Charis' Birth Video Three Years Late

Three years ago, when we were on holiday, Charis decided to be born a few weeks before she was due. As we had my camera with us we decided to make a short video diary of the birth so Charis could watch it when she was old enough to understand. Unfortunately she was very ill, ended up in the Special Care Baby Unit and we lived with her in hospital for over a week. This meant that our short video diary turned into a 3 tape epic which has been sitting on a hard drive ever since.

We finally got around to making this short version for Charis' third birthday present. On first viewing she got quite upset because she doesn't like seeing people with plasters and needles sticking out of them, but since then she has watched it loads of times and loves it.

Predictably we used "Wires" by Athlete as this song means a lot to us for all the obvious reasons.

Video Update 1

As I have mentioned on an earlier post, my youngest little girl arrived all of a sudden and we only just got to the hospital in time. One of the side effects of this was the fact that I left our stills camera in the car, but my old camcorder, which I had throw into the spare clothes bag was on the ward with us. In a lull in the action I set it up at the dry end of the bed to record whatever was about to unfold and wasn't planning on getting all the details of the messy end. But then, in between contractions, Shona asked me to film "everything" because she wanted to watch it afterwards. So I was relegated from director to DP.

For a while Shona had wanted to learn how to use Final Cut Pro so we decided to use the birth footage as a tutorial. The results were very good so she put two videos on Youtube, one with all the gooey bits and one which anyone would be happy to watch. The first was picked up by lots of birth video fans and has featured on a couple of birthing sites so in the first two weeks it had over 1000 views a day! Since then the it has settled down somewhat and has now has over 26,000 views. This is great, but it means that one of Shona's films has had more views than all my Youtube videos put together! And I'm meant to be the filmmaker in the family. Oh well...

Any way here is the child suitable version of the video...

And The Baby Arrives!

My day:

03.30 Woken by Shona who said her waters had broken. Very tired so was told to go back to sleep.

04.00 Woken again by Shona who was now having contractions. Had a shower.

04.30 Packed last bits and bobs in a bleary daze.

04.50 Loaded Shona and bags in to car and set off for the hospital.

04.55 Turned around and went home cos we had forgotten the essential medical notes. Contractions getting stronger.

05.00 Set off for hospital for the second time. Contractions getting even stronger.

05.25 Arrived at hospital. Contractions landing one on top of each other and very strong.

05.57 Baby is born after very short labor.

Everything else after that is not really so interesting but I'll give you the important stats.

Name: Seren Daisy Rae
Weight: 3.69kg
Sex: Girly

Shona and baby are both happy and healthy but are still in hospital for observation (our first baby had Group B Strep which almost killed her, so we are being careful with this one).

Any questions?

On a more personal note...

.. I have a baby on the way!

Not me personally of cause, but my girlfriend Shona is hugely pregnant and we are expecting a new baby Rae any day now.

It's not been the best of weeks as we have been to the hospital 4 times. High blood pressure, sickness and slight dizziness are the symptoms which send the community midwives into sub-panic action, phoning hospitals and threatening to call ambulances.

We're going back in to hospital this evening to get Shona and baby checked out again.

I'll keep this blog updated.