I know that some of you have been on tenterhooks over the last week, waiting to hear about Lucy’s baby, and although I was able to announce it on-air last Thursday, I couldn’t publish any photos as Lucy’s dad hadn’t seen her! So, here she is – born at 14.41pm on Wednesday 6th May and weighing 7lbs 5.5ozs, a huge welcome to Honey Beatrice – or Honey Bea as I’m sure she’ll come to be known as : ) The first photo with Honey wrapped in the pink blanket, was taken just after she was born, but the next batch were taken when Colin and I zoomed up to see them all on Thursday.
I had been on pins for the two days previously, when Lucy had called to say she was in hospital and had started her labour… I had then carried my phone tucked inside my vest just in case she called or texted! One of our lovely floor managers here at QVC, called Wendy, had asked me how it felt, knowing my daughter would soon be having her own child… I said I wish I could do it for her, and I meant it. But Lucy hadn’t been worried, she was just excited to see the little person she had been carrying so carefully for the last nine months – and so were we!
Simon kept me in touch with Lucy’s progress, but unable to sleep or concentrate, Colin and I decided to go shopping for our wedding rings on Wednesday morning, to try and keep busy! I am delighted to say that we both found beautiful rings – his traditional in platinum, mine very different in yellow gold with tiny diamonds – and having had the slight alteration in size arranged, we headed home.
Although thrilled with our purchases, I couldn’t stop my tummy from turning somersaults, and the thought of eating anything was an impossibility. Instead I watered all my pots in the garden, sorted out the drawer under the oven (not before time I might add – very embarrassing!) and had just started to tackle the cupboard under the stairs when my phone rang… It was Simon, who said “Hello Nanny Ali, your granddaughter is here!” Still makes me cry now when I think back – the overwhelming feeling of relief, and happiness, and joy that all was well, and my brave and beautiful daughter had safely brought into the world someone else for us to love and live for… Little Honey Beatrice.
Colin heard me shout out and came haring down the stairs, and after congratulating Simon and sending our love to Lucy I finally put the phone on the table rather than having it glued next to me… I don’t know how long I stood in Colin’s arms for, but I finally felt I could breathe again, and as it had been nearly 30 years ago when I’d given birth to Lucy, the waiting was over, and now the best of times could begin.
We had a lovely afternoon yesterday with Simon’s parents Edwin and Angela, Simon, Lucy, Honey, Henry and George, and took more photos – as you do! So lovely to be together, and so proud of how well mum, dad and baby are doing – remembering how incredibly tiring it all is the early days! Lucy wanted me to thank all those of you who have sent your love and best wishes either on text, Twitter or here. You are such a lovely group of people, and it makes me really happy to share our joy with you.
It’s been difficult to concentrate on anything much else this last week, but I have been keeping up with the training for our 26.2 mile London Moonwalk this Saturday, and just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you for helping us to smash our fundraising target! Just in case you hadn’t been able to contribute but would like to, here is the link…. I’ve been trying to up the ante with the distances I’ve been walking but am sticking with the adage that less is more, so shorter walks but lots of them is where I’m at.
By way of a complete contrast, Kathy Tayler walked 28 miles last Sunday, over hill and dale, and apart from a few blisters, was fighting fit! That woman is my hero! I just hope she’s strong enough to give me a piggy back when my knees give out half way round : ) Seriously though, it is of course for a good cause, and one which I am very chuffed to have been invited to speak about next week at a BMI Conference in London. Their aim is to try and alleviate the mystery and fear that surrounds breast cancer, and as medical professionals, to know what women like me and millions of others will need, when faced with this kind of diagnosis. I’ll let you know how I get on.
With only six weeks to go until the wedding, I am just drafting the Order of Service to be printed, but as soon as I have I will let you know which hymns we chose, and the music that will accompany us on our special day : ) Thanks for all your help with this. Someone else who has been a great help, and came up with a fabulous idea, is an old school friend of mine Mitchell. You may remember he put together my web site ali-k-productions.com. As a wedding gift to Colin and I, he and his colleague Katie are creating a special wedding website, where all the information, and photos of the day itself will be available for EVERYONE to see… I would have loved to have you all with us on the day, but sadly that’s not a possibility, so I hope that through this site, you will at least get to share as much of it with us as possible.
Well, I’ve been up and awake since 5am, as I wanted you to see these photos as soon as possible, and I will look forward to hearing all your news, oh, and what you think of my beautiful granddaughter too : ) Join me if you can with Ralph Rossini at 5pm tonight for the last of his 16th anniversary Honora Pearl shows – we have a few surprises!
Take care and enjoy your week,
With my love, Ali xx