PUBLISHED: 10:27 18 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:41 20 February 2013
TV presenters Amelia Reynolds and David Whiteley tell Angi Kennedy how their daughter has transformed their lives
Baby, its Christmas!
Little Annabel is the star of the show now for TV presenters Amelia Reynolds and David Whiteley. The proud parents tell Angi Kennedy how their daughter has transformed their lives.
That first family Christmas together is a time to treasure. For television presenters Amelia Reynolds and David Whiteley it is going to be a very special time as they celebrate it with their baby daughter Annabel, who will be almost eight months old.
So they were delighted to let EDP Norfolk readers share their happiness, as they agreed to be our models for this months lovely fashion feature. See page 122 for our glimpse into the familys Christmas at their home on the outskirts of Norwich.
We are so looking forward to our Christmas together, says Amelia. We are going to spend it with our families and it will be a wonderful time.
When I opened my birthday presents in the autumn, Annabel was already at the stage of being excited by all the wrapping paper and bows, so I imagine she will be in her element on Christmas morning.
Davids Christmas Day will begin with his early morning BBC Radio Norfolk show. It is strange but Ive always wanted to do a show on Christmas morning, he says. Im really looking forward to playing lots of festive music and being back home again at 9am.
The best Christmas present I could receive would be a solid eights hour sleep I just hope Annabel heard that!
The best Christmas present I could receive would be a solid eights hours sleep I just hope Annabel heard that!
Annabel Sarah May was born in April and has transformed the lives of Amelia and David. The couple met through their work for the BBC and have been together for four years and married since August 2008.
The wedding was at Trowse and we were surrounded by our loved ones, friends and colleagues. It was just wonderful, says David, who presents and produces the regional Inside Out programme. Then we held our reception at Hales Hall Barn, with the Dixieland Trio and Aftershock playing.
Bali was the romantic destination for their honeymoon, but it also provided David a chance to indulge in his beloved surfing.
I did a bit too, but I have to accept I am not cut out to do it because of my height, says Amelia. That wasnt a problem though it meant David could go off and surf, and I could sit on the beach and read.
Nowadays, when David is surfing at places like Cromer, Annabel and I go for long walks along the seafront.
The early days of marriage were a whirlwind of activity for the couple. Both fit, outdoorsy and always ready for a challenge, they were perfect candidates for the BBC Children in Need Dancers in Need fundraiser with The Miller Dance School in Norwich (Amelia beat David), and they ran in the London Marathon to raise over 5,000 for the Lymphoma Association (David beat Amelia by just four seconds).
She is always busy and on the go, laughs David. I finally managed to catch up with her though and along came Annabel!
The couple were working apart when Amelia discovered she was pregnant. It was August Bank Holiday and David was up at Cromer with the lifeguards, while I was reading the news but bursting to tell him our own news. We kept it a secret for three months, but it was very hard as I had my morning sickness at night.
I was very lucky as it was a trouble-free pregnancy and I was able to exercise right up to the end, and finished work a week and a half before Annabel arrived.
David is glowing with admiration when he tells how pregnant Amelia climbed to the top of Table Mountain in South Africa during their last child-free holiday. It was something I had always dreamed of doing, she smiles. Though not necessarily while pregnant!
Annabel who was due on her fathers birthday of May 4 was born a week early by caesarean section at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital because she was in a difficult breech position.
I have to say that we just dont realise how lucky we are in Norwich, says Amelia. The support we received from the super staff at the hospital and subsequently from all those people who have been there for us, has been brilliant.
David adds: The birth was a really joyful experience. It was a total falling in love. I had spoken to other dads and read about peoples experiences, so I was prepared for it to take a little while to bond with the baby, but for us it really was immediate and the most amazing experience of our lives.
And baby Annabel is already proving to be a bit of celebrity. She attended four fete openings that her parents had been asked to perform this summer, and has shown she knows how to turn on the charm.
If someone gives her a smile she just beams. Shes a very happy baby, says Amelia. And very active one too; it is clear to see that Annabel has inherited her parents genes as she is lively and keen to be involved in all thats going on around her.
We have taken her swimming since she was eight weeks old and she has paddled in the sea at Mundesely. I think it is really important that children should be aware of water as young as possible.
It just gets better and better, continues Amelia. Although I do have to say that those first couple of months were like nothing on earth. It was so tiring and such hard work. She was not a terribly good sleeper, which is something people dont really warn you about.
But I have enjoyed it so much more than I ever thought I would, and she is absolutely delightful.
Returning to work last month was a wrench, but Amelia says she has had nothing but positive comments from the public. She is now working four days a week, presenting and editing the Look East news broadcasts as well as fronting The Politics Show once a month.
I hope it will be the best of both worlds, so that I can appreciate every minute I spend with Annabel and also really enjoy my time at work.