Circus Queen finally meets the creature

The circus welcomes its star, long-awaited and affectionately known as the creature, now more appropriately called Talitha.

We pronounce it Tah-LEE-tha, it means “little girl” or “little maid” and is taken from the Biblical story where Jesus raises Jairus’ daughter from the dead, telling her: “Talitha cumi” or “Little girl, arise.”

It was a name we both secretly agreed on in jest while dating should we marry and have a daughter.

Then Laurence used the phrase “Talitha cumi” to ask me to stand at the end of his wedding speech as a private message between us. I took it that he was telling me quietly that he looked forward to our future together.

New born

Talitha was born (so they tell me) weighing 7lbs and 3oz. For those for whom that latter bit of information is head-scratchingly trivial, it means she was smallish.

It was both a home and hospital birth, a difficult and fortunate experience, over a long and short period of time.

I will explain more about that later. Time is helping me to put together the humorous and the harrowing. But we’re all in good health and much in love.

Meanwhile, we’re enjoying our baby, spending inordinate amounts of time smelling her head, staring at all her bits and pieces while getting to grips with cloth nappies, breastfeeding and so far non-existent “patterns” of sleeping.

Thank you for all your support on the journey so far! Your comments have really helped me think through some immense stuff along the way.

Images: Laurence Jarrett-Kerr

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  1. June 15, 2011 / 9:06 pm

    Oh my, she is absolutely perfect. And what a beautiful name. Reading this takes me right back to this time last year, the day that Frog was “due”. She was like your little Talitha and kept us waiting. No doubt you’ll agree, they’re worth the wait. Congratulations to all three of you. xxx

  2. Angela
    June 15, 2011 / 9:13 pm

    I love that Gif. Baby want boobies!
    Perfect. xxx

  3. Anonymous
    June 15, 2011 / 9:17 pm

    She is so beautiful and I absolutely love her name. It’s funny that you two also agreed on a name before you were even pregnant. It was the same with us, actually we had jokingly agreed on it before we even dated. I hope you are enjoying being parents and your parents enjoy their time with your gorgeous little girl xxx

  4. June 15, 2011 / 9:18 pm

    She is absolutely beautiful, and I love her name.  Enjoy these precious early days, and look after yourself!  Emma 🙂 

  5. June 15, 2011 / 9:23 pm

    Gorgeous. Congratulations. Welcome to the world, Talitha!

    I adore the name. Love names with that bit of extra meaning.

  6. June 15, 2011 / 9:28 pm

    Congratulations my dear – she is beautiful

    I hope you are all ok, are settling in together and learning to love each other as a family

    All my love x

  7. June 15, 2011 / 9:35 pm

    Oh wow, she is gorgeous.  So pleased your little beauty has arrived.  Beautiful choice of name with great meaning.

    Mich x

  8. June 15, 2011 / 9:39 pm

    She is a very very beautiful little girl.
    Congratulations to you, xxxx

  9. Kylene Deosingh
    June 15, 2011 / 11:21 pm

    Congratulations Adele!! She’s beautiful! Beautiful choice in a name as well! I wish her and you and the Hubby happiness and good health throughout your lives together 🙂

  10. Notes From Lapland
    June 16, 2011 / 6:34 am

    oh she is gorgeous! Congratulations. xx

  11. June 16, 2011 / 7:52 am

    Aw..many congratulations! 😀 She’s gorgeous!

  12. June 16, 2011 / 8:42 am

    congratulations, she is gorgeous as is her name. Look forward to following your progress. x

  13. Simply_Hayley
    June 16, 2011 / 12:54 pm

    I am so thrilled for you! What a beautiful name! She is a little stunner too! Hope your enjoying your first few days of parenthood! Many many many congratulations! Well done!

  14. Colleen
    June 16, 2011 / 1:33 pm

    Congratulations, a beautiful name too x

  15. June 16, 2011 / 10:24 pm

    Beautiful name,

    well bloody done,

    enjoy every second x x x x

  16. Alhanahewitttitus
    June 17, 2011 / 1:08 am

    Congratulations Adele! I wish you God’s blessings on your family’s new addition 🙂 Precious Talitha

  17. Saskia
    June 17, 2011 / 8:15 am

    Adele, seeing you and Talitha finally together has made me cry with joy, love you lots xxx

  18. Esther Alexander
    June 17, 2011 / 8:52 pm

    Gorgeous pics of both of you, and nice to hear the back-story about the name too xoxo

  19. June 19, 2011 / 6:38 pm

    Congratulations and well done mama!  Talitha is beautiful…enjoy the start of this special new chapter. x

  20. June 20, 2011 / 9:49 pm

    Have been meaning to pop over for ages! What a lovely lovely little girl. Congratulations to you all! Enjoy every minute of it!

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