Babies, birthdays and a funny video!


Thanks so much for all your suggestions about the Heroes and Villains – keep them coming please! Thought you might like to see this bit of film of me at a Christmas party the year before last when as a dare I swapped my dress for one of our producers' jackets and dickie bows! What was most shocking was that he wore my dress… watch if you dare ;-)

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Now on to some marvelous news about Sara Griffith's baby boy! I'm so delighted for her :)

I went to see her the day before the baby was due and as we chatted she very sweetly said to me that she couldn't quite believe she was about to become a mum! I knew exactly what she meant as I was much the same when I was expecting Lucy. It sounds ridiculous now, but I couldn't make that giant leap of faith that the ever growing bump was in fact a perfect child with fingernails, hair and all… and she was. 

The most beautiful little soul whom I loved on sight, and who, when plonked somewhat unceremoniously into my arms and onto the nightie I was wearing (but had borrowed from my mother in law, and hoped was washable!) she looked at me. I mean really looked straight into my eyes, and it brought about the most incredible feeling I will always remember. When I read Sara's text that 'Mummy and son are doing well' I knew she will have felt that too….

Ali's son Jack when he was little Actually my memory these days is not as sharp as it used to be, as those who witness me on a weekly basis searching for my car in the supermarket car park will verify. However, if you were to ask me what I was doing 17 years ago on the second of February, I could tell you exactly. I was in Shrewsbury General Hospital waiting to give birth to Jack. 

I'd actually gone in on the Sunday as I was by then one week and four days overdue and looked like The Queen Mary coming into port. However, Jack had decided he was happy where he was, so the various methods of induction they used failed, until he decided to shift on a Tuesday morning and cause me such back ache that they decided to break my waters. 

Well… had I been anywhere else but on a plastic sheet, we would have needed a canoe! It was like being on the log flume! The midwife was on the verge of donning a sou'wester when it finally stopped and the pain went away and all was quiet. And apart from some eyewatering contractions every 20 minutes or so, nothing of any significance really happened. Until Jack's heart stopped…

… and then it was action stations. They needed to do an emergency cesarean, but I insisted on staying awake. A little tricky getting a spinal injection in between contractions but the medical staff were excellent and appreciated that it'd been 17 hours up to that point, and I really didn't want to be asleep for the most exciting bit! 

Ali's son Jack, age 17 I'll never forget the consultant hauling Jack out and asking us to guess his weight! I suggested 9 and a half pounds, the nurses chorused 10, but as his lovely little body was plonked on the scales he tipped 10 pounds two and a half ounces! I was amazed, but when washed and dressed and cuddled up in my arms I did muse at how long it would be before he could take on a paper round…

Sadly Jack's dad still has all the photos of Jack as a new born, but I thought you might like to see a photo of Jack (top left) when he was about 6 months old, and the one I took this morning before he headed off to college (left). As you can see his hair's grown a bit :)

Ali's son Jack The third one in the hat (left) is so you can actually see his face! Still smiling, as he has pretty much always done despite some major changes in his life and some really difficult times too. Very proud of my boy :) He's decided against a party this year but is going out with some mates for a Chinese meal, and then it's Sam's 21st! 

Looking forward to hearing from you, as always,

Ali x


  1. Gooodnew February 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    dearalison how are you hows sam babby looks great take care hesther

  2. Rhona Fenton February 4, 2010 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison love the story and pictures, now if you ask me where I was 16 years ago sunday past the 31st of January giving birth to Rebecca still fighting past all the balloons here in the house 16 wow!! the funny story there is after I gave birth to my Alison 17th of December I was taken in so early and if I counted the christmas baubles once on that tree I counted then a hundread times in the hospital but at mid day out for lunch all 8lb 5 oz’s finally, but I alway’s said I would never go in so early next time kep’t to my word Rebecca was about born in the car just made in in time for her to say hello to the world at 4pm time for dinner 7lb 13oz and the story I am never aloud to forget there Alison is I made colin change from his working clothes first:) as if I had time to hang around:) now I feel for your 10lb 2 and a half oz, my sister bless her gave birth herself no cesarean a beautiful baby girl with such a full head of thick hair all 10lb 3oz boy did my eyes water:) but we are all proud of our lovely children and your sam is away to be 21 wow hope he has a fantastic birthday and your special birthday will be soon I still say your making it up no way your not old enough Alison:) thanks for your lovely photos great news about sara and the baby was the day before Rebeccas birthday! have a lovely weekend love to you, colin and all the family I will send you an email soon till then lot’s of love Rhona xx

