Thanks for the kind words everybody!
A very exciting time! Sadly since the birth I haven't been as involved as I would have liked as I have shingles at the moment so they wouldn't let me on the ward (where mum and baby go after delivery and first feed). GP said that I can only give people chicken pox if they come in direct physical contact with the infected areas but understandably the hospital prefer to err on the side of caution. R's (my OH) mum is with her in my place.
In any case, as I'm slightly under the weather, being up all night really took it out of me (I know that sounds lame - what I've been through is nothing compared to what R went through). R will be in hospital overnight and I can't wait to welcome the ladies home!
Things moved very quickly (less than 5 hours total is awesomely quick for a first baby - obviously baby is keen to get on in life as she was a week early too) and having strong contractions at home R was in quite a bit of pain which was no fun. We don't have a car so had been intending to get to the hospital by taxi but as the contractions got so strong so quickly I just had to call an ambulance instead - paramedic arrived first and he had gas and air with him which helped with the pain. Then the ambulance arrived and we managed to get from our flat (four stories up from road level) in about four contractions. Once we were at hospital R was much calmer and did an amazing job - only gas and air for pain relief and 45 mins after arriving at hospital we were welcoming our daughter into the world!
No name yet but obviously we've discussed several options during the pregnancy. Maybe we'll pick a name tomorrow. I guess once we've done that we need to get her a Facebook, Bebo, MySpace and Twitter account or she won't be pleased with us when she's 10
having said that, they'll probably all be ridiculously uncool by the time she's 10