Hi, Sierra!

Sierra, Steph and John

This is Sierra Jane Manning, born on Monday, March 16. This is supposed to be a (rare, occasional) outdoor blog but I suppose her name is as good as an excuse as any!

The birth was perfect and very swift. As Sierra was two weeks overdue, Steph was due to be induced but there wasn’t even time for that; less than four hours after contractions began, Sierra was delivered in the induction suite before there’d even been chance to get to the labour room.

In fact, Sierra was very nearly born on the ward’s bathroom floor. Steph delivered with only the lightest gasp of gazanairre – there wasn’t time for anything such as proper pain killers. Thankfully she didn’t need stitches afterwards either. Mother and baby came home yesterday and are doing perfectly; Sierra’s feeding well. No doubt I’ll get a hunger for outdoorsy again soon but for now every thing’s family flavoured and it tastes great.

Sierra’s name, of course, refers to the Sierra Nevada in California, the “range of light”. Steph and I hiked there along the John Muir Trail a couple of years ago. It’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and a place that holds special memories. Sierra is a fairly popular name in the US – and it’s also a very beautiful name! Ron “Pathfinder” Strickland who I met on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2004 suggested it a few weeks ago during a Skype chat we had… to him we say a very grateful “thank you” for such a beautiful suggestion. We owe you a pork pie Ron – it’s on its way, also via Skype!

And congrats to the wags at TGO who correctly predicted that Sierra’s name might have a PCT connection – by the way, the fluffy rabbit’s great folks!

To everyone who’s sent messages and presents, Sierra says “thank you – see you at the bar!”

John Manning

Freelance outdoor writer John Manning and his family are based in the Yorkshire Dales

9 thoughts on “Hi, Sierra!

  • 19/03/2009 at 8:32 pm

    Ah that reminds me… there’s also the Sierra Nevada brewing company… must wet baby’s head with something appropriate!

    Thankfully available at the local supermarket!

  • 19/03/2009 at 8:07 pm

    A very good choice of parents, Sierra. Well done! Congrats to all the family.

  • 19/03/2009 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks guys… hoping she’ll be around in Scotland in May to inspire me along the TGOC!

  • 19/03/2009 at 5:44 pm

    Looks to me like the Dawg is measurng up Sierra’s feet for little walking booties. Do Brannock devices cater for such small tootsies?

    Well done you two – 1st Class effort!

  • 19/03/2009 at 4:17 pm

    Welcome to the world, Sierra Jane, and congrats to you, John and Steph.

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