Ella Rose At 12 Days

After lunch I watched the BBC presentation of the Six Nations rugby international between Scotland and Italy. The fact that I kept dozing off was probably more to do with my recovery process than the quality of the match.

We then had the wonderful surprise pleasure of a visit from our latest great niece, Ella Rose Milwain. Her lovely parents, Danni and Andy, came with her.

This sleepy little girl was ready for an immediate feed,

before being passed to her Grauntie Jackie

and on to her Gruncle Derrick (photos e-mailed by Danni).

After a happy couple of hours Ella woke up to play; first with her mother,

then with Jackie, before a last cuddle with Derrick and a journey back home with her parents.

Jackie took great delight in demonstrating the flexibility of the infant’s knees, just two weeks younger than my latest.

Jackie and I dined on flavoursome smoked haddock fish cakes; tasty ratatouille; creamy mashed potato; crunchy carrots, and tender runner beans.

I will now watch the Six Nations rugby match between England and Ireland, recorded from ITV’s earlier broadcast.


  1. Your headline startled me for a moment. How did Derrick know? You see my granddaughter is also an Ella-rose. Although mine is 9, going on 20. Chris

  2. Grauntie and gruncle are two new identifiers that I shall now use with great pleasure at the earliest opportunity…….. Babies heads are among the nicest things in the world I think and also (I hope saying this doesn’t make me sound too much like Hannibal Lecter) they smell delicious too <3

    1. Great comments, Pauline. I’m so pleased you liked the head picture, and the smell, and the terminology coined by other parents, Stephanie and John. Did you spot the fontanelle?

    2. Yes! Grantie and Gruncle are here to stay! I am stealing. And, Pauline, I am a baby head sniffer, myself. Baby heads and puppy breath are among my favorite things to sniff.

  3. So lovely Derrick!!! For her and many kisses!!!!

    …..A darling newcomer
    To have and to hold–
    Her smiles are more precious
    Than silver or gold…..

    So cherish this time
    Of miraculous things–
    The excitement and wonder
    That a new baby brings.

    By Joanna Fuchs

  4. Life is beautiful, and a newborn infant is the purest specimen of Creation, flexible knees and all. I am happy for the parents, grand aunt and grand uncle.

  5. Ella Rose is so beautiful and so precious!
    I’m glad you got to spend some time with her!
    Congrats to all of you! All of you are fortunate to have her in your lives!
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

      1. It’s hard to imagine more than is already here, but look how far we’ve come in our lifetime. Whatever her future I wish her well.

        1. Thanks again. My mother, and all the rest of her primary school mates were led into the Manchester playground to watch the marvel that was the R101 – She is still with us

          1. Wow! That must have been something! 1929, and my own mother, no longer with us, would have been eight years old!

  6. Such a precious little one! <3 Hey you, keep those toes of that new knee leg pointed toward the ceiling! That's what they always told me. πŸ˜‰

  7. Your family has the cutest babies, ever! So happy for the whole family for Ellie Rose’s healthy birth and sweet visit with you and Jackie! ❀️ ? xo

  8. Grunkle and Grantie! LOL, I’ve never heard that before and it’s perfect πŸ˜€ I should think that was the lovely day. Ella Rose sure is a tiny girl yet both you and Jackie look at ease with her. I tend to get a bit nervous with such itty bitty babies. Did I ever mention what a klutz I am? Amazing to watch the family tree grow xB

  9. That baby on a bottle at 12 days? Thats a shame,
    The War Office likes me to make her a smoked haddock or cod kedgeree; I could serve it up to her every day. Me? I can’t stand the smell of it! L(

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