So Lady Gaga!


Auntie Anne and baby SophieNo! Not that one! This is about me totally "gaga" over the latest addition to our family! On the 1st October at 10.15am little Sophie entered the world much to the joy of her mummy and daddy (Louise and Dan) and the absolute delight of her great "auntie Anne"! Big smiles all round 🙂

Can I just say a big thanks to all of you who responded to my last blog with well wishes and also a big well done to those of you who guessed the names correctly? Apologies for the delaying getting back to you but I've been spinning around on cloud nine :) 

Mummy and babyI am writing this blog sitting in Louise's living room watching little Sophie get ready for her afternoon nap. If I was to tell you that she is just like a little doll, utterly beautiful and a delight to behold, I guess you could accuse me of being slightly biased. Well you'd be right!

Check out all the lovely photos, I have loads but perhaps just a few at this point in time will suffice. (I am very aware that this doting auntie could quite easily go into overkill here!) This little lady's full title is Sophie Anne-Marie – Anne after my mum and I, and Marie after my sister.

My only complaint is how far away they are – Nottingham! Although it's only a couple of hours or so drive away, that's a loss of valuable cuddling time! I tell you what though, it may be nearly 17 years since I last did the whole baby thing, but it does indeed all come flooding back in an instant! 

There is an up side to this distance though, as it means when I visit I get to stay for longer periods. As a result, the men in my life are having to fend for themselves for a few days as little Sophie and I get acquainted, but I'm sure they'll cope!

Baby SophieI promise more regular contact by way of blogs and responses as things settle down, but in the meantime I will leave you with the words of Mary Popppins, Sophie truly is "practically perfect in every way"!

Take care you lovely lot!
Anne x


  1. Una October 21, 2013 at 9:32 am -  Reply

    Congratulations to all. Sophie is adorable. I’m sure she is going to be absolutely spoiled rotten, that’s what doting auntie Anne’s are for after all.
    We have now officially adopted our gorgeous granddaughter ,after we lost her mummy. I don’t mind saying, she is also delight, and I completely agree Anne, it all does come flooding back lol. She’s 4 now but I had forgotten all that involves, but every so often, I get that ahhhhhhhh moment when I remember!
    Enjoy every moment with that little bundle, in no time at all, she will be hurtling around so fast, you will have to grab a cuddle as she wheechs past!
    Louise looks amazing by the way, just beautiful.
    My love to you all, and a special wee squishy snuggle for beautiful wee Sophie.
    Una x

  2. susan October 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Aw Anne, Sophie is a doll indeed! Absolutely beautiful. I hope Louise is ok and birth not too horrendous. Sure her and Dan are rather sleep deprived but she looks amazing in the photo above!! So been looking forward to this blog announcement! I am sure quite emotional for you all but im sure your sister is looking down on you all with pride xx

  3. Eileen Archibald October 22, 2013 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Congratulations “Great Aunt Anne”. It really is a wonderful time. I remember when my first great nephew was born, I was so excited and drove them mad at work. Unfortunately they lived in Germany and my sister was in Luton and I was in Newcastle. … Being desperate to meet him I bussed to Luton, we drove to Dover ferried to Holland – I was ill all the time – bussed to Germany then drove to their front door phew but he was so worth it. My sister and I took him out for a walk and phoned our Mum we were very cruel and made Mark cry so she could hear him. He is 25 years old now but I still think of that magical time. Good health to all and enjoy.

  4. vanessa Bond October 23, 2013 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    Beautiful photos best wishes to you all

  5. Alison Keenan October 24, 2013 at 10:03 am -  Reply

    Anne many many congratulations! So wonderful to have a new baby, new life, new beginnings 🙂 ENJOY 🙂
    Love Ali ….. Oh, and I’m happy to look at as many baby pictures as you care to bring into work 🙂 x

  6. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv October 24, 2013 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    hi anne hope you are well

  7. susan October 25, 2013 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    hi Anne, happy Friday! I dont know why but my replies to you aren’t on here so just again say gorgeous baby and gorgeous photo of the 2 of you. Your new girl! X

  8. christine jones October 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    Oh what a beautiful blog and adorable photos of your new addition.. I dont often blog but couldnt hold back as I could literally feel your JOY!!!!
    Louise looks radiant and you look so proud, and rightly so..
    Her name suits her and how gorgeous that you have had your family names passed on to such a beautiful baby and a fitting memorial to your much loved sister. Also, youve got lovely men in your life, but what an added blessing to have a little girl now… xx
    I ll have to finish mow as i ve filled up so much that I cant see my keys!!!
    Love to you and Louise and Sophie and all your family….
    Keep cuddling……!!! xxx
    Christine xxxx

  9. Chris October 26, 2013 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    So lovely to read this as our first grandchild is due tomorrow so we’re on tenterhooks too! I’m looking forward to being as excited and bowled over as you obviously are. Congratulations to the whole family!