  3. dorothy February 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    jack looks a bubbly baby lovley chubby cheeks. he reminds me of laura she was over last night and we had old photo’s out, she was laughing that hard the tear’s were running down her face, she say’s god i was such a porker but davy butted in and said you were a gorgeous porker. it was 5 dec at 7min past 8 and weight 8lb 2oz that something you never forget. Everyone used to say she was born with a smile on her face everytime you see her she has a big grin love her to bits. Only trouble they grow up to quick. Hope sam has a great birthday sure he will. TRYED video but it would not let me watch it said it was private.
    love best wishes.
    dorothy xxx

  4. Steven February 4, 2010 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    I can’t get the vid to work Ali. Great blog as always though. You Mother’s are always like that with your kids. I think mine has a special reason to be with me. I was 3 months premature and weighed just two pounds pounds and 2 ounces! – a bag of sugar basically. So I think I have a fair reason to think I’m Special! My mates would say I think that anyway lol.
    Hope Jack had a good 17th. I didn’t think you were od enough to have kids that age. Looking good as always Ali. Take care xxxx

  5. alison keenan February 5, 2010 at 12:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Heather,
    I’m fine thank you and hope very much that you are too. Sam’s doing very well and is building muscle at the gym so looking very ‘hench’ these days :) Yes Jack was a lovely little soul as a baby and a good looking lad now methinks!! You take care too and thanks for taking time out to write. Love Ali x

  6. alison keenan February 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Rhona, loved reading all about your babies and their arrivals! How brave to wait with Rebecca until the 11th hour! And I had to laugh about you making Colin change his clothes before taking you to the hospital…:) Belated birthday wishes to Rebecca – I’m sure she is a truly sweet 16 :) As for your sister, I take my hat off to her – that is a mighty size baby to produce without any surgical intervention, she should be very proud :) yes it is hard to believe Sam will be 21… he was just 18 when he had his accident..Can’t believe that much time has passed. Do keep in touch Rhona, and as always thank youf or taking the time to write. Love Ali x

  7. alison keenan February 5, 2010 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Dorothy you sound like such a lovely family. Always enjoying the time you have together and sharing such great memories. Say hi to Laura and Davy, and please do try the video again as they’ve fixed the ‘personal viewing’ issue! Hope it makes you laugh, it certainly did those who were at the party! Thanks for writing and hope you have a great weekend, love Ali x

  8. alison keenan February 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Steven, your mum was certainly blessed that you survived such an early appearance. It must have been a nightmare for her at the time. I’m sure she’s more than a tad proud of you now though :) PLEASE TRY THE VIDEO AGAIN Our technical team have worked on it, and it’ll run perfectly I’m assured ! Hope it makes you smile… it does me every time I watch it. And bless you for your kind comment about Jack…Lucy’s 24 now so I’m even older than that! Have a great weekend, and let me know what you think of the Party dance :) Love ali x

  9. alison keenan February 5, 2010 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    Just a quick note for any of those of you who’ve attempted to watch the video, the technical hitch has been rectified, so just press play and all be well. Enjoy!! Ali x

  10. Rhona Fenton February 5, 2010 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    So sorry I missed Jack in my letter please wish Him a very Happy belated Birthday too Alison from us all up here:) lot’s of love Rhona xx

  11. Steven February 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Loved the vid lol. You’re some mover!
    Yes I think I’m one lucky boy to be honest. My Mum says that I got out of the hospital the day that I was actually meant to be born. A little ironic! Both me and Mum were pretty ill for a few weeks. We survived though(I feel a song coming on!)
    Have a great weekend and keep up the great blogs and smiles at QVC
    Cheers xx

  12. Julie February 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Love your photo’s. I remember when I had Rebecca I was told I was having a big baby (at least 10llb) and a dry birth. My waters broke at 3.00am approx(we had a power cut so don’t know exact time)she was born at 11.00am-also a C Section and my water’s were still going, she weighed 7llb!Then my troubles started-she would not sleep-that’s why I only had one!
    On a happier note Ali, you know my run of luck I think I’ve got some good news for you-watch this space and I’ll be in touch-I’m going to keep you wondering!!
    Hope you’re all well
    Take Care
    Julie xx

  13. Chris Page February 5, 2010 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

    What a great mover you are, Ali!

