"You hear laughter breaking through, it makes you want to fart. You’re heading for a breakdown, better pull yourself apart. " - John Cooper Clarke


That was definitely a year to remember. I waddled around like a beached up whale, ate extremely healthy, exercised a lot and generally felt good about myself as I was due to give birth on 24 June. All I knew was that I wasn’t expecting just the one baby, but two, but had no idea whether I was to give birth to a boy and girl, two boys or two girls. Simply because I didn’t want to.

And so my partner and I had four names ready and after a lot of huffing and puffing and three hard pushes, I gave birth to a girl who was called Coralie. I loved holding my newborn child so much that my gynaecologist had to remind me that I still had another baby inside me so could I hand Coralie over to her father and get pushing again?

With one single push I gave birth to another girl – Tatiana. Both of my babies were covered in mucus and looked pretty revolting in all honesty, but they were mine, had been a part of me for nine months so naturally I thought they were beautiful.

And all this happened 21 years ago.

Happy birthday, Coralie and Tatiana!



  1. Posted Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday

  2. Anonymous, too
    Posted Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like there will be a lot of celebrating going on this weekend! Happy 21st, Coralie & Tatiana! (And please make sure your mother gets home safely; she is rather accident-prone, you know.)

  3. Posted Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to Coralie and Tatiana for surviving having their mother for 21 years. A major feat 🙂


  4. Posted Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday girls!

  5. Posted Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday to Zoe’s two wonder girls, Happy 21st!

  6. Posted Friday, June 25, 2010 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Well done you ….. and well done them for surviving despite ….. oh never mind ….. *blows up balloons and eats some birthday cake* HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!!!

  7. Posted Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous post! HAppy B’day girls, or should I say young ladies?