that to be this morning. He is fine – truly he is – but it was scary for a moment because of his stressful delivery and so they are monitoring him very closely until he is ready and all signed off. Amy is staying in, so his mummy is only a few corridors away.
I am sure it will not be long before he is safe with us at home.
Though this post is not in any way about writing, Richard is absolutely my greatest work and Amy feels the same: he is hers. We are very grateful for our part in this wonderful new miracle that just entered the world.
Though it seems distasteful to mention it,
I have chosen to send out the news via the blog and not through other social media because I do not want Facebook to get its claws into Richard before he has even come home. I do not want Zuckerberg to own photos of my boy.