  14. Pam Richardson February 6, 2010 at 12:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison like you my memory is not what it was but I can recall everything about the birth of my four children – 3 girls and a boy now aged 26,24,20 and nearly 18. Sometimes i watch them all running about busy at work or college or getting dressed up for a night out and I wonder were all the years went.
    I was divorced from their dad nine and a half years ago and it hasnt always been easy and money has been tight but they have all accepted that i couldnt afford some of the things that their friends have had and love and laughter has never been in short supply. I celebrated my 5oth birthday last week and they made the whole week very special and spoilt me rotten.
    Being a mother is a lot of hard work from the day they are born but it is definitely worth it.

  15. lucie February 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Hilarious! Just what i expected from a lady such as yourself!
    I have a little problem and i hope you can help me,a while ago i saw a fabulous ring, think it was a TSV, however as always didnt make a note of the number, now i’m desperate to get hold of one or maybe even two. It was a huge ring (the sort of thing you’d find pipa wearing)in a variety of colours red, blue, purple,and a kind of pinky taupe colour if my memory serves me correct, sterling silver, chequerboard cut. Only last evening i saw Alison Young wearing one while presenting the Liz Earle show, and indeed have seen several presenters wearing them since. I’ve searched the website and theres something similar in a square shape but this is oval which leads me to believe it may be out of stock. I was wondering is there any way you might find the item number? I know its a blooming cheek, but you may have access to past TSV item numbers or indeed know a man that does! I do hope you can help.
    lots of love Lucie xx

  16. alison keenan February 8, 2010 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    Lucie, you’re in luck. I know the ring – infact it was featured on the show Jilly and I presented together so I should be able to get the item no for you. Keep an eye out on this page and I’ll write again. Love Ali x

  17. alison keenan February 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Rhona, passed on your birthday wishes to Jack this evening. he says thank you :) Been trying to snow here! Luckily not settling. Hope all’s well with you. Love Ali xx

  18. alison keenan February 8, 2010 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Steven, so glad you enjoyed the video, and well done for perservering with it! I’ll bet your mum does remember every one of those weeks while you were getting better. Do pass on my very best wishes to her. Back to work on Wednesday, but I did have fun on Sunday with the Orek challenge! Nothing like cleaning your carpets at 1am! Take care and have a good week, love Ali x

  19. alison keenan February 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Chris. You cheered me no end! Hope you’re having a good week, and thanks for taking time out to write to me and watch the vid!! ali x

  20. alison keenan February 8, 2010 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Pam I can completely empathise with you – although you’ve got four and I only managed three children :) !! The very fact that your children understood when things were difficult and accepted what you were able to afford is a fantastic testament to what a great mum you are, and I’m so glad that the times you all have together are happy. I know what you mean about the years moving so quickly but was delighted to hear that they spoilt you rotten for your birthday – well deserved. Here’s to the next 50 with your lovely family. Thanks for writing Pam it was lovely to hear from you. Love Ali x

  21. lucie February 8, 2010 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Aaaahhh Fantastic! Thank you soooo much Ali, i shall keep my eye out and thank you so very much, i really do appreciate it, being in the service industry myself i know customers can sometimes expect rather alot, so i do appreciate it very much! Love lucie xx

  22. alison keenan February 8, 2010 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    Oh Julie I’m keeping everything crossed about the news. don’t keep me in suspense too long! No wonder Rebecca is so special to you – sounds like you worked jolly hard to bring her into the world! Glad you liked the photos… sweet boy isn’t he? :) I’ll look forward to hearing from you. Love ali xx

  23. alison keenan February 8, 2010 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Lucie I’ve found it!! It’s item no 696469 and costs £21.82. I think there are three different colours, so good luck with your choice and size :) Glad I could help and thanks again for taking time out to write. Lovely to know you’re the other side of the camera. Love Ali x

  24. alison keenan February 9, 2010 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Lucie, you’re very welcome. Keep in touch. Love Ali x

  25. Chris March 8, 2010 at 8:20 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali. You and the producer looked good together, even though he was wearing your dress, it would have looked better on you but then again the shirt and jacket look made you look incredible. I was wondering if you’d done anything similar since then as you always have a cheeky glint in your eye when presenting, especially with Dennis Basso but I don’t know if it’s him or his wonderful clothes. Take care now and keep partying. Love Chris XXX

  26. alison keenan March 21, 2010 at 9:59 am -  Reply

    Chris, lovely to hear from you, and no not done anything remotely similar since then sadly, but although I’d be happy to wear any of Dennis Basso’s jackets, don’t think he’d be too keen to wear my dress!! :) Am looking forward to my birthday party on Friday, so watch these pages for the photos. Just bought a lovely frock for the occasion. Have a good week, love Ali x

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