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Our Helen

I have been sworn to secrecy for some weeks but now I am finally allowed to reveal that our Helen is expecting. She had the scan yesterday and discovered she was further on than she thought and the baby is due on October 3rd. We are way behind Chad in the grandchildren stakes as he has 13 and this will be our first. We are just so very excited and delighted.

Our Helen

I have been sworn to secrecy for some weeks but now I am finally allowed to reveal that our Helen is expecting. She had the scan yesterday and discovered she was further on than she thought and the baby is due on October 3rd. We are way behind Chad in the grandchildren stakes as he has 13 and this will be our first. We are just so very excited and delighted.

comments (29)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2013, 01:31
Beautiful shot Bill! A vibrant portrait with a wonderful subject. Congrats to you and your wife on the impending grandchild. I wish the best for mom and the baby. smile Frances is a lovely name smile
Bill Phillips: It is indeed Frances smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Apr 2013, 01:34
Bill...granpa-to-be...this is good!

Chinese Buddhists believe touching Buddha's belly button will bring good luck/health/fortune...your helen seems to have the right idea, Bill.
Bill Phillips: She is quite superstitious Ray so the belly rubbing was an opportunity not to be missed
Wonderful image of Helen! Congratulations to you all - wishing her an easy pregnancy and delivery and a healthy child. Elizabeth is a lovely name too... smile
Bill Phillips: Elizabeth is Helen's middle name so I can only agreegrin
Wonderful to meet your beautiful daughter Bill... Helen rubbing Buddha's belly will bring her luck...
now expect your life to change come October... in a wonderful waysmile....petersmile
Bill Phillips: Thanks Peter. Helen is quite superstitious and was very pleased to rub the Buddha's belly for luck smile
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Apr 2013, 06:58
What a fabulous image for your announcement, Bill! I couldn't be happier for you and Ange. G'pa and G'ma. You'll love hearing that forever now. And don't you worry...I still have only one grandchild and don't yet have to share him with any others. I can spoil him to death (he'll become a teenager in July!). smile

Bill Phillips: Thanks Ginnie. 2013 looks like being quite a year!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Apr 2013, 07:12
I can only repeat: I can imagine how happy Helen and her husband are while waiting for their first child - and Oma and Opa are as happy as them. My best, best wishes for her and for you!
Bill Phillips: Thank you dear Philine. They are very happy as are we.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 26 Apr 2013, 07:19
So it will be Grand dad Bill. Not the OLD BILL,Congrats
Bill Phillips: Hahaha It had a good ring to it
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Apr 2013, 07:23
Well good for Helen !

Let us sincerely hope that in the meanwhile GRANDAD doesn't get too excited and can contain himself properly..
Bill Phillips: I am trying to keep calm.......
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 26 Apr 2013, 07:28
Such great news from your family, Bill - and Helen looks great here
Bill Phillips: She is very happy, particularly now she has had her scan and all is looking good!
So that's the end of Shutterchance for you Bill ... 'I've no time' will be the excuse.
Bill Phillips: I shall recycle old stuff and post it up to the end of 2016
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Apr 2013, 07:47
This is a wonderful picture of Helen and congratulations. I think a new photo-op is coming its way grin....
I bet you are counting down and time cannot go too fast for you smile
Bill Phillips: When she had the scan and found she was 17 weeks it made it a lot closer!! It will be October before we know it grin
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 26 Apr 2013, 08:13
Congratulation to Helen & hubby. Grandchildren are such a joy, your in for a delightful time. Chads greedy, I only have 3 with the 3rd arriving 16 years after the last one. Different son of course.
Bill Phillips: This is our first and we are so happy. I never thought it would happen...but always hoped smile
Congratulations to you all Bill! I know how you feel having three grandchildren myself...
Bill Phillips: Thanks Richard. I am looking forward to it!
I am so excited for you and Ange and Helen of course. Grandchildren are much nicer than children by the way and when they are not so nice, you can give them back to their parents.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Mary. That thought had crossed my mind grin
Fantastic news, Bill! There's nothing to beat the joy of becoming a grandparent for the first time. Congratulations!
Bill Phillips: We never thought it would happen so are so delighted. Thanks
its Buddha friday...congratulations Bill!
Bill Phillips: Thanks Juan Carlos
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Apr 2013, 12:10
Congratulations to all. Both mother to be and dad look very pleased with themselves. I'm sure you will hopelessly spoil your grandchild. Chad has THIRTEEN grandchildren? No wonder he has taken himself off into the wilderness.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Alan. I would never remember the names if I had 13!
Congratulations all round,Bill! A great portrait smile
Bill Phillips: Thanks Martin. I still can't quite believe it
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 26 Apr 2013, 12:56
Hey good luck with that one Bill, and of course Helen. You missed the one great grandchild that I have, but never mind, its a trifle. A good photograph to celebrate the event.
Bill Phillips: Do you call your great grandchild Sherry?
A very fitting pictorial tribute Bill - wishing you all good karma along the way!
Bill Phillips: Thanks Fred. That would be perfect
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Apr 2013, 14:58
The reason behind Dorset! Congratulations old grand pappie to be. May everything just go very well.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Louis. We had booked Dorset before we knew. It made the visit even better though! I rather like the idea of being a grandparentgrin
Congratulations to you and good luck for a happy, smooth time ahead to Helen
Bill Phillips: Thank you Ayush. That would be perfect smile
Congratulations to you all,Bill,and a fine pic' to celebrate.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Frank. Question is, when are you going to bring Elizabeth down here for a bacon buttie?
Lovely picture of Helen Bill. It's a day for good news on isn't it. Hope all goes well, you'll love being a Grandad, when our Lauren walks in and says "Grandad" it makes me feel really good, I'm sure the same will happen to you, and Ange, in good time.
Bill Phillips: Yes I think I know what you mean Brian. Rather special!
Wonderful shot bIll. Congratulations to you all on such brilliant news.
Bill Phillips: We are so delighted Paulinesmile
Congratulations to all.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Graeme. We are so pleased!
Congrats to all... nice capture too.
I love seeing a mom-to-be caressing their baby belly... to feel the kicks. (I saw like 5 soon to deliver moms last night doing that.)
Bill Phillips: Thanks Jacquelyn. I think the first time they kick is rather special
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Apr 2013, 18:11
What lovely news Bill, congratulations to you and yours smile
Bill Phillips: Thanks Anne we are all very excited!
Congratulations on becoming a first time very exciting both for you and your beautiful daughter!!! smile
Bill Phillips: We are all thrilled Shannon. Thank you

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