Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The arrival of Hudson Rodney Smith

Hello to all of my blog followers,

I always knew the moment Ashleigh told me she was pregnant that it was going to be an emotional and special day for me when my little niece/nephew was born. As I travelled around the world Ashleigh's baby bump was always on my mind, every time we Skyped each other I'd ask her to get up on the chair and show me how big her belly was getting. I was constantly wondering where I would be in Europe and how I would react when Ashleigh went into labour. I was in Ibiza as she was getting closer to her due date and I was praying that I wouldn't be drunk or asleep when she called me. I was constantly checking my phone to see if there were any missed calls or texts every time I came back from the beach or the clubs.

It all worked out perfectly in the end and it was like it was meant to be because the night I flew back into London Ashleigh sent me a text message at around 8.30pm UK time telling me that her water had broken and she had been having contractions!!I remember being so excited but scared for her at the same time and told the girls I was living with straight away as I couldn't stop thinking about it. Sally and I were going crazy text messaging each other because we were so excited about being Aunties for the first time. I remember asking Ashleigh if she was nervous and telling her she was going to be the best mother ever. I tried to send Nathan a message telling him how excited I was that he was going to be a father again and they were going to make the most beautiful parents but he doesn't have i message so it didn't go through. I also told him to look after my sister during her labour. I tried to stay up all night but couldn't keep my eyes open and after a very restless sleep that night I woke up to a text message from Ashleigh at about 2am saying that I was an Aunty to a beautiful baby boy called Hudson Rodney Smith (weighing 6 pound 10 and 46cm long). I started crying straight away and sent her a text asking what it felt like to be a mum and if their were any stories about the labour. She said she was still in shock and couldn't believe how quickly her labour went and she sounded so excited to be a mum.

I went back to sleep and woke up to a picture message of Hudson saying 'Hello Aunty Rissa' and he was absolutely beautiful, he had so much hair and looked so much like Ashleigh. I continued to cry tears of happiness and just wanted to be there with my family in Australia to share this extremely special moment with everyone. I couldn't stop looking through all of the pictures Ashleigh was sending me and immediately become one of those people that gets their photos out and shows people a picture of the new baby because he was so cute. I was so proud of my sister and brother in law Nathan on bringing such a beautiful baby boy into the world. I loved how they chose his middle name to be Rodney after my our dad and I knew that he was going to be surrounded by so much love from both families.

The next day Ashleigh and my family Skyped me while they were at the hospital and I talked to everyone whilst crying like a sook. Ashleigh looked so good for just giving birth and my dad looked so happy and proud as he held onto Hudson the whole time we spoke. I congratulated Nathan and he sounded ecstatic to have a new baby boy in his life. This is the first time my mum and dad have become grandparents and they looked over the moon about having a new little grandson in their lives. The day that Hudson was born was also the same day as the London Olympics Opening Ceremony so I thought it would be the perfect time to open up my bottle of schnaps that I bought in Vienna to celebrate as I had been saving it for a special occasion. Rachael and I had many drinks to celebrate the birth of Hudson in East London that night.

Before I left Australia I had bought Ashleigh's unborn baby the cutest little outfit from Pumpkin Patch. As the sex of the baby was a surprise I bought the safe grey and white coloured clothing set of striped pants, a striped top, beanie, booties and hand mittens. After Hudson was born I was so excited when Ashleigh told me that the present I bought was going to be Hudson's coming home outfit and it made me feel special in away since I couldn't be there.

Since Hudson or Huddy as Sally and I now call him because it sounds so cute was born Ashleigh keeps me informed about what  is up to and constantly sends me photos of his first moments in life. I save every picture Ashleigh and Sally send me and look at them all the time. Hudson is going to be a very clever baby as he already knows how to communicate on Skye through goos and gah sounds of course lol I talk to him like I would if I was there and I secretly hope he knows my voice when I get home!When I see him on Skype or watch the video messages my sister sends me I feel like I just want to pick him up snuggle him and give him big kisses. It's hard being away from my family at times like this but I know it won't be long until I see them all again and I know I will be one of the four aunties that spoils him with love and presents. Our family is already extremely close and I know that the birth of Hudson will only bring us even closer. Ashleigh and Nathan will make the most beautiful parents and I know Hudson will be showered in love and given the best life possible.

PS I know I am biased but Hudson would have to be the cutest baby I have ever seen and I can't wait to meet him when I come home in October!

The first picture Ashleigh sent me of my little nephew Hudson

Poppy Rod with baby Hudson

Ashleigh's world-Nathan, Hudson, Kimba and Heidi

Hudson looking neat in his outfit from Aunty Simone

Huddy on the play mat with Heidi looking over him

Hudson's first day in the world

Huddy sleeping on his little mat

My family with baby Hudson

Nathans family with baby Hudson

Nanny Annie with baby Hudson

Cracking open my schnaps from Vienna for the birth of my little nephew


My beautiful sister and Hudson

Ella and Hudson-Brother and Sister

Schnaps for you Hudson lol

Nanny and Poppy Pedron with Hudson

Welcome to the world drinks for Hudson

Mum and Dad with Hudson

Baby Hudson with his beanie from Kellsey

Going out for celebratory drinks for the birth of Hudson

All time favourite picture of Hudson-Coming home from hospital day in the outfit I bought him before I left

Alert little bubba

Nathan meeting Hudson for the first time

Hudson Rodney Smith

Hudson's first day at home

Cute little bunny rabbit

Hudson's first day in the world

Rachael and I celebrating the birth of Hudson

Cutest little man ever!

