Flashback Friday 7th Oct – Ella’s Birth Story

Ella’s Birth Story

I missed last weeks Flashback Friday because I’d just started with this chest infection and had had a sleepless night.
I’m slowly getting better and seeing as I love the Flashback Friday idea, I decided to go searching through my pictures again.
We have thousands of pictures on the server but unfortunately, it’s poorly again so I’m relying on my uploaded pictures on Facebook 🙂
I’ve been meaning to write my birth stories for a while and today is as good a day as any. This is Ella’s birth story. Don’t worry, I’ll try to leave out any gory bits!

Baby Ella - Ella's birth story

Elective C-Section

I’m starting with the last birth, first, because it’s the freshest. Although it was 4 years ago and my memory isn’t the greatest so I’m not sure exactly how accurate it’s going to be.
Ella was due in the middle of August. We’d decided to have an elective c-section after both my other pregnancies ended in emergency sections.
The date for Ella’s birth was set for August 8th, just under a week after KayCee’s 2nd birthday.

I was a bit upset that I was never going to experience a natural birth (that was then…I totally got over that when I watched some very painful births on youtube the other week!!) as we’d decided this was definitely our last baby, but the whole process was very calm and relaxed which made it a lovely experience.

Early Morning

We arrived early in the morning I think and had to wait until the afternoon for the surgery. Time drags when you’re waiting in hospitals and it certainly seemed to take a very long time before anything started to happen.
We were looking forward to finally finding out if we had a boy or a girl. Neither of us wanted to know beforehand, we liked the surprise 🙂

I was a bit nervous about the needle in my back and if you come back next week to read about KayCee’s birth, you’ll understand why!
However, this one didn’t hurt too much and before we knew it, they were lifting Ella out and showing her to us for the first time.


When I saw her little face, I breathed in sharply with shock. I got confused for a split second because she looked exactly like KayCee when they lifted her out and it was like I’d been taken back in time. They told us we had a girl and I was so happy KayCee had a baby sister.
I was also happy for Ant, having another daughter after he and his first wife lost 2 of their 3 girls and we had 6 boys between us. We’d have been happy with a boy, obviously, but it was nice to have another girl.

Ant and baby Ella - - Ella's birth story


We only had to stay in a couple of days. I was so pleased when they let us go home early because even though they looked after us really well, I just wanted to go home to my other babies.

Big Sister

Four years on, our beautiful Ella brings joy to our lives daily. She adores her sister and thinks she can do anything KayCee does.
She potty trained herself when she saw KayCee wasn’t wearing nappies anymore. One day she just used the potty without any prompting from us and carried on using it.
A few weeks later, she decided she didn’t want to wear a nappy at night anymore. KayCee didn’t wear one so she didn’t want to. She didn’t have any accidents at all! She’s only wet her bed once when she was a bit older and she was poorly. She was so upset when she came to tell me her bed was wet. She even said she’d never done it before and she cried a little 🙁

No Stabilisers

Her latest, ‘do-it-yourself’ trick was to get her dad to take her stabilisers off her bike because KayCee had recently learned to ride her bike without them and now Ella’s teaching herself how to ride without stabilisers!

She’s wonderfully cheeky and we all adore her 🙂

4-year-old Ella - - Ella's birth story


Ella with her dolls - - Ella's birth story

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  1. Shell Louise 14th October 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you Emma and Funky Wellies 🙂 Sorry for the delay in replying. I didn't get the email for some reason to tell me I had new comments.
    I appreciate you stopping my 🙂 xx

  2. Funky Wellies 12th October 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing, it was a lovely read. The photos are wonderful.

  3. Emma 9th October 2011 at 4:11 am

    I love birth stories, thanks for sharing with us.

  4. Shell Louise 8th October 2011 at 9:31 pm

    You're very welcome and I'll be back every Friday!
    Good luck with the birth :o)
    Thanks for stopping by xx

  5. Karin @ Cafe Bebe 8th October 2011 at 8:59 am

    A fabulous post! And I have an Ella as well. And I'm planning on an elective c-section for Bebe after Ella's labour ended in an emergency c-section as well. Thanks so much for sharing this very positive c-section birth story!
    Hope to see you every week for Flashback Friday! 🙂

  6. Shell Louise 7th October 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I love reading birth stories too. I used to be addicted to them on the Bounty forums when I was pregnant!

    Thanks for stopping by :o) xx

  7. Mummy Mishaps aka Jenny Paulin 7th October 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Awww i love reading birth stories so thank you for sharing it. Ella has such a gorgeous smiley face you can see she is cheeky xx

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