Welcome to the World Sophie Sparrow…


My phone beeped at 2.22 on Wednesday morning, October 2nd.

“Headed to the hospital” I read, from Simon, our bird-keeping, rock climbing son and expectant Dad!

This has to be the only time when a message containing those words is met with excitement!

“Shall we come?” I responded, wide awake.

“Not right away, we’ll see how it goes when we get there.”

I fell back into a fitful, dream-filled sleep about a hospital waiting room where Simon was vetting the visitors based on whether or not he or she had brought a gift…and if so…what?!

At 4.14 I was awakened again,

“She’s 8 cm and moving along quickly”

“Can we come?” I asked already out of bed and headed for the shower.

“You can but it will be waiting room only till she’s born. No more than 2 people in the labour room”

I’m guessing the Doula and Simon…and Lindsey of course, with nurses and doctors.

“That’s OK” I text-ponded and we were out of the house and on our way by 440am.

Sitting in the cold waiting room at Margot Perot I remembered quite a different waiting.  Thirty-four years ago, like Lindsey I too was getting ready to meet my firstborn.  Unlike her though I didn’t know whether I was going to have a boy or a girl.

“She’s here!” came through around 615am,


“Congrats!  Yay!” and he’s teasing her already!!

We crossed ourselves and said a prayer of thanks,

and waited to be invited back to meet her in person.


Isn’t she adorable?  Just minutes old!


Born at 6:03 and weighing in at 7lbs and 20.8 inches!

Our hearts are overflowing with joy!


as we look forward to many blessed moments holding and loving her.


Welcome to the world Sophie Sparrow McNeny! xxx

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Billy bullard

2019-10-10 15:01:59 Reply

Congrats, she is beautiful!

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