My stunning sister Ashleigh, her gorgeous fiance Nathan and their precious little bundle of joy Hudson
Love The Proudest Aunty In The World

Wimbledon 2012

Hey everyone,

I had always dreamt about going to Wimbledon as I'd watched it on TV from when I was young, I never thought I'd actually be lucky enough to have the opportunity to go and watch it at the actual park. Rachel Cummings (my friend from Cronulla) is really into sport like I am so we thought we would go and get park tickets at Wimbledon one day in the second week of the tournament. We caught the tube out to South Fields Station where and it felt like we had stepped onto a tennis court as the platform was decorated in green felt mats which had marked white lines and pictures tennis balls everywhere. We were greeted by a guy who had his head shaved, coloured and marked like a tennis ball who offered to drive us in a taxi for 3 pound each. Rachel and I wanted to get ahead of some of the people in the queue so we took him up on his offer and jumped into the taxi with another guy who was also heading to the tennis.

We lined up in the grass fields outside of Wimbledon and were given a card which indicted what number we were in the queue. I think it was around 4100 and it was only 8.30am, what time did these people get here to get good tickets seriously?!lol We were even handed a brochure on queueing procedures which was kind of funny and we sat down and waited for our line to begin moving. There were people camping in tents already to purchase tickets to matches on the main courts for the following day which was crazy but a great way to ensure you got good tickets.We chatted and sat with our ponchos on and umbrellas in hand in the rain (typical London weather) for around two and a half hours before we walked through the gates and where inside Wimbledon Park.

When we got into Wimbledon there were lots of restaurants, bars, Pimms, and strawberry and cream stands everywhere. The park was so beautiful as were the flowers and garden beds which were colour themed in the traditional green, purple and white colours. We were going to try and sneak into either centre court, court 1,2 or 3 until we realised there was no chance of getting past the security guards dressed in military style uniforms at each entrance to the main courts. We did however get into the park early so we were able to get a sneak peak of what it looked like inside centre court before Rodger Federer played his quarter final match. Centre court seemed quite small and the seats where really close to the action which would have been amazing to watch from inside. We wondered around the park and watched some of the juniors and doubles matches on the outside courts which was awesome. At the end of one of the doubles matches Rachel ended up with one of the match balls that had been hit out of the court and got it signed by one of the players which was pretty cool. I know the players faces but can't remember what their names were...If anyone can help me out that would be great?

We sat and watched Federer play his match on Henman Hill with loads of other British people and tennis fans from across the world while we sipped on Pimms (a traditional British drink which is a brand of fruit cups and may also be considered to be a liqueur). It was so relaxing sitting and watching his game and I felt so lucky to be on the other side of the world sitting inside Wimbledon Park in London. We snuck up onto the steps of Court 1 and got a glimpse of Sharapova and listened to hurt grunt and squeal before we were ushered off the stairs ha 

As we were walking around the park I enjoyed watching matches from the outside courts but couldn't help but wish we had tickets to the centre courts and would definitely camp for tickets next time around. I loved how elegant the park looked along with it's umpires, ball boys and linesman who were all dressed beautifully in Ralph Lauren, one of the main sponsors of the tournament. I was a little envious as I watched rich people sipping on champagne in beautifully decorated private rooms with chandeliers, above the courts before they watched their matches. I bought some souvenirs at the Wimbledon official merchandise store for my Aunty Dixie as I knew she is a huge tennis fan and always stays up until the early hours of the morning whenever there is a Grand Slam on. I also got a key chain for my school keys to use when I go back home as well as I programme and a magnet that looks like a tennis racquet. 

After hours of wondering around the park watching tennis matches it started to rain fairly heavy and the outside courts were being covered over so Rachel and I decided to head home. We had an amazing day at Wimbledon and it will be something I will remember for the rest of my life.            
Me waiting in line for Wimbledon
Checking out the outside courts at Wimbledon

Pimms on Henmen Hill-So British

Rach sipping on Pimms

Getting a glimpse of Centre Court

Rachel's signed ball


Pink promotors on the way into Wimbledon

Rach lining up for Wimbledon


Henman Hill

Watching doubles matches

Watching the action on the outside courts

Watching a doubles match at Wimbledon

Watching a doubles match at Wimbledon

Watching tennis on the big screen

Tennis balllls

Order of play board at Wimbledon

My boyfriend Rodger!

Up and coming champions on the outside courts

Me in Centre Court before play started

Rach and I lining up for Wimbledon

Up and coming juniors at Wimbledon

Order of play board

Lines and campers lining up for tickets at Wimbledon

Rachel getting her ball signed

Waiting in the lines to get into Wimbledon


Beautiful flowers around Wimbledon

Cute little Rach still waiting in the line...
Love The Rodger Federer Loving Backpacker