  10. Beth Morton October 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    What fantastic news! You are on Cloud Nine and no wonder – Sophie looks beautiful. Speaking from personal experience, being an Aunty is fab and it’s a very special relationship. My first nephew arrived over 8 years ago and my life hasn’t been the same since!
    Keep enjoying your cuddles with little Sophie and my congratulations to Louise and Dan,
    Beth XXX.

  11. pauline October 27, 2013 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Anne Congratulations I know exactly how you are feeling my gorgeous grandaughter was born on 3rd October they live in the Cotswolds while we are just outside Glasgow we were with her for a week and now cannot wait to see her again . It is such a special time for all the family.

  12. Anne Dawson October 29, 2013 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Oh Una,
    Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Sounds like you too have your hands full!!
    I totally agree with what you’re saying about appreciating the moment. When I’m holding her I almost want to shout “stop the clock!!”
    Take care
    Anne x

  13. Anne Dawson October 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan,
    Lovely to hear from you. Yes this has most definitely been one of the big emotional highlights.
    Absolutely thrilled!!
    Stay in touch
    Anne x

  14. Anne Dawson October 29, 2013 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Oh Eileen!
    What a hoot!! With all those antics going on, I’m glad it’s only Nottingham that I have to contend with.
    Thanks for your warm wishes.
    Anne x

  15. Anne Dawson October 29, 2013 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Thanks vanessa,
    Watch this space. There will be more photos, I promise!! 🙂
    Anne x

  16. Anne Dawson October 29, 2013 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Well hello ms Keenan!!
    Is this what we’ve resorted to now? Communication by blog!!! Seriously my lovely, great to hear from you. You always know just what to say!!
    To everyone else reading, Ali and I are lucky if our paths cross once year!
    Hope you’re keeping well my darling, and you may just regret the comment about bringing in photos to work!!
    Big hug
    Anne x

  17. Anne Dawson October 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin!
    Lovely to hear from you. I’m extremely well thanks and I do hope life is treating you well too!!
    Take care
    Anne x

  18. Anne Dawson October 29, 2013 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan,
    I don’t know if you’re the same Susan who commented earlier. Anyway do stay in touch, we get there eventually!!!! Thanks for your lovely well wishes.
    Anne x

  19. Anne Dawson October 29, 2013 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Thank you so much! You could feel my joy, and I could certainly sense your emotion in that reply!!
    Absolutely lovely. You summed up my sentiments beautifully.
    Lots of love
    Anne x

  20. Anne Dawson October 29, 2013 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chris,
    Thanks for your kind comments. Now you have to stay in touch as we all want an update on your new arrival too!! All the best!
    Anne x

  21. Anne Dawson October 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Beth!!
    It’s lovely having little ones again. They just grow up too quickly don’t they!!
    Take care
    Anne x

  22. Anne Dawson October 29, 2013 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to hear from you Pauline!!
    I know this travel lark is a bit of nuisance isn’t it.
    I don’t know how many times I keep looking at my diary trying to juggle things in order to squeeze in another visit somehow.
    Best wishes
    Anne x

  23. Joy Salem November 4, 2013 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    Darling Ann!
    What a beautiful little dolly!! Ahhhhhhhhhh!!
    Holding this warm, velvety treasure always puts life into perspective, doesn’t it?! Trouble is that time flies…………..!! So enjoy every precious moment!!
    Congratulations to you all
    Lots of love
    Joy xxxx

  24. Una November 4, 2013 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    I hope you have managed to spend more time with that little bundle of gorgeousness.
    It always amazes me how something so teeny, can make SO much noise!! Ear defenders should be supplied by maternity units when being discharged! Lol.
    Having said that. Our little one is 4 and I’m sure she could give little Sophie a run for her money in the noise department!
    Hugs to Sophie.
    Love Una xx

  25. Anne Dawson November 6, 2013 at 10:25 am -  Reply

    Oh Joy! It is indeed a joy to hear from you! Thank you my darling for your kind words and well wishes.
    To anyone reading this, I know this lady personally and I reckon her parents could definitely see that by giving her this name, that’s exactly what she would become……..a “joy” to all around!!
    Lots of love to you my darling!!
    Anne x

  26. Anne Dawson November 6, 2013 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    Una! Yes a 4 year old running around I do believe would rate quite highly in the noise department!!
    They do indeed grow up so quickly. Lets make the most of the time they’re “little people”!!
    Thank you for your lovely comments.
    Take care
    Anne